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“EMPIRE” co-creator/director Lee Daniels had dinner with Denzel Washington, Russell Simmons and Rocsi Diaz in Hollywood last night. Hmm…was it an ”Empire” season 2 meeting perhaps? Meanwihle, over on the east coast, Rihanna was spotted solo making her way to dinner. Peep their candids inside….

With just three months away from the season 2 premiere of “Empire,” the show’s creator seems to be busy holding meetings with industry heavyweights over dinner…possibly about upcoming roles/cameos for the hit FOX series. Or one of his many other projects in the works.

Director Lee Daniels, Oscar winner Denzel Washington and Hip Hop mogul Russell Simmons trekked it to celeb hotspot Craigs Restaurant for dinner last night.

The upcoming season of “Empire” is set to premiere September 23rd. So anything is possible…

It appears Lee is continuing his quest to nab Denzel Washington for role on the second season of the highly popular dramedy. You’ll recall, he posted an “us-ie” of himself and Denzel over dinner on Instagram earlier this year, captioning he was trying to recruit him for the show. And now it looks like he may be trying to persuade Russell Simmons to make a cameo as well:

“The Daily Share” anchor Rocsi Diaz was also spotted leaving Craigs, likely after dinner with the guys:

With production starting soon and the premiere right around the corner, we shall see soon enough.

Over on east coast….

Rihanna was spotted in a casual laid-back look as she made her way to dinner in SoHo last night.

The Bajan beauty decided on a chill night after hitting the party scene these past few days and traveling quite a bit. Last week, she was busy serving up flawless shots during a photoshoot in Cuba. And before that, she jetted to London for a day to handle some business.

Maybe after dinner she hit up the studio to finish her highly-anticipated R8 album. We’re sure the Navy is still impatiently waiting….

Photos: Splash

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