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Evolution Media Ups Alex Baskin To President; Hires Rabih Gholam As Evp Development

  • Deadline
Evolution Media, an MGM company, has promoted Alex Baskin to President and hired industry veteran Rabih Gholam as Executive Vice President, Development. Gholam reports directly to Baskin and will be responsible for creating and developing new projects.

“As Evolution Media continues to grow and produce outstanding content, it is essential to have leaders in place that have the experience and mind for strategy that will propel the company to even greater heights,” said Barry Poznick, MGM’s President, Unscripted Television. “With Alex and his partner, Douglas Ross, continuing to steer the ship and with the recent hire of Rabih, an experienced, smart and focused executive, there is nowhere for this team to go but up.”

Evolution Media is behind such unscripted hits as The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, The Real Housewives of Orange County, Vanderpump Rules and Botched, and new
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Pa'ing on The Surreal Life ruined reality TV forever for Bill Hader

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Bill Hader, more than most celebrities, is happy to discuss his past as a lowly Pa on low-rent reality TV shows and movies like The Scorpion King. During a recent appearance on Kimmel ahead of Barry’s season two premiere, Hader dug deep into his past to reflect on his work on VH1's The Surreal Life, which he says…
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Austin Powers Star Verne Troyer's Cause of Death Ruled a Suicide from Alcohol Intoxication

Austin Powers star Verne Troyer’s death has been ruled a suicide six months after his passing.

Troyer, who was 49, died from sequelae of alcohol intoxication, according to a press release obtained by People from the Los Angeles County Department Medical Examiner-Coroner’s office.

The manner of his death has been ruled as a suicide, according to the office.

The actor, who was best-known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers films opposite Mike Myers, was rushed to the hospital in early April for a “reported poisoning.”

Three weeks later, Troyer was pronounced dead at the hospital on April 21.

“It
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Brigitte Nielsen, 54, Gives Birth to Baby No. 5 With Husband Mattia Dessi

Congratulations are in order for Brigitte Nielsen! The Danish model gave birth to her first child — a baby girl named Frida — with her husband Mattia Dessi on Friday, June 22. Even though this is her first child with Mattia, this is baby No. 5 for Brigitte because she is already a mom to four boys. "We are overjoyed to welcome our beautiful daughter into our lives. It’s been a long road, and so worth it. We’ve never been more in love," the proud parents told People. Little Frida weighed 5 pounds, 9 ounces at the time of her birth. Brigitte gave birth just one month after she first announced the exciting news that she was expecting on Instagram. "Family getting larger," the 54-year-old captioned a photo cradling her growing baby bump in a skin-tight white dress. Alongside another photo she wrote, "Happy time positive vibes." As expected, fans showered the six-foot beauty with well-wishes.
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Pregnant Brigitte Nielsen, 54, Steps Out with Her 39-Year-Old Husband

Pregnant Brigitte Nielsen, 54, Steps Out with Her 39-Year-Old Husband
Brigitte Nielsen and her husband Mattia Dessi were spotted out together for the first time since announcing their big pregnancy news.

At over six feet tall, the Danish-Italian actress and model towered over her husband, a former model himself, while out for a stroll in Los Angeles on Thursday.

The 54-year-old actress announced her fifth pregnancy on Instagram and Twitter Monday, showing her baby bump in a curve-hugging gray dress.

“Family getting larger #me #family #brigittenielsen #babybump,” Nielsen, who wed Dessi in 2006, captioned her photo. Also on Wednesday, she shared another bump picture, writing, “Happy time positive vibes.”

Nielsen, who has been married five times,
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Brigitte Nielsen Is 'Happy' and Pregnant at 54: Inside Her Life's Wild Ups and Downs

Brigitte Nielsen Is 'Happy' and Pregnant at 54: Inside Her Life's Wild Ups and Downs
Brigitte Nielsen’s pregnancy announcement at 54 is just the latest surprise in the star’s rollercoaster life.

The Danish-Italian actress is expecting her fifth child with 39-year-old Italian husband Mattia Dessi. The two have been been married since July 2006 when they tied the knot in Malta, Italy after first having an unofficial ceremony in February 2005.

Nielsen has been married five times and is a mom to four sons: Raoul Meyer Jr., 23, Douglas Meyer, 25, Killian Gastineau, 28, and Julian Winding, 34.

The former model, who stands over six feet tall, first burst onto the American pop culture scene with 1985’s loincloth epic Red Sonja.
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Podtalk: Verne Troyer in Memoriam, in Interview From 2012

Chicago – Verne Troyer will always be one of the more intriguing breakout celebrities of the last 20 years. Always and forever known as “Mini Me” in the Austin Powers series of films, he also endured stereotyping and the health difficulties associated with his diminutive size. Troyer died on April 21st, 2018, at the age of 49. The cause of his death remains unknown.

Verne Troyer, in Chicago, 2012

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

Verne Troyer was born in Michigan, to a family of average-sized parents and siblings. His family has Amish roots, but he was raised outside of the fellowship. He moved to Texas when he was 21 years old, and was working for a phone company when he was connected to an entertainment placement service for smaller-sized people. That led to his first gig, as a stand-in/stunt person for the John Hughes film, “Baby’s Day Out” (1994). Five years later,
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Verne Troyer's Death 'Possible Suicide': 'Very High Level of Alcohol in His System,' Says Coroner

Verne Troyer's Death 'Possible Suicide': 'Very High Level of Alcohol in His System,' Says Coroner
Verne Troyer had a “very high” amount of alcohol in his system at the time of his death, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office tells People.

“He was admitted with a very high level of alcohol in his system,” says coroner spokesperson Ed Winter, who notes that the case was “reported as a possible suicide.”

Toxicology tests have been performed and the final results could take 4-6 weeks Winter explains, saying, “His case is deferred at this time pending additional tests.”

Troyer, best known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers franchise, died Saturday at the age of 49.

“It
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Austin Powers' Verne Troyer Dead at 49

Austin Powers' Verne Troyer Dead at 49
Verne Troyer, best known to audiences for his role as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers franchise, died on Saturday afternoon at the age of 49.

Troyer, who has publicly battled alcoholism, was first admitted to the hospital earlier this month after authorities were made aware that he was drunk and suicidal. There, he was treated for possible alcohol poisoning, according to TMZ.

The Austin Powers actor first began working in the mid-90s, appearing as a stunt double in the 1994 film Baby’s Day Out. That was followed by small parts in Men in Black, Jingle All the Way and Dustin Checks In.
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Verne Troyer Dead at 49

  • TMZ
Verne Troyer -- best known for playing Mini-Me in the 'Austin Powers' comedies, and for being one of the shortest men in the world -- has died. Verne died Saturday, according to a statement from his family. We'd been told he was on some form of life support since being taken to the hospital earlier this month after cops got a report he was drunk and suicidal, and was treated for possible alcohol poisoning. Verne's
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The Real Reason Omarosa Is Leaving the White House

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2017-12-13T10:45:22-08:00The Real Reason Omarosa Is Leaving the White House

She might have been good at back-stabbing her way through reality-tv challenges on The Apprentice, but when it came to being a useful part of the Executive Branch of government, Omarosa Manigault's skill set seems to have come up short. After a series of gaffes and job transfers, Omarosa will be leaving the White house to "pursue opportunities," although the main opportunity she's probably pursuing is the opportunity to be the latest White House staffer fired by Donald Trump.

Via Us Weekly.

Omarosa Manigault is leaving the White House. After joining Donald Trump’s staff as part of his transition team in 2016, the White House announced on Wednesday, December 13, that the former Apprentice contestant will be departing in early 2018.

Omarosa Manigault Newman resigned yesterday to pursue other opportunities,” Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.
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Hugh Hefner's Movie and TV Cameos

Hugh Hefner's Movie and TV Cameos
Hugh Hefner was also an actor. Well, kind of. Okay, the late Playboy founder, who died Wednesday at age 91, mostly played himself onscreen. But his appearances, most of them cameos, brought delight to audiences worldwide. Onscreen, Hef was typically accompanied by his gaggle of girlfriends. He also made frequent appearances on the E! reality show The Girls Next Door, which mostly concentrated on his live-in beauties Holly Madison, Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett and Bridget Marquardt. Hef also appeared on reality shows such as Wilkinson-Baskett's Kendra and Kendra on Top and The Surreal Life. He also had cameos...
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New Documentary Trailer Highlights Wrestler Chyna’s Final Months: ‘I Went From a Billion Dollar Commodity to on the Street’

New Documentary Trailer Highlights Wrestler Chyna’s Final Months: ‘I Went From a Billion Dollar Commodity to on the Street’
A “beautiful comeback story” gone so tragically awry.

In the first trailer for the emotional documentary covering Joanie “Chyna” Laurer’s final months, the groundbreaking WWE star gets candid about fame and the personal demons that led to her shocking 2016 death.

Laurer – who died a year ago on Thursday from a mixture of alcohol and prescription drugs at age 45 – allowed cameras into her life last year following a return from years living abroad, all lead by documentarian Erik Angra.

(Warning: parts of this trailer are Nsfw)

“I’m Chyna, I’m a champion,” she declares, emotional, in the first clips from the project,
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Dancing With the Stars Adds Charo for Season 24

Dancing With the Stars Adds Charo for Season 24
Everyone say it with us now: Cuchi-cuchi! Charo will compete on Dancing With the Stars, E! News has learned. The famous flamenco guitarist, 65, is no stranger to reality TV. She appeared on Celebrity Wife Swap, Hell's Kitchen and The Surreal Life. She's even been a guest on Dancing With the Stars before. Her other TV credits include Chico and the Man, RuPaul's Drag Race, Jane the Virgin and Fantasy Island. Additionally, E! News has learned that NFL player Rashad Jennings has joined the cast as well. Currently a free agent, Jennings spent the last two seasons as a running back for the New York Giants. The cast of Dancing With the Stars season 24 is also set to include Heather Morris from Glee,...
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Florence Henderson, 'The Brady Bunch' Actress, Dead at 82

Florence Henderson, 'The Brady Bunch' Actress, Dead at 82
Florence Henderson, the actress who portrayed matriarch Carol Brady on the Seventies sitcom The Brady Bunch, died Thursday in Los Angeles from heart failure. She was 82.

"We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our dear mother Florence Henderson from heart failure," the Henderson family said in a statement. "On this day of thanks, our beloved mother was surrounded by her devoted children and dearest friends. We thank all of her fans for their many years of love and ask that we be allowed to grieve in private."

Henderson's agent Kayla Pressman added,
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Alexis Arquette's Vibrant Life on and off Screen: Inside the Late Star's Rise to Fame and Evolving Gender Identity

Alexis Arquette's Vibrant Life on and off Screen: Inside the Late Star's Rise to Fame and Evolving Gender Identity
Alexis Arquette died on Sunday, surrounded by friends and family – which is exactly how the transgender icon lived her life.

Breaking on the Hollywood scene at a young age, Alexis appeared in around 70 projects, starring in popular films like The Wedding Singer and Bride of Chucky. Likely destined for stardom, Alexis was one of many performers in her large and storied family.

Alexis was born Robert Arquette in July 1969. Family patriarch, Lewis, acted in commercials while Lewis' wife, Mardi, was a stage performer.

Like their parents, all of Alexis' siblings were involved in show business, including oldest sister Rosanna, brother Richmond,
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Inside Alexis Arquette's Rise to Fame and Evolving Gender Identity

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Inside Alexis Arquette's Rise to Fame and Evolving Gender Identity
Alexis Arquette died on Sunday, surrounded by friends and family - which is exactly how the transgender icon lived her life. Breaking on the Hollywood scene at a young age, Alexis appeared in around 70 projects, starring in popular films like The Wedding Singer and Bride of Chucky. Likely destined for stardom, Alexis was one of many performers in her large and storied family. Alexis was born Robert Arquette in July 1969. Family patriarch, Lewis, acted in commercials while Lewis' wife, Mardi, was a stage performer. Like their parents, all of Alexis' siblings were involved in show business, including oldest sister Rosanna,
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Alexis Arquette, Transgender Actress, Dead at 47

Alexis Arquette, Transgender Actress, Dead at 47
Alexis Arquette, transgender actress and member of the Arquette acting family, died Sunday morning following a lengthy illness, her brother Richmond Arquette posted on Facebook, Us Weekly reports. She was 47.

"Our brother Robert, who became our brother Alexis, who became our sister Alexis, who became our brother Alexis, passed this morning September 11, at 12:32 am," Richmond wrote. "He was surrounded by all of his brothers and sisters, one of his nieces and several other loved ones. We were playing music for him and he passed during David Bowie's Starman.
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Alexis Arquette Dead at 47

Alexis Arquette Dead at 47
Actress-singer Alexis Arquette, whose TV work included guest stints on Roseanne, Friends and Californication, died Sunday morning in the presence of her family and friends, TMZ is reporting.

Arquette’s resume also included the films Threesome (1994) and The Wedding Singer (1998), the latter of which found her playing a Boy George impersonator, as well as Season 6 of VH1’s reality show The Surreal Life.

Arquette, the sister of actors Rosanna, Patricia and David, lent visibility to the transgender community long before Caitlyn Jenner arrived on the scene. She documented her transition from male to female in the 2007 film Alexis Arquette: She’s My Brother.
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Chyna Found Dead Surrounded By Medication As Dr. Drew Says He Fears Addiction Took WWE Star's Life

Chyna Found Dead Surrounded By Medication As Dr. Drew Says He Fears Addiction Took WWE Star's Life
WWE legend Chyna was surrounded by medication when she was found dead and authorities believe she may have died from an accidental overdose.

The former wrestling star, real name Joan Laurer, was discovered by friend in her Redondo Beach, California apartment on Wednesday – and she may have been dead for days, the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner tells People. She was 45.

"Evidently either a friend or someone close to her hadn't talked to her since Sunday and they went over there and went in and found her deceased or unresponsive," Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter says. "Paramedics were
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