What the Hell Happened to Alicia Silverstone?

Alicia Silverstone - 2013

Alicia Silverstone

If you ever read the comments section of these articles, you’ve probably seen some discussion of “the Batman curse”.  Despite the fact that most of the Batman films have been successful, there does seem to be a trend of Batman actors ending up in What the Hell Happened articles.

Alicia Silverstone had a relatively short career that peaked in 1995 and came crashing down 2 years later in Batman and Robin.  Just about everyone associated with the franchise-ending Batfilm suffered some kind of career setback.

But while Chris O’Donnell has finally gotten himself a steady gig on TV and Arnold Scharzenegger retreated to politics, Silverstone’s career has yet to bounce back.

silverstone - wonder years

Alicia Silverstone – The Wonder Years – 1992

Silverstone started working as a model at age six.  She went on to do TV commercials.  Silverstone recounted how she got into acting:

At family get-togethers, me and all the other little girls would make up dances and routines for our parents. And relatives would tell my dad, “You’ve got to get her started in the business.” Finally, he started me modeling. I hated it more that anything, but I thought it was an outlet for acting. Then I got my first commercial, for Domino’s Pizza, and I went insane. I was so happy!

Her first acting gig was as a guest star on the TV show, The Wonder Years.

She played Fred Savage’s dream girl which was type casting in 1992.

What the Hell Happened to Alicia Silverstone?

Alicia Silverstone – The Crush – 1993

Silverstone’s film career began with 1993’s suspense flick The Crush.

The Crush was part of a trend in movies that became popular after 1987’s Fatal Attraction.  The general theme is that a normal guy (in this case, Cary Elwes) meets a seemingly normal person who turns out to be a homocidal lunatic/stalker.  Borrowing from the 1992 movie, Poison Ivy, The Crush made the stalker jail bait.

The original choice to play the teenage stalker was Reese Witherspoon.  But she was in Africa filming A Far Off Place.  With their first choice unavailable, the casting directors started going through modeling portfolios which is how they came across Silverstone.  While filming, Silverstone became an “emancipated minor” at the age of 15.  This was done so that she could avoid the restrictions of child labor laws which would have restricted how many hours she could work on the movie.  According to Silverstone, it was no big deal:

My parents were a bit concerned.  They were afraid I would hold it under their nose and say, ‘You can’t tell me what to do, I’m emancipated.’ But nothing really changed.

In the original cut of The Crush, Silverstone’s character was named Darian.  But the name had to be changed for video and TV versions of the movie.  Screenwriter Alan Shapiro had based the screenplay on his own personal experiences.  The girl who inspired the script was actually named Darian and sued.  So the character’s name was changed to Adrian going forward.

Silverstone wasn’t happy with her first movie performance.  Just a couple years later, she wished she could do it all over again:

I think about her more now than I did then. I wish I could go back and do the movie again, because it isn’t often that a young girl can be really aggressive and take over the whole movie. I wish I’d had more experience at that time. Now I feel I’m more molded.

Critics didn’t crush on The Crush.  In fact, they hated it.  It opened in third place at the box office and ended up grossing around $13 million dollars.  But it has become a hit on home video.

While The Crush wasn’t a big hit, it brought Silverstone lots of attention.  TV producer Aaron Spelling pursued Silverstone to replace Shannen Doherty on Beverly Hills 90210.  But Silverstone wasn’t interested:

He already knew I wasn’t going to do it.  He said, ‘I really want you to be in my show.’ I think it would have been really detrimental because I want to do films. Also, I just don’t think that there’s a lot of acting going on in that show.

Katherine Heigl - My Father the Hero - 1994

Katherine Heigl – My Father the Hero – 1994

Silverstone lost out on the lead in My Father, The Hero to Katherine Heigl, but she later said she was glad she wasn’t cast:

On My Father, The Hero, I didn’t get it because I was a little bit heavy compared with the girl who did get it, but that was a blessing because the girl runs around in a bathing suit throughout the whole thing. It was the worst movie I’ve ever seen. And the girl was really bad.

Silverstone also appeared in two made-for TV movies; Torch Song and Scattered Dreams.  On the subject of Raquel Welch, Silverstone’s Torch Song co-star, Silverstone said:

Everybody warned me. ‘She’s going to be a tyrant because you’re young and beautiful and she’s just going to go crazy,’ She was nice to me, but it must be just horrible, you know. I mean, when the movie aired, people said it should have been about my character. So I sympathize with her.

Next: Rockin’ out with Aerosmith

Posted on June 23, 2011, in Movies, What the Hell Happened?, WTHH Actress and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 404 Comments.

  1. If LeBeau did a WTHHT for musical artists (this is relevant to Alicia Silverstone due to Iggy Azalea’s “Clueless” parodying “Fancy” video):
    http://www.celebuzz.com/2015-06-10/iggy-azalea-downfall-flop-controversy-timeline/

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  2. EXCLUSIVE: Clueless star Alicia Silverstone’s brother was arrested for growing marijuana after raid which caught up Afghanistan deserter Bowe Bergdahl:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3176225/Clueless-star-Alicia-Silverstone-s-brother-arrested-marijuana-farm-raid-caught-Afghanistan-deserter-Bowe-Bergdahl.html

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  3. Reading these old interviews w/ Alicia Silverstone and trying to gather more info to help supplement this article, I’ve come to the conclusion that she (and I’m not entirely sure if this is these are the best choice of words) strikes me as really pretentious and maybe a tad bit narcissistic (and perhaps a faux feminist to boot). She seems to see herself as a “serious actress” and not just the jail-bait girl from the Aerosmith videos and “Clueless”, yet she doesn’t exactly have the accolades or hardware to justify or back it up. I get the notion that Alicia was partially embarrassed by her video vixen past and she passive-aggressively based Aerosmith along the way.

    She also not to subtly bashed Aaron Spelling, who was one of the most powerful and influential people in television. I get the vibe that since Aaron’s daughter, Tori was on one of his TV shows, that there couldn’t be much to be considered actual “real acting”. She also ripped Drew Barrymore (who despite her own occasional craziness and flakiness, seems otherwise genuinely well liked) by basically saying that the work that she has done up until that point, is crap.

    Alicia was even reluctant to do “Clueless” because she wasn’t comfortable w/ the idea of playing a ditzy, materialistic character like Cher Horowitz. Doesn’t Alicia understand that the whole point in acting is convincingly portraying somebody that you really aren’t in real life. Therefore, when Alicia gained a significant amount of clout in her career post-“Clueless”, it not to surprisingly, quickly imploded. I hate to say this, but I think that “Clueless” was a fluke because it was not only the “right movie at the right time” (it was to the ’90s what “Mean Girls” was a decade later sans the cynicism), but it arguably showed that Alicia Silverstone is only as good as her director and screenwriter.

    Alicia apparently didn’t want to repeat what she did in “Clueless” (I wish that I could find the interview where Alicia was quoted saying about her turning down more teen-oriented movies by saying “I get offered that sh– a lot!” or something to that effect), yet Alicia didn’t seem to fully understand or realize that by producing her own movies so early in her career, she was more or less setting herself up for additional scrutiny and dare I say, failure. In essence, she w/ “Excess Baggage” had to put her money where her mouth is.

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    • She’s always been flighty and entitled. When she was young, she said the kind of things young, flighty, entitled people say.

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      • I do find it (and I can’t be the only one) hilariously ironic that Alicia bad mouthed Katherine Heigl (pretty much saying that she’s a bad actress) given that most people feel that a large share of the reason why Alicia Silverstone’s career on top didn’t last so long, was because of her limited acting range. And of course, there’s the fact that Heigl herself would ultimately develop a reputation for being “difficult”.

        Of course, Alicia I suppose, benefited from the lack of social media during her peak. Therefore, her “speaking before thinking” type of comments aren’t as widely known. As a matter of fact, when I was looking around online to get some better insight on what went wrong w/ Alicia Silverstone’s career, I too was surprised to find out that there were rumors about her being difficult.

        Alicia also sort of put herself into the same trap or position as Sean Young. Both were I think, safe to say, on the cusp of super-stardom (although, you can argue that Alicia was as close as you could get for an actress to be considered A-list given that she had her own production company and was one of the headliners in a Batman movie) but lost it through the combination of bad luck and/or timing and there tendencies to by too outspoken for their respective own good and extremely eccentric.

        I kind of get the vibe that Alicia envisioned herself to be a character actress at heart, but she didn’t have enough formal training or more importantly, actual versatility and/or instinct to seriously pull it off. This perhaps, ties in to a past argument that I presented that Alicia maybe, had (and still does for that matter) a lackluster management/PR team behind her.

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      • I think that you also said this, but Alicia should thank her lucky stars (if you will) that social media wasn’t around at the height of her success. Because of this, most of her more “out there” comments have been keep under wraps. I really don’t think that most people when they ponder about what happened to her, immediately think of the theories/allegations of her having a poor professional attitude. I think that I said not to long ago, that one of Alicia’s biggest weaknesses from a professional stand-point is that she seems awfully petty.

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  4. Nice to see another updated WTHH piece. Alicia Silverstone has to be one of the great one-film wonders in terms of being a major star; however, I have also found a couple of her “other” films to be of some interest.

    Scorched is a movie that I sometimes get off the shelf when I am in the mood for an offbeat indie film. It’s actually what I call the “Cook Collection” part of my DVD library–quirky indie films from the early-mid oughts starring or featuring Rachael Leigh Cook (aka a future WTHH subject, right?). While it was a complete box office bust, several performances, including Silverstone’s, strike the right chord with me.

    Love’s Labour’s Lost probably never had a chance to reach the stature of Branagh’s earlier Shakespeare adaptations; starting with one of the Bard’s least-regarded plays almost guaranteed that. But I admire Branagh’s willingness to take risks in both the setting–updating the play to be a 1930s style musical–and in casting. It’s much closer to being an interesting failure than an unrecognized classic, to be sure, but it’s worth a look.

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    • I looked over Cook’s filmography and considered her for the next article. She has a surprisingly long list of credits to tackle! She’s also currently on a TV show I had never heard of. But apparently it’s been running for a few years now. Who knew? I will get to her sooner or later. But my next subject is someone who is long overdue.

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      • Diane lane? If that’s true, I’ll read that with bells on (and Christmas ornaments, and a New York Mets helmet).

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      • Yep, there was a while in the mid-oughts when RLC seemed to be making a new indie movie every couple of months. I have been working my way through that extensive filmography for quite a while now. She’s been off the radar as far as major stardom goes, but she’s certainly kept busy.

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        • So it seems. As I read through her extensive credits, my desire to do a write up on her dwindled. For now. She will be featured eventually.

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        • My Favorite Rachael Leigh Cook film has to be 2001’s “Antitrust” (That reminds me, I think Ryan Phillippe would could be an article), though I’ve liked some of her other work, “Josie and The Pussycats” and “The Bumblebee Flys Anyway”. Also she voiced the character of Chelsea Cunningham in the “Batman Beyond” series, as well as the DTV film for that series.

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    • Premiere Magazine’s Interview:
      http://www.oocities.org/siliconvalley/sector/9628/premiere.htm

      “You’re gonna die” Alicia Silverstone promises. This is Hollywood’s youngest actress cum producer’s zealous advertisement for the dish she endearingly calls “King claw crab,” which has just arrived at her table at Matsuhisa, Los Angeles’s premiere power sushi joint. The star of this summer’s Batman & Robin and Excess Baggage takes a nibble and proclaims, “This is so good. . . . The sauce!” As she gesticulates with her chopsticks, a piece of crab plummets down her blue puffy-sleeve blouse. Silverstone pulls her shirt forward and peers down for the lost morsel, to no avail. She looks up and shrugs, her face breaking into the off-center, self-deprecating grin that won America’s heart in Clueless.

      It is somewhat surprising that Silverstone chose this epicurean setting for lunch, since she has elsewhere declared her favorite cuisine to be baby food and Lucky Charms. “Lucky Charms are good late at night,” she clarifies, “when you’re really hungry. They’re plain, and then you get the mushrooms.”

      She pauses and wrinkles her nose. “Wait — mushrooms? No, marshmallows! ” She gives a girlish giggle. (She’s full of such malaprops: Later she haltingly refers to this year’s Best Actress Oscar winner as “Francine . . . Dormant?”)

      Actually, Silverstone is a Matsuhisa regular. She first came here with Marty Callner, the music-video director who spotted her in her psychohormonal 1993 film debut, The Crush, and helped launch her star with three infamous Aerosmith videos (including “Cryin’,” later enshrined by MTV voters as Best Video of All Time).

      “I’m big on food,” attests Silverstone, blithely heedless of the out-of-context repercussions (more on such weighty issues later). “And I don’t want to eat unless it’s the best.” She cites another restaurant she just enjoyed called the Little Door, which, she reports, “had really yummy wine.”

      Also surprising is her attire — the aforementioned blouse, a navy floral-print skirt, stylishly tousled hair, and clunky black heels — since she has been known to wear a T-shirt and sweats everywhere, including to interviews.

      She’s quick to explain the outfit, however: “This maybe looks put together, but I wore it last night to sleep, and on the plane yesterday, and all day the day before.” She didn’t have time to change, she says, because she’d been caught up in making landscaping decisions with her manager and producing partner, Carolyn Kessler, at the house Silverstone bought last summer in the Valley.

      “So I’m totally stinky!” she announces. “I had to spray perfume in the room and run through it so I wouldn’t smell gross.” She admits to only one concern about her appearance: her eyes. She just returned from visiting her parents in San Francisco, she says, and they have cats to which she is extremely allergic. “Because my eyes are red, I did wonder if you’d think I was on serious drugs.”

      Serious? No. Goofy, maybe.

      But lately one flip-flop above all others has been dominating Alicia gossip. If you’re an informed ’90s cineast who keeps up with development deals, test screenings, box office tallies, and such, you impatiently await the answer to the burning question: So, is Alicia skinny or fat?

      Sure, it’s preposterous — and pernicious — and would be regardless of how she looked in the recent photographs on display here. But such are the Perils of Alicia, a sobering lesson in the arc of American celebrity. Having gone through the Hollywood wringer in a compressed time span that befits her generation, Silverstone already seems in the position of staging a comeback.

      Before Clueless hit two years ago, the press had already begun sniping: Citing her video-laden resume, an Entertainment Weekly cover sneered, a star is made. Then Silverstone confounded everyone, leapfrogging from low-rent cult Lolita to bona fide actress. Clueless, Amy Heckerling’s update of Emma, set in Beverly Hills High School, wasn’t the biggest hit of its summer, but it had enough style, smarts, and freshness to become the kind of cultural mini phenomenon that is cherished by all the right people: Hollywood titans, press tastemakers, and hormone-fueled Webmasters. At eighteen, Silverstone became America’s Sweetheart of the Moment — boy’s fantasy, girl’s role model, and only half-conscious of her sex kitten-y allure.

      But she wasn’t even granted the requisite fifteen minutes before Newsweek had made her the poster child for a new, infantile, “cute” fetishism, linking her popularity to the suppression of women, fear of adulthood, and avoidance of death. Yikes! Silverstone not only remained unfazed, she made herself an even bigger target. Hoping to pattern herself after Jodie Foster, she decided to take charge of her career — a canny move for someone whose most significant roles before Clueless had involved being a sexual predator (The Crush) or an ogled object (The Babysitter). “Unfortunately,” says Silverstone, “being a female in this business, to do the things you want, you have to create for yourself. I’m not going to stand around being one of the people that goes, ‘Poor women in Hollywood,’ because that’s boring and totally useless.”

      Instead she became a rich woman in Hollywood. Columbia Pictures’ then head Mark Canton, in the midst of his hari-Carrey spending spree, gave her a deal to produce and star in two movies for a figure reported to be between $7 million and $10 million. Silverstone suddenly morphed into a poster child for Hollywood excess. No matter that she was merely earning what the (insane) market would bear, that dozens of other actors also had vanity development deals promising a producer’s credit; her sin was excess youth. “When a nineteen-year-old blond chick decides she has something to say,” says Kevin Jones, Columbia’s executive on Excess Baggage, “people say, ‘Who gave her the authority?’

      Then, since Silverstone had no new product in the pipeline, for nearly two years the press was left to grasp at straws. She’d committed to play Batgirl in Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin, but contractually, she first had to do a movie for Columbia, causing Excess Baggage, the tale of a rich girl who fakes her own kidnapping to get her father’s attention, to be rushed into production.

      So here’s what was gleaned (Entertainment Weekly, April 26, 1996): “Alicia Silverstone, who graduated last summer from Clueless to major stardom, is the latest celeb publicly battling a few pounds. At last month’s Oscars, fashion critics thought she looked more Babe than babe.” Soon Fatgirl and Excess Baggage jokes were running amok. A few months later, Vanity Fair portrayed her as a naif in the thrall of Kessler, the agent who turned her into a star and became her manager; and the Los Angeles Times called Excess Baggage “troubled,” and “plagued by disputes” between Silverstone and director Marco Brambilla (Demolition Man). “It was like the whole world was watching,” recalls Jones. “And all the reports dealt with her weight fluctuation and her control.”

      Schumacher, for one, was outraged. “I don’t know what all the mean-spiritedness is about,” says the director, who met Silverstone when he produced The Babysitter. “The weight issue is particularly cruel. I have many friends whose daughters are struggling with anorexia and bulimia. The parents say, ‘It doesn’t matter what you look like, it only matters what kind of human being you are.’ And the kids say, ‘Look what they did to Alicia! She had a few pizzas and they killed her!’ ”

      “It was just press bullshit,” Silverstone says. “But it made me very concerned about my image. I don’t want any young girl to think that I advocate being skinny or that I did anything to alter myself.”

      But the extremely personal scrutiny has clearly affected her. “There’s a moment in this whirlwind where I feel so fucked up, I go into a panic,” she says. For her, the ideal day would be “to have nobody say a word to me, to sit on the beach with my dog and somebody I love, and have nobody care. And just be of the world. That would be really cool — to be completely anonymous.” Jeez, sounds like this teen idol-turned-mogul gig ain’t all it’s cracked up to be.

      I picked out the carpet!” Silverstone is saying, pointing with pride at the blazing royal blue wall-to-wall lining the offices of First Kiss Productions, on the Sony lot. She and Kessler named her company First Kiss because, says Silverstone, “it’s kind of cheesy and sweet and means a lot. We have no idea what will become of what we’re doing, and it was as exciting and dangerous and scary as a first kiss is.”

      Her office is surprisingly spartan, with a cheap Yorx stereo and a few personal mementos: an enlargement of a photo-booth strip with friends, a photo of Kessler’s wedding to Michael Packenham (Silverstone’s agent since Kessler became her manager), and some artsy black-and-white shots by her older brother, David, 25, who works in movie production. Silverstone sits at her desk and starts signing checks. “I like the office,” she says. “I like answering the phone, and — really stupid, anal — I love filing. It gives me a sense of order. . . . When I was a little girl, like, five, I’d sit in my dad’s office, pretend like I was his secretary, and write poetry, make copies, like this little professional.” (Indeed, she still looks a bit like a kid playing dress-up.)

      This same dad’s head shot now grins out at Silverstone from her office bulletin board. British-born Monty Silverstone has worked in real estate, is the author of the book Monty’s Betting Tips, and may finally be realizing his dream of being an actor, having recently appeared on an episode of Unsolved Mysteries. He moved to Florida as an adult, where he met fellow Brit Didi, a Pan Am flight attendant stationed there; they married, and she converted to his Jewish faith.

      The Silverstone’s lived in San Bruno, San Carlos, and then Hillsborough, California (“pretty frou-frou,” Alicia says), but the family traveled widely and summered in England. It was Monty’s idea to turn six-year-old Alicia into a model, work that she now says she hated. So it seems natural to ask about JonBenet Ramsey; Silverstone’s unironic response is, “How come I know that name?” But she does, hesitantly, share some thoughts about her early exploits. “I never wanted to be a model,” she says, “but if Daddy likes you when they take pictures of you, you’re not going to not do it. Do I think that affects you? Yes. And I think I am one of the lucky ones.”

      Lucky because, although modeling led only to a failed audition for NeverEnding Story II, Silverstone started taking acting lessons. Through her acting teacher, she got a Hollywood agent (Kessler) the summer before tenth grade, and was soon cast in a failed TV pilot called Me and Nick. By the time she was sixteen, she’d been cast in The Crush, received her GED, been legally emancipated from her parents, and moved to L.A. “I walked into this pretty blindly,” she says, pushing aside the pile of signed checks. “I didn’t have any kind of connection to film. I haven’t seen many movies at all.” (She’s been catching up; she recently watched Z — “You need to watch in slow motion, the subtitles go by so fast” — and “something Wind . . . Inherit the Wind.”)

      A few short years later, she’s iconic enough to have joined the Batman machine, sharing cereal boxes and billboards with such name-brands as Schwarzenegger and Uma. But the assignment didn’t sit that comfortably. “Everybody looks at Batman as an opportunity to do something wild and crazy,” she says. “I had a hard time because I’m very serious. And I never really knew what the hell I was doing, because it’s so huge, it doesn’t feel like a film, or a character you’re working on.” She “hated” the costume, which gave her “tendinitis or something,” though she reports that her suit’s nipples are “covered,” unlike Chris O’Donnell’s: “Chris’s are, like, ping! I’m not a sexy, nasty Batgirl. I’m, like, a wholesome girl who turns into a robot.”

      A knock on her office door interrupts her. Creative executive Matt Miranda (who also answers the phone) walks in with a handwritten message: Can she loop scenes from Excess Baggage tomorrow at 9 a.m.? Silverstone frowns. “Is that a ‘Can I’ or ‘I have to’?” She may have her own company, but she still doesn’t like to get up too early.

      So what was she like as a nineteen-year-old producer? Silverstone likens her experience with Excess Baggage to suddenly being made a doctor’s assistant. “You don’t know anything about medicine,” she says, “and they throw you in the emergency room. You’re just going by instinct.” Her biggest involvement, she says, was in casting costars Benicio Del Toro, Harry Connick, Jr., Nicholas Turturro, and Christopher Walken. “The studio didn’t expect her to be as opinionated or hard-nosed as she was,” says director Brambilla.

      “She’s very honest, she really believes what she believes,” says Del Toro, who plays her love interest, a car thief who steals the car she pretends to be kidnapped in. “That could be a bad thing, but it’s a good thing. I like to work harder than anybody on a set, and Alicia matched me, man. On weekends we were sitting there in Vancouver in front of that fucking script trying to improve it. She outplayed everybody on that set, including the director. She was sweating it.”

      Silverstone had been drawn to the story, she says, because of the relationship between the heroine, Emily T. Hope, and her distant father, played by Jack Thompson. (It’s clearly a lifelong theme: Asked to name a memorable book from her childhood, she cites My Sweet Audrina, by V.C. Andrews, a horror novel about a girl who can never live up to her dead sister in her daddy’s eyes.)

      “I wanted to make it very dark,” says Silverstone, “and I learned a lot about the difference between making a Hollywood movie and what I consider to be a good movie. They’re thinking, Okay, Clueless girl, we’ll cash in this much money if she plays the same character. So there’s not a lot of room to really go putting heroin needles in your arm, or whatever.”

      “The studio always thought it was a broader comedy than Alicia did,” says Kevin Jones. He claims that Silverstone and Brambilla “had a rapport. I wouldn’t characterize it as good, but I believe they still speak.” And Brambilla, for his part, is positive about the experience: “Most of the time I agreed with her. She’s got a great instinct for what is real, but she has to be reminded about the context and tone of the film.”

      Looking back, Silverstone says, “Would I do anything different? Sure. But that’s because of what I know now. When I produce my second movie, I want a whole script in my face before I hire a director. And I don’t want time pressure: You have to be committed to it not happening if it’s not right. But I’m still proud of the movie.” If audiences take any message from Excess Baggage, she hopes it’s ” ‘Don’t try and change anybody, just be what you are.’ It’s a lesson that takes years to learn. I still haven’t figured that damn one out.”

      “All right Samson,” warns Silverstone breathlessly. It’s 9 p.m. and, after spending all day looping, she’s doing her best to keep her ferocious-seeming dog from scaring off passersby as he lunges past their former apartment in West Hollywood.

      Silverstone found Samson, a stray Rottweiler-pit bull-Labrador mutt, on a film location, and has since adopted four more dogs. (An animal-rights activist, she preaches in favor of neutering and against dissection and testing.) Samson, it turns out, is the Silverstone who requires a weight regimen. “He’s been on a diet,” she says. “He gets really fat sometimes; it’s unhealthy. On Clueless, all the transportation guys would give him so much food. I’d say, ‘You guys, you can’t feed him!’ and they’d say, ‘We only gave him fat-free chips and fat-free cookies!’ ”

      Tonight she’s dressed more characteristically — a white T-shirt with a cartoon of a puppy on it, mint green sweatpants turned inside out, and an unbuttoned men’s dress shirt belonging to her 94-year-old grandfather, Sidney, who, she says, is “my favorite family member. He says things to me, like, he’d be my boyfriend if he wasn’t my grandfather.”

      As for real boyfriends, Silverstone shuts down inquiries, but she pines for a relationship. “I’m distracted by love,” she says. “I’m so determined that I meet a man, um, a person. I say man because I’m attracted to men, but I’m not really, because I haven’t met any man that has made me feel — it could be a woman, for all that matters. I just want to completely live free and happy and completely in love. And it screws with me. I’m so romantic that I’ll say, ‘Fuck all this [career] stuff, it’s so unimportant.’ ”

      Her public reticence about boyfriends may be based in part on reporters’ questions about her sexiness after The Crush, which she calls “disgusting.” “I fear for Natalie Portman, for Christina Ricci,” she says. “There’s something very innocent about being fifteen and talking about sex. At twenty I can say that I know a little bit more. But at fifteen, I hadn’t had it, I didn’t know anything about it. I didn’t sit around thinking, I’m supposed to be sexy in this scene — how do I be sexy?”

      At this point, Samson has dragged Silverstone back down the hill and out to busy Sunset Boulevard. We decide to go to the Chateau Marmont and finish our talk on an outdoor terrace; Silverstone drinks some bottled water while Samson drinks some bowled water.

      Silverstone says that when she won the Most Desirable Female MTV Movie Award after Clueless, “I took it like a joke. It’s flattering, but I’m just a very unconventional person, I guess. I don’t look at people and go, ‘Wow, that guy is really hot, I want to fuck him.’ It’s rare that I find somebody attractive.”

      She also has little interest in onscreen sex, and has always refused to do nudity. “It’s just the stupidest, biggest cop-out, totally uninteresting. I can’t watch women pretend to be aroused, men doing what they think is a really good lover. I don’t know anybody who makes love like that. When people get naked, it makes me uncomfortable.” In her own case, she says, “it’s for the person that I want to have sex with, to spend my life with, only. My body’s, like, my own little secret.”

      Another little secret is that Silverstone recently enrolled in drawing and photography classes at a local college, partly to confront her fear of those subjects, but she had to withdraw because of commitments to publicize her films. She also yearns to do another play (she did Carol’s Eve in L.A. several years ago, playing a suicidal lesbian coke addict). And though she has no firm plans for upcoming films, she says she’d love to work with Steve Buscemi or Sean Penn, but then her voice trails off, as if her heart isn’t really in it.

      The only thing she’s certain of is her loyalty to Kessler, whose closeness to and influence on Silverstone has not always been well thought of by those around her (Kessler would not be interviewed for this article). Even one of the young actress’s staunchest defenders, Joel Schumacher, says that “Alicia is a beautiful, talented, wonderful young woman who is surrounded by bad management.” In Kessler’s defense, Silverstone says, “My relationship with Carolyn is a marriage. I’m going to have her as a friend forever. Carolyn supported me being who I am. She’d rather I be happy than successful as an actress. That’s been really helpful. I don’t trust anybody here.” In Hollywood, Silverstone says, “people are greedy and insensitive and eager to be successful in a really nasty way, almost where everybody’s a mini-Hitler.”

      It’s getting late, and Silverstone has started to wilt. “I never expected any of this to happen,” she says, “and I would’ve been just as happy — or more happy — just going along, working as an actress, without having to be a celebrity or a movie star.” She knows she sounds like an ingrate. “I am respectful and thankful for whoever has allowed me the opportunity to be as successful as I am, but you could take it all back, because I’m not going to do what it takes to maintain it. I’m twenty years old, I’ve done a lot of things that take focus and commitment. Nobody can say, ‘She’s just a flake,’ right? But I think I’m entitled to be a flake for a little while.”

      Silverstone leads Samson downstairs. She’s worried that he might not be allowed in the Chateau Marmont’s elevator, but then she remembers, “I once saw Julia Roberts here with her dog. Samson has met Julia Roberts’s dog twice — but he hasn

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      • Does This Woman Look Clueless?

        http://articles.courant.com/1997-08-31/entertainment/9708280097_1_carolyn-kessler-million-production-deal-excess-baggage

        Of Course Not. Alicia Silverstone Has Two Great Friends And A $10 Million Film Production Deal

        August 31, 1997| By PAMELA MITCHELL; Courant Staff Writer

        Alicia Silverstone believes she’s found the secret to survival in Hollywood: Keep your friends close and on the payroll.

        The 20-year-old star of Excess Baggage'' has both a best friend and manager/producing partner in Carolyn Kessler. Together, the pair producedExcess Baggage,” the first film in Silverstone’s $10 million production deal with Columbia Pictures. Another of Silverstone’s close pals, Michael Packenham, is her agent.

        I believe in the people I'm working with, Carolyn and Michael. They are very, very honest,'' Silverstone says by phone from New York City. She adds in her typical anti-Hollywood tone:We work with monsters, but at the end of the day, we can look at each other and go, `Yes, sane people.’ ”

        Kessler and Packenham, also husband and wife, are constant companions to Silverstone. The name of her production company, First Kiss Productions, was even chosen during a concert the trio attended together.

        “It was a Donna Summer concert, a bad one. Carloyn, Mike and I were at the pretzel stand discussing what the company should be called, coming up with really stupid ideas. I said about one, `That’s as stupid as a first Kiss.’ Then I thought, hey, First Kiss, that’s not too shabby.”

        With First Kiss (the name is meant to signify both the scariness and excitement of an initial smooch or a first film), Silverstone and crew have the kind of control over her career most young actresses only dream of. “It’s an awesome company, with morals, in Los Angeles. Carolyn, Michael and I oversee all actions. We’re all friends looking to do the same things, support the same ideals. We have a blast.”

        These ideals shine through in the company’s choice for its first feature film, “Excess Baggage.” Silverstone, who produced the film with Kessler, stars as Emily T. Hope, a spoiled little rich girl looking for love from her neglectful father, Alexander (Jack Thompson). Instead of talking with Dad or forcing him into family therapy, Emily decides to fake her own kidnapping and get the attention she wants so badly.

        Using a disguised voice, the self- hijacked heiress sets up a ransom drop and tells Alexander the location of Emily’s BMW. Emily does a duct-tape bondage number, jumps in her trunk and waits. Her reunion daydreams are interrupted by professional car thief Vincent Roche (Benecio Del Toro), who takes off with both the BMW and the babe.

        “Every young person is desperately looking inside themselves, to the bottom of their stomachs, to find out who they are. Emily looks in all the wrong places but realizes that young people only need to first look inside themselves.”

        On her way to this realization, Emily falls for her accidental partner in crime, Vincent. Silverstone’s power as a producer is evident in the absence of any on-screen sex.

        “I don’t like nudity. Most Hollywood films are manufactured step by step. They show all the strings that draw people in. Our love scenes are more interesting, subtle. We show all the love without having to take our clothes off. It makes it a much stronger scene.”

        The second picture in First Kiss’ production deal has yet to be chosen but Silverstone is about to start shooting “Breakers,” a story about a mother-daughter con artist team, with Anjelica Huston.

        Puh-leeze, don’t call her uh-LEE-sha

        Some fun facts about Alicia:

        It’s pronounced uh-LEE-see-uh, not uh-LEE-sha — “My ear is so used to people saying uh-LEE-sha, but my mom hates the name ah-LEE-sha and would like me to be called ah-LEE-see-uh.”

        Lip service — Despite the world’s obsession with her perfect pout, Silverstone says, “I never, ever, ever wear lipstick on my own. I don’t even know how. Carolyn put me in the bathroom one day with a hundred lipsticks to teach me how to wear lipstick. I always wear the wrong colors. I just can’t be bothered.”

        Top dog — Silverstone owns a lot of dogs, but her fave right now is Jeffrey, a Rottweiler/pit bull/Doberman. Coming of age — Plans for her 21st birthday next month are as anti-Hollywood as the actress herself. “I’m trying to get my friends to a Rolling Stones concert in Vegas.”

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  5. She is absolutely correct on the damages done by endocrine disruptors. Bravo Alicia for standing up for what you believe and calling attention to public health issues!!

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  6. I’m a little confused about the situation with Excess Baggage. On page 5 you talk about her clashes with director Marco Brambilla. Yet on page 6 you say “After the failure of Silverstone’s first big screen production, Excess Baggage, she wasn’t given another opportunity to direct a movie.” What did you mean by that?

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    • Produce. She wasn’t given another chance to produce a movie. Ooops. Thanks for the catch!

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      • You still forgot the add the story regarding Alicia Silverstone abruptly backing out of a planned multi-episode arc on the show “How I Meet Your Mother” supposedly because he didn’t want to share the spotlight w/ Britney Spears.

        You also might as well add Alicia pretty much bashing her “Batman & Robin” director Joel Schumacher:
        http://www.urbancinefile.com.au/home/view.asp?a=2526&s=interviews

        As passionate as she is, Silverstone’s career hasn’t always gone the way she’d planned. Take Batman and Robin, in which she played Batgirl. For the first time, she admits that it wasn’t the experience she’d hoped for. “I thought that film would be creative, and I thought I’d end up being able to do some crazy stuff, but that director (Joel Schumacher) did not want anything intelligent involved in that project – in other words, we’re not allowed to think, or come up with any ideas of our own.” Suffice it to say that Silverstone will not be in the next Batman.

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        • Some more quotes from Alicia Silverstone that I just found:
          http://articles.mcall.com/1995-03-04/entertainment/3017958_1_alicia-silverstone-videos-hideaway

          March 04, 1995 | by AMY LONGSDORF (A free-lance story for The Morning Call)

          Alicia Silverstone has a bimbo problem. Not that she is one, mind you. But ever since she pouted her way through a trio of Aerosmith videos, the idea has picked up quite a bit of momentum.

          Being thought of as, to quote Movieline magazine, “this second’s most desirable Hollywood teen dream girl” is enough to make Silverstone see red.

          “I’m an actress,” she says. “Everything I do is my work. It’s a shame that people have to pinpoint you and say that because of what you do in your work, that’s who you are.”

          With “Hideaway,” the horror thriller which opened yesterday in area theaters, Silverstone hopes to stand her teen-temptress image on its head. “I don’t think people will try and label me after they see `Hideaway.’ People will see that I’m a solid actress. There’s not one sexual moment in the whole movie.”

          Silverstone is only 18, but her career is already advancing at a whirlwind pace. In addition to “Hideaway,” which co-stars Jeff Goldblum and Christine Lahti, she’s wrapped up four more films: Amy Heckerling’s “Clueless,” which is being touted as a “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” for the ’90s; the Joel Schumacher-produced “Babysitter,” in which she plays five different characters; “True Crime,” a serial-killer thriller co-starring Kevin Dillon; and Alain Corneau’s French-language drama, “Le Nouveaux Mondes.”

          “I was so excited to get those movies,” says Silverstone. “Before Hideaway,' I had just doneThe Crush’ and three TV movies. I was still auditioning for features, which is so hard. And then all of a sudden I got offered all these movies at once. And I wanted to do them all. I didn’t want to have to pick just one.”

          If there was a turning point for Silverstone, it was winning MTV’s Villain of the Year award in 1993 for her performance in “The Crush.” Her portrayal of a lovestruck psychopath beat out the work of such acclaimed actors as John Malkovich (for “In the Line of Fire”) and Ralph Fiennes (for “Schindler’s List”).

          According to Silverstone, Aerosmith caught her wicked turn in “The Crush” and asked her to appear in videos for “Amazing,” “Crazy” and “Cryin’,” which recently was named Best Video of All Time by MTV.

          “I had a wonderful time shooting the videos,” she notes. “They take three days. They’re not intense things. If you look at every video ever made, do you see any acting ability in them? They’re just about pretty girls walking around. In `Cryin’,’ I took the idea (Aerosmith) had and went wild with it. I made it a story.”

          For her trouble, Silverstone must be entitled to a lifetime supply of free Aerosmith CDs and concert tickets, no?

          “Aerosmith is nothing in my life,” she says testily. “They’re a wonderful band. I met them once. They did invite me to a concert, but I didn’t even get good seats. I got crappy seats in the back. But they’ve never even called to say thanks. We have no relationship.”

          While she’s setting the record straight, Silverstone would like to distance herself from a recent Movieline profile that quoted her as trashing Leonardo DiCaprio, Parisians and at least two of her upcoming movies. “Nothing I said in that article is true,” she claims. “It’s all lies and misquotes. You can see by sitting here with me now that I’m just a young girl. The person in that story sounded stupid. That wasn’t me.”

          Silverstone grew up in San Francisco, the daughter of a flight-attendant mom and a real-estate-agent dad, both of whom are English. As soon as she landed the starring role in “The Crush,” she quit high school to devote more time to acting. She’s since filed for emancipation from her parents, which has allowed her to work in films as an adult. At the moment, she lives alone in Los Angeles.

          “I’ve always been a good girl. All of my friends always did bad stuff, like stealing and hanging out with bad boys. And their parents were so strict. My parents let me do whatever I wanted to do because they always knew I never wanted to do anything.”

          Of all her upcoming films, “Clueless” is the one she’s most excited about. In the Beverly Hills-set satire, she plays an upper-cruster with a wardrobe to rival Ivana Trump’s. In the movie, Silverstone gets at least 60 costume changes.

          “That’s all my character’s world is about. She knows everything about fashion, makeup and hair. She even does lighting changes when a boy walks in the room. I had to do a lot of research for this because I hate putting nice clothes on. I like to wear black sweats and a T-shirt. I’m down-to-earth, a total tomboy.”

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        • Alicia Silverstone: The Crown Princess of Young Hollywood:
          http://movieline.com/1995/03/01/the-crown-princess-of-young-hollywood/

          Alicia Silverstone, Tinseltown’s reigning teen queen, has a passel of new movies in the pipeline. Here she explains why she turned down Aaron Spelling’s offer to join “Beverly Hills, 90210,” reveals why she’d like to gun down Parisians, and tells what it’s like to go out on the town with Leonardo DiCaprio.

          “People think, ‘Wow, you’re an actress, so people must be really nice to you and kiss your ass.’ Nobody kisses my ass. On the contrary, people are mean; make me feel like a nobody. Take, like, Leonardo DiCaprio’s whole group, those kids that do the Young Hollywood scene. Now that I know Leo, I know he’s really separate from them, but a lot of girls in that crowd say things about me like, ‘Why is she getting all these parts? She just uses her sex, that’s why.’ If they only had a clue how much I’m constantly avoiding that. I’ve only made love with one person in my whole life. I don’t really like men–there’s so much macho-ness–I just like them to be my friends. Guys are all trying to be like, ‘Screw as many girls as you can.’ They’re so ridiculous, so pathetically insecure. That’s probably why my favorite thing in the world is a box of fine European chocolates which is, for sure, better than sex.”

          Such pronouncements, uttered by Alicia Silverstone with the solemn conviction that only a just-turned-18-year-old can bring to a conversation, could deflate this great nation’s collective tumescence for the girl who played the jailbait temptress of The Crush, and then slinked her way through three popular Aerosmith videos. Well, almost deflate it: I mean, have you seen her in that movie or those videos? All that and the MTV Movie Awards she’s won have brought Silverstone exposure that has put her in a place where she’s now starring in four more Films due out this year. And, she’s about to tear into the sought-after centerpiece role in director Amy Heckerling’s big-studio comedy Clueless, a Fast Times at Ridgemont High-type spin on Jane Austen’s Emma. Silvers tone has become, arguably, this second’s most desirable Hollywood teen dream girl.

          Blame it, if you tike, on the way she looks – Silverstone could be the secret offspring of ’60s superstarlets John Phillip Law and Sue Lyon–but people do wonder if, as the old James Brown song put it, Silverstone’s used what she’s got to get just what she wants. “Every one of those movies I auditioned for, every job, I worked my ass off to get” asserts Silverstone over breakfast at the Chateau Marmont, “If people look at what I do and go, ‘She’s just really sexy and pretty, that’s all,’ that’s total bullcrap. How many millions of pretty girls have been in videos without ever going on to do a lot of movies? What studio executive cares about pretty girls who appear in music videos? You don’t get to carry a whole film unless people see that you’re able to carry off a whole film. Period.”

          Agreed, but surely Silverstone has noticed the attention men in this town have been all too willing to pay her. ”I do notice it.” she says. “I mean, some guys are so obvious. Old men, older men, do it all the time, they’re always looking at me. There’s weird stuff out there and I sense it very fast, so I usually run the other way. I’m not very sociable. I really stay away from it. Many people right now tend towards making me appear the ‘sex girl’–people just know me from one movie and the videos. When my next couple of movies come out they’ll go, ‘Wow, she’s not a psycho crazy person or a tough brat.'”

          Why is Silverstone so eager to throw off the siren image she’s known for? Didn’t giving off heat waves in their earliest roles do nothing but good for Demi, Julia, Patricia, Winona, et al.? What’s wrong with being thought of as sexy in an industry that feeds on it? “I’m also very good at doing a thousand other parts,” she demurs. “If people just go, “Wow, you’re really sexy’ and don’t get anything else about me, it’s limiting. Even shooting the pictures for this article, at one point they got this idea to put me in a little slip with red, red lipstick: Miss Sex Kitten, right? I immediately felt so bad, like a victim. Well, I just did this thing called The Forum, have you heard of it? It’s, like, this education.”

          I tell her that I have indeed heard of the three-day intensive training, which some have compared to such dig-down-into-yourself self-help marathons of the past as est. She explains, “So, through The Forum, I’d just gotten that, you know, ‘You’re not a victim.” I know now I have to speak up about feeling vic¬timized. When I first came to Hollywood, I trusted everybody and really got screwed left and right. I’m a real people-pleaser, you know? In my work I can be that sexy girl because I’m an actress, but it’s not me. The Forum really helped me a lot with that stuff. And that’s where I really met Leo.”

          Hmmmm, Leo again? Leonardo DiCaprio, the Oscar-nominated star of What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and the cover subject of this issue, seems to be cropping up regularly in Silverstone’s conversation this a.m., and I’m getting curious. Leaving aside what she’s just told me about how all men are dogs, is she dating DiCaprio or anything? “I don’t know him well, I just think he’s pretty cool,” she explains. “I met him at The Forum, because he was taking the education at the same time I was. I had no idea he was going to be there. We had met before, like, 15 times and everybody thought we were friends, but we were just like, ‘Hey, what’s up?’ I’ve finished The Forum but Leo is going to do the advanced course. So, last night, Leo and this wonderful woman, Caitlin– who is also in The Forum–and I went out to Denny’s. These people started bugging me. This guy comes over, probably because one of his friends sent him over, and says to Caitlin. ‘Are you the girl in The Crush?’ He didn’t even get it right, but Caitiin, all smiley, says, ‘No,’ and I just looked at him. I was in this bitchy mood because [of] what [I’d been] dealing with in class, discussing how to get through stuff exactly like this.

          “People approach you and they don’t really get that you’re a human,” she explains. “People think you’re an object.”

          “Anyway.” she continues, “so, we’re trying to eat our stuff, then this totally loud, obnoxious guy turns to me and goes, ‘Oh, so you were in the movie,’ and I’m all bitchy, going, ‘Yeah.’ And he’s saying, ‘I’m really glad to meet you, you’re a wonderful person,’ but I’m like. ‘How do you know that?’ He says. ‘Could my friend get your autograph?’ and I said, ‘If your friend wants an auto¬graph, he should come ask for it, but not when we’re eating, okay?'”

          Silverstone covers her eyes with her hands, lets out a wail and shakes her head.

          “After he left, I was like. ‘God, I was mean to him,’ when, actually, I was fine. But that’s the thing: I always feel like I’m not being nice enough. Leo, who gets this stuff–and worse–happening to him all the time, was, like, ‘Get over it, Alicia. You were a little bitchy, but you just have to be clear with people tike that and get it over fast.’ He told me this story about some guy who came up to him and said, ‘Weren’t you some guy in some retarded thing?’ These people are so unclear. I mean, if I weren’t in act¬ing and I saw Michael Jackson, I’d go up to him but I’d at least have my thoughts together before I opened my mouth.”

          It sounds to me as if she’s having a bumpy adjustment to being recognized, sought after, desired. “Desired,” she says, repeating the word, rolling her eyes, laughing now.

          “Come on,” I remark, only half-jokingly, “didn’t The Crush win you an MTV ‘Most Desirable’ Something-or-Other award to prove you’re the sexiest thing in movies?” Silverstone, suddenly unamused, clarifies the mat¬ter like a shot. “I didn’t win ‘Most Desirable Female,’ Janet Jackson did. I won the better awards: ‘Best Villain’ and ‘Breakthrough Perfor¬mance.’ When I noticed that John Malkovich from In the Line of Fire was in the ‘Villain’ category with me, though, I thought, ‘This is pretty interesting.'”

          I ask whether getting up onstage at the MTV Awards, and suddenly being so instantly recognizable to so many people so early in her life, has thrown open to her the doors of the best clubs. ‘The only time I go out is if I’m specifically invited to a party. Like, I was invited to Tori’s birthday at the House of Blues last May, but I haven’t been back there since.” That’s Tori Spelling–don’t you know?–the mention of whom makes me wonder whether Tori’s producer pa, Aaron, didn’t ask Silverstone, post-Crush, to play a role in one of his glossy teen sex soaps, like “Beverly Hills, 90210” or “Models Inc.”? “He did,” she says. “On ‘Beverly Hills, 90210,’ when he needed a new girl, he asked me. I was so flattered. I’ve seen him in his little blue robe with his little cigar and he is so cute, but I just didn’t think it was right for me. I don’t know if he drinks or not, but he seemed really drunk at Tori’s party and–[though] he already knew I wasn’t going to do it–he said, ‘I really want you to be in my show.’ I think it would have been real¬ly detrimental because I want to do [feature] films. Also,” she says with a shrug of her shoulders, “I just don’t think that there’s a lot of acting going on in that show.”

          Wasn’t the offered role the replacement for Shannen Doherty, which Spelling reportedly had at one point also approached Drew Barrymore? “I’m sure he asked her first,” she observes of the actress to whose pouty looks hers have been compared. The com¬parisons, she admits, “used to be a thing with me because, work-wise, Drew Barrymore isn’t somebody that I look up to. I was kind of disappointed to be compared to somebody who is nothing like me.”

          So she passed up Spelling, but have there been any movie roles which she tried for but missed out? “I would have loved to have been in Little Women,” she admits, “and they told me they would have loved me, but my age was off. Actually, I’m happy I didn’t get it because I heard that they had a miserable time shooting it. On My Father, The Hero, I didn’t get it because I was a little bit heavy compared with the girl who did get it, but that was a blessing because the girl runs around in a bathing suit throughout the whole thing. It was the worst movie I’ve ever seen. And the girl was really bad.”

          Starlets cannot live by work alone, so I ask about her romantic life. “To be in a relationship with a man is difficult,” explains Silverstone. “Even with Moize.” Moize Chabbouh is the 28-year-old French hairdresser with whom Silverstone has been close since she relocated to Hollywood from San Francisco some three years ago. Given her feelings about men and sex, what’s the deal with the two of them? “I’m nobody’s trophy, that’s for sure.” she asserts, easing into the issue. “Right from the beginning, I was a very good girl. I met him when I was 15 and we didn’t kiss until six months after we met. I think it would be awful to sleep around, especially with people you weren’t in love with, because I don’t think sex is for anything but someone with whom you’re completely in love. I know a lot of 30-year-old women who need to have sex and say, ‘I just wanna get laid.’ I’m like. ‘Get over that.'”

          At some point Silverstone and Chabbouh became involved enough for Silverstone to accept a role in a French-made film–Le Nouveau Monde, the new movie from Alain Corneau, the director of the art-house favorite, Tons lea Matins du Monde–so she could travel to France and meet her sweetie’s family. “I play the pretty blonde girl, which is boring,” she says of the movie, “but I wanted to go to France because Moize hadn’t seen his family in eight years,” How’d she like France? “I hate Parisians, they are so evil, I want to go back there with a gun and shoot every one of them. Their city is so beautiful but the Parisians are so mean and have such attitudes. But it was worth it because we got to spend time with Moize’s family. They don’t have any money, but they’re the richest family I’ve ever met.”

          And how did they take to meeting a brand-new Hollywood princess? “Princess,” she repeats, laughing. “My boyfriend calls me ‘princess,’ but I think of myself more along the lines of ‘monkey’ and ‘retard.’ I don’t think of myself as a princess, just a really normal, really weird Jewish girl. I am the farthest thing from being a Jewish-American princess. There was no JAP in my mother, an amazing woman from whom I got my heart and warmth. She hated people who were princesses, and in temple she would point out, ‘she’s a princess,’ or ‘there goes a princess.’ Because I was always giggling and didn’t study at all in Hebrew school, nobody thought I’d be able to handle my bat mitzvah. But the cantor said to me, you’re the one young Jewish girl who definitely, with all the success and things you have, is nut a little princess.'”

          Silverstone certainly could have acted the princess had she wanted to–the poor little rich girl variety. “I’ve been on my own, basically, since I was born,” she says, trying hard to sound matter-of-fact about her well-to-do, peripatetic parents. “My mom and dad would either be working, traveling together for months or, because they’re both English, they’d go home. So I grew up on nannies.” She quit high school in her sophomore year and, after taking acting classes in San Francisco. Silverstone did a couple of commercials, got gigs on shows like “The Wonder Years,” shot an unsold NBC pilot, did a play here, a TV movie with Tyne Daly there. With regard to the TV flick Torch Song, in which she co-starred with Raquel Welch–who portrayed an Elizabeth Taylor-styled movie queen who marries a blue-collar stud she meets in drug rehab–it strikes me that Silverstone’s plaints about not being taken seriously sound not unlike Welch’s plaints about how there was more to her than curves and cheek¬bones. “But there isn’t” Silverstone declares about Welch. “Everybody warned me. ‘She’s going to be a tyrant because you’re young and beauti¬ful and she’s just going to go crazy,’ She was nice to me, but it must be just horrible, you know. I mean, when the movie aired, people said it should have been about my character. So I sympathize with her.”

          As for The Crush, which disappeared pronto from theaters, but has lived on as a popular video rental. Silverstone says, about playing a psychotic 14-year-old who terrorizes her parents’ renter. “I didn’t have a clue what I was doing. When I showed up in Vancouver to meet the director, I couldn’t even talk. [Co-star] Cary Elwes was supportive and kept saying, over and over. ‘You’re going to be okay, you’re going to be okay.'” Silverstone proved okay enough, anyway, to land such follow-up films like one of those Showtime drive-in knockoffs. The Cool and the Crazy, as well as playing the sprig of Jeff Goldblum and Christine Lahti in Hideaway, which, she says is “like Cape Fear. There’s good, great scenes, it’s not just an action movie.” On the other hand, the upcoming True Crime with Kevin Dillon, was, she says, “an awful, miserable shooting experience; I had to be the producer, the assistant director, the personal assistant. Kevin and I were the only ones who knew what we were doing. I wanted to leave every day, I was so miserable.” Coming soon, too, is The Babysitter, which Silverstone says she “kept turning down because it was objectifying a woman. Yet, I knew that if it got in the hands of any other young girl, it could be this bimbo movie. They let me; literally, go through the script with a red pen crossing out all the sex and nudity. After it was shot and edited, the producers said, ‘Now will you add a nude scene?” And I went. ‘After all I told you, are you crazy?’ But it’s a really good movie, much better than The Crush.”

          Silverstone says she’s looking forward these days to Clueless, playing “someone totally unlike me who is so materialistic that she lives, breathes, eats Armani,” even if she calls her casting process for the movie “very, very strange. My agent and I sat down with the producer and the director, Amy Heckerling, who was, like, the weirdest person in the world. She just sat there like this dark being, with such an angelic face. Afterwards, I’m telling my agent, ‘She haled me and I don’t even know what the point of that meeting was,” but my agent says. ‘She meets all the girls that way, but you’re the one she wants.’ When I got the role, I told Amy how weird I thought she was. I’m not sure how she feels about me. I mean, you never know, I may be very disappointed in Amy when I’m working with her, but she’s got a great mind and every page of the script is hilarious.”

          One last question before we part and go our separate ways down Sunset. What, if anything, is missing from Silverstone’s young life? “I wanna get married and have a baby so badly,” she says, “because I want the unconditional love of a child and to grow up with that child. But maybe that’s selfish. I’m gonna wait a long time.'” she decides, “until I’m, like, 25 or 30.”

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        • Alicia Silverstone: Arousing Alicia:
          http://movieline.com/2004/05/01/alicia-silverstone-arousing-alicia/2/

          Q: Where does this self-possession come from?

          A: I think intuitively, when I was younger, love was the most important thing. I really, really craved deep love with people, and I never thought that I was going to get that from my work. When I was younger, I think I pushed away success. It was scary. I was a little girl.

          Q: Like, “Sure, I’ve won a zillion MTV Awards, but what does it all mean?”

          A: [Laughs] Yeah, and it was all happening so fast. I was appreciative but I never was impressed by it. Now, I’m more impressed. Now, I can be like, “I got nominated for a Golden Globe!” Whereas before I’d be like, [scoffing] “Golden Globes…it’s not real.” I was very serious back then, but it wasn’t arrogance. I was just trying to figure out what was important.

          Q: When you first started, you did a lot of movies right in a row, then you seemed to disappear for a while. Was that a conscious decision?

          A: When I was little, it was like, “I’m going to take every single job I get. I have no business not to.” But Clueless was so successful that I had to be selective about what I picked next. And at that point I was taking things extremely seriously. I felt like, “I’m not just going to repeat the same thing. I’m an artist!” Right away, I got offered an amazing opportunity to produce Excess Baggage. I cared so much and wanted the movie to be so good, and I was really proud of the compromises and the end result. I worked on that for two years, like sweat and blood, and that’s where I really learned some key things about filmmaking and about myself.

          Q: You cast Benicio Del Toro as your love interest before many people knew who he was.

          A: He had to be the guy. But we had to convince people to hire him. I went in and did the best acting job of my life convincing the studio that he looked just like Brad Pitt, that he was brilliant and that there was no other choice.

          Q: Before Miss Match, did you ever feel a sense of panic, like you’ve been gone a long time and need to bounce back big?

          A: As an actor you always have those feelings. You have to have a balance. I’d worked so much at such a young age that I missed out on things. When all my girlfriends were in school, I was working every day and we had nothing in common. So it was really important for me to experience life. I spent time growing veggies, hanging out with my dogs, reading, doing yoga, being naked on the beach in Hawaii and just having fun. It’s very easy for me to pick roles now because if it’s not really stimulating, I’m so happy doing other things.

          Q: Now you’re back on the big screen, playing a TV reporter in Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. Did you base your character on all the nutty interviewers you’ve had over the years?

          A: I didn’t use them at all, but she is psychotic [Laughs]. It’s a cameo part, but it was a dream job: go to Vancouver, work maybe 48 hours and have all this great downtime. I’d go out on romantic dates by myself.

          Q: Did you pull out the chair for yourself and pick up the check?

          A: Yes, I did.

          Q: Did you put out for yourself at the end of the date?

          A: I did. No, wait. I don’t know if I did [laughs] But I would sit there with my little journal, order a glass of wine and work on my script. I felt very, very artsy.

          Q: When in the course of making a movie do you know if it’s gonna turn out good or not?

          A: I never know. And I never really used to care. I was always so excited about the process that to me, the end result was just like, “Well, it’s not my problem.” But now I feel more invested. I want my movies to do really well, and I want to do everything I can to help promote them because I want to support people that are supporting me.

          Q: What’s your favorite part of your job?

          A: The most fun part is being locked in a room for hours, working on my script. I get so stimulated and really turned on.

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    • TV Guide Online Interview Transcript:
      http://www.reocities.com/Hollywood/Academy/9435/TVGuide.html

      Question: After all that’s been said and written about Excess Baggage, does its actual release feel anticlimactic?

      Alicia Silverstone: I don’t know. I’m just — it’s just the movie. I have been working on this for so long and [been] so committed to this. And I love it and I’m so proud of it and I’m so proud of the experience of it. And I’m so proud of the growth that I’ve had in this process. And whether anybody likes the movie or not, I like it. And I know what was put into it and I think the people are liking it and I think that young people will really like it. That’s not a pressure to me. Getting married is a pressure to me. I gotta get married one day and I don’t know if it’s ever going to happen. But that’s, like, what, to me, is serious. I worry about things like that. I don’t worry about what people read about in the magazines. Because people write stupid things about me and about my friends and about everything all the time. I can’t be responsible for it. All I can do is laugh at it.

      Question: People have said that at 20, you really haven’t paid your dues, that you’re too young to be producing a movie.

      Alicia Silverstone: Yeah. And they also didn’t know what the result would be. We’ve had some really, really intelligent, nice people say, “This is a great movie. And I was shocked.” And I’d go, “I’m glad you were shocked.” Because you know what, young people can do anything they want to do. And let’s let that be a new thing. Yeah, you know, starting at 29 is great. And maybe I should have waited and started when I was a certain age where I was guaranteed to not fail. But that’s boring, you know. I wanted to take a risk and somebody said, “Do you want to do this?” And I said, “Absolutely. Why not?” Because I have a lot inside of me that I know I can do and give. And whether I’ll do it successfully or not or up to other people’s standards — hey, maybe I’ll fail. But failure is a wonderful thing too, you know. I just think that you have to learn and I wouldn’t know the things I’ll know to do the next time unless I’d done this now. And learned them so intensely. You know, some people who’ve maybe waited a long time could learn a lot of things but then they’re still going to be thrown surprises. Doing it is different than preparing for it. You never know what’s going to happen in any given day. So I think it’s great that I took the risk and that people supported me in taking this risk. And I think it’s pretty cool.

      Question: Your character in Excess Baggage smokes. Do you worry that you’re setting a bad example for kids in the audience?

      Alicia Silverstone: No, because this is where you have to take creative license. Like, yeah, she smokes. If Cher [Silverstone’s character in Clueless] smoked it would be very different. Cher’s a happy girl, she’s got her life under control, she’s got good people around her. Everything’s set. And she would smoke? That would be a really bad example in my opinion. But to take a girl that’s going through some s—, who’s not that happy — God forbid she has a crutch, you know, that she has something that she depends on. She does. She also hurts herself a lot. It’s self-abuse. And I think that at the end of the movie you kind of see that she stops. It’s a subtle thing. You don’t really get to see it that clearly. But when she’s talking to her father, telling him, “I’ll be responsible for everything,” she’s got a cigarette in her mouth and she doesn’t light it and she won’t light it again. It’s like in that moment it’s like, “I don’t really need to do this.” I don’t think smoking’s good. I know smoking is not good and I don’t recommend it to anybody. And so I hope that this won’t be an example to say, “Oh, it’s cool.” ‘Cause she’s not cool ’cause she smokes. She’s cool because at the end of the movie she gets to figure out she’s alive and that she can have her own life.

      Question: It seems the press loves to talk about your appearance — especially your weight. Do you get sick of hearing about it?

      Alicia Silverstone: It’s boring. You know, it’s boring to talk about myself. It’s really boring to me. It’s exhausting because it’s like, who cares about me? That’s what I think. Like, ugh, it’s so stupid. I’d rather talk about a million other things. But when I read stuff like that or hear about stuff like that, it doesn’t affect me personally because I know who I am. And I know that what’s beautiful about me is not the way I look. It’s very clear that what comes out of your eyes and what comes out of your fingertips, the glow that a person has, is because of who they are. And I’m very clear about that. So what does upset me about that is what it does to other young people, you know. And I hope that young people will know that when they read about that stuff — because if they look at me and go, “Oh, my God, that’s what she’s like? You know, people think that she’s — you know, look what she looks like. And people think she is, what am I?” That kind of thing. That’s just so bad. So bad. And I hope that they know that I don’t believe in it and I’ll never listen to it. And I’m never ever going to let them tell me that the way that I look is why I’m successful or why I am unsuccessful. That all has nothing to do with anything, you know. It’s a wild goose chase. A kid that’s trying to be the most beautiful or trying to be the most popular, trying to be the most — that kind of thing, is just going to be so unhappy. Because that’s not the way you get what you need.

      Question: Can you talk a bit about how Jim Carrey kissed you at the MTV awards? That was pretty embarrassing.

      Alicia Silverstone: Yeah, but, like that doesn’t affect my image or anything, that just — and I don’t even think about that. Jim Carrey was hysterical and I, you know, think that it’s awesome that he did what he did, because he’s a comedian and he’s funny, but at the time, it was like, “What are you doing?” I was just so — I mean, Alicia was up on stage, there wasn’t like a character, so it was me being so shy and scared already, and I, you know, I read those monitors like, monotone. There’s no life and I’m like, “Duh, duh, duh, duh,” and I’m just trying to get through it, and I’m feeling like so strong, and, “OK, fine, it’s over, great, OK.” I’m about to walk off the stage — here he comes, here he comes and then he does that, and it’s like, “You just killed me, dude. You just killed me.” Meanwhile, he’s giving a speech on stage and I think everybody’s looking at me. That’s how, like, ridiculous I was, because I was so embarrassed. I’m like, “OK, now they’re looking at me and I’m acting ridiculous. I’ve got to get off stage. Should I just run off stage? I could run, but then I wouldn’t look good,” and then I’m like, “OK, that’s bad, I’ll just stand here.” And I just couldn’t deal. I was just humiliated. And then I walked off stage and he’s like, “I’m really sorry. I didn’t know you would react that way.” And I thought, “Well, what did you think I was going to do, stick my tongue down your throat? You know? No! That’s bad!”

      Question:How is your love of acting changing as you mature?

      Alicia Silverstone: I have like a love/hate relationship with acting, you know. Sometimes I think it’s really, really wonderful, and other times I think it’s such crap, you know. It’s only crap to me when I’m not doing it, I think. I think acting’s wonderful. It taught me a lot about myself and it helped me to grow as a young person, ’cause when I was 12 and I started in acting classes, I really wanted to know — I got so excited about all this information that I could use in my life and put it into acting, so I had a great time with that. And I respect actors like [Excess Baggage costar] Benicio Del Toro who, you know, just light up and understand, you know, dissect their characters, work really hard. We had a great time. We wrote a lot of scenes on the movie; we improv[ise]d a lot. We, you know, had a great time, so I have a lot of respect for actors and, you know, [I’m] so lucky I have such great ones to work with, you know — Christopher Walken [who also costars in Excess Baggage].

      Question: What do you do to relax?

      Alicia Silverstone: I love making macaroni and cheese with my friends. You know, we make family dinners. We call ourselves the little family. And we eat, you know, peas and corn and macaroni and cheese, and it’s really fun. And watch movies and I like reading. But I don’t do it very often. But I like to read. I don’t like TV. I don’t know why. I try sometimes but it’s just, like, a big annoying noise, you know. But I have a lot of people that I try and keep up with and talk to and see how they’re doing. And I like hanging out with people. My dogs, a lot. I love being in my house. The most comforting is being in my house with my dogs just, like, you know, cleaning. I like cleaning.

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      • A prisoner of excess Review: Alicia Silverstone’s film ‘Baggage’ is light on acting, plot and laughs.

        http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1997-08-30/features/1997242081_1_alicia-silverstone-excess-baggage-christopher-walken

        August 30, 1997| By Michael Ollove | Michael Ollove, SUN STAFF

        Alicia Silverstone may not be old enough to sip a beer legally, but that doesn’t mean she can’t be a Hollywood producer. That’s what comes from becoming an international movie star at around the same time you qualify for a driver’s license. Big-time studios are willing to hurl money at you to make sure you stay happy and keep appearing in their movies.

        So, good for Alicia.

        And bad for us.

        Bad for us because “Excess Baggage,” the maiden ship for Silverstone’s First Kiss Productions, is full of leaks. It’s lamely plotted, poorly acted and indifferently directed. As a producer, Silverstone has proven herself, well, clueless.

        The film means to be a romantic comedy, although it’s short on laughs, and the lovebirds — Silverstone and Del Toro (excellent in “The Usual Suspects”) — never approach plausibility. None of the other characters measure up, either. Christopher Walken as loving and kind? Next Silverstone will cast Madonna as the Flying Nun.

        As in “Clueless,” Silverstone is again a spoiled rich girl. As Emily Hope, she swills Jack Daniel’s from the bottle (she’s underage, remember) and chain-smokes like Bette Davis. The reason for her bad behavior, we learn, is a remote, unloving father (Australian Jack Thompson), who places her a distant second to his international business dealings. But Emily has a plan to make him appreciate her. She’s faking her own kidnapping.

        Teen-age advice columns rarely promote this approach. It doesn’t work out for Emily, either. After alerting the police, Emily settles into the trunk of her car to await her “release.” That’s precisely when Vincent the car thief (Del Toro) snatches her car.

        Vincent is a kind of hapless Jimmy Dean, with sideways glances and a slow, mumbling speaking style. He also seems to suffer from Variable IQ Syndrome. At times, he’s barely capable of finishing a sentence. The next thing you know, he’s explaining that his failure with women is “because I always see the potential of failure.” By the end, when he’s expounding about self-realization, he’s a fountain of “Father Knows Best” wisdom.

        Having thrust the two together, “Excess Baggage” proceeds through the typical squabbling before the two unconvincingly discover that each is the answer to the other’s plans. Police, thugs and others are after them, and very few of their actions make sense. Also, neither one pretends very strenuously that they are ever in any danger. And Silverstone’s petulance wears thin shortly after the opening credits.

        Harry Connick Jr. adds a bit of humor as Vincent’s yuppie partner, but James Turturro (“NYPD”) embarrasses himself as a thug chasing the lovers because Vincent owes him money. Then there is Walken as Emily’s Uncle Ray, some sort of international assassin who has a paternal love for Emily that her own father can’t summon. Christopher Walken as a soft touch. Only a rookie producer could imagine that.

        ‘Excess Baggage’ Starring Alicia Silverstone, Benicio Del Toro and Christopher Walken

        Directed by Marco Brambilla

        Released by Columbia Pictures

        Rated PG-13 (profanity)

        Sun score: **

        Pub Date: 8/30/97

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        • T2 Online Interview:
          http://www.oocities.org/siliconvalley/sector/9628/t2.htm

          T2 meets an actress who turns out to be anything but clueless.

          Sitting in an LA hotel, Alicia Silverstone slurps on a fruit smoothie and smiles. “You could say I’ve been on a journey. The journey of life.” Four years since claiming the title of world’s most famous teenager, Alicia reckons she’s happier and more sussed than ever.

          Wearing virtually no make-up, a T-shirt and jeans, she adds: “I used to be so serious about life. Now I’ve learned to enjoy!” Working in the adult world of Hollywood, it’s not surprising Alicia was so serious. She had to grow up fast – and not in the same way most teenagers do. “I was never like Cher Horowitz when I was younger,” Alicia says of the supercool, shopaholic airhead she played in hit teen movie Clueless. “I was such a loser, I didn’t care about clothes or boys and went nowhere near the popular kids.” Even a term at Beverly Hills High (the inspiration for the 90210 TV series) didn’t get her into mobile phones, designer labels and the in-crowd.

          What she was passionate about was acting. “Going to the theatre was my favourite thing to do,” she says. That meant focusing on drama lessons, getting a break and being the best. “I got my first film role when I was 14,” remembers Alicia. “And all I worried about was being respected. I didn’t really know what that meant, but I knew it was important because all the actresses I looked up to were ‘respected’.”

          Looking back, Alicia needn’t have got stressed out. That first film, The Crush, got her noticed and cast in Clueless – the movie which made her a star around the world. Not that that was enough for Ms Silverstone. “As I read through new scripts, I realised there just weren’t enough great roles out there for young women,” she says. “So I thought, ‘Why don’t I just make up my own?’.” The result was Excess Baggage – a film that she not only starred in but also produced. “I worked on it for two years and cared about it so much,” she says. “It taught me you can do whatever you want if you put your heart and soul into it.”

          Alicia puts some of her own feistiness into her screen roles. Take her most recent part, in the movie Blast From The Past.”I wanted to make my character Eve shine,” she says. “She doesn’t let anyone – not even her boyfriend – mess her around.” Neither does Alicia. She lives a quite un-Hollywood lifestyle in her little house with her three dogs. “My dogs are all rescued,” she says. “I don’t believe in pet stores. We’re all vegan – we eat no meat, no dairy products, nothing like that.”

          A dedicated animal-lover, Alicia is a spokesman for the charity PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). She makes videos and advertisements for the organisation, as well as giving talks at schools have to suffer. to raise awareness of the cruelties that animals have to suffer.

          Days after we spoke, Alicia was due to leave for London (she’s here now!) to play the princess in Kenneth Branagh’s musical film version of Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost. “I can’t wait,” she beams. “I’ve been having lots of singing lessons.” Would she have been taking her dogs along if Britain’s new pet passport scheme was already in place? “Are you kidding? Of course I would! I’m going to miss them so much. They just better remember who I am when I get home!”

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  7. What is Alicia Silverstone Doing Now? Where is Alicia Silverstone Today?

    http://gazettereview.com/2015/06/what-is-alicia-silverstone-doing-now-where-is-alicia-silverstone-today/

    You might be forgiven for not knowing who Alicia Silverstone is in 2015, but twenty years ago you would have been accused of living under a rock. Alicia was the it-girl of the 90s — a huge teen star who got her first break at age 15, by age 18 was world famous, and by age 21 had signed a $10-million deal with a production company. Recently, she’s starred in Jungle Shuffle, Angels in Stardust, HR, Gods Behaving Badly, and Ass Backwards. Never heard of them? Yeah… us neither. So what happened?

    Alicia got her start when she was 15 on an episode of The Wonder Years in 1992. This little role led to something slightly bigger, and she was asked to star in a film called The Crush, in which a devilish teenage girl sets out to ruin the life of an older man who turns down her advances. The Crush turned out to be a success, and Alicia went on to win two awards at the 1994 MTV Movie Awards (“Best Breakthrough Performance” and “Best Villian”). These accolades in turn brought her to the attention of Aerosmith’s managers, who cast her as the “Teenage Girl” in their video for “Cryin’.” “Cryin’” was an enormous hit — some reports indicate that Aerosmith’s annual sales tripled from the year before on the strength of the video — and Aerosmith quickly set out to make two more videos with Alicia. Three smash music videos later (“Cryin’,” “Amazing,” and “Crazy”) and she was officially known as the Aerosmith Girl. Not for long, however — these videos caught the eye of Amy Heckerling, who brought Alicia on-board for Clueless.

    Everyone has seen Clueless, and it was an undeniably gigantic hit when it came out — topping box office sales in the summer with critical attention to match. The success of Clueless, combined with The Crush, which came out a year earlier, catapulted Alicia to the forefront of the public eye. Between 1992 and 1997 Alicia worked on twelve films or TV series, including (besides Clueless and The Crush) Hideaway, Le nouveau monde, The Babysitter, Batman & Robin, and Excess Baggage. Alicia did nine of these twelve films in a two years span.

    With such a crazy work ethic, and with so much popularity behind her, how did she fall off? In 1995 she was on the cover of Rolling Stone, she signed a $10-million deal with Columbia, and won the “Best Female Performance” and “Most Desirable Female” award at the MTV Awards. It seems as if some less-than-wise role choices contributed to her slow fade from the spotlight — Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed and a Barber Shop spinoff called Beauty Shop sure weren’t popular like Clueless was.

    Since 1998, Alicia has also dedicated part of her life to activism, which slowly took over her priorities. After attending an animal rights rally, she became a vegan, and was voted “Sexiest Female Vegetarian” by PETA in 2004. She even went on to appear fully nude in a PSA video for PETA. In 2009, she started a website called The Kind Life, a guide to vegan nutrition, and has released two books on the same subject: The Kind Diet and The Kind Mama, both of which were New York Times best-sellers.alicia-silverstone-old

    In 2005, Alicia married her longtime partner Christopher Jarecki, who was the lead singer for S.T.U.N. The couple share a passion for veganism, activism, and rescue dogs — they have four dogs, all of whom sleep in their bed with them. In 2012 she was in the news for a video that showed her feeding pre-chewed food to her son, Bear Blu.

    So, all in all, it seems as if Alicia is still just as busy as ever, but out of the spotlight. She’s clearly foundsomething that she loves, so keep at it, Alicia!

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  8. 10 Films That Probably Started As A Drunken Bet:
    http://whatculture.com/film/10-films-that-probably-started-as-a-drunken-bet.php/3

    Hideaway

    This is the Dean Koontz adaptation that so appalled the author that he had his name removed, which cost more in arbitration fees than he received for the screen rights.

    Dialogue such as “Even as a child, Jeremy was hopelessly psychotic, but he was still my son” must’ve been written over cocktails, as was the sequence where a blind character says, “I will see myself to the door.” And don’t even mention the scene where a cop tells Jeff Goldblum to take Alka Seltzer for his “gut feeling” that a woman is about to be murdered (which of course she is).

    Best of all, though, is the climactic fight in an abandoned amusement park where, for no reason that is ever made clear, Goldblum suddenly transforms into a levitating blue angel so that he can vanquish his opponent – a flying red CGI demon. Devotees of the novel were said to be “unimpressed.”

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  9. Alicia Silverstone can’t believe it’s been 20 years since ‘Clueless’

    http://www.today.com/popculture/alicia-silverstone-amazed-clueless-20-year-anniversary-t28396?cid=sm_fbn

    Randee Dawn

    It’s been 20 years since Alicia Silverstone rocked our worlds as fashion-conscious Cher in “Clueless,” but no one — Silverstone included — could have predicted the cultural touchstone it would become.

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  10. ‘Clueless’: How the Greatest Clique of the ‘90s Transformed Into A Shakespearean Tragedy:
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/05/30/clueless-how-the-greatest-clique-of-the-90s-transformed-into-a-shakespearean-tragedy.html

    The tragic death of Brittany Murphy. Stacey Dash as a Fox News pundit. Alicia Silverstone’s transformation into bizarre self-help guru. What the hell happened to Cher and Co.?

    In April 2012, I had the pleasure of attending a special screening of Clueless at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The 1995 film was shown as part of BAM’s “Hey, Girlfriend!” series, co-curated by Lena Dunham—a program that, in the words of the Girls creator, sought to focus on movies that depicted “realistic female relationships onscreen…inspiring in their tenacity and unparalleled in their complexity.” And “coincidentally,” she added, “these are the movies that made me want to make movies.”

    The screening of the irreverent teen classic, one that puts a delightful Angeleno twist on Jane Austen’s Emma, was a riot. You could barely hear the dialogue over the wildly enthusiastic crowd, which treated it like a quote-along: As if! Do you prefer fashion victim, or ensembly-challenged? We could certainly party with the Hai-ti-ans! You’re a virgin who can’t drive. The list, of course, goes on. But the highlight of the evening was the post-screening Q&A featuring writer/director Amy Heckerling, who also helmed Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and star Alicia Silverstone.

    Things began pleasantly, with the sardonic Heckerling discussing her battles with Fox, the project’s original distributor, who dropped Clueless when the filmmaker refused to change Josh (Paul Rudd), Cher Horowitz’s love interest, to her neighbor rather than her stepbrother—they found it too incestuous, and Scott Rudin swooped in and saved it. She also blasted the spate of “Katherine Heigl-y type things where women…have no reason to exist other than to get a guy.” But the chat took an awkward turn when Silverstone was forced to deflect a question by a dapper, accented journalist—presumably from a U.K. tabloid rag—who pressed the actress about the then-recent YouTube video of her feeding her baby by chewing up food and spitting it into the child’s mouth, and then a sad one when the pair was asked about the death of Brittany Murphy, who played the “tragically unhip” new girl in school, Tai Frasier.

    “It’s just such a shame,” said Heckerling, “and when you see her in full-screen and you can really see what she’s doing…it’s heartbreaking.”

    On Wednesday, the ’90s cultural touchstone was thrust back into the public spotlight when it was revealed that the actress Stacey Dash, a.k.a. Cher’s left-hand lady Dionne Davenport, had been hired as a Fox News contributor.

    “Stacey is an engaging conversationalist whose distinctive viewpoints amongst her Hollywood peers have spawned national debates,” Bill Shine, Fox News’ executive vice president of programming, said in a statement. “We’re pleased to have her join Fox News.”

    The news was met with a collective Excuse me, Ms. Dionne? from millennials like yours truly, who grew up worshipping the splendidly loquacious portrait of the halcyon ’90s, a self-described “Noxzema commercial” replete with skateboarding, “purple clogs,” and trips to the mall.

    But the shocking announcement also raised the following question: What the hell happened to the most amazing clique of the ’90s?

    Why should I listen to you anyway? You’re a virgin who can’t drive.

    After a string of minor parts on celebrated ’90s sitcoms Blossom, Party of Five, and Boy Meets World, Brittany Murphy was elevated to “one to watch” status with her turn in Clueless. She played Tai Frasier—the dorky new girl at Bronson Alcott High who’s adopted by popular gals Cher and Dionne as a pet project. The do-gooder pair give her a makeover, transforming the ugly duckling into a swan, and foist her on Elton (Jeremy Sisto), a Cranberries-obsessed rich kid, to help boost her popularity. After a “near-death experience” at the mall—it wasn’t—she becomes all the rage at school, and begins to throw serious shade at her adolescent Obi-Wan, Cher.

    In the wake of Clueless, Hollywood had a hard time placing Murphy, who alternated from edgy indies like Girl, Interrupted and Freeway, the latter offering the greatest Reese Witherspoon performance ever (her husband’s DUI video notwithstanding), to schlocky studio films like Don’t Say A Word, which is most notable for a bizarre scene where the schizo Murphy creepily whispers to Michael Douglas: “I’ll never te-ell…” But in Curtis Hanson’s 2002 film 8 Mile, based on the life of star Eminem, the actress finally graduated from playing mostly mentally deranged characters, appearing as the flawed-but-supportive love interest to the Detroit rapper. Murphy was then elevated to bubbly leading-lady status, but after a string of forgettable films—Just Married, Uptown Girls, Little Black Book—she was demoted to direct-to-video.

    Murphy married Simon Monjack, a British screenwriter, in May 2007, and the couple shared a house with her mother, Sharon. On Dec. 20, 2009, the Los Angeles Fire Department rushed over to the home after Murphy’s mother found her collapsed in the bathroom. She was unconscious and immediately transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center but during the ambulance trip, went into cardiac arrest. When the ambulance arrived at the hospital, she was pronounced dead. The public fingered Monjack as a possible suspect after the widower opposed an autopsy—claims that he vehemently denied.

    Following the autopsy, it was revealed that Murphy’s main cause of death was pneumonia, with anemia and several over-the-counter drugs also playing a factor. According to the coroner’s report, the death was ruled an accident because “possible adverse physiological effects of elevated levels of these medications cannot be discounted, especially in her weakened state.”

    On May 23, 2010, Monjack was found dead—also by Brittany’s mother—at the same Hollywood Hills home, and Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter revealed that he died “just like Brittany”—of pneumonia, anemia, and multiple drug intoxication.

    Murphy’s estranged father, Angelo Bertolotti, filed a lawsuit in early 2012 against the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office and the Los Angeles Police Department demanding additional toxicology reports be performed on his late daughter’s hair—probing the metals and toxins—to determine her cause of death. According to the Examiner, that private lab report came back in late 2013 and revealed shocking results:

    “Ten of the heavy metals evaluated were detected at levels higher than the WHO [The World Health Organization] high levels,” according to the Examiner. Testing the hair strand sample identified as ‘back of the head,’ we have detected ten heavy metals at levels above the WHO high levels recommendation. If we were to eliminate the possibility of a simultaneous accidental heavy metals exposure to the sample donor then the only logical explanation would be an exposure to these metals (toxins) administered by a third party perpetrator with likely criminal intent.”

    “Heavy metals,” noted the article, “can be commonly found in rodenticides (chemicals that kill mice or rats) and insecticides”—in other words: poison.

    According to The Hollywood Reporter, during Murphy’s final days, the couple took “extreme security precautions” because they believed “they were under surveillance by helicopters and their phone was bugged.” The toxicology report allegations, coupled with the matching causes of death, led to Internet speculation that Murphy and Monjack may have been murdered.

    Murray, I have asked you repeatedly not to call me ‘woman.’

    Stacey Dash was considerably older than the rest of the Clueless cast—27, compared to Silverstone’s 18—but turned in a hilarious performance as Dionne, the teen socialite with a love of ridiculous hats who, along with her partner-in-crime, Cher, was “named after famous singers of the past who now do infomercials.” She dates high schooler Murray (Donald Faison), much to Cher’s dismay, reluctantly participates in the makeover project with Tai (“She is toe-up… our stock would plummet”), and does NOT wear polyester hair.

    Following Clueless, Dash reprised her role as Dionne in the regrettable TV spinoff of the same name, which ran from 1996 to 1999, popped up in a handful of films you’ve never heard of, and in 2004, starred in the music video for Kanye West’s single “All Fall Down” (West was, at the time, signed to her cousin Damon Dash’s label). She posed nude on the cover of Playboy in 2006—at 40.

    In 2010, Dash filed for divorce from her husband, Emmanuel Xuereb, alleging years of abuse. A restraining order filed by Dash against Xuereb that year was obtained by TMZ, and in it, she claimed he “hit her in the face, head and body during their two-plus years of marriage” and that “a drunken Xuereb once violently pinned her down to a bed and threatened her, saying it would be the worst night of her life,” according to TMZ. Xuereb was ordered to stay 100 yards away from Dash and her two children (neither of whom are his).

    Two years later, at the height of election season, Dash—who had been existing in relative obscurity—fired off the following tweet in support of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney:

    The tweet took a lot of people by surprise, and the backlash was swift and brutal, with the actress receiving a ton of death threats over the social media network. She also received a bunch of publicity from the right, and from then on, Dash’s Twitter feed miraculously transformed into a conservative one, calling out Oprah for comparing the death of Trayvon Martin to that of Emmett Till, as well as Jay Z and Beyoncé’s trip to the “communist oppressive regime” of Cuba. She’d also claim to regret “naively” voting for Obama in 2008 “because he was black.”

    Dash’s transition to right-wing pundit seems curiously opportunistic, given her dire acting prospects. This is, after all, the person who accompanied Jamie Foxx to the Oscars in 2010—and later hinted at a relationship between them—which many people derided as a publicity stunt. But hey, everyone’s gotta make a living.

    And so if the government could just get to the kitchen, rearrange some things, we could certainly party with the Haitians.

    Silverstone was cast as Cher, the Queen B of Bronson Alcott High, after Heckerling saw her in a trio of Aerosmith music videos—“Amazing,” where she gets down with Jason London on a motorcycle; “Crazy,” where she strips down with Liv Tyler; and, best of all, “Cryin’,” which ends with her faking a suicide by bungee-jumping off a bridge, before giving her boyfriend, played by Stephen Dorff, the middle finger. But her iconic turn in Clueless sent the MTV darling into the stratosphere. She subsequently signed a three-picture deal with Columbia-TriStar for up to $10 million (including performance-based incentives) and the media tore her to pieces.

    The opening salvo was at the 1996 Oscars ceremony, where Silverstone presented the award for Best Makeup. She’d put on a few pounds since Clueless, and the red carpet fashion experts were absolutely brutal. “At last month’s Oscars, fashion critics thought she looked more Babe than babe,” wrote Entertainment Weekly, referring to the pig movie. That same EW article, titled “A Weighty Issue,” quoted an anonymous source claiming that Silverstone was desperately trying to get into shape for her Clueless follow-up—as Batgirl in Joel Schumacher’s Batman and Robin. “She’s lost 10 pounds, and she’s on her way to losing another 10,” the source said.

    When the film was released in 1997, news reports claimed that most of the scenes with Silverstone’s Batgirl were cut out because she’d gained weight during filming, and the press had a field day with it, cruelly dubbing her “Buttgirl.” The press was so vicious that Schumacher rose to his actress’s defense.

    “It was horrible. I thought it was very cruel,” Schumacher later told Newsweek of the media’s treatment of Silverstone. “She was a teenager who gained a few pounds—like all of us do at certain times. I would confront female journalists and I’d say, ‘With so many young people suffering from anorexia and bulimia, why are you crucifying this girl?’”

    If that weren’t enough, Silverstone was awarded a Razzie for her performance (she also became a vegan in 1998). And her final two films as part of the post-Clueless Columbia-TriStar deal, Excess Baggage and Blast From the Past, fizzled at the box office. She then tried her hand at the small screen, but her NBC sitcom Miss Match was canceled after 11 episodes, and Fox chose to pass on her subsequent pilot for Queen B, a sitcom which starred Silverstone as an ex-high school prom queen who struggles to adapt to the real world.

    In the mid-aughts, Silverstone married rocker Christopher Jarecki, and slowly morphed into a new age guru of sorts, posing naked for a PETA campaign in 2007, releasing a guide to vegan nutrition, The Kind Diet, in 2009, which became a New York Times bestseller, and of course that notorious premastication video she uploaded to YouTube, wherein she fed pre-chewed food to her son, Bear Blu Jarecki, from her own mouth.

    “People have been feeding their kids that way for thousands for years,” she said at the BAM Q&A. “It’s a weaning process. Honestly, when I posted the video I was not thinking, so maybe I was like Cher! I think it’s adorable and it makes me laugh every time he does it.”

    And Silverstone’s latest tome, The Kind Mama: A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning (gasp for breath), she claimed, among other things, that “kind foods”—plant-based foods—can help stave off cancer, tampons can cause infertility, and that processed foods may be the cause of postpartum depression.

    Fortunately for us, the enduring image of Silverstone, Dash, and Murphy will always be that of a trio of sartorially splendid teens smiling, laughing, and balancing several shopping bags while gliding through their sanctuary: the mall. And in conclusion, may I please remind you it does not say RSVP on the Statue of Liberty.

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    • EXCESS BAGGAGE (1997) *

      http://www.edwinjahiel.com/excebagg.htm

      I have not followed religiously Miss Silverstone’s career, yet it seems to me that she has gained weight. Her baby fat is visible. She’s on the chubby side, like chorus girls of the 1940s. Her acting is also about the level of that of chorus girls of the 1940s. Or the 1950s. Or college students of many decades who are performing in an amateur play.

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  11. I have a feeling you’ll be seeing more of this charming young actress… very soon. Currently, on Broadway. And just because no one in Hollywood is smart enough to put her in something credible doesn’t support a curse as much as it supports a closed-minded, monkey–see, monkey do, industry.

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    • Broadway is a good place to be. To paraphrase the 1970’s band Hello, she’s back, back in a New York Groove.

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    • Alicia Silverstone: Her Failed Movie Career, Successful Theater Life, And Her Quest To Change The World:
      http://www.webpronews.com/alicia-silverstone-her-failed-movie-career-successful-theatre-life-and-her-quest-to-change-the-world-2015-06

      Alicia Silverstone will forever be Cher from Clueless in the minds of the masses. Or perhaps she will remain an eternal Aerosmith video girl to many.

      But, some know that Alicia Silverstone has a surprisingly successful career in theater and has played some major parts in some serious plays.

      And, in spite of her seemingly failed movie career, Alicia Silversone is exceedingly happy.

      Alicia Silverstone recently revealed to The Guardian her feelings about starring it what seemed like highly sexual roles, like the Aerosmith videos and The Crush, when she was only a teenager.

      She said, “I didn’t feel uncomfortable. I was just being. I know The Crush was a very serious acting role for me and I fought hard to get it. I didn’t think of it as sexual at all. I didn’t feel like I was going out there and shaking my booty.”

      She added, “In the Aerosmith videos, when Marty [Callner], the director, and I talked about doing “Crazy”, the one with Liv Tyler, we plotted it out together. Right away I said, ‘I’m not going to strip. I’ll be the man.’”

      Alicia Silverstone also spoke of her brief movie career. She admitted that she didn’t even start out wanting to be in movies and when her career came full circle back to theater, only then was she truly where she felt she wanted to be.

      Alicia Silverstone said, “I was so overwhelmed. I was just a theater kid. I never wanted to be in movies or TV. There’s no support or schooling on what do you do when you suddenly found yourself famous as a young woman. It was just too much for me. So I decided I would use this to spotlight something that is very meaningful to me.”

      She added, “I went on a quest to change the world, to make things better – for children, for the earth, for animals. I wasn’t paying attention to my career, I was paying attention to something else. And then one day I went, ‘Wait, I want to act, too, what’s going on?’”

      Alicia Silverstone also said, “There’s a lot more to it that obviously is personal and private. But that’s where I’m at. I can happily have a husband and a child and a life, and I get to contribute in a really meaningful way to the world and I also get to be an actress. And that’s a wonderful thing to be.”

      What is your favorite Alicia Silverstone character to date on the stage or screen?

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      • Alicia Silverstone: ‘I went on a quest to change the world’:
        http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2015/jun/26/alicia-silverstone-new-play-of-good-stock

        It’s been more than 20 years since Clueless, The Crush and several Aerosmith videos hurtled Alicia Silverstone to unexpected, undesired and oddly transitory fame. Despite landing a multi-picture deal before she was old enough to vote and securing funding for her own production company – then a rarity, especially for a young woman – her career seemed to flame out as quickly as it kindled.

        But Silverstone never really went away. She continues to appear in movies and on television. And she’s become a frequent presence onstage, in plays such as The Performers, Time Stands Still and the stage adaptation of The Graduate, acting airheads with tenderness and even a whisper of gravitas. She’s also emerged as an activist for animal rights and vegan eats and, less palatably, sounded alarms against childhood vaccination.

        At 38, she still has that pouty, cotton-candy prettiness and air of helpless sympathy, even as Amy Stockton in Melissa Ross’s Of Good Stock, the role she’s currently playing. Amy, the middle daughter in a wealthy literary family, is given to tantrums, effusions and obsessive wedding planning. Her younger sister calls her “Bridezilla Barbie” and her brother-in-law reveals that Amy once had “a wedding. For her cats. As a grown adult person.”

        Before a recent evening’s performance, Silverstone took time to discuss the play, her career, and an entirely reasonable aversion to roles that require thong underwear.

        What can you tell me about Amy?

        She’s kind of a hot mess, but I also find her so exciting and so electrifying. I think she’s probably slightly annoying. Well, she might be very annoying. But she’s also, I think, completely lovable. Amy’s particular story in the play is that she lost her mother and her dad never saw her. She’s the middle sister and there’s just a real lack of love in her life. She’s incredibly lonely. I feel like she’s in therapy, for sure. This wedding they’re all making fun of is so important to her, so serious to her, because she’s trying to create a real family.

        How did you and the other actors – Jennifer Mudge, Heather Lind – create relationships as sisters?

        We definitely had one day where we sat around the table and talked about all the kind of backstory and everything. For the sister stuff, I used things in my own life that feel real. But the girls are so easy to love. We all share a dressing room. Heather brings in vegan brownies that she’s made for us. I think she’s baking a vegan cake right now. I feel like I’ve gained sisters, which I’ve never had. I mean, I have a half sister, but we never lived together.

        Amy’s wedding colours are lavender and chocolate. Her invitation plays a pop song. Did yours?

        No, my invitation was plantable. It was one of those seed papers. We had an all-organic wedding. We didn’t have colours. We didn’t even have flowers.

        You started acting pretty young. Did you have to work at it?

        My parents are both English and they took us to England every summer. My dad would take us to see tons of theatre and that’s where my love of acting really started. When I was in junior high school, he saw me in a school play and thought wow, she’s got something. I need to get her into an acting class. I was probably very shy at first and a little narcoleptic. Like, I would fall asleep anytime anything got weird or tense. But then one day it just sort of clicked.

        How strange was it to perform in these early hugely popular, highly sexualized roles – in The Crush, in those Aerosmith videos – while you were still in your teens?

        I didn’t feel uncomfortable. I was just being. I know The Crush was a very serious acting role for me and I fought hard to get it. I didn’t think of it as sexual at all. I didn’t feel like I was going out there and shaking my booty. In the Aerosmith videos, when Marty [Callner], the director, and I talked about doing Crazy, the one with Liv Tyler, we plotted it out together. Right away I said: “I’m not going to strip. I’ll be the man.”

        There was one movie I really wanted to do, but I had to say no, because there was just too much nudity in it for me and I just couldn’t validate it. When I read a script and a girl walks around in a thong, even if she says the most funny, interesting, cool thing, it doesn’t matter, it’s not worth it. Maybe it’s me being limited, maybe it’s me being a prude, maybe it’s me not being as great an artist as somebody else, but it just doesn’t feel right to me. Maybe one day it will.

        You’ve done a lot of lightweight roles. Does being so blond and so pretty ever feel limiting?

        I don’t think so. I’ve had such amazing opportunities to do stage work. I did a play with David Mamet [Speed-the-Plow] where he directed me, a really killer role. That’s why I do so much theatre, because I haven’t had an opportunity to do film roles as interesting. But I don’t think I choose lightweight roles. I don’t think Clueless is a lightweight role. If you look at what makes that movie so good, it’s because of the complexity of the character, Cher. If you were watching a girl just run around and bounce around, you wouldn’t like the movie so much. That’s what I’ve become good at, layering in the heart, layering in the complexity.

        I’ve never understood exactly what happened to your film career. Do you think you were steered poorly?

        I was so overwhelmed. I was just a theatre kid. I never wanted to be in movies or TV. There’s no support or schooling on what do you do when you suddenly found yourself famous as a young woman. It was just too much for me. So I decided I would use this to spotlight something that is very meaningful to me. I went on a quest to change the world, to make things better – for children, for the earth, for animals. I wasn’t paying attention to my career, I was paying attention to something else. And then one day I went: “Wait, I want to act, too, what’s going on?” There’s a lot more to it that obviously is personal and private. But that’s where I’m at. I can happily have a husband and a child and a life, and I get to contribute in a really meaningful way to the world and I also get to be an actress. And that’s a wonderful thing to be.

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      • Stop Buggin’ And Check Out What The Cast Of ‘Clueless’ Has Been Up To Over The Last 20 Years:
        http://uproxx.com/movies/2015/07/clueless-where-are-they-now/

        Alicia Silverstone – Cher Horowitz

        Every girl watching Clueless wanted to be Cher, with her effortlessly cool manner and killer closet. While she may seem a little too perfect, she does learn a few lessons about growing up along the way. Alicia Silverstone was at her best as Cher, and created a likable heroine for the cinematic ages.

        Unfortunately, the promise that Silverstone showed in Clueless mostly went to waste. Her next big role was Batgirl in Batman & Robin, and we all remember how that turned out. She followed that up with films like Blast from the Past and Love’s Labour’s Lost, Butter, Vamps (again with Heckerling), Ass Backwards, and a string of failed television pilots. She also had a Tropic Thunder cameo and appeared on the shows Suburgatory (with Clueless costar Jeremy Sisto) and Children’s Hospital. She did find some success in the theater, including David Mamet’s Boston Marriage and Speed-the-Plow. Silverstone also wrote a book called The Kind Diet, fed her child out of her mouth like a bird, and wrote to Vladimir Putin to demand that members of the band Pussy Riot be given vegan meals while imprisoned. Oh, Cher.

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      • Alicia Silverstone & Amy Heckerling: A Reunion:
        http://bullettmedia.com/article/alicia-silverstone-is-forever-young/2/

        At the time, becoming a producer sounded really interesting and exciting, but the woman I am now knows that you can’t grow as an artist if you’re becoming a businessperson. And you can’t grow as an artist if you’re becoming a famous person instead of an actress. If you asked me to produce something now, I’d be like, Why ? I would rather write books about healing people and changing their lives. I’d rather inspire people to be their best, healthiest selves.

        When you’re acting or writing, you need to be free to run wild. That has nothing to do with all the parameters that are placed around everything in showbiz.

        When I was 5 years old, I used to go to my dad’s office—he had a little real estate company. I would sit at a desk and photocopy things and act like I was his secretary. Looking back, I see myself at Sony in that big office and I’m like, I was doing the exact same thing there! I was this innocent little person who was completely confused and stuck, and yet there I was making phone calls to important people. I ended up color grading and editing that movie I made with them [Excess Baggage]. Why on earth would a 19-year-old girl be color grading and editing a movie?

        I’ve totally felt that way. When I was a kid, I always felt as if I were an old person. I took buses to school, and I always felt like I was schlepping my ass to work, like I was 100 years old.

        I think you can be really old and really young at the same time, like an old soul mixed with an innocent being.

        That’s a big part of being in show business, which is made up of people who may or may not have enjoyed their youth, but who know that youth is their market. I’ve always been amused by the idea that I could be in my 40s and writing a teen show, but an actual teenager wouldn’t necessarily give a damn about the various little pieces of slang or fashion trends. It’s sort of what led me to write Vamps. If you were actually 100 years old, but looked like you were in your 20s, you would have to act like you cared about cell phones, or like you think it’s okay to use letters in place of words. Ours is a society in which you have to chase the idea of staying young forever. But what the hell would that entail? I wanted to deal with that kind of stuff while also showing the warmth and goodness of these vampires, which is not something you normally see.

        I was so honored when you asked me to be in Vamps. Goody has been hiding who she is for a very long time and that can be incredibly exhausting. These are do-gooder vampires and they go to the equivalent of AA meetings so they won’t drink people’s blood. Like you just said, this isn’t how you would usually see vampires.

        When I started writing it, I could never have imagined there would be so many things about vampires. I think they’re going to be overtaken soon by zombies, who are so much more amusing. Hollywood is a rear view mirror: it sees ahead of itself what is actually behind it. I’m a night person, as you know. I’m always in the dark alone, and I’ve always related to that. What that has to do with sparkly people, I don’t know.

        I knew that Goody was a vampire, of course, but barely. That’s just one part of her. In another film I’m doing, Gods Behaving Badly, I play a mortal surrounded by a bunch of wild and crazy gods: Oliver Platt as Apollo, John Turturro as Hades, Sharon Stone as Aphrodite, Rosie Perez as Persephone, and Christopher Walken, my old buddy, as Zeus.

        That sounds amazing!

        I’ve always been obsessed with Chris Walken. This was the third movie we’ve done together. When I was younger, he used to put Tabasco and lemons in his mouth to try and make me laugh. One time, when I was 18 or 19, I went to a party to celebrate his 50th anniversary of being in the business. We all went to an after-party at this amazing club that was really tribal and sexy, and playing dirty hip-hop. I thought it was the coolest thing in the world. When Chris wanted to leave, he pulled aside Annabella Sciorra—I think that’s who it was—and Rosie Perez, and said, “You need to make sure Alicia is okay.” We all went to breakfast together, that’s how well they took care of me.

        I remember New York in the ’80s, which was practically a decade of people doing lots of coke. But then that kind of went away and I was still up, alone at night, going, Where is everybody? People think that if you’re a night person that must mean you like cigarettes and alcohol, but I despise cigarettes. I’ve always been a bit of a health nut. When I was maybe 14, I read a book about aerobics and started running around the basement. If I remember correctly, you thought I was a little nutty when we were doing Clueless because everyone was eating fun, delicious food and I was getting steamed vegetables delivered.

        But then I had some and it was good.

        Look at what I started! I know you love animals and all of that, but there’s this joke: I’m not a vegetarian because I love animals; I’m a vegetarian because I hate plants.

        [Laughter.] When I was younger, it wasn’t yet cool to talk about the environment and animal rights issues. I remember it being one of those things that people around me were trying to quash, like, “Can you please stop talking about that?” But I didn’t, obviously. I remember doing interviews in London for some movie at the time, and the interviewers would want to talk about the movie, of course, but all I wanted to talk about was murder. They probably expected me to be like the Clueless character, but instead I was sitting there saying stuff like, And then they anally electrocute! I pretty much bummed everyone out.

        You’re practically Cher’s polar opposite. She wants to decorate the entire world and dress it nicely, not just for herself, but to make other people happy. But for you, it’s hard not to be wearing sweatpants. [Laughter.]

        I’m always looking into the heart of the character, even if they’re entirely unlike me.My job is to find a way to make these characters really interesting.

        And that’s exactly what you do. You come fully loaded.

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  12. Alicia Silverstone’s WTHHT needs a serious update, especially considering that this coming July will mark the 20th anniversary of the release of “Clueless”. For example, at the end of the article, it says that Alicia CURRENTLY has a recurring role on the show “Suburgatory”. “Suburgatory” ended after three seasons in the 2013-14 season.

    I would also like LeBeau to add the following info:
    *Alicia having to become legally emancipated from her parents in order to work on “The Crush”.

    *Alicia never formally auditioning for “Clueless”. As legend has it, Amy Heckerling told her casting director to “get the girl from the Aerosmith videos”. Also Alicia was at first very reluctant to take on the role because she felt that she couldn’t identify with a materialistic character like Cher Horowitz.

    *A correction regarding the info for “The Babysitter”. It was initially released direct-to-video but was then given a quick theater release to capitalize off of Alicia’s success w/ “Clueless”.

    *Some more info on the allegedly troubled production of “Excess Baggage”.

    *Alicia allegedly snubbing Elisabeth Hasselbeck while as a guest on “The View”.

    *Alicia abruptly bowing out of a scheduled gig on “How I Met Your Mother” in protest of having to act alongside Britney Spears.

    *The backlash surrounding Alicia’s parenting book “The Kind Mama”.

    *Alicia writing a letter to Russian president Vladimir Putin regarding Pussy Riot and their apparent need for vegan food.

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    • June 9’s essential film writing:
      http://thedissolve.com/news/5919-june-9s-essential-film-writing/

      Over at Vanity Fair, our own Jen Chaney has the definitive oral history of how Clueless became an iconic ’90s classic:
      “Carrie Frazier, Clueless casting director at Fox: I brought in Alicia Silverstone—I sent Amy a videotape of a young actress [who] I felt was really terrific.

      Amy Heckerling: I was watching an Aerosmith video of ‘Cryin’.’ That was the first video she was in. And I just fell in love with her. Then my friend Carrie Frazier said, ‘You have to see this girl in The Crush.’ And I was like, ‘No, I want the Aerosmith girl.’ Well, it was the same girl.

      Alicia Silverstone, Cher: I remember when I read the script the first time, thinking, Oh, she’s so materialistic—that I was judging [Cher] instead of being delighted by her. I remember thinking, This is so funny and I’m not funny. But once I was playing her—I just had so much fun being her. I loved how seriously she took everything. That’s essentially how I played it…. I felt like that was [who] Cher was. She was so sincere and so serious. And that’s what I think makes her so ridiculous and lovely all the time.”

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      • Read This: A way detailed oral history of Clueless:
        http://www.avclub.com/article/read-way-detailed-oral-history-clueless-220623

        By Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya
        Jun 9, 2015 3:00 PM

        As we continue to celebrate 1995 Week here at The A.V. Club, Vanity Fair has published an excerpt from Jen Chaney’s book about one of 1995’s iconic films: Clueless. Adapted from Chaney’s As If!: The Oral History of Clueless, As Told By Amy Heckerling, The Cast, And The Crew, this abridged oral history looks at how the Amy Heckerling-directed comedy became a 1990s cult classic.

        In 1993, Heckerling started developing a TV show for Fox centered on a group of popular kids at a California high school. The project—then called No Worries, and later, I Was A Teenage Teenager—went from potentially being a television series on Fox to potentially being a Fox feature film to potentially not happening at all. Heckerling went through a frustrating process of rejection before the project landed at Paramount. Chaney’s article traces the casting process at Fox, the moment when Fox said “whatever” and killed the project, and the eventual restart at Paramount. In other words, the making of Clueless had about as much chill as Cher in the valley.

        Chaney’s article includes quotes from Heckerling, Alicia Silverstone, Paul Rudd, Stacey Dash, and several of Clueless’ producers. Her book will be published next month by Touchstone.

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    • ‘Clueless’ Almost Starred Angelina Jolie, Terrence Howard, and Every Other Actor You Love:
      https://www.yahoo.com/movies/clueless-almost-starred-angelina-jolie-terrence-121123123382.html

      Imagine Clueless if Cher had been played by Angelina Jolie instead of Alicia Silverstone. You’d be justified in thinking “As if!,” but according to Jen Chaney’s new oral history of Clueless, Jolie auditioned for the role — as did Reese Witherspoon, Keri Russell, Tiffani Amber Thiessen, and Alicia Witt. In a Vanity Fair excerpt from the book, director Amy Heckerling reveals why she picked Silverstone to play Cher, the fashion-obsessed teenage matchmaker at the heart of the beloved 1995 high-school comedy.

      “I was watching an Aerosmith video of ‘Cryin’.’ That was the first video she was in. And I just fell in love with her,” says Heckerling. “Then my friend [casting director] Carrie Frazier said, ‘You have to see this girl in The Crush.’ And I was like, ‘No, I want the Aerosmith girl.’ Well, it was the same girl.”

      As soon as Silverstone auditioned, Heckerling knew her instincts were right. But to placate the studio, she and Frazier saw other actresses. One was Jolie, who submitted an audition tape, but was never really a contender. (“She was too knowing for what was needed for Clueless,” says Frazier, who later cast Jolie in HBO’s Gia.) Witherspoon, who met Heckerling for lunch to discuss the role, had a better shot. (“I did see some scenes of hers and went: Wow. She’s amazing. But Alicia is Cher,” says the director.) The studio also advised Heckerling to look at a rising actress in a movie called Flesh and Bone. “I never got to see her. I guess she was off on other things. That turned out to be Gwyneth Paltrow,” Heckerling says.

      In the end, Heckerling got her first choice: Silverstone, whom she loved from the moment she auditioned. “She was like 17, and she was just so adorable and sweet and really innocent,” the director recalls.

      A few other casting tidbits from the Clueless oral history:

      — Paul Rudd was one of the first actors to audition for the role of Josh, Cher’s environmentally conscious ex-stepbrother. The producers waffled on casting him, so he took a part in Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers instead. After auditioning other actors, including Ben Affleck and Zach Braff, the Clueless team came back to Rudd — who was by that time done with Halloween.

      — Breckin Meyer competed for the role of stoner Travis with his real-life best friend Seth Green.

      — The late Brittany Murphy nailed her audition for the part of new-in-school misfit Tai. “When she came in, it was just like: Oh my God. Stop the press. This is the girl,” recalls Alicia Silverstone.

      —Donald Faison beat out his childhood friend Terrence Howard for the role of Murray, longtime boyfriend of Dionne (Stacey Dash). Heckerling also considered Dave Chappelle, because she loved his performance in Robin Hood: Men in Tights. “Donald had a much more kid-like energy,” Heckerling says of her final choice. “And Dave [had] a very cynical, grown-up, funny, comic kind of thing that I felt was maybe a little too edgy.”

      —Sarah Michelle Gellar was the top choice to play Cher’s bratty rival Amber, but she couldn’t change her shooting schedule for the soap opera All My Children. The role went instead to Elisa Donovan.

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  13. Alicia Silverstone Finally Gets a Role Worthy of Her Talents:
    http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/1129841/alicia-silverstone-finally-gets-a-role-worthy-of-her-talents#

    After an impressive breakthrough in the Amy Heckerling film “Clueless,” Alicia Silverstone’s promising career has languished in a series of poorly received movies such as “The Art of Getting By” and “Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.”

    She’s fared a bit better on Broadway, beginning in 2002, playing Elaine Robinson in “The Graduate” with Kathleen Turner and Jason Biggs. Silverstone followed that up with an agile turn in Don Margulies’s “Time Stands Still,” and then was part of the ensemble of the 2012 flop “The Performers.”

    But the actress, known for her vegan and animal rights activism, may have finally found a role worthy of her initial promise as one of the three sisters who enliven “Of Good Stock.” The dark comedy, written by Melissa Ross and directed by Lynne Meadow, will have its New York City premiere engagement at Manhattan Theatre Club’s main stage at City Center, beginning June 4 and opening on June 30. Jennifer Mudge and Heather Lind will play her siblings, while Kelly AuCoin, Greg Keller, and Nate Miller portray the men in their lives.

    “Of Good Stock” was a commission of the South Coast Repertory Theatre in Coasta Mesa, California, where it is currently enjoying a world premiere engagement through April 27 under a different creative team. Writing in the Orange County Register, critic Paul Hodgins called the play “a rollicking bittersweet comedy,” noting that Amy, the character to be played by Silverstone, is the most transformative of the dysfunctional bunch who’ve gathered in a Cape Cod house to celebrate the eldest sibling’s 41st birthday.

    “Suddenly the least likable sister is the story’s most achingly tragic character,” wrote the critic. “Amy’s glib self-absorption is a brittle carapace covering a broken heart.”

    Ross knows her scarred domestic terrain rather well, being a member of the adventurous Labyrinth Theatre Company that presented her New York City debut drama, “Thinner Than Water.” That work also mined the fraught nature of sibling rivalry and resentments. (Ross is currently working on another play, “Nice Girl”, to be presented at the Labyrinth some time this year.)

    One of the intriguing aspects of “Of Good Stock” is the ghosts hovering over the madness: a mother who died of cancer at age 40 — hence the loaded significance of the 41st birthday celebration of the cancer-stricken Jess — and Mick Stockton, the emotionally distant father who was a famous novelist a la J.D. Salinger or Philip Roth.

    Mick Stockton left not only a sizable literary legacy but also a Gordian knot of emotional despair from which his daughters attempt to loosen themselves.

    Only Amy, it would seem, might possibly escape the bonds that are thicker — or thinner? — than water.

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  14. What happened to Alicia Silverstone?

    http://www.datalounge.com/cgi-bin/iowa/ajax.html?t=15206452#page:showThread,15206452

    All we know is that in 2012, during the trial of Russian band Pussy Riot, she wrote a letter to Vladimir Putin asking that vegan meals be made available to all Russian prisoners.

    Waiting for a reply?
    by: Anonymous replies 7 04/08/2015 @ 05:00PM

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  15. Silverstone in Top 10 Dumb Things Said by Celebrities

    http://www.watchmojo.com/video/id/13333/

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  16. From now on, I’ll keep that in mind when I think of Alicia Silverstone; It will be my “Excess Baggage” of her.

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    • 15 Movies That Ruined Careers:
      http://news.nster.com/4211-15-movies-that-ruined-careers.html?b=6

      #9 Excess Baggage

      Oh, Alicia. Sure do love Alicia Silverstone, but let’s make it clear – it’s not because of her acting abilities, although she does have them.

      High on the success of 1995’s Clueless, Silverstone seemed destined for the kind of superstardom associated with actresses of a higher caliber.

      Instead of that superstardom, the first and last film produced by Silverstone’s production company resulted in a Razzie nomination for the actress and a sudden death of acting opportunities.

      Excess Baggage is the worst thing an actress of Silverstone’s charisma could ever do to her career, but there’s no point in crying over spoiled milk.

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      • Excess Baggage:
        http://www.sonymoviechannel.com/movies/excess-baggage/details

        Production Notes

        Excess Baggage is the first film to be released by First Kiss Productions. Silverstone formed First Kiss with Carolyn Kessler in an effort to develop their own projects. Kessler remarks, “We always wanted to get to the point where Alicia would be able to do the kind of projects she wanted to do and start them from the conceptual stage and see them through to the end. I think that it’s a wonderful place for some actors to be, where they can create their own vision and actually make it happen.”

        Silverstone echoes those sentiments saying, “I wanted to take risks and be challenged.”
        As it turns out, Max D. Adams’ screenplay appealed to the producers on the same level. Commenting on what attracted them to the script, Kessler says, “Both Alicia and I felt as though Emily was a very strong female character and it’s really hard these days to find material that is female-driven, where there is a character that really takes control of her life.”

        Silverstone adds, “We think the problems that Emily faces are those that almost every person faces at one time or another. Everyone wants their parents to appreciate and understand them. You always want to please them but sometimes you just can’t, so you grow into your own person. This is really a story about that.”

        While Emily has a host of problems to deal with in the context of the script, Alicia Silverstone, actress, found herself enmeshed in her own set of challenges in her new role as producer.

        “I loved producing this film,” she says. “It was a tremendous responsibility that took constant communication, a lot of patience and every ounce of my blood.”

        The first item on the agenda was the selection of a director. In choosing Brambilla, producer Carolyn Kessler says, “We were looking for someone who shared the same point of view on the movie, somebody who could capture the interaction among the four main characters. The vision created is very tight around those central characters and you feel like you’re going on the ride with them. And if you simply want to talk visuals, this movie has an innovative style that I haven’t seen in any other films out there.”

        Bill Borden harks back to Brambilla’s first directorial effort, and his ability to bring a specific “look” to a film, as a key element in the choice of directors. “Demolition Man was a visually stunning movie. Without a doubt, Marco has brought his visual style to this film. There’s the occasional off angle with everything on the screen taken care of. He waters down the streets. He’s very aware of the paint job on the walls, the color of the cars and the shine on the cars. He adds smoke to the air so there is always a quality to it. We had two smokers who were smoking the air constantly. It creates depth and it is an interesting effect.”

        Brambilla had not yet seen Silverstone in Clueless when approached to direct Excess Baggage. “I was involved in another project at the time and starting work on Excess Baggage would have meant changing gears very quickly,” says Brambilla. “My final decision had to do with Alicia as much as anything, and after screening Clueless I signed on immediately. I felt very comfortable she could play Emily’s character in a sympathetic way.

        “Striking the right balance between the comedy and drama of Excess Baggage was challenging to me as a filmmaker,” he continues, “and the opportunity of working on a piece that was more psychological and intimate was exactly what I wanted.”

        Preparing for her role as Emily was a difficult enough process for Silverstone. Add to that the tremendous responsibilities of shepherding a film to production and you create a truly daunting task for even the most experienced producer.

        Director Marco Brambilla agrees and has nothing but praise for Silverstone’s initial producing effort. “Alicia had a production deal at the studio and therefore was one of the producers on the project,” he says. “She took her job very seriously. In preproduction she came up and scouted, she was part of the casting and part of the rehearsal process. The job of a producer is very time consuming and Alicia has lived up to all her responsibilities.”
        Silverstone recalls the casting process as one of the most enjoyable aspects of her producing role. The characters of Vincent Roche and Ray Perkins are pivotal to the story and Silverstone wanted the perfect actors to play these fascinating and very real characters.

        “I was really nervous about casting the part of Vincent,” she remembers. “To me, the movie depended on Vincent and if I didn’t find the right actor, I wasn’t going to do the film. I can say right now that without Benicio, I couldn’t do this movie. I saw him in The Usual Suspects and the second I saw him I couldn’t stop laughing. The second I sat down with him, I knew I wanted to work with him and that he would challenge me. The most important thing for me was to be challenged.”

        Director Brambilla was equally impressed with what Del Toro brought to the project. “Benicio has a presence and charisma that functions on a completely different level to Alicia’s and that contrast is what the film is essentially about. This kid from the wrong side of the tracks and this girl who has had everything given to her but is still unhappy are two characters who have similar problems but in completely different circumstances. Just the two personalities involved gave me a very good starting point.”

        “Benicio is an actor out of a school,” adds producer Bill Borden, “the same as De Niro or Pacino. He takes his roles and his characters extremely seriously. He evaluates them, he analyzes them, he finds out what the skeleton behind that character is that everything hangs on.”

        The choice of Christopher Walken to play “Uncle” Ray was an easy one for Silverstone. “I’ve wanted to work with Christopher my entire life,” she states emphatically. “I watched his work when I was younger and he fascinated me.”

        The final key player in the mix is Emily’s father, the rich and emotionally distant Alexander Hope. Silverstone explains her choice of Australian actor Jack Thompson: “The casting of my father was really hard for me. I wanted the audience to believe that this man was a gem, that he was the sweetest, most respectable, good-natured man, combined with that air of arrogance that a politician would have. Jack is a very powerful presence and he’s got something scary about him too. All that charm can be frightening.”

        The physical production itself would prove to be logistically intimidating for the producers and the director. Excess Baggage began production on May 6, 1996 and wrapped on July 26, 1996. Principal photography took place in and around Vancouver, British Columbia with one week spent in Victoria, B.C.

        Borden explains the logistics of the locations chosen: “This movie actually takes place over seventy-two hours in the lives of the characters. During those seventy-two hours, they are on the move. So we had to be on the move also. We rarely shot any location twice. Almost every day we were at a new location. There were a couple of really interesting locations. This movie takes place on the water a lot and we spent a couple of days shooting under the Second Narrows bridge in Vancouver, shooting a hundred and twenty-five foot yacht, owned by Emily’s father.”

        Because the production was always on the move, production designer Missy Stewart says, “the palette was built from the gray Northwest skies, wet pavement, asphalt and car textures. Silver and chrome were the colors, with rust, oxidation and urban decay interwoven.”

        Though not a big stunt movie, Excess Baggage does make use of several stunt sequences, including a stunning car chase and a spectacular warehouse explosion. Stunt coordinator Betty Thomas, who worked with Silverstone on the feature film The Crush, says, “I think Alicia’s character in this movie is certainly an extension of what she is in real life. She’s fiercely independent, she’s feisty and Alicia’s a very intelligent young lady.”

        Commenting further on her role in the production, Thomas continues, “The character of Vincent was described by Marco as this really cool driver who drives with real finesse. Even though there are a lot of other sequences in the movie, the whole crux was going to be this big car chase. I had strict instructions to make Vincent cool, with no pressure in his driving. He maneuvers through all kinds of impossible obstacles on the street and we have three police officers who chase him in the background, jumping their cars in and out of traffic and crashing cars. The entire time, we see the chase from Vincent’s vehicle looking back at these guys going crazy.

        “We used a lot of moto-cam work, with a lot of really close angles on Benicio looking back at the police. We did actually have Benicio free-driving the vehicle while we were looking back off the moto-cam and off the insert car as well. Normally you don’t like to have actors do that.”

        Silverstone does many of her own stunts, including walking on steel beams in a warehouse, down onto a catwalk, and later going up into the ceiling rafters and hopping onto an air filter duct that actually gives way.

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  17. A Film Career Derailed: The Dark & Light of Cary Elwes:
    http://www.twcc.com/articles/2015/02/15/a/a-film-career-derailed-the-dark-light-of-cary-elwes

    With his blonde good looks and spot-on comedic timing, it’s not hard to imagine that Cary Elwes would be at home during any era of Hollywood. The British actor has proven himself adept at a number of genres, and really one of the questions has always been why he isn’t used more by directors. With a thriller (Indiscretion) and a dark comedy (Sugar Mountain) set to come out this year, Elwes is still working steadily. But we remember when the actor first made us swoon.

    The Crush

    Between being an Aerosmith video vixen and having her own pop culture moment in Clueless, Alicia Silverstone played a teenager with a dangerous attraction to her much older neighbor in The Crush. In what is really a pretty trashy story, Elwes plays handsome writer Nick Eliot without giving any hint he’s invited what’s happening to him. Of course, that also means that the memorable moments of the film belong to Silverstone’s obsessive crazy teen.

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  18. I was just on the IMDB.com site (I kinda vacation there) after seeing the bracket matchup, and more recent post was “What happened to Alicia Silverstone”? I weighed in with my take, then recommended this site. Hey, I discovered this site through IMDB, so why shouldn’t others (I’m sure they have, I’m just being dramatic)?

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    • Yeah TMC posts a lot of links on IMDB. There seems to be a lot of interest in Silverstone over there. Thanks for the promotion. Links and recommendations can drive a lot of traffic to the site. The busiest day the site has ever seen was the result of someone posting a link in a forum.

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    • http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112697/board/thread/209852280?d=239849155#239849155

      The success of Clueless was ironically the worst thing that happened to her it is because she signed 10 million contract with studio to make 3 movies with them and it went BAD. If she didn’t do that in parallel universe she could be so much better in movies like:
      Overnight Delivery (1998) instead of Reese Witherspoon
      10 Things I Hate About You (1999) instead of Julia Stiles
      Wild Things (1998) instead of Neve Campbell
      Cruel Intentions (1999) instead of Sarah Michelle Gellar or Reese Witherspoon
      Urban Legend (1998) instead of Alicia Witt
      Down to You (2000) instead of Julia Stiles
      Van Wilder (2002) instead of Tara Reid
      I’d much rather see her in those roles but…

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    • Somebody on IMDb recently told me that Alicia Silverstone really isn’t that bad of an actress, it’s just that when she’s ask or required to draw an emotional reaction, she’s dreadful out let’s just say, out of her element. For example, there’s a romantic scene towards the end of “Clueless” involving her and Paul Rudd.

      I don’t think that most of use really paid close attention to Alicia’s acting abilities until “Batman & Robin”, because everybody who hated the had to closely dissect virtually anything that was remotely wrong with it:
      http://zacksfilmthoughts.blogspot.com/2014/06/recent-watches-batman-and-robin-1997.html

      The killing blow to the character is Alicia Silverstone. Silverstone is awful in the part, mumbling through her dialogue in an incredibly flat manner. She is deeply miscast in the part, Silverstone’s flighty blonde act being a poor fit for the typically more brainy Batgirl part. The pro-active things she does in the movie mostly come off as a limp attempt at “Girl power!”

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      • I don’t think the Batgirl character was written all that well in “Batman and Robin” (not much was done right in that, even though the Mr. Freeze story showed flashes). I’ve never blamed Alicia Silverstone for what she did with that, since I think she could handle playing a more put together Batgirl.

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  19. Well,what’s really next for her…….Dancing with the Stars,perhaps?????

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    • Looking over Alicia Silverstone’s filmography, I’m very surprised at how little her films have received a wide theatrical release much less those that involve her playing a predominate role (“Blast from the Past” seemed to be Alicia’s last shot at being a proper leading lady). To add insult to injury, she has had numerous failed TV pilots to go w/ the single season run of “Miss Match”. It does make be believe somewhat that Alicia may have been blackballed of sorts as “payback” for her ill-fated $10 million w/ Columbia. Had Alicia not made such a landmark, classic teen movie like “Clueless” and not taken part in arguably, the most notorious superhero movie ever made in “Batman & Robin”, it would be a miracle that any of us would actually know who Alicia Silverstone is in the first place.

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      • Top 10 Acting One-Hit Wonders:

        Sometimes actors have a breakthrough but are never able to reach that zenith again. Join http://www.WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Acting
        One-hit Wonders.

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      • Clueless is 20 years old: Where are the stars now?

        http://metro.co.uk/2015/01/27/clueless-is-20-years-old-where-are-the-stars-now-5036776/

        Previously best-known for her appearances alongside Liv Tyler in several Aerosmith videos, Alicia Silverstone was expected to become one of Hollywood’s ultimate leading ladies following her charming lead performance as the ditzy-but-sweet natured Cher Horowitz.

        Sadly, she struggled to shake off her Valley Girl persona, and after a string of flops both on the big screen (Batman & Robin, Excess Baggage, Blast From The Past) and small-screen (Miss Match), she largely disappeared off the radar.

        A reunion with Heckerling on 2012 horror comedy Vamps failed to reignite her film career, although she has received acclaim for her performances in several Broadway productions.

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        • 9 franchise-starting young adult films that struggled:
          http://www.denofgeek.us/movies/young-adult/244957/9-franchise-starting-young-adult-films-that-struggled

          Stormbreaker

          Admittedly, this one is more skewed towards younger children and there’s a debate to be had over whether Stormbreaker is technically young adult, but the film is a lot more mature. Directed by Geoffrey Sax (of the Doctor Who TV Movie fame), Stormbreaker adheres strictly to Anthony Horowitz’s original plot (the author himself penned the script) and while it is considerably more enjoyable than a lot of the other films on this list, it’s easy to see why it was never followed up.

          Alex Pettyfer brims with charm and likeability as the slightly reserved but savvy schoolboy Alex Rider who discovers that his only relative (played fleetingly by Ian McGregor) was, in fact, an operative for MI6. Unusually for this kind of film, Alex takes his time before deciding to follow in his uncle’s footsteps, and is instructed by MI6’s frosty head to investigate an American businessman with a too-good-to-be-true plan to donate one of his brand new computer systems to every school in Britain. It’s a generic set-up for what The Weinstein Company evidently expected to be a runaway success (around the time of its release Stormbreaker was mooted as the next Harry Potter franchise) but there’s definite fun to be had, namely with Mickey Rourke’s moustache-twirlingly evil turn as the villain, and Clueless’ Alicia Silverstone as Alex’s nanny who gets a terrific fight sequence with Missi Pyle’s campy henchwoman.

          Does it have a future? Despite the hoopla fostered around its release in 2006, Stormbreaker simply didn’t garner enough capital to satisfy The Weinstein Company so a sequel was a no-go. Anthony Horowitz said in 2009 that the books “do not translate well to the big screen” and he last mentioned it in a 2014 interview with The Guardian’s children’s books site, stating, “Stormbreaker was not 100% successful and coming to terms with that was a bit sad.” More’s the pity.

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        • Forever Young: ‘Vampire Academy’ and ‘Vamps’ Chase a Dying Trend:
          http://grantland.com/hollywood-prospectus/forever-young-vampire-academy-and-vamps-movie-reviews/

          But let’s not condemn all things vampire-related. Amy Heckerling’s Vamps, which came and went in 2012 without much fanfare, is actually a hidden gem. It’s another vampire-themed sis-mance, starring Heckerling’s Clueless muse Alicia Silverstone and B in Apartment 23’s Krysten Ritter as Goody and Stacy, two New York party girls who slake their bloodlust by drinking rats and mitigate each other’s boredom with living for centuries on end. Goody and Stacy were both turned into vampires sometime in their twenties, which means they live a fantasy life of being in college forever, never looking any older, and being free to go clubbing and chase boys every night. They are supportive and caring of each other, never competitive, and run rampant through the streets of New York together like a bloodsucking take on Frances Ha.

          Despite the breezy tone of Vamps, the subject matter allows Heckerling to take on some very heavy issues. What does it mean to get older in a culture that primarily values women for their youth and beauty? When do you give up on staying abreast of current pop culture and accept that you probably can’t keep up forever? Are there any advantages of becoming an older woman that outweigh the privileges automatically awarded to you as a cute young girl? Vamps never hammers too hard on these ideas. It has a much lighter touch on the subject of women and aging as seen through the supernatural than, say, American Horror Story: Coven. Heckerling doesn’t judge her characters for being shallow, nor does she equate a certain kind of superficiality with stupidity. She allows her characters to learn, grow, and become spiritually aware without losing their interest in fashion.

          At 37, Silverstone is in an age range where actresses are supposed to slink quietly into playing wives and mothers without complaint, while watching their male peers receive their meatiest roles yet. Vamps plays off this with one of the most romantic May-December relationships I’ve seen in a film recently, between Goody and Danny (Richard Lewis), who was her great love in the ’60s. While Danny moved on with his life and found new love, Goody, unable to age and change along with him, chose to leave without an explanation. She retreated back into her extended postadolescence, which takes the shape of a crash-pad apartment with coffin beds, the walls lined with posters and hipster memorabilia from every decade. Goody’s memories of past eras stack on top of each other, but to her they are all as immediate as when they occurred. She looks out at the New York landscape and can describe each iteration of a building, how it transformed from farmland to metropolis. Goody learns she can love each iteration of a person similarly. Wrinkles, weight gain, and no longer being young and cool don’t matter as much as her young-looking self had assumed they would. Decades later, she still sees Danny as the same handsome, charismatic guy he was when they were in love. He is still handsome and charismatic, just older and burnished by accumulated experience. Everything else is of secondary importance when you’ve fallen for someone’s soul.

          Vamps is a valentine to comedic actresses, female friendship, and allowing women to age on their own terms. Wallace Shawn and Sigourney Weaver turn in great supporting performances, Ritter and Silverstone generate incredible chemistry, and the explanations of the movie’s self-contained vampire mythology are mercifully brief. It’s bittersweet to think about what Silverstone’s career could have been like had Hollywood not declared her D.O.A. after Excess Baggage and Batman & Robin. She is as funny, winning, and pretty as she was as Cher Horowitz in Clueless. She doesn’t seem all that bummed to have traded in the screen-goddess treadmill of doom for life as a vegan hippie. It’s exactly what we’d hope might have happened to Cher after high school: She’d matriculate at some liberal arts college, and end up trading in material possessions for a more satisfying, less superficial life.

          Vampire Academy and Vamps both explore the fallacy of nostalgia, while demonstrating the impossibility of remaining current for all eternity. If you’re only as successful as your last big hit, what happens when the trends change? You can’t cling to one era of music, or one style of dialogue, but you’re destined to be most fond of whatever was popular when you were discovering your own taste, and it’s inevitable that you’ll find yourself unable to relate to the kids. Even if you feel like you still relate, the kids might see you not as a peer but as an uncool old grown-up, desperately trying to cling to memories of being young. Maybe you’ll actually be happier when you finally do let go.

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        • In the Hollywood spotlight since her adolescence, Alicia Silverstone now finds herself trying to revive her once brilliant career. Which is where Sean Penn comes in:
          http://www.theguardian.com/film/2004/feb/29/features.review

          A film industry friend told me emphatically that I was going to ‘just love’ Alicia Silverstone and I did, apart from her bizarre and rather precious refusal to discuss her family background. Aside from that, she is delightful – bubbly and chatty when it came to talking about the majority of subjects ranging from her starring role as a matchmaking divorce lawyer in Miss Match, the new television project from Sex and the City creator, Darren Star (‘It’s so goofy and fun’), her ongoing efforts on behalf of animal-welfare charities (Silverstone is a staunch vegan) or combining growing up and running her own production company (she produced her first movie when she was 19).

          In fact, overall, Silverstone is as warm and friendly as you’d imagine from her most famous role – the misguided but big-hearted Cher in Clueless – grabbing my arm at the end of the interview and asking if I might know any vegetarian restaurants because she is meeting up with Stella McCartney later that evening. It is only where her family background is concerned that Silverstone seems to clam up as fast and as prettily as any Hollywood oyster. Furthermore, when I phone her later and ask her to explain why she is so resistant about talking about her family, she gets very uptight and starts lecturing me about how ‘it’s no one else’s business’, ‘she likes to keep things private’ and to remember ‘she’s a human being’. Blimey.

          We hear back that Silverstone hadn’t wanted to talk about her British half-sister, Kezi, from her father’s previous relationship but even that sounds a little odd. There doesn’t seem to be any drama or enmity between them. And they first met 14-odd years ago, so you’d think Alicia had got over the shock by now. Nor has Kezi, a singer-songwriter and actress who has appeared in Footballers’ Wives, ever milked her connection with her more famous sister. Indeed, considering Silverstone doesn’t seem to have much to hide, it all seems like an extraordinary overreaction.

          We meet in a room at Blakes Hotel in circumstances that are hardly ideal. It’s right at the end of a long day of interviews for Silverstone, my time seems to have shrunk, and it soon becomes clear that we are supposed to talk on a small couch right in front of a double bed upon which sprawl three or four people quite brazenly staring and listening to us. Silverstone seems as uncomfortable with this situation as I am and I could hug her when she finally cracks and asks them to leave, exclaiming sweetly: ‘I find myself thoroughly distracted.’

          After that, Silverstone chats happily about how she came to accept the role of Katy Fox in Miss Match (lawyer by day, matchmaker by night). It seems she’s got this new thing since finding herself dithering about appearing in The Graduate on Broadway. ‘I really wanted to go on Broadway but I was like – do I want to leave my dogs, my house and my friends for nine months? But then I thought, “Wait a second. If this wasn’t being offered to me and I heard there was an audition I’d be desperate to have the job.” When you’re offered things, it makes it so much easier to be indecisive. And it’s silly because you can pass on some really amazing things.’

          When Star approached her, Silverstone applied the same trick to Miss Match with whom she stars with Ryan O’Neal. ‘I thought, “Would I be mad if they hadn’t offered it to me? Of course I would.”‘

          Maybe not that mad. An NBC show in America, Miss Match is showing on a satellite channel, Living TV, over here, so stands a good chance of being totally ignored. Silverstone does a fine job as Fox (no one does spoiled princess with a heart of gold like she does) but the series itself is slightly flat, less edgy and attention-grabbing than Sex and the City. Silverstone seems to spend a fair amount of time smiling misty-eyed as lonely people get together and sighing whimsically as her father (O’Neal) sternly reminds her that they’re trying to run a law firm not a dating agency. It’s good eye-fudge though, one of those shows where even the cars look they’ve spent the morning in the beauty salon.

          In Silverstone’s view, it’s all about giving it up for escapism. ‘Sometimes I’ll be doing a scene and I’m like, OK this would never happen in real life but it doesn’t matter because it’s really fun and entertaining, like all the romantic comedies out there. It’s not supposed to be a documentary, you know what I mean.’

          Alicia Silverstone was born in England in 1976. Her parents, Monty and Didi, are English and Alicia had an English accent until she was six. She was brought up on the outskirts of San Francisco where her father became a real- estate millionaire (Silverstone now lives in LA). At about eight, Silver stone started modelling, eventually putting the money into acting lessons. At 13, she and her brother, David, had a shock when they were introduced to Kezi, their 16-year-old half-sister, who had spent most of her childhood drudging her way through the British care system. Since then, they have all kept in touch with no big fall-outs to speak of.

          So why wouldn’t Silverstone want to talk about any of this? There’s one bit of her personal history that took me by surprise – about how her career in child modelling began because her father took bizarre-sounding pictures of his young daughter in a bikini on all fours on a rug and sent them off to agencies – but Alicia herself has never seemed bothered about this.

          However, it does beg the question – what kind of child was she? Where did all the early ambition come from? Silverstone has always said that by the age of 10, she knew she didn’t want to be famous, but who’s coming to those kinds of conclusions by the age of 10? Obviously the kind of child who models to pay for her own acting lessons. When I ask Silverstone if she was entirely comfortable with ‘selling’ herself at that age, she says she simply can’t remember how she felt. She puts her motivation when she was younger down to a need for independence. ‘I didn’t want to be taken care of. I wanted to find my own way and do my own thing.’ She smiles ruefully. ‘Now I want to be taken care of.’

          Silverstone describes the acting classes as ‘going through puberty with a bunch of other young people – all very cathartic, maybe a form of therapy. While I was there, I was working through stuff that all teenagers have to process’. A spot on The Wonder Years led to the movie, The Crush , where Silverstone put in a wonderful performance as a psychotic besotted teenager. ‘I made a very good nasty little girl.’ To do The Crush at 15, Silverstone was told she had to get ‘legally emancipated’ from her parents so that she could work the crazy hours.

          She gets annoyed when this ‘divorce’ is taken as any kind of comment on her family situation and insists that it was all about work. The Silverstones have since said that they weren’t happy about it but allowed themselves to be convinced by Alicia’s long-time agent and friend, Carolyn Kessler. After The Crush came some profile-raising appearances on a couple of Aerosmith videos (Silverstone is credited with reviving the grizzly rockers’ careers), and then Clueless .

          The frothy Rodeo Drive rejig of Jane Austen’s Emma took £150 million at the box office and linked Silverstone forever with the label-crazy Cher despite her protestations. ‘I hate to shop. Clothes make me dizzy.’ She said sagely at the time: ‘I seem to have been offered the chance to be the new Meg Ryan.’ At this point, Silverstone, still only 18, landed herself a £7m multi-picture development deal, finding herself producing her first movie at 19 under an intense industry spotlight.

          She insists she put ‘sweat, blood and tears’ into the film Excess Baggage, where she also starred opposite Benicio Del Toro. ‘If I’m involved, I’m involved . Even if I’m not producing I act like a producer because I am a producer.’ As it happened, Excess Baggage was a resounding flop, as was her next venture, Blast From the Past. Silverstone still produces, but the only thing you might have heard of is the successful underground cartoon, Braceface. Is it that she feels powerless as a mere actress? ‘No,’ she insists. ‘It’s not about power at all, it’s about creativity.’

          It took a Shakespearean turn in Kenneth Branagh’s Love’s Labour’s Lost to revive a profile battered by her lacklustre appearance as Batgirl in Batman & Robin with George Clooney. Silverstone loathed playing second fiddle to special effects while wearing a stinking hot rubber suit (director Joel Schumacher’s only direction was ‘Breathe’).

          She also endured being romantically linked with just about every eligible male in Hollywood, from Del Toro to Leonardo DiCaprio to Adam Sandler (by contrast, going by her interviews cuttings, Silverstone is the most self-proclaimed ‘boyfriendless’ celebrity ever). Then there was the savage media teasing about her weight. Now, at 27, Silverstone looks slim and gorgeous with a flawless complexion, but back then, she was chased through airports by gangs of journalists chanting ‘Fat girl… fat girl’ to the Batman theme. That can’t have been easy especially considering she was still barely 20?

          ‘Well,’ she says, ‘when someone’s horrible, it always hurts a little but I just hope that I was an example to other young girls that it was OK to be a healthy young girl.’ She tells me that at her heaviest, there were only five to 10 lbs in it. ‘So what’s that about? There was a point when I was so sick of this physical perfection thing that I thought it would be good for all young girls to eat burgers and sweets as a rebellion but I don’t think that anymore because it’s not healthy.’

          Anyway, she says, she’s a vegan now and doesn’t have to worry about that kind of thing. She also does yoga and Pilates and loves to walk her dogs. ‘Because of my lifestyle, I feel really good and I don’t think I would feel so good if I was always on some crazy diet.’ Does she see herself as a role model? ‘No, I don’t ever think that way. I don’t really use those labels probably because they’ve been put on me since I was little.’

          After a lifetime of working, Silverstone says that these days she mainly likes to hang out with her rescued dogs and clean out her garage for relaxation. She campaigns tirelessly for animal charities and has donated huge amounts of money, which seems to underline her general sincerity and goes some way to diluting her unfortunate habit of coming out with phrases such as: ‘I really truly want the world to be a better place for everybody.’

          I try to get her bitching about models, like Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford, who featured in the Say No to Fur campaign some years ago, and then decided to say yes when the catwalk came a-calling, but Silverstone doesn’t bite, just makes some bland comment about how ‘disappointing’ it is.

          So what happens to her now? Silverstone is a talented actress but her career isn’t exactly hopping at the moment and it’s unlikely that Miss Match or her cameo in Scooby Doo 2 are going to put her back where she was. Rather than being the new Meg Ryan, Silverstone seems to have become something akin to a female Hugh Grant, both trapped in light comedy simply because they are so good at it but really desiring much meatier roles.

          Even light comedy looks slightly precarious for Silverstone these days. Several new actresses, most notably Reese Witherspoon of Legally Blonde, seem to have taken over the Clueless persona and made it their own, leaving Silverstone… where exactly?

          Silverstone says she doesn’t think she’s been fatally pigeonholed. ‘You would have to ask my agent. I have a wonderful time doing whatever I want. The only actresses I’ve been jealous of were Cate Blanchett and Meryl Streep and in both cases I was way younger than they were.’ She says she would love to work with Sean Penn, adding wryly: ‘He doesn’t often do light comedy but whatever he’s doing I’d love to be in it.’

          As a final question, I ask her to forget about work, just tell me what she wants most in the world right now? ‘That’s easy,’ she laughs. ‘Right now, all I want to do is move on to the beach. I really want to live on the beach and I don’t know if I can afford it, so I’ve got to figure that out.’ With her head to one side Silverstone gives me the famous kooky glance: ‘Now I’m really serious…’

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      • Alicia Silverstone has a “Blast”L
        http://www.oocities.org/siliconvalley/sector/9628/hollywood.htm

        BEVERLY HILLS — Alicia Silverstone proves she is anything but “Clueless.” After experiencing overnight fame as the ditzy but lovable Cher, Silverstone wishes to be taken seriously as an actress. The 22-year-old ingenue said she never wanted to be famous, emphasizing her career goals led her to accept the role of tough cookie Eve Rustikov in “Blast from the Past.”

        “I don’t think it’s a question of too soon,” Silverstone said of her fame. “I think it’s a question of it’s not a nice thing to have happen. I just don’t think it’s fun. I never walked around going, ‘When I grow up, I want to be famous.’ That’s just such a shallow thing to want to be. If you want to be that, you need to figure out what’s wrong with you first, not in a bad way, but just deal with yourself. All I do is I love acting because there’s exploration, there’s character discovery, all these things that as a 12-year-old, my brain needed.”

        In a chocolate brown ribbed sweater over a dark brown miniskirt, Silverstone flips her long blonde hair to make a point at the Four Seasons Hotel. Since her success in “Clueless,” Silverstone has struggled to find a follow-up role with the same sheen. Columbia/TriStar signed her to a two-picture deal as a producer, but the “Excess Baggage” project she helmed brought in disappointing box office. Silverstone said she enjoyed her role as a producer despite the media scrutiny.

        “It’s the most positive experience I’ve ever had,” she said. “I never thought about it being negative for a moment. Siskel and Ebert gave it two thumbs up, and that’s about the only press I was engaging in, so I was excited about that. I had a great time making the movie, I learned so much. I thought we did an amazing job with all the given stuff. Everything’s a compromise, compromise is the beauty of it all. So I’m very proud of what we made.”

        A native of San Francisco, Silverstone became legally emancipated at age 15 to work the hours required in the thriller “The Crush” as Darian Forrester . After appearing with Liv Tyler in a memorable “Aerosmith” video, she followed up that sexually-charged role with a similar turn in “The Baby-sitter” in 1995 before hitting paydirt with “Clueless.” For “Blast from the Past,” Silverstone enjoyed the bittersweet nature of her character, Eve, who appropriately enough falls for Adam (Brendan Fraser) despite initial misgivings.

        “What I think is really important about Eve, the neat thing to me about this whole development of a relationship with Eve, at first everything he says to her that is nice, it’s the last thing in the world that she wants is to be in love,” says Silverstone. “Because she knows if she’s in love, she’s going to get screwed. And that’s the end of the story. So she’s one of these modern-type girls who goes around going, ‘I’ve got to survive. I’ve got to make enough money. I’ve got to do this.’ And she’s very successful getting by, and she looks great doing it.”

        The New Line comedy, directed by Hugh Wilson, stars Brendan Fraser as a young man who lives his whole life in a bomb shelter before venturing forth at age 30 to find a bride. Under instructions from his eccentric parents Sissy Spacek and Christopher Walken, Fraser discovers it’s a braver new world than his insulated upbringing sheltered him from. The clash of cultures between the gentlemanly Adam and the street wise Eve leads to some romantic complications before the couple can create a truly nuclear family.

        After “Past,” Silverstone will blast off with more romantic comedies in two upcoming roles. For Kenneth Branagh’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” Silverstone enrolled in singing lessons to strengthen her vocal harmonies. The film, which began shooting in England in January, also stars Nathan Lane and Matthew Lillard. After that, Silverstone will take a turn at black comedy with “Stand by Your Man,” where she will play a Southern girl who falls in love with her dream man, who unfortunately happens to be a murderer on death row. As Silverstone’s opportunities increase, she said she relies on the director and the script to choose projects.

        “I’m sure it will get scarier and scarier as I learn more and more,” she said. “But it’s not scary when you know what your role is, like in this particular instance I was able to give input, and I was able to work on my character. My character, I was so into, that I liked it a lot. So I kind of knew there wasn’t much room to derail. Hugh [Wilson] was cool. He is unbearable when you’re shooting a scene because he laughs through the whole damn scene. It’s great.”

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  20. If Reese can bounce back after going through a few potholes with Wild,wonder could some
    edgy or more offbeat project similar to that could help Alicia’s,perhaps????

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    • I think it’s unlikely for Alicia Silverstone, as her popularity was more condensed into one period, while Reese Witherspoon had sustained success in her career before slumping.

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    • I don’t believe or think that Alicia can “bounce back” per se like Reese Witherspoon, who has often been accused of “stealing” Alicia’s career. First and foremost, Reese has the caveat of being an Academy Award winner (Alicia on the other hand, was arguably never really that great of an actress to begin with, and just got lucky w/ “Clueless”) and a genuine box office draw (when Alicia had her chance to open a movie on her name post-“Clueless”, we got “Batman & Robin”, “Excess Baggage”, and “Blast from the Past”, which all bombed critically and commercially) at the peak of her success. Alicia simply made too many poor decisions (more than likely, burned a few bridges along the way) and Hollywood pretty much stopped given her chances (even though, “Batman & Robin” wasn’t entirely her fault).

      Secondly, Alicia at this phase in her life or career would be rather hard to market. Why would you pay money to see an actress, whose best movie and career peak was 20 years ago? More to the point, an actress who as of late, is in the news more for literally bird feeding her son and preaching to fellow parents (via a book full of “quack medicine”.) about the “evils of vaccination” in? Reese Witherspoon has simply enjoyed a more sustained success than Alicia Silverstone. Thus, only you grew up during the early-mid ’90s when Alicia was in her prime, who would really give a damn about her anymore?

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    • I think Silverstone is too far gone. Witherspoon had a relatively long and successful career that went through a rough patch. Now she’s taking a very active role behind the scenes which has facilitated her acting career. I think her future rests with the success of her production company more than anything else.

      Silverstone, on the other hand, was popular for a relatively short time and it was a long time ago. She’s going to continue doing her thing with her causes. She’s had some success with her healthy living initiative and her diet book. I think acting has taken a backseat to other things.

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      • I think what’s also in the way for Alicia is that she doesn’t seem to have enough of ambition to want to improve her acting career prospects. Alicia herself, even said that she “lost focus” (or something along does lines) of her career. I would think that after “Batman & Robin” she would’ve done what for example, Natalie Portman claims to have done after the “Star Wars” prequels made people think that she was a bad actress. That is work hard (whatever that may be) to prove people wrong. What further complicates matters is that Alicia is pushing 40, which is of course, kind of a “death sentence” for most actresses.

        I just think that Alicia perhaps isn’t versatile enough of an actress to really transition into character parts or more mature roles once it became apparent that her time as a leading lady was over and/or was too old to be an “ingenue”. I’m sure that I’m wrong because I haven’t seen all of Alicia Silverstone’s acting work, but she just more than often strikes me as somebody who is incapable of playing anybody besides herself or something that isn’t natural to her.

        I think I’ve already said that I strongly believe that this is why a role like her’s in “Clueless” was just about perfect (Amy Heckerling was really I believe able to play up her strengths and hid her weaknesses as an actress if that makes sense). Hell, her guest appearances on “Suburgatory” might as well had her playing “Alicia Silverstone” instead of “Eden”, but perhaps w/o the slightest hint of irony or self-awareness on either counts.

        Had her career not “crashed and burned” so quickly after “Clueless”, I would figure that Alicia would be perfect for female-centric romantic comedies (I’ve said elsewhere that Alicia Silverstone perhaps had the potential of being the “next” Meg Ryan or Goldie Hawn if she played her cards right). Unfortunately, Alicia I feel, didn’t entirely understand her appeal (I have no clue why she chose “Excess Baggage” as her big post-“Clueless” vehicle) during her prime years. What doesn’t help matters is that “light” teen movies like “Clueless” don’t seem to be in vogue anymore as well as the romantic comedies that I’ve mentioned prior.

        I would suggest that Alicia try to go to TV (and try starring in a sitcom) but as far as I can tell, her attempts in that realm haven’t been so successful.

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        • NBC had high hopes for Miss Match,but was a victim of its Friday time slot alongside
          George Lopez on ABC,The WB’s Reba & CBS’ Joan of Arcadia among others…..wonder
          a stint on a show like Girls,Transparent or Orange is the New Black would raise her
          spirits career-wise,perhaps?????

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        • Those would all be good career moves. I’m sure there’s a show like that out there that would hire her if she was inclined to do so.

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        • I think I’ve said previously that Alicia more than likely didn’t do herself any favors (from a television standpoint at least) by abruptly walking out of a planned arc for “How I Met Your Mother” simply because she didn’t want to share the spotlight w/ Britney Spears (ironic considering that Alicia herself, was basically, a glorified music video vixen in the early part of her career). It almost reminds me of Debra Winger walking out of “A League of Their Own” (she was supposed to play Geena Davis’ part) because she didn’t want to work w/ a “non-actress” like Madonna. Why would TV producers logically want Alicia for another TV show if she has proven to be unreliable (at least over extremely petty matters like whom you have to work with and the exact merits of such a thing)?

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        • Wasn’t Brit a last-minute addition that made Alicia bolt,perhaps????

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        • I guess things have gone full circle in like of Britney Spears’ recent collaboration w/ Iggy Azalea (for the song “Pretty Girls”), who now famously paid homage to “Clueless” in her “Fancy” video.

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        • Monster Crap Inductee: Batman & Robin (1997)

          http://monster-crap.blogspot.com/2015/04/monster-crap-inductee-batman-robin-1997.html

          This film and Excess Baggage proved that Alicia Silverstone was no box office success story and more box office poison so now she is doing smaller films, along with being an animal rights and environmental activist.

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        • Batman & Robin (1997) : Why do people say this ruined the actors’ careers?

          http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118688/board/thread/243268157?d=243268157#243268157

          Everyone talks about how this movie ruined the careers of its actors, but I think that’s not entirely true.

          Clooney became a bigger and more critically-acclaimed star after this movie, having starred in many great films such as The Ocean’s Movies, Three Kings, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Michael Clayton, Up in the Air, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Gravity, The Ides of March, and The Descendants
          Schwarzenegger only stopped making movies for a while so he could focus on his political career, but still continued to have box-office success
          Thurman continued to make critically acclaimed movies such as Gattaca, Les Miserables, and the Kill Bill movies but slowed down a bit to focus on motherhood
          O’Donnell and Silverstone are in the same category as actors such as Jamie Kennedy, Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Matthew Lillard, who were really only somewhat popular in the 1990s/early 2000s and today only act either as cast members of TV shows or small roles in movies. This film didn’t really hurt their careers as much as them just simply losing popularity with time.

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        • ‘Clueless’ star Alicia Silverstone takes the stage in ‘Of Good Stock’:
          http://www.nj.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2015/06/clueless_star_alicia_silverstone_takes_the_stage_i.html

          While it may be hard to believe, 20 years have passed since Alicia Silverstone graced the screen in “Clueless” as the lovable but none-too-observant teenage dream girl Cher Horowitz.

          Since then, hers has been a varied journey, from a big Hollywood turn in “Batman & Robin” as Batgirl to a side-career as an author advocating a vegan diet to an increasingly regular presence on the New York stage.

          For her next project, Silverstone stars in the Manhattan Theater Club’s production of Melissa Ross’ “Of Good Stock” at New York City Center. She appears as Amy Stockton, one of three sisters whose family gathering at their Cape Cod house provokes intense conflicts and prompts reflection on family and relationships.

          “Hopefully you find her delightful, a little bit annoying, lovable and insane,” Silverstone says. “But you’ll understand her journey and feel for her.”

          In the new play, which had its world premiere in April at South Coast Repertory, the recently-engaged middle child Amy has been described by critics as narcissistic and a Bridezilla who undergoes a dramatic transformation.

          “She is a middle sister and the mother died when they were very, very young and the dad died about 10 years ago,” Silverstone explains. “She’s longing for love and connection.”

          As she enters the family home, Amy is prepared for the usual fighting but optimistic. She has been working to get her life under control. But, as she tries to keep the peace, she makes what Silverstone calls some big mistakes.

          “I was so surprised by Amy. I just couldn’t believe the things that were coming out of her mouth,” she says. “It made me laugh so hard and I was also very moved by the play, it scared me. I was like, ‘Oh no, this is going to be hard … am I going to be able to do it?'”

          Such meaty roles have not always been a part of Silverstone’s career, which has included “Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed” and many TV appearances. It’s clear she appreciates the change.

          “You want to be challenged as an artist and this role gave me this opportunity,” she says.

          Of the play, she adds, “It’s so juicy. It’s so exciting to have this play centered around three women. They each bring their partners and are in various stages of relationships. You’re seeing relationships unfold in different degrees. It’s just a slice of life.”

          Part of that unfolding means heated dialogue, with lines sometimes overlapping.

          “It’s like a conducted orchestra,” Silverstone says. “That makes it very interesting and real. These women tend to talk over each other quite a bit.

          “That’s what this particular family is like, and I think that makes it very funny. It’s nice to explore also (that) no matter how many problems there are in a family you love them. I think everyone can relate to that story … at the end of the day there’s this undeniable bond and it’s very, very complicated.”

          Silverstone says she has become more selective about the roles she takes over the past 10 years. It has become a matter of prioritizing since the success of her books “The Kind Diet,” the blog “The Kind Life” and the follow-up “The Kind Mama,” inspired by the birth of her son Bear Blu Jarecki in 2011.

          Silverstone began following the vegan diet she writes about out of her love for animals and then became intrigued by the health benefits she experienced. She also became fascinated by its potential social and environmental benefits.

          “I completely became impassioned by this, so I really didn’t focus on career stuff for a long time,” she says. “At some point when I was well into it, I realized I want to have both.”

          Silverstone’s recent appearances have included a well-received performance in a 2010 MTC Broadway production of Donald Margulies’ drama “Time Stands Still” with Laura Linney and the movie “Butter.”

          “In picking material, it’s really got to move you and be wonderful for you to want to do it,” she says. “This play really felt like the right thing for me to do right now.”

          While her current project is serious-minded, she in no way looks down on the role that made her famous.

          “I’m honored that I’m part of something that resonates with so many people,” she says of “Clueless.”

          “I think (writer and director) Amy Heckerling is a brilliant woman. She has a way of hitting on a surface idea, like a cultural moment like ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High.’ She has her finger exactly on the pulse.”

          Besides, while Cher may not appear to be the most intellectually demanding of characters as she breezes through her Beverly Hills high school life, there’s an art to communicating the layers beneath the fashionable exterior.

          “I’m proud of my work in ‘Clueless,'” she says. “If you ask any actor, those aren’t the easiest roles where you have to play somebody light and spunky like that. It has to have weight – you won’t care about them if it doesn’t.”

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      • July 4th, 2014 at 10:55:08 AM

        http://diversitytomorrow.com/thread/791/0/#post15327

        Alicia Silverstone (age 37) has been acting professionally for 22 years. She is the epitome of the good girl actress, never appears nude, no drinking or drugs, no sex tapes. She met Christopher Jarecki at age 23, and dated exclusively for 8 years before marrying him and having a baby.

        At age 19 she had a big hit movie in Clueless which landed her a three picture $10 million deal as one of the upcoming wonderkids. She professed a love of Shakespeare, and took a role in Kenneth Branagh’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost” one of the most disastrous film versions of a Shakespear’s plays.

        The only problem is that over the last two decades since Clueless her career has been an almost unmitigated disaster. Practically every movie a financial and critical failure.

        Does a person have to fall apart in personal life to be a success in films?

        11/2/12 Vamps Anch. $3,361
        10/5/12 Butter RTWC $105,018
        6/17/11 The Art of Getting By FoxS $1,430,241
        3/11/11 Elektra Luxx Gold. $11,514
        10/6/06 Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker Wein. $677,646
        3/30/05 Beauty Shop MGM $36,351,350
        3/26/04 Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed WB $84,216,833
        8/1/03 Scorched Nev $8,000
        6/9/00 Love’s Labour’s Lost Mira. $299,792
        2/12/99 Blast from the Past NL $26,511,114
        8/29/97 Excess Baggage Sony $14,515,490
        6/20/97 Batman and Robin WB $107,325,195
        7/21/95 Clueless Par. $56,631,572
        3/3/95 Hideaway Sony $12,201,255
        4/2/93 The Crush WB $13,609,396

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    • Let’s All Imagine an Alternate Clueless Cast, Starring Reese Witherspoon, Ben Affleck, and Dave Chappelle:
      http://www.vulture.com/2015/06/what-if-reese-witherspoon-starred-in-clueless.html

      By E. Alex Jung

      What’s better than playing “What if?” castings with nostalgic ’90s classics? Vanity Fair provides the fodder for our collective imagination in this oral history of Clueless, where writer and director Amy Heckerling, Fox casting director Carrie Frazier, and the rest of the cast discuss the casting process, which could have led to some mind-blowing combinations. Heckerling had her heart set on Alicia Silverstone, but Fox wanted her to consider other options, like Reese Witherspoon, Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, or Keri Russell. For the part of Josh, Cher’s stepbrother-lover, they looked at Ben Affleck and Zach Braff before settling on Paul Rudd. For the part of Murray (played by Donald Faison), they looked at Terrence Howard (!) and Dave Chappelle (!!). You may imagine an alternate timeline where Dave Chappelle went on to star on Scrubs.

      Cher: At the behest of the studio, Heckerling considered the following women for the role that would eventually go to Alicia Silverstone: Reese Witherspoon, Angelina Jolie, Alicia Witt, Tiffani Thiessen, Keri Russell, and Gwyneth Paltrow.

      Josh: Carrie Frazier was “really trying” to get Ben Affleck the part. Zach Braff read for the role while he was still a student at Northwestern.

      Murray: Terrence Howard was a “top contender,” and while Heckerling was a fan of Dave Chappelle, she decided he was ultimately “too edgy” for the part.

      Amber: Sarah Michelle Gellar had been offered the part, but she was filming on All My Children, and they wouldn’t let her out for a couple of weeks to film.

      Travis: Seth Green was up for the part against his BFFL Breckin Meyer.

      Tai: Alanna Ubach was Seth Green’s girlfriend at the time, and sadly, they both lost out on the chance to transfer their IRL romance to the screen.

      Mel: Jerry Orbach. Detective Briscoe!

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      • Angelina Jolie And 5 Other Actresses Who Almost Played Cher In Clueless:
        http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Angelina-Jolie-5-Other-Actresses-Who-Almost-Played-Cher-Clueless-71926.html

        By Brent McKnight 7 hours ago

        If you’re of a certain age, Amy Heckerling’s 1995’s teen comedy Clueless is a definitive piece of cinema. It both captured and defined a particular moment in popular culture, and beyond, and introduced the world to Alicia Silverstone and Paul Rudd. And it also made people say “as if” too much. But it could have been a very different movie as there were a slew of young actresses in line for the lead role of Cher, including Angelina Jolie.

        To mark the 20th anniversary of Clueless, Vanity Fair published an expert from Jen Chaney’s oral history of the update of Jane Austen’s novel Emma (for as different as they are, the two are remarkably similar). Over the course of the interviews, which include Heckerling, Silverstone, Rudd, producer Twink Caplan (who also plays Miss Geist), and tons of other players, it comes out that not only was Jolie in the running for the Cher part, but so were Alicia Witt, Tiffany Amber Thiessen, Keri Russell, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Reese Witherspoon.

        Heckerling says she had her heart set on Silverstone for the role. However, when the project was still at Fox, where it was originally being developed a TV show and was once called I Was a Teenage Teenager, the studio wanted her to look at more options, which is how she came to check out others on the list. Silverstone became a sizeable star, but it’s crazy to look at the names on this list and see what they’ve all done in their own non-Clueless careers.

        Angelina Jolie, of course, went on to become one of the biggest female movie stars on the planet, collecting a slew of awards hard wear along they way, like her Oscar for Girl, Interrupted. Not only is she still a box office juggernaut on screen, fronting hit movies like Maleficent, she’s also started directing prestigious movies like Unbreakable and an upcoming ivory poacher drama that has awards bait written all over it.

        Alicia Witt first came to the attention of the general public in the mid-1990s as the daughter on Cybill Shepherd’s sitcom Cybill, and has worked steadily in TV and films ever since, including a long run on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, acclaimed high school football drama Friday Night Lights, and a stint on FX’s modern western noir Justified, just to name a few. We’ll also always lover her because of her turn in John Waters’ Cecil B. Demented.

        Best known as Kelly Kapowski, the perky cheerleader and object of affection for both Zack Morris and A.C. Slater on teen sitcom Saved by the Bell, Tiffani Amber Thiessen (now just Tiffany Thiessen, though we can never call her that) is as busy as ever. She went on to have a lengthy run on Beverly Hills 90210, USA’s White Collar, and even reprised her role as Kelly in an awesome bit on The Tonight Show earlier this year.

        When she came to prominence on the J.J. Abrams-created Felicity, Keri Russell was known as the girl with the big hair—it was quite a to-do when she cut it all off. After working steadily, though never becoming a huge star, Russell has been kicking ass, figuratively and literally, on FX’s fantastic The Americans, and even reteamed with Felicity co-creator Matt Reeves for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes last year.

        Since not appearing in Clueless, Gwyneth Paltrow has done pretty well for herself, appearing in a string of Marvel movies, winning all kinds of critical acclaim, and even took a foray into TV and singing with Glee. Sure, she’d probably rather we don’t talk about Shallow Hal, but that Academy Award for Shakespeare in Love must go a long way to helping her not care too much about that.

        Reese Witherspoon starred in her own definitive, though admittedly very different, high school movie, 1999’s Election (and Cruel Intentions the same year). Ever since, she’s been wowing audiences in a variety of roles across numerous genres in big and little films (though maybe let’s not dwell to long on Hot Pursuit). She won an Oscar for her portrayal of June Carter Cash in Walk the Line and even founded a production company with the express goal of finding and creating quality roles for women in movies.

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  21. OBYTuary: Alicia Silverstone

    http://brightestyoungthings.com/articles/obytuary-alicia-silverstone.htm

    No “celebrities” were harmed in the writing of this column. Its purpose is to mourn the loss of their careers, status, and in all likelihood bank accounts. This is an homage to their life’s work, both well-received and utterly humiliating. I have the utmost respect for all of them, even if they no longer have respect for themselves.

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    I recently stumbled across the episode of “The Wonder Years,” in which Alicia Silverstone played Kevin’s dream girl. What Would Winnie Cooper Do?

    “Are you busy Friday night? “Maybe. Maybe not.” I don’t even have that kind of cool. Mine would go something like this. “Are you busy Friday night?” “I’M OVULATING LET’S DO THIS.” Sure, Silverstone didn’t write that line but she delivered the hell out of it. It’s comforting to know that the weird way she moved her lips was always a thing. Almost as if she just had a mini-stroke…OF ACTING GENIUS. She’s out of the limelight today, but let’s revisit our favorite Alicia moments on the Silver(stone)screen.

    I didn’t even know about that little cameo on “The Wonder Years.” My earliest Silverstone memory is of her chilling performance in the 1993 film “The Crush,” starring alongside Cary Elwes of “The Princess Bride,” fame. Get stalked by an insane 15 year old girl? As you wish. She was disturbing beyond belief and I vividly remember feeling very uncomfortable during all of her weirdly sexy scenes. This performance garnered her an MTV Movie Award for Breakthrough Performance but she should have won Best Fatal Attraction Performance Without a Rabbit. By the way do not Google Image today’s Cary Elwes. Tuck away the memory you have from “The Princess Bride.” This fan video is creepy and reminds us of how inappropriate this George Michael song is.

    Then Silverstone flipped roles by playing the victim in what feels like a prequel to “Fear,” in the movie “Hideaway” which also contained the statuesque beauty that is Jeff Goldblum. Let’s take a minute to appreciate Jeff.

    This movie is like a weird sci-fi fantasy/horror film about a man (Goldblum) who almost dies in a car accident, when revived he discovers he has visions of a serial killer whose eyes he can now see through. But guess what? The killer can see through his eyes too and he wants to kill/love a very adorable Alicia Silverstone, who plays Goldblum’s daughter. Watch this if you’re hungover and you come across it on OnDemand.

    And now the crown jewel in the Silverstone cinematic dynasty….1995’s “Clueless,” written/directed by Amy Heckerling and somewhat in the neighborhood of Jane Austen’s “Emma.” This movie was perfect and despite all the 90’s glory that comes with it, still holds up today. It also starred Paul Rudd (Josh) as Silverstone’s (Cher) stepbrother turned boyfriend in the film (we were all slightly horrified by this and the last scene which involved so much tongue during the kiss). It also stars Brittany Murphy (RIP), Stacey Dash and a young mostly stoned Breckin Meyer. I spent the majority of this film coveting Silverstone’s wardrobe and hair. To this day it remains one of the most quotable films of all-time. I stand by that. Observe:
    •Josh: We might get Marky Mark to plant a celebrity tree.
    •Cher: Oh how fabulous. Getting Marky Mark to take time from his busy pants dropping schedule to plant trees. Why don’t you just hire a gardener?
    •Josh: You know, maybe Marky Mark wants to use his popularity for a good cause – make a contribution. In case you’ve never heard of that, a contribution is…
    •Cher: Excuse me, but I have donated many expensive Italian outfits to Lucy, and as soon I get my license, I fully intend to brake for animals, and I have contributed many hours to helping two lonely teachers find romance.
    •Josh: Which I’ll bet serves your interests more than theirs. You know, If I ever saw you do anything that wasn’t ninety percent selfish, I’d die of shock.
    •Cher: Oh, that’d be reason enough for me.

    And of course…

    Take a look at everything Brittany is wearing in that scene. Plaid flannel, dyed cranberry hair, taken from the “My So-Called Life,” collection. Searching for a problem with this film is as “useless as searching for meaning in a Pauly Shore movie.”

    Two years later she mistakenly joined the spotty Batman franchise by playing the role of Batgirl. God that was awful. I wanted to eat my own face. Never again. That same year she starred alongside Benicio Del Toro in the movie “Excess Baggage.” What’s that you ask? Who else was in it? Why Christopher Walken. It must have been a slow year for everybody but I love it because I mostly love bad films, exclusively. Also I’m a girl so I kept thinking “Did Alicia Silverstone gain weight?” the entire time. Years later, while at a party in Los Angeles; I met Benicio Del Toro. It was there that I told him that “Excess Baggage,” was my favorite film of his. I was 20. We madeout. So if you ever meet him, there’s your in.

    Oh God, then she did “Blast from the Past” with Brendan Frazier (sadly this was not a sequel to “Encino Man.”) and “Beauty Shop” with Queen Latifah. These are the only 2 terrible films in the world I do not like.

    Today she is best known for two things. The first is her extensive involvement with PETA. This makes her annoying by proxy. Right now she’s probably throwing red paint all over someone’s leather gloves. What she does best, however, is feed her goddamn kid like she’s a mother bird and it’s a tiny helpless baby in a nest. That’s right, she chews up the kid’s food then feeds it to him FROM HER MOUTH. I am very excited about his therapy bills. Also she named her kid Bear. Now that’s just the PETA talking.

    I just threw up in my mouth. If only I had a hungry kid to whom I could feed it.

    Oh well, it seems we’ve lost sweet Cher Horowitz forever. We’ll have to settle for our “Clueless” DVD’s and every subsequent Paul Rudd film. It’s enough to make you cry, then maybe bathe your kid with the tears or whatever.

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  22. I don’t believe in curses myself; I believe in results.

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