Here’s What The ‘Bratz’ Girls Are Up To Now, 10 Years Later

Say what you will about the Bratz movie, but the one thing we can all agree on is its ability to put female friendship above all else.
The film takes a risk by introducing four tight-knit characters entering freshman year, letting the audience invest in them only slightly, before flash-forwarding to senior year where the girls are now separated into different cliques, but it works because of its truth. And because, in the end, friendship wins.

While I’m not always the biggest fan of time jumps, I appreciate this use of it because it shows the truth of what happens to many friend groups once they’ve entered high school. People change and grow so much in those four years, which is why it makes sense that friendships change, as well. This real-life aspect of teen life is often left out in films, but not in this one.

Just like in real life, people who were once great friends, even if they’ve moved on to other friendships, will still always care about their early friends and will be there if they are really needed. And this is also shown in Bratz. Sasha (Logan Browning), Jade (Janel Parrish), Yasmin (Nathalia Ramos), and Cloe (Skyler Shaye) needed to find their own way in high school and go after what they wanted, but when it came down to it, they always had each others’ backs and found their way back to each other and their friendship in the end.

What makes me even happier than the fact that these friends rekindled their friendship after four years of high school, is that real life mimicked fiction this time around because the leading ladies who played the main foursome formed the same unbeatable friendships as their characters in the film. They bonded so greatly on set that 10 years since the film premiered they still have beach days, tweet each other, and even have Bratz rewatch parties!

Keep reading to find out what else the Bratz girls have been up to lately!

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In Conversation With… “Gotta Kick It Up!” Screenwriter Nancy De Los Santos Celebrating Its 15th Anniversary

Can we celebrate Gotta Kick It Up! for a second week in a row? Sí se puede!

Last Wednesday (July 26), we celebrated the 15th anniversary of Disney Channel’s Gotta Kick It Up! and today we are doing the same. While last week was the official anniversary, this film is so significant that we are going to continue the celebration.

A film so nice, we’re celebrating it twice!

If you missed the first celebration, here’s the link to last week’s post about why I think it’s so important and the breakdown of what the cast is up to now. Since you’ve already heard from me, I thought it would be a good idea to hear from someone incredibly involved in the project ; its screenwriter, Nancy De Los Santos.

The dancing DCOM, starring the wonderful Camille Guaty and America Ferrera, was based on a true story, which Nancy helped bring to life. Nancy worked with Meghan Cole, whose story this film was based on, to bring these strong, independent, fierce, talented characters to the screen and we can’t thank both of them enough.

We also can’t thank Nancy enough for giving such an in-depth and honest interview about what Gotta Kick It Up! means to her, how it was made, its influence in both Hollywood and society as a whole, and what she hopes people take away from the film.

Keep reading to find out straight from the film’s screenwriter (via email), Nancy De Los Santos, just why Gotta Kick It Up!‘s 15th anniversary is such an powerful event to celebrate.

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New TV Movies From Your Favorite Channels: See The August 2017 Lineup!

🎶Oh, oh, the summerrrr niigghhtsss!🎶

It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy, especially when you have FOUR brand new Hallmark Channel flicks coming your way! Yep, you read that right, four new movies are almost here.

While Grease might not be one of them, you’ll still be humming the tune to “Summer Nights” as you watch along with Hallmark’s August programming event of the same name.

This wondrous event marks the return of some of our favorite stars, as well as gives us a few new ones – from other series we all surely love. It also marks the sequel to last year’s hit Autumn in the Vineyard! So, put on a fun sundress, grab some softserve ice cream and check out this breakdown of all the August premieres, that Millennial Hallmarker has kindly put together for you, of course.

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In Conversation With… Lifetime’s ‘I Me Wed’ Screenwriter Julie Sherman Wolfe On Its 10th Anniversary

I now pronounce you: yourself and yourself. You may now kiss yourself. Wait, what??

There are TV movies with just about every storyline, but 10 years ago today, a film about a woman who marries herself was released on Lifetime, I Me Wed, and it was wonderful.

I Me Wed, starring the fiercely talented Erica Durance (Smallville for the win!) and Paul Popowich, is important because unlike most rom-coms, the lead female, Isabelle (Erica Durance), isn’t looking romance with a significant other, only with herself. She’s just looking for others to accept the fact that she loves herself and that that’s enough. She wants others to realize that loving yourself is something worth celebrating, which is why she decides to marry herself. As one does.

All of those reasons are why this film is something to be celebrated, especially today (July 29), its 10th anniversary! It’s time to celebrate Isabelle for showing the world via a rom-com that it’s good to be independent and self-sufficient. It’s good to not just drop her job or goals to find a man (as most of the women of TV rom-coms do, but that’s for another blog post). If love happens, great, if not, then it doesn’t.

Of course, the movie does have an HEA (happily ever after) for all aspects of Isabelle’s life: she marries herself, makes up with her best friend, and even happens to find love with a significant other, Colin (Paul Popowich) along the way. Not because she forced it, but because she let it happen.

To celebrate the movie’s momentous occasion, Millennial Hallmarker caught up with its gifted, brilliant and kind screenwriter Julie Sherman Wolfe (via email) about her inspiration for I Me Wed, her favorite scene, and her thoughts on the cast. Plus, she gives us all the lowdown on her upcoming Hallmark films.

Keep reading to get all the deets!

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Here’s What The Cast Of Disney Channel’s ‘Gotta Kick It Up!’ Is Up To Now, 15 Years Later (PHOTOS)

Sí se puede! Sí se puede! Sí se puede!

Happy 15th anniversary, Disney Channel’s Gotta Kick It Up! Let’s celebrate!

The 2002 DCOM was all about female empowerment, friendship, and, well, dancing! Airing on July 26, 2002, the TV movie is now officially 15 years old, but its importance hasn’t wavered a single bit.

Gotta Kick It Up! remains one of the most culturally-aware DCOMs, which is most definitely something worth celebrating. Based on a true story of an executive-turned-teacher who volunteers as the coach of Latina girls on a middle school dance team, the film really had it all.

Not only was the cast (hello, Camille Guaty and America Ferrera!) primarily Latina, which to this day rarely happens, but the characters they played were not merely stereotypical portrayals. There were many variations of the Latina woman, just as there are in everyday life. At the time, it was such a huge step forward for Disney Channel, and TV in general. But let’s be honest, if this movie were made today, it would still be considered a huge step forward.

Unfortunately, not much has changed in the world of Hollywood diversity in the last 15 years, which is why this film remains so important and its anniversary is something that should be greatly celebrated.

Gotta Kick It Up! gave its characters the chance to be shown to the world, but it also gave its actresses the chance to be shown to the world. It helped give these women the platform and the film credit needed to help kick-start their career in the right direction. And, girl, has it!

Keep reading to see what the talented Gotta Kick It Up! actresses are up to now, 15 years later.

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In Conversation With… “The Christmas Cure” Screenwriter Marcy Holland

There’s nothing better than getting to open up a present earlier than expected. That’s exactly what Hallmark Channel’s Christmas in July programming event feels like because we get to watch new Christmas films SIX MONTHS before the actualy holiday. It’s the cure to our Christmas withdrawals.

Speaking of cures, one of the doses of Christmas movie medicine we’re recieving is tonight’s (July 15) premiere of The Christmas Cure, written by the fabulous Marcy Holland and starring the talented Brooke Nevin and Steve Beyers.

To get the full scoop on this new Christmas film, Millennial Hallmarker caught up with Marcy (via email) to chat about writing holiday movies, working with Hallmark, and which of her TV movies she’d love to make a sequel to!

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New TV Movies From Your Favorite Channels: See The July 2017 Lineup!

Time to put up those Christmas lights! Listen, I know what you’re thinking, “But Millennial Hallmarker, it’s only July!” While that might be true, that doesn’t mean we can’t have a little halfway-to-Christmas celebration, especially since Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries is making it a whole lot easier for us with new Christmas-themed movies!

If Christmas films aren’t your favorite, no worries. PixL has your back with the premiere of its new rivals-to-lovers flick Bad Date Chronicleswhich sounds like the literal definition of a rom-com.

So you don’t miss out on a new movie that could easily become a favorite, Millennial Hallmarker has all the details on July’s TV movie premieres for you right here.

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In Conversation With… Disney Channel’s ‘Get A Clue’ Screenwriter Alana Sanko On Its 15th Anniversary

Get a Clue, would ya?! It’s the DCOM’s 15th anniversary!

Everyone knows Lindsay Lohan really kicked off her career as the adorable twins in 1998’s The Parent Trap, but it was Disney Channel’s Get a Clue that helped catapult her into the next, more grown-up phase of her career.

The ’02 DCOM, written by the talented Alana Sanko and directed by Maggie Greenwald, focused on a rich, fashionable student, Lexy (Lindsay Lohan), who works to solve the mystery of her missing teacher with the help of her best friend Jennifer (Brenda Song), her student paper rival Jack (Bug Hall), and his friend Gabe (Al Mukadam). The Disney Channel Original Movie is filled with gadgets, hi-jinks, high fashion, and hi-larity.

Get a Clue started a stream of movies for Lindsay, leading to the likes of Freaky FridayConfessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, and Mean Girls. But it’s not just Lindsay that should be thankful for this film. We all should be.

It featured a great cast with fabulous chemistry. It was non-stop fun and one of the most interesting DCOMs. And, I mean, how cute were Lexy and rival-turned-bf Jack??

Most importantly, the characters were all bada** on a channel that doesn’t even allow that word.

That’s why today (June 28), the film’s 15th anniversary, is so important. And should be celebrated as such.

To commemorate the momentous occasion of Get a Clue‘s 15th anniversary, Millennial Hallmarker caught up with the film’s screenwriter (via email) Alana Sanko to find out more about the cast’s amazing chemistry, what it was like to write the hit DCOM, and her thoughts on a sequel!

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Lake Bell And Ed Helms Muddle Through Marriage In ‘I Do… Until I Don’t’ Trailer

Lake Bell is back in the director’s chair!

Bell, who previously directed 2013’s fabulous In A World, is returning to the impressive world of doing it all AKA directing, writing, producing, AND acting in her upcoming indie comedyI Do… Until I Don’t.

Featuring not only the very talented Lake Bell, but also Ed Helms, Amber Heard, Wyatt Cenac, Mary Steenburgen, Paul Reiser, Dolly Wells, and Chace Crawford, this is one September movie that should *definitely* be put on your must-see list.

But what is it really all about? Here’s the official film synopsis:

I Do… Until I Don’t is an ensemble comedy following three couples stuck in the web of a jaded filmmaker (Dolly Wells) looking to prove that marriage should be a seven-year contract with an option to renew.

For Alice and Noah (Lake Bell, Ed Helms), more than a hint of boredom is setting in as they approach their first decade together and the prospect of parenthood. Meanwhile, Alice’s funky sister Fanny (Amber Heard) is sure her “open marriage” to Zander (Wyatt Cenac) is the key to their free-spirited happiness. And then there’s Cybil and Harvey (Mary Steenburgen, Paul Reiser), a pair of empty-nesters wondering what the next stage will be.

Now that you’ve got the scoop on the multi-couple comedy, check out the trailer below to see how it all comes together!

Noah: “Meet me in the bathroom in five.”

Alice: “I don’t know if I need five minutes to get there, hun.”

For more laughs, be sure to watch I Do… Until I Don’t when it opens in theaters on September 1st!

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‘Bring It On 6’ Is Almost Here, & It’s Going Global

On August 25, 2000, the world was given the gift of the original Bring It On film and everything changed. It was pure fun, sexy, brutal, ridiculous, hardcore, and teen-and-cheer-tastic.

Now, 17 years later, one August 29, 2017, the world is about to receive another present from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Beacon Pictures: Bring It On: Worldwide #Cheersmack, the 6th movie in the franchise.

After seeing the first five films in the series about 50 times each, I’m thrilled to finally be adding another into the mix!

Featuring Degrassi: The Next Generation‘s Cristine ProsperiDance Academy and The FostersJordan RodriguesVikings‘ Sophie Vavasseur, and the one-of-a-kind Vivica A. Fox, the latest Bring It On is set to be yet another worldwide sensation.

What aspect of the cheer world will we be experiencing this time around? Let Universal Pictures’ official summary explain:

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