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What Hilary Duff and Amanda Bynes are up to next. Hollywood's new underage heavy hitters have a full schedule when it comes to their TV and movie careers

Hilary Duff | TEEN IDYLL Duff shines on the silver scren
Image credit: Hilary Duff: Paul Smith/Retna
TEEN IDYLL Duff shines on the silver scren

Hilary Duff and Amanda Bynes are about to graduate to the big time. On the heels of ''Agent Cody Banks''' $14 million weekend, Disney Channel staple Duff is gearing up for the May 2 big-screen version of her quirky comedy ''Lizzie McGuire'' and is set to star in Warner Bros. ''A Cinderella Story.'' (We'll see whether she appears in MGM's just-announced Banks sequel.) ''It's her combination of empowerment and vulnerability that's accessible,'' says Disney Channel exec Rich Ross, who agreed to end McGuire's 65-episode run so that Duff could launch her film career. ''She's authentic -- you won't see her on the cover of Maxim.'' Meanwhile, Nickelodeon alum Bynes, who now stars on The WB's ''What I Like About You,'' plays a free-spirited teen in ''What a Girl Wants,'' opening April 4. ''Everyone wanted this part,'' says director Dennie Gordon. ''Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson, Alexis Bledel...but when I met Amanda, I knew she was the one to carry the movie. The boys think she's hot, and the girls think she could be their best friend.''

Originally posted Mar 25, 2003 Published in issue #702 Mar 28, 2003 Order article reprints

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