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Bravo’s Frances Berwick to Oversee E! and Esquire; Adam Stotsky Adds E! Duties

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NBCUniversal is shaking up the management picture at E! Entertainment, the cabler that has been in a ratings slump as viewer interest waned in its celebrity-focused brand of unscripted series.

Frances Berwick (pictured left) will add oversight of E! and Esquire Network to her portfolio that already includes Bravo and Oxygen Media. Esquire prexy Adam Stotsky (pictured right) will take on the additional responsibility of serving as g.m. of E!, reporting to Berwick. Suzanne Kolb, who has headed E! since July 2011, is exiting the company.

The restructuring unveiled Tuesday by NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment chairman Bonnie Hammer cements Berwick’s status as the heatseeker among Hammer’s group of direct reports.

With the expansion of Berwick’s purview, NBCU has created a Lifestyle Networks Group within its cable division that Berwick, previously prexy of Bravo and Oxygen Media, now heads as president. Hammer said putting the four channels under a »


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Robert Simonds’ Studio Taps Jack Pan as Marketing Chief

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Marketing veteran Jack Pan is the latest hire at Robert Simonds’ new film and television company, joining a collection of studio hands that includes former Universal Pictures chairman Adam Fogelson and former Disney and 20th Century Fox exec Oren Aviv.

Pan has served as senior marketing executive at both Disney and Summit Entertainment, helping on the rollout of the “Twilight,” “National Treasure,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Divergent” franchises. He is known for being a pioneer of online marketing, who is credited with helping the “Twilight” films reach their core audience of passionate readers.

As president of marketing at Simonds’ still unnamed studio, he will oversee research and analytics, creative advertising and other forms of promotion. He will report to Aviv and starts at the studio immediately.

Pan previously worked with Aviv at Disney. His hire gives the Simonds team a strong backing in marketing, as both Aviv and Fogelson »


- Brent Lang

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E! Shakeup: Frances Berwick Expands Purview as Suzanne Kolb Exits

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Another year, another shakeup at NBCUniversal. Following a network-wide memo from E! president Suzanne Kolb announcing her departure, NBCU Cable Entertainment chairman Bonnie Hammer announced the much bigger picture on Tuesday. She'll be consolidating her cable group once again, this time moving E! and Esquire to the purview of Bravo and Oxygen Media chief Frances Berwick. In her expanded role, which will require the veteran programmer to become bicoastal, Berwick’s title becomes president of NBCU Cable Entertainment’s newly established lifestyle group. As part of the restructuring, Kolb is out, and Esquire chief Adam Stotsky will add E! to his portfolio. “In

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‘Annabelle’ Cast Talks Terrible Gifts at Screening

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The Chinese Theater in Hollywood played host Monday to a screening of horror flick “Annabelle” Monday, the prequel to James Wan’s 2013 “The Conjuring.”

The film, based in part on the stories of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, stars Annabelle Wallis as Mia, an expecting mother and doll collector, and Ward Horton as her husband John, a doctor in residency. On the same night that John gives a Mia a gift of a rare doll that she has long been searching for, the couple’s Santa Monica home is intruded by cult members, who perform an occult ritual that leaves the already creepy looking doll ever so slightly creepier.

Wan, whose work as a director includes the “Saw” franchise and the “Insidious” films in addition to “The Conjuring,” talked about how this film franchise interests him in comparison to his other movies.

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Jack Pan Joins Robert Simonds’ New Studio as President of Marketing

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Robert Simonds has added marketing vet Jack Pan to his new studio, it was announced Tuesday. Pan joins the team as president of Motion Picture Marketing. In his new role, Pan will oversee all aspects of marketing including strategy, research and analytics, creative advertising, media, social and digital marketing, integrations, public relations and global alliances. He will report to Oren Aviv, president and chief content officer of the Motion Picture Group, and starts his new post immediately. Also read: Adam Fogelson Joins Robert Simonds’ New Studio as Motion Picture Chairman “Jack is a marketing savant with a nearly two-decade track record of. »


- Linda Ge

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Fox Buys ‘Big’ TV Show Remake from ‘Enlisted’ Team

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Continuing with the current TV trend in mining Gen X and Gen Y nostalgia for project ideas, Fox has bought a half-hour comedy loosely based on the Tom Hanks movie “Big” from “Enlisted” exec producers Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce via 20th Century Fox Television Studios.

The event series, which Biegel and Royce will write and executive produce, follows the message of the 1988 movie and plans to delve into “what it means to be an adult and what it means to be a kid, and how in today’s world those two things are more confused than ever.”

Aside from their partnership on “Enlisted” for Fox, which Biegel also created, Biegel is known for co-creating “Cougar Town” while Royce was the co-creator/executive producer of “Men of A Certain Age” and the executive producer/showrunner of HBO’s “Luckie Louie” and NBC’s “1600 Penn.” Both men are represented by UTA and Morris Yorn. »


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Robin Williams: Autopsy Results Delayed for Another Month

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Robin Williams' autopsy results will be delayed for another month, Marin County officials said. "We originally estimated Sept. 20, 2014 as the date these materials would be complete," the Marin County Counsel said in a statement. "However the Coroner's Office is waiting for the scientific testing and analysis to be complete. The estimated date for the completion is Nov. 3, 2014." Read more Robin Williams in Marin: The Man on the Bicycle Williams died at 63 of an apparent suicide on Aug. 11 at his home in Tiburon, Calif. home in Marin County. His death was caused by

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Watch: Dakota Fanning Is a Teen Bride in Emma Thompson's 'Effie Gray'

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Though we won't know the Us distributor until next month, "Effie Gray" will bow in UK cinemas on October 10. This is the first original screenplay by Thompson, who won a 1996 Oscar for adapting Jane Austin's "Sense and Sensibility" and also penned the Nanny McPhee films. Fanning plays the titular bride -- of critic John Ruskin -- whose marriage was unconsummated and who left Ruskin for "Ophelia" painter John Everett Millais. Scandalous. The clip and moody trailer below hint at the Victorian salaciousness to come. Listen to Thompson's BAFTA talk on screenwriting here; read a Thompson interview from the 2013 award season here. The film is directed by Richard Laxton. Trailer and clip: »


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Cartoon Network Sets Premiere For Miniseries ‘Over The Garden Wall’

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Cartoon Network’s first animated miniseries “Over The Garden Wall” is set to make its debut on Nov. 3 at 7 p.m., and will run over five consecutive nights.

The ten-episode mystery adventure is created by Patrick McHale (“Adventure Time”) and features the voices of Elijah Wood, Melanie Lynskey and Collin Dean (“The War At Home”). The series is produced by Cartoon Network Studios.

Over The Garden Wall” follows two brothers named Wirt (Wood) and Greg (Dean) who find themselves lost in the Unknown, a forest adrift in time. With the help of an old woodsman (Christopher Lloyd) and a bluebird named Beatrice (Lynskey), the two must travel to try and find their way home.

The series also features guest voices including Chris Isaak, Bebe Neuwirth, John Cleese, Shannyn Sossamon, Jack Jones, Samuel Ramey, Tim Curry and more.

“Over the Garden Wall” is based on McHale’s “Tome of the Unknown, »


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Fox News Tops Cable Ratings in Third-Quarter Primetime For First Time

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In a busy summer for big news stories, Fox News Channel topped all of ad-supported cable in third-quarter ratings, standing as the most-watched network in weekday primetime for the first time since 2003.

According to Nielsen, Fox News averaged 2.11 million viewers from 8 to 11 p.m. between June 30 and Sept. 26, putting it ahead of USA (1.96 million), Espn (1.89 million) and TNT (1.43 million).

Among cable news networks, it outdrew the combined totals of CNN (553,000), MSNBC (552,000) and Hln (352,000).

If you add the 7 p.m. hour to the primetime totals (Greta Van Susteren’s show), Fox News has finished on top of basic cable for the first time, averaging 2.01 million. The network is coming up on the one-year anniversary of its revamped 7-11 p.m. lineup.

Each of the lineup’s programs posted growth in both total viewers and adults 25-54: “The O’Reilly Factor” (2.696 million, including 447,000 adults 25-54), “The Kelly File” (2.297 million, including 401,000 adults 25-54), “Hannity” (1.650 million, »


- Shelli Weinstein

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Diem Brown Speaks About Latest Cancer Battle: ''I'm Really Looking Forward to Having One Painless, Fun Day''

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Diem Brown admits that she's feeling "overwhelmed" by her latest health hurdle and is "really looking forward to having one painless, fun day" in the very near future. "That would help re-start everything," she tells E! News exclusively, adding, "Since I'm basically confined to my apartment, I'm in nesting mode." She shared that she's looking forward to redecorating her home, saying, "I want to rearrange my place and make it look like a new space." E!'s own Alicia Quarles visited her best friend earlier today and gave an update on Brown's health as well. "I came into Diem's apartment this morning with my friend Julie to »


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Amanda Bynes' Parents "Know Nothing" About DUI Arrest or Whereabouts, Says Father Rick Bynes

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Amanda Bynes' parents are in the dark when it comes to their daughter's current situation. At least, that's what dad Rick Bynes told reporters outside the family's home Monday. In fact, in a video shot by X17 Online, Rick said he and wife Lynn Organ "heard it from the press" that Amanda was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence. "Nobody from the cops called us," he said. "I know nothing, and the police don't seem to know much, so I don't know." Rick said he and Lynn, who had a temporary conservatorship over Amanda's affairs through Sept. 10, haven't heard much from their daughter since it ended—"I mean other »


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Marketing Exec Jack Pan Joins Robert Simonds' New Studio

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Jack Pan, who has served as a senior marketing exec at both Disney and Summit Entertainment, has joined Robert Simonds’ new film and television studio as its president of motion picture marketing. His hire was announced Tuesday by Oren Aviv, president and chief content officer of the motion picture group for the yet-unamed studio. In his new post, Pan will oversee all aspects of marketing including strategy, research and analytics, creative advertising, media, social and digital marketing, integrations, publicity and global alliances. He will report to Aviv and starts at the studio immediately. For the past six years, Pan

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Antifreeze Poisoning Trial: Texas Doctor Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

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Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for poisoning her colleague and lover. The Houston cancer researcher, 43, was convicted of aggravated assault on Friday for lacing Dr. George Blumenschein's coffee with ethylene glycerol, a sweet-tasting chemical commonly found in antifreeze. The two worked together at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. Prosecutors asked the jury to sentence Gonzalez-Angulo to a minimum of 30 years in prison, claiming the case should be treated as a murder trial, according to NBC News. Blumenschein, 50, did survive the poisoning, but his kidney function has been reduced by 60 percent as a result of the ethylene glycerol. »


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Antifreeze Poisoning Trial: Texas Doctor Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

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Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for poisoning her colleague and lover. The Houston cancer researcher, 43, was convicted of aggravated assault on Friday for lacing Dr. George Blumenschein's coffee with ethylene glycerol, a sweet-tasting chemical commonly found in antifreeze. The two worked together at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. Prosecutors asked the jury to sentence Gonzalez-Angulo to a minimum of 30 years in prison, claiming the case should be treated as a murder trial, according to NBC News. Blumenschein, 50, did survive the poisoning, but his kidney function has been reduced by 60 percent as a result of the ethylene glycerol. »


- Tara Fowler, @waterfowlerta

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'WWE Raw:' No Cm Punk? No Problem

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From the sounds of swelling Cm Punk chants to the sight of what might be Justin Gabriel in furry-fetish attire hand-in-hand with former presidential candidate Jesse Jackson, last night's Raw did not disappoint.

Unless, of course, you're still smarting over Roman Reigns' momentum-killing hernia surgery, skeptical that Rosa Mendes can help carry the Divas division or yearn for a time when in-ring antics were more provocative than booby-trapped briefcases.

But in the interest of time, brevity and the basic truth that one cannot – nor should – be compelled to dissect every promo, »


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Fox Buys ‘Big’ Adaptation From ‘Enlisted’ Duo

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Somebody dust off and fire up the Zoltar Speaks machine. Fox has acquired a half-hour comedy loosely based on the 1988 Tom Hanks film “Big.” The project comes from Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce, who recently executive produced the comedy “Enlisted” for the network, via 20th Century Fox Television Studios. Also read: Naomi Campbell Cast for Recurring Role on Lee Daniels’ Fox Drama ‘Empire’ The comedy, described as an event series, will explore what it means to be an adult and what it means to be a kid, and how in today's world those two things are more confused than ever. »


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Satan has an opinion on Nicolas Cage's 'Left Behind,' apparently

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From what’s been revealed thus far, Left Behind appears to have two key qualities of a classic Nicolas Cage film: All the dialogue is either whispered or screamed, and everything in the movie is on fire. But in case that wasn’t enough to attract audiences, the film’s promotional campaign has enlisted the help of the prince of evil whose entire world is on fire—Satan.

Opening this Friday, Oct. 3, Left Behind tells the story of the biblical Rapture, in which millions of people have disappeared. Remaining groups of survivors attempt to recover from the ensuing chaos, including a pilot played by Cage, »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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Gwyneth Paltrow Shows Off Signature Blowout in New Ad—And It's Not What You'd Expect!

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Goop goddess Gwyneth Paltrow announced back in May that she and celebrity hairstylist David Babaii would be teaming up with Blo Blow Dry Bar. And now the official ad is here—and honestly, it's not what you'd expect when you think of Gwyneth + hair + advertisement. If you're like us, you probably expected to see a photo of Gwyneth's famous blond tresses—but you'd be wrong. Instead, the ad is created by Babaii's favorite illustrator, Megan Hess, who drew a picture of Paltrow for the campaign. Hess has illustrated for some of fashion's biggest labels including Chanel, Dior and Balmain.  The drawing of Gwyn is pretty accurate, we must admit—particularly in the »


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Bill O'Reilly Rips Stephen Colbert for Mocking Him: He Has ‘No Bleeping Clue’ (Video)

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Fox News host Bill O'Reilly tore into Stephen Colbert on Monday's episode of “The O'Reilly Factor,” using his Tip of the Day segment to call out the Comedy Central host for a recent Isis-related bit. “Mr. Colbert and others of his ilk have no bleeping clue how to fight the jihad,” O'Reilly said. “They don't know anything. And when somebody gets beheaded, their reaction is, ‘Oh, that's bad!’ But by being completely vacant, it doesn't stop these people from mocking ideas that might have some value.” All this comes on the heels of one of last week's episodes of “The Colbert. »


- Travis Reilly

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