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‘Ingrid Goes West’ Will Make Everyone Think Twice About What They Are Sharing On Social Media

This is probably the most Aubrey Plaza movie yet.

The trailer for “Ingrid Goes West” is out and the little teaser is giving us just enough to know that this is definitely an Aubrey Plaza project. The movie, which won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance Film Festival 2017, deals with something many younger moviegoers will relate to: social media obsessions. Plaza’s character Ingrid is like any other young woman, except she becomes terrifyingly obsessed with other young female “social influencers” and tries to befriend them. This movie is definitely addressing society’s obsession with living a perfect life on social media, which fits in neatly with the sometimes dark sense of humor that Plaza has built her career on.

We know from the jump that Ingrid might have a few problems.

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You can just feel the nervous energy coming off the screen when Plaza’s character sees a social celebrity’s wedding post. She looks like a friend who was left out of the party.

And it doesn’t take long for her to arrive at the wedding in time to pepper spray the bride. #tragic

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CREDIT: NEON / YouTube

Ingrid does spend some time in a psychiatric ward to deal with her obsession of imitating and befriending social stars, but it doesn’t last.

After she gets out of the  psychiatric ward, Ingrid does what she does and moves out west to stalk and befriend her newest social media obsession, Taylor Sloan.

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CREDIT: NEON / YouTube

What follows is a pulse-pounding montage of Ingrid attempting to become Sloan’s bestie.


READ: Aubrey Plaza Accidentally Revealed Who Her Long Term Boyfriend Is On The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

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Ellen DeGeneres Finally Addressed Those Toxic Workplace Allegations In Her Show’s Season Premiere

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Ellen DeGeneres Finally Addressed Those Toxic Workplace Allegations In Her Show’s Season Premiere

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On Monday, host, and actress Ellen DeGeneres returned to her show for her first episode since her daytime talk show came under investigation for harboring a “toxic” workplace environment. Intent on restoring her sunny reputation, the comedian addressed the allegations head-on with an opening monologue that described her summer as “great” and by issuing an apology that fans have long been waiting for.

Returning to the studio for the show’s season premiere, DeGeneres apologized to those who had been negatively affected while working as part of her staff.

“As you may have heard, this summer there were allegations of a toxic work environment at our show and then there was an investigation,” DeGeneres admitted. “I learned that things happened here that never should have happened. I take that very seriously and I want to say I am so sorry to the people that were affected. I know that I am in a position of privilege and power and with that comes responsibility and I take responsibility for what happens at my show.” The Finding Doy Star went onto explain that she claims “responsibility for what happens at my show.”

Over the summer, soon after the pandemic broke, various former and current staff members of DeGeneres’ show alleged that they had endured harassment, intimidation and racism.

In a report published by BuzzFeed, former employees claimed that the 32-time Daytime Emmy Award winner’s “be kind” persona was “all for show.” After she and various other senior staffers were accused of fostering a toxic work environment, her show’s parent company WarnerMedia issued an apology. Three of the show’s top producers also made an exit.

In response to the allegations, WarnerMedia addressed concerns at the time saying “Warner Bros. and Ellen DeGeneres take the recent allegations around the show’s workplace culture very seriously.” Soon after, in July, DeGeneres issued an email apology to her team and revealed that an internal investigation had been launched.

On Monday, the host explained that after making “the necessary changes,” she and WarnerMedia “had a lot of conversations over the last few weeks about the show, the workplace and what we want for the future. We have made the necessary changes and today we are starting a new chapter.”

She went onto joke about her reputation as the “be kind” lady, and claimed that it is “a tricky position to be in.”

“Being known as the ‘be kind’ lady is a tricky position to be in,” she admitted. “So let me give you some advice out there if anybody’s thinking of changing their title or giving yourself a nickname, do not go with the ‘be kind’ lady. Don’t do it. The truth is I am that person that you see on TV.”

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Lil Nas X’s Next Big Drop Is A Children’s Book Called ‘C Is For Country’

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Lil Nas X’s Next Big Drop Is A Children’s Book Called ‘C Is For Country’

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Turns out Lil Nas X has more than just country rap up his sleeve. The 21-year-old “Old Town Road” rapper has a penchant for literature too.

On Tuesday, the rapper revealed that he’s written a children’s book called C Is for Country.

“I’m dropping the best kids’ book of all time soon!” the rapper shared in a Tweet earlier this week before adding that he couldn’t “wait to share it” with his fans and young readers.

Nas’s children’s book is being published under Random House Kids, a division of Penguin Random House. It is currently available for preorder on their site.

According to the Random House Kids’ website, the book is a story about Lil Nas X and Panini the pony.

“Join superstar Lil Nas X—who boasts the longest-running #1 song in history—and Panini the pony on a joyous journey through the alphabet from sunup to sundown. Experience wide-open pastures, farm animals, guitar music, cowboy hats, and all things country in this debut picture book that’s perfect for music lovers learning their ABCs and for anyone who loves Nas’s signature genre-blending style,” Random House describes in its explanation.

The book is illustrated by Theodore Taylor III and promises “plenty of hidden surprises for Nas’ biggest fans.”

C Is for County comes out Jan. 5.

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