Now that "What I Like About You" is being laid to rest, teen queen Amanda Bynes is ready to turn her full attention to her burgeoning movie career.
"I would just like to make movies that make people laugh and touch them in some way. I also hope to work with talented people. That's the key," notes the 20-year-old, who's already won fans with her big-screen work in "Big Fat Liar," "What A Girl Wants" and the recent "She's the Man."
At this week's premiere of Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston's June 2-opening "The Break-Up," Bynes told this column, "Right now, I'm just figuring out what I want to do next. There is something in the works that I can't talk about, hopefully something very exciting."
Asked whether she's feeling pressure to take on more "adult" roles these days, Bynes made it clear she's neither desperate to go for more mature parts, nor closed to them: "I have no problem doing what I'm doing. I definitely feel like I'm growing up, but I don't want to rush into anything."
Bynes was just one of the many celebrities who hit the red carpet including Alyssa Milano, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jon Favreau, Cole Hauser, Stacy Keibler and Anthony Michael Hall.
ON THE PERSONAL SIDE: The usually-guarded Oprah Winfrey really lets her hair down on Sunday's (05/28) episode of BET's "Meet the Faith," reports host/co-exec producer Carlos Watson.
"A couple of things surprised me," says Watson, whose show explores the moral ramifications of world events with an eclectic assortment of guests. "I had no idea how religious Oprah is. I knew she was a serious, thoughtful, spiritual person, but only in spending time with her did I appreciate how serious she was about the faith. When she talked about going through a depression, I asked her 'Did she see a therapist,' and she said 'Therapists are alright, but I already have one -- his name is Jesus.' I wasn't expecting that."
He says viewers will also get the chance to hear Winfrey talk about her most ambitious project to date -- the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.
"She's very hands-on, and has spent five years already on it. She said she is committed to building not the best school for black children, not the best school for girls, not the best school in Africa -- but the single best school in the world! It makes you go 'Wow, what would the best school in the world look like, especially one produced by Oprah Winfrey with access to all the resources, the best minds, the best technology, the best teachers?' If this black woman creates the best school in the world, what kind of ripple effect will that have here in education and elsewhere?"
LADIES, TAKE NOTE: Emmy-award winning journalist Teresa Strasser, who co-hosts ABC's reality show, "How To Get The Guy," says finding a man is really a no-brainer.
"People just don't do the things they know to do," says Strasser, who's also written a syndicated singles column for over a decade. "It's like every diet book could just be called 'The Eat Healthy, Do Exercise Book.' We all know what a healthy meal is, and that we should go to the gym, and I think dating is the same. It's pretty much common sense...leave the house, let your friends fix you up, be open to people outside your circle."
The four women searching for Mr. Right on "HTGTG," debuting on June 12, are all in their 30s, which means, says Strasser, "they're substantial, they're smart, they have careers, they have strong opinions -- and you know what, like all of us in our 30s, they've got war wounds and baggage," something she urges everyone to "process and move on from. We all have our moments where we get hurt and kicked around, but bitterness is like a man repellant."
Strasser admits "I was a little concerned going into this show. I'm an expert, inasmuch as failure in the dating arena has taught me everything I need to know. As a columnist, I'm reporting from the field, so I've seen it all. But I was literally staying up at night thinking 'What if you don't help these girls?'" The ladies followed the guidelines laid down on the show, and she says, "I'll tell you this -- I am pretty overwhelmed by our success."
THE NOT-SO-BIG SCREEN SCENE: "Dukes of Hazzard 2" is due to go -- quietly -- before the cameras next month, with neither Jessica Simpson nor Johnny Knoxville, nor Seann William Scott aboard. This is Warners' planned DVD release for next year, kind of a prequel to both the recent feature and the vintage TV series. Casting is underway.
With reports by Stephanie DuBois and Emily Feimster