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This Haunts Me: Amanda Bynes as Nickelodeon's "Ask Ashley"

The two public images of Amanda Bynes, that of the early aughts and the face-tattooed version of today, seem irreconcilable.

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Growing up in the simpler times of the '90s, we had candy commercials featuring anthropomorphic humans, toys that jeopardized children's lives, and Nickelodeon raising latchkey kids to become the well-adjusted millennials who would later invent Instagram.

Alright, so maybe times were tougher than we thought. Maybe we should've seen today's tumultuous issues coming. From the climate crisis and political division to historic economic crisis and coronavirus panic, it's easy to idealize the past, but the '90s were actually bonkers in their own right. For instance, look at Nickelodeon's sketch comedy series for kids, All That.

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Amanda Bynes Splits from Fiancee of 3 Weeks

We just want to know if she's okay.

Amanda Bynes' nearly-month-long engagement has reportedly come to an end.

Her former fiancee, Paul Michael, confirmed the rumors to In Touch yesterday but specified that he still loves Bynes and considers her to be his best friend. Bynes met Michael in AA class only a few months ago—shortly after breaking up with a previous boyfriend, according to her family—and the pair's romance blossomed quickly with Michael popping the question after only knowing Bynes for a brief period of time. Bynes announced the engagement with the photo below. (It quickly came to light that the ring Michael proposed with was $49 on Amazon).

Their love story was not only brief but complicated. Bynes' family reportedly didn't approve of the match, and since Bynes' mother serves as her conservator, Bynes can't get married without her consent. Whether or not this obstacle factored into the demise of the relationship is anyone's guess, but it's safe to say we'll all be refreshing Bynes' social media awaiting an update from the star.

This news is only the latest in what seems like a never ending stream of information that forces us to ask: "What exactly is going on with Amanda Bynes?"

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34 Pop Culture Things We're Most Thankful For This Thanksgiving 2019

We're all counting our blessings at Popdust.

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It's almost Thanksgiving, so here at Popdust we're trying our best to stop dwelling on the fact that our entire world is going to sh*t, and instead, be appreciative of all the pop culture stuff we're thankful for in 2019.

Here they are in no particular order:

1. The Lumineers New Album

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Instant Classic.

2. The constant whining of the Pokemon fanbase on Reddit and Twitter

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A week after the launch of Sword and Shield, the angry man-babies are still crying hard.

3. Baby Yoda

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Even cuter than a whole flock of Porgs.

4. Keanu Reeves still not getting #MeToo'd

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Keanu Reeves has continued to be infallible.

5. Veterans Day trending spelled wrong

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A boomer misspelled it "VeTRANS Day." Hilarious.

6. White Men arguing for more representation for White Men

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If there's one thing all white men have in common, it's constant oppression.

7. Our new writer Keith and also our other new writer Abby

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Keith brings me Combos to snack on. Abby is also nice.

8. That video of Amanda Bynes confirming that she was sincere about wanting Drake to murder her pussy

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This was important to clarify.

9. That none of us got famous for our famous moms paying for us to get into college

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We're all failures, but at least we're not Olivia Jade Loughlin.

10. Attack on Titan Season 3

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Attack on Titan still has my vote for absolute best TV season of 2019.

11. The optimistic hope that the FFVII Remake will actually be amazing

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I'M GOING TO RELIVE MY CHILDHOOD.

12. A New Half-Life game

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It might be a dumb VR game, but it gives us hope that Half-Life 3 is on the horizon.

13. Fleabag Season 2

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The second season was somehow even better than the first.

14. Another year without a Toby Keith hit

No matter how bad the rest of the year was, we can all take solace in the fact that Toby Keith doesn't have any hot new songs.

15. Harry Styles

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Our boy killed it on SNL.

16. A conclusive ending for the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Mainly though, we're just done with Marvel.

17. That I can bring "OK Boomer" with me to Thanksgiving dinner

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Seriously though, shut your awful, racist boomer family down.

18. Dolly Parton's resurgence

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Dolly Parton will always be a national treasure.

19. The Angry Woman Vs Cat meme (the cat's name is Smudge, fun fact)

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Meme of the year.

20. The Cats trailer horror

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Scarier than any horror movie of the past twenty years.

21. Finding out 21 Savage is British

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Seriously?

22. That they still play 21 Jump Street and Superbad on TV

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Some things never change.

23. Tekashi 69 snitching on everybody

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Place your bets.

24. FKA TWIGs

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Robert Pattinson done goofed.

25. That Taylor Swift wrote the song Lover all by herself, and then didn't get nominated for a Grammy

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She has enough Grammys as is.

26. Jeffrey Epstein didn't kill himself

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Really though. It was an inside job.

27. Ronan Farrow proposing to his husband on a page of his own book

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Talk about balls.

28. Amanda Palmer's Antics

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Love her or hate her, at least she's interesting.

29. Dan's brief stint as a beloved ARMY spokesperson

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That time when I called out The Hollywood Reporter.

30. The Edne and Mack Feud of 2019

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CBD is bullsh*t.

31. Victoria's Secret fashion show canceled officially forever

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It's about time.

32. A$AP Rocky a point of discussion in impeachment hearings

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We truly live in the stupidest timeline.

33. Vastly improved Sonic trailer

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Conspiracy theory: They had the original design ready to go all along.

34. The incredible art in Demon Slayer

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Most gorgeous anime of 2019.

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The Curse of Nickelodeon's "All That" (The Reboot Is Already Doomed)

Ariana Grande is Nickelodeon's Chosen One. All others' success is sacrificed at her altar.

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The original cast of Nickelodeon's All That are cursed by a strange phenomenon that wards off any and all success.

This week it was announced that SNL star and All That alum Kenan Thompson is helming a reboot of the show. This calls for an examination of how the show has impacted its cast and their careers.

Let me back up. From 1994 to 2005, the sketch comedy kids show shaped 90s kids' sense of humor and made us believe that we could get away with saying anything if we said it in a funny voice. Cast members included Kenan Thompson and Nick Cannon as teenagers, as well as young Amanda Bynes and Britney Spears' little sister. Since the show's end, we've seen Bynes' bizarre behavior while struggling with addiction and depression and Jamie Lynn Spears' scandalous teen pregnancy. Instead of being fleetingly curious about our favorite childhood stars with "where are they now?" the more urgent question we're left with is: "what happened?"

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Now, Thompson is appointed to executive produce and contribute writing to the reboot of All That. He told Variety, "It means everything to me. It was my first job that I ever had. It gave me an opportunity." Co-creator of the original series and current president of Nickelodeon, Brian Robbins, proposed the idea: "We think there's a great opportunity to find the next pool of stars. We want to bring the show back in a real fun way. This summer, we are going to bring back a lot of the original cast and the cast through the years, and let them introduce the new cast of 'All That' to the world."

But what the next generation of cast members needs to know is that the promising careers of the original All That cast were sacrificed to a greater plan at work behind the scenes at Nickelodeon. In hindsight, it's clear that only one network star could channel the powers of stardom to become a cultural phenomenon. Only one childhood actor could rise to prominence as the voice of Nickelodeon's coming-of-age generation: Ariana Grande.

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In her role as Cat Valentine, the Grande's television career started on iCarly and Victorious, but she was always destined for greatness. When Grande was born in 1993, a blinding pillar of light pierced the sky. This is what Nickelodeon was waiting for, a superstar who could gain the prominence necessary to redefine pop music and establish a new world order. Without delay, television execs cobbled together All That, shepherding together the company's first flock of sacrificial lambs. From there, they built more shows, more false TV idols, all in the service of Grande, the path to her success slowly being paved with the failed careers of lesser stars.

Jennette McCurdy, moments before being sacrificed.

As for the cast of All That, just look at the evidence:

1. Lori Beth Denberg (1994-1998) - "The Loud Librarian"

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One of the greatest performers on the show, Denberg went on to impress as Lydia on the The Steve Harvey Show from 2008 to 2012. Since then, Lori Beth has guest starred as "Lori Beth" on three TV series since 2017–and nothing else. Clearly, we miss her talent, but consistent success was never in the cards for her.

2. Josh Server (1994-2000) - "Ear Boy"

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Known as the only original cast member to remain for all six seasons, Server was the go-to guy for character freak outs. After All That, he guest-starred on other Nickelodeon shows like The Amanda Show, Drake & Josh, and Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide. Now the 39-year-old...has a Twitter account.

3. Danny Tamberelli (1997-2000) - "Fat Cop"

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The Adventures of Pete & Pete (1992-1996) had already cemented Tamberelli's place in the hearts of 90s kids. As a cast member of All That, the raucous redhead brought us "Fat Cop." After providing the voice of Arnold in The Magic School Bus, his guest-starring roles petered out to a voice acting role in Grand Theft Auto V. Apparently, he's released music with his folk/pop band Every Good Boy, but most recently he started a podcast in 2013 with Pete & Pete costar Michael Maronna.

4. Alisa Reyes (1994-1997) - "Island Girls"

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Reyes' most memorable performance was as the most annoying girl to be stranded with on a deserted island, opposite Lori Beth Denberg. Her manic energy and nonstop talking were perfectly insufferable. After leaving the show, Reyes had a recurring role on NBC's One World and a slew of one-off guest appearances. Despite playing roles in obscure movies from time to time, she remains best known for her three seasons on All That.

5. Jamie Lynn Spears (2002-2004) - "White Chocolate"

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One of her recurring characters was Thelma Stump, "the oldest bodyguard in the business." As an elderly southern woman, she once called Justin Timberlake "white chocolate" and pulled down his pants before sexually assaulting him with a kiss. After becoming a Nickelodeon darling with her own show Zoey 101, Spears infamously had her first child when she was 16 and quickly left the spotlight. Now the 27-year-old mother of two is only heard from when getting into trouble for promoting unhealthy diet shakes on Instagram.

6. Nick Cannon (1998-2000) - "Latanya in Dudco Enterprises"

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The 38-year-old has gone on to have a short-lived film career, host the improv show Wild 'n Out, manage to stay married to Mariah Carey for eight years, and host America's most popular cringe-worthy talent shows. As current host of the bizarre celebrity singing competition The Masked Singer, Nick Cannon will probably host a whole generation of garbage reality TV unless someone decides to reboot his 2002 teen movie Drumline.

7. Kel Mitchell (1994-1999) - "Good Burger" sketch

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90s kids owe Kel Mitchell a lot for introducing us to Good Burger's Ed, the worst fast food employee to ever not wash his hands after using the faculty bathroom. Mitchell's acting career mostly consisted of guest starring roles until the Nickelodeon Group tapped him to rejoin the network on Teen Nick in Game Shakers, "one of the lowest shows" on Nick network. Recently, he reprised his role as Ed in a "Good Burger" skit on Jimmy Fallon.

8. Gabriel Iglesias (2000) - "Pizza Guy in Class"

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Iglesias tried to be funny during his one season on All That. Afterwards, he tried to be funny as a professional stand up comedian. For some mysterious reason, the comedy circuit decided to never let him go, putting him in the spotlight like a hamster on a wheel never getting anywhere. Gabriel Iglesias is forever trying to be funny, but to no avail. He's comedy's Sisyphus.

9. Kenan Thompson (1994-1999) - "Ishboo Goes to a Sleepover"

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Arguably, Thompson never left All That, since he's been on SNL for 15 years, which has devolved into All That: Drunk Babysitters since Tina Fey's departure in 2006.

10. Amanda Bynes (1996-2000) - "Ask Ashley"

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Amidst her highly publicized personal struggles, the 32-year-old actress has elected to become her volatile "Ask Ashley" character.

Clearly, the alumni of the original All That are all adrift in an ocean of despair. There are only two possible explanations for why Nickelodeon would want to bring this show back.

1. Kenan Thompson, along with Brian Robbins, is attempting to sadistically perpetuate this cycle of abuse.

2. The next Chosen One has been born.


Meg Hanson is a Brooklyn-based writer, teacher and jaywalker. Find Meg at her website and on Twitter @megsoyung.


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Selfies are taking over……for better or for worse.

You just can’t get away from them—they’re all over Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat—any of the numerous social media services out there that help people share their lives on a daily basis—like white on rice.

Selfies range from the drunken and regrettable, to the infrequent and interesting, to the outright narcissistic and only too damn frequent (Kim Kardashian anyone?)—there’s a whole spectrum of selfie takers out there.

Initially, it was mainly just the younger generation that took it a little too far with inappropriate selfies—anyone remember Breanna Mitchell, who was all smiles, posing in front of the death chamber at Auschwitz, of all places?

But let’s be real, these days adults are just as guilty. Seeing Barack Obama and David Cameron smiling together for a selfie at Nelson Mandela’s memorial should settle any doubts on that matter.

With millions of people taking and posting selfies every day, it can be tough to ensure your self indulgent snap stands out from the crowd—but still, some people seem to truly excel in that area.

Just take a look at Popdust’s pick of the craziest, funniest, and completely inappropriate selfies in the gallery below.

Things are definitely looking up for Amanda Bynes - her conservatorship has been extended and the DUI case dismissed.

As you may recall, Amanda ended 2014 by wandering around West Hollywood and behaving in a worryingly erratic way.

But 2015 is shaping up to be much better, with a judge on Tuesday extending the 28-year-old actress's conservatorship until a hearing on June 23, reports People.

Amanda's DUI case from September 2014was also dismissed.

"Amanda is doing well," her attorney David Esquibias says, while a family source echoes that.

"Amanda is doing much better from where she was months ago. She has her own apartment and is much happier. She and her parents are getting along and Amanda is clear-headed, more focused and has more independence."

Keep it up Amanda!