Why Amanda Bynes’ Plan To Return To Acting Means Everything To Me

Amanda Bynes wants to return to acting, and it’s about damn time.

In her first interview in four years, Amanda told Hollyscoop’s Diana Madison that she’s been working on herself for the last few years and that she’s ready to get back to acting, starting with TV.

This is the greatest news I could ever ask for. Amanda has always meant so much to me, both growing up and now. Her work stands for so much more than just kid and teen content. It stands for everything that girls should aspire to be.

Right now we’re basking in the female glory that is Wonder Woman because we appreciate and crave strong women in our movies and on our TV screens. Gal Gadot gave us that with this latest superhero film and it is everything.

But that saying “not all superheroes wear capes” is completely true. Gal’s Wonder Woman is just the latest (and largest-scale) strong female character that we’ve had. As we continue to hope for more and more women to add to that list, we must also remember those who have in the past. Amanda Bynes is most definitely one of them.

She’s shown girls, who are on their way to womanhood, that it is OKAY to be yourself, unashamedly so. Amanda was never afraid to take on roles that made her look goofy or required her to not be in the “prettiest” state. She was the Kristen Wiig of the YA world. She was the Kristen Wiig of my world. Scratch that, she was simply the Amanda Bynes of world and the stood for a lot on its own.

Unfortunately, so many actresses, especially young ones, give in to society’s idea that they must look the right way in every scene of every show or movie they do, or that they must never make strange/weird faces, even in comedies, for fear of that’s how the world will see them. As if that’s a bad way for them to be seen.

Amanda didn’t give in to that pressure. She showed society and, more importantly, the girls growing up in that society, that not only is it okay to act however you want, but it should be encouraged. When you watch I watch her onscreen, I don’t think “Oh, she’s funny for her age” or “She’s funny for a girl,” I just think, “She is funny as hell. Period.”

There’s a reason in the late ’90s to early ’00s she made the jump from giving it to us good as part of the cast on Nickelodeon’s All That to giving us even more as the lead of her own series on the network, The Amanda Show. She’s just all that and more.

                       

But Amanda wasn’t just the queen of Nickelodeon; she was also the queen of the movie scene. She starred as Frankie Muniz’s second-in-command in 2002’s Big Fat Liar, showing us just what she could do given the full length of a feature film. She threw “normal” right out the window.

Enough so that she moved on to being the lead in her own movie, What a Girl Wants, in 2003. Her love interest in the film, Oliver James as Ian, told Bynes’ character essentially what she tells her audience through every role of hers…

Amanda proves over and over again in each and every show and movie that she does that she isn’t afraid to stand out, even when the industry continues to tell her not to.

From 2002-2006, Amanda showcased her talents on WB’s What I Like About You and I couldn’t help but to continue to like EVERYTHING about her. Not only was this show a blessing because it was simply good, but also because it gave us Amanda on our TV screens every week, giving us more of Amanda’s brilliant facial expressions.

 

Now Amanda is saying she wants to get back into TV acting and all I can say is: CANCEL EVERYTHING, GIVE ME AMANDA, PLEASE.

From there, hopefully she’ll begin to do movies again, as well. While I’ve seen all of Amanda’s shows a million times, it’s her movie that came out a week prior to What I Like About You‘s series finale that I’ve seen a billion times and quote every chance I get (pretty much every day). I’m, of course, referring to She’s The Man.

I remember watching previews for this movie and not being able to focus on anything except for the days until it was to release. You can then imagine my excitement when I got tickets to a free advance screening of the movie about a girl pretending to be a boy so that she could prove that she’s just as good, if not better, then the male soccer players. Feminism at its finest.

I recounted this fond memory to the movie’s director, Andy Fickman, who I was lucky enough to interview last year about the movie’s 10th anniversary. It was one of the best interviews I’ve ever done, as it felt more like a conversation between two people who thoroughly enjoyed all that they were discussing. As someone can’t remember how many times she’s seen She’s The Man, just that she can remember every line spoken in it, it was surreal.

Amanda Bynes’ comedic timing has always been excellent, but her incredible physical comedy and dialogue delivery in She’s The Man were both just on a whole other level.

She was fun, funny, interesting, intriguing, genuine, exciting, imaginative, breathtaking, brave, tough, determined, silly, confident, unique, creative, and carefree. If that’s not everything that we want girls growing up to know that they can be, then I don’t know what is. If that’s not the makings of a strong, independent woman, then I don’t know what is.

There aren’t enough of these types of characters out there to assume that it was the role, and not Amanda herself, that was the source of this strength. Whether it happened to be the intention of every(!) single(!) role on her IMDB credits list to be so candidly strong and silly or not is debatable. What isn’t debatable is that Amanda Bynes was one of the only young actresses with the fearlessness and talent to bring out that strength and silliness in the roles.

Who cares what is “lady like?” Amanda doesn’t and neither should we.

It’s like she was shouting to her female audience: “Ladies, get in formation.”

Her work in Hairspray and Sydney White only further showcased this. With Amanda, in the latter, just giving it to us as straight-foward as she could. She’s a dork, she’s okay with, we should be too.

                  

So, yes, she’s been gone from the entertainment industry since being in Easy A in 2010, she’s been going through some interesting times and she’s now trying to get her life back on track, but those years away are not nearly enough for me to forget all the amazingness she’s done and everything she’s stood for in my life. No amount of years would be.

Amanda Bynes announcing that she intends to return to the world of acting, thus making her return to my life, makes it into the category of “Best News Ever” and rightly so.

To sum it all up, this is how I feel about Amanda Bynes finding her way back to me:

To all the haters that just don’t get it, I say:

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In Conversation With… Hallmark Channel’s ‘The Perfect Bride’ Screenwriter Rick Garman

From writing plays and travel guides to writing novels and TV movies, Rick Garman has truly traversed the world of the written word.

His work seems to have focused in on screenwriting for the time being, with his next TV movie, The Perfect Bride starring When Calls The Heart‘s Pascale Hutton and Kavan Smith, premiering this Saturday (June 10) on Hallmark Channel!

While it may feel like we’ve been waiting for this June Weddings movie for a while now (just because it looks *so* good), we haven’t been waiting nearly as long as Rick has for his movies to makes its way to our screens. Screenwriting has been a long way coming for him, but this is now his fourth movie and he shows no signs of stopping.

Having made his way to screenwriting later on in his life, it’s only fitting that Rick’s first movie was called Late Bloomer. In the end, it doesn’t matter how long it took for him to find his way here because we’re all just so glad that he did.

If he hadn’t, then we wouldn’t have the Taylor Cole/Michael Rady-starrer Christmas in Homestead, Italia Ricci and Madison Pettis‘ Late Bloomer, the almost-here The Perfect Bride, or all the TV movies to come!

Lucky for all of us Millennial Hallmarkers, Rick has not only given us the gift of these romantic and fun TV movies, but he also kindly agreed to an email interview, giving us a glimpse into our favorite world, that of the rom-com.

Keep reading to get all the intel on your favorite HEA-filled, Rick Garman-written  past and future films set to air on both Hallmark Channel and PixL (including this Saturday’s (June 10) Hallmark premiere of The Perfect Bride), what it takes to make it in the industry, and his thoughts on sequels!

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

Romance is in the air! We’ve made it to June, which means we’ve made it to the Christmas halfway mark AKA the halfway mark to Christmas movie season. But that doesn’t mean we just have to sit around and pout in the meantime because we’ve got plenty of movies this month to put a smile on our faces! June is the month of weddings, after all, and it seems like Hallmark Channel knows all about that.

There’s not a June weekend without a TV wedding and that is definitely cause for celebration! But Hallmark isn’t the only one with new movie premieres, as PixL is ready to show off its new Shenae Grimes-Beech headlined flick.

So go on out and do some shopping for new formal wear because you’ve got a few weddings and premieres to attend this month. To keep your schedule in check, Millennial Hallmarker has all the details on June’s TV movie premieres for you right here.

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‘Everything, Everything’ Review: Amandla Stenberg And Nick Robinson Awaken Teen Genre With Sincerity And Sweetness

Whimsical. That’s the number one word I would use to describe Nicola Yoon’s writing in “Everything, Everything,” the book that started it all. Meaning it, whimsical, is the number one characteristic I hoped would shine through on the big screen adaptation. Magically Skillfully, by the director, writer, producers, and the stars it did just that. Everything, Everything was lovely. Just. Lovely.

And that’s, above all else, what I want from my love-infused movies, for them to be lovely. To watch the images move across the screen and not want to lose focus, ever, not even to blink. To hear the words coming from the characters’ mouths and to have the words, the sounds, their meanings permeate through me and make me feel everything (everything). To feel swept up in the love, to feel lovely. Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson made me feel just that.

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In Conversation With… ‘The Art Of Us’ Author Teri Wilson (Hallmark Adaptation Airs Saturday!)

The only thing better than falling in love with a romance novel is getting to fall in love with its film adaptation, too.

This was the case for fans of Teri Wilson‘s novel “Unleashing Mr. Darcy,” when Hallmark turned it into an incredibly romantic and successful film last year.

Now, it seems like lightning’s striking once again. Hallmark Channel has adapted another one of Teri’s novels, “The Art of Us,” about a Boston art professor who convinces an unknown painter to help out with a big art gallery she’s set to curate. The movie airs this Saturday, May 20th, and stars fan-favorites Taylor Cole (My Summer Prince) and Steve Lund (Christmas Incorporated).

If The Art of Us is even half as good as Unleashing Mr. Darcy, then we’re all in for quite the treat. Here’s hoping Teri’s refreshing Rome romance, “Royally Roma,” is up next!

To help get you even more excited about this Hallmark Channel premiere, Millennial Hallmarker interviewed (via email) the very kind and sweet romance author behind it all, Teri Wilson.

Keep reading to find out Teri’s opinions on having novels adapted by Hallmark, thoughts on an Unleashing Mr. Darcy sequel, what it was like meeting Taylor Cole and Steve Lund, and so much more!

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Former ‘SNL’er Chris Kattan Makes Teen Dance Comedy Debut In This ‘Breaking Legs’ Exclusive Clip

Teen movie lovers, rejoice!

Breaking Legs is a newly-released indie dance flick that’s sure to have you signing up for classes at your local dance studio.

Imagine having this great passion, but feeling like everyone and everything’s conspiring against you, trying to keep you from pursuing it. That’s how high school freshman Bloom (Liv Southard) feels when she’s dragged to a new town with her drunk and drowning uncle, Mayn (Mark Marchello, who is also the film’s writer/director). All Bloom wants to do is dance, but she’s already gotten on the bad side of mean girl and head school dancer, Harmony (Alexa Sutherland), due to an instant connection with her boyfriend, Herbie (William Leon).

Harmony dislikes newbie Bloom so much that she wouldn’t accept her onto the school’s dance team, no matter how good she was at tryouts. From there, you’ve got your usual new girl vs. mean girl, vying for a crown with a semi-competition at the end. Luckily, Bloom’s sweet, instrument-playing friend Gracie (Sarah Rochelle) cleans up a space in the woods for her to use to practice for the competition, complete with a tied-up, broken branch as a ballet barre. Such a great, new friend!

Watch the trailer for the new teen dance comedy below before checking out an exclusive clip from the movie, provided by Vision Films!

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

April showers bring May… TV moviesHm, that doesn’t sound like the correct saying, but either way, it’s true! If you thought you were gonna have to wait all the way until Hallmark’s June Weddings movie season for some new favorites, then Millennial Hallmarker has some good news – YOU DON’T HAVE TO WAIT!

We’ve got a few new romance flicks to fall in love with this month, airing on both PixL and Hallmark. So, grab the last of your hot cocoa or pour a fresh glass of wine, and keep reading to find out which soon-to-be classic movies featuring fan-favorite actors you’ll be snuggling up with in May!

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‘The Outcasts’ Review: Victoria Justice Helps Restore Teen Genre In Hilariously Witty Flick (Plus, 15 Best Quotes!)

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My Millennial Hallmarker love for The Outcasts began three years ago (almost to this day) when news first broke of the film (originally title The Outskirts) and its motley crew of Hollywood’s young, hot, and funny. With the likes of Victorious’ Victoria Justice & Avan Jogia, The Middle‘s Eden Sher, Jessie‘s Peyton List, Awkward‘s Ashley Rickards, Hart of Dixie’s Claudia Lee, and The Bling Ring‘s Katie Chang filling up the movie’s entourage, there wasn’t a single doubt in my mind that the teen flick would be just as perfect as I’d hoped it would be.

Unfortunately, with delays upon delays, it took a lot longer for me to find out that my hypothesis was correct, but The Outcasts is finally here and that’s all that matters. Seriously, the movie is here and it is exactly the kind of teen movie I knew and wished for it to be, so all anger over delays are now forgotten.

The Outskirts tells the hilarious and often-relatable story of two outcasts, Jodi (Victoria Justice) and Mindy (Eden Sher), who’ve decided that they’ve been humiliated one too many times by the school’s head mean girl, Whitney (Claudia Lee), and are determined to do something about it. Say, band together with all the other outcasts at school to overthrow Whitney and her crew, turning the school’s hierarchy on its head while they’re at it. Of course, they couldn’t do any of this without sweet Claire (Katie Chang), outspoken Sugar (Jazmyn Richardson), and uber-rich Virginia (Ashley Rickards). Not everyone fits into one of the two categories, though, as Dave (Avan Jogia) is essentially part of Whitney’s clique, but only as a bystander. Luckily, he quickly realizes where he truly belongs…wherever Jodi is, obviously.

If this movie somehow sounds like every other teen movie out there, then let me break down its importance to you a little more.

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A Love Letter To ‘Clockstoppers’ On Its 15th Anniversary

While not exactly a Millennial Hallmarker rom-com in the same vein as the others on this blog, Clockstoppers will always have a special place in my heart. Therefore, I couldn’t let its 15th anniversary go by without a little celebration, a love letter. Well, think of this less as a love letter and more as a loving rewatch of the awesomely-soundtracked 2002 flick about a teenager, Zak (Jesse Bradford), coming into possession of a time-stopping-esque watch.

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