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Sharla Sumpter Bridgett Tapped as President of The Story Company

Sharla Sumpter Bridgett Tapped as President of The Story Company
Tim Story’s the Story Company has hired veteran producer and executive Sharla Sumpter Bridgett as president of production for the company.

Story has directed “Barbershop,” the two “Ride Along” movies, the two “Think Like a Man” titles, “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer,” and “Fantastic Four” and is attached to New Line’s “Shaft,” starring Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher, and Alexandra Shipp. His films have grossed over $1 billion at the box office, making him the first African-American director to cross that milestone.

Story is currently a director and executive producer for Showtime’s half-hour comedy series “White Famous,” loosely based on the life of Jamie Foxx with Jay Pharoah starring.

“It has been my goal to build a production company where I am able to produce quality film and television projects in addition to my directing career,” said Story, who is CEO. “Sharla’s exceptional taste and ability to develop great material fits seamlessly
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Aubrey Plaza on the Popularity Contest of Social Media, Her Dream Project with Bette Midler, and ‘Ingrid Goes West’

Even though she’s widely considered to be the Queen of Dry Wit, sitting in the hotel room where we’re about to talk about her latest film Ingrid Goes West, there’s an unexpected innocence to Aubrey Plaza that makes her seem more like Sandy from Grease before the makeover. She’s wearing a dark baseball jacket over a lovely plaid dress in blush tones, and rather than welcoming me with a raised eyebrow, she smiles. I reach out my hand to her to say hello and apologize because it’s cold, she raises the eyebrow and explains, “I’m sorry too because my hand is warm.” And suddenly Sandy has given path to the sardonic Rizzo. Since her breakthrough in Parks & Recreation, Plaza has become one of the funniest people in the industry. Period. Few actors can accomplish so much using so little and making it seem so effortless,
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Trailer Watch: Aubrey Plaza Stalks Insta Star Elizabeth Olsen in “Ingrid Goes West”

Ingrid Goes West

Aubrey Plaza takes her fandom way too far in the first trailer for “Ingrid Goes West.” Best known for portraying deadpan, underwhelmed characters like April Ludgate on “Parks and Recreation,” this time around Plaza plays an overenthusiastic and unhinged Instagram stalker. “I thought she was in an insane asylum,” a mean girl at the grocery store tells a friend on the phone when she spots Plaza’s character from across the aisle. Ingrid is not institutionalized, but she may very well be on a path that gets her arrested.

Following the death of her mother, Ingrid decides to move out West to La with the hopes of connecting with her Instagram icon, Taylor (Elizabeth Olsen). In order to forge that connection, Ingrid kidnaps Taylor’s dog then returns him to the grateful socialite. The two hit it off — partially because Ingrid so good at stroking Taylor’s ego. “You are by far the coolest, most interesting person I’ve ever met,” Ingrid tells her.

But it looks like it’s only a matter of time until Ingrid’s deception is discovered. The trailer shows Taylor’s brother confronting his sister’s stalker in disguise when he discovers that her phone password is Taylor’s birthday. “I own you,” he threatens.

While the teaser for the film focused on a wedding gone awry, this new spot features much more footage, including a hilarious rendition of K-Ci & JoJo’s “All My Life.”

Plaza currently stars on the critically acclaimed FX comic book adaptation “Legion,” which just wrapped up its first season in March. “The To Do List” and “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” are among her other credits. Olsen’s credits include “Captain America: Civil War,” “Godzilla,” and “Martha Marcy May Marlene.”

Ingrid Goes West” premiered at Sundance in January, where it won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. Directed by Matt Spicer, it opens in theaters August 4.

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Teaser Watch: Aubrey Plaza Is an Instagram Stalker in “Ingrid Goes West”

Ingrid Goes West

If you find yourself rolling your eyes at social media stars, Instagram platitudes, and hashtags being affixed to every other word online, “Ingrid Goes West” may just be the dark comedy for you. A Nsfw teaser has been released for the Aubrey Plaza-starrer.

“Following the death of her mother and a series of self-inflicted setbacks, young Ingrid Thorburn (Plaza) escapes a humdrum existence by moving out West to befriend her Instagram obsession and La socialite Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen),” the film’s official synopsis details. “After a quick bond is forged between these unlikeliest of friends, the façade begins to crack in both women’s lives — with comically malicious results.”

The clip kicks off with Ingrid making a big entrance at an Insta-perfect wedding reception — the kind of entrance that all of the attendees will remember for the rest of their lives. She shows up (presumably uninvited) with makeup running under her eyes and wearing a hoodie, then proceeds to pepper spray the bride (Meredith Hagner, “Search Party”) while screaming at her.

Plaza currently stars on the FX comic book adaptation “Legion,” which just wrapped up its debut season. “Parks and Recreation,” “The To Do List,” and “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” are among her other credits. Olsen’s credits include “Captain America: Civil War,” “Godzilla,” and “Martha Marcy May Marlene.”

Ingrid Goes West” premiered at Sundance in January, where it won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. Directed and co-written by Matt Spicer, it opens in theaters August 4. Check out the teaser to see some of Ingrid’s misadventures, which include a horribly awkward meeting with Taylor’s brother.

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‘Making History’ Star Adam Pally Arrested for Misdemeanor Drug Possession

‘Making History’ Star Adam Pally Arrested for Misdemeanor Drug Possession
Making History” and “Happy Endings” star Adam Pally was arrested Tuesday night in New York and hit with two misdemeanor drug possession charges, a New York Police Department spokesperson confirmed to Variety.

A source tells Variety that Pally was seen smoking marijuana with an e-cigarette in the neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen in public view at about 10:46 p.m. When police arrested him, they found that he had a small bag of cocaine, and cited him with the second drug charge. He’s since been released from custody.

He has been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree, and criminal possession of marijuana in the 5th degree. Pally’s ticket requires that he appear in front of a judge within 30 days.

His reps did not immediately respond to request for comment on Wednesday. TMZ first broke the news of the arrest.

Pally is best known for his role as Max Blum on
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Exclusive: ‘The Good Fight’ Star Sarah Steele Says Goodbye to Teenage Roles With ‘Speech & Debate’

Exclusive: ‘The Good Fight’ Star Sarah Steele Says Goodbye to Teenage Roles With ‘Speech & Debate’
Now star of The Good Fight, the CBS All Access spinoff of The Good Wife, Sarah Steele is finally playing her own age onscreen.

The actress, who made her film debut as Bernice, the awkward-but-cute preteen in 2004’s Spanglish, has had an extended onscreen life as a teenager, playing Jenny Humphrey’s rival on two episodes of Gossip Girl, the teenage daughter to Catherine Keener in the dark comedy Please Give and, in 2013, a recent high school graduate in The To Do List. In Speech & Debate, the film adaptation of Stephen Karam’s Off-Broadway play opening in select theaters and on demand April 7 and is available exclusively on iTunes April 2, she returns to high school as a Rachel Berry-like student with dreams of becoming a star.

The new film, which she dubs her “swan song” for teenage roles, comes as Steele has evolved into an adult both onscreen and onstage. “I had this
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Toronto Film Review: ‘The Edge of Seventeen’

Toronto Film Review: ‘The Edge of Seventeen’
In the best teen films, from “Sixteen Candles” to “Clueless” to “Superbad” to the greatest high school movie of the last ten years, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” the main characters have a way of occupying the moral high ground. Even when they’re outcasts or “losers,” their cleverness and wit — the sheer humanity of their alienation — puts us right on their side. But that’s not quite the case with Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld), the radiantly troubled heroine of “The Edge of Seventeen.”

She’s a creature of intense magnetism who, in theory at least, has all the qualities that an audience could want. She’s poised and beautiful, with a wardrobe — colorful wedgy sneakers, parochial-school skirt worn as ironic fashion statement — catchy enough to be just this side of fatally hip. She speaks in drop-dead verbal volleys, which she stretches out into entertainingly long and winding sentences, and
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[Review] Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

Inspired by “true” events, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is a screwball comedy with the potential to edge towards a smarter farce. More favorable than a certain Adam Sandler Hawaiian vacation comedy, if at times no less offensive, the film delivers a few big laughs even if a few notes fall flat along the way. Operating at full throttle, web short and TV vet Jake Szymanski lets the inmates run the asylum while allowing Aubrey Plaza to break out of her shell; here she’s shed that awkwardness thanks to weed and booze.

The plot is as direct as can be. Dave (Zac Efron) and Mike Stangle (Adam DeVine) have ruined many a family affair with well-intentioned but disruptive antics and are given an ultimatum: their mom (Stephanie Faracy) and dad (Stephen Root) tell them to find nice, respectable girls to bring to their sister Jeanie’s (Sugar Lyn Beard) wedding or stay home.
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Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates – Review

Summer’s in full swing with big family gatherings and social events. It’s the perfect time for some raunchy laughs at the multiplex. Eleven years ago (no, really!) R-rated movie comedies made a big, big comeback when Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson were Wedding Crashers. Four years later, the lead up to nuptials ignited a comic trilogy with The Hangover. Then the ladies got in on the act just two years later with Bridesmaids. This weekend’s new flick doles out a bit from all those entrees in the funny flick buffet, expanding on a comedy staple (or main course in the food analogy), namely the comic team. This doesn’t quite harken back to Stan and Ollie or Bud and Lou, rather the inspiration may be a bit over twenty years ago to Harry and Lloyd, those Dumb & Dumber dudes, continuing through Harold and Kumar, on to various unions of Rogen,
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Film Review: ‘Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates’

Film Review: ‘Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates’
It’s fair to say that anyone who goes to see “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” will expect a certain amount of bang (pun intended) for their buck. The movie, after all, has “wedding” in the title (which, of course, is designed to get you to think of “Wedding Crashers”), and it’s got a poster that makes it look like its four lead characters are just waking up after a fraternity-bash bender from hell. The audience is sure to demand its quota of gross-out gags, gratuitous nudity, discombobulated druggie slapstick, dialogue sprinkled with over-the-top raunch, and at least one sequence in which a character we like gets seriously physically damaged. “Mike and Dave” offers all of that, so no one should walk away too disappointed, but the good news is that the movie, while it rambles on a bit, also has a gently nutty spirit that is often quite winning.
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Neighbors 2 Proves It Still Too Often Takes Men to Get a Woman's Story Told in Hollywood

Much to my surprise, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising turned out to be a *gasp* feminist film . . . and I loved it. It made my heart sing as I sat in the theater watching the story unfold, complete with plenty of "you go, girl" moments. Much like Trainwreck or Bridesmaids, these young leading ladies (led by Chloë Grace Moretz, Kiersey Clemons, and Beanie Feldstein) finally played just as dirty as the boys. From selling weed to launching used tampons, the girls embrace bad behavior as they fight for their right to party. But why are they fighting exactly? "We don't throw parties here," a perky Selena Gomez tells her pledges at the beginning of the film. "In the United States, sororities are not allowed to throw parties in their own houses. Only frats can." She encourages everyone to google it. They do. This prompts Moretz's character and her friends to start their
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Lauren Graham And Rob Riggle Starring In CBS Films’ Middle School

CBS Films announced today the cast for the theatrical motion picture adaptation of James Patterson’s award-winning, bestselling series Middle School, arriving in theaters October 2016.

The cast will include Lauren Graham (“Parenthood,” “Gilmore Girls”), Rob Riggle (“22 Jump Street,” “Hotel Transylvania 2”), Thomas Barbusca (“Preacher,” “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp”), Andrew Daly (“Review,” “Black-ish”), Adam Pally (“The Mindy Project,” “The To Do List”), Efren Ramirez (“Constantine,” “Napoleon Dynamite”), Isabela Moner (“100 Things to Do Before High School,” “Dora and Friends: Into the City!”) and Alexa Nisenson (“Constantine”) are joining Griffin Gluck (“About a Boy,” “Red Band Society”).

Steve Carr is set to direct the film from a screenplay by Chris Bowman, Hubbel Palmer and Kara Holden. Leopoldo Gout and Bill Robinson are producing and James Patterson and Steve Bowen are executive producing for James Patterson Entertainment. Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King of Participant Media are also serving as executive producers along with Michael Flynn.
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Aubrey Plaza Joins Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates, Cast Sounds Incredible

The title may be a mouthful, but the upcoming comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is putting together one hell of a cast full of talented young actors. Now they.ve added one more, as Aubrey Plaza has joined the festivities. Variety reports that the Parks and Recreation, Safety Not Guaranteed, and The To Do List star has signed up to appear alongside Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick, and Adam Devine in the brewing comedy. You can currently check out Plaza in Ned Rifle, the third film in Hal Hartley.s quirky, long-gestating trilogy that began with Henry Fool in 1997 and continued with Fay Grim in 2006. In Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Efron and Devine play two immature, hard-partying brothers. When they become desperate to find dates for a wedding, they place an online personal add hoping to score a couple, only they meet their match in a pair
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'Friday Night Lights' Star Scott Porter Expecting First Child

'Friday Night Lights' Star Scott Porter Expecting First Child
Congratulations to Hart of Dixie star Scott Porter!

The 35-year-old actor is expecting his first child with his wife, Kelsey Mayfield, this summer.

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The happy couple debuted her baby bump at the Jupiter Ascending premiere in Los Angeles on Monday.

"The Porter family always loves supporting friends like @channingtatum and #TheWachowskis. #JupiterAscending," he posted on Instagram alongside this picture of him holding his wife's belly.

The former Friday Night Lights star actually met Mayfield, a casting director, during a game of beer pong, People reports. The two tied the knot in Texas in April 2013 while surrounded by his former Fnl cast-mates.

News: Scott Porter's Professional 'To Do List'

Check out when Et caught up with Porter and his The To Do List co-stars Aubrey Plaza and Bill Hader last July in the video below.
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Aubrey Plaza Joins Zac Efron’s ‘Dirty Grandpa’ as Robert De Niro’s Romantic Lead

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Aubrey Plaza Joins Zac Efron’s ‘Dirty Grandpa’ as Robert De Niro’s Romantic Lead
Aubrey Plaza joined the cast of “Dirty Grandpa” as Robert De Niro‘s love interest, a spokesperson with knowledge of the production told TheWrap.

As TheWrap exclusively reported in September, De Niro is joined by co-star Zac Efron in the Dan Mazer-directed adult comedy

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John Phillips penned the script, which follows a lewd Army veteran (De Niro) who tricks his uptight grandson (Efron) into taking him down to Florida to mingle with party-crazed college kids on Spring Break. Plaza is set to play Lenore,
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Aubrey Plaza Joins Zac Efron, Robert De Niro In ‘Dirty Grandpa’

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Exclusive: Zac Efron and Robert De Niro are getting more company in their Lionsgate road trip pic Dirty Grandpa. Parks and Recreation’s Aubrey Plaza has signed onto the comedy about an uptight twenty-something (Efron) who embarks on a road trip before his wedding to bond with his recently widowed grandfather (De Niro) only to find that his grandpa is a foul-mouthed lunatic on a mission to get laid during Spring Break.

Plaza will play Lenore, a savvy, beguiling party girl looking for fun on Spring Break.

Dan Mazer (Da Ali G Show) is directing from a screenplay by John Phillips, while Bill Block, Jason Barrett, Barry Josephson and Michael Simkin are producing. Zoey Deutch joined the cast last month and Dermot Mulroney also stars. Lionsgate has already set an August 12, 2016 release for the Qed and Ninjas Running Wild comedy. Erik Feig and Jim Miller are overseeing for the studio.
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Surprise! 6 Baby Announcements We Didn't See Coming

Surprise! 6 Baby Announcements We Didn't See Coming
Hollywood is pretty good at keeping secrets, but who knew some stars were this good? Between the paparazzi and baby bumps, it’s pretty tough to keep a celeb pregnancy completely under wraps, yet some couples managed to do just that in 2014.

Here are the five bundles of joy that we didn’t see coming -- and one that we sort of did but, you know, not for sure.

Jimmy Fallon & Nancy Juvonen

Congratulations, Completely Exhausted! This year marked the second time Jimmy Fallon shocked fans with big baby news. The Tonight Show host and wife Nancy Juvonen welcomed Frances Cole Fallon on Dec. 3. As with their older daughter, 1-year-old Winnie Rose, Frances was born by surrogate and the pregnancy was kept private until after her birth.

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Gaby Hoffman & Chris Dapkins

Gaby Hoffmann’s pregnancy wasn’t a surprise -- she showed off her baby
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ABC Buys Millennial Comedy From 'To Do List' Writer (Exclusive)

ABC Buys Millennial Comedy From 'To Do List' Writer (Exclusive)
ABC is going to explore the generation gap with feature writer Maggie Carey. The network has handed out a script commitment to The Big Hole, from The To Do List writer Carey, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The single-camera comedy explores the generational clash between an entitled millennial and her baby boomer boss at a failing PBS station in Big Hole, Montana. See more Faces of Fall 2014 Carey will pen the script for 20th Century Fox Television and exec produce alongside Caroline Williams and 3 Arts' Tom Lassally and Greg Walter. The Big Hole comes after Aubrey Plaza-starrer

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Aubrey Plaza: from 'sarcastic, eye-rolling weirdo’ to lustful zombie

The Parks and Recreation star is playing an eye-bulging dead girlfriend in new film Life After Beth and doesn’t understand why fans find her ‘hot’, but says it’s female friendships she values most – thanks to Amy Poehler

Jordan Hoffman’s first-look review of Life After Beth

It’s a Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles, and Aubrey Plaza is talking over brunch about a recent milestone: turning 30. April Ludgate, her alter ego on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, couldn’t have put it better – “I hate it,” says Plaza. “If anyone tries to tell me it’s not a big deal, I’m like, ‘Fuck off’. The last thing I want to do is be 30.”

Since her big break in 2006 – a bit-part on the first season of 30 Rock – Plaza has been known for her characterisations of eccentric twenty-something girls, from Seth Rogen’s love interest in Judd Apatow’s
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Aubrey Plaza: from 'sarcastic, eye-rolling weirdo to lustful zombie

The Parks and Recreation star is playing an eye-bulging dead girlfriend in new film Life After Beth and doesnt understand why fans find her hot, but says its female friendships she values most thanks to Amy Poehler

Jordan Hoffmans first-look review of Life After Beth

Its a Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles, and Aubrey Plaza is talking over brunch about a recent milestone: turning 30. April Ludgate, her alter ego on NBCs Parks and Recreation, couldnt have put it better I hate it, says Plaza. If anyone tries to tell me its not a big deal, Im like, Fuck off. The last thing I want to do is be 30.

Since her big break in 2006 a bit-part on the first season of 30 Rock Plaza has been known for her characterisations of eccentric twenty-something girls, from Seth Rogens love interest in Judd Apatows Funny People to starring roles in indie films Safety Not Guaranteed
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