Amanda Bynes

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Amanda Bynes

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Amanda Laura Bynes (born April 3, 1986) is an American actress, former show host on Nickelodeon, singer and voice actor. After appearing in several successful television series on Nickelodeon in the mid-to late 1990s and early 2000s, Bynes transitioned to a film career, starring in several films aimed at teenage audiences, including She's the Man (2006) and Hairspray (2007).

Amanda Bynes has been described by The Boston Globe as having an "Everygirl" appeal. In 2006, she was named one of Teen People's "25 Hottest Stars Under 25", and in 2007, was on the Forbes list as the 5th highest paid celebrity under 21, earning $2.5 million.

Bynes was born in Thousand Oaks, California, the daughter of Lynn (née Organ), a dental assistant and office manager, and Rick Bynes, a dentist who also practiced stand-up comedy. Bynes has two older siblings, Tommy (born 1974), a chiropractor, and Jillian (born 1983), who has a Bachelor of Arts in History from UCLA and has also acted. Her maternal grandparents are from Toronto, Ontario. Bynes's father is Catholic and her mother is Jewish; she has described herself as Jewish, and also stated "I haven't decided yet . I don't know yet exactly what I believe".

In 1993, Bynes was trained as an actress by Arsenio Hall and Richard Pryor at a comedy camp, and began professionally acting at the age of seven, appearing in a television advertisement for Buncha Crunch candies During her childhood, she also appeared on stage in versions of Annie, The Secret Garden, The Music Man and The Sound of Music. After taking acting classes, Bynes became a regular cast member of Nickelodeon's Figure It Out and All That (both in 1996). Bynes remained a regular cast member on All That until its presumed cancellation in 2000, though she appeared in the sketches since shooting and preparing as the star of her own sketch show The Amanda Show, also on Nickelodeon. The Amanda Show features a combination of comical skits and sketches, including Amanda Bynes playing Judge Trudy, a judge based on Judge Judy that always rules in kids' favor, and Penelope Taynt, an Amanda-obsessed fan.

Bynes made her film debut in 2002's modest box office success, Big Fat Liar, where she played opposite Frankie Muniz. Her first solo leading role was in 2003's What a Girl Wants, with co-star Oliver James. Subsequently, Bynes starred in The WB Television Network's sitcom What I Like About You and had voice parts in 2003's Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure and 2005's CGI animated comedy, Robots. She also co-starred in an episode of The Nightmare Room as Danielle Warner, and in Arliss as Crystal Dupree. Bynes appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair's July 2003 edition with nine of Hollywood's most popular female young stars, including Lindsay Lohan, Hilary Duff, Alexis Bledel, Raven-Symoné, Evan Rachel Wood, the Olsen Twins, and Mandy Moore. Although she is often compared with them, Bynes has said that "It's like being the hot girl at the high school party. I was never that girl. I grew up with terrible acne and feeling insecure. I was tall and skinny. I didn't feel pretty at all, and guys didn't even like me. That's why I got into comedy." Bynes has also said that her relatability to teenage audiences may stem from the fact that she is "more similar to them than some... socialite or whatever".

In 2006, Bynes starred in She's the Man, a comedy based on William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night; in the film, Bynes disguises herself as her brother in order to join the boys' soccer team due to the fall of the girls' team. Producers had originally wanted to cast singer Jesse McCartney as Bynes' brother, noting a physical resemblance between McCartney and Bynes disguised as a boy, but McCartney was unavailable. Around the time of the film's release, Bynes commented that she would like to start appearing in more mature roles, and believes that she is still developing her acting skills and maturing as an actress, saying that she is "getting better" with each role. Bynes appeared in another romantic comedy, Lovewrecked, which was shot before She's the Man but released after it, showing in cinemas outside of the United States in 2005 and 2006 and debuting in the U.S. on the ABC Family network on January 21, 2007. She also portrays Penny Pingleton in Hairspray, a film adaptation of the Broadway musical of the same name. The movie, which was her first musical role, began filming in Toronto in September 2006 and was released on July 20, 2007. Bynes has stated that she enjoyed appearing in a "fun, quirky part in a big ensemble movie". Bynes next starred in another comedy, Sydney White, released on September 21, 2007. The film is based on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, with Bynes playing a freshman in the college Greek system, co-starring alongside Sara Paxton and Matt Long.

In 2008, Bynes appeared in the Lifetime Television movie Living Proof as the student assistant of Harry Connick Jr.'s character, who creates the Herceptin drug for breast cancer. She is also rumored to appear in her first independent feature Bumped by Blue Crush scribe Lizzy Weiss.

In 2007, Bynes signed a five year deal with Steve & Barry's (which had been expanding its product offerings outside of its traditional university apparel and sweatshirts) to create her own fashion line, "dear", consisting of apparel and accessories. The line launched in stores August 16, 2007.

In 2007, she spoke out against becoming another wild Hollywood star. "I think I’ll go out as much as I’ve ever gone out... which is not a lot. I like to dance and stuff, but drinking isn’t good for you in every way. It’s not good for your skin; it makes you feel horrible. So, drinking-wise, no". She reinforced these ideas throughout the summer of 2007, on the talk show circuit, and in many press interviews. She told Access Hollywood, "I like being with my family and friends, and I don't need to be out at the clubs." In an interview in December 2007, Bynes detailed how her parents taught her about alcohol.

On January 16, 2009 she announced the split from her boyfriend of three months, Doug Reinhardt, who appeared on MTVs The Hills, although Reinhardt claimed that he was the one who broke up with her.

Bynes won Blimp awards at the Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards five years in a row, from 2000 to 2004 for Favorite Television Actress in 2001 for All That, Favorite Television Actress in 2002 for The Amanda Show as well as the following year. In 2003 she also received the award for Favorite Movie Actress for Big Fat Liar and won another award in 2004 for Favorite Movie Actress for What a Girl Wants. Bynes also was a part of the Hairspray ensemble win at the 2008 Critics' Choice Awards.

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Sara Paxton

Sara Paxton (born April 25, 1988) is an American actress and singer. She grew up in California and began acting at an early age, appearing in many minor roles in both films and television shows, before coming to wider renown in 2004, after playing the title role in the series Darcy's Wild Life. Paxton has also starred in the films Sleepover, Aquamarine, Return to Halloweentown, and Superhero Movie.

Paxton, an only child, was born in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California to what she has described as "a very mixed family." Her father, Steve Paxton, is a businessman of Irish and other European descent and is distantly related to actor Bill Paxton. Her mother, Lucia, is a dentist from Monterrey, Mexico, and as a result Paxton speaks some Spanish, although not fluently. Paxton's mother is Jewish and her father converted to Judaism upon marrying her mother. During her childhood, Paxton put on shows and wanted to perform, sometimes dressing up in costume and coming to school as a particular character. She grew up in the San Fernando Valley, chose to attend a public high school instead of accepting home-schooling, and graduated in June of 2006.

Paxton's first major role was in the teen-oriented film, Sleepover, which opened in July 2004 to negative reviews and low box office revenue; during the same summer season, she appeared in several episodes of the series, Summerland, playing Sarah Borden, a mentally troubled teen who experimented with drugs and sex with Jesse McCartney's character. Paxton was subsequently cast in the lead role of the Discovery Kids television series, Darcy's Wild Life, playing Darcy Fields, a girl who works at a rural veterinary; the series was filmed on a farm in Toronto and aired from 2004 to 2006, often featuring Paxton's music track, Take A Walk. Paxton received an Emmy nomination for the role in 2006.

In 2005, Paxton spent three months working on the Australia-filmed Aquamarine, in which she played a mermaid, opposite Emma Roberts and JoJo, whom she befriended while filming. Paxton has said that she felt a sense of "female empowerment" while on set because "almost everyone" on set was female. The film opened on March 3, 2006 and grossed approximately $7.5 million in its opening weekend. Reviewers of the film compared Paxton, whose inspiration is Goldie Hawn, to actress Reese Witherspoon, saying that she has an "infectious, nutty energy." Paxton recorded a song for the film's soundtrack titled "Connected", which has been used in Barbie and the Diamond Castle and covered by Katherine McPhee.

Paxton hosted The Secret Life of Water, the first episode of the series Planet H2O, which premiered in April 2006 on public television stations. In May of the same year, she made an appearance on the television series Pepper Dennis, playing a teen actress. Paxton, who sees herself as an "evolving actress," then appeared in Return to Halloweentown, replacing Kimberly J. Brown in the fourth installment in Disney Channel's Halloweentown series; she dyed her hair brown for the role. The film aired on October 20, 2006. During the summer and early fall of 2006, Paxton filmed The Party Never Stops: Diary of a Binge Drinker, a Lifetime Television film, in Vancouver Island. In the film, she plays Jessie, a college student who falls victim to binge drinking. Paxton has described it as "very different" from her previous roles, and has specified that she was looking for a role that would be a "challenge." The film aired in March of 2007. Paxton's next film role was in Sydney White, a college-set comedy starring Amanda Bynes and Matt Long; filming began on February 12, 2007 in Orlando, Florida and the movie was released on September 21, 2007. She next starred in Superhero Movie, a parody on superhero films which began filming in September of 2007 and was released on March 28, 2008. She also helped co-star Drake Bell record his theme song for the movie, Superhero! Song.

Paxton has also completed work on filming the remake of The Last House on the Left, in which she plays the lead female character, Mari. The film opens March 13, 2009.

Paxton has said that attending college is "very important" to her because "it is important to expand your mind." In 2006, Paxton applied to the University of Southern California's film studies program, and was not accepted. She has noted that she would like to major in business administration with a minor in history (as she is a "history fanatic") and to start a production company.

Paxton, who keeps a journal, has a dog named Jenny (who is eleven years old as of 2007), and a Chihuahua puppy named Coco Chanel. She is friends with her Aquamarine co-stars, JoJo and Emma Roberts, and lives "five minutes apart" from Roberts. Paxton has credited her Jewish religion for feeling "very connected" to her family, who keep her "grounded" and are "always number one" in her life. She did not have a Bat Mitzvah because she was busy filming, though she has said that she "wanted to so bad." Her favorite actresses are Reese Witherspoon and Goldie Hawn.

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The Amanda Show (Season One)

The Amanda Show's first season air from 6 November 1999 on Nickelodeon. The season 1 contained the pilot, and 12 following episodes of the show. This season introduces regular cast members like Amanda Bynes, Drake Bell, Nancy Sullivan, Raquel Lee and Johnny Kassir. This is also the only season to feature Raquel Lee as a regular cast member.

The episode starts as a crowd of fans trying to get into The Amanda Show, and Penelope Taynt, who is a 14-year-old Amanda fanatic and puts the word "please" at the end of almost every sentence, would do anything to meet Amanda. Meanwhile, Amanda makes her entrance by a helicopter. But when the pilot falls asleep, Amanda has to jump out of the plane and lands on the set. Kenan Thompson and Josh Server (who have worked with Amanda from All That), deliver Amanda a pizza and wish her luck on her new show. Then, The Amanda Show starts its first skit with Judge Trudy, who favors the children and gives out ridiculous sentences to adults. Then we meet The Klutzes, a family whose members always break things and say "Not a problem".

The show opens as Amanda is not on the guest list for some reason so she has to fight 3 security guards to get through. Jack (Amanda Bynes) and Jake (Raquel Lee), the two least successful bullies in school, are trying to cause up trouble, but none of their pranks works. Later in the Plasticine Amanda skit, Amanda has a date with a boy with a huge pimple and somehow falls in love with it. Next, the show introduce The Simians, which is a half-ape weird family. Finally, Amanda has some fun with a prank call to Mr. Oldman, who is actually the creator of the show, Dan Schneider.

Amanda, Drake and Raquel are eating. Drake has the lobster, which makes the dancing lobsters very mad then leave the room. Amanda tries to open the show but got interrupted by a box, which contains Penelope. Her scheme still doesn't work because Amanda has left when she busts out of the box. Next, the show introduce another freaky family, The Wrestlebergs. They are obsessed with wrestling and have a family referee in the house. The Girls' Room's first episode starts with Amber (Amanda Bynes), the most popular girl in school, Sheila (Raquel Lee), a bad girl, Tammy, an exchange student from Tennessee, and Debbie (Jenna Morrison), a slow and stupid girl. It's also the first appearance of the skits Hillbilly Moment, which features two hillbillies, Lula Mae (Amanda Bynes) and Eenis (Drake Bell), who are always telling ridiculous knock-knock jokes; and Totally Kyle, which features Kyle (Drake Bell), a laid back hippie surfer.

It starts off with Amanda practicing with the lobsters to dance and when she leaves, Penelope disguises herself as one of the lobsters and joins their dance. Also, it's the first episode to feature Blockblister, a store which is owned by a foreign family with weird accents and always give the customers homemade spoofs of the actual movie made by the family. Then, the courtroom of Judge Trudy starts with the Halloween edition. Next, the show introduces the Literals, the family who understands things exactly how they sound. Finally, Amanda and the dancing lobsters show their dances they have practiced earlier.

The show starts when Amanda meets a cowboy, a beach girl, clowns and lobsters in an unusual elevator. After that, there's a commercial of some remote control underpants. Mr Gullible, a substitute teacher who's very gullible, makes his first appearance in the show, is tricked by his students. We then pay a visit to Scooper Dooper, the restaurant which serves really gross ice-cream. There's also the audience awards including best laughter, least intelligent audience member and the person who come from the furthest planet.

Penelope tries to break into Amanda's room by sitting in a cannon and fire. She lands exactly but only with Drake in the room. When Amanda gets to the stage, she tells a joke but the audience doesn't understand a word she says because they don't speak English, so she has to spend her time teaching them. There is also a tense game of So You Wanna Win Five Dollars? with Marcy Stimple (Nancy Sullivan) and Kyle from the Totally Kyle skit as contestants. Then we pay another visit to the famous video store, Blockblister. Today the Biokey family rip off the customer with "Tidanic" and an exercise video with Biini and Biscotti saying "lie down" and "sit up" over and over again while eating a pizza. After that, a family welcomes their new babysitter (Amanda Bynes), who is "professional" but actually acts like a baby.

Penelope carries over 50 phones with her so she can try to win a dinner with Amanda in a radio contest. She wins, but then when the radio phones her back, she doesn't know which phone to pick up. Then, Judge Trudy has a date with a guy in a restaurant, but the guy's parents come and Judge Trudy sentences them. We pay another visit to Souper Dooper, but this time they are selling weird soups now.

Today, Penelope wakes up from her bad dream with her parents (who are also adding "please" into their sentences) introduce a surprise visitor from The Amanda Show, the camera man. Mr. Gullible comes to class and gets tricked by his student once again. The Procrastinator also makes her first appearance by saying "Eventually" every time there's something bad happen. Amanda is interrupted by an audience who cannot listen to LFO's CD. Amanda solves the problem by bringing on the band themselves! They sing the song Girl on TV for Amanda. Drake, Raquel, and the dancing lobsters dance with them. At the end, LFO described Amanda as 'the most beautiful girl in the world'. They ask Amanda out onto stage with them as they end the song.

Raquel gets two fan mail and Drake also gets one, but it is actually for the dancing lobsters. Amanda performs a magic trick, then we see another commercial about ways to get out of school. There's another phone call by Amanda to Mr. Oldman, then it's just time for When Cheerleaders Attack, the documentary program where we see innocent people attacked by cheerleaders dancing and hurting people with pompoms.

Penelope has stolen the A of the AMANDA letters in the Amanda show studio, which makes it The MANDA Show. It's time to visit Sushi Dooper with Dareen and her dad, which now serves disgusting sushi like toe nail sushi and samurai roll. Amanda's dad buys a new TV set which gets stolen by a burglar. There's also the Totally Kyle skit and prank calls to Mr. Oldman. Finally, Penelope decides to return the "A", but she has trouble getting it in the back of a taxi.

Today the show celebrates Amanda's birthday as Penelope uses a homemade robot to infiltrate The Amanda Show. Inside the robot is her brother Preston, who won't stop asking for a sandwich. The Klutzes Family get their hands on some priceless, irreplaceable, art in a museum, but eventually breaks all of them. We also see another documentary of When Old Ladies Attack.

Amanda discovers that there is no audience to hear her opening joke because she has arrived too early. Judge Trudy gives an unfair punishment to a man whose zoo animals had been released all over the city and a woman whose daughter had painted her face, hair and other parts all orange. Amanda also cannot sleep at night, so her parents give her a doll named Rock-a-bye-Ralph that will not shut up. One of the lobsters has a cold. So, Amanda says "You need your daily dose of Vitamin C!" as guest singer Vitamin C herself sings for Amanda and the audience. Mr. Oldman gets another prank call from Amanda.

Penelope and Preston try to clone Amanda by using a toenail they found in the trash can. Drake has a problem at school with a new student named Wanda, who acts and looks like a wicked witch. Then we see another Hillbilly Moment, where Lula-Mae is annoying Eenis. Melody (Amanda Bynes) and Thad (Drake Bell) go to a restaurant to sing for the people, but their songs, 'The Bald Song' and 'Eatin' in a Restaurant' seem to offend and annoy the people who are eating. This episode is also the finale for Season 1.

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All That (Season three)

All That's third season ran from November 16, 1996 to October 18, 1997. This season of All That contained 20 episodes. Angelique Bates' contract expired, and was off the show, and Amanda Bynes took her place as a new cast member. Katrina Johnson left after episode 49, and was temporarily replaced by Tricia Dickson starting with episode 51. Dickson and Alisa Reyes left after season 3 ended.

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Sydney White


Sydney White (also known by the working title Sydney White and the Seven Dorks) is a 2007 film starring Amanda Bynes, Sara Paxton, and Matt Long, and based on the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

After the success of Warner Bros.' 2004 hit A Cinderella Story, Universal Studios picked up this project. The film was shot on location in and around Orlando from February 14, 2007 to April 4, 2007. Filming locations included the University of Central Florida, Rollins College, and University High School (Orlando).

Bynes was excited about the project, proclaiming, "We're having the best time, hoping for the best. I think people will connect with the Snow White story, the college setting, the witch, the dorks, all of it. I like the idea that my character is condemned by the Kappas, which is something a lot of girls go through. Evil witches always hate 'the fairest of them all.' So she befriends these dorks, a good movie for kids".

Sydney White (Amanda Bynes) is the daughter of a plumber, and has grown up among construction workers ever since her mother died (when Sydney was 9). Sydney earns a scholarship for college and hopes to follow the legacy of her mother and enter the Kappa Phi Nu sorority. Shortly after arriving at Southern Atlantic University, Sydney clashes with the sorority president Rachel Witchburn, after Rachel sees Sydney talking to Rachel's ex-boyfriend Tyler Prince. Rachel tries to deny Sydney's bid for membership in the sorority, but cannot because Sydney's mother was a member. Despite Rachel's hazing, Sydney successfully satisfies all the requirements during her time as a Kappa pledge. Rachel schemes to keep Sydney out of the sorority and uses her presidential authority to declare Sydney unfit to be a Kappa. Humiliated, Sydney immediately leaves the Kappa house. With no place to go, Sydney is taken in by seven outcast students who live in "The Vortex" (which is called Vortex because "it sucks in losers"), a house on Greek Row for people who don't belong. In the house, she befriends all the guys ("the dorks"), especially Lenny, (Jack Carpenter), who falls for Dinky, one of Sydney's popular friends . She realizes what great people they are, and she convinces one of them, Terrance, to run for Student Body President on the "Freedom to the 7th Power" ticket in order to take back what the Greeks have had for so long. When those dreams are denied (Terrance has already graduated and is thus disqualified), Sydney runs for president herself, against the manipulative and conniving Rachel Witchburn.

Meanwhile, Sydney's Hot or Not ranking on the school's website gradually rises to overtake Rachel's #1 position, which infuriates her. It is part of Rachel's daily routine to consult her computer ("mirror mirror on the wall") to see "who is the fairest of them all." Enraged, Rachel visits a hacker who remotely infects Sydney's computer (a "poisoned Apple"), which erases an important paper due the next day. Sydney stays up all night at the library, and fails to awake in time for the presidential debate. Tyler finds her, tells her she must wake up, and kisses her, which breaks the spell. Together, they rush to the debate and Sydney gives a triumphant speech. Many members of various "dorky" groups on campus arrive to show their support for her.

Finally, the Vortex gets repaired, Terrance becomes a millionaire, Lenny and Dinky are together, and Sydney and Tyler kiss.

On Metacritic, the film had an average score of 44 out of 100, based on 19 reviews.

The film was rated PG-13 by the MPAA for some language, sexual humor, and partying.

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Hairspray (2007 film)


Hairspray is a 2007 American musical film produced by Zadan/Meron Productions and distributed by New Line Cinema. It was released in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom on July 20, 2007. The film is an adaptation of the 2002 Broadway musical of the same name, and a remake of John Waters' 1988 comedy film of the same name. Set in 1962 Baltimore, Maryland, the film follows a "pleasantly plump" teenager named Tracy Turnblad as she simultaneously pursues stardom as a dancer on a local TV show and rallies against racial segregation.

Adapted from both Waters' 1988 script and Thomas Meehan and Mark O'Donnell's book for the stage musical by screenwriter Leslie Dixon, the 2007 film version of Hairspray is directed and choreographed by Adam Shankman. Hairspray stars John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Amanda Bynes, James Marsden, Queen Latifah, Brittany Snow, Zac Efron, Elijah Kelley, Allison Janney and introduces Nikki Blonsky as Tracy Turnblad. Hairspray features songs from the Broadway musical written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, as well as four new Shaiman/Wittman compositions not present in the original Broadway version.

Opening to positive reviews, Hairspray met with financial success, breaking the record for biggest sales at opening weekend for a movie musical, which the film held until July 2008 when it was surpassed by Mamma Mia! and later High School Musical 3: Senior Year in October. Hairspray went on to become the fourth highest grossing musical film in US cinema history, behind the film adaptations of Grease, Chicago, and Mamma Mia!. Available in a variety of formats, Hairspray's Region 1 home video release took place on November 20, 2007. USA Network has purchased the broadcast rights to Hairspray and is scheduled to debut the film on cable television in February 2010.

Adam Shankman and John Waters are currently working on a sequel to the film.

May 3, 1962. Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky), a cheerful, rotund high school student living in Baltimore, Maryland steps out of her apartment ("Good Morning Baltimore"), only to endure a day’s worth of school so she and her best friend Penny Pingleton (Amanda Bynes) can race home to view their favorite TV show, The Corny Collins Show. The program, a teen dance show, is broadcast from Baltimore’s station WYZT on weekday afternoons ("The Nicest Kids in Town").

The teenagers featured on the show attend Tracy and Penny's school, among them the arrogant, wealthy Amber Von Tussle (Brittany Snow) and her boyfriend Link Larkin (Zac Efron), the lead male dancer on the show. Amber’s mother Velma (Michelle Pfeiffer) manages station WYZT and goes out of her way to make sure that Amber is prominently featured and that The Corny Collins Show remains a racially segregated program. Corny Collins (James Marsden) and all of his "Council Members" are white; black kids are only allowed on The Corny Collins Show on "Negro Day", held the last Tuesday of each month and hosted by local R&B radio disc jockey Motormouth Maybelle (Queen Latifah), who also owns her own record shop on North Avenue.

Tracy's reclusive laundress mother Edna (John Travolta) and Penny's strict Catholic mother Prudy (Allison Janney) disapprove of their daughters' fascination with the program; Tracy's father, Wilbur (Christopher Walken), a joke-shop proprietor, is far more lenient. On one day's show, Corny Collins announces that one of his Council Members is going on a leave of absence, and that auditions for a replacement will be held the next morning during school hours. When Tracy attends, Velma rejects her at the audition for being overweight and supportive of integration ("(The Legend of) Miss Baltimore Crabs"). Tracy is sent to detention for skipping school, where she learns that the “Negro Day” kids practice their dances in the detention hall. Tracy befriends the students' best dancer, Motormouth Maybelle's son Seaweed (Elijah Kelley), who teaches Tracy several R&B dance moves. As Tracy leaves detention, she accidentally bumps into Link and dreams of a life with him ("I Can Hear the Bells"). The moves secure Tracy a position on The Corny Collins Show at a record hop ("Ladies' Choice").

Tracy quickly becomes one of Corny's most popular Council Members. This threatens Amber's chances to win the show's yearly "Miss Teenage Hairspray" pageant ("The New Girl in Town") and her relationship with Link, as he grows fonder of Tracy, whose popularity earns her a sponsorship offer from clothes salesman Mr. Pinky (Jerry Stiller). The slightly off-centered salesman suggests Tracy to be the spokesgirl for his Hefty Hideaway boutique. Tracy convinces Edna to accompany her to the Hefty Hideaway and act as her negotiating agent, and in the process, ends her mother's agoraphobia ("Welcome to the 60’s").

At school, Tracy introduces Seaweed to Penny, where the two are instantly attracted to one another. One afternoon, after Amber deliberately arranges for Tracy to be sent to detention. Link soon follows by purposely causing a disturbance. There, Seaweed invites the girls and Link to follow him and his sister Little Inez (Taylor Parks) to a platter party at Motormouth Maybelle's record shop ("Run and Tell That"). When Edna finds Tracy at the shop, she tries to take her home, until Maybelle convinces her of staying and makes Edna prouder of her image ("Big, Blonde and Beautiful"). At the party, Maybelle informs everyone that Velma has canceled "Negro Day". Tracy, in reply, suggests that Maybelle and the others stage a protest march, which they plan for the next afternoon, a day before the "Miss Teenage Hairspray" pageant. Realizing that he has a chance at stardom by singing at the pageant, Link does not attend the demonstration, disappointing Tracy. After the party, Edna decides to go to Wilbur's shop and flirt with him. Velma, suspecting such, goes to Wilbur's shop to seduce him ("Big, Blonde and Beautiful (Reprise)"). Edna arrives and, as Velma expects, accuses Wilbur of infidelity. Edna, out of hatred for Velma, forbids Tracy from being on the show. Wilbur and Edna eventually reconcile, being influenced to do so by Tracy ("(You're) Timeless to Me").

The next morning, Tracy sneaks out of the house to join the protest march ("I Know Where I've Been"), which comes to a halt at a police roadblock set up by Velma. The entire company of protesters is arrested; of them, Tracy manages to escape. She flees to the Pingleton household, where Penny hides her in a basement fallout shelter. Prudy discovers Tracy and calls the police while tying Penny to her bed upstairs with a jump rope. Seaweed and his friends, having been bailed out by Wilbur, help Tracy and Penny escape. The kids then plan to enter and join the Miss Teenage Hairspray pageant. Meanwhile, Link visits Tracy's house to look for her and realizes that he is as much in love with her as she is with him. Seaweed and Penny also acknowledge their love during the escape from her house ("Without Love").

With the pageant underway ("(It's) Hairspray"), Velma places police officers around and inside station WYZT to prevent Tracy from entering. She also changes the tallies of the pageant's telephone lines so Amber is guaranteed to win. Penny arrives at the pageant with Edna incognito, while Wilbur, Seaweed, and the Negro Day kids help Tracy infiltrate the studio by hiding her in a decorative "Ultra Clutch" hairspray can outside the studio. The officers use it as a battering ram to beat down the doors after the Negro Day kids lock them out. Tracy is able to escape and sneak into the pageant in time to participate in the Miss Teenage Hairspray dance contest. Link breaks away from Amber to dance with Tracy; later, he pulls Inez, who has just arrived at WYZT with Maybelle, to the stage to dance in the pageant.

Against all expectations, Inez receives the most votes and wins the pageant, officially integrating The Corny Collins Show. A perturbed Velma loudly declares her frustration, informing her daughter of the tally-switching scheme. Unknown to Velma, Edna and Wilbur has turned a camera on her, and Velma's outburst is broadcast live on the air, causing her to be fired from the program. Meanwhile, The Corny Collins Show set explodes into a celebration as Link and Tracy cement their love with a kiss ("You Can't Stop the Beat").

Following the success of the Broadway musical Hairspray, which won eight Tony Awards in 2003, New Line Cinema, who owned the rights to the 1988 John Waters film upon which the stage musical is based, became interested in adapting the stage show as a musical film. Development work began in late 2004, while a similar film-to-Broadway-to-film project, Mel Brooks' The Producers, was in production.

Dixon was primarily hired to tone down much of the campiness inherent in the stage musical. The 2007 film's script is based primarily on the stage musical rather than the 1988 film, so several changes already made to the plot for the stage version remain in this version. These include dropping several characters from the 1988 version (such as Arvin Hodgepile, Franklin Von Tussle, Tammy Turner, the beatniks, et al.), removing the Tilted Acres amusement park from the story, and placing Velma in charge of the station where The Corny Collins Show is filmed.

One notable difference between the stage musical, the original movie, and the 2007 film version of Hairspray is that Tracy does not go to jail in the 2007 version. In both previous incarnations of Hairspray, Tracy is arrested and taken to jail along with the other protesters. Edna is presented in this version as an insecure introvert, in contrast to the relatively bolder incarnations present in the 1988 film and the stage musical. Among many other elements changed or added to this version are the removal of Motormouth Maybelle's habit of constantly speaking in rhyming jive talk, and doubling the number of teens in Corny Collins' Council (from ten on Broadway to twenty in the 2007 film).

Dixon restructured portions of Hairspray’s book to allow several of the songs to blend more naturally into the plot, in particular "(You're) Timeless to Me" and "I Know Where I've Been". "(You're) Timeless to Me" becomes the anchor of a newly invented subplot involving Velma's attempt to break up Edna and Wilbur’s marriage and keep Tracy off The Corny Collins Show as a result. The song now serves as Wilbur's apology to Edna, in addition to its original purpose in the stage musical as a tongue-in-cheek declaration of Wilbur and Edna's love for each other. Meanwhile, "I Know Where I've Been", instead of being sung by Maybelle alone after being let out of jail, now underscores Maybelle's march on WYZT (which takes place in the stage musical only briefly during "Big, Blonde, and Beautiful").

The song "Big, Blonde, and Beautiful" was inspired by a line that Tracy delivered in the original film ("Now all of Baltimore will know: I'm big, blonde and beautiful!"), but in the stage version and in this film, Motormouth Maybelle performs the song. A reprise of the song was added to the 2007 film, which is sung by Edna and Velma.

Hairspray was produced on a budget of $75 million. An open casting call was announced to cast unknowns in Atlanta, New York City, and Chicago. After auditioning over eleven hundred candidates, Nikki Blonsky, an eighteen-year-old high school senior from Great Neck, New York who had no previous professional acting experience, was chosen for the lead role of Tracy. Relative unknowns Elijah Kelley and Taylor Parks were chosen through similar audition contests to portray Seaweed and Little Inez, respectively. John Travolta was finally cast as Edna, with Christopher Walken ultimately assuming the role of Wilbur. Several other stars, including Queen Latifah, James Marsden, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Allison Janney were chosen for the other supporting adult roles of Motormouth Maybelle, Corny Collins, Velma Von Tussle, and Prudy Pingleton, respectively. Teen stars Amanda Bynes, and Zac Efron were cast as Tracy's friends Penny and Link, and Brittany Snow was cast as her rival Amber. Jerry Stiller, who played Wilbur Turnblad in the original film version of Hairspray, appears as Mr. Pinky in this version.

Since Hairspray's plot focuses heavily on dance, choreography became a heavy focus for Shankman, who hired four assistant choreographers and put both his acting cast and over a hundred and fifty dancers through two months of rehearsals. The cast recorded the vocal tracks for their songs as coached by Elaine Overholt in the weeks just before principal photography began in September.

Principal photography on Hairspray took place in Toronto, and Hamilton, Ontario, Canada from September 5 to December 8, 2006. Hairspray is explicitly set in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, and the original 1988 film had been shot on location there, but the 2007 film was shot primarily in Toronto because the city was better equipped with the sound stages necessary to film a musical. The opening shots of the descent from the clouds and the newspaper being dropped onto the stoop are the only times that the actual city of Baltimore is shown in the film.

The majority of the film was shot at Toronto's Showline Studios. Most of the street scenes were shot at the intersection of Dundas Street West and Roncesvalles Avenue. Some of the signs for the 1960s-era stores remain up along the street. Toronto's Lord Lansdowne Public School was used for all of the high school exteriors and some of the interiors, while the old Queen Victoria School in Hamilton was also used for interiors. Scenes at Queen Victoria were shot from November 22 to December 2, and the school was scheduled to be demolished after film production was completed.

Thinner than most of the other men who have portrayed Edna, John Travolta appeared onscreen in a large fat suit, and required four hours of makeup in order to appear before the cameras. His character's nimble dancing style belies her girth; Shankman based Edna's dancing style on the hippo ballerinas in the Dance of the Hours sequence in Walt Disney's 1940 animated feature Fantasia. Although early versions of the suit created "a dumpy, Alfred Hitchcock version of Edna," Travolta fought for the ability to give his character curves and a thick Baltimore accent. Designed by Tony Gardner, the fat suit was created using lightweight synthetic materials, consisting of layered pads and silicone, which was used from the chest upwards. The suit provided the additional benefit of covering Travolta's beard, eliminating the problem of his facial hair growing through his makeup midday.

The film is set in the city of Baltimore, Maryland in 1962, in the time of John F. Kennedy's presidency. As shown in the movie, the houses in Baltimore's early residential neighborhoods are directly attached structurally, and are usually set up in the form of loft houses, mostly due to the construction of a store below. In the opening of the movie, a trolley runs down the road's center. Since then, these have been removed in favor of rapid transit systems. In addition, many people can be seen with various styles of Beehives.

Many 60's cultural references are shown in the movie. For example, an Esso station can be seen in the opening song, "Good Morning Baltimore". Esso changed its name to Exxon since then, but still operates in Canada as a division of ExxonMobil.

Music producer/composer/co-lyricist Marc Shaiman and co-lyricist Scott Wittman were required to alter their Broadway Hairspray song score in various ways in order to work on film, from changing portions of the lyrics in some songs (e.g., "(The Legend of) Miss Baltimore Crabs", "Big, Blonde, and Beautiful", and "You Can't Stop the Beat") to more or less completely removing other songs from the film altogether.

The performance of a vintage dance called The Madison, present in both the 1988 film and the stage musical, was replaced for this version by a newly composed song, "Ladies' Choice". Portions of the Madison dance steps were integrated into the choreography for the musical number "You Can't Stop the Beat", and the song to which the dance is performed on Broadway can be heard during Motormouth Maybelle's platter party in the film, re-titled "Boink-Boink". "The Big Dollhouse" was the only song from the musical not used in the film in any way.

Shaiman and Wittman composed two new songs for the 2007 film: "Ladies' Choice", a solo for Link, and "Come So Far (Got So Far to Go)", a song performed during the end credits by Queen Latifah, Nikki Blonsky, Zac Efron, and Elijah Kelley. Another "new" song in the 2007 film, "The New Girl in Town", had originally been composed for the Broadway musical, but was deemed unnecessary and discarded from the musical. Director Adam Shankman decided to use the song to both underscore a rise-to-fame montage for Tracy and to showcase Maybelle's "Negro Day", which is never actually seen in either of the earlier incarnations of Hairspray.

One additional Shaiman/Wittman song, a ballad entitled "I Can Wait", was composed for the film as a solo for Tracy, meant to replace the stage musical's reprise of "Good Morning Baltimore". "I Can Wait" was shot for the film (Tracy performs the number while locked in Prudy's basement), but was eventually deleted from the final release print. The audio recording of "I Can Wait" was made available as a special bonus track for customers who pre-ordered the Hairspray soundtrack on iTunes, and the scene itself was included as a special feature on the film's DVD release.

Post-production took place in Los Angeles. Composer/co-lyricist Marc Shaiman continued work on the film's music, employing the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra to record instrumentation for both the songs and the incidental score.

Hairspray debuted in 3,121 theaters in North America on July 20, 2007, the widest debut of any modern movie musical. The film earned $27,476,745 in its opening weekend, behind I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. This made Hairspray the record-holder for the biggest sales at opening weekend for a movie musical. This record was later broken by the release of Mamma Mia!, which grossed $27,605,000 on its opening weekend. Hairspray has since gone on to become the fourth highest grossing musical in U.S. cinema history, surpassing The Rocky Horror Picture Show ($112.8 million) and Dreamgirls ($103 million), released seven months prior. Ending its domestic run on October 25, 2007, Hairspray has a total domestic gross of $118,871,849 and $202,548,575 worldwide. Its biggest overseas markets include the United Kingdom ($25.8 million), Australia ($14.4 million), Japan ($8 million), Italy ($4.6 million), France ($3.9 million) and Spain ($3.8 million). This made Hairspray the third musical film in history to cross $200 million internationally, behind 1978's hit Grease ($395 million) and 2002's Chicago ($307 million). It is the seventh highest-grossing PG-rated film of 2007, and has grossed more than other higher-budgeted summer releases like Ocean's Thirteen ($117 million) and Evan Almighty ($100 million).

Two weeks after its original release, new "sing-along" prints of Hairspray were shipped to theaters. These prints featured the lyrics to each song printed onscreen as subtitles, encouraging audiences to interact with the film. On January 4, 2008, Hairspray was re-released in New York and Los Angeles for one week because John Travolta was present for Q&A and autographs.

Hairspray has garnered vastly positive reviews from film critics such as Roger Ebert, The New York Times, and The Boston Globe, as well as a smaller number of reviews comparing it unfavorably to the Waters original. The film is one of the top picks on Metacritic, with an average of 81%. It scored a 91% "Certified Fresh" approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, also indicating excellent reviews, making it one of 2007's best-reviewed films. Peter Rainer of The Christian Science Monitor named it the 4th best film of 2007. Lou Lumenick of the New York Post named it the ninth best film of 2007.

Hairspray was released in standard DVD and high-definition Blu-ray Disc formats in Region 1 on November 20, 2007. The Blu-ray disc is encoded with 7.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio. The standard DVD was released in two versions: a one-disc release and a two-disc "Shake and Shimmy" edition.

Bonus features on the two-disc release include two audio commentaries, a feature-length production documentary, featurettes on the earlier versions of Hairspray, dance instruction featurettes, deleted scenes including Tracy's deleted song "I Can Wait", and behind-the-scenes looks at the production of each of the film's dance numbers. The Blu-ray Disc release, a two-disc release, includes all of the features from the two-disc DVD, and includes a picture-in-picture behind-the-scenes feature, which runs concurrently with the film. An HD DVD version of the film was originally slated for release in 2008, but has since been canceled due to New Line Cinema's announcement that it would go Blu-ray exclusive with immediate effect, thus dropping HD DVD support.

Due to Hairspray's financial success, New Line Cinema has asked John Waters to write a sequel to the film. Waters will reunite with director/choreographer Adam Shankman for the project, and songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman are set to compose the film's musical numbers. The story will look at Tracy's entering the late '60s era of music and the British invasion. While no official casting has been announced, New Line has said that they hope to "snag much of the original Hairspray cast." The sequel is tentatively set for a mid-July 2010 release by Warner Bros.. New Line Cinema has made a deal with "Hairspray" creator John Waters to write a treatment for a sequel to summer 2007's hit musical feature.

Following is a list of awards that Hairspray or its cast have won or for which they have been nominated.

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She's the Man is a 2006 American romantic comedy film, starring Amanda Bynes and directed by Andy Fickman, based on William Shakespeare's play Twelfth Night, though it also shares substantial similarities to Just One of the Guys and deals with high school politics as well. The film also stars Channing Tatum and co-stars David Cross. It was released on March 17, 2006 in the United States and Canada; April 6, 2006 in Australia; and April 7, 2006 in the United Kingdom.

Viola Hastings (Amanda Bynes) is a high school soccer player who learns that the girls' team at her school, Cornwall, is being cut. After her request to join the boys' team is refused, she finds a way to play for Cornwall's rival, Illyria.

Viola's twin brother Sebastian (James Kirk), whom she resembles physically, is supposed to enter Illyria as a new student. However, he plans to visit London secretly to enter a contest with his rock band. Sebastian asks Viola to cover for him by telling the school that he is sick and each of their parents (who are divorced) that he is staying with the other.

Viola instead decides to pass herself off as Sebastian and join the boys' soccer team at Illyria. She hopes to beat the Cornwall team and humiliate her sexist goalie ex-boyfriend Justin (Robert Hoffman). With the help of her friends Paul (Jonathan Sadowski), Kia (Amanda Crew), and Yvonne (Jessica Lucas), Viola becomes "Sebastian".

At Illyria, Viola's roommate is Duke Orsino (Channing Tatum), a good-looking striker on the soccer team. Kia and Yvonne agree to help Viola make her alter ego seem popular by pretending to be in love with "Sebastian". Viola also publicly breaks up with the real Sebastian's girlfriend, Monique (Alex Breckenridge). Duke and his friends are impressed, but Viola's soccer skills are still not good enough to make first string. It looks like Viola may not be able to play in the game against Cornwall after all.

After spending so much time with him, Viola realizes that she has fallen in love with Duke. However, Duke is only interested in Viola's lab partner, Olivia (Laura Ramsey). In exchange for Viola's help in getting Olivia's attention, Duke agrees to put in extra soccer practice time with her. The practice pays off when Coach Dinklage (Vinnie Jones) promotes Viola to first string.

By this time, Olivia has developed a crush on "Sebastian". Since "Sebastian" isn't interested in her, Olivia decides to go out with Duke to make him jealous. Meanwhile, Monique and Malcolm Feste (James Snyder) (who has a crush on Olivia and is jealous of Viola as Sebastian) find out Viola's secret identity.

The plot is complicated when the real Sebastian returns from London early. When he arrives at Illyria, Olivia runs up and kisses him. Duke sees this and thinks his roommate has betrayed him. He kicks Viola out of their room.

On the day of the big game, Monique and Malcolm reveal the truth about Viola to Principal Gold (David Cross). But because Viola has overslept, the real Sebastian winds up on the field playing in what should be his sister's spot. Principal Gold stops the game, determined on revealing the truth, but Sebastian proves that he really is a boy by pulling down his shorts and exposing his penis (offscreen). At half time, Viola explains the situation to Sebastian and they switch places again.

Duke is still angry with "Sebastian" and refuses to pass the ball to Viola. She tries to explain that she really is a girl, finally convincing Duke and everyone else by showing them her breasts (again, offscreen). The coach agrees to let Viola keep playing anyway. Illyria wins the game on a penalty kick when Viola scores a goal by tricking her ex-boyfriend Justin.

Everyone at Illyria rejoices after the victory, except for Duke who is hurt at Viola's deception. She invites Duke to her debutante ball by sending her brother with a package of cheese and a note asking him to come. She is waiting for him in a garden, when she mistakes a man that needs to turn on sprinklers for Duke, because he's in the shadows. Then, Duke ends up coming from behind Viola. Then they head to the Debutante ball, where they are introduced, come on stage, and kiss, earning wolf whistles and surprise. Near the end of the film, it shows Viola with Duke playing on the soccer team of Illyria as a first string.

She's the Man grossed a total of $33,741,133 domestic with a total gross of $57,194,667 worldwide.

Like 10 Things I Hate About You, She's the Man is loosely based on a Shakespearean comedy. The plots of She's the Man and Twelfth Night run along similar lines, such as Olivia kissing Sebastian rather than the disguised Viola, or Duke enlisting "Sebastian" (the disguised Viola) to help him gain Olivia's attention (in the play, the Duke Orsino enlisted "Cesario" to help him win Olivia). The main characters share the names of the characters in Twelfth Night, and are in a similar love triangle. Duke Orsino is in love with Olivia, who is in love with a disguised Viola (who has a twin named Sebastian), who in turn is in love with Duke.

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