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Amanda Bynes will be in court Friday, where she is expected to attempt to win her freedom from a California psychiatric hospital. Will she be successful?

The actress, held against her will for the last two weeks since setting a driveway on fire in Thousand Oaks, will be bussed to a local courthouse.

There, her parents will ask a judge for a temporary conservatorship, granting them control over her personal, legal, medical and financial affairs.

If the parents get their way, Amanda will go back to the psychiatric ward for further treatment; Bynes, 27, could walk away a free woman if a judge allows it.

Amanda Bynes will be accompanied by her lawyer. She'll speak to the judge personally, likely in chambers, so he try to gauge her mental competency.

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After months at the center of Amanda Bynes' Twitter universe, Drake has finally weighed in on the actress' bizarre and frequent missives about him.

It has long been a mystery whether Drake cared, or even knew what was being said about him by Amanda Bynes, for the last 4-5 months. No longer.

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"I don't even know who that is doing that or what that's about," Drizzy told XXL magazine. "If that is her, I guess it's a little weird and disturbing."

"It's obviously a behavioral pattern that is way bigger than me. Whether it's her or somebody else, they know people are paying attention so they keep it going."

Amanda Bynes' Twitter has been radio silent since she was placed on a 5150 hold a few weeks ago. Her last tweet, fittingly, was "Drake is gorgeous."

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Amanda Bynes tried and failed to secure her release Thursday from the hospital where she has been held under a 5150 psychiatric hold since July 23.

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In a hearing held at the hospital, she argued there was no legal basis to hold her for two more weeks, as a judge ordered once the 72-hour hold lapsed.

The actress' lawyer argued at the hearing that she is making good progress, more than capable of caring for herself and no longer a danger to others. 

She is actually doing a lot better since her doctors began administering a cocktail of medication, though there are clear signs Amanda is schizophrenic.

In the end the judge agreed with the star's doctors, who said Amanda needs to stay in the hospital since her mental health is precarious at best.  

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Nick Cannon and Amanda Bynes go back a long way, so it's little surprise he is coming to his friend and Nickelodeon co-star's defense in an open letter.

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Cannon has found himself asked about her a lot in interviews these days, especially after her recent hospitalization and psychiatric hold this month.

As a result, the America's Got Talent host posted an open letter to his “sister” Wednesday, trying to explain to the public the pressures child stars face.

Nick notes that while Bynes’ behavior might look “crazy” to people on the outside, it makes total sense to him and should not be a laughing matter.

“Lately I have been hit with an onslaught of questions about someone I consider family, someone I watched grow up," Cannon writes of the actress.

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Amanda Bynes is doing much, much better in the hospital this week, reports indicate, with her apparent schizophrenia now much closer to stabilized.

Doctors at the psychiatric hospital where she remains under a 5150 hold have given her a combination of medications, or cocktail, to help her symptoms.

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The actress responded "quickly and dramatically," insiders say, and no longer talks to herself or insults people - two hallmarks of her last few months.

She's shown no inclination toward violence and has even been polite, saying "please" and "thank you" to staff members as she works to get better.

Does this mean Amanda Bynes' mental illness is under control?

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Despite the conservatorship battle surrounding her, a hospitalized Amanda Bynes and her mother Lynn are reportedly back on speaking terms.

Bynes is “absolutely aware of what is going on, and that her mother attempted to get a conservatorship of her," says a source close to the situation.

"She doesn’t like it, but Amanda loves her mom. They have a complicated relationship, but they get along most of the time, and used to be very, close."

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Before Amanda Bynes' mental health issues became so dire, "she used to say her mom was her best friend ... they have been talking daily since Friday."

Lynn has tried to emphasize to Amanda, who is said to resent her controlling parents, "that she just wants her to continue to get medical treatment.”

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Amanda Bynes is bitter and resentful toward her parents, Lynn and Rick, for pushing her into acting as a kid, according to sources close to the actress.

That's not helping their bid to obtain a conservatorship over their daughter. Even if it might be well-intentioned, to the star it's her greatest fear.

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Amanda Bynes' former BFF, model Ana Rivera, says she deeply resents her controlling parents for “pushing her into acting, a career she never wanted.”

Amanda “was frustrated, as they wanted her to act and she didn’t want to,” Ana says. “Amanda said the only movie she herself liked in was Hairspray."

"She didn’t get any enjoyment out of acting.”

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The legal saga surrounding Amanda Bynes' mental illness continues as she canceled a hearing that she requested Friday, saying she needs time for meds to kick in.

Amanda Bynes on the Street

Bynes initially wanted an emergency hearing at the psychiatric hospital where she's being treated, arguing that she's being held illegally against her will.

A judge decided Thursday that the 5150 psychiatric hold keeping her there - usually capped at 72 hours - would be extended another two weeks.

She wanted to challenge that ruling, but eventually concurred with her attorney that they had no new case, and asked for a hearing on August 1.

The 27-year-old and her lawyer believe the medication she's now on will improve her condition and allow her to make a stronger case for freedom.

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According to one source, Kim Kardashian loves Absolutely Fabulous.

And according to another, the first-time parent has similar thoughts about Amanda Bynes.

During a talk sow segment with Ryan Seacrest Thursday, Kris Jenner said of her daughter: "She's obsessed with [Bynes] and really wants her to be fabulous and get well."

Bynes, of course, is a long way from well.

She's been hospitalized for major mental issues and has requested a hearing to get out of the psych ward.

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Amanda Bynes wants out of the psychiatric ward. Like yesterday.

Her attorney filed legal documents challenging the two-week extension of her forced hospitalization and asking for an emergency hearing to cut let her loose.

Typically, a 5150 psychiatric hold ends after 72 hours, but due to Amanda Bynes' mental illness, a judge extended it by two weeks late yesterday.

Amanda Bynes in 2011

There will be a hearing before a judge at the psychiatric ward this afternoon at 2 p.m. Pacific to contest that decision, and Amanda will be present.

It's unclear how or why the judge's mind would change after the ruling that was just handed down 24 hours ago, but she's going to try apparently.

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