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.

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Posted on June 23, 2011, in Movies, What the Hell Happened?, WTHH Actress and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 474 Comments.

  1. Another great entry LeBeau. Nice to see that The Batman Curse has been firmly embraced!

    Aside from the curse, I think that another big problem is that she rose to fame very quickly, and was destined to fall even faster. Unfortunately with that short-lived stardom, she doesn’t have years and years of fans to fall back on for a comeback — like Michael Keaton and several other previous subjects in your series. But, the upside to that is that she’s still young enough to reinvent herself and succeed again.


    • I actually think there is something to the idea of the Batman curse. To some extent, it made people rich which gave them the freedom to pursue their careers as they saw fit (Clooney) or semi-retire (Keaton). Also, there was a backlash towards the later Batman films which harmed careers like Silverstone’s.

      Silverstone’s quick rise to fame practically guaranteed a quick fall. The backlash was huge. I didn’t address it because it was so petty, but at the time of Batman and Robin a lot was made of her mild weight gain. I’d guess she put on maybe 5 pounds. And people went nuts. After building her up, people couldn’t wait to tear her down.

      That plus the B&R backlash created a perfect storm. People wanted Batman and Robin to fail and they wanted Silverstone to fail. So it was like killing two birds with one stone.

      I think to a certain extent, Silverstone has reinvented herself and found success. It’s just not on the big screen. She still makes a living as an actress. Most of her projects are probably more creatively fulfilling than playing Batgirl. And she has been able to pursue her passion for environmental issues and her vegan diet. By any normal standard, she’d be considered a very successful person.

      As far as a comeback in Hollywood, I could see it happening. All it would take is the right TV show and she could be back in the spotlight. But I don’t think it’s any great loss if that never happens. Her primary contribution was generally a winning smile. And there are plenty of other actresses out there with as much to contribute.


      • I wouldn’t necessarily say that most people wanted “Batman & Robin” to fail. I’m old enough (I was in-between 8th grade and starting high school when that movie came out) to remember how highly anticipated it was as far back as when casting first started to commence. I vaguely recall seeing Alicia be interviewed at the ’96 MTV Movie Awards (where she won for Best Female Performance for “Clueless”), where she talked about getting ready to wear her Batsuit (although Alicia initially slipped up and said “CATsuit”).

        Remember that “Batman Forever” was the biggest live-action movie of 1995 (I think it would’ve been the biggest period had it not been for “Toy Story”). It was seen as a huge success when compared to the relative disappointment of “Batman Returns” (which many blamed for its underperformance on the darker, overly sexual and violent, depressing subject matter).

        Also, if I remember correctly, “Batman & Robin” opened up big (at around $40 million, which was a pretty big deal back in 1997) before negative word of mouth took hold. You can argue that “Batman & Robin” was really one of the first movies in which internet journalism (like Ain’t it Cool News) could really help make or break the success of a movie.

        The thing about Alicia Silverstone’s role “Batman & Robin” (and I never saw it in a theater, I first saw it on HBO about a year later before eventually buying the special edition DVD, where Joel Schumacher actually apologizes), is that there are so many other issues w/ that movie besides her. I really think that even if they got other actress to play Batgirl, we would’ve gotten pretty much the end result.

        What hurts “Batman & Robin” among other things, is that it is such a lazy, cynical, tonally inconsistent way to cash in on something. It really doesn’t seem to know who its trying to market itself too. It wasn’t to be a campy, goofy throw-back to the old TV series w/ Adam West yet at the same time throw in pathos like the whole subplot involving Alfred dying and using Mr. Freeze’s backstory from “Batman: The Animated Series” involving his cryogenically frozen wife.

        Either the actors are too over-the-top (e.g. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Uma Thurman) or seem lost/seem to be sleepwalking (e.g. George Clooney and Alicia).


        • Batman and Robin was hotly anticipated. I would say that people initially wanted it to succeed. But once they saw it and realized how awful it was, they started cheering its demise.

          I agree completely with your assessment. Silverstone isn’t the movie’s biggest problem. She’s just a casualty of a movie that was thrown together with little thought except how to make money on merchandise.

          I think B&R was especially detrimental to Silverstone because audiences were already turning on her. And unlike Clooney or Thurman or Schwarzengger, she hadn’t had a long track record up to that point. She became an overnight sensation, a backlash followed and then ambivalence.


        • Alicia Silverstone in “Batman & Robin” now that I think about it, kind of reminds me of for example Jake Lloyd and his successor as young Anakin Skywalker, Hayden Christensen in the “Star Wars” prequels. Like Alicia, Lloyd and especially Christensen weren’t exactly the greatest of performers on their own, but we were willing to give them some benefit of the doubt because most of the blame for what whatever was wrong w/ the prequels went to George Lucas.


      • I’m going to disagree on this one. Clooney survived B&R because he had a huge established fan base from ER. That bought him enough good will for a second chance which he used very effectively.

        Uma Thurman limped along based on the heat she had from Pulp Fiction. The Avengers in 98 right after B&R nearly did her in. Kill Bill gave her a late-career lift.

        Chris O’Donnel had a relatively short film career like Silverstone’s. B&R did him in. It crushed Joel Schumacher and dented Schwarzenegger.

        B&R didn’t kill Silverstone’s career outright. There was a huge backlash against her at the time. The fact that B&R was a big-budget bomb just added fuel to the fire.

        Excess Baggage was where the wheels really came off. That was Silverstone’s shot at the big time and she blew it. Which is a shame because the movie is okay. But it got sunk in the anti-Silverstone backlash.

        I didn’t find any reports of her beinf difficult at all. She was no Debra Winger. I think the problem was her young fan base was fickle and turned on her.


      • You are right that those other films are in a different category than Batman and Robin. But I don’t think “disappointment” quite covers B&R either. It opened big enough to recoup much of its budget. But after that it got clobbered. I remember seeing Julia Roberts on one of the late-night talk shows crowing about how My Best Friends’ Wedding went on to beat Batman at a fraction of the budget.

        Batman and Robin killed the most lucrative movie franchise of its day. At the time, it was assumed that WB would go on to make Batman movies forever. They even called the 3rd movie Batman Forever. There was no end in sight. And then, one movie later, the franchise was dead in its tracks and studios were afraid to make super hero movies for a while. It nearly killed the super hero genre before the Marvel-based movies came along and revived it.

        Clooney survived, but often says that he learned an important lesson from Batman and Robin. He totally changed direction for his career after that point. He started making movies like Out of Sight with Steven Soderbergh. If he hadn’t redirected his career, he might have been the next Michael Keaton.

        Batman and Robin was such a disappointment that it razed Joel Schumacher’s career. He had been one of Hollywood’s A-list directors. But he took the fall for killing the franchise and has yet to recover. Thurman and Schwarzenegger hit career speed bumps. O’Donnell and Silverstone saw their careers cut short.

        I have never heard Silverstone directly address her ride and fall. But I think it was pretty apparent that audiences turned on her. I don’t know if you were around at the time, but post Clueless the Hollywood media was filled with catty stories about her apparent weight gain. From the stories, you would have thought she ballooned up, but at most she put on a couple pounds.

        The question I can’t answer is why the backlash hit so hard and so fast. I can only attribute that to her fanbase being so young.


      • I find it extremely ironic that George Clooney is by most accounts, the worst Batman, and yet he’s career as of now, is far, far better than his predecessors and WTHHT subjects, Michael Keaton and Val Kilmer. I’ll give George credit for being man enough to admit that he’s embarrassed by his association w/ this movie, but that doesn’t change the notion that he himself didn’t help matters w/ his performance.

        At least w/ Michael Keaton and Val Kilmer, they tried to theatricalize their performance as Batman (e.g. alter their speaking voice) in contrast to Bruce Wayne. Clooney never seemed to be truly in control or comfortable in the Batsuit and thus phoned it in. In essence, George Clooney’s Batman was pretty much George Clooney in a Batman costume. It doesn’t help that Clooney was prone to smirking in and out of the costume. Both Keaton and Kilmer (regardless of whomever you prefer as Batman) had a necessary brooding edge/aura to their Bruce Wayne/Batman.

        During the press junket for “Batman & Robin” (and it can be found on the special edition DVD), Clooney said (and I’m paraphrasing) that Bruce Wayne is a wealthy, 35 year old man, who has access to all of the coolest toys, and dates the hottest women (e.g. Kim Basinger’s Vicki Vale, Michelle Pfeiffer’s Selina Kyle, Nicole Kidman’s Chase Meridian, and Elle Macpherson’s Julie Madison). Therefore, Bruce Wayne at this phase in his life, shouldn’t kept going “Woe is me, my parents are dead”.

        That’s fine and dandy in terms of selling the lighter tone of the movie. But the problem is, if Bruce Wayne was truly able to move past his parents’ murders, then he really wouldn’t have to keep being Batman. You simply can’t change a character just because you don’t like or understand what makes him work. It would almost be like an actor not wanting to play Superman as a wholesome, earnest, boy scout type figure because it’s too corny or boring.

        And even if the filmmakers were going to go that route, you need an actor who could properly sell the joke. Adam West was great in the campy environment because you unlike w/ George Clooney, got the sense that he was in on the joke and was having fun. West was also a master at the deadpan so as ridiculous things got, he still kept a straight face unlike Clooney.


      • 20 Movies That Made Us Think Differently About The Actors In Them (And Not In A Good Way):

        In the earlier generation of Batman movies, released from 1989 to to 1997, two were led by Tim Burton, carrying his signature dark aesthetic to much acclaim. The last two films were increasingly less dark and more campy than the Adam West series.

        Chris O’Donnell played Batman’s sidekick in Batman and Robin, which was so corny it took a new generation of actors (Christian Bale) and directors (Christopher Nolan) to repair the Dark Knight’s street cred.

        Unfortunately O’Donnel’s career as a blockbuster actor has been shaken ever since. It took him 12 years just to get a “good” acting job with LL Cool J in NCIS: Los Angeles.



        Despite such a promising beginning to her career, however, the vivacious, green-eyed blonde subsequently weathered a series of professional set-backs, due to poor film choices, weight issues, and an industry increasingly congested with such similarly ebullient young starlets as Sarah Michelle Gellar and Jennifer Love Hewitt. By the end of the decade, Silverstone’s future looked uncertain, although many observers noted that her youth and talent made her chances for a comeback entirely plausible.


        • Alicia Silverstone – Career Ditz:

          by Montgomery Sudan

          When Alicia silverstone, one time IT girl, was asked to join in on the homoerotica of Batman And Robin, it seemed like a good idea at the time. “‘Sure’ was my answer. It was exciting. It was one of those things that there was no reason not do it.” Except maybe that the film was to become one of the most villified films of recent memory. “I used to watch the TV series. I liked the villains,” says Silverstone, only just now managing to put her career back in place. Monty Sudan takes a time out and talks frankly with Alicia about life, love and how the hell the most successful superhero franchise ever became a shambling ruin.

          “They were just really nice guys. On that kind of film it’s not like you’re watching to learn. It’s like just have a good time. They made it really fun. George was just a really nice down to earth friendly person and made me feel very comfortable and still does wherever we go. I appreciate that because I get very shy. Chris was, like, funny. The two of them together would sing these opera songs to me. X-rated opera songs. Although I wasn’t quick enough to catch the X-rated part of them, they just later informed that was the case. I just didn’t understand what they were saying. Chris would tap dance stuff. Sometimes he’d go crazy and start pumping George’s suit because you couldn’t feel anything because they’re so thick. We were little people under there and they’re big muscles and a lot of armour so you can’t feel anything.”

          Alicia takes a breath and continues.

          “You couldn’t breath in those things. I diagnosed myself with collapsed tracheae because it’s like putting your fingers there and pressing down your throat. Your back hurts too because the cape is really heavy. They had to screw them on so they don’t fall off. It took about five minutes to put it on but you give about ten minutes of complaining in between.”

          I think she’s done talking about the armour now. Maybe now we can talk about that schmo, Schumacher, who destroyed the dreams of millions of Batman fans across the planet. Then again, maybe not..

          “I met Joel on a movie we did called The Babysitter which he produced. I acted in it. I must have been sixteen or seventeen at the time but now I’m twenty. He’s cool.”

          One could be forgiven for thinking that maybe there’s a little bit of Cher, her character from Clueless, in Alicia. Just a little. Or maybe it’s Ralph Wiggum.

          “I have loads of dogs. Five.”

          Do you suppose she bent her wookie?

          “I don’t think my work has dried up because of Batman and Robin. As an actress I don’t think there’s a film of my work that is better or worse. I’m not satisfied as an actress at all. I keep learning and growing but I’m not done. I haven’t even touched on what I want to do as an actor. I may never get there.”

          It’s so hard not to say something mean there…

          “I may decide that it’s not worth all the crap that comes along with it in order to get there. I really love acting and nothing else. So when I want to act all this stuff that comes with it can be very distracting and takes away a lot of the joy of what you’re actually there to do. So I just keep growing with each thing and every day.”

          I have eighty different lines I could say to that, and all of them cruel. I’m trying to hold back here. I mean, I could finish this interview with one careless quip and there’s just so many chances. It would be something to tell the grandkids about, but chances are they won’t have a clue who this chick is.

          “The good news is that my publicist, manager and agent are really nice people. They also happen to be my closest friends.”

          …even after Batman And Robin?

          …and Excess Baggage?

          “I always bring my friend Brian who poses as a boyfriend kind of thing. He’s an adorable guy who’s been my friend since I was seven. We always sit together.”

          So he wants to sleep with you, but you’re not putting out.

          “Even in our close circle we still can’t avoid being out in the world and people come over. I want to talk to people because they are so sweet and excited but I’m like ‘why are you so excited?”

          I know exactly how you feel.

          “Still you want to give someone what they want when they earnestly want it but in Los Angeles or New York people are like arghhhhh, crazy or manic, that’s not as exciting to walk over to, especially when you fear for your life. I get really freaked out. I love David Letterman. I think he’s so funny and cool, but the show terriefies me. My blood is racing and everything is screwed up.”

          Where the hell did Letterman get involved in this?

          “I loved Grease. I recently saw it in an old theatre with mostly men singing the songs together. I grew up loving Olivia Newton John. She was my idol as a little girl.”

          What? Where? Why are you talking about Grease you infernal bubblehead? I want answers on why Batman And Robin stank!

          “Not to say anything bad about Olivia Newton John because I am her hugest fan, but I don’t have the best musical taste.”

          But you sure as hell can pick great titles for your movies. Excess Baggage, man, you were just asking for a beatdown there.

          “But since I’ve learned about music like The Rolling Stones and current bands like Garbage, Dave Matthews. I always liked Sinead O’Connor. I really like The Police and Credence Clearwater Revival. The only people I’ve really had a fascination with were Olivia Newton John and Let’s Get Physical.”

          Who are you? Richard Simmons?!

          “I didn’t really understand what that meant because the video was all weights, so I thought that’s what it was. Michael J. Fox I thought was pretty hot on Family Ties but I haven’t met him. The only one that’s really liked that is Christopher Walken. I was always a huge fan later in life – in my long long life, and later I got to work with him, so that was cool.”

          Okay, so now you decide to make sense. Half an hour of babble and you finally come out with “Walken was cool”. So what was working with Walken like?

          “It was amazing. I learnt so much. I was so inspired and challenged and constantly taking risks. There’s nothing you can ask for more really than the opportunity to take risks like that.”

          Wait a minute, working with Walken is taking risks? Well, I guess you might be right. I did see Mousehunt after all.

          “I never look at my characters and compare them to myself because I just don’t understand the point in doing that. I’ve never understood why that’s important but I guess that’s because people want to get to know me and I’m constantly trying for them not to get to know me. So that’s why I do that. But I guess sure.”

          Honey, you lost me all sorts of badly there.

          “I’m definitely similar to Barbara Streisand in that I believe in certain things very strongly.”

          And you have that weird nose. She has a weird nose.

          “Barbara is very righteous and I’m righteous in my animal rights beliefs. I believe that animals are so important and I don’t know why they are so disrespected and why people are so ignorant – to turn their nose up.”

          Oh, no puns please. You’re really not doing me any favors when you get all corny.

          “Given the choice I’d rather read a book than meet the press.”

          I could do with a copy of Penthouse myself about now..

          “But it’s getting easier. It was really hard before but now I can look at you guys and think you’re just a bunch of people I’m talking to. I get really terrified in front of big groups of people. That stuff just throws me.”

          So maybe in hindsight becoming an actress was kind of a dumb move…? Is that why you tried to be a pro-doos-ah?

          “I assume every person wants to be in control of their own destiny. The reason I produce things or want to produce things is because if you have an idea and you feel and understand that idea. When Excess Baggage was presented to me and someone said ‘What do you think of this’ and I said ‘Really?’. I said ‘I like the idea, but I don’t like the rest of it.’ Then they said ‘Why don’t you make it the way you want it to be?’ That’s a great thing to be asked and that feels really good.”

          Hell, we all like our dick rubbed once in a while, Alicia.

          “First of all it took me a month to get over my feeling that they were psychotic for asking me.”

          Well, clearly they were.

          “Once I realised they really wanted me to do this, I put my heart and soul into it and really created this vision that I had in my stomach.”

          Umm.. Alicia. Visions are in your mind or your eyes. Food goes in your stomach. Like that’s a newsflash.

          “The outcome is not really the interesting part. It’s still very interesting and the movie is really good.”

          No. It was very bland.

          “It’s great.”

          Okay, sure, it’s great.

          “But what’s fascinating about producing is it’s like being in a maze. I know what the cheese is because it’s my cheese but I have to pick the right doors and pick the right way to turn to get to the cheese. Everything is new all the time because you never know which way you’re going and where you’re going to end up. That’s really exciting and challenging.”

          So what you’re saying is you had no idea where you were going, and that all producers are rodents. Babe, I can’t disagree with you on that. So if you could pick which actors you could work with, who gets the job?

          “Sean Penn, Amanda Plummer, Benicio Del Toro I would work with again because he’s so smart and such a good actor. Judy Davis as well. I love Absolutely Fabulous.”

          She wasn’t in Absolutely Fabulous, Alicia.

          “Working with Michael Gough was great. He’s so sweet. My grandfather is 94 and I just love him so much. So it was so nice being around Michael Gough because in many ways he’s similar to my grandfather. They both have the same humour and the same charm and they’re very soft and sweet.”

          Let’s keep it above the belt, Silverstone. You’re doing a Shakespearian musical next. Didn’t you get your hiney kicked out of a Romeo+Juliet audition one time?

          “I did not audition for Romeo and Juliet. I was asked to meet with the director and I decided I didn’t want to do it.”

          Oh. Right. Sure.

          “I’m very very intimidated by… wrong word… impressed by Shakespeare and feel that it has never been done fully.”

          Never..? Gimme a break. You never heard of Branaugh?

          “Now, that’s keeping in mind that I haven’t seen all Shakespeare but the things I’ve seen of Shakespeare on film I don’t thinlk they touch on how much is inside those characters.”

          Alicia, Ten Things I Hate About You is hardly the be all and end all of Shakespeare. There’s been some mighty productions over the years.

          “Juliet is the most scrumptious character. She is so full of life. There is so much going on with that girl it’s crazy and it hasn’t been touched on.”

          Well, it was, but obviously not by you. You were walking around in a latex Batsuit when Claire Danes was puttin’ it about, remember? And she didn’t need a stunt butt, either…

          “Every actress picks one or two qualities and the character ends up being very one dimensional. It’s not their fault because it’s a huge thing to take on. I don’t want to be the one to do it in film. I’d like to do it on stage.”

          ‘Do it’ on stage? Oh behave! Now you’re getting me all male and worked up. You got time for a quickie?

          “I don’t have a boyfriend right now. I would definitely make time for a boyfriend.”

          Boyfriend? Hey, don’t flatter yourself. I tire of Olivia Newton-John videos quickly. So, do the pressures of the media stop you from hooking up or is it the fact that everyone just wnts to be like “I nailed Bat-Girl”?

          “It’s not so much the fans, it’s the papparazi. Why shouldn’t I be able to go down the beach like you.”

          Well, because I’m buff. Check out my abs. Now yours.

          “It’s really stupid. You can’t go on vacation, because you pick up a magazine and they always find somebody somewhere nude on the beach on the most remote island. It’s just unavoidable and it’s not fair but what are you going to do about it.”

          See, the secret is you go nude early. Do a porno. Get it out of the way. Once they’ve seen you with a guy called Lars halfway up to your pancreas, chances are you can be nude on any beach you want and nobody will raise an eyebrow. I’m telling you. See my video debut. “Backdoor Bonanza #12”. I go nude everywhere now, nobody cares.

          Anyways, Alicia, it’s been real.


        • Alicia Silverstone → AsianFanatics Forum → Entertainment Center → Non-Asian Entertainment → Non-Asian Females:

          Alicia (pronounced a-LEE-cee-a) Silverstone first gained attention in a popular trilogy of Aerosmith videos (“Cryin'”, “Amazing” and “Crazy”) and the feature “The Crush” (1993), sort of a “Fatal Attraction” for the Clearasil set. Already strikingly attractive and remarkably self-assured, the then-15-year-old blonde dazzled in her video appearances, playing a burgeoning sexpot with an edge. In “The Crush”, Silverstone portrayed an unstable teen in love with an older man (Carey Elwes). Although the feature fizzled commercially, its leading lady won two MTV Movie awards–Best Villain and Best Breakthrough Performance. Some have speculated she received these honors more for her work with Aerosmith than for her feature bad girl.

          Silverstone went on to play Jeff Goldblum’s imperiled daughter in “Hideaway” (1995), a supernatural flop. She had fared better on the small screen in “The Cool and the Crazy” (1994), a Ralph Bakshi-directed installment of Showtime’s “Rebel Highway” telefilm series, playing a troubled young bride. Silverstone returned to the big screen for Amy Heckerling’s “Clueless” (1995), a critical and commercial success perhaps best described as a “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” spin on Jane Austen’s “Emma”. Silverstone displayed a penchant for character-driven comedy as an affluent teen who comes to question her values, a role which fit her like a glove. Her adroit performance skyrocketed her value, and the season’s “It-Girl” subsequently signed a deal worth between $7 and 10 million to produce and star in two movies for Columbia Pictures. Furthermore, the savvy teenager snared a three-year non-exclusive “first-look” production pact with the studio for her production company, First Kiss Productions.

          Silverstone’s next two projects, “Batman & Robin” and “Excess Baggage” (both 1997), took some of the luster off the golden girl. Two years between projects had left the press with little to do but snipe at her purported weight gain, laying it on thick with the “Fatgirl” (or worse “Buttgirl”) and “Excess Baggage” jokes, which Silverstone took in stride. What was harder to take was the out-and-out failure of both films. She had little connection with the “Batman” debacle beyond her miscasting and presence at the train wreck. But “Excess Baggage”, the first offering of her production company, was a hopelessly muddled product of seven screenwriters (not all credited) that suffered simultaneously from too much control and not enough control on the part of Silverstone, leaving her career (and company) in need of a very good outing next time around.

          Unfortunately, she opted for the pallid romantic comedy “Blast From the Past” (1999) opposite Brendan Fraser. Although on paper the project appeared to have possibilities (he’s lived his whole life in an underground fallout shelter, she’s the contemporary chick who introduces him to the ways of the world), the final execution left reviewers and audiences bored. Silverstone fared much better in an unlikely role, her first Shakespearean part in “Love’s Labour’s Lost” (2000), Kenneth Branagh’s musical take on the Bard’s romantic comedy. While some found his homage to the musical films of the 1930s and 40s a bit much, most were entranced by the leading lady. Silverstone also exhibited her sweet, if untrained, vocal ability in the film.

          An avowed vegan with strong socio-politiical views on animals rights, Silverstone soon spent much of her time promoting animal friendly causes, including lending her voice to 13-year-old Sharon Spitz, the lead character of the socially conscious and frequently awarded animated TV series “Braceface” (2001-2003), which the actress also executive produced. On screen, Silverstone’s 2002 heist comedy “Scorched” and rock satire “Global Heresy” made little impact, but that same year she received many positive critical notices for her stint on Broadway as Elaine Robinson in the popular stage production of the classic 1967 film “The Graduate,” opposite Jason Biggs and Kathleen Turner. By then Silverstone was prime for a major comeback, but this time the medium would be the small screen. She teamed with hot producer Darren Star (“Melrose Place,” “Sex in the City”) in a repeat of the formula that Star was so successful with when he teamed with former screen star Sarah Jessica Parker: he took the well-liked Silverstone and made her into a TV dream girl–with winning personality, great clothes and an enviable urban lifestyle–and plugged her into “Miss Match” (NBC, 2003- ), a lighthearted, romance-minded series in which she starred as Kate Fox, divorce lawyer by day and professional matchmaker by night. Although sweeter and not as edgy as “Sex,” “Miss Match” successfully revived interest in Silverstone and rekindled her “Clueless” image as a cute, good-hearted, ideal gal pal–although more grown-up. However, the show struggled to find an audience. Meanwhile, the actress stayed active on the big screen as well with a turn as a sexy investigative reporter badgering Scooby, Shaggy and the gang in the sequel “Scoopy Doo 2: Monster Unleashed” (2004), and had a scene-stealing comedic dance sequence in the “Babershop” spinoff with a female slant, “Beauty Shop” (2005).


      • What ever happened to Alicia Silverstone?:

        Remember the gorgeous girl from Clueless? What happened to her career? Among her peers, which include Claire Danes, Natalie Portman, and Kate Winslet, her star has fallen the most. Considering that among her contemporaries in the 90’s, she was the most high-profile. She was going to be the next big leading lady, in the same vein as Sandra Bullock and Julia Roberts.

        Until Batman and Robin came along. I think that movie ruined her career. After playing Batgirl, nothing high-profile came along. She did a few projects that caught my attention, “Blast from the Past” was a cute little movie. And she also did a short-lived tv show called “Miss Match” that was quite charming, reminiscent of her Clueless days. Who knew Paul Rudd would be a bigger movie star than her?


        • Wanted: one leading man:

          In the Hollywood spotlight since her adolescence, Alicia Silverstone now finds herself trying to revive her once brilliant career.

          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…’

          Producers to a woman

          · Reese Witherspoon, 27, runs Type A Films with Debra Siegal, which produced Sweet Home Alabama, Legally Blonde and Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde.

          · Jennifer Lopez, 33, has a studio-based production company, Nuyorican, with several projects under development.

          · Drew Barrymore, 29, established Flower Films, which released its first film, Never Been Kissed, in 1999 and has since produced the Charlie’s Angels films, both of which were huge box-office hits.

          · Sandra Bullock, 39, set up the LA-based production company, Fortis Films, giving her serious clout in Hollywood. Run by her father, John, and sister, Gesine, the company produced the box-office success Miss Congeniality and the romantic comedy, Two Weeks Notice.

          · As the head of Shoelace Productions (now Red Om Films), Julia Roberts, 36, has become one of the most important women in entertainment in the US. In 2002, Red Om bought the rights to Diary of a Manhattan Call Girl: A Novel, a racy title by former working girl Tracy Quan.

          · Christina Ricci, 24, formed Blaspheme Films in the late 1990s, which produced Prozac Nation and The Speed Queen among others. The company is currently working on cult comedy, Adrenalynn.


      • Batman & Robin: 10 Reasons It’s Criminally Underrated:

        5. It Launched George Clooney’s Career

        It can be a hard move for a television actor to transfer to the world of film, and few have done this more successfully as George Clooney. After a long and popular stint on ER, Clooney managed to become a Hollywood leading man, winning an Oscar and other major awards over a long and popular career as well as branching off into directing, producing and writing.

        Bizarrely enough, Batman and Robin helped him achieve his mega-stardom. Before Batman and Robin, Clooney starred in some movies, though no major hits. After Batman and Robin, Clooney started starring in major critical and commercial hits, and continues to star in them today. This phenomenon was best summed up by 30 Rock, which mentions that Clooney managed to have a career because “after ER, Clooney had dumb gay Batman.”

        So if you enjoyed Clooney’s work Ocean’s Eleven, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Up in the Air, The Descendants, or the recent best picture winner Argo, you have dumb gay Batman to thank.


        • Nope. Disagree. Batman and Robin nearly killed Clooney’s movie career in its infancy. He overcame B&R by changing directions with movies like Out of Sight. The only thing B&R did was make Clooney rich which enboldened him to take more creative chances.


        • Never leave the cave without it: 13 good performances in terrible movies:

          1. George Clooney, Batman & Robin (1997)
          Joel Schumacher’s campy take on Batman had already derailed the characters in Batman Forever, with its gleefully overacting villains and garish neon colors. But Batman & Robin took the series to its nadir, amplifying Schumacher’s grating direction with a pun-heavy script (by future Oscar winner Akiva Goldsman) and the epic miscasting of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Uma Thurman, and Alicia Silverstone. But casting George Clooney to take over the cowl from Val Kilmer made one unexpected improvement. Clooney injected much-needed levity into the role, some of the same high-rolling panache that worked in Ocean’s Eleven and Out Of Sight. That’s probably because playing an exorbitantly wealthy playboy with charisma to spare and a chiseled jaw came naturally to him. The problem is that nobody goes to see a Batman film to see a great Bruce Wayne, and they certainly don’t go to see Batman in an oversized codpiece flashing credit cards at a charity auction.


        • CFAmick
          I’ve only seen parts of it within the past few months, and holy hell, is it awful.

          Alicia Silverstone in a schoolgirl outfit, though, is a sight to behold.

          YESTERDAY 01:21 AM 24 LIKES

          It totally f***ed her career though. It’s never been the same since.

          YESTERDAY 01:27 AM 22 LIKES

          Col. Alphonse Dore Cliburn CBE
          Though, that said, I have a feeling that the general trajectory was not likely to have changed if she didn’t do this film- there were already signs that she was not to be a star for long.

          YESTERDAY 01:53 AM 35 LIKES

          You could say it iced her career down.

          YESTERDAY 02:21 AM 100 LIKES

          I really only remember her from the Aerosmith videos and thinking Clueless was mildly amusing.

          YESTERDAY 02:22 AM 3 LIKES

          Excess Baggage didn’t help, either. My whole family was charmed by Clueless, so we went to see Excess Baggage in theaters and nobody enjoyed it. Even Del Toro and Walken couldn’t help that stinker.

          YESTERDAY 02:25 AM 12 LIKES

          I saw her in two movies recently: Butter and Vamps. I thought she was so charming and delightful in both of those fine to mediocre movies. I think it was a good thing she faded, because Clueless is almost impossible for a young actress to live up to, but maybe she can come back and have a TV show or something.

          I know she already has a vegan empire, and probably doesn’t need me to see her on my TV, but I would like to. I also know she had a failed TV show, but it seems like that show just sucked. Give her something where she can be adorable and it will sell like hotcakes.

          YESTERDAY 02:31 AM 21 LIKES

          She was good in an episode of Children’s Hospital, too. I think she has a mid-career comeback in her, she was always an extremely charismatic screen presence.

          YESTERDAY 09:02 AM 12 LIKES

          What killed Alicia Silverstone’s career?

          THE ICE AGE

          YESTERDAY 09:15 AM 84 LIKES

          Evel Kareebel
          Her career was asking for it, going out dressed like that

          YESTERDAY 09:31 AM 30 LIKES

          John Robie
          But if her movie career had taken off, she’d never have had the time to devote to bragging about her vegan bowel movements.

          YESTERDAY 09:34 AM 8 LIKES

          Oh. That Knife…

          YESTERDAY 09:36 AM 5 LIKES

          She had an arc on Suburgatory that even reunited her with Jeremy “I can’t find my Cranberries CD” Sisto. No one really liked it much. As a fan of Clueless (obviously) and Blast from the Past, I’d like her to find something that suits her again, but she seems to be doing fine in any case.

          YESTERDAY 10:26 AM 8 LIKES

          “Her career’s not the only thing I’d like to f**k.” –Closeted Straight Man Joel Schumacher

          YESTERDAY 11:05 AM 14 LIKES

          Forgetting Sarah Connor
          Baramos Well, he did put nipples on her Batgirl suit, albeit more subtle ones than on the Robin suit.

          YESTERDAY 12:54 PM 5 LIKES

          Come on, Vamps totally revived her career!

          YESTERDAY 04:10 PM

          Ugh. Thanks for reminding me that I paid to see both B&R and “Excess Baggage” in the theaters, TaumpyTearrs .

          YESTERDAY 05:54 PM

          Kevin N
          Such a lovely girl with such promise after Clueless. A travesty. She still gets enough work to make a living. I saw the fairly-recent “Vamps” and she was good in that, though it wasn’t a good movie by a long shot.

          Starring in Del Toro mumblecore and Brendan Fraser “comedy” doesn’t make for the best career. She was hot in that Babysitter movie too but that was forgettable.

          YESTERDAY 03:34 AM 1 LIKE

          I Will Probably Forget This Qu
          Hey, she *produced* that Del Toro mumblecore, and fought every step of the way to get him cast and to let him play it the way he wanted. And she absolutely made the right call, he kept that movie constantly interesting and whenever it was in danger of being a good movie, it was because of him. The problem was that she was completely miscast in the role she was playing. And not having anything for Walken to do didn’t help.

          YESTERDAY 12:30 PM 2 LIKES

          I still remember when she was considered “fat”. All the supermarket tabloids and entertainment industry rags talking about her “baby fat” and all. Fatgirl!

          How standards were so different back then.

          YESTERDAY 01:40 PM 2 LIKES



        • 10 Comic Book Movie Performances That Ruined Actors’ Careers:

          Alicia Silverstone

          On the back of the brilliant Clueless (yes it is!) and cult classic The Babysitter, Alicia Silverstone’s star was rising in the mid-90s and when the question of Batgirl came up, Joel Schumacher and Warner Bros. looked to her.

          Sadly, nobody thought to write a script, or make sure Schumacher had ever read a comic book, and Silverstone’s role amounted to her delivering her lines like she had a boiled egg in her mouth, and gratuitous close-ups of her leather-clad backside. Several conspicuous backwards steps followed.

          What She Did Next

          A handful of films nobody’s seen and a couple of TV projects that mostly disappeared without a trace. Clueless remains her most notable film.


        • This one, I agree with. Clooney did a great job with horrible material. The rest of the cast didn’t fare as well.


        • Worst of the Franchise: 1997’s “Batman & Robin”

          Where to begin with this one? Some of it defies reason for devotees of the Dark Knight of the comics and graphic novels. Amongst that corruption of logic, was “Batman & Robin” turning the character of Bane…into a monosyllabic idiot. On the page, Bane was actually a worthy Batman adversary, and a criminal mastermind. The smash 2012 “The Dark Knight Rises” rectified the arch-villain’s sullied reputation (thank you, Christopher Nolan!). Then there’s Alicia Silverstone as Batgirl. This casting decision blew my mind back in 1997, when I first saw “Batman & Robin” in the theaters. First off, Ms. Silverstone gives an absolutely horrendous performance in the role. You can fathom why the studio green lighted Alicia—she was a hot commodity in the 90’s, and less than two years removed from her sleeper hit, “Clueless”. But as Batgirl/Barbara Wilson she appears far too chubby and dimwitted to convince as a teenage superhero. This miscasting was glaring. And don’t even get me started on the choice of making the character the niece of Alfred Pennyworth, instead of the daughter of Commissioner Gordon!

          Ditto the controversial choice as George Clooney as our lead. Lusted after by much of the female population for his incredible good looks, and juggernauting off the mega-success of the television series “ER”, George appeared to have the right stuff to carry the baton handed off by Val Kilmer…and Michael Keaton before him. But Mr. Clooney, at age 35 during filming, was still getting his feet wet in 1997 as a headlining, big-budget movie star. He looks miserably uncomfortable in the role, and with its punny, double entendre line readings. Clooney seems stiff and unsure of himself…a deadly combination when expected to carry a franchise. Clooney managed to survive “Batman & Robin”, of course, but the Robin half of the title did not. Chris O’ Donnell, who was promising opposite Mr. Kilmer in the series previous installment of 1995’s “Batman Forever”, comes off as shrill and unlikable in this return portrayal. You want to blame that tone-deaf screenplay by Akiva Goldsman? I won’t disagree…but Mr. O ‘Donnell’s career never managed to recover.


        • Bad Sequels: Batman & Robin (1997):

          Bad Sequels: Batman & Robin (1997)

          The basic plot: Gotham City superhero Batman (George Clooney) and his faithful boy-wonder Robin (Chris O’Donnell) attempt to thwart the evil doings of super-villains Mr. Freeze (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman) with the help of the newly-arrived Batgirl (Alicia Silverstone). Additionally, are super duo must contemned with internal tension and jealousy between the two of them that threatens to destroy their partnership.

          Det. Abilene’s rating: ZERO (out of 5)

          Analysis: Tim Burton’s dark, young adult-oriented big-screen reworking of the comic book character Batman was the smash hit of the year 1989 (which was a year that was already crammed full of blockbuster films) and made D.C. comic book adaptions a hot property for several years (the same thing would happen for Marvel comic characters after 2000’s X-Men hit it big). Burton’s follow-up Batman Returns was even darker, which led some audiences to dislike the film in spite of it being another box office success. The reins where then turned over the schlock-meister Joel Shumacher for the third film Batman Forever and he basically turned the series into a silly candy-colored cartoon that was shockingly another huge commercial success. Yet no one could even begin to fathom the level of heinousness that Shumacher was preparing to unleash upon us in 1997 with the release of Batman & Robin, and fourth (and fortunately last) film in Warner Bros’ original Batman film series (which would, of course, be famously re-launched and retooled as helmed by Christopher Nolan in 2005).

          Justifiably considered to be one of the worst films ever made and possibly the worst superhero movie of all-time, Batman & Robin is the most ugly, joyless, and unentertaining type of BAD that any one film can be. More than just a misfire, Batman & Robin is completely misconceived from every major area – but unlike the euphoric entertainment of the similarly misconceived Showgirls, the spasm-inducing Batman & Robin is simply terrible without even the humorous camp that often makes bad movies enjoyable. The Akiva Goldsman script pours on the wincingly unfunny oneliners a truckload a minute, while the film pushes the said supposed yuks down the viewers’ throat as if any of it was even remotely amusing or witty. Shumacher’s vision is typically garish and ridiculous, where even the action and stunts lack any sense of awe or intensity due to the misjudged absurdity injected into the proceedings.

          The cast is unanimously struck down by the material, with Schwarzenegger (looking like he just stepped out of 1982’s Tron) and Thurman being hit especially hard by receiving an overabundance of the film’s most terrible dialogue. A miscast Clooney (the series’ third actor in the role) and fresh-faced O’Donnell are complete non-entities and their out-of-place brotherly spats seem inspired by Disney Channel fare, while supermodel Elle Macpherson chose this turkey to follow up her well-received performance in Sirens and is given virtually nothing to do as consolation. Worst of all is Alicia Silverstone’s terrible flip portrayal of Batgirl, who has a seeming endless amount of annoying valley girl speak spilling out of her lopsided mouth and crams a ton of baby fat into that bodysuit…shudder! Michael Gough’s Alfred (along with Pat Hinge’s Commissioner Gordon as the only actors to have stuck through all four films) fares better than rest of the cast, but even he is saddled with a dreary subplot of gratuitous sentiment that is yet again completely out of step with everything surrounding it.

          This is a film that simply hits all the wrong notes from diamond subplot to the pink powder puff and greenery of the Ivy scenes. The silly situations and pop culture references all fail, from Thurman clumsily reacting Marlene Dietrich’s classic ape-suited entrance from Blonde Venus (1932) to popular comic book villain Bane (here pseudo-played by Jeep Swenson) being transformed into Super Mario Bros Goomba-like comedic doofus, and from the unbelievably stupid conception of a “Bat Card” credit card (“Don’t leave the cave without it”) to Batman and Robin ice skating (?!) with the villains in an oversized skating rink. All of which, some say was a failed attempt to capture the spirit of the campy 1960s smash TV series “Batman” (1966-68), but TV’s “Batman” was hilarious due to it being played completely straight and with utter conviction by Adam West, Burt Ward, and the guest villains. And that is where this film truly fails – by playing its own failed humor as if it were truly being funny, Batman & Robin becomes a truly miserable experience.

          Bottom Line: Against all that is good and decent, Batman & Robin was a box office success, yet no one seemed to actually like it and it was justifiably nominated for no less than 11 Razzie Awards in virtually every category. I’m sure everyone remembers Batman & Robin as a pretty deplorable film and…well…it’s actually even worse than you remember!


      • 11 Movies That Killed A Franchise:
        2. Batman and Robin (1997)

        I will stand among the few who will always stick up and defend Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever; sure, it was silly and goofy, but it was fun, boasted splendid visuals, and had two wacky villain performances from Jim Carrey and Tommy Lee Jones. His follow-up, 1997′s Batman and Robin, however, is down right indefensible, and will likely remain one of the worst superhero films of all time, alongside Elektra and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. It was so bad that for 8 years, it killed the Batman franchise stone dead, and after numerous attempts to resuscitate it, Christopher Nolan came along and saved us all with Batman Begins.

        Schumacher ramped up the cartooniness to unimaginable levels, and also enhanced the campiness – as well as the homoerotic undertones – of Batman and Robin’s partnership, with plenty of close-ups of George Clooney’s arse, and of course, the nipples on the batsuit were back, yet oddly enough missing from Alicia Silverstone’s Batgirl outfit. Arnold Schwazenegger provided some light relief as the hilarious villain Mr. Freeze, and frankly seemed to be the only one in the film who really followed through completely with Schumacher’s demented vision. Budgeted at $125m, the film went on to gross a mere $238m, a figure that would make it the lowest-grossing Batman film to date, which Schumacher attributes to the negative word of mouth quickly circulated during the first week of release. In addition to this, the film racked up a mere 13% on Rotten Tomatoes, and was nominated for a shocking 11 Razzies, including Worst Picture and Worst Director, winning just one, for Alicia Silverstone’s astonishingly bad performance.

        Perhaps the most salient comment comes from star Clooney himself soon after the film was released, declaring “I think we might have killed the franchise”. And that they did, for a while anyway.

        After countless stalled reboots, it was Christopher Nolan who would revert to a more serious tone for Batman Begins, which kick-started what would be the best comic book franchise of all time, so looking back, perhaps it’s a good thing that Schumacher ran Bats into the ground when he did…


      • Revisiting Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin:

        With this type of direction, it is hard to really blame the cast for the disaster this movie became, but they are not totally blameless. Starting off with the leads, George Clooney had pretty big shoes to fill taking over from Kilmer and his predecessor Michael Keaton, but he does try and it isn’t his fault he fails miserably.

        As his future film projects have taught us, Clooney is an extraordinarily talented actor/director and writer. He was just totally miscast in this role. Yes, he had huge success on the TV, but Batman he was not.

        Today, we, as an audience, have pretty much forgotten his association with the movie, but his co-stars were not as lucky.

        Chris O’Donnell’s career, at the point of release of the movie, looked like it really was going places, but the double hit of this and the awful The Bachelor pretty much put his leading man status into the ground then buried it. It is only recently he is making a name for himself back on the small screen in the latest NCIS spin-off. Same goes for Alicia Silverstone. After Clueless she was the next big thing to watch out for, but starring in this, then a couple of other box office flops, managed to make her career seemingly disappear overnight.

        The news was ever so slightly better for Schwarzenegger, who carried on making action films until taking on a new challenge of becoming Governor of California, while Thurman managed to blow audiences away in Kill Bill.


      • I personally don’t know for sure if a true “comeback” is in the cards for Alicia at this point. If you want to believe the What Culture article that I posted a while ago regarding “acting one hit wonders”, then all Alicia Silverstone has done since her “Clueless” prime was “lazily recycle the persona that made her famous in the first place”. I hate to reiterate a previous point, but by most accounts, it just seems like Alicia doesn’t have enough range to be able to truly be successful as a serious actress. Plus, she’s now too old to properly be convincing as a cute, sometimes ditsy/naive blonde. Now, I’m quite sure that filmmakers will just find a fresher or younger actress to fill that particular role.

        Also, Alicia is for better or for worst, a by product of 1990s culture (just like past WTHHT subjects Molly Ringwald and Steve Guttenberg are to the 1980s). She first got are attentions in the Aerosmith videos back when MTV still played videos. And then she became a star proper in a movie that perhaps perfectly captured the zeitgeist if you will of ’90s pop culture in “Clueless”.

        The failure of “Batman & Robin” wasn’t entirely Alicia’s fault, although her considerably flat performance didn’t help matters. “Excess Baggage” was pretty much all her fault since she was the producer. Why would therefore, studio executives therefore have much faith in her as a box office star when she headlined the movie that killed off the Batman franchise and produced another film shortly thereafter that flopped big time? To add insult to injury, Alicia was singled out by the Razzies on both occasions.


        • Some comments regarding Alicia’s appearances on the TV show “Suburgatory”:

          I keep thinking that Eden would be more tolerable played by someone else. I liked Silverstone in Clueless, but I don’t recall seeing her in anything else where I liked her. And here, on this show, she lacks charisma, imo. I’m also pulled out of scenes when she talks about anything to do with childbirth, -rearing, or -growing. Since, I assume, much if not all of what Eden says is what Alicia believes/follows, I don’t feel like I’m being given permission to laugh at her. She’s serious about it. But other characters mock it, like Tessa and eating the donut, but it falls flat for me. The humor doesn’t work because the real person — Alicia — is so present in the scenes. She’s a killjoy. And Eden is, too.

          Sarah Chalke, who’s the same age as Alicia, might have been a better choice. She can play quirky and serious and charming. I assume the show wanted to reunite Sisto and Silverstone, but I think Silverstone is just plain dull.


          Posted May 23, 2012 @ 2:53 PM
          Right. I certainly don’t think it’s impossible for an actor to play a seemingly autobiographical character and be funny about it, but Eden doesn’t come across as a character; she comes across as Alicia Silverstone. In short, it seems like she’s playing herself, and that’s just not funny. I really think if a different actor had been cast and had all the same lines as Silverstone, it would have been better and funnier.


        • I know that I’ve repeatedly ragged on Alicia for her apparent lack of range being a major factor for why she’s longer an in-demand leading lady. But w/ that being said, I’m also not going to totally fault her or any other performer who has a tendency of “playing themselves” so to speak. However, if you’re going to do such a thing, it better be not only a great character, but you better have a great presence on screen. And for whatever the reasons (either it’s writing/direction or lack of confidence), outside of “Clueless”, Alicia never really “nailed it”.

          In a way, I would like to compare Alicia Silverstone to another WTHHT subject, Melanie Griffith. Like Alicia, you can easily make the argument that Melanie was never really a great all around actress. In that regard, because of their rather “unique” or “quirky” on camera personas or acting tendencies, it perhaps made it hard to cast them in stuff w/o immediately running the risk of them being utterly miscast. As they got older and were no longer considered A-list, it made it harder for them to reinvent themselves as character actresses.

          Also like Alicia w/ “Clueless”, it seemed Melanie made really one “good movie” (in tis case, “Working Girl”) in which she was the star and somehow never managed to really capitalize off of her new found “it girl” status.

          And just like Alicia now a days seems more in the news for her weird parenting antics, Melanie Griffith is more in the news now for her substance abuse issues and bad plastic surgery.


        • ‘Clueless’ Reunion On ‘Suburgatory’: Alicia Silverstone Talks ‘Clueless’ References, Working With Jeremy Sisto & More:


      • Chris O’Donnell at his peak, was arguably more of a “star by association” (not just the Batman movies but also “Sent of a Woman”, which earned Al Pacino an Oscar for Best Lead Actor). I do agree that to the best of my knowledge, O’Donnell never really had a bonafide hit movie/blockbuster in which he was the lead star (“Veritcal Limit” was probably the closest, even though I don’t recall that movie exactly being sold on his name) or main attraction unlike Alicia Silverstone and “Clueless”.


      • 11 Most Compelling Pieces Of Evidence That Batman Triumphant Would Have Been Great:

        They’d Dropped Batgirl

        Yes, Clueless is wonderful and Alicia Silverstone should never have ended up with a career that basically amounts to having every pilot she makes rejected, but her Batgirl was a travesty.

        The writing was awful, her performance was awkward and cheap and there was literally no merit in her being involved at all.

        Thankfully, Schumacher apparently realized as much and planned to cut her after Batman & Robin entirely, removing the slurring, superfluous side-kick and her horribly misguided new backstory and streamlining the cast.


    • Alicia Silverstone says she would make a ‘much better’ Batgirl at age 40

      Alicia Silverstone wants another crack at Batgirl. She says she’d be better this time around.

      The Clueless breakout was 21-years-old when she stepped into the Batgirl suit in 1997’s Batman & Robin alongside George Clooney’s Batman and Chris O’Donnell’s Robin.

      The adaptation flopped (still carrying an appalling 11% critical score on RottenTomatoes) and Silverstone took her critical knocks for the role.

      “I feel like I could do a much better Batgirl now than I did then. It would be fun to tackle it again,” Silverstone tells USA TODAY. “Because I’m older and my acting is better. I know I would bring so much more to it.”

      Silverstone says she was too young and inexperienced to really take on the part two decades ago.


  2. Exactly, she is still actively working but not the star she once was. And that’s why I think she just barely qualifies for “What the Hell Happened To”. I think to re-reach the level of stardom she once had she would need to take a different path than she’s on right now. She’s sort of settling in at being a “working actress”, which might be what she wants.

    She’s also not comparable to the other great actors that you’ve covered here. She lacks the experience and ability of most of those people from what I’ve seen. She may have the potential, but she’s no Michael Keaton and she’s no Sean Young.


    • You make two really good points. And the truth is, I waivered on covering Silverstone for those reasons. But at the end of the day, I think a lot of people who grew up with her as the Aerosmith chick and Clueless do wonder what the hell happened to her. Fortunately, her story has what is in the real world a pretty happy ending.

      Also, as you mentioned, she never did have a lot going for her. She was largely just in the right place at the right time. I think that’s part of the reason why audiences were so willing to turn on her after building her up.



      1. The Flash-in-the-Pans (a/k/a the Alicia Silverstone Category).

      These players mirror Alicia Silverstone’s career. Based on her initial success with The Crush and Clueless, movie producers assumed she could act. However, Batman & Robin, Excess Baggage, and Blast From the Past dispelled such notions. Similarly, the Flash-in-the-Pan players had brief success at the major league level but could not sustain that success over a prolonged period of time.

      Often, such players get an unanticipated opportunity to play as a young player and surprisingly put up solid offensive statistics for a short period of time. This provides the team (and the player) with a false sense of hope and may result in the team overrating the player. Two perfect examples are Blake DeWitt (Braves) and J.R. Towles (Cardinals). DeWitt was forced into action as a twenty-two-year-old with the Dodgers in 2008 due to injuries to Nomar Garciaparra, Tony Abreu, and the aforementioned Andy LaRoche. In DeWitt’s short stint the club he posted a more-than-respectable line of .264/.344/.383 with 9 home runs and 52 RBI. However, DeWitt has failed to build upon that start. Similarly, J.R. Towles was a September call-up for the Astros in 2007. In 44 plate appearances, Towles batted .375/.432/.575 with one home run and 12 RBI.

      Based on this success (and his success in the minors in 2007), the Astros to anointed Towles their starting catcher for 2008. Unfortunately, his offensive numbers nosedived as he hit .145 over the first 42 games of the season, and he was optioned back to Triple-A. Despite getting additional opportunities over the next several seasons, Towles’s batting average never rose above .191.


    • I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that perhaps the reasons why movies like “Scooby Doo 2” and “Beauty Shop” didn’t exactly “rejigger” Alicia’s film career is because in regards to “Scooby Doo 2”, #1 it was a given that the human actors not playing members of Mystery Inc. were going to be overshadowed (so in effect, Alicia was pretty much going to get lost in the shuffle). To make matters worse, the first “Scooby Doo” film was one of those movies that while being a huge box office hit, was one of those movies that not a lot of people (well, at least grown ups) will tell you is a genuinely good movie.

      As for “Beauty Shop”, I want to say that because it was perceived as a “black movie” (kind of like how Eddie Murphy by the early ’90s was making movies w/ predominately black casts, like “Harlem Nights”, “Boomerang”, and “Vampire in Brooklyn”) like its parent movie, “Barbershop”, it was likely going appeal towards a “niche” demographic regardless. What I mean is that while the “Barbershop” movies could be considered hits, they weren’t exactly mega blockbusters or movies that had major crossover appeal. Alicia was pretty much playing a female variant of the Troy Garity character (the “token” white barber) in “Barbershop”. So in effect, Alicia stuck in an otherwise ensemble piece playing second banana to Queen Latifah.


  3. batman and robin really sucked.


    • I remember sitting in the theater opening weekend and just feeling sick. The Bat credit card put me over the top. I’ve never watched it again since.


    • Alicia Silverstone Batman & Robin interview 1997:


    • Hollywood Career Killers: 15 Movies That Helped Do Away With Major Tinseltown Players:

      Batman and Robin killed the career of director Joel Schumacher. Not instantly, mind you, but more like a bullet moving in slow motion. The filmmaker, whose previous 1995 film Batman Forever was a huge hit, opted to turn up the camp factor for the third sequel in the series. Though he seemed to be aiming for the sly comedy of the 1960s TV series, the film came out more along the lines of a homoerotic action figure commercial. Stars George Clooney, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Uma Thurman all saw their careers take a blow after the film was released. Even worse, mainstream work dried up for both Chris O’Donnell and Alicia Silverstone in the wake of the bad press and box office disappointment. However, it was Schumacher whose film was most blighted. Though he had a few hits that follow (Phone Booth and Phantom of the Opera in particular), his achievements have long been overshadowed by his status as the man who ruined Batman. Schumacher saw his film, Trespass, go straight-to-video last year and still suffers from the ire of spurned fan boys. Hell hath no fury like a comic book reader scorned, Mr. Schumacher…


      • 10 Misguided Career Moves Made By Talented Actors:

        5. Chris O’Donnell Turning Down Two Awesome Films

        Chris O’Donnell is best known to most for his role as Robin in Joel Schumacher’s two Batman films, and more recently as Agent Callen on NCIS: Los Angeles. While some might say that the guy is still a success, he could have been something far greater if he’d actually taken some prosperous roles when they came along. Inexplicably, despite it being down to Leonardo DiCaprio and O’Donnell for the role of Jack in Titanic – and Fox preferring O’Donnell – he didn’t take the role for unspecified reasons, and similarly turned down the Will Smith role in Men In Black.

        What did he star in instead? The critically reviled Batman and Robin, and his career was stuck in a funk for almost a decade, until he came back with a memorable turn in Kinsey. Still, given that today he stars in films like Max Payne and rote (but popular) procedural TV shows, it’s safe to say that he didn’t strike when the iron was hot, and is now suffering for it. Just imagine where he could be now if he took the Jack Dawson role…


      • 14 Scifi and Fantasy Movies That Killed Actors’ Careers:

        6) Chris O’Donnell and Alicia Silverstone, Batman and Robin

        And while we’re on the subject of Batman! Chris O’ Donnell was a hot up-and-comer with he was cast as Robin in Batman Forever, which wasn’t exactly loved but made a lot of money. Alicia Silverstone was more or less a star after Clueless. Then Batman and Robin came out and just destroyed them. It was a terrible movie, and they were amazingly horrible in it, and they both slunk to TV afterwards (where O’Donnell is currently having far more success than Silverstone). What’s most amazing is that George Clooney, who played Batman, survived unscathed, because he was just as awful as his young sidekicks.



          HexiSkeli > Rob Bricken
          Alicia Silverstone also had babies and didn’t get plastic surgery. Women in general in Hollywood tend to get burned through quicker. Hollywood is generally not a fan of good looking soccer-mom, all natural types. They want stunning, fake beauty like Megan Faux.



          JinDenver > Rob Bricken
          See, I think Keaton was just out of time. Correlation does not equal causation (obviously.) But I think it was just time for new stars. 1993 and 1994 (the years after Batman Returns) we got movies like Forrest Gump, Shawshank, the Lion King, Pulp Fiction, Jurassic Park, Schindle’rs List, Philadelphia, and more. We’d just simply moved on to other actors.

          As far as the likes of Denise Richards, Alicia Silverstone, Hayden Christensen, Brandon Routh and even Kristen Kreuk to some extent: they were awful at their craft. They were/are horrid, horrid actors who simply stopped getting shots at films. And with good reason! It just so happened that these movies were among their last. Today 2:00pm

          anubisfiend > Rob Bricken1
          Actually Most of these actors never got into the lime light again because they could not handle it or had bad agents. If there are actors who always find a way to be in the zone, there must be ones who aren’t..simple logic. Not everybody can be a success. Connery made LXG as one of his last main stream features before retiring. Silverstone she was never talented so she rode out her luck. Chris O’Donnell, well same thing. Costner went on to make the Postman and a few other flicks. Hamill was a one trick pony who found his voice talent in the Joker of late. We should not mix certain things as well. Some of them cannot expect to have great careers because they are stereotypical actors. Kreuk in street Fighter, a mis match. But put her as a romantic lead without the kung fu, then she will make it. Lori Petty..her fault. She kept turning down good roles. She was up for nearly all movies that Sandra Bullock was in later. Nope these movies did not kill them. They were just lucky to have gotten so far in most cases. I think your next article should be actors who should thank their lucky stars they are still earning big money in Hollywood…like Will Ferrell for starters. 29 minutes ago


        • I’ve been pushing for Jim Carrey in the comments section for Eddie Murphy’s WTHHT page to be the next Batman film alumnus to get a WTHHT, but at this point, I might as well strongly suggest that Chris O’Donnell get one himself (based on the “evidence” that I’ve past provided here).


        • Yep, Carrey got the WTHH treatment. Although I was surprised to realize, he’s less washed up than I thought he was!

          I’ll definitely get around to O’Donnell. All in good time.


        • Maybe the whole controversy over Jim Carrey’s recent anti-gun rants sort of convinced me to try to “build enough evidence” to support a possible WTHHT. I do agree w/ your statement that perhaps a large part of the problem w/ Jim Carrey (besides obviously, the novelty of his schtick not having a long self-life, hence Jim trying to move more towards dramatic acting) in recent years is the feeling that he really is no longer “cool” (but really more of a “sad and crazy” old man so to speak). I am curious how “Dumb & Dumber 2” (20 years after the first, not counting the prequel “When Harry Met Lloyd”) is going to turn out giving how Jim Carrey is now being seen as being “too old” to plausibly do his hyperactive goofball act anymore.


    • It’s stuff like that which makes me think that it’s going to be especially hard for Alicia to get even close to making a “comeback”. People are easily going to interpret this as Alicia being a weirdo. It’s especially bad considering that Alicia hasn’t really done anything of note acting wise (that that mainstream public really care about) in a while.


      • I think her main obstacle is ambivalence. How many people care one way or another? Not many, I would wager. More often than not, you’d be better off casting a younger actress without the (excess) baggage. Sorry about that. I couldn’t resist.

        I still think she could have success on TV if the right show came along.


    • Alicia Silverstone’s Gross Baby Feeding Method Is Cry for Attention — We Hope!? (VIDEO):



      Alicia Silverstone feeds her baby the same way birds do: It’s been 17 years since Clueless, 15 years since Batman & Robin, and 10 years since the name Alicia Silverstone no longer carried movie cred. None of that stuff matters now since – as her lifestyle blog The Kind Life puts it – she spends most of her carefree days enjoying a healthy life and spreading the green word to as many people as possible. Nothing ridiculous there. Good for you, Alicia Silverstone. I’m glad you found a passion and are happier for it. Maybe I should also look into becoming a better me. And did I mention you’re a total babe?

      Then she posted the following video. I recommend you put down your vegetarian favored steak-umms or whatever it is you eat at 8:30pm before pressing play.

      I don’t agree with whoever YouTube carnivore Karkenou is when he/she said “Child molestation! Get that kid with another family immediately.” But I agree she should stop. Like right now. That’s just not me talking. The 1,625 dislikes agree with me too. The comments on Silverstone’s blog vastly support her actions, while the Huffington Post remains neutral: the health benefits exist just as much as the health risks.

      My opinion may be skewed since I have no child to spit food into but either way, this… this is not natural. Ugh, stomach… turning… queasy… must… type… like… this…


    • I seriously think that Alicia Silverstone is in dire need of an image consultant. What I mean is that Alicia needs people around her to tell her to be more “careful” in delivering her message so to speak. Several years back, Alicia was on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” to talk about her vegan diet. And at one point, w/o any pause, Alicia talks about how becoming a vegan as improved her bowel movements or something to that extent. That’s absolutely disgusting (vegan or not vegan, I don’t think anybody was asking about the way Alicia Silverstone poops) and something that didn’t need to be shared upon on national television.


    • Alicia Silverstone’s baby eats like a bird . . . literally:

      Is it appropriate for Silverstone to be, in essence, using her celebrity status to “advertise” this method on her healthy-living website? If this were merely her own private parenting choice I’d say the celebrity-watchers and gossip hounds should just mind their own beeswax.

      But if she’s deliberately publicizing and promoting this idea, then as far as I’m concerned she’s totally within her rights to do so but anybody who finds it distasteful is also totally within their rights to publicize and promote their revulsion at it.


    • Miso soup to prevent measles? Why Alicia Silverstone is feeding her two-year-old son a plant-based diet instead of getting him vaccinated:

      Alicia Silverstone has revealed that her two-year-old son Bear has never been vaccinated for the usual run of childhood diseases including chickenpox and measles or had a ‘drop of medicine’ because she prefers a natural approach.

      The 39-year-old vegan actress writes in her new parenting guide The Kind Mama that she believes a ‘plant-based diet’ is an ‘essential part of well-being’ and works with a doctor who shares these views.

      In an interview with People magazine Ms Silverstone, who is married to musician Christopher Jarecki, says that she feeds her son a light miso soup for breakfast and he has ‘never been sick.’

      She continues: ‘I’m not against Western medicine. The problem is we’re using it as a first step for everything, even when it’s not needed.’

      In her new book she includes a passage focused on the ‘Vaccine Debate’, passionately writing: ‘There is increasing anecdotal evidence from doctors who have gotten distressed phones calls from parents claiming their child was “never the same” after receiving a vaccine.

      ‘And I personally have friends whose babies were drastically affected in this way.’

      The Clueless star points out that ‘vaccines are a very completed issue’ and advises other parents to ‘get educated and make a decision that feels best for you.’

      ‘Because his body is a super-clean, healthy machine it can flush out all the nasty stuff much more quickly than a baby whose diet isn’t as kind’

      However, she notes that little Bear is the perfect example of how a ‘chemical-free’ approach can benefit the immune system.

      ‘Because his body is a super-clean, healthy machine it can defend itself and flush out all the nasty stuff much more quickly than a baby whose diet isn’t as kind.’

      In a later chapter she reveals some of the ‘healing’ dishes she likes to rustle up for Bear at the family home in Los Angeles.

      In a chapter titled Cooking For Baby she lists recipes for Immune-Boosting Miso Soup, Boiled Vegetables and Grain Milk.

      And Ms Silverstone’s all-natural approach to diet translates to the bathroom cabinet.

      For instance, if Bear has a snuffly nose she uses eucalyptus oil to help him breathe more easily and feeds him cooled Japanese ‘ume kuzu tea’ if his temperature runs high.

      Another thing she recommends is to soak a child’s socks in vinegar or cold water and wrap them around the feet to ‘bring down the fever.’

      A ‘cooled cabbage leaf on the back of a baby’s head’ is another suggestion.

      ‘I’m not against Western medicine. The problem is we’re using it as a first step for everything, even when it’s not needed’

      For earache Ms Silverstone says squeezing ‘a few drops of breast milk’ into an infant’s ear will ‘help alleviate discomfort and clear the tubes.’

      Already the author of vegan cookbook The Kind Diet, Ms Silverstone’s ‘earth mother’ way of living has attracted her fair share of criticism, especially when she posted a video of herself prechewing her son’s food last year.

      ‘It was a moment and I was trusting my instincts,’ she explained recently on LIVE with Kelly and Michael.

      ‘He couldn’t chew. He had like one tooth. And he wanted the food in my mouth. He was determined. And so, I gave it to him.

      ‘And it was so adorable and so lovely. It made me laugh really hard. He also ate food and he also ate my milk and it only happened when he wanted it to happen. So that’s what happened. And people have been doing it since the beginning of time.’

      And the California native was effusive about the benefits of mothers consuming their placenta following birth.

      ‘That wasn’t my plan, initially,’ she said. ‘The list is very long and it’s been going on for a really long time that people have been doing this. The benefits are not having depression afterwards, helping with mood swings, helping with blood loss, all that stuff.

      ‘Someone gifted me my placenta in the form of a pill. They encapsulate it. I thought that’s harmless. I’ll try it. And I have to tell you that I really loved it.

      A more beautiful beginning: Ms Silverstone’s book The Kind Mama aims to help mothers in motherhood

      ‘[It] got to the point that my husband said “Did you have your happy pills today?” And I was really sad when they were gone. It really helped me.’

      In an earlier interview with Good Morning America, Ms Silverstone was equally unapologetic about her choices.

      ‘As far as critics, I’m very secure in the choices I make because I’m really informed and I trust my instincts and when I need help, I go to the people I see parent or birth or be pregnant in a way that was really inspiring me.’

      She added: ‘I know [my new] book is going to help women be their healthiest strongest selves and really start to understand the connection between food and wellness.’

      She also answered queries on the show from fellow mothers on whether she is planning to add to her brood.

      ‘Definitely eventually,’ she admitted. ‘But I’m really loving and enjoying Bear right now. I want to finish a few things and then definitely want another baby but not yet.’


      • Alicia Silverstone’s clueless vaccine advice:

        Alicia Silverstone and Jenny McCarthy have a lot in common. They’re both blondes who were famous in the ’90s and who now use their celebrity to spout dubious parenting advice. But whereas McCarthy has of late been clumsily trying to rewrite her very public record of unscientific statements, Silverstone seems willing to pick up the slack. Behold “The Kind Mama.”

        Silverstone has long been an active and outspoken vegan and advocate for living “eco-friendly.” But since the birth of her son Bear nearly three years ago, she’s also appointed herself a mothering expert. Look, if Cher Horowitz wants to pre-chew her toddler’s food for him, I say, whatever works. If she wants to teach her kid to poop in the yard, good for her. And if she’s raising her child on a vegan diet and it’s working for them, they can knock themselves out. But when she starts spouting nonsense in the form of advice “you might want to consider,” “just to give you information,” then she’s actually becoming a problem.

        In Silverstone’s new book, “The Kind Mama,” she promises “an authoritative, one-stop guide that empowers women to trust their instincts” while warning against stuff like tampons and vaccines. “Unfortunately, feminine-care manufacturers aren’t required to tell you what’s in their products,” she says, urging women to reconsider their feminine protection for the sake of their fertility, “which means that no one’s talking about the potential pesticide residues from non-organic cotton and the ‘fragrances’ containing hormone-upsetting, fertility-knocking phthalates.” It’s true that a Women’s Voices for the Earth study last year showed that major tampon brands can contain chemicals like dioxin. But as Elle quickly rebutted, “dioxins from tampons are approximately 13,000-240,000 times less than the levels of dioxins we’re exposed to in our diets.” And good luck finding any solid research correlating tampon use with infertility, though there is, surprisingly, evidence that using them can stave off endometriosis – a leading cause of infertility.

        More troubling, though, are Silverstone’s views of child healthcare. She says that thanks to her family diet, her son’s “never been sick-sick – just feeling a little off from time to time, maybe with a stuffy nose – but then it passes. Because his body is a super-clean, healthy machine, it can defend itself against and flush out all the nasty stuff much more quickly than a baby whose diet isn’t as kind .… He’s never had a drop of medicine.” There’s no doubt Silverstone takes good care of her son and is lucky to have a healthy boy, but she’s also selling an inaccurate idea that being “super-clean” is a panacea against illness. In fact, a controversial study earlier this year suggested that vegetarians may be more prone to allergies and certain chronic health problems. I’m a strong believer that moving toward a more plant-based diet can boost your health and well-being at any age, but I wouldn’t frame in a brag about never needing a drop of medicine. And I find it deeply troubling to consider what an enthusiastic reader might do with that anecdote, and faced with a baby who truly needs a fever reducer or antibiotic.

        Silverstone also has some thoughts on vaccination. On her Kind Life site last year, Silverstone posted a story on pediatrician Jay Gordon, a man famed mostly for being Jenny McCarthy’s son’s doctor. In it she quotes Gordon’s rather unreliable statistic that “One of my biggest problems is that 99% of pediatricians don’t feel that parents should even participate in the decision about how or when, let alone if a baby should get all, some or none of the shots at any given office visit.” Gordon’s skepticism about vaccines is well-established. In an interview with the now defunct Cookie magazine a few years ago, he declared, after being asked about the side effects of immunization, that “I’ve seen kids who developed autism shortly after vaccination,” and added, “I think that the public health benefits to vaccinating are grossly overstated. I think that if we spent as much time telling people to breastfeed or to quit eating cheese and ice cream, we’d save more lives than we save with the polio vaccine.”

        In her new book, Silverstone seems likewise concerned, noting, “While there has not been a conclusive study of the negative effects of such a rigorous one-size-fits-all, shoot-’em-up schedule, there is increasing anecdotal evidence from doctors who have gotten distressed phone calls from parents claiming their child was ‘never the same’ after receiving a vaccine. And I personally have friends whose babies were drastically affected in this way.” Oh well, if you personally have friends, I guess, that anecdotal evidence is all one would require! Forget the clear-cut rise in preventable diseases that lack of immunization is tied to. To hell with the World Health Organization’s definitive statement that “There is no evidence of a link between MMR vaccine and autism or autistic disorders” or the American Academy of Pediatrics’ statement that “There is no association between MMR and autism” and that “Studies and years of experience show that vaccines used for routine childhood immunizations can be safely given together, at one visit. The vaccines work just as well, and this does not increase the risk of side effects. In addition, the scientific data show that receiving multiple vaccines has no harmful effect on a healthy child’s immune system.”

        By all means, parents should have a dialogue with their pediatricians about their vaccination schedule and what works for their family. They should feed their kids a diet that extends nutritionally far beyond hot dogs. Use tampons; don’t use tampons. But please don’t swallow shaky, unsubstantiated advice – advice that can potentially put other individuals at serious health risk — because the hot girl from the Aerosmith videos a generation ago says so. Because that’d be just clueless.


        • Alicia Silverstone – Clueless about children’s health:

          by Sharon Hill • April 17, 2014

          Just when we manage to get Jenny to see the light and dial back on health advice, here comes her successor.

          Alicia Silverstone’s Son Has ‘Never Had a Drop of Medicine’ – ABC News.

          Alicia Silverstone has long been a proponent of attachment parenting.

          Now, she has written a book about it. In “The Kind Mama,” Silverstone opened up about raising her nearly 3-year-old son, Bear.

          “He’s never been sick-sick, just feeling a little off from time to time. And he’s never had a drop of medicine,” Silverstone wrote. “Because his body is a super-clean, healthy machine, it can defend itself against and flush out all the nasty stuff much more quickly than a baby whose diet isn’t as kind…”

          Silverstone, 37, advocates for a clean, vegan diet, and even includes recipes in her book. She also wades into the vaccination debate a bit (“There is increasing anecdotal evidence from doctors who have gotten distressed phone calls from parents claiming their child was “never the same” after receiving a vaccine,” she wrote) and warns parents against overmedicating their children.

          Oh, puhleez! Another self-important, know-it-all Mommy who has a Google U education and feels fit to tell the rest of us how horrible we are because our kids eat meat and get antibiotics when they are ill.

          The commentators on this piece have it. They note he is only 3, and can lead a sheltered life for now but what about when he interacts with other kids? Sounds like he may live in a crystal clean environment and THAT is not good either. Also, hygiene and diet do not prevent contagious diseases. Will he have to wear a surgical mask all the time? How is a vegan diet better? Kids can die or not develop correctly if they are not fed a proper diet. Our brains need the fat, like in meats, to develop correctly.

          But the worst part of all this, including her anti-vax sentiments, is that she writes a book about her unscientific, unsupported ideas and will influence other moms to be just as ignorant and clueless as she is. Don’t take health advice from celebrities.


        • The Irony Behind Alicia Silverstone’s Kind Mama:

          Though it’s less common among kind mamas, some women experience the blues after giving birth. – Alicia Silverstone

          You heard that right. Now, this, I rank right up there with Tom Cruise’s ignorant ranting “There’s no such thing as a chemical balance!” I found out yesterday that Alicia Silverstone has written a book titled “The Kind Mama: A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning.” From the articles I’ve read since yesterday, apparently she thinks her celebrity status has rendered her viewpoint more worthy of the public’s attention than that of medical and parenting experts.

          [This book can] help prevent or even cure your PMS, insomnia, allergies, breakouts, weight struggles, thyroid condition, lupus, multiple sclerosis—while significantly lowering your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

          Apparently, she now thinks she knows more than medical experts, whom you no longer would need to see if you were to simply follow the suggestions in her book of parenting and cure-all-ills wisdom. What is making me want to rank Alicia’s book up with TC’s ignorant 2005 rant (during my postpartum depression (PPD) recovery) is the fact that an individual is using their celebrity status thinking she is doing something that would benefit the public but is achieving the opposite. From the sound of the outrageously unconventional and advice lacking in common sense throughout Alicia’s book, you’d tend to think that her book was somehow Scientology-motivated–just as TC’s rant was–as it is pretty far out of the ballpark.

          Her sanctimonious, empathy-lacking and insensitive claims–summarized over at In Case You Didn’t Know, The Daily Beast, Jezebel, and Love and Knuckles, so I am not going to go into detail about her anti-diaper, anti-vaccination, anti-crib, anti-tampon, anti-meat, and anti-dairy claims (it’s almost like she wants us to go back to our caveman days and at the same time be vegan) in any detail here–are pissing people off .

          Much like the twerking antics of Miley Cyrus at last year’s MTV VMA succeeded to shock the world into paying attention to her–almost like a rite of passage and proof positive that she is forever closing the door on her good girl, Disney Channel, days as Hannah Montana and never looking back–I would think Alicia’s publication of this book was merely an attention-seeking mechanism. With Alicia’s big screen activities being pretty non-existent and her 2012 video of chewing her son’s food and passing it along to her son didn’t create enough stir to draw the attention she was hoping for, she probably thought, “Hmmmm, what better way to attract attention than to write a book with content that would certainly attract the public’s attention.”

          I personally would never waste money on a book that is so outrageously negative toward others (couples trying desperately to conceive, moms suffering from PPD, parents who use diapers and put their babies in cribs, meat/dairy consumers), egotistical, paranoia-inducing, misleading, and stigma-spreading. If I had written this very same book, do you think it would’ve been published with such bizarre content? Nope. Publishing companies would no doubt scoff at it, thinking I was crazy.

          I’d NEVER ONCE heard about her 2012 video of her bird-like feeding behavior…until yesterday (and I haven’t watched it…have no interest whatsoever). Maybe she was a mother bird in a previous life…but she came back as a human that is CLUELESS about being supportive, empathizing and understanding human maternal matters.

          In a couple of the articles I read, it seems that Alicia is perceived to be innocently sharing what worked for her as a parent and is merely trying to help other parents out. But……I certainly do not appreciate the implication that anyone who uses diapers, gets vaccinated, uses tampons (which I’ve never done before), and eats meat/meat bi-products (like dairy) is unkind. And I resent the implication that experiencing PPD makes me any less of a person than those who don’t experience PPD. Hence the reason I rank her out-of-the-ballpark statements up with the likes of TC’s infamously nonsensical rant.

          Alicia, simply reading your book is not going to cure us of all our ills and ensure our children will grow up healthy and happy. Hate to burst your bubble there, but a pregnant woman who reads your book will not be protected from PPD. Just like a couple experiencing fertility issues will not miraculously become pregnant just by reading your book and following your advice of just “doing it” spontaneously. Telling a couple experiencing infertility issues that having a baby is easy is so amazingly insensitive. If you thought you were publishing a book to help others, you are very, very wrong. Great job in earning the scorn and dislike among a good number of the public who are parents who have directly or indirectly experienced a maternal mental health disorder and/or infertility!

          I’m not going to bother to defend myself or my PPD experience with someone like Alicia (and all other judgmental supermoms out there), just like I’m not going to try to convince anyone not to bother buying a copy of Alicia’s book. Just like there are people who continue to troll, bully, judge, criticize, and act mean to others for no reason–and nothing will change their ways–there are people who are going to continue to look up to Alicia simply for her celebrity status (even though she’s had a lackluster movie career ever since “Clueless”) and lap up everything she says. Well, to each her/his own. If you want to bother reading the book, please just take what you read with a grain of salt, remembering that the source of information is coming from someone who is not a medical or parenting expert, and who is primarily known for her role in the movie “Clueless.” Ironic, eh?

          The mission of my blog is to spread awareness about maternal mental health matters. That includes pointing out barriers, including false information and ignorant remarks.


        • Maybe Alicia S is nutsy, OR she’s courting “controversy” in a (desperate?) attempt to stay in the public eye/get publicity. Or maybe she’s simply goofy…GOOFY, I say.

          Call me crazy, but I’ll put what little faith I have with guys like Jonas Salk and, oh I dunno, people that have an EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND in things like biology and nutrition rather than some dingbat whose only claim to “fame” is being a cute actress in light Hollywood entertainment.

          And for the record, I didn’t think her movie “Excess Baggage” was all that bad…heck, compared to most rom-coms it’s a work of genius (which I know ain’t saying much).


      • Blind Items Revealed

        September 19, 2012

        This vegan who makes it very clear she is a vegan and mentions it every second that she can when she is not being a former almost A list actress who starred in an iconic role before dropping all the way down to her current B-/C+ movie or television depending on who will employ her has her assistant bring her a hamburger from Umami at least once a week and it is not a vegetarian one or even a turkey one.

        Alicia Silverstone


    • From ‘Clueless’ to Clueless: Alicia Silverstone’s ‘The Kind Mama’:

      Diapers are ‘pseudoscience.’ Dairy leaves ‘toxic sludge’ in your uterus. And whatever you do, don’t use tampons! Plus six more claims from the actress’s new book of amazing promises.Alicia Silverstone, the Clueless star and former Aerosmith video vixen, caused controversy in 2012 after posting a video of herself pre-chewing her son’s food and transferring it from her mouth to his. Now she has written a book urging you to do the same.

      In The Kind Mama: A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning, Silverstone chronicles what might reasonably be called her unconventional parenting advice: Bananas are “a naughty food for a baby,” the diaper industry is “pseudoscience,” and vaccines are essentially shots of “aluminum and formaldehyde.”

      But the book presents a laundry list of amazing promises. Silverstone will “show you the way to have a luminous, present, ailment-free pregnancy.” Why go to an obstetrician when a Hollywood star can “help prevent or even cure your PMS, insomnia, allergies, breakouts, weight struggles, thyroid condition, lupus, multiple sclerosis—while significantly lowering your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer”? Yes, Alicia Silverstone just offered to cure your thyroid condition and lower your risk of contracting cancer.

      If you aren’t suffering from medical paranoia during your pregnancy, Silverstone’s book nevertheless will teach you “to listen to what your body really needs and then relax into the yumminess of it all.”

      She wants to address the questions plaguing American woman, while assuring them that “nature’s already provided the answers” to pregnancy and the solution is to “get kind.” It’s unclear what any of this means, but we combed The Kind Mama for some of nature’s answers to pregnancy’s toughest problems.

      1. Meat, dairy, and processed foods track ‘toxic sludge’ through your uterus.

      Your uterus is your “baby house”—and it “needs maintenance, too. You wouldn’t want to bring your baby into a junk-filled house with a leaky roof and backed-up plumbing, right?” How does one maintain a uterus house? “Meat, dairy, and processed foods” should be avoided, she says, because they are “tracking toxic sludge through your baby house.”

      1. Eating plants means you won’t need medicine.

      Eating plants during pregnancy, writes Silverstone, “means not only boosting the odds of conceiving but also setting the stage for a transcendent pregnancy, a smoother birth, a healthier baby, and long-term protection from almost every disease there is.” By eating “kind foods”—plant-based foods—women can “supercharge fertility; reduce your likelihood of miscarriage; infuse breast milk with all kinds of nutrient goodness that make your kids smart and healthy; and help stave off diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes.” According to doctors vetted by Silverstone, kind foods “can demolish your need for pharmaceutical drugs, especially for the treatment of things like depression, type 2 diabetes, and hypertension.”

      1. Breast milk has an ‘almost otherworldly power.’

      Silverstone writes that “aside from giving your baby every single health advantage there is at mealtime, breast milk is also the ultimate cure-all for almost every ailment that might come up in baby’s early days. It’s a natural antibiotic and has almost otherworldly power to both soothe and heal.” The movie star advises non-movie star moms to enlist the help of a “lactation consultant” in the event that they have trouble breastfeeding. “The $100 or $200 you spend to help you establish a fruitful, long-term nursing relationship will ultimately save you money, whether on formula or medical costs down the road.”

      1. If pregnant women bought this book, they wouldn’t be so depressed.

      If only Brooke Shields, author of Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression, had listened to Silverstone and eaten more plants, she wouldn’t have been suicidal after giving birth. According to Silverstone, “though it’s less common among kind mamas, some women experience the blues after giving birth.” If you want to prevent crippling postpartum depression, just avoid eating certain foods, including processed sugars, “which makes us feel unbalanced.”

      1. Stop using tampons.

      Is there a class-action suit against OB on the horizon? According to Silverstone, tampons might be making you infertile: “[Y]our chichi is the most absorbent part of your body. Unfortunately, feminine-care manufacturers aren’t required to tell you what’s in their products, which means that no one’s talking about the potential pesticide residues from non-organic cotton and the ‘fragrances’ containing hormone-upsetting, fertility-knocking phthalates that are snuggling up to your hoo-ha.”

      1. Babies should ‘leave their business in the grass.’

      Silverstone’s child was potty-trained at six months, an apparently seamless process that involved reading his facial expressions and other “cues about his need to pee or poop.” She noticed that “when Bear looked like he was flirting with me, smiling sweetly, or looking deep into my eyes, he’d be peeing.” Another signal was when he would “stare off into space for a second.” She assures readers that it’s “not all guesswork” and if you’re really in tune with your maternal instincts, then you too may start referring to yourself as a “potty whisperer.” And there are myriad benefits for EC-trained babies, who are “much more content leaving their business in the grass than having to sleep and eat accompanied by their own pee and poo.” An added bonus? Kind mamas can avoid funneling money into the “multibillion-dollar” disposable diaper industry, which is “fueled by corporate-backed pseudoscience.”

      1. Anecdotally, some babies are ‘never the same’ after vaccines.

      Adding another misinformed voice to the debate, Silverstone offers this qualified defense of vaccine conspiracy theorists: “According to Drs. Roizen and Oz…While there has not been a conclusive study of the negative effects of such a rigorous one-size-fits-all, shoot-’em-up schedule, there is increasing anecdotal evidence from doctors who have gotten distressed phone calls from parents claiming their child was ‘never the same’ after receiving a vaccine. And I personally have friends whose babies were drastically affected in this way.” Anecdotal evidence from friends? Case closed.

      1. Forcing a baby to sleep outside the ‘Family Bed’ is tantamount to neglect.

      Silverstone knows what you’re thinking: Sharing a bed with your infant “sounds like some kind of trippy holdover from the peace, love, and barley casserole notions of the commune-happy sixties.” Fair enough, she writes, but the alternative—forcing your helpless baby to sleep “in a barred-in box completely alone”—may well amount to child neglect. “Sharing a bed with baby means you can tune in better to her needs, which in turn builds security and trust.” The worst thing you can do is leave a baby to “cry it out, self-soothe, or otherwise independently take care of himself before he’s ready.” This kind of neglect will foster an unhealthy parent-child relationship, ensuring that your baby “misses out on the trust building that’s crucial in infant development.” You might as well throw him out in the cold and tell him to come back when he gets a job, because letting him cry it out prevents him from “learning how kind and giving the world is.”

      1. Stop planning to have a baby.

      Ultimately, having a baby is pretty easy, Silverstone writes: “Eat well, get healthy, then ditch all the planning and trying and just let it flow. There’s no better way to make a baby than with yummy, soulful sex!”


      • Alicia Silverstone Refuses To Vaccinate Her Kid Because, Miso Soup:

        In Alicia Silverstone‘s new parenting guide, The Kind Mama, she explains that her son Bear’s healthy, kind, plant-based diet is the reason he’s never been sick. She refuses to vaccinate him, because the bowl of miso soup he has for breakfast every morning is just as effective as injecting him with a vaccine developed by decades of peer-reviewed scientific research and testing. Obviously.

        I’m not really surprised by this inane holistic approach, she is the brains behind the Kind Mama Milk Share program, in which anonymous women on the Internet send their unscreened breast milk to mothers who have low supply, because receiving milk that hasn’t been screened for disease by strangers whose health you have no idea about is way “kinder” than supplementing with formula. Excuse me while I go bash my head against a wall for a few minutes.

        I’m back! In an interview with People magazine she said, “I’m not against Western medicine. The problem is we’re using it as a first step for everything, even when it’s not needed.” Vaccinating your child against disease and protecting herd immunity is not the same thing as trying to get a prescription for antibiotics every time you feel a slight scratch in the back of your throat. It’s just not. The problem with assuming vaccinations are “not needed,” is that if you happen to be wrong – too late. Your child is sick.

        Silverstone says of her son, ‘Because his body is a super-clean, healthy machine it can defend itself and flush out all the nasty stuff much more quickly than a baby whose diet isn’t as kind.’ Okay, I’ll humor her. Maybe Bear is so healthy that if he fell ill with one of the diseases we vaccinate our children against he would actually be able to fight it off quickly. But what about those people who don’t have diets that are as “kind” or immune systems that are as healthy? Does she care about the public menace that is electively unvaccinated children at all? Obviously not.

        ‘As far as critics, I’m very secure in the choices I make because I’m really informed and I trust my instincts and when I need help, I go to the people I see parent or birth or be pregnant in a way that was really inspiring me.’

        Sorry Alicia. I don’t see what’s so “kind” about potentially putting the public at risk by refusing to vaccinate your child. I don’t see what’s so “kind” about blindly turning your head to decades of research and refusing to realize what diminished vaccination rates are doing to the spread of diseases that were all but eradicated. I have another adjective, but The Clueless Mama probably wouldn’t sell as well.


        • Alicia Silverstone Hates Vaccines – Treats Son Like A Dog:

          Alicia Silverstone has had trouble finding successful work as an actress so became an author. In her latest book she tells the world that she is anti-vaccine. She admits there is no scientific evidence to back up her position but feels that anecdotal evidence is good enough for her and that no one should be vaccinating their children. Obviously, then from her insight into the anecdotal world she should have seen what happened to Jenny McCarthy after she made similar thoughts public. Alicia’s book could have been changed when Kristin Cavallari got slammed for what she said about vaccines, but I guess Alicia decided to go through with it. Not a smart move. She makes a lot of ridiculous claims in her book and reading the her book reviews are a great way to spend a few hours of your day. Alicia says that her baby was potty trained by the age of six months because she would rush him to the backyard when he showed any signs of having to go. Does she not have a bathroom in the house? Why rush him outside? Apparently he must be part dog. In my opinion, that is the way you potty train a dog. Did her son want to go outside every time he had to go to the bathroom? At six months did he scoot himself over to a sliding glass door and bang on it? Is he still forced to use the backyard as his toilet? Alicia said that a vegan diet will guard against post partum depression. No scientific evidence but it is what she believes. She says that tampons will make you infertile and fill you with chemicals and pesticides because the cotton in them is not organic.


      • The Advice In Alicia Silverstone’s Parenting Book Is Exactly As Bonkers As You’d Think

        I may be completely pulling this out of my ass, but Alicia looks like she did a lot of drugs back in the day. Something about her face. And also her career not going anywhere after Clueless.

        parkerjey Dionysus • 2 years ago
        LOL. No I actually loved her in Clueless, but she had seemed off to me for a while. I never put my finger on it until I saw a documentary recently about DMT..and noticed that the people they were interviewing about the drug all LOOKED like they’ve done a lot of drugs. And now I can’t shake it, she looks like she’s done a lot of LSD or shrooms to me.


    • Silverstone’s ‘body odor issue’:

      Alicia Silverstone reportedly upset fellow yogis with her foul body odor during a recent retreat.

      The 36-year-old Clueless star enjoyed a weekend getaway at the We Care Spa in Palm Springs, according to America’s Us Weekly magazine.

      Silverstone, who reportedly refuses to wear deodorant, is said to have upset her yoga class with her body odor.

      “She stank. It was especially noticeable during the yoga classes,” a source claimed.

      The actress’s supposed friend tells the magazine that although she does bathe, Silverstone declines to use hygiene products.

      “Alicia is clean, but she is very New Age-y. She doesn’t use deodorant and doesn’t like to overbite and strip her body of its natural oils,” the insider said.

      Silverstone often talks about healthy and organic living on her blog The Kind Life, offering tips on everything from exercise to vegan hygiene and meal plans.

      Last year, the actress blogged about her love for natural deodorants as an alternative to chemical-ridden commercial products she believes could cause serious health issues.

      “Protecting your pits with natural deodorant is an easy way you can go green & healthy,” she wrote.

      “Regular antiperspirants prevent your body’s normal sweating function by blocking glands with aluminum molecules so small they can enter the blood stream. Though highly debated, it has been suggested that this might put you more at risk for breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Why be at risk when you could be kind to your body?”

      Silverstone most recently garnered controversy for beginning a breast milk exchange service on the site.

      The Kind Mama Milk Share was born after a close friend struggled to breastfeed her newborn.

      “Because of a breast reduction surgery she was unable to make enough milk for him, no matter how much precious boobie time they spent together,” Alicia wrote.

      “She tried reaching out in her community for donor milk, but it was almost impossible to figure out what kind of lifestyle choices the donors had made.

      “She had a right to demand better for her baby.”

      Silverstone then appeared to address warnings from the US Food and Drug Administration that unscreened donors could have viruses including HIV.

      “It goes without saying that common-sense precautions should be taken,” she insisted.


  4. If anything it seems like Heather Graham stole Alicia Silverstone’s career out from under her. Put the two of their resumes together and you’d have a great career. Separately, you’ve got one good and one so-so. If only Silverstone had been in Boogie Nights instead of Batman & Robin.

    Alicia Silverstone might me more appropriate for a “One-Hit Wonder” series of articles. Her career seems to amount to the cinematic equivalent of Don McLean and Toni Basil. It’s hard to think of other actors who killed it in a hit movie and then failed to parlay the success into even one more memorable role. I guess Marisa Tomei pretty much qualifies.


    • The distinction for me with Silverstone was that she became so powerful before her fall. At the peek of her career, she was a power player with her own production company. It didn’t last long, but for a hot second she was A-list. In that moment, she had limitless potential.

      In retrospect, yeah, she made one good movie and then crapped out. So, “One Hit Wonder” applies. But few One Hit Wonders sat as high atop the A-list as Silverstone did at the time.

      Marisa Tomei’s career certainly peeked early. But she has sustained a pretty lengthy career in supporting roles. And she is certainly more respected.


    • 10 Acting One-Hit Wonders:

      10. Alicia Silverstone

      Alicia Silverstone shot to fame at the tender age of 19 when she took the lead in the surprisingly hilarious teen comedy Clueless, playing ditzy, popular girl Cher, who became a role model for young girls the world over, and the object of just about every man’s affections, young and old.

      However, it’s hard to say that she managed to follow it up with anything of actual merit, instead deferring to starring in Joel Schumacher’s risible superhero film Batman and Robin, playing Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl.

      Since then, she’s been mostly relegated to discreet TV appearances and brief roles in straight-to-video clunkers where she lazily recycles the very persona that made her famous. Granted, at 36 years old (we all thought she must be older, right?), she’s definitely not too late for a comeback, but given her current career trajectory, it certainly seems doubtful.


    • I don’t know if Heather Graham is enough of a fair comparison to Alicia Silverstone. Maybe I say this because Graham had been around much longer than Alicia (at least 10 years) prior to Graham peaking w/ “Boogie Nights” and “Austin Powers”. Alicia was in the public eye for only two and a half years (w/ her guest appearance on “The Wonder Years”, her first film role in “The Crush”, and the trilogy of Aerosmith videos) before breaking through/peaking w/ “Clueless”.

      Also, Heather Graham was one of those actresses, during her heyday, who for better or worse, seemed to (rather purposely) sell herself mostly on her sex appeal. I don’t think that Alicia was at least, deliberately trying to do that. I mean, in “The Crush”, she was playing a crazed, stalker type (despite the “Lolita” undertones). She wasn’t exactly playing a character that you wanted to hook up with.


  5. daffystardust

    “One Hit Wonder” is a pretty reasonable estimation of what we’ve gotten from Silverstone so far (even if she produced some buzz from “The Crush”). I would not put Marisa Tomei in the same category, though. While it’s true that she never came through on what looked like could have been an A-List career, it’s not like her breakout role in “My Cousin Vinny” was the lead. That was a Joe Pesci movie that she stole scenes in as his girlfriend. Aside from a few small romantic comedies, she never really got cast in lead roles. Unlike Silverstone, however, Tomei has been working steadily since her breakout, never going a single year between 1992 and the present without a role in a film. She’s had small parts in hits (“What Women Want,” “Anger Management,” “The Lincoln Lawyer”), and she has been nominated twice more for Oscars (“In the Bedroom” and “The Wrestler”). Her career is so far Much more substantial than Alicia Silverstone’s.


    • I wonder if LeBeau should do a blog about so-called “one-hit wonder” actors/actress (in Cuba Gooding, Jr.’s WTHHT entry, I suggested his “Lighting Jack” co-star Paul Hogan regarding “Crocodile Dundee”). Nia Vardalos can be considered a “one-hit wonder” actress besides Alicia Silverstone. She came out of nowhere w/ “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”, which I believe went on to become the highest grossing romantic comedy ever. But everything that she has done since that time (i.e. the “My Big Fat Greek Life” TV series, “Connie and Carla”, “My Life in Ruins”, and “Larry Crowne”, which she wrote rather than actually star in unlike the other ones that I’ve mentioned) have just resulted in mostly critical drubbing and box office failure.


      • I never understood the popularity of My Big Fat Greek Wedding.


      • “Connie and Carla” was AWFUL. Perhaps Nia V and Alicia S were “victims” of the one-hit wonder concept: They shone briefly and brightly, expectations on them were high, and when they followed up their “hits” with mediocre (or awful) movies, people wrote them off quicker than forgetting the “Macarena” and/or Flock of Seagulls. They’ll still have careers, but being “stars” — probably not.


    • Cast of Clueless: Where Are They Now?

      Alicia Silverstone

      Alicia Silverstone – who played the good-natured but superficial Cher Horowitz in “Clueless” – didn’t go on to have the successful career everyone expected. Although she has continued to act in movies, on television and in plays, her most successful role to date was in “Clueless.” These days, the former “It Girl” only makes headlines for her controversial parenting advice. Silverstone recently released a new book called “The Kind Mama” where she preaches against the use of vaccines and tampons.


      • Checking In With The Cast Of ‘Clueless’ 19 Years Later:

        Clueless was director Amy Heckerling’s second and more satirical spotlight on the social life of southern California high schoolers. Heckerling had her first teen comedy hit with the 1983 Cameron Crowe-penned Fast Times at Ridgemont High, which was a moderate success, but Clueless far eclipsed it both at the box office and with its cultural impact. The movie spawned a spin-off TV show, made an instant celebrity out of its Alicia Silverstone, and had teenage girls quickly adopting “as if” into their vocabulary. Initially, Alicia Silverstone didn’t even want to play ditzy Cher Horowitz, feeling that she had nothing in common with the “materialistic, annoying little b*tch.” Amy Heckerling recognized the actress’ instant likability and convinced Alicia — who was mostly known at the time for her Aerosmith music video trilogy — to give the character a shot.

        Today is Alicia Silverstone’s birthday — she’s 38 — and the movie will celebrate its 20th anniversary next July, which is good an excuse as any to find out what Cher and her clueless classmates have been up to since 1995.

        Cher (Alicia Silverstone) So what’s Cher been up to over the last two decades? Well, in 2012 she grabbed headlines for making pretty much the entire world say “eww” by chewing her son’s food and spitting it into his mouth like he was a baby bird. Alicia Silverstone is one of Peta’s biggest celebrity spokespeople, even going so far as to write a letter to Vladimir Putin asking that the members of Pussy Riot be given vegan-friendly meals while they were locked up. As far as movie roles post-Clueless, she had a cameo as herself in Tropic Thunder and in 2012 joined with director Amy Heckerling once again to co-star with Krysten Ritter in the vampire comedy Vamps.


    • 17 one-hit wonders in music, movies and TV who deserve our appreciation:
      By Louis Virtel, Drew McWeeny, Alan Sepinwall, Daniel Fienberg, Chris Eggertsen, Dave Lewis | Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 11:00 PM

      One-hit wonders are often the subject of scorn in the media, which feels a little unfair – particularly when the one-hit wonder in question actually put out something good. Whether it be a blockbuster song or an award-winning performance or a charming turn on the small screen, their contributions to the popular culture remain timeless and endlessly relistenable/watchable long after the careers themselves have faded.

      To celebrate these individuals, we’ve put together a list of 17 such entertainers and artists who made an indelible mark despite enjoying only a brief run at the top of their respective fields – from an Oscar-winning actress to a shortlived R&B star to a comedian who parlayed his gift for physical comedy into a turn as one of the most well-loved TV characters of the 1990s.

      Movies: Alicia Silverstone

      Hit: “Clueless”

      When: 1995

      Why just the one? It’s baffling, really. Silverstone had a minor hit with 1993’s “The Crush” but didn’t become a bona fide movie star until “Clueless,” which earned her comparisons to Judy Holliday and instantly launched her into the A-list stratosphere. And the attention was earned: her portrayal of privileged teen queen Cher Horowitz remains one of the most indelible, charming and genuinely funny turns in any high school movie. So what happened? “Excess Baggage” happened. “Blast from the Past” happened. “Batman & Robin” REALLY happened. The negative press she received for the latter was not only ugly – public response to her minor weight gain remains one of the most shameful media pile-ons in semi-recent history – but may well have been the premature final stake in a promising career.
      – Chris Eggertsen


  6. From what I remember from my adolescence, when The Crush came out in 1993, hardly anybody noticed the movie or Miss Silverstone. The film was out of theaters in a couple of weeks. It wasn’t until when the Cryin’ video premiered shortly afterwards did people start to learn her name. The next 2 Aerosmith videos further propelled her buzz. The only reason she got nominated and won at the MTV awards for The Crush (more than a year after the movie was released!) was because of her super-popularity as the hot Aerosmith girl. I doubt all the fans that voted even saw the movie, in which she was awful. Very attractive, but awful.


  7. I think V is right,I remember wathcing the aerosmith vids with the sound of just to look at the hit girls.As far as crush go hardly remember it.
    But I think one thing that also killed her rise to stardom,was she refused to do nudety.I mean look at it from the studio point of view,you got this super hot lolita looking girl,everyone wanna se nekkid,which she refuses,and which can’t act.Well if you look away from roles that require ditsy blonds.She did fairly good in cluless, but most girls can play airheads.(Excapt for michelle rodriguez) Its not that hard.
    she even called it an inteligent film.
    But lets face it the only reason any guy saw her movies was cause she was hot
    ,not cause she had talent


  8. I’m more interested in what happened to her “Clueless” co-star Brittany Murphy. Yeah, she’s dead, but her career was over before that.


  9. Reading the comments about the the downturn of Alicia Silverstone’s once promising career on IMDb’s message boards, I’ve gathered that after the failure of “Batman & Robin”, maybe the only real way that Alicia could’ve salvaged her career as a prominent actress so to speak was to try to impress critics and gain their favor once more. Ergo she should have switched to dramatic roles. Once analogy that I was given was with Katherine Hepburn after was characterized as box office poison, she simply impressed the critics.

    Perhaps Alicia’s biggest problem was that she in a sense became typecast. For example, by around the 18-19-20 period (perhaps after “Clueless” like in “Excess Baggage” for instance) she was relying on acting cute as opposed to embodying a character. Once her cutesy, naive, ditsy blonde image as she wore off as she got older, she disappeared. I hate to say this, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Alicia’s “Granola Girl” image (like a more extreme version of Gwyneth Paltrow) in real life might turn people off further.

    I also suspect that maybe Alicia got bad advice or management. Obviously, agreeing to due “Batman & Robin” turned out to be a bad decision. Alicia turned down a role (from my understanding, Jenny McCarthy’s role) in “Scream 3”. That could’ve helped rejuvenate her career (even though “Scream 3” wasn’t as big of a hit as the first two) similar to how the first “Scream” pretty much revived Drew Barrymore’s career despite not being in the movie too long. Hell, you can make the argument that Drew Barrymore (besides Kate Hudson and Reese Witherspoon) for all intents and purposes has the type of career that Alicia Silverstone could’ve had (they’re roughly the same age, and both have similar ways of speaking).


    • I don’t really think there was much Silverstone could do. After Clueless, people were rooting for her to fail. Batman and Robin was just gasoline on the fire. Excess Bagage was actually a pretty decent flick. I think it would have fared pretty well with critics and audiences except that everyone was hoping for it to fail.

      Also, you’re right that she was limited. It’s not so much that she was typecast as Cher as that she couldn’t do much else.

      I doubt that cameo in Scream 3 would have done anything more for Silverstone than it did for McCarthy. I really wish the Scream sequels didn’t exist. 3 was really bad. 4 was even worse somehow!


      • Drew, Kate & Reese all have good talents. U should go see Grey Garden (for Drew) – the other two I suppose u know which good films they were in.


        • All three of them kind of blew their credibility on junkie rom-coms. Hudson especially. Which is a real shame because she had so much promise.


      • Speaking of “Excess Baggage”, Alicia Silverstone wound up being nominated for a Razzie for Worst Actress (I wouldn’t be surprised if the continued backlash from “Batman & Robin” influenced this at least partially) only to lose to fellow WTHHT subject, Demi Moore for “G.I. Jane”. Alicia that same year, of course, won the Worst Supporting Actress Razzie for “Batman & Robin”.

        I know that regardless of LeBeau’s opinion, “Excess Baggage” mostly got negative reviews (it as of right now, holds a 33% “Rotten” rating on Rotten Tomatoes). Leonard Maltin in particular didn’t like it as noted in his annual movie guide:

        The movie was according to IMDb, initially supposed to be released in Christmas 1996, but poor test screenings led to reshoots that pushed it back to August 1997 (right in the mist of the initial “Batman & Robin” backlash).

        I believe that the underperformance (both critically and commercially) “Excess Baggage” served as a major blow to Alicia’s status as a major mainstream star post-“Clueless” (especially since she was a producer for it, and really had little else to blame than herself). Of course, it’s safe to say that “Batman & Robin” was the primary catalyst for her so-called downfall (w/ “Blast from the Past” being the “final nail in the coffin” so to speak).


        • That last paragraph really hits the nail on the head. Batman and Robin started the fall. Excess Baggage was the true death blow. Blast From the Past was the final nail.

          And don’t get me wrong, I didn’t especially like Excess Baggage. It just wasn’t as bad as those reviews made it out to be.


      • You can also make the serious argument that Alicia’s steadfast refusing to do nudity (which is kind of ironic considering that she would later pose nude for a PETA ad) for film roles kind of possibly limited what she could do or where she go as an actress.


      • I wonder if “Excess Baggage” also failed because at the time (being Alicia’s first big starring vehicle since “Clueless”) people wanted to see her in another cutesy, light-hearted, teenybopper-oriented/geared in the “Clueless” mode. Instead, we got a would be “edgy” (w/ Alicia trying to be a rebel by drinking and smoking and wearing heavy eye make-up) crime caper/romantic comedy that would up perhaps alienating Alicia’s young fan-base even further.


        • I meant to say more of a “dark comedy” instead of a romantic comedy when trying to describe “Excess Baggage” when compared to “Clueless” but you still pretty much, get the gist of what I’m trying to say.

          Maybe Alicia’s people persuaded her to not take on further youth/teen oriented roles out of feel that it would be a “step backwards” (kind of a case of “been there, done that”) in her career. Hence, w/ “Excess Baggage”, she went pretty much, the other supposed extreme.


      • Pardon me if I’m repeating myself, but to sum things up towards why Alicia Silverstone didn’t have a much better career post-“Clueless”, I think it was a combination of:
        *The the massive backlash of “Batman & Robin” combined w/ the lukewarm response of “Excess Baggage” in that same summer (which helped give people the idea that Alicia couldn’t really draw people to watch her in a movie).

        *”Competition” so to speak from other actresses of her generation like Reese Witherspoon, Drew Barrymore, and Kate Hudson.

        *Alicia not being able or willing to reinvent herself as a more serious actress (and thus, help make people move past the ditzy, cute young blonde image that helped made her popular in the first place).

        *Alicia disappearing from mainstream movies for the first portion of the 2000s. Granted, I don’t know if that was Alicia’s choice or it was forced on to her, but stuff like that either way, can’t help you stay relevant in the pop cultural zeitgeist or whatever you want to call it. It’s as if as soon as the ’90s ended, Alicia’s relevancy ended w/ it. In a way, if you ask me, she’s sort of the ’90s version of whatever Molly Ringwald was to the ’80s.

        *Alicia’s kooky (at least in my personal view), alternative lifestyle choices like practically militant veganism and her trying to justify her now infamous bird-feeding video involving her son arguably being a bit of a turn off to much of Middle America.

        I also feel that Alicia suffered from getting so much power when it was still relatively early in her career. It’s looking back, kind of odd that she got a three-picture, $10 million deal w/ Columbia off of the strength of just one movie (which in reality, was a modest success). That perhaps also, along w/ something like “Batman & Robin” and the mean-spirited gossip about her weight, gave people another reason to turn on her.


      • I don’t think that Alicia was necessarily a great business woman (I already posted about how Alicia may have “reaped what she sowed” in regards to her $10 million deal w/ Columbia) from a filmmaking perspective at least (since her “vegan lifestyle” stuff is inevitably going to be brought up in about the breath). While it’s debatable whether or not Alicia accepting a role in “Scream 3” would’ve served as a significant career bump (at least temporarily), there’s something that Alicia also several years back, backed out of a role as Ted’s love interest Stella in an arc on the show “How I Met Your Mother”. Alicia apparently backed out (Sarah Chalke replaced her at the last minute) because she was worried that Britney Spears, was guest starring as her dermatologist assistant would overshadow her.

        First off, Britney Spears is one of the biggest pop stars in the world, so she inevitably is going to get a whole lot of attention right off the bat. Also, this was right off of the heels of her infamous meltdown from the year prior, which of course added even more to the curiosity/publicity. Alicia (who in all brutal honesty, hasn’t been significant relevant in the general consensus since the end of the ’90s) should’ve understood that at the end of the day, she would’ve still been more essential to the overall plot when compared to Britney’s glorified cameo.


        • Alicia Silverstone Isn’t A Sharer:

          Back in the day when fading stars needed a place to go, they went en masse to Love Boat and Fantasy Island to regain some of their popularity and to earn a few quick bucks. If you wanted to be on the show you knew that you were going to have share screen time with other fading stars and if you didn’t want to, then you would not be asked back.

          Apparently Alicia Silverstone thinks she is some kind of megastar. She was due to make a guest appearance on How I Met Your Mother, but when hearing that Britney Spears was making a cameo on the same episode, she pulled out.

          Alicia thought it would be “chaotic.” I think it is because she wants to be the center of attention because it happens so rarely now. Every couple of years some network will throw the dice and take a chance on her for a series which eventually dies an early death in the ratings. The only other time we ever see her is when someone trots out fat pictures of her, and then the inevitable, I lost 20 pounds article.

          What Alicia should have realized is that the episode she could have guest starred on is going to be highly rated. Not Super Bowl or American Idol ratings, but higher than any of her disaster television shows have ever got. People would have said, “hey there is the chick from Clueless. They should put her in something again.” Instead, Sarah Chalke from Scrubs jumped at the chance when Alicia said no.

          I like Sarah Chalke better anyway.


        • I say, BRING BACK the “Love Boat” with Mister T as the Captain, Andy Dick as the guy nobody else wants to play, and Alicia Silverstone as Lauren “Tootsky”/”Cokey Flo” Tewes. It’ll give Tom Sizemore and Ally Sheedy a chance to work again, not to mention the cast of “Matlock.”


        • I would watch the hell out of that.

          Was I the only one who watched the short-lived Barry Sonnenfeld revival of Fantasy Island?


        • “HIMYM” was once a struggling sitcom, saved by Britney Spears:

          At first, “How I Met Your Mother’s” innovative sitcom format didn’t appeal to viewer, so much so that the show was on the bubble when it filmed its series finale scene during Season 2. It took a Season 3 appearance by Britney — accompanied by gobs of media attention and paparazzi — to make “HIMYM” a certified hit.


    • play to win the game | Why Batman and Robin is the greatest movie …:

      George Clooney mails this one in from whatever model he just so happened to be inside at the time. Chris O’ Donnell is, well he’s just always terrible at acting and here is proof of that. Alicia Silverstone, plays her part with the same half-wit charm that she’s had in such classics as Clueless (another clue that she was a terrible actress, pun intended.) and Blast From the Past (a total load of crap that I still have no idea why Christopher Walken was in that film.). I don’t even know who played Bane and I don’t honestly care all I know is that at one point in the film the behemoth of a man is wearing a trench coat and fedora in order to be inconspicuous while driving Poison Ivy around. Poison Ivy, played by Uma Thurman, is just the worst, she is essentially a sexual tyrannosaurus with a pension for loving plants and it gets creepier and creepier as the movie progresses.


      • re: a total load of crap that I still have no idea why Christopher Walken was in that film
        Because the check cleared. I like Walken much but I think he was quoted as saying he’s never turned down a role…I can believe it, as he’s been in LOTS of crapola.


    • What’s kind of funny about Drew Barrymore and Reese Witherspoon (while we’re on the subject), you can make the argument that “Never Been Kissed” and “Legally Blonde” respectively, were in a way, Drew and Reese’s “answer” to or interpretation of “Clueless”.


    • I kind of hate to say this, but I think at the end of the day, Alicia Silverstone really isn’t/wasn’t that great of an actress to begin with (she was arguably pretty one-note). As I said before, she got as far as she did by acting cute (which worked well in something like “Clueless”, which was perfectly tailored to her personality or acting abilities), but that sort of thing only has a certain self-life. It’s just like (since his WTHHT entry has recently been added) how Chevy Chase’s “I’m too cool for school/I don’t give a crap” approach to comedy stopped being appealing once he hit a certain age.

      With that being said, Alicia really (just like Sharon Stone in a way) should’ve realized her limits as an actress. Alicia really should’ve in retrospect, tried to milk the teen-genre as far as she could go. Unfortunately, Alicia’s star burned out too quickly because she was given too much hype and power so fast after “Clueless”.

      As I said before, I think part of the reasons why her attempts at a comeback in the “Miss Match” TV series, “Scooby Doo 2”, and “Beauty Shop” had such a limp reaction was because Alicia’s fan-base had by that point in time, grown up and moved on. And it didn’t help that Alicia seemed to keep acting like variations of Cher Horowitz.

      If you look at “Batman & Robin” (and granted, with the exception of Michael Gough’s Alfred) hardly anybody came off well, Alicia was really, really out of her element. While I haven’t seen “Love’s Labour’s Lost” yet, I’ll take the critic’s word for it in regards to her being out of her element or miscast too.


  10. In regards to “Batman & Robin”, Alicia Silverstone was kind of a “victim” (if you want to call her that) of stunt casting (albeit, not as obvious as Arnold Schwarzenegger being cast as Mr. Freeze or to a lesser extent, Jim Carrey as the Riddler) due to her then “It Girl” status thanks to “Clueless”. As a matter of fact, the Batman movies arguably suffered from an awful case of stunt casting as far back as the 1989 film and Jack Nicholson (who was top billed ahead of Michael Keaton and got a percentage of the movie’s gross) being cast to play the Joker.

    Unfortunately, among other obvious things of course, it wasn’t like Alicia herself was any good in “Batman & Robin”. A common criticism that I’ve read is that her acting is very flat. I do agree with the notion that people were in a way, rooting for her to fail (“Batman & Robin” just gave them all of the good ammunition). I really don’t know why (maybe because she was given a position of power in that three picture deal w/ Columbia off just one movie and at her age) but I could get an inkling from all of the negative press that she got about her weight.

    One thing that you forgot to mention about “Batman & Robin” is that Alicia played a “Batgirl in Name Only”. Her character’s name was Barbara like in the comics, but instead of being Commissioner Gordon’s traditionally redheaded daughter, she was Alfred’s niece (who for some reason despite coming over from England, didn’t have a British accent).

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    • Very true. Schumacher in particular cast based on whoever was hot whether or not they were right for the part. Plus, Batgirl was shoehorned into the movie solely for the purpose of selling toys. There was no other reason for her to be in that movie. Or Bane. Or Poison Ivy. Or… well they only made Batman and Robin to sell toys and Happy Meals really.

      Silverstone had a great presence on the screen in the right role. But you put her in a rubber Bat-suit and she was wooden. I don’t think anyone came off especially well in Batman and Robin, but Silverstone did seem especially bored with the role. She has been good in other movies that played to her strengths.

      Good point about Batgirl In Name Only. I can see why they made the change though. Gordon barely existed in the Batman movies of the time. There was no reason to tie Batgirl to Gordon who was way too old to have a daughter Silverstone’s age. The accent thing is funny but makes about as much sense as anything else in that movie.

      If you ever want to see steam come out my ears, just say “Bat credit card”. God, I hate that movie.


      • Among the actors who’s career supposedly “suffered” from being in “Batman & Robin”, I think Alicia suffered the most because she wasn’t as established per se as the others. What I think benefited somebody like George Clooney is that #1, he was already the third actor in this particular series dating back to 1989 to play Bruce Wayne/Batman. So it really didn’t matter much who was going to play Batman anymore when compared to the villains. In contrast, his predecessor, Val Kilmer’s growing negative reputation (not just on the set of “Batman Forever” but on the set of the “Island of Dr. Moreau” didn’t help). Also, it was easier to forgive Clooney because he was the first to be upfront and say that he wasn’t proud of the way the movie turned out.

        When Alicia’s later movies like “Excess Baggage” and “Blast from the Past” came out, she kind of had the stigma of being the girl who helped kill the once lucrative Batman film franchise. It’s really no different than what happened w/ Geena Davis and the “Cutthroat Island” debacle (which killed off Carolco Studios and the Pirate genre prior to “Pirates of the Caribbean”). When “Excess Baggage” (which was her first big starring vehicle after “Clueless”) and “Blast from the Past” (which I don’t think was really “her movie”) underperformed, she soon became looked at as somebody who wasn’t really a credible box office draw.

        I don’t know exactly why Alicia has been having trouble making a comeback from her early-mid ’90s prime. I don’t know if it’s a range issue or that her primary fan-base have grown up and moved on. Alicia Silverstone kind of falls into the Molly Ringwald (and to a lesser extent Matthew Broderick and Winona Ryder) territory of young stars who somehow had trouble finding success in more mature roles.


      • Comic Book references in movies Part IV: ‘Batman & Robin’:

        5. Both Barbara and Daphne, Alfred’s niece arrive abruptly without notice but are warmly greeted. (Panels from 1969’s Batman #216)


      • The thing about Joel Schumacher as a filmmaker is that you can make the argument that he’s the type of director who often or always tries so desperately hard to prove that he’s hip and cool. And he’s usually off/out-of-sync somehow, one-step behind or too late in terms of things like fashion trends (it’s really all window dressing). Here’s a review of “The Lost Boys” to get a better idea:



        David: Batgirl was just one element too many, honestly. She barely did anything, and she’s super-annoying at the end when she starts going “ALL ME!” about beating up Poison Ivy. Congratulations, you beat up a hippie. Now you can join the Toronto police.

        Chris: Silverstone’s the worst actor in the entire movie, her relationship with the other characters is tenuous, her costume is awful, and she creates bizarre plot holes just by existing. Why doesn’t she have an accent? How was she supposed to get to Wilfred in India when Alfred couldn’t do it and he had Bruce Wayne’s money backing him up? Why was her coming to Wayne Manor a big surprise when she had plans to free Alfred from servitude? How did Alfred know she would crack his password and go down into the Batcave? But the craziest thing about all those questions is that none of them actually matter to the plot. This would be virtually the same movie if you took her out of it completely.

        David: She’s just completely vestigial.

        Chris: Other than that, I can pretty much deal with everything else in the movie. Except maybe Batman’s winterized bat-suit. The hell were they thinking with that thing?

        David: Yeah, the winterized suits are just terrible, all three of them. And Barbara went from a domino mask to a cowl for no reason. Seriously, she wears the regular Batgirl outfit for, like, two minutes.

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        I could go on and discuss everything else this movie gets wrong. Like how Freeze freezes everything and then Batman unfreezes it, but there never seems to be any water created. Or how Batman, Robin (whiny Chris O’Donnell), and Batgirl (a bland, charismaless Alicia Silverstone) are in a rush to stop Freeze’s evil scheme, but have time to change into specially-designed costumes that have been sitting around for just such an occasion. Or the wire-work stunts that looked bad back in 1997 and looks even worse now. This movie is a cornucopia of comic crap.


    • This is none the least, a fascinating behind the scenes look into what would become one of the worst big budgeted films ever made (let alone the movie that would destroy the Batman film franchise for almost a decade).

      Enter the Scribe

      For Batman & Robin, Schumacher and Goldsman have also resurrected for a new generation the dazzling addition to the crime- fighting team known as Batgirl. Changing her identity once again is nothing new to Batman fans, for Batgirl has already morphed more than once since making her first appearance in Batman comics #139 in April, 1961.

      The first Batgirl was actually Betty Kane, daughter and sidekick of Batwoman, who was also introduced in that year. In 1966, Batgirl re-appeared, this time on television, as the alter-ego of Barbara Gordon–daughter of Gotham Police Commissioner Gordon. A year later, Batgirl made her comic-book re-appearance. This jump-started Batgirl’s popularity, and she’s been a familiar presence ever since, in the comics and the animated series as well. Once again, however, she’s been revised for the new film.

      “We re-conceptualized Batgirl for a few reasons,” Goldsman notes. “When you have as many central characters as we have, you need to create relationships so that the characters can be brought together. So we tied Barbara to Alfred as his niece rather than retain her as Commissioner Gordon’s daughter, because Alfred is a more central character in our story.”

      Joel Schumacher adds that “I didn’t realize that there were so many young girls who were Batman fans, and as I looked around and noticed that there weren’t any teenage super-heroines in our culture. But fortunately, Batgirl did exist, so we re-created her in a ’90s image.”

      Enter the Actors

      And how about the newest addition to the forces of good, Batgirl, aka Barbara Wilson?

      “Alicia Silverstone and I have been friends for about five years now. She’s an extraordinary young woman, very intelligent and,of course, beautiful and talented. Alicia is very popular, especially with young audiences, and I thought it would be nice to give them a young heroine who was as intelligent, strong-willed and just as dedicated to justice as the men. I hoped it would add something special to the mix.”

      Quite a contrast to Poison Ivy is Barbara Wilson, aka Batgirl. Alicia Silverstone recalls that she became a Batman fan via reruns of the ABC series, as have so many others of her generation, and was thrilled to be asked to play a heroine. “I think it’s really nice that with Batgirl, there’s a high-profile action star who’s female,” says Silverstone. “It’s wonderful that now little girls, too, can have someone to look up to.

      “Barbara’s skills are an asset to these boys,” she continues. “Being female adds an additional point of view to the team.” And like so many others on the Batman & Robin cast and crew, she shared a particularly warm relationship with Michael Gough, returning to portray Alfred Pennyworth for the fourth time. Echoing their on- screen relationship, Silverstone forged a close “uncle/niece” bond with Gough. The great British actor was delighted to find that Alfred’s participation in the story had been considerably increased.

      Costuming the Characters

      Also making a remarkable transition–or several of them–is Alicia Silverstone’s Barbara Wilson, a seemingly shy schoolgirl who later takes on the identity of Batgirl. Her attire is consistent with the overall designs of Batman and Robin’s basic and armored suits, replete with her own emblem, distinctive mask and high- heeled black boots, as befits a glamorous young heroine. “She’s a sweet blonde thing in a school uniform when we first see her,” notes Ferrin, “but then we see another side revealed when we discover that she’s actually a street-smart motorcycle racer. So at first, Alicia as Barbara appears as this angelic girl, but then we see her in leather jeans and motorcycles boots.”


    • Batman and Robin Review (BMB):

      At the 14:09 mark, the hosts start their “verbal takedown” of Alicia’s portrayal of “Batgirl in Name Only”.


    • The Worst of Comic Book Movie Casting:

      12- Alicia Silverstone as Batgirl: Number two from Batman & Robin is this sad choice. Silverstone had just come off her now iconic role of Cher in Clueless, so why not place her among 4 other terribly cast characters in a comic book movie? Makes sense! Not only was the character completely useless in the film, Silverstone was just an overall bad choice for the role. Silverstone has had a tough time shrugging off the Clueless role that made her famous and this was her attempt to get rid of that perception, trying to prove she had the range. Sadly, it backfired and she took part in a film that is considered to be one of, if not the worst comic book movie ever made.



        Alicia Silverstone is simply miscast. When she arrives at the doorstep of the Wayne Manor and announces herself as Alfred’s niece, she’s merely adequate. When we find out that she sneaks away in the middle of the night to race motorcycles with a bunch of punks who look like those quaint “New York street thugs” from Rumble in the Bronx, she’s even less convincing. That thing she does with her lips that was so adorable in Clueless? Apparently she just can’t stop it — she’s in the same mode for the duration of this one, and it gets old.


        • Batman & Robin (1997): Why George Clooney is the Worst Batman:

          As in Batman Forever, the casting works in theory but not in practice. When I heard that Arnold Schwarzenegger would play Mr. Freeze, all I could think of was McBane, the parody of Schwarzenegger on The Simpsons, who, in one McBane film, emerges from an ice sculpture around a table of villains, says, “Ice to see you,” then blows everybody away.

          Schwarzenegger has always been a fairly clumsy actor whose taciturn characters were more often the result of his inability to get his mouth around the English language, and he definitely doesn’t show off his best here. Neither do the others. Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy hams it up. Poor 27-year-old Chris O’Donnell is forced to whine like a teenager again, while Alicia Silverstone, all muckle-mouthed, is asked to graduate from being Clueless to being an “Oxbridge” student who races motorcycles, kicks ass, and turns into Batgirl. Silverstone wasn’t believable kicking the ass of a purse-snatcher in the Aerosmith “Cryin'” video, so why should we believe it here?


    • Batman: 10 Worst Casting Decisions:

      9. Alicia Silverstone as Barbara Wilson/Batgirl in Batman & Robin

      Never mind the alteration to the character, Batgirl is Barbara Gordon in the comics, the daughter of Commissioner Jim Gordon and not Alfred Pennyworth’s niece, Barbara Wilson, as she is in a film that’s only benefit was being so bad that it eventually paved the way for Christopher Nolan’s historic Dark Knight trilogy. The writing of the character is not very good as it comes across as someone who is added just for the sake of it and that is what happens when Barbara joins Batman and Robin as Batgirl toward the end of the film. Her addition to the Dynamic Duo in the film is forced in an already underwhelming plot.

      Alicia Silverstone, who two years prior starred in the successful film, Clueless, was a popular and well-known actress due to the benefit of being the lead actress in the hit comedy. However, her performance in Batman & Robin does not do the character justice as Silverstone’s portrayal is parallel with the writing of the character and the rest of the film which is not good.


    • Entertainingly Bad: Batman and Robin:

      Worst Actress: Alicia Silverstone: Not only is she playing Batgirl , who I always thought was a useless character. Batgirl just seemed like a character that was implemented only to connect with the female demographic (if there was one). But was also there to bring another female character into the comics for geeks to drool over, along side Catwomen (ehhhh…right). She just seemed like a joke, and consequently took away the serious tragedy and pain that we felt for Bruce Wayne and Batman, in the comics. Now, in Batman and Robin, she really doesn’t add anything to the plot and the film in general. Batgirl only appears three quarters into the film, and then she does nothing ,except pose. One thing that really pissed me off with Alicia Silverstone’s performance was her ‘English Accent’, as she is the niece of Alfred. Try and identify which part of the UK she is from. Its no British accent I’ve heard of!



        Theatrical report

        Batman & Robin is a trashy film, believe it or not; either that or they just lost the plot. Well, they certainly did lose the plot, because there isn’t one. World championship wrestling has more coherence than this.

        George is completely miscast as Batman: he gives exactly the same performance as he does on that TV doctors and nurses show (which is to say he mumbles his lines and bats his lashes at the camera). The dark, brooding quality of the bat-dude’s previous incarnations has completely disappeared, replaced by a sensitive new age guy. Alicia is equally bad as an English schoolgirl (unless English schoolgirls have suddenly developed Californian accents), and delighted my flatmate, Brendon, by being able to reprogramme satellite systems after doing computer studies at school (hello!?!)

        I have also discovered a new way to appraise films without seeing them. Any time that the name of the actor playing the main character is not the first one above the title, you know you’re in for a second rate film. Batman & Robin puts Arnie’s name above both George’s and Chris’, so you know what to make of it.

        The most disappointing instalment of the Batman franchise, this has a couple of interesting effects going for it, but not much else. Wait, I will amend that. It has nothing else going for it.



      4. THE ACTING
      It’s actually quite a rare thing to have an ensemble cast that both overact and underwhelm in their performances. But it’s not the ones that ham it up that are the problem (they were just going with Schumacher’s direction). It’s the lazy, tired performances that drag out the film. The most obvious actor in this regard was Clooney, who looked like he did not want to be there at all (and he probably didn’t).

      The movie could also be blamed for a number of career comas. It took Thurman six years and a Tarantino for her to come back in the spotlight (Kill Bill). Chris O’Donnell was not as fortunate, rarely going beyond TV cameos. Luckily, NCIS: LA gave him back some sort of relevance. However, it was Alicia Silverstone, the cute up-and-coming 20-year-old star from Clueless, that fell in the deep end. Her filmography after Batman and Robin include Excess Baggage, Love’s Labour’s Lost and Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. Yeah, you haven’t seen any of those have you?


      • 10 Excruciating Films That Ruined Your Image Of Batman Actors:

        1. Batman Gets Something Far More Fatal – Batman & Robin

        George Clooney must be haunted by the recurring image of Bat-nipples, because they, along with almost every other creative decision that Joel Schumacher made for his ill-fated and duly slated final Batman film all lead to Clooney’s career taking a sharp (but thankfully short-lived nose dive off a cliff.)

        The script was woefully underdone, and the direction for Clooney appears to have been something along the lines of “take all of the charisma you’ve built in roles to date, scrumple it into a tight little ball and throw it away, and just pretend you’re a plastic action figure.”

        Schumacher made Batman, and Clooney clowns, adding tasteless humour and unwanted camp to the character spectrum and basically ensuring that a whole new take on the character was needed. As a result, Clooney is more often than not mentioned as the worst Batman actor ever, but his potential is still there (he could play a masterful older Bats) and we can thank the outright crappiness of the movie for destroying the great casting decision.

        Batman & Robin also ruined Chris O’Donnell as a film star, and Alicia Silverstone too (though she probably wasn’t all that suited to roles beyond her comfort zone of Clueless clones and Valley girl sex-pots anyway) but nobody really cares so much about the side-kicks.

        The Low Point

        The whole sorry affair, to be frank.


  11. I agree with most of that comment. But I’m going to pick some nits.

    1. Just about everyone I’ve written about is “still working”. Steve Guttenberg is still working. But most people have never heard of the movies he makes. Even Rick Moranis is working. He just chooses not to make movies or TV anymore.

    2. The Babysitter had less to do with Clueless than The Crush. It got released to video because they wanted to capialize on Clueless. But Siverstone was cast in it because of The Crush and the Aerosmith videoes.

    3. Silverstone produced Excess Baggage herself. So, you can’t blame typecasting for that one unless she typecast herself.


    • I vaguely remember it. I really expected it to be a hit. It got good reviews. I fully expected it to launch a comeback. I think most of Hollywood was kind of shocked it didn’t work.


      • Not to beat a dead Al…err, horse, but the stinkin’ TV networks simply do not give shows a real chance anymore! MASH and All in the Family WERE NOT HITS in their first seasons but went on to be virtual modern TV icons. And like another poster here (below) said, some shows are “placed” on Friday or Saturday night slots, which are usually the KISS OF DEATH. I wish they’d bring back primetime broadcasts of MOVIES on Fri & Sat to “spare” TV shows this ignoble fate.


        • The networks have problems. They have to appeal to the broadest possible demographic. Which means most of their shows are crap. All of the good relevant shows that get buzz are on cable where they can appeal to a smaller audience. Not to mention all of the other entertainment alternatives that are available these days. The networks struggle with relevance.

          That can work in a show’s favor. Take for example 30 Rock. 30 Rock was a great network show that was never really a hit. But it lasted a long time on NBC because NBC was in dire straights. I’m not sure that shows are being prematurely cancelled by the networks any more. If anything, a lot of them are outlasting their usefullness.


    • 20 Actors Who Need To Make A Comeback:

      18. Alicia Silverstone

      Seeing Silverstone play suck and blow again with Jeremy Sisto on Suburgatory made me nostalgic for Silverstone’s brief moment in the sun, before Batman and Robin happened and ruined a lot of lives. Alicia was also great in Miss Match, the 2003 NBC show that had everything: a great cast (Nathan Fillion and Charisma Carpenter), choice producers (SATC guru Darren Star) and solid reviews (TV Guide was a champion). Except for viewers. The show suffered in the Friday Night Death Slot, when its core audience was at the gay bars, and died a swift death.


  12. Here’s an interview w/ Alicia Silverstone in which she pretty much admits to making some post-“Clueless” career mistakes (oddly, nothing is said about “Batman & Robin”):

    Here’s another article from several years back concerning the arc of Alicia’s career:


    • Alicia Silverstone struggled with fame:

      Alicia Silverstone wanted to become ”unfamous” as soon as she hit the big time.

      The 36-year-old actress rose to fame after appearing in blockbuster movies including ‘Clueless’ and ‘Batman and Robin’ in the mid 90s, and found that she was unable to deal with being recognised and wanted to go back to the way she was before.

      She said: ”It is hard to be famous when you are young, particularly if you did not have any plans. I wanted to become unfamous as fast as possible.”

      However, Alicia admits her fame had benefits, though she does think she pushed herself too hard.

      She added: ”I don’t want to come across as a victim.
      ”Fame brings money and I was able to buy a car at 18, a Ford Bronco, and buy a house a year later, which was a huge advantage. I did six movies back to back without a break which was a stupid thing to do.”

      Playing rich girl Cher in ‘Clueless’ also left Alicia – who has 17-month-old son Bear Blu with husband Christopher Jarecki – feeling she knew little about life because of how street-wise the character was.

      She told The Sun newspaper: ”I also wish I’d had the strength to say how little I knew about life. ‘Clueless’ gave the impression I knew about fashion and sex – it was ridiculous because I didn’t.”


      • I don’t entirely buy the notion that Alicia had so much trouble with the concept of being famous! I mean, if that was the case, then why did Alicia decided to become an actress in the very first place!? If you’re going to become an actress, then it’s pretty inevitable that people are going to recognize you. Also, if she was so worried about her fame, then why exactly did she sign up to do “Batman & Robin” or start her own production company (presumably, where she would be front and center in said movies)?


        • This is in response to the “Alicia didn’t/doesn’t want fame” post: Heck, almost EVERYbody says stuff like this from time to time…hey, I sometimes “don’t like to work,” but golly, the money is not only nice but necessary.



      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.


  13. I was reading on this particular message board regarding movies that haven’t aged particularly well and “Clueless” was among those mentioned. Much of the problem w/ “Clueless” is that it’s now pretty much an unintentional period piece that screams “this is the ’90s”. Alicia Silverstone “no longer being popular” apparently makes things worse:

    I think when the initial impact of a movie like “Clueless” mainly had to do w/ it helping reconstruct (and help make things “optimistic” again) the high school/teen comedy movie genre after the bitter deconstruction from “Heathers” several years prior.


    • Is it dated? I’m sure it is. Same as Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Both movies feel of their era. I don’t think that means they didn’t age well. I can still watch either one of them right now and the they still feel fresh. I don’t mind that they are set in a previous decade any more than I would mind a current movie being set in the 80s or 90s.

      I definitely agree that Clueless felt fresh because it lightened up the teen comedy. I love Heathers and Fast Times for being dark and complex. But Clueless is fun and fizzy. Mean Girls exists somewhere in between. They are four great high school movies.


      • “Mean Girls” (which was arguably “Clueless” meets “Heathers”) on its own is a bit awkward to watch now (just like watching “Clueless” now is a weird experience not just because of how ridiculously dated it comes off now but seeing a young, “healthy” Brittany Murphy) in light of Lindsay Lohan’s (who if anybody is “deserving” of a “What the Hell Happened to…” retrospective at this rate it’s her) personal problems in the years immediately after.


        • Brittany Murphy actually had a boatload of charisma in that movie. Maybe she should have stayed as an Alyson Hannigan type instead of trying to be a blonde bombshell.


        • I think she could have been either. She had the makings of a bombshell while also being able to play the girl next door. Career-wise, her problem was that she kept picking crappy movies. Obviously, she also had bigger personal problems.


      • ‘Mean Girls’ Takes a Smarter, Funnier Approach to Snooty High School Bitches Than ‘Heathers’:


      • I do believe that “Clueless” paved the way towards other “lighter, softer”, cheerful, romantic (or whatever you want to call it) teen comedies for the next few years such as (in no particular order) “Can’t Hardly Wait”, “She’s All That”, “10 Things I Hate About You”, “Never Been Kissed”, “Bring It On”, “Get Over It”, “Whatever It Takes”, etc. Some of these films that I mentioned, were like “Clueless” part of the sub-genre of adapting classic stories and modernizing them for a teen audience.

        If anything killed the “lighter” teen film trend of the ’90s and early 2000s, it was arguably the combination of “Not Another Teen Movie”, which viciously parodied the tropes of the genre) and “Mean Girls”, which rose the bar by tackling a slew of real-life youth issues in a way that made a lot of earlier films look uncomfortable (or more specifically, saccharine and unrealistic) in hindsight.


    • What Ever Happened to .. the cast of Clueless?

      Alicia Silverstone – Cher Horowitz

      Before Clueless Alicia was already a teenange star. At 16 she was seriously creepy in The Crush – a film that crossed Fatal Attraction with Lolita.

      For that film Alicia won MTV awards for best breakthrough performance and best villain.

      She became a verified 90′s icon in three Aerosmith videos. ‘Crazy’ co-starred Steve Tyler’s daughter and future Lord of the Rings star Liv Tyler.

      It’s said Alicia inspired a generation of girls to get belly rings after getting hers pierced in the Aerosmith video for Cryin’ (check out that and ‘Amazing’ here).

      On the back of the music videos Alicia became hugely famous (particularly with teenage boys) and landed the lead role in Clueless.

      She later said of the film “I think that Clueless was very deep. I think it was deep in the way that it was very light. I think lightness has to come from a very deep place if it is true lightness”.


      Following the film’s whopper success she signed a $10 million deal with Columbia-TriStar. That may have been a bit hasty on the studio’s part. She followed Clueless with flop The Babysitter and then this role..


      Alicia played Batgirl in the notoriously bad Batman and Robin opposite George Clooney and Chris O’Donnell. She won a Razzie for worst actress. It was dreadful.

      Excess Baggage (with Christopher Walken & Benicio Del Toro) and romcom Blast From The Best were other stinkers and any hype surrounding the actress evaporated.

      In 2003 her TV series Miss Match was cancelled after 11 episodes.

      Fair to say her career over the last 15 years hasn’t been stellar – with roles films like
      Scooby Doo 2, Beauty Shop, Stormbreaker, a brief cameo in Tropic Thunder, and most recently another flop comedy called Butter. That said, she remains one of those stars who will always be iconic to one particular generation (if completely unknown to anyone older or younger).

      She’s good friends with Alanis Morissette, they made this spoof of an indie movie for Funny Or Die.

      Alicia met musician Christopher Jarecki (from the band S.T.U.N) in 1997 and they married in 2005.

      She’s not likely to be a soul-mate of Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson as she has an eco-friendly home, is passionate about animal and environmental activism and has published her own vegan cookbook.

      In March 2012 she posted this video up on her blog showing how she chews her son’s food for him before feeding him like a bird. Alicia says it’s been a practice that’s been going on for thousands of years, the public’s response was ‘Ugh. Eww. What? Eww’.

      At age 36 she’s still acting and could have a hit on her hands with the next film Gods Behaving Badly, costarring Sharon Stone and Christopher Walken.

      Alicia says she’s not about to get her own reality TV show anytime soon – “Fame is not anything I wish on anyone. You start acting because you love it. Then success arrives, and suddenly you’re on show.”


    • Alicia Silverstone In The ’90s Pretty Much Owned Our Wardrobes:

      Admit it: You spent the ’90s lacing up your Dr. Martens and expertly inserting butterfly clips into your hair.

      But it’s OK — Alicia Silverstone was the coolest person on the planet and she did, too. Whether you hopped on the Silverstone train circa her appearance in Aerosmith’s music video for “Crazy” in 1994 or after her turn as Cher in 1995’s “Clueless,” the actress’ style was pretty emblematic of what was going on across the country. Or, at the very least, in our own wardrobes.

      In honor of Silvertone’s 37th birthday today (Oct. 4), we’re taking a fond walk down memory lane and recalling the style tips we picked up from her back in the ’90s.


    • The Art of the Double Feature: Clueless And Frances Ha:

      Double features should be like pairing a wine with dinner: executed thoughtfully. If treated as a free-for-all — where everyone blindly contributes — you run the risk of coupling a seafood platter with a box of merlot (ugh), or in the case of movies, Schindler’s List with The Hangover. (And not even the original Hangover. I’m talking Part III.)

      In the interest of double features everywhere, today I’m serving up a hearty but decadent duo – the newly released (for streaming) Noah Baumbach dramedy Frances Ha, alongside the iconic ’90s comedy Clueless. Both are simple enough in flavor on their own, but they possess complementary notes that satisfy nearly everyone’s viewing palate.

      First, let’s start in 1995 – a very good year for grapes, but a better year for Alicia Silverstone. Unless you were born recently (or have been living in the same lab to which Paul Rudd returns every night to store his unchanging youth), you’ve already seen Clueless. Multiple times, probably. In fact, it may be one of those sacred films where you hear the lines a beat before the actors say them, and then resist the urge to demonstrate your psychic abilities out loud to your friends. If you don’t resist, they will hate it, and they will hate you.

      But Clueless is one of those rare instances where its outmoded, ’90s-specific qualities not only refuse to hinder the film’s charm – they actually increase it. Space pilgrims in the future will watch this movie as a hologram and they will think that Clueless illustrates an actual moment in time where everyone wore hats like Dionne and Alicia Silverstone was our national queen. And that would be an okay assessment. In fact, that would be a great assessment.

      Just as Clueless launched Brittany Murphy’s career, her untimely death in 2009 caused a posthumous crowning, immortalizing the character of Tai Frasier in our flannel-swathed hearts. (Not even sporadically!) And perhaps that’s an element of the origin story of Greta Gerwig’s Frances Ha, the eponymous title character in part two of our double feature. Although Gerwig doesn’t have Murphy’s charisma, there are flashes of the late actress in Gerwig’s execution of a post-grad aspiring dancer, struggling to pay rent as she stumbles through New York City in a daze — so much so that at times it’s not hard to imagine Frances Ha as a continuation of Tai’s story, or at the very least, a not-so-distant relative.

      “I’m so embarrassed. I’m not a real person yet,” Frances earnestly admits when forced to concede that she can’t pay a restaurant bill with a credit card — because she doesn’t have one.

      While the bulk of the film centers on Frances in a state of limbo with friends, jobs, apartments, and general comprehension, her cringe-inducing, childlike awkwardness never wavers. When an acquaintance characterizes about Frances, “You seem older… Like, a lot older. But less, like, grown up. It’s weird,” I can almost hear Tai exclaim, “Wow, you guys talk like grown-ups!”

      Unlike many high school comedies from the 90s, Clueless has aged with a strong acidity, and when blended with the fresh and aromatic Frances Ha, it creates a balanced, fruity bouquet that would impress even Dionne (she of the discriminating palate).

      Get to watching! And tell us your favorite double feature combinations in the comments!


    • In Which We Haven’t Got A Clue »

      With a Bow


      I have to give her snaps for her courageous fashion efforts.

      In 1995, an indignant sophomore struts down a hallway clutching a Clinton era-sized cell phone to her ear. Her best friend also storms past lockers, mewling equally distraught complaints in her phone. Then suddenly, like paired butterfly wings coming together in flight, the two girls meet, snap shut their cell phones and resume their conversational swagger. Each half of the pair is festooned in plaid mini-skirts, coordinated jackets, and jaunty woolen sweater vests. They walk in unison, but just for a moment. As they part, one intones the reassuring best friend refrain: “Call me.”

      This is the moment that Clueless becomes Clueless. In this scene, the movie confirms its position as a stylized beacon of perfection and order. When Cher meets her best friend Dionne (Stacey Dash), their rendezvous is perfectly synchronized. Clueless was a restoration of order to the teen comedy after 1988’s awesomely nihilistic Heathers tried to poison any sense of rhyme or reason from the genre.

      Skipping into the 1990s with a plot ripped from Jane Austen’s Emma, Amy Heckerling’s rendition brought an inventiveness of language and clothing that firmly landed Clueless as a cultural touchstone. In a moment when the other zeitgeist films waded through angst-ridden waters (1994’s Reality Bites, 1995’s Before Sunrise, 1996’s Trainspotting), Clueless confirmed its adherence to neatness and coordination through its language and costume.

      The tied-with-a-bow perfection of Clueless is perhaps what gives its latest revival such a distasteful vibe. In Vamps, out last month, director and writer Amy Heckerling has cast Alicia Silverstone as a girly vampire, the high-school debate teacher from Clueless as her arch-nemesis, and recruited Clueless’s costume designer Mona May for her signature outrageous wardrobe. Though this does not a sequel make, that’s the connection that team Heckerling is pushing, most notably in a Clueless reunion spread last month.

      In the upcoming movie, Silverstone’s character, Goody, spends her days focusing on getting a date with a cute boy and bonding with her best friend – the priorities of Cher, a character that has proven a bit of a one-hit wonder for the actress, who seems exceptionally connected with the part. (Not that I buy this, but it was rumored that Silverstone was the one to pronounce Haitians like a San Francisco refugee group, ‘Haight-ians,’ which does prove some art/life overlap.) Almost fifteen years is certainly a moment for some nostalgia, but not a listless comeback.

      Yes, there was a Clueless television show, but that just came across as serialized nonsense caught in the hype, rather than the trickier nostalgia revival or an attempt to recall something that was sort of perfect. It’s also unduly ironic and upsetting that this is a revival using the ‘undead’ as its characters, which itself is a trope that has been declared DOA for the past half-decade. It’s a crutch in the form of pointed canines. But let’s not dwell on the teeth.

      Clueless is not really layered, or if it is, it is in the manner of one of Cher’s outfits: well-matched, carefully coordinated effort over something with a lively, effortlessly hip life of its own. Below the lip-gloss, there is something to the movie. It’s got substantive appraisal of forgiveness, the glee in youthful hubris, the resilience of friendship, the humor and heartbreak in misconstrued romance, and in true Austen fashion – the comfort of having everything in the right place.

      Of all the movies in existence, Clueless has the strongest sense of irrepressible happiness in its hipness. It has a joy that comes from being completely part of its own moment. The following is most likely an instance of movie mythology, but when asked about how the film should look, sound, and seem by various members of the crew, Amy Heckerling replied: “happy.” This is so nice to hear, so awesomely simple and earnest and 90s.

      After the dark, crude, or caustic vibe of many teen comedies, this was a momentary restoration of the happy-go-lucky. The resolution of the film is proof perfect of this – a slightly undercut “marriage plot.” Cher and her best friend devoted much of their extra-curricular activities to matchmaking two of their teachers, who wed in the final scene of the film. In this finale, each of the main characters is paired with his or her match and the stakes of the scene are who might catch the bouquet. Other equivalent girl-centric and zeitgeisty high school movies like Juno or Mean Girls resolve sweetly but not perfectly. Not everything neatly falls into place, not every left shoe is paired with its right.

      But in Clueless everything matches. When everything matches things get tacky fast, but also it’s also remarkably soothing. There is something deeply simplistic (see 2000) in those complicated outfits. Cher and Dionne always coordinated in a way that didn’t seem like planning, but rather intuitive mirroring. It suggested a neat authenticity to their relationship. Cher’s clothing, from the plaid regalia in the first scene, to a vampy red number she dons for a party in the Valley, matches from head to toe.

      The solidest example of Clueless’s impeccable perfection is almost ineffable: the idyllic match between the film and its star. Alicia Silverstone, with her sleek blonde hair, annoyed pout, crisply warm enunciation, is an ideally 1990s combination of sass and earnestness. Other similarly manicured teen films fall short – most notably 2000’s Bring It On and 2010’s Easy A. Though choreography and neatly matching uniforms helped out Bring It On’s attempt at a perfectly synchronized world, Kirsten Dunst had a little too much bitterness behind her smirk. With Easy A, Emma Stone had an endearingly Cher-like aura, but she outshone the subject matter and rest of the cast by being the most winsome person ever. The realm of the perfect is avoided by most lauded high-school movies. They are sprawling and messy, à la American Graffiti, Dazed and Confused, perhaps in order to capture a little more realism.

      Realism is not Clueless’s aesthetic. The language in Clueless parades through the film like the coordinated clothing. It’s snappy-sassy, goofy, irreverent, peppy and colorful. It’s certainly of the moment, but it’s also outside from time in an absurd way: did anyone ever say: “as if” or put up their fingers in a ‘W’ drawing out the middle of “whatever”? This invention of language is a staple of the teen film, even though real-world applications frequently relegate it to quoting the film, rather than cooping it, something meta-acknowledged in Mean Girls with “fetch.” It can never quite be dated, because its exaggeration makes it timeless.

      In this timelessness, Clueless accessed the removed world of the American teenager. It is not necessarily dated to the 90s, but to a time idealized by 15-year-olds. The characters are full of pretense of wanting to be older and taken seriously, while also resisting understanding from anyone outside of their generation. Right before her DMV test to acquire a driver’s license that will give her the freedom of an adult, she looks for the image of adulthood: her “most capable looking outfit” thinking this might persuade others of her maturity. When Cher throws her clothes around on her bedroom floor, it’s less Gatsby-style materialism, more honest toddler. So, while the film is certainly a roman a clef of sort, it keeps its characters in a make-believe world outside of consequences. Cher never gets her license, avoiding that responsibility. Unlike in Emma, the film doesn’t end in the commitment of marriage for the main character but rather a happy realm of possibility. The simple perfection achieved by the film is matched to a youthful hubris that everything can be perfectly coordinated and matched. It ends with blissful frivolity.

      You’re probably going like, is this a Noxzema commercial or what?

      In 1995, a young woman wakes up and pads across her bedroom to sit fresh-faced, in front of her Clinton era-sized desktop computer. Bright images flash across the screen, skirts sashaying across the bottom and tops, blouses across the top. After browsing for a couple minutes and making a few misguided matches, she selects an ensemble that would dress her from head to toe in coordinated perfection. She smiles slightly and nods. A union of perfect happiness.


  14. 25 A-List Hollywood Actors Who Fell the F Off:

    Alicia Silverstone
    Best Known For: Clueless (1995)
    Most Recent Project: Ass Backwards (2013)

    Clueless launched Alicia Silverstone’s career into the stratosphere, resulting in a first-look deal for her production company and firmly cementing her A-list status. The level of critical and commercial success she found with Clueless never returned, however, as her subsequent ’90s films were either poorly reviewed or made no money. Doesn’t seem to have bothered SIlverstone; recent years have found her working on TV and in the theater.



    When the hosts get to “Batman & Robin” they mock the way that Alicia Silverstone spoke in the movie as well as a crack about her weight at the time.

    In this “Now Playing” podcast about the Batman films (more specifically, “Batman & Robin” at around the 00:57:00 mark), goes into how decidedly awkward Alicia’s role/performance in the movie came across:
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    • The Dark Knight Retrospective: Re-Watching Batman & Robin (1997):

      Oh, how the mighty have fallen. What started as a runaway pop cultural juggernaut under Burton had, by 1997, devolved into a joke. And not even a funny joke – a pathetic one. I’m sure there are worse superhero films that have been made, I just can’t think of any. Batman & Robin is pure camp, eschewing any semblance of realism or gravitas for more of the Bam! Pow! flavor of Batman ’66. Is it intentional? It has to be. Is it successful? Not by a long shot. Perhaps emboldened by the success of Batman Forever, director Joel Schumacher thought he should take it even further. The end result is a catastrophe of truly epic proportions. It pissed off fanboys. It tanked the Batman franchise. And it nearly derailed George Clooney’s promising film career. Alicia Silverstone would never recover. Arnold Schwarzenegger would soon turn to politics. As for myself, I learned a very important lesson: beware the hype.

      As is a running theme with these Batman movies, notice I haven’t even talked about Batman yet. Not much to say really. Clooney plays him like, well, Clooney. He’ s a perpetual bachelor. He fears commitment. He opens his gorgeous home to other people. There is no weight to this version of Bruce/Batman. Clooney likes to rip on his performance here, and that’s a good thing because he is really terrible in this. A lot of that has to do with the script, but Clooney is equally to blame. Chris O’Donnell wisely stays away from the spotlight, as he reprises his role as Robin. He doesn’t really make an impression here one way or another. But Alicia Silverstone sure does. She’s playing Alfred’s niece, who will go on to be Batgirl. Why? Probably to sell more toys. She gives a very nervous, unsure performance, and is miles removed from the talent she showed in Clueless. One of the worst lines comes from her towards the end of the film. After breaking through glass and fighting Poison Ivy, it is 100% obvious that her Barbara character is this Batgirl. Batman and Robin clearly know it. Yet, Silverstone has to say: “Bruce, it’s me, Barbara.” Oy.


      • Best & Worst Female Portrayals in a Batman Film:

        7. Alicia Silverstone as Batgirl/Barbara Wilson (Batman & Robin, 1997)

        I’ve never thought much of Alicia Silverstone as an actress and after seeing her in Batman & Robin I didn’t think much of her at all ever again, until now. Silverstone was perfect casting for Barbara Wilson, but terrible casting as Batgirl. The story of Batgirl was so underdeveloped in Batman & Robin and while that wasn’t Silverstone’s fault, I felt she could have been less annoying in the role. Batgirl is a hero that we’re supposed to root for and Silverstone was plain out bad and corny. Silverstone was completely out-of-place in this movie. It’s almost like someone put names in a hat, pulled her name and she got the role. She gave the worst performance I’ve ever seen in the worst Batman movie… ever.


        • 11 Cringe-Worthy Batman Moments That Suck Way More Than Affleck Ever Could:

          3. Alicia Silverstone Can’t Talk

          Batman & Robin is rightly confirmed as the worst modern Batman movie – it is still a world ahead of the 1966 Batman movie starring Adam West – and by some distance. The direction was undisciplined and ill-conceived, the art direction was poor, and the whole tone was a million miles away from that which had made Tim Burton’s Batman movies so enduringly popular.

          There’s clearly no debate that the worst things about the film were the villains, with a sex-pot Poison Ivy joining the comically overblown Bane, over-powered by ludicrous day-glo toxins (the most pertinent personification of a film’s problems that’s ever been) and the muscular, quiptastic Mr Freeze. All were bad ideas, but they were joined at the top of the unwanted additions list by Alicia Silverstone’s inconceivably bad Batgirl.

          Not content with bringing in one distracting sidekick, Schumacher decided to bring Alfred’s suspiciously American niece Barbara to give us all the chance to see Alicia Silverstone’s shapely rear end clad in leather in an extreme close-up. Oh, and her leather-clad breasts too.

          Sadly, Clueless was clearly a blip in Silverstone’s mostly unremarkable career, and she showed her inappropriateness for the role by failing to actually deliver lines without sounding like she was the kind of “tired and emotional” that actors tend to get on TV shows, just before they toddle off the rehab. Words don’t so much flow out of her as wrestle their way out of, and trip over her lips, and she’s hardly the kind of actor you would choose if your film relied on the cheap pay-off of comical quips.


        • Batman on Film Part 6: Batman & Robin (1997):

          Alicia Silverstone. Talk about stunt casting. After Clueless was such a huge box office and cultural success, Silverstone went on to skyrocket to stardom and was cast in a wide array of box office… failures. While she was great as a ditzy blonde in a high school movie, she came up short playing anything else. Including Batgirl. And why wasn’t she Commissioner Gordon’s daughter? Well that probably had a lot to do with the fact that Gordon was really downplayed in this series of movies, and when he did show up he was kind of a buffoon. Thankfully his next appearance on the big screen did him justice. So Silverstone was made to be Alfred’s niece from England (where was her accent?), which pretty much was just a set up for her to discover the Batcave and become Batgirl. So nice that there was convenient crime-fighting costume in just her size in the Batcave. And why the hell didn’t HERS have nipples? Bull s***.


    • Bad Sequels: Batman & Robin (1997):

      The cast is unanimously struck down by the material, with Schwarzenegger (looking like he just stepped out of 1982’s Tron) and Thurman being hit especially hard by receiving an overabundance of the film’s most terrible dialogue. A miscast Clooney (the series’ third actor in the role) and fresh-faced O’Donnell are complete non-entities and their out-of-place brotherly spats seem inspired by Disney Channel fare, while supermodel Elle Macpherson chose this turkey to follow up her well-received performance in Sirens and is given virtually nothing to do as consolation. Worst of all is Alicia Silverstone’s terrible flip portrayal of Batgirl, who has a seeming endless amount of annoying valley girl speak spilling out of her lopsided mouth and crams a ton of baby fat into that bodysuit…shudder! Michael Gough’s Alfred (along with Pat Hinge’s Commissioner Gordon as the only actors to have stuck through all four films) fares better than rest of the cast, but even he is saddled with a dreary subplot of gratuitous sentiment that is yet again completely out of step with everything surrounding it.


      • Ten Worst One-Liners From Batman and Robin:

        October 4, 2012 at 8:15 am

        BATMAN & ROBIN is, dollar-for-dollar, the worst movie ever made. There have worse movies, but never a movie that was that bad and that expensive.

        A lot of the blame is in the script. It was like an episode of the old Adam West/Burt Ward TV show as written by someone who didn’t get the jokes. As bad as those ten lines are, you could probably find ten others almost as bad.

        A lot of folks knock the film-makers for adding homoeroticism to the mix. To me, that is the least of the problems with the movie. Part of BATMAN ’66 was its low budget sensibility and its innocent (almost naive) sexiness. There is no reason that tone couldn’t be broadened to be inclusive of folks with different orientations.

        The problem is with scaling something that slight up to pseudo-Wagnerarian dimensions. None of the characters were any fun at all. As a straight man, I didn’t find either Poison Ivy, or Batgirl, remotely appealing. That is kind of amazing given the actresses involved and the characters they were playing.

        That is largely a function of the plot making no sense. Every scene is pulling in two incompatible directions. Is it a big, epic action movie (e.g. the Burton Batman films)? A light comedy (e.g. BATMAN ’66)? A satire of action movies (e.g, HUDSON HAWK)? It varies not just from scene-to-scene, but line-to-line.

        God, do I love to hate BATMAN & ROBIN.

        October 7, 2012 at 1:31 am

        This movie was f***ing bad… and here’r a few reasons:

        A. Anticipation.

        Burton’s first bat-flick was more action packed than gothic. Batman Returns amped up both the gothic elements while making it both whimsical & melancholic in nature.

        The camp level existed in virtually all the films prior to the Nolan reboots.

        But Burton always added drama to his films no matter how absurd some of his concepts were. And pound for pound, Batman Returns was equally absurd, funny and sad.

        Which set the tone for Batman Forever.. & Joel Schumacher essentially made a worthy sequel that wasn’t too jarringly different from its predecessors. It was a fun yet somewhat dissapointing ride.

        Batman & Robin came in & echewed all the drama & went full camp…. which is the equivalent of taking out the car’s stereo, AC, seat covers… while going the extra mile & breaking the windows for extra measure.

        Imagine the kind of car you’d end up with…. and you’ll understand the kind of movie Batman & Robin was. It was functional… yet it still sucked.


  16. I think another thing that hurt Alicia’s career was her spending the early part of the 2000s doing a string of as LeBeau said, offbeat and smaller films. I mean even after the failures of “Batman & Robin” and “Excess Baggage”, she could still be considered a serious box office star when she made “Blast from the Past”. Just like Demi Moore did w/ “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle”, Alicia after several years away from the spotlight, reemerged in a sequel to a TV show based movie (for Alicia, “Scooby Doo 2”) that wasn’t really that well received or regarded to begin with. Thus, in a way, they both really didn’t benefit from appearing these movies. Alicia in hindsight, became pretty much an “artifact” of what was going on in the ’90s.


  17. Alicia Silverstone heads to Lifetime:

    She’ll star in human resources drama “HR.”


  18. What the hell happened to Alicia’s “Clueless” director, Amy Heckerling:

    9. Amy Heckerling

    Signature Movies: Clueless, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Look Who’s Talking, Look Who’s Talking 2, European Vacation

    Last Significant Work: Loser (2000)

    What’s She Doing Now?: She made a movie a couple of years ago called I Could Never Be Your Woman with Paul Rudd and Michelle Pfeiffer that, ummm … it did well in Brazil. It went straight-to-DVD in America. No one saw it, and perhaps for the best, as it was awful. She is attempting another comeback with a female vampire romantic comedy, with Alicia Silverstone and Sigourney Weaver. It’s in pre-production; we’ll see if it makes it any further.


    • Ten Once Formidable $100 Million Directors Who Are Now Scraping the Bottom of the Has-Been Barrel:

      Amy Heckerling: Amy Heckerling directed the starting point for a generation of brilliant high-school films, Fast Times at Ridgemont High before moving on to the stellar European Vacation. In 1989 and 1990, she hit a creative stumbling block, directing the successful but excruciating Look Who’s Talking films before bouncing back in 1996 with Clueless. Unfortunately, it was soon after that success that she crapped out, directing Night at the Roxbury, Loser, and most recently, the straight-to-DVD clunker, I Could Never Be Your Woman, with Paul Rudd and Michelle Pfeiffer. She does have another film in the works, Vamps, with Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter, but the movie (pictured below) seems unlikely to save her directing career.


  19. Alicia Silverstone – Career Ditz:

    When Alicia silverstone, one time IT girl, was asked to join in on the homoerotica of Batman And Robin, it seemed like a good idea at the time. “‘Sure’ was my answer. It was exciting. It was one of those things that there was no reason not do it.” Except maybe that the film was to become one of the most villified films of recent memory. “I used to watch the TV series. I liked the villains,” says Silverstone, only just now managing to put her career back in place. Monty Sudan takes a time out and talks frankly with Alicia about life, love and how the hell the most successful superhero franchise ever became a shambling ruin.


  20. A pre-“Buffy” Sarah Michelle Gellar was apparently first offered the Cher Horowitz role in “Clueless” before Alicia. I think SMG turned it down because she at the time was in a scheduling conflict w/ the TV show that she was on at the time (“All My Children” if I’m not mistaken). So who knows, what would’ve happened to Alicia’s career early on had SMG starred in “Clueless” instead of her:


    • 25 Little-Known Facts About Clueless:

      1. The reason Alicia Silverstone was chosen for Cher wasn’t because of her acting abilities. When casting for the part, director Amy Heckerling reportedly ordered casting agents to get her “that girl from the Aerosmith videos.” Although Silverstone got her start in The Wonder Years and a Lolita-esque 90s film called The Crush, she became famous for her roles in three Aerosmith videos: “Cryin’,” “Amazing” and “Crazy,” the last a lesbian-tinged girls-gone-wild romp. That video also starred Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler’s daughter, Liv. This is doubly creepy, as Liv was 17 at the time.


      • 50 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About “Clueless”

        Sarah Michelle Gellar was offered the role of Cher Horowitz, but had to pass due to scheduling conflicts with All My Children.
        Reese Witherspoon was also considered for the role of Cher.
        Alicia Silverstone landed the role of Cher because Heckerling ultimately wanted the girl from “those Aerosmith videos.”
        Silverstone didn’t formally audition for the movie — a lunch meeting sold Heckerling on the star.
        Silverstone wasn’t interested in the role at first, because she thought Cher was a “materialistic, annoying little bitch” with no redeeming qualities.
        Silverstone took inspiration from Marilyn Monroe and Lucille Ball to play Cher, but said she doesn’t think that totally translated on screen.
        Cher’s mispronunciation of “Haitians” in the debate scene wasn’t scripted. Silverstone really didn’t know how to say the word, and Heckerling decided to leave the mistake in the movie.
        Alicia Silverstone and Breckin Meyer (Travis Birkenstock) both actually attended the inspiration behind Bronson Alcott High, Beverly Hills High.
        And Silverstone recently said she’s game for a sequel if Heckerling wants to write it.


  21. O Alicia, Alicia, Wherefore Art Thou Alicia?:

    1994 is not likely remembered fondly by the majority of mankind. There was Rwanda and Sarajevo and the gas attack in the Tokyo subway. There was O.J. and Nancy and Tanya and Paula Jones. Major League Baseball went on strike. Cobain committed suicide. Historically speaking, yes, there have been better calendar years. But there were good things, too. “Like Mandela being elected President of South Africa?” Well, sure, but I was thinking more along the lines of, say, the development of my first hardcore celebrity crush.

    I can’t even count the number of post-school afternoons or lazy summer days either at my best friend’s house or in my home where we had only recently acquired cable (!) in ’94 when I would indulge in Aerosmith’s “Cryin'” video on MTV, the video that made an entire nation of drooling American teenage idiot males go beside themselves with unrequited amore for Alicia Silverstone. God help me, that video. Lady Gaga’s videos are cool and all but they are regional dinner theater when compared to the righteous majesty of “Cryin’.” This was the video that found Silverstone (11 months older than me) catching her ne’er-do-well boyfriend (Stephen Dorff) cheating on her and going bad-girl by getting a tattoo and her naval pierced before moving on to a freeway overpass where she threatens to jump as her boyfriend turns up to talk her down before she responds by leaping into the air, falling and falling, as the song thunders to its conclusion, until the twist (!) when we discover she is attached to a bungee chord and all is well. The video ends with Alicia, a smile befitting a princess who smokes in the girl’s room, flipping off her boyfriend.

    Let me be understated: this was the most badass, meaningful middle finger in the history of the world.

    I would not hesitate to call that elegantly mischievous Bronx Salute as being the call sign of my age bracket, so-called Generation X. It’s funny, you watch that video now and at the end when she’s hanging there over the freeway the first thing you notice is her flannel and her combat boots, and neither of those would have registered in ’94 because they were just, you know, normal. That’s how we rolled. People not of our generation liked to pen flowing treatises about what we “stood for” and who we “were” and how we “felt”. You know how we feel about how you think we feel? There’s Alicia’s middle finger. Enjoy.

    This all makes me sound like some jaded Pearl Jam protagonist, yet that is nowhere near accurate. I wore some flannel, sure, I even had an earring – in fact, at one point I had three earrings (no, really, I did – I said, I did – stop laughing) – but I don’t know that I was ever really grunge. I’ve never even owned a single Pearl Jam album! I wanted to be Chuck D, or at least Q Tip, the only problem was that I was as much a bad boy as George Costanza. Then again, I probably was jaded, though my jade (?) came via the fact I didn’t know who I was – or, more accurately, I was what I was but had not yet grasped this and/or admitted it. But as 1994 progressed, I slowly came to truly understand what my man Q Tip meant when he rapped “See my shit is universal if you got knowledge and dolo of delf for self”. And so every time I drift back to the year that started me on the path to becoming the proud, introverted, too-romantic un-manly man I am today, well, there is always the lingering image of Ms. Silverstone settled over Steven Tyler’s screeching.

    Naturally her appearance in the video for “Cryin'” (and “Crazy” and “Amazing”) led to a movie career. She had some initial schlock, sure, like “The Crush” and “The Babysitter” (I’m not saying I’ve seen them but I’m also not saying I haven’t specifically because I have) but then in 1995 she and Amy Heckerling dropped Cher Horowitz and “Clueless” on us. That was a fantastic film, a fact which I did not admit at the time for fear of having the man card I never even had in the first place taken away from me. But now I love Kylie Minogue, too, and I love her openly and so I no longer care! “CLUELESS” WAS AWESOME! And that means that, in turn, ALICIA SILVERSTONE WAS AWESOME! Nimble comic timing, an ability to display that something real and true was bubbling below the surface and a warmth atypical of the so-called Valley Girl.

    The film was well received. Silverstone was well received. And the Summer Of ’97 was supposed to be her ascent into the fabled land of Big Actresses On Campus. She would be Batgirl in “Batman & Robin” and would star in – as well as co-produce – “Excess Baggage.” She could act and produce. Even Julia Roberts hadn’t pulled that off (at that point). The world was her crème brûlée.

    As if.

    “Batman & Robin” was an unmitigated disaster. Oh, it was technically a financial success but even the studio moguls would tell you it wasn’t as big a financial success as they’d hoped. How did it go wrong? It had Mia Wallace and Alicia Silverstone! But it also had infinite bad one-liners, unctuous Joel Schumacher directing and, of course, as the lament goes, Bat Nipples. And, let’s be frank, Alicia’s performance was a letdown. She was wooden, lifeless, a Valley Girl trying to live in a Gotham World. Maybe you could say she was miscast but if Alicia was going to breathe rarefied air, well, that excuse don’t fly. Gotta bring it no matter what. “Excess Baggage”, meanwhile, was nothing more than a cinematic shrug of the shoulders.

    She took another crack at a leading role in “Blast From The Past” (1999), a film I put together reel-by-reel at the Wynnsong 16 and screened by myself in a darkened theater one weekday at midnight. This was the film where a Cold War couple (Christopher Walken and Sissy Spacek) stow away in their basement bomb shelter at the onset of the Cuban Missile Crisis and remain there for 35 years before sending their grown son, Adam (Brendan Fraser), out into 1997 where, amongst many hijinks, he meets and falls for Eve (Alicia Silverstone). I had aged so much in those five years, believe me, but I felt such an innocent longing, a youthful zest, and an earnest hope when I sat down to watch it, a sensation that this might be the return to her mojo. Not quite. I can still feel the despondence in my heart as I realized that Ms. Silverstone seemingly had no more than two facial expressions – sad pout and reluctant happiness that, now that I think about it, were actually quite similar – at her disposal. The material, again, may have been lacking, but she could not transcend it, nor even make it semi-bearable.

    Her role in Kenneth Branagh’s musical take on “Love’s Labour’s Lost” a year later came across like the sinking of the Bismarck. Now she wasn’t merely miscast, she was completely outta her element. A.O. Scott of The New York Times wrote: “When Ms. Silverstone’s voice skids and squeaks over the syllables of words like ‘perplexity’ and ‘lamentation,’ you can’t help but root for her in her struggle with the the tongue-tying perplexities of Elizabethan verse.” Good grief, Cher Horowitz.

    And so, she receded. Not completely. No one completely recedes in Hollywood. But to quote Alec Baldwin, speaking of his own career, she earned “an all-access pass that lasts for five years. You have to capitalize. And, if the movies you make don’t make money in that period, your pass expires.” Her pass expired. She had a 2003 TV show (“Miss Match”) that aired all of 8 episodes and got canned and has since turned up now and again in movies I haven’t seen (“Beauty Shop”, “Silence Becomes You”, “Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed”, “Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker”). Never was there a tale of more woe.

    But wait! Ignoring her ill-received stage adaptation of “The Graduate”, Ms. Silverstone has been involved in theater since 2008, starring onstage in two David Mamet plays (“Boston Marriage” and “Speed-the-Plow”) and starring in 2009 and 2010 in L.A. and on Broadway, respectively, in “Time Stands Still.” And she garnered good reviews on Broadway. Here is Charles Isherwood of The New York Times: “(S)he brings warmth, actorly intelligence and delicate humor. She achieves the lovely feat of allowing us to laugh at Mandy’s shallowness even as we are charmed by her good-heartedness.” Man, those words sound familiar, as if they sum up another performance I’ve seen. Let me think……hmmmmm……wait……I’ve got it! Alicia Silverstone in “Clueless!”

    I am reminded of other words written by Mamet, words of the ludicrous movie within his fantastic movie “State & Main”, when Sarah Jessica Parker recites her big speech: “Look at the mill, Frank. Look at the way it goes ’round. Half the time the darn wheel’s under water, but still it rises up, Frank. It rises up as high as it can go.” Perhaps Alicia Silverstone’s wheel needed to be submerged for awhile simply so it could rise back up. Perhaps she faded from the spotlight in the 00’s because she needed to get knowledge and dolo of delf for self. Perhaps she has it. Perhaps she will rise back up as high as she can go.

    I learn today that we may very well have reached the era of 90’s nostalgia which, in turn, led me to get all nostalgic which, in turn, led me to learn that Alicia Silverstone is set to star in “Butter”, a recent Sundance film set in (that’s right) Iowa about the butter sculpting trade. Which is to say that even if 90’s nostalgia is about to become prevalent, well, we ex-teens of the 90’s still have some livin’ to do. So don’t you dare call us old. We’ve still got our middle fingers. And we still know how to use ’em.


  22. What happened to Thora Birch?–and other actors that seemed to disappear for no reason…:

    Alicia Silverstone had a huge hit with “Clueless”, but I can’t remember anything she did after that. She was young when she made that movie, so it wasn’t even that she got “too old” for Hollywood. Anyone know what happened there?

    I think she was in a series of flops — Babysitter, Batman and Robin, Miss Match — I think even one or two commercial failures can seriously hamper an acting career.

    My impression/WAG is that Reese Witherspoon (born the same year, acting styles very similar, and frankly they could be twins) came along soon after and stole a lot of her thunder.

    Silverstone’s career got dragged down by the lead weight that was Batman & Robin – along with Joel Schumacher, Chris O’Donnell, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Uma Thurman and basically everyone involved who wasn’t named George Clooney. In her case, this was compounded by the fact not only was she in a giant turd of a movie, she also looked chubby in the Batgirl suit.


    • Alicia Silverstone – don’t know why she wasn’t bigger:

      #2 – She was gawd awful in Batman & Robin, but to be fair, so was pretty much everyone in that film.

      I just don’t think she was a particularly good actress. She was OK as the ditzy blonde in Clueless, but that seemed to be all her acting range ended stretched to.

      #4 – I agree. I think her problem was that she never broke away from teenage adolescent roles. Plus her post Clueless career is far from stellar; Batman & Robin (even if she was good, which I personally don’t think she was, the film dragged her profile down) and Excess Baggage (which also starred Benecio Del Toro – whatever happened to him, huh? ). She was good in Blast From The Past, but that disappeared without trace and in Love’s Labour’s Lost she was pretty much outclassed by, well, everyone else. It’s sad, but looking at her profile on IMDB, it’s not so much why wasn’t she bigger, but a miracle we ever heard of her at all. Had it not been for Clueless, I don’t think we would have.

      #15 – I agree, but it’s more Sissy Spacek, Christopher Walken and Brendan Fraser that make the film for me. I don’t think she’s particularly outstanding.

      #24 – Reese Witherspoon took all her parts.


      • Stars with careers that have unfairly gone down the toilet:

        #1 – Who are celebrities that have dropped out of the limelight, in your view, unreasonably? Also, why do you think it happened?

        My biggest vote goes to Alicia Silverstone, who I find hugely talented. After starring in (one of my five favorite movies) Clueless, she made some somewhat poor career choices (Excess Baggage, Batman & Robin) and her career seemed to die slowly.

        After starring in a cute television show that was never given much of a chance, she’s now reduced to lame supporting roles in movies like Beauty Shop and Scooby-Doo 2.

        Silverstone has a lot of talent and I wish she would get another opportunity to demonstrate it.

        #2 – One thing you have to remember about AS.

        After Clueless, she was given a 2 or 3 picture deal worth about 5 million for each film. I don’t even think that the contract got finished based on those bad films and choices. Or it finished and then they parted company.

        So unfortunately, maybe you only get one shot at that and then the bad vibes makes everyone move on.

        #14 – I wouldn’t say “unfairly”. She reaped what she has sown for signing a 10 million per picture deal after Clueless. At that time she was one of the highest paid actress, she could of easily avoided the temptation of singing on crappy roles for the big bucks if she did more quality work like how Cameron Diaz did Being John Malkovich after her success in Something About Mary.


        • I never really thought about what may have actually gone wrong w/ Alicia’s career until I read this particular message board thread. I do think that the $10 million per movie deal w/ Columbia that she signed after “Clueless” was even more detrimental to Alicia’s “A-list” standing than “Batman & Robin”. While “Batman & Robin” without a doubt, seriously hurt Alicia’s standing and marked the main tipping point in which the general public turned against her (beginning w/ the scrutiny about her weight), the failure of “Excess Baggage” perhaps meant that Alicia’s high salary was no longer justified. So basically, just like Demi Moore, Alicia kind of priced herself out.

          It didn’t help that Alicia seemed to wait too long (Alicia’s mainstream career as a box office star was pretty much officially dead and buried following “Blast from the Past”) to do more “non-mainstream”/”prestige” type roles in hopes of proving to people that she can really act”. The roles arguably would’ve first gone to Alicia at the peak of her career were know being handed to for example, Reese Witherspoon or Drew Barrymore.


        • Batman and Robin seemed to be the last straw for audiences. Excess Baggage did her in with Hollywood.




        Much like Stacey Dash, Alicia Silverstone seemed destined for quite the career after her starring role in Clueless. Even before the movie, she became a teen idol after appearing in Aerosmith’s classic trilogy of music videos. But despite another blockbuster role in Batman and Robin, Silverstone had a hard time finding consistently strong and engaging roles to take on in television and in the movies. Though it’s not as if we’re surprised that she didn’t really make the jump to serious actress, we still would have liked to see a little more from her.



    July 11 2011

    Hollywood, CA – Fame, like anything, comes and goes. Some people, a rare few, are able to have fame well into their later lives but for most, people who already won the jackpot becoming famous in the first place, fame and success is a fleeting thing. That
    disappearance happens to stars big and small and once it is gone almost never comes back. That is a part of the hard reality of living life in the spotlight and something some people never fully come to terms with.

    Of course, no one thinks it is ever going to happen to them. In the midst of great success it’s very difficult to imagine success ever disappearing, for the momentum to ever slow.

    Outsiders may see it but it is rare that the individual at the centre of the storm fully realizes the transitory nature of their current success and makes plans to live without. That had to be a hard thing to deal with for Alicia Silverstone who through the latter part of the 1990’s was one of the biggest stars in the world. In an era that spawned a bevy of young, beautiful starlets Silverstone was at the top, starring in hit movies people like Jennifer Love Hewitt and Sarah Michelle Gellar could only have dreamed of scoring. And then, nothing. Silverstone vanished as quickly as she had appeared on the scene, prompting most people to assume she had died or something. However, she now appears resurrected, so much so that her image can even be caught on film as evidenced by her appearance in a new movie.
    “This was a fun movie. I was very happy to be a part of it and hope that this is the start of some good things to come,” said Silverstone of the film. “It’s great to be back with Amy (Heckerling, the director) and I think we’ve made a great movie that people will love. It’s really great to be a part of such an exciting project.”

    The movie is Silverstone’s first appearance since 2008 and her first movie since 2006, around the time most people assumed she had passed on.

    “I’m old enough to remember her being a big star. I still remember her hitting it big with the Aerosmith videos and then that launching her career. She really was a big deal. Most of the other stars like her at the time her appearing on TV but she had a movie career, starring in movies,” said Scrape TV Entertainment analyst Tracey Temple. “I mean most of them were bad to be sure but they were still movies, ones getting theatrical releases and making money. If she had played it right she might have been able to transition into an adult career but that didn’t happen. Fans are fickle of course but that isn’t the only reason. She made some mistakes too.”

    Silverstone’s last major movie in which she starred was 1999’s ‘Blast from the Past’ in which she starred alongside Brendan Fraser who is still very much alive.

    “I had heard that she was in some horrific jeep crash in the Hollywood Hills sometime in 2005. Though other stories had circulated, things like having died in the 9/11 attacks, being mauled by dogs in Singapore, and even having hanged herself from the Hollywood sign but I guess none of those stories were true, or Hollywood has perfected resurrection technology,” continued Temple. “I doubt the latter, to be honest. If you were going to resurrect a celebrity from the dead Alicia Silverstone would not be anyone’s first choice. There are much bigger stars with much bigger financial reward. It’s likely those stories of her death were just a little inaccurate.”

    Silverstone has three more movies scheduled for this year which may prove the durability of the resurrection technology.


    • Vamps turned out to be sort of fun. Silverstone’s fans should check it out.


      • VAMPS (2012):

        Written & Directed By: Amy Heckerling
        Cinematography By: Tim Surhstedt
        Editor: Debra Chiate

        Cast: Alicia Silverstone, Krysten Ritter, Sigourney Weaver, Richard Lewis, Marilu Henner, Wallace Shawn, Larry Wilmore, Todd Barry, Zak Orth, Ivan Sergei, Justin Kirk, Taylor Negron, Dan Stevens, Malcolm McDowell, Joel Michaely

        In Manhattan, the vampires Goody and Stacy share an apartment and work and study in the night-shift. Goody was turned in vampire in 1840 by the evil Cisserus, who turned Stacy in the 90s, and they became best friends but Goody never told her real age to her friend. They only drink mice blood and refuse to drink human blood, and they go together to the Vampire Anonymous. Stacy falls in love with her classmate Joey, and soon she learns that he is the son of the vampire slayer Dr. Van Helsing. Meanwhile, Goody meets her former passion, Danny, in the hospital where his wife is terminal. When Stacy gets pregnant, Goody knows that the only way that the child can survive is killing Cisserus, since they would revert to their human ages. But nobody knows here her lair is.

        Now before I begin, let me say I am a Amy Heckerling fan FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH is one of my favorite films but one of those films that I see on a constant basis as I grew up and in adulthood and still find myself moved huge film. I like most of her films and will say that other then the film Loser this is to me the second only disappointment from her. When I first heard of this film I was Intrigued by the concept of a vampire comedy that I hoped would be a better film then VAMPIRE’S KISS. Once this film was actually released not in theaters but straight to DVD I waited until I was in the right mood to watch it. Well that day finally came asks I viewed it.

        As always with her films they are filled with good ideas, interesting perspectives and insight. Wicked humor and filled with her obsessions and interests. –This film felt like a 90 minute sitcom pilot. It had the look of one as it is filmed in New York, but looks like sets in California.

        The humor of the film feels that way too like there could be a pause for the audience to applause and laugh. He humor and characters seems to be more cartoon-ish. At times it feels like a lighthearted version of sex and the city only with ghouls. You can’t take any of it Seriously even though you’re not supposed to as all the jokes seem to be tongue in cheek.

        I admire the film for not going for the obvious love story and make the side story that looks more like a fling develop into a relationship. Though it falls flat as those characters have no real chemistry. The humor seems to try to be raunchy by comes off more PG-13 as his film plays like a teen movie full of adults. The type I imagine that would be a sleepover request. Though kids today seem so sophisticated this film might even be to juvenile for them.

        This film feels like some sort o holdover from the 80’s which was when Ms. Heckerling was a force to be reckoned with. It seems to carry her sensibilities from them. Another problem that becomes nagging throughout the film is that it looks cheap, From the sets to the makeup to the special effects. It really is distracting and hampers the performance of the film. This seems to be a case of compromise like finding a deal that was promised then dropped to a lower price. It’s a film that if it doesn’t have that one component it’s really not worth making until you can.

        There are some highlights in the film and Silverstone and Ritter give great energetic performances. It’s just the peaks of the film are soft and in between the film falls flat and stays Down For the count too long. It seems to play more like a spoof ala SCARY MOVIE (But better thought out) rather than straight comedy

        It’s not a total failure, but unless you are a completest there is no reason to really watch the film. In fact it might leave you heartbroken. Some observations the films makes are funny and true also it has a good cast of recognizable actors having fun at play. Again as they seem to be playing more cartoonish roles. Maybe the film should have been animated. Every time the film seems like it might get better it takes a step back. I like how it rewrites the rules of vampire mythology to fit it’s scenarios. Which let’s face it is a number of them. It seems half the time the vampires spend a quarter of their running time rewriting the rules to fit Into the vampire universe they have created dispelling all the knowledge we might be coming as a viewer.

        I know that this film is more to have fun and take a poke of a relationship comedy that happens to involve the vampire lore and myth, but this is still disappointing from a filmmaker who I personally believe is better than this

        Grade: D


  24. Some of these writers are really irksome. Comparing Alicia with Reese? Why, because they both have blonde hair and are the same age? Ridiculous. There is nothing similar about their acting styles. Granted Reese has more mainstream hits and Blast from the Past, (which I enjoyed and have watched a few times) wasn’t great acting but the script didn’t require great acting from her. My theory is that one reason she didn’t stay on the A list after “Clueless” is that maybe that wasn’t her goal. She’s done TV, she works on stage, she’s had production experience, she pursues causes that are important to her, and she took time off to spend with her baby, all of which I admire. This is one of the WTHH that has a happy conclusion.


    • I have to admit that a lot of the articles Terrence links makes me feel better about what I do here. There’s some real crap out there (haven’t read this one so I’m not commenting on it specifically.)


    • The thing about Alicia Silverstone however is that it’s very hard to overlook her role in “Batman & Robin” and how it negatively affected her career. Had that particular movie been better received, then would Alicia been on the “A-list” for much longer (instead of ending up a “one-hit wonder”). I’m sure that Alicia wasn’t fully prepared for what was to come after breaking out and hitting it big w/ “Clueless” considering that she was still very young at the time. But still, going being one of the headliners in a major blockbuster franchise like the Batman movies and having a major studio production deal to being for all intents and proposes, a has-been by the year 2000, is any other way, a major fall from grace.


    • As I said before, I think what was arguably one of Alicia’s problems and why she perhaps didn’t have more longevity is that she doesn’t have a lot of range as an actress. She got by in her earlier roles by being the cute, somewhat or sometimes naive and/or ditsy blonde girl. That sort of thing works best when the material is well suited towards her skills like what Amy Heckerling was able to do for Alicia in “Clueless”.

      That sort of thing is only appealing for so long and there comes a point in which, you have to really build on that. When I saw the promos for something like “Beauty Shop” I guess I sort of felt that Alicia was in a sense, playing Cher Horowitz w/ a heavy Southern accent. That “Miss Match” TV series seemed to be Alicia playing a “grown up” version of her “Clueless” character in that they both tried to help/improve the lives of those around her (e.g. hooking up two of her teachers played by Wallace Shawn and Twink Caplan).


      • What LeBeau said regarding Winona Ryder at the end of her WTHHT article, I think in a way, applies to Alicia Silverstone too. Like Winona and her shoplifting incident, Alicia seemed to make the news more for her rather bizarre off-screen behavior such as filming herself bird feeding her son. Also, it’s quite apparent that Alicia was limited by her range (of course, Winona is a better actress by most accounts, but you get my point) as I said before and picking the wrong projects (namely, “Batman & Robin” but of course, you should know that by now).:

        So, what the hell happened to Winona Ryder?

        Ryder never really made the transition from teenager to adult roles. Even now in her 40′s, she still looks like an elvish princess. Unlike a lot of actresses who are undone by their age, Ryder’s career was hindered by looking eternally young.

        Her bizarre off-screen behavior certainly didn’t help matters. But at the end of the day, I think Ryder was limited by her range and picked the wrong projects. Once her fans outgrew their boyhood crushes, she couldn’t deliver at the box office any more.


        • Yeah, a lot of that applies to Silverstone. However, there are a few differences. Like you pointed out, Ryder is a better actress to the degree such things can be quantified. But also, Silverstone’s wacky behavior didn’t show up until after she was out of the public spotlight. I doubt most people even know about the “bird feeding” unless they follow that sort of thing. Ryder’s shoplifting incident was a national headline for a long time.


        • What’s a bit incidentally in regards to this WTHHT series, is that Winona’s “Heathers” is in a sense, the “Mean Girls” of the ’80s and Lindsay Lohan’s “Mean Girls” can also be regarded as the “Clueless” (the movie “Jawbreaker” seemed to try to be sort of the “Heathers” of the ’90s, but for the most part, failed) of the 2000s, if that makes sense. I think that “Mean Girls” is kind of the fusion between the two prior movies.


        • I would agree with that assessment.

          I was so disappointed by Jawbreaker. I really wanted a Heathers for the 90s. I think Scream was as close as we got to that. But not really.


        • 1999 in general felt like a real banner year for teen/high school movies. Ironically, it was around this time that Alicia really on her way out in terms of relevancy considering that “Clueless” arguably reinvigorated the teen/high school movie genre:


        • I do agree that Winona Ryder was still considered an A-list actress or high profile star when she got into her shoplifting incident, while by that point in time Alicia, had already fallen out of favor so to speak. I guess the main point that I’m trying to make regarding Alicia Silverstone is that it’s kind of sad that it seems like whenever we hear about her in recent years, it’s more about her what can be considered idiosyncratic behavior (e.g. supposedly snubbing Elisabeth Hasselbeck on “The View” after Elisabeth’s infamous on-set blow up w/ Rosie O’Donnell, recording herself “bird feeding” her son and trying to pass it off as “natural parenting” if I’m not mistaken, and then starting a breast milk buisness) than it is her movies.


      • Re: What Happened to Alicia Silverstone’s Career?


        Much as I love Clueless, Alicia can’t act at all. I know people like to blame her weight for why she never went anywhere career-wise, but I honestly think part of her issue was because she had a stuffy team behind her.


        If Reese is the backstabber in the blind, the movie would be Cruel Intentions and not Legally Blonde since the former is where she met RP.

        It would very well be her though, since lot of the stuff (except for the casting couch) is what I’ve been hearing from elsewhere.

        I think Alicia’s career went down to drain due to a) bad choices (if you are not a white male you don’t get the same second chances); b) Hollywood didn’t really know what to do with a leading lady more suited for comedy; c) she has a limited range which didn’t help.

        If she had been young during early noughties, she would have been pretty perfect for those Disney teen movies they made for girls (usually starring Duff or Lohan).

        Anyways, Clueless still remains among my favorite comedies and I wish Hollywood still made movies like it and Mean Girls. So many movies coming out these days look so dull and have no good female roles that I rather watch my old favorites on DVD instead of going to cinema.


      • Thread: Actors Hollywood Tried to Make Happen: Indiewire’s List:


        Well, she did happen – she became a star starting with those Aerosmith videos, that Crush movie, and it all came together with Clueless. She just failed to capitalize and ruined her career with terrible choices. But she enjoyed a nice hot phase for a while as the “It” girl. She sustained it longer than any of the Kevin Williamson/WB kids ever did a few years later.


        Her 1997 was bad. Excess baggage and Batman and Robin and the tabloids screaming she was fat! I always wanted to see her in a movie with Drew Barrymore.


        That just proves she was a star though. I mean, it was the end of her stardom LOL. But the media only salivate over someone who has made it, not a never was.


        Totally agree. Clueless was a hit BECAUSE of Amy Heckerling’s writing/direction, as well as her star Alicia Silverstone. Her 90210-trapped-inside-Valley-Girl shtick was fun and playful, and people responded to that. Clueless was a hit because it was genuinely great and everything was a good fit. It wasn’t Hollywood trying to force her on anyone.


    • I’ll admit that after reading through Reese Witherspoon’s own WTHHT, I don’t entirely understand how exactly Reese “stole” Alicia’s career. Maybe part of it has to do w/ Reese’s character in “Legally Blonde” (the film that made her a star proper/household name for all intents and purposes), is arguably not that far removed from Alicia’s character in “Clueless”. Reese seems a bit more versatile than Alicia and had more on-screen experience leading up to “Legally Blonde” when compared to Alicia (who seemed to be doing all of these low-rent thriller movies like “The Crush”, “The Babysitter”, and “Hideaway”) and “Clueless”.

      I think if anybody “stole” Alicia’s career it’s Drew Barrymore, who has a similar speaking style and mostly cutesy persona (besides being roughly the same age). Drew arguably wasn’t taken seriously as a leading actress in mainstream roles (for the first half of the ’90s it seemed like she was mostly in this phase where she wasn’t a precocious child star anymore so she preceded to “shatter” that on-screen image so to speak w/ considerably sleazy movie movies like “Poison Ivy”) until she showed up in “Scream”.


    • Crazy Days and Nights: Four For Friday – The Backstabber:

      Vicki Cupper said…
      Alicia Silverstone in Clueless as the actress that beat her for a career-defining role? Or did I read that part wrong?

      10:21 AM

      NernersHuman said…
      It’s Reese, the role which she wanted was the role in Legally Blonde, which I’m guessing had been promised to Alicia Silverstone.

      10:44 AM

      Thea said…
      Totally think this is Reese. She seems like an uptight prude. Her “friendships” could be all for show, you never heard of her friendships to those other blonde actresses until her recent attempt to revamp her image into something more “sexy” and “fun”. Plus, if they are such good friends of hers, why weren’t they mentioned as guests at her wedding to Jim Toth?

      As for the casting couch, after all of Himmmm’s reveals, the recent dark blinds, and seeing the way 15-yr-old Chloe Moretz is so desperate to be sexualized, I’m cynical enough to believe that Reese would have hopped on the casting couch while she was a teenager.

      Actress she beat out for breakthrough role: Alicia Silverstone who was in “Clueless” (1995)

      Breakout movie for Reese: “Legally Blonde”, which came out 2001, enough time for Alicia to have been on track to being A-list and she fell off the radar roughly around that year.

      Husband: Ryan Philippe, it was always curious why he was with her, they had no chemistry together whatsoever.

      Ultimate prize: Being cast and winning the Oscar as June Carter in “Walk the Line” (2005).

      Actor she couldn’t stand: Vince Vaughn for that horrid “Four Christmases” movie.

      As for casting approval, that probably depends on whether she can swing her clout (or sleep with the right people) who would allow her to veto casting of minorities. And just ’cause she hangs out off-screen with people who swear and drink doesn’t necessarily mean she won’t try to get people fired from a movie for doing the same thing.

      12:14 PM

      PhDiva said…
      @Darkmyst: Great list! Let’s not forget Barbra Streisand, Glenn Close, and Diane Keaton.

      And yet, none of those middle-aged screen divas works. None of them have “world sweetheart” reputations? Streisand, Streep, and Keaton used to, but they don’t seem to fit most of the other characteristics.

      I still think the key is this:

      “It came to Backstabber’s attention that there was a role which would be perfect for her but the lead had been promised to someone else. Another actress who had very similar qualities and beat out Backstabber for a career defining role and made her white hot. Destined for A list (and still with great name recognition), she made a few more movies and now has one bomb after another on television and in movies. ”

      If we figure out whom this “victim” is – and it sounds more like Alicia Silverstone/Clueless/Legally Blonde than anybody else – then we figure out the backstabber.

      Alicia Silverstone is why we keep thinking it might be Reese Witherspoon.

      One of the key facts must be deliberately inaccurate. That’s why nobody fits. There are s few A-list actresses and so much data, that this should lead to one clear name. But it doesn’t. One “fact” must be deliberately inaccurate.

      1:32 PM

      Kaite said…
      Backstabber: Reese Witherspoon
      Perfect Role: Clueless, Alicia Silverstone
      Husband: Ryan Phillipe
      Two B-list costars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Selma Blair

      3:10 PM

      HalleGoLightly said…
      As for having one bomb after another in tv and movies…that’s referring to the actress that Greasy Reesey tried to spread dirt on/screw over…Alicia Silverstone. Alicia was HUGE after “Clueless,” and hasn’t had much luck since.

      3:39 PM

      Michael said…
      I have to go with the Reese Witherspoon guess for a number of reasons:
      1. Reese did a brief topless shot in a movie very early in her career and now acts as if it did not happen,

      2. In Freeway Reese had a pretty long make out session with her Black boyfriend in the movie. She has rarely even had any black people in any of her movies since (she is a southern gal.)

      3. I think everybody would guess that Alicia would have been a much more obvious pick for “Legally Blond” than Reese after “Clueless.”

      4. Persistent rumors are usually true. Reese has a persistent rumor of being a Mega-Bitch. I just get a strange vibe from her. Anyway most of the other guesses are clearly not racist. Julia Roberts and her parents were deeply involved with the Civil Rights movement (Not to mention her long rumored “friendship” with Denzel. None of the other actresses fit all the clues. Reese fits every one.

      5:01 PM

      bailgawker said…
      I’m not really sure about Reese. Quite frankly, she seems way too young to be that virulently racist.

      As far as the Alicia v. Reese for Legally Blonde, Legally Blonde was a full six years after Clueless, and Alicia’s career certainly couldn’t be described as approaching A-list/white-hot levels by the time 1999-2001 was coming around.

      Additionally, I don’t think anyone could be so naive to think that they could just buy out to the point of hiding a movie made in the 1990’s.

      I’m with those who think that this is actually about someone significantly older, as in someone who emerged in the 1970’s or 1980’s.

      5:22 PM

      Cate West said…
      @Cinesnatch The actress that has had bomb after bomb is not the main focus of the blind. The main focus competed for a career defining role with another actress. The other actress won it, but after that her career went down. The actress (the main focus of the blind) that lost that role actually went on to great success and now has casting approval.

      At least I think so. I do agree that Silverstone fits the secondary actress here perfectly.

      9:38 PM

      UNOG News said…
      By the way, Alicia Silverstone was lucky to recover her career after those “drug accusations” …

      2:16 PM


      • Discussion: Movies that ruined careers.

        Originally posted by CrazyCat
        Why did Batman ruin Alicia Silverstone?

        I think she was the blonde “It” girl and it ****ed all her Clueless momentum up. She was soon replaced by Reese Witherspoon, who exploded in Legally Blonde, a role that she could have easily nailed. Before you start asking why I know all of that, I didn’t come with all of this but read it on a movie blog. It seemed accurate to me.


    • Bend and Snap – DIG Baton Rouge:

      For those unfamiliar with the source material, Legally Blonde is a 2001 film starring Reese Witherspoon as a vapid but goodhearted airhead who enlists in law school to prove to her ex-boyfriend that she’s not as shallow as he believes. It was also the film that, along with 2000’s Kirsten Dunst vehicle Bring It On, cemented Witherspoon and Dunst as the “it” blonde actresses of the new millennium, effectively killing the career of ‘90s starlet Alicia Silverstone and leading her down the primrose path to this past April’s controversial video of her spitting pre-masticated food into her baby son’s mouth. You know, like a bird. Thanks, Legally Blonde!


      • 1990s pop culture and teen slang, as seen through Clueless eyes:

        Matt: I loved this movie when I was 15, but I wasn’t sure how it was going to hold up all these years later. I was really happy to find it stands the test of time. It’s irreverent, but not mean; it pokes fun at its characters and their lifestyles, but has a tremendous amount of affection for them as well. If anything about the film frustrates me, it’s that Silverstone’s career never quite lived up to her potential here. She’s like a Heisman Trophy winner who never made it in the NFL; she had all this talent, but for whatever reason, she couldn’t quite take full advantage of it. True, her post-Clueless projects were mostly terrible, but she’s so charming here. It’s hard to believe she didn’t become a major Hollywood star.

        Nathan: I happened to catch part of Legally Blonde on cable a few nights back, and it struck me that the film was a direct, unofficial sequel/knockoff of Clueless, right down to the fascination with the law. In that respect, it seems like Reese Witherspoon is having the career Silverstone should have had. It doesn’t hurt that Witherspoon is a much better actress and that her range is much broader than Silverstone’s, but I would like to live in a world that had thriving careers for Witherspoon and Silverstone both. It’s just a shame that good roles for actresses of any age are so dreadfully short these days.


    • The sad reality is that “Clueless” should’ve been a building block of sorts for Alicia, not the “peak” or “pinnacle” of her career. It’s really sad that your “peak” came from a movie that you made when you were still a teenager.

      I know that I’ve said this before, but if Alicia had no interest in “staying” or reaching the A-list, then don’t you think that she wouldn’t have agreed to make “Batman & Robin” or set up her own production company w/ Columbia. Just because Alicia has some sort of production experience doesn’t mean that she was remotely good at it. Have you ever noticed that Alicia Silverstone to the best of my knowledge, hasn’t really produced another film since “Excess Baggage”.

      Alicia had a very short window to capitalize off of “Clueless” and she more or less, blew it w/ her poor film choices (the tabloids ganging up on her about her weight of course didn’t help). And a few years later, Alicia was for all intents and purposes, “yesterday’s news”. I quite frankly, wouldn’t be surprised if she resorted to doing TV or stage (which in all honesty, didn’t do much to push her name back into the limelight towards more high profile acting gigs) after her prime, because that was really all of the real or immediate options that she had left.

      I seriously, believe that Alicia may have alienated herself from the Hollywood establishment for whatever the reasons, and thus has in part, had a hard time getting her back to where she needs or should be. Alicia strikes me as a woman who doesn’t seem grateful enough. She to the best of my knowledge, turned down scripts for more teen-oriented movies after “Clueless” (saying something the lines of “I get offered that sh*t a lot!”), I guess thinking that she had bigger fish the fry (or she had already “been there and done that”). And of course after many years away from the limelight or relevancy, she bails out of a multi-guest starring spot on “How I Met Your Mother” because she didn’t want to share the spotlight w/ Britney Spears. It sort of reminds me of how Debra Winger suddenly backed out of “A League of Their Own” because she didn’t want to work w/ Madonna.

      The problem w/ Alicia pursuing her causes is that by now, it seems like that’s all that really defines her more or less (outside of course, for being the star of “Clueless” almost 20 years ago). What doesn’t help that whether you want to admit it or not, Alicia has of late, taken a lot of heat for her stances like what she has to say in her “Kind Mama” book.


  25. 10 Promising Film Careers that Stalled:

    9. Alicia Silverstone

    Alicia Silverstone with her long blond hair and cute as a button features made quite an impact in the 90s.

    She starred in The Crush in which she played an obsessive teenager stalking her neighbor and she caught the eye Marty Callner who was going to be directing an Aerosmith video Cryin’. Callner cast Silverstone in the music video and Alicia starred in two more videos for the band, Amazing and Crazy.

    The music videos were a huge success and Silverstone was dubbed “the Aerosmith chick.”

    From there Silverstone was spotted by filmmaker Amy Heckerling who cast her in Clueless which became a major hit and suddenly Alicia Silverstone had arrived as the face of the next generation.

    But unfortunately fame didn’t agree with Silverstone, who was suddenly propelled to center stage, she disliked the intense interest she generated.

    Then she made some bad career choices, had some tabloid run ins and took a hiatus from acting for a few years.

    Silverstone is now back but acting in smaller roles, sticking to television and steering clear of the media attention that marked the first part of her career. She has made no secret of the fact that she does not enjoy fame and perhaps this is the very reason why it is unlikely that she will ever make it into the ranks of the A-list again as with such stature there are very few who can escape the media glare.


    • ‘It Girls’ Who Fizzled Out:

      Alicia Silverstone: Clueless

      Alicia Silverstone was supposed to be the teen queen of the ’90s — the decade’s Molly Ringwald, if you will — and when the sleeper hit “Clueless” took the nation by storm in 1995, she was signed to a three-picture deal and formed her own production company. Unfortunately, most everything seemed to downhill from there, most egregiously her decision to star as Batgirl in the critically ravaged 1997 comic-book caper “Batman and Robin.” Attempts at a comeback via TV failed in the 2000s, and she has since appeared in supporting roles in movies.


      • Hollywood Pushes Blondes In Search for Next Sharon:

        If Julia Stiles, Erika Christensen, Kate Hudson, Kate Bosworth, Reese Witherspoon and Charlize Theron were standing in a police lineup, could you pick out and name each one?

        Hollywood seems to think so. In case you haven’t noticed, there’s been a dizzying explosion recently in young, look-alike blonde actresses. The half-dozen above have popped up in 28 movies over the last two years (often as the vanilla love interest of a bigger male star), and three of them have movies opening this weekend. And despite the potential for confusion, some studios are even treating these relatively fresh faces like established box-office draws: billboards for next week’s “Sweet Home Alabama” consist solely of a giant headshot of Ms. Witherspoon.

        Studios, of course, are looking for the next Julia — and it doesn’t hurt that most of these new stars are modestly paid. But while Hollywood may believe audiences can distinguish among the many newcomers, for some of us, it’s a bit of a blonde blur. That creates some marketing problems for the movies — as well as the actresses — in trying to stand out from the crowd.

        Long Histories, Short Career
        Hollywood has a long history of “it” girls, but the cycle seems to be churning increasingly fast these days. Many actresses’ careers melt away after age 30, when they can no longer play the hot girlfriend. As a result, the industry’s idea of who has a high recognition factor is often a little out of touch with the rest of the world.

        Frequent moviegoers may be able to tell you that Ms. Bosworth starred in the surfer-girl movie, “Blue Crush,” and that Ms. Stiles was in “Bourne Identity,” but not everyone in America is up on their movie magazines. If Ms. Christensen’s name doesn’t ring a bell — her name, remarkably, is above the title in ads for “Swimfan” — you might remember her as Michael Douglas’s drug-addicted daughter in “Traffic.” (She opens in another new movie today, as do Ms. Theron and Ms. Hudson.)

        Treating these look-alikes as stars may smack of wishful thinking, but insiders insist there’s a strategy at work. “Part of Hollywood’s job is to create stars,” says Buffy Shutt, one of the producers of “Blue Crush.” “Part of the way you do that is treat them like stars in the marketing — in some cases before they’ve really achieved star status.” And financially, at least, some of these bets are paying off. “Blue Crush” cost $25 million and has brought in about $40 million, while “Swimfan,” made for just $12 million, was No. 1 on its opening weekend and has so far taken in $20 million.

        Disney, for its part, defends its “Sweet Home” billboards with Ms. Witherspoon as a smart sell. It argues that the actress, who won many fans with last year’s hit “Legally Blonde,” is like a post-“Mystic Pizza” Julia Roberts, on the brink of superstardom. And unlike most of the look-alikes, her salary is starting to show it: She’ll be paid $15 million to headline “Legally Blonde 2,” her next picture, right up there with Cameron Diaz. “You’re completely underestimating her,” says Oren Aviv, Disney’s marketing boss. “She’s very, very popular.”

        Maybe so. But so far in her nascent career — which includes the critical favorite “Election” — she’s never been in a $100 million-plus grossing blockbuster. The ads for “Sweet Home” are all the more strange because they don’t give a hint about the movie’s content to help the sell. Disney execs counter that outdoor ads rarely telegraph much about a film. (Creepy billboards did a nice job of helping to sell “Signs,” the studio’s last hit, however.)

        Hollywood’s Holy Grail
        Studios say the holy grail they’re after here is the blonde sex symbol — the beautiful, slightly wicked woman who has long had a place in the American cinema. Whether it was Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield or Lana Turner, Hollywood has always had one. But ever since Sharon Stone fizzled, that hasn’t been the case. “Where is the sexy blonde?” one studio exec asks. “There’s always been one. There isn’t one now.”

        Indeed, the list of actresses who have convinced the studios they are more than just a pretty face is short. Meryl Streep is an obvious exception. Kim Basinger has had a more rocky road: She won an Oscar playing a blonde bombshell in 1997’s “L.A. Confidential.” In November, she’s playing rapper Eminem’s mom in “8 Mile.”

        But all this searching for the next blonde star can certainly backfire. Consider Alicia Silverstone: Columbia gave her a $10 million deal and lavish office space on the lot in the wake of 1995’s “Clueless.” But she turned out to be a one-hit wonder. She suffered negative publicity about her weight during the filming of “Batman & Robin,” then made a couple of other forgettable movies. Where is she now? She just finished performing on Broadway; her publicist says she isn’t aware of any film plans at the moment.


      • An Effort to Master the Chaos: “Batman & Robin” (1997):

        We’re never going to accomplish anything if you don’t trust me.

        I know you hate this movie. You have a deep and abiding love for Batman, and this movie takes a big ol’ dump on what you love. I get that. The thing is, you’re wrong to hate Batman & Robin. Sure, the dialogue’s full of annoying puns, the villains’ acting is hammy, and the lighting is garish and ugly. But there are good things going on in this movie — positive, enriching things that were meant to perpetuate Batman — not just as a franchise, but as a character.

        I’m asking you to trust me now. Take my hand. We can do this if we work together.

        I’m not saying it’s a great movie. I’m saying there are good things embedded in this movie that most people ignore ‘cause they’re busy gleefully shredding it to bits.

        And, okay, yes, there are some bits just begging to be shredded. Take, for example, Screen Junkies’ Honest Trailer for Batman & Robin, which summarizes many of the most common criticisms:

        “One man is determined to kill Batman once and for all. His name is director Joel Schumacher. …

        “Witness Schumacher’s creepy rubber fetish, as the camera lingers on Bat-butt … and Bat-nips…

        “Poison Ivy [and] Mr. Freeze … will team up, even though their goals are completely incompatible…”

        This complaint has the same root cause, which is that Batman & Robin is simply repeating what worked in the past. Most of the complaints you can level against this film originate in Batman Forever. Consider just how many parallels these two films have.

        The aesthetics of Batman & Robin originated entirely in Forever (and, by extension, in the 1960s Batman TV and movie). Even the nipples on the Batsuit aren’t actually the fault of Batman & Robin — Kilmer wore them first in Forever, yet Batman & Robin is still the more hated film.

        Now consider the critical reaction to Batman Forever — people recognized that the franchise had taken a more bombastic turn, but no one really challenged the new direction. The Academy Awards even nominated Forever for a Best Cinematography Oscar. The aesthetics were actually applauded. So the hatred isn’t really about the costumes, the lighting, or the sets — that’s all recycled from the more warmly-received Forever.

        Similarly, you can’t really blame the story, as the narrative structure of Batman & Robin is designed to replicate successful formulae of the past. Vivica A. Fox fills the same coquette/henchman role as Drew Barrymore in Forever; Barbara’s origin story follows the same structure as Dick Grayson’s; and, like Two-Face, Mr. Freeze is on the loose from the story’s beginning. His goals are then sidelined by the machinations of another over-the-top, green-clad villain. Even the puns and the inclusion of a motorcycle-riding Batgirl are a throwback to the wildly popular Adam West series.

        All the venom directed at Schumacher for sabotaging the franchise seems misplaced, then. The poor guy was just doing precisely what worked before.

        “…Alfred’s British niece … talks like Cher from Clueless…”
        This is admittedly a strange artifact. Alicia Silverstone’s fame has not weathered well. Even Chris O’Donnell managed to escape the Batman franchise and nab a starring role in a CBS procedural drama. But the impulse to cast Silverstone, from a Hollywood executive’s standpoint, is understandable. Clueless was a surprise hit in 1995, and the lead actress’ stardom must have seemed equally sure at the time.

        But the script clearly presumes that the character, who’s visiting from “Oxbridge University,” will speak with an English accent. “I’m going to take [Alfred] away from this dismal life of servitude,” she declares, using diction that sounds awkward with an American accent.

        And granted, if one really thought about it, one could argue that the star of Clueless — a film adapted from Jane Austen’s Emma — might be able to affect an aristocratic English attitude. But that’s giving the WB executives more credit than they likely deserve. When this film went into production in the mid-1990s, Silverstone seemed like an obvious star with crossover appeal for both male and female viewers. (The men could find her attractive, the women could identify with her.)

        “Watch Academy Award-winning ladies’ man George Clooney phone it in…”

        Following on the steps of neurotic, brooding Keaton and lighter, flirtier Kilmer, Clooney tries to play Bruce Wayne somewhere between those two interpretations. What most interpret as “phoning it in” is actually Clooney, who we all recognize now as a talented actor, terrifically underplaying his role.

        That’s a wise choice for this movie, with its bombastic aesthetics. Clooney’s subtler, restrained performance sells his bond with Alfred, finally characterized in this fourth Batman film as a father/son relationship. Keaton acknowledged that he “couldn’t find his socks without [Alfred],” but this is the first time that Michael Gough’s version of Alfred Pennyworth is identified as the man who raised the orphaned Bruce Wayne. And this is a character choice that we’ll see explored again, when Batman returns to this project…

        Clooney’s restraint can be seen in two crucial scenes. First, when Wayne admits to Dick that, despite attempts to conceal the illness, he “can tell” that Alfred is dying; and later again, when Bruce visits Alfred’s bedside to acknowledge that he loves his “old man.” Clooney’s performance in these scenes help establish the film’s theme: being a member of a family requires a certain amount of surrendering your control.

        The latter scene is particularly nice, because it does something that Adam West’s Batman never managed: it presents a man grappling with a universal struggle. Wayne realizes, “Everything I’ve done, everything I’m capable of doing… But I can’t save you.” This should sound familiar — it’s the exact same universal issue that Superman grappled with in his first feature film. And because Batman’s skill set is so vastly different from Superman, he must face this issue in a way uniquely suited to Batman: he must solve a mystery. (Granted, it’s not a terribly complex mystery. Who can cure MacGregor’s Syndrome? Answer: Mr. Freeze. Solution: Find Freeze and make him cure Alfred.)

        Clooney’s instincts are correct here. His understated performance provides a counterbalance for the cartoonish, day-glo absurdities of Gotham City. It is, as Alfred points out, “an effort to master the chaos that sweeps our world.” The real problem with Batman & Robin, then, is that the chaos proves unmasterable (which is not a word, but really should be).

        I don’t think the blame should fall at the feet of Schumacher or Clooney for this. Here’s what really goes wrong with Batman & Robin.

        In trying to replicate the success of Batman Forever, they designed a structure that Jim Carrey was supposed to fit into. As the Riddler, his particular brand of chaotic comedy made Batman Forever work. Val Kilmer’s performance could anchor Wayne’s identity struggle, romance, and burgeoning partnership with Robin; while Carrey could make the supervillain part of the story just chaotic enough to be anchored.

        In Batman & Robin, the Riddler’s role is meant to be filled by Poison Ivy. Uma Thurman tries to pitch her performance to match Carrey’s zaniness, but she’s just not Carrey. So, to balance her character out, the writers graft some of Michelle Pfeiffer’s perverse sexuality as Catwoman onto the role.

        Like Catwoman, Ivy’s origin story begins when a madman attacks her, and she subsequently uses sexuality to manipulate men who might cause her further harm. But, without the specificity of Pfeiffer’s perversity or Carrey’s zaniness, no actor can Poison Ivy hold the film’s tone together. Ivy’s sexuality and comedy became tangled, resulting in an absurd, homoerotic striptease with the gorilla suit. This is a moment that could evoke the silly gender-bending of Carrey’s Riddler wearing a tiara or the disturbing, disarming sensuality of Pfeiffer’s Catwoman — but Thurman lacks the focus to pull both qualities off.

        If you’re going to hate Batman & Robin, that’s fine. I’m not insisting that you suddenly enjoy the puns, the costumes, the lighting, the acting, or any of the things people usually complain about in this movie. But, if you’re going to continue hating the movie, at least understand that the worst thing it does is simply try to give you the things you already seemed to enjoy.


    • Actors Who Have Not Fulfilled Their Potential:

      When an actor embarks on their career they are filled with potential and promise. And while some live up to expectations others fail to fulfill their potential.

      We take a look at some of the stars who haven’t quite had the acting career that many expected them to have.

      • Lindsay Lohan

      When you are talking about those who have under-achieved then you don’t have to look any further than Lindsay Lohan who is now more well know for her tabloid antics that her work.

      With roles in TV series Another World and movie The Parent Trap a young Lohan was the child star that everyone was excited about.

      Freak Friday, Mean Girls and Bobby were other some of the other roles that really help put her on the map and her future looked very bright in deed.

      But in recent years she has become more well known for her partying and run ins with the law that the movies that she is starring in.

      I Know Who Killed Me and Labour Pains have all been box office disasters and she is struggling to get her career back on track.

      • Christian Slater

      Christian Slater is an actor who has enjoyed a career that has spanned over thirty years in a wide variety of roles.

      Early roles of note were The Legend of Billie Jean and The Name of the Rose but it was Heathers that was his major breakthrough.

      Throughout the nineties Slater was a big name in Hollywood with roles in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles but he never really made it on to the A-list.

      By the end of the decade his star had started to fade somewhat as it were his brushes with the law that were making all of the headlines.

      Slater has continued to work steadily over the years but that major role seems to have eluded him.

      • Edward Furlong

      Edward Furlong was another child star who everyone was excited about as he kicked off his career in Terminator 2: Judgement Day.

      The movie saw him take on the role of John Connor alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and the film was a box office smash.

      Off the back of this success he was able to take on some roles in smaller movies such as Before And After as he began to show his versatility as an actor.

      But the excitement around Furlong began to die as we headed into the noughties as he starred in some unsuccessful picture as well as facing problems off screen.

      While Furlong landed a role in CSI: New York his career has never got back on track and he has never recaptured the dizzy heights of the early nineties.

      • Ethan Hawke

      Ethan Hawke has enjoyed a career that has spanned nearly thirty years staring off as a child star before making the successful transition into more grown up movies.

      The likes of Reality Bites and Before Sunrise brought Hawke critical success and really put him on the map.

      But the movie that really did grab everyone’s attention came in 2002 when he teamed up with Denzel Washington for Training Day.

      The role of Jake Hoyt gave Hawke a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination and he looked to be on the cusp of huge things.

      While he has had success at the box office since Training Day he has never made the huge impact that was expected – however he did pick up a second Oscar nomination behind the camera for his work on the Before Sunset screenplay.

      • Josh Hartnett

      Josh Hartnett was tipped for great things at the beginning of his career as he appeared in teen movies such as The Faculty and The Virgin Suicides and there was even more excitement when he moved into more ‘grown up roles’.

      He starred in the likes of Pearl Harbour and Black Hawk Down and his dashing good looks meant he was the next Hollywood leading man in waiting.

      But the dizzy heights have never really followed for the actor as he turned down the role of Superman – a role that would no doubt have sent his star rocketing even further.

      The last couple of years we have seen very little of him on the big screen as he has done producing work as well as theater projects – the movies that he has done have struggled to catch people’s attention.

      But at thirty four Hartnett still has time on his side to get his career back to where it was as he has completed work on Parts Per Billion and Singularity.

      • Joseph Fiennes

      Joseph Fiennes is an English actor who has already enjoyed a career that has spanned twenty years and brought some great projects.

      He starred in the likes of Shakespeare in Love, Enemy at Gates and Elizabeth and was an actor that everyone was excited about at the end of the nineties and early noughties – there was just something about him in those major movies that really was exciting.

      But more recently we have seen his star dip a little as he has turned his attention to TV work in recent years with FlashForward, Camelot and American Horror Story: Asylum – we haven’t seen him on the big screen since 2009.

      Fiennes does have a trio of movie projects in the pipeline – including Hercules with Dwaye Johnson – and as a talented actor he can get his star back where it should be.

      • Alicia Silverstone

      Alicia Silverstone was the name on everyone’s lips in the mid nineties when she made her breakthrough with The Crush and then Clueless – the movie that she will forever be synonymous with.

      She was tipped to be Hollywood’s next big leading lady but her acting career really hasn’t panned out that way.

      Batman & Robin saw her take on the role of Batgirl and that movie was a disaster for all involved and Silverstone picked up a Razzie for Best Supporting Actress – not to mention it was not a critical success.

      While she has continued to work throughout the noughties there have been no high profile movie or TV roles that have got her career back on track.

      Silverstone is now perhaps better known for her strong and outspoken beliefs on animal rights and the environment.


    • Future of Movie Stars: Who Will Shine? Who Will Fade Away?

      methodwriter85, on 25 Jan 2015 – 12:12 PM, said:

      Honestly, I thought Alicia Silverstone had a hard time with fame, and it manifested itself with her weight gain. She seemed to lose weight and seem far more comfortable when her career had cooled off by 1998/1999.

      Brittany Murphy is the only one from that movie who went on to be a movie star…man it’s a shame she had to go off the rails.

      Alicia was actually quoted once as saying that she wouldn’t wish fame on anyone. I get a feeling she’s actually happy just being a working actress.


  26. Speaking of those Aerosmith vids,you outta do a piece on Alicia’s Crazy partner-in-crime Liv Tyler down the road!!!!


    • How has that not happened yet!?! She’ll go on the poll next – assuming I remember when the time comes.


    • Isn’t It About Time You Gave Batman & Robin Another Chance?

      Prosecution: “Which brings us to Batgirl. The Batman of only two films before was a haunted, lone crusader. By this film he’s got an entire family up at Wayne Mansion! And wasn’t Alicia Silverstone just hired become she was the face of the moment? The 14 years since have shown that she was just a flash in the pan. And – let’s be honest here – wasn’t she a little on the puppy-fat side for Batgirl? Wouldn’t Liv Tyler have been better?”

      Defence: “Well, possibly. But there’s a genuine girl-next-door quality to Alicia Silverstone that audiences in the 1990s responded to. They liked it that she wasn’t 5’ 10” with a supermodel’s figure. Besides, it’s all about the chemistry and her and Chris O’Donnell are an easy fit.”


      • re: Give B&R another chance

        I think the legal term is “Double jeopardy is attached.” While not unwatchable, B&R is a bad movie, and it sunk the Bat-franchise for well over a decade…plus Ah-nuld and Uma gave NEW MEANING to the term “overacting.”


  27. Alicia Silverstone I think perhaps suffers from what I would consider to be “Keanu Reeves Syndrome”. What I mean is that Alicia can arguably come off well or passible under certain circumstances (especially if it involves the right script, direction and/or supporting cast). But more than often, they’re quite obvious lack of range (which I’ve been stressing various times now regarding Alicia) could easily them stick out like a sore thumb on other occasions (e.g. Keanu Reeves’ in “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”). It’s probably safe to say that Reeves on the other hand, came across very well or convincingly in something like the “Bill & Ted” flicks because he just naturally fit into something that otherwise required minimal effort.

    Alicia has on occasion dropped the “idiot ball”, which made it seem like (at least to me) that Cher Horowitz wasn’t so far removed from her real life personality. Alicia for example once said this:

    “I think that the film ‘Clueless’ was very deep. I think it was deep in the way that it was very light. I think lightness has to come from a very deep place if it’s true lightness.
    -Alicia Silverstone

    Also, there’s a scene in “Clueless” where Alicia had to say “Haitians”, but she mispronounced it (Alicia pronounced it as “Hate-i-ans”). The director and other members of the crew didn’t bother to correct Alicia because they figured that it perfectly suited her character.


  28. Alicia Silverstone lost “My So-Called Life” role to Claire Danes because she was “too pretty”:

    As detailed in a New Yorker profile of Danes, “My So-Called Life” creator Willie Holzman says Danes was “sexy and not sexy, free and bound up, open and closed, funny and frighteningly serious,” while producer Marshall Herskovitz said Silverstone was “so beautiful that that would have affected her experience of the world.”


    • Its a bit creepy that they rate teens like that- but I think he’s right- you really can’t have the hot girl playing an outcast. Its briefly a plot point in Buffy- the TV show- it doesn’t work that the hot Buffy would be an outcast- but the show is great otherwise and they downplay it a few episodes in-


  29. ” As part of the deal, Silverstone got her own production company, First Kiss Pictures. I point this out to stress just how powerful Silverstone was in Hollywood in 1995, because the fall is near.”

    Its one thing to sign her to films- but why did people think a teen actress could produce movies? She wasn’t a female Orson Welles-


    • In retrospect, it’s a bit of a baffling decision. The studios really thought Silverstone was box office gold. It’s not that they expected her to make great movies. But they thought her presence would guarantee box office success for whatever movies she made no matter how bad they may be.


      • My best guess for why Alicia got her own production company after the success of “Clueless”, is that Columbia Pictures wanted to tap into the “MTV Generation” or market if you will. Perhaps no actress at the time best embodied the “MTV Generation” than Alicia Silverstone. Also, I believe that it was around this particular time that Alicia had just signed up to play Batgirl in “Batman & Robin”. So naturally, her participation for what was believed to be the biggest summer blockbuster of 1997, would’ve naturally elevated her star profile even further. Unfortunately, it all backfired when “Batman & Robin” received a huge backlash and “Excess Baggage” died at the box office right from the start.

        The problem w/ Alicia getting her own production company however, was that Alicia did not have the business experience or the proven box office track record to be calling the shots yet on anything. In fact, if you ask me, a bigger reason for why “Clueless” was so successful was because of Amy Heckerling, the director and writer. It’s really not so different then saying that “Mean Girls” w/ Lindsay Lohan worked mainly because of Tina Fey’s sharp writing and a strong supporting cast. “Clueless” is one of those movies I think, that was very on-point of the 1990s pop culture zeitgeist (I wonder if many people were aware that it was based on Jane Austin’s “Emma”) or whatever you want to call it. I guess it falls into the whole early ’90s era Gen X movie series (in relation to the WTHHT series) like “Singles” w/ Bridget Fonda and Matt Dillon and “Reality Bites” w/ Winona Rider.

        I said prior that I think Alicia came off so well in “Clueless” because in hindsight, her (w/ all due respect) playing a blonde ditz w/ a “heart of gold” was quite natural to her. Without Amy Heckerling as a support system/safety net, Alicia more or less got “exposed” as an otherwise ineffectual performer.


        • You nailed it! And don’t forget (and I DON’T mention this to be a meanie): Much was made of her (slight) weight gain. Being a little pudgy + starring in two box orifice bombs = welcome to TV + direct-to-DVD productions

          Btw, this is an observation, not a “critique”: Alicia looks like the stereotypical dingbat in the pic of her on this page.


        • Actors you were sure would make it big, and they didn’t:

          What also hurt Silverstone was forming her own production company. Producing is usually a good idea: gives you creative control. But she was only 18, the first project was Excess Baggage (ever heard of it, except for this? Me neither), and I guess after that, people figured they might as well burn money as invest it in one of her endeavors.

          Come to think of it, that’s probably a common factor with many/most of the people mentioned in this thread. Difficult to work with, getting older, not hugely talented…those things matter, but what’s most important is the ability to make money happen. If you can do that, you can be as difficult and old and marginally talented as you like. If you can’t, straight-to-video. Or get married. Or train for something else.


        • As crazy as the Silverstone production company deal was- Hollywood did it before- they gave John Travolta a similar deal after his megahits. Just read it in William Goldman’s book on Hollywood. He blamed the Travolta deal on Hollywood execs just wanting to sign Travolta- at any cost.


        • A million clues to the next big thing:

          For now we have Demi Moore and Julia Roberts and Cindy Crawford – and Alicia Silverstone. Columbia’s Mark Canton is not apologising for buying up this moment’s teenage sensation: We do not do business here by throwing things against the wall. Silverstone will star in Excess Baggage which will cost in the $16m range to make. Clueless is going to do millions of dollars in business. If I can make the next Alicia Silverstone movie for $16m I'm doing my business.'' Nevertheless, the deal has amazed others. Silverstone has earned strong reviews. Which is fine. But she is now among the highest-paid actresses in today's Hollywood. Part of her package also included the creation of her own film production company, First Kiss. Columbia strongly defend their agreement and especially executive Barry Josephson who was in charge of it.We saw she had great comedic talent. Everyone here was highly impressed with what she did and we think she has a great future. She has a young audience and obviously it's a great audience because they go to a lot of movies.'' There, of course, is the clue. The youth market is the core of the film industry today. No studio wants to lose out on a potential teenage superstar. However, they don't stay teenagers forever. Elaine Goldsmith, who is the agent to Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon, sees nothing wrong with the idea.Sometimes it is what the economy dictates and she may just be the right age and the right look and talent at the right time.” But, again, for how long? We got a hint last week. Alicia Silverstone’s film The Babysitter – it was made before Clueless – was released by Republic Pictures Home Video. It never made it to American cinemas. Video store owners are delighted. Silverstone’s Clueless success means they are buying in many more copies than usual of The Babysitter, which focuses on one evening and a group of teenagers’ often lustful fantasies. “A lot of 17-year-old boys are going to want this,” said buyer Karen Peterson, who works for one of America’s biggest video store chains. She is taking her piece of the present Alicia-mania.


      • I also think that maybe studio execs and what not, in light of “Clueless” perhaps saw Alicia Silverstone as potentially, the next Meg Ryan or Goldie Hawn. It’s just that when Alicia got that production deal w/ Columbia combined w/ appearing in “Batman & Robin” (before the [expletive] hit the fan w/ all of the negativity), way too much was riding on her all at once. I think Alicia would’ve fared much better (besides of course making much better film choices post-“Clueless”), if Hollywood/the media didn’t hype her up as the “second coming” (and there was a more gradual build).


    • Thinking about the downfall of Lindsay Lohan’s career (since the 10th anniversary of “Mean Girls”, which is arguably to the 2000s what “Clueless” was to the 1990s in regards to films about teenagers/high school) made me think that another problem or mistake that Alicia Silverstone arguably made similar to Lindsay Lohan is that she didn’t really “savor” her youth so to speak. What I mean is that after “Mean Girls”, Lindsay Lohan did one final Disney movie (“Herbie: Fully Loaded”) she started taking roles that perhaps, were more suitable for a much older actress like “Just My Luck” and/or or movies that her fan-base would’ve been hard-pressed to see due to the dark, R-rated subject matter like “Georgia Rule” and most infamously, “I Know Who Killed Me”.

      Just like w/ Lindsay Lohan, it seemed apparent that after the success of “Clueless” instead of milking the teen/young adult market for all that it’s worth during the prime of her career, Alicia Silverstone pretty much fast-forwarded into wanting to be a full-fledged adult actress. It was almost as if (in hindsight) Alicia herself figured that her possible 15 minutes of fame was running and thus she was cashing in w/ “Batman & Robin” in her production deal w/ Columbia. I posted a comment that suggested that Alicia Silverstone shortly after “Clueless” took roles that gave the indication that she didn’t really understand her appeal. Thus in something like “Excess Baggage”, she produces a starring vehicle in which she plays a decidedly unlikable character (pretty much the anti-thesis of Cher Horowitz).

      I think why stuff like “Clueless” and “Mean Girls” worked for Alicia and Lindsay respectively when compared to their later work is that they were surrounded by smart filmmakers (e.g. Amy Heckerling and Tina Fey)/a solid cast who could play to their strengths. Also, Alicia and Lindsay were you can argue, more impressionable and hungrier because they hadn’t exactly reached the “pinnacle” (“Clueless” showed that Alicia Silverstone was more than just the “Aerosmith Girl” and “Mean Girls” showed that Lindsay Lohan could be successful w/o Disney’s help) yet.


      • Roles turned down by Alicia Silverstone:

        Almost Famous

        One of many actresses who lobbied for the role of Penny… and lost it.
        Actor who got the part: Kate Hudson


        Silverstone was considered to play Samantha.
        Actor who got the part: Nicole Kidman


        Alicia Silverstone auditioned to play Roxie.
        Actor who got the part: Renée Zellweger

        Die Another Day

        Turned down the role of “Jinx” as well as “Miranda Frost”.


        ALICIA SILVERSTONE was originally cast in the film.

        Legally Blonde

        Silverstone turned down the role of Elle Woods, because she wasn’t profitable as Witherspoon.
        Actor who got the part: Reese Witherspoon

        Moscow Zero

        Alicia Silverstone was at one time attached to the production but was dropped for unspecified reasons.
        Actor who got the part: Oksana Akinshina

        My Father the Hero

        Alicia Silverstone auditioned for the part of Nicole.
        Actor who got the part: Katherine Heigl

        The Opposite of Sex

        Alicia Silverstone was originally set to play the lead but dropped out to do another film.
        Actor who got the part: Christina Ricci

        Scream 2

        Alicia Silverstone was considered for the part of Casey Becker.
        Actor who got the part: Heather Graham

        Scream 3

        Alicia Silverstone was considered for the part of Sarah Darling.
        Actor who got the part: Jenny McCarthy


  30. I think Terrence and Marlboro is on to something.
    She refusing to do nude in movies she even made them hire a body double for the silly movie the babysitter (god what a train wreck that was) Yet as Terrence pointed out: she had no problem dropping her rags for PETA,. Fair enough it is something she cares deeply about, but still must piss off the movie big wigs, which have been throwing money at her for lousy movies
    But you forgot to add brace face to her résumé,
    Lets face it,she got famous cause she was a hot lolita i school girl uniform in an aerosmith vid. not a hole helluva lot acting skill required for being sexy.
    Liv Taylor would probably be a has been if it wasn’t for the LOTR fans, she even played against Ben don’t get lower than that


    • If I have my facts correct, then another WTHHT subject, Neve Campbell also had a strict, “no nudity” clause.


    • It seemed like Alicia wanted to “play by her own rules” by forming her own production company (thus, of course, being able to call the shots and control her own destiny so to speak) and refusing to do nude scenes at any cost that maybe that pissed some people in Hollywood off. I had previously posted “blind items” (as well as an old article detailing the troubles behind the production of “Excess Baggage”) that suggested that Alicia Silverstone can be really unpleasant/difficult to work with. Alicia throwing a hissy-fit and abruptly walking out on “How I Met Your Mother” over the “stunt casting” of Britney Spears certainly didn’t help matters.


  31. Ten Hot Hollywood Women That Aged Horribly – Gunaxin Girls:

    9. Alicia Silverstone

    When she was only a teenager, Alicia Silverstone became the not-so-secret obsession for millions of sex-starved high school boys when she starred in two Aerosmith music videos and the iconic 1995 movie, Clueless. Back then, Alicia Silverstone could be described as “perfection.” Unfortunately, she has allowed her green and vegan lifestyle to transform her from movie star into dirty, unkempt hippie. I fail to see the correlation between caring about the planet and not caring about your appearance. Quite frankly, she now looks like she smells. Many may be overwhelmed by the urge to chuck her headfirst into the bath. As evidenced from the picture above, she clearly does not wash her face. And the only culprit here is her own indifference. Silverstone is still definitely thin, but she is now pasty, white and sloppy. She desperately needs to get back onto a regimen like her Clueless character, Cher, complete with a little tanning and many exercise videos.


  32. “Movies like The Crush are a dime a dozen, but the role brought Silverstone a lot of attention.”

    That’s because she fits the standard “babysitter fantasy” of most men. So most men watched that movie with guilty pleasure, and secretly wished they had a young Lolita just like her, without the crazy. She is/was total peaches and cream in the visual, and had that ability to do smoldering sexpot looks with her eyes and face, while also retaining that look of innocence. It’s a rare quality.


  33. Part of it could be attributed to this:

    Teen stars and child stars tend to have relatively short shelf lives.. While there have been some that soldiered on (Christian Bale, Matt Dillon) many end up following in the footsteps of another WTHHT subject: Molly Ringwald. As you wrote in your entry for her:

    “Eventually, Ringwald stopped trying and just walked away. Probably a good call. I don’t think American audiences were going to accept her outside of the coming-of-age movies that made her a star. The Brat Pack label was too hard to shake. And Ringwald was the face of the Brat Pack.”

    SIlverstone rode a wave first with the Aerosmith videos, then with Clueless. The backlash and the downward slide began with B&R and Excess Baggage as you noted. By the end of the 90s, she was already regarded as a relic from a recent past.

    Honestly, like with Ringwald, I’m not too sure the general public would have accepted her in more mature roles. Her sexy teen image was going to be hard to shake. Like the 90210 gang, the writing was on the wall for her the minute 1999 gave way to 2000. Actually it was probably about a year earlier.

    And Clueless is a good movie. It has heart and some very memorable lines. But I always found it overrated. To me, the best high school movie of all-time is Dazed And Confused. By being made in the early 90s but looking back two decades, it perfectly captured the teen zeitgeist. And it captures the fun side of teenagehood as well as the darker and melancholy aspects of it. But both sides are balanced well. That to me makes it the creme de la creme of high school movies.


    • I think that you’re on point in regards to the argument that child/teen stars like Alicia Silverstone, Molly Ringwald, Lindsay Lohan, Kirsten Dunst, Thora Birch, etc. normally have short-self lives. Haley Joel Osment is another perfect example of a successful child performer who has had trouble graduating to becoming a successful adult actor in part because he has outgrown his “cuteness”. It’s not so different than “sex symbol” actresses like Kim Basinger, Sharon Stone, Kathleen Turner, and Rebecca De Mornay, Phoebe Cates, etc. having short-self lives.

      I’ve said this numerous times, but I suspect that had Alicia been able to show a stronger acting range and not simply play variations of Cher Horowitz, maybe the public would’ve given her a better chance at taking her seriously.

      With that being said, I really think that had Alicia played her cards better so to speak, she probably would’ve had a longer career “on-top”. Alicia unfortunately, peaked way too soon and perhaps got a bit overexposed (I do think that she took the attacks on her about her weight and what not very personally). She’s the classic example of an actress falling under the “deader than disco” trope.


    • I agree about Silverstone. For a time, she was toxic. Audiences were done with her in any role. Man, audiences can be harsh.

      Clueless probably was over-rated when it was released. I think today, it’s under-rated. People seem to have forgotten it. People who do bring it up do so to make fun of it for being a relic of the 90s. Dazed and Confused has definitely aged better. Probably because it was a period piece and therefore was never tied to any one time. But also because as you pointed out it had an honesty about the teen experience that most teen movies lack. Clueless was just a frothy little piece of entertainment. Dazed and Confused had something to say.


      • The Silverstone banishment was really harsh. Especially when you note that the big complaint about her in B&R was “she was fat”- er NO- she wasn’t. She might have put on a few pounds since Clueless- when she was 19.

        Yeah- she had a limited range, etc- but the fat shaming was just bizarre- and a bit evil.


        • Could not agree more.


        • I think part of her “being fat” is that female superhero costumes are REALLY tough to pull off- Linda Carter did, Scarlet Johansson does. Basically you have to have an amazing hip-to-waist-to breast ratio. Otherwise you look fat.

          That- and I think too many men had crushes on a very thin teenage Silverstone. She wasn’t allowed to become a healthy woman on screen. Very disturbing.


        • I agree. Although the way I remember it, it was the female fan base that turned on Silverstone with a vengeance. I never once heard a guy make a Fatgirl joke. But every girl I knew back then delighted in Silverstone’s weight gain.


        • I think the whole “Alicia Silverstone is fat” stuff came from the reports that she couldn’t no longer fit into the costume that was initially sized for. Apparently, Joel Schumacher told her that she had to quickly drop about 20 pounds. Also, supposedly, the real reason why Batgirl didn’t wear a cowl (Schumacher claims that he wanted to showcase Alica’s blonde hair better) like Batman (and instead wore a domino mask like Robin’s) is because her weight gain meant that her face was fuller, thus no longer “looked right” (at least according to Kevin Smith).

          I honestly believe that if Alicia wasn’t under the microscope of being apart of a highly anticipated summer blockbuster (since it was a comic book based, superhero movie, Alicia’s “look” was going to be even more scrutinized), her apparent weight gain wouldn’t have been as analyzed. Basically, has Batgirl/Barbara Gordon (or “Wilson” as Alicia was playing in “Batman & Robin”) ever been known as being remotely chubby?


        • That whole thing was stupid. And what a surprise. Kevin “Skinny Boy” Smith contributed to it. I don’t recall any airlines turning Silverstone away for being portly.


  34. 10 Actors Who Blew Their Big Chance Before They Got Going:

    Alicia Silverstone

    Perhaps Alicia Silverstone should have seen the signs. Batman Forever had been a box office success but wasn’t exactly critically acclaimed, and Batman (Val Kilmer in the previous instalment) had once again been replaced – but that replacement was George Clooney, and Silverstone’s other co-stars, including Uma Thurman, were hardly slouches either. Of course, the rest is history: Batman & Robin was infamously panned by critics and Silverstone won the Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress. Since then, she’s starred in a few TV pilots which haven’t been picked up and has popped up in bit roles in mediocre films, and she has some theatre credits to her name as well.

    Silverstone carried the 1995 comedy Clueless, a loosely adapted version of Jane Austen’s Emma which has now achieved cult classic status, but it’s her bland co-star Paul Rudd who’s gone on to have the most profitable career. Batman & Robin now has a notorious reputation as a career-killer for both Silverstone and Chris O’Donnell (Robin), but Silverstone couldn’t have known that in signing on the dotted line she was also signing away her chance at the big time. It’s the best example of how bad luck and terrible timing can send an actor’s career trajectory spiralling down into the abyss.


  35. What’s interesting about Alicia Silverstone’s filmography is that other than “Clueless”, non of her films (either pre-“Clueless” or post-“Clueless”, “Batman & Robin” withstanding) have reached a 60% (the watermark for a film being considered “fresh” or remotely good by critics) mark on Rotten Tomatoes:


  36. In a way, I do feel kind of bad for Alicia in that she really didn’t have enough or much time to “get some seasoning” as a more serious actress so to speak immediately after “Clueless”. What I’m trying to say is that in 1997, a lot was riding on her career w/ “Batman & Robin” (being that she was a part of the most hyped and anticipated summer blockbuster of the year) and “Excess Baggage” (the first movie that she produced as part of her lucrative deal w/ Columbia). Had those movies been better received, then Alicia would’ve spent a big longer on the A-list (assuming that she was officially considered A-list by that point). I don’t know if her much scrutinized weight gain during this period was a byproduct of the pressure that she was more than likely under, but I wouldn’t be surprised.

    At this point, I think that the only real way that Alicia can get back in the pubic’s good graces (right now, Alicia seems numb to her apparent public image of being kooky, militant vegan-lady, who films herself bird feeding her son) is to make a sequel to “Clueless” (and yes, I’m being dead serious). ’90s nostalgia has seemingly been on a bit of an upswing lately (especially considering that next year will mark the 20th anniversary of “Clueless”). It isn’t like Alicia has much to lose at this particular point in her career, since as I said numerous times before part of the reasons why her career didn’t go to the next level was because she in hindsight was more than likely a really one-note actress.

    When Alicia did reteam w/ Amy Heckerling (for “Vamps”), I think that part of the reasons why hardly anybody seemed to care or notice was because it came along “too late” care. I think in retrospect, Alicia (and for that matter, Amy Heckerling) could’ve benefited by by collaborating much more and a lot sooner. Maybe had Alicia reteamed w/ Heckerling (who for all intents and purposes, “made” Alicia’s film career in the first place just like John Hughes “made” Molly Ringwald’s for example) a lot sooner, it would’ve somewhat lessened the blow that “Batman & Robin”, “Excess Baggage”, and “Blast from the Past” did to Alicia’s career and profile.


  37. Actors you were sure would make it big, and they didn’t:

    On a different note, someone who would know told me Alicia Silverstone is deeply unpleasant in person, and quite miserable to work with. If true, that would certainly contribute to a lack of success. I think there are very few people that are so fabulous, by Hollywood standards, that they can get away with being miserable. There will always be another blue eyed blond wanna-be, or tall dark and handsome fellow to fill their shoes.


    • Huge batch of past Blind Item reveals:

      Which pretty actress many once believed to be the ‘next big thing’ became an outcast in Hollywood for many years after the very favorable production deal she wrangled for herself- which many thought was completely undeserved- failed big-time. That, plus one rather ill-received movie role and an allegedly not terribly nice personality meant her once bright career never recovered.

      -Alicia Silverstone


      • ‘Baggage’ Production Reportedly Troubled:

        Movies: The first film of ‘Clueless’ star Alicia Silverstone’s $8-million producing deal is said to be plagued by disputes.

        October 30, 1996|ROBERT W. WELKOS | TIMES STAFF WRITER

        In the summer of 1995, when Alicia Silverstone emerged as a hot new face spewing hip teen lingo in the Paramount hit “Clueless,” rival Columbia Pictures quickly signed her to a two-picture, $8-million production deal. Hollywood was stunned by such a lucrative pact for someone only 18.

        The deal was agreed to by then-studio chief Mark Canton, and may yet prove to be a wise one. But Silverstone’s first venture as a star-producer, sources say, has been plagued by clashes between Silverstone and the director, the sudden departure of a producer and disputes even about whether the film is a comedy or something darker.

        “Excess Baggage,” which tells the story of an heiress who fakes her own kidnapping, wrapped principal photography in July in Vancouver, British Columbia. But since then, there have been reports of a particularly tense production.

        Neither Silverstone, her fellow producers, director Marco Brambilla nor studio executives would comment for this story.

        However, a source said Columbia believes it has a good movie that is just in need of “tweaking” or “fine-tuning.” The source added that some reshoots likely will be required because “there are a few things lacking in the script that the director, producers and star all agree need to be added.”

        The film would be Silverstone’s first starring venture since “Clueless,” although now Columbia has positioned “Excess Baggage” for release Aug. 15–weeks after Silverstone is scheduled to appear in Warner Bros.’ potential blockbuster “Batman and Robin.”

        For “Excess Baggage,” Columbia gave Silverstone, who turned 20 this month, wide latitude not only in the selection of the director, but also in selecting a cast. Her co-stars include Benicio Del Toro (“The Usual Suspects”), Christopher Walken, Nicholas Turturro and Harry Connick Jr.

        Based on an original screenplay by Mikhaila Max Adams, the story has Silverstone’s character faking the kidnapping to get her father’s attention. While she is in a car trunk, a thief (Del Toro) steals the vehicle.

        During shooting last May through July in Canada, sources say, reports began filtering back to Columbia that Silverstone and Brambilla were not getting along.

        “The fights were totally in their faces,” recalled one person who was on the set. “It was in front of the entire cast and crew. They fought over dialogue, scenes, script and even wardrobe.

        “The director would say, ‘I’m the director! What are you doing? You have to do this!’ She’d be like, ‘You don’t know anything! You should have read the script before you signed on to it!’ Then they would go to their trailers and call their agents.”

        It got so bad, the source added, that actor “Nicholas Turturro had a stretch limo idling outside the set door for eight hours waiting for the moment he could wrap so he could flee.”

        Turturro could not be reached for comment, but a source said the actor enjoyed working with Walken and Del Toro. As for the production, the source observed: “I wouldn’t say it was a beautifully run production, but at the same time, [Turturro] hung in there and got it done.”

        Some believe that the friendship between Silverstone and Del Toro added to the friction on the set.

        “If Marco insisted a scene be played one way, Alicia and Benicio would ad lib the way they wanted and refuse to do it any other way,” a source on the set said. “To their credit, sometimes it worked.”

        A studio spokesman said Del Toro would not comment for this story and attempts to reach his manager were unsuccessful.

        Other sources said that David Valdes, who was an executive producer on Clint Eastwood’s “Unforgiven” and “In the Line of Fire,” left Silverstone’s movie because it was so “out of control.”

        Valdes did not return phone calls placed to his office, but a Columbia spokesman confirmed that he no longer was a producer on the film. He was replaced by Bill Borden.

        When disputes did erupt, sources said, Silverstone could count on her longtime manager and now producing partner, Carolyn Kessler, to back her up.

        Vanity Fair magazine, in a recent profile of Silverstone, noted that Kessler was a constant presence around the actress during the interview and–while 10 years older–bore a striking similarity in style to Silverstone, even down to their hair and skin complexion. The writer noted that while he had initially been invited on the set to view the star in action, Kessler vetoed that idea and the interview took place in a Vancouver park with Kessler monitoring every word.

        Meanwhile, some who have seen rough footage of “Excess Baggage” say the director has given it the tone of an art film in places.

        “It was just the way [the film] was lit, like a French film noir or something–people talking in cars at night,” one person recalled. “It was lit in a very rock video, moody-type way. It looks beautiful, but it isn’t really what the scenes are about.”

        The filmmakers have brought in Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (“The People vs. Larry Flynt”) to write optional comedy material.

        “We’re the guys who have a reputation that we can find humor anywhere,” Alexander said. He believes the movie could be funnier if Silverstone’s character said more inside the trunk.

        “We like the trunk scenes, but we wrote another five pages of trunk material,” Alexander said. “It’s funny if she’s in the trunk and shouting pithy comments to cast members in the front seat.”

        The film has seen a number of quality writers come and go. After the original script by Adams, rewrites were done by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais (“The Commitments”), Aaron Sorkin (“The American President”) and Mark Haskell Smith (“Playing God”).

        Canton took a lot of heat when he signed Silverstone to the 1995 deal, which allowed Silverstone to create First Kiss Productions.

        Yet screenwriter Karaszewski is critical of those who judge Silverstone long before her first production ever hits the big screen.

        “Alicia is trying to be a producer and people who don’t know her . . . are trying to make an instant judgment that a 19-year-old girl can’t pull it off,” he said. “People who haven’t seen a frame of this movie are saying, ‘Look, a 19-year-old can’t make a movie.’ ”

        Then he added: “Give her a shot.”


        • ALL O’ THAT fol de rol and fiddle-dee-dee and the resulting movie was a BOMB, a stiff, what they used to call a turkey. NO WONDER Allie Silvers is persona non grata in any-thing remotely “big.” If people reached their limit(s) with Kath Heigl (I know, much later but she was much more successful than AS), Hollyweird wasn’t gonna put up with this wee PITA upstart’s nonsense ESPECIALLY if her movies weren’t going to bring in the bucks!


        • I now when I think about it, believe that “Excess Baggage” was way more detrimental to Alicia’s career than “Batman & Robin”. Of course, “Batman & Robin” didn’t help anybody at all (George Clooney seems to be the only one who’s career or reputation didn’t get severely ruined at least immediately, by being associated w/ it), but w/ “Excess Baggage”, it more than anything, in all likelihood properly convinced the Hollywood inner-circle to no longer take her seriously as a leading lady.

          As I said before, I’m pretty certain that most people understandably felt that Alicia wasn’t deserving of a lucrative production deal w/ Columbia so early in her career. When “Excess Baggage” (as well as “Batman & Robin” adding “injury to insult”) bombed, it convinced the “big wigs” that it wasn’t worth investing money into another one of her “vanity projects”. If I’m not mistaken, “Excess Baggage” didn’t even come close to breaking even.

          Alicia allegedly being difficult to work w/ and clashing w/ the director of “Excess Baggage” (whom she hired in the first place) absolutely didn’t help her cause. From what I just read, it seems like Alicia came in w/ an attitude that she knew more about what makes good movie making (as I said before, even though “Clueless” was a good starring vehicle for Alicia, I think that Amy Heckerling and maybe as well as the overall cultural time period that we were going through around 1995 had more to do w/ that film’s success) than the actual filmmakers.


        • Reading Katherine Heigl’s WTHHT (Alicia Silverstone by the way, was considered for Katherine’s role in “My Father the Hero”) again made me think about all of the supposed stories about Alicia herself, being difficult to work with. The problem w/ Alicia unlike Katherine Heigl, Debra Winger, Lindsay Lohan, or Sean Young for example, is that the stuff that I found thus far, are really just hearsay. I’m not necessarily saying that I don’t at all believe these stories. It’s just that I wish that I could find much more weight to them beyond the article that I posted about the production of “Excess Baggage”.


        • That’s the same problem I run into quite frequently. There’s enough rumors out there that you have to believe at least some of it. But there often aren’t any specifics and no one wants to go on record. So you can’t put too much credence in the rumors.


        • I don’t know if this is a good enough of an analogy but Alicia Silverstone is perhaps in a way, a female, 1990s variant on George Lazenby. What I mean is that both Silverstone and Lazenby w/ his one and only James Bond film, “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” are more or less, the epitome of cinematic “one hit wonders” (contary to popular belief, “OHMSS” was successful, it was I think the second biggest movie of 1969 behind “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”, even if it wasn’t as huge as the prior Bond movies w/ Sean Connery).

          Silverstone and Lazenby were arguably never really strong all around actors (“OHMSS” was I believe, George Lazenby’s first real acting role) but other “attributes” to somewhat make up for them (e.g. whatever Silverstone desplaced in “Clueless” and Lazenby’s physicality in action sequences).

          Unfortunately, both careers didn’t go to the “next level” due in part to poor choices. George Lazenby basically got bad advce from his manager about spy movies like the James Bond franchise were going out of style by the turn of the ’70s. I guess like Alicia Silverstone post-“Clueless”, Lazenby also seemed to think that now that he was Bond we was automatically become this big, hotshot actor and thus proceeded to alienate himself from within the Hollywood (or whatever it’s called in Great Britian) community.


        • You have to admit that regardless of the “blind items”, Alicia has none the less demonstrated that she can still come across as really petty. I’ve said numerous times about how she at virtually the last minute, backed-out of “How I Met Your Mother” because she didn’t want to work w/ Britney Spears, but you also can’t leave out her appearance on “The View”. Basically, after Rosie O’Donnell and Elisabeth Hasslebeck get into a huge blow up/argument, the segment after Alicia walks past Elisabeth and hugs everyone else. That was extremely unprofessional on Alicia’s part (especially when you’re invited to “somebody else’s house”). Here’s the video:

          If you don’t like somebody’s politics, then I would have much more respect for Alicia had she been upfront w/ Elisabeth. I mean, Alicia should’ve known were Elisabeth Hasslebeck stood politically going in. I wonder how she feels about her “Clueless” co-star Stacey Dash’s whole controversy about her supporting Mitt Romney during the last presidential election? And of course, Alicia wouldn’t admit what really happened, claiming that she was so “out of a loop” mentally from the heated Rosie-Elisabeth argument.



          « Reply #88 on: July 16, 2010, 04:21:46 PM »
          Maybe but she just came off terrible in interviews. No charisma or sense of humor. She came off as so unlikeable.

          And let us not forget that she banged Adam Sandler sometime during this time frame.

          That just seems so…unnatural 15 years later


        • Columbia Really Paying for Silverstone Deal:

          Columbia Pictures made its bed–its $10-million bed–and now it’s going to lie in it. How fitful its sleep will be depends on how fast a comeback Alicia Silverstone can muster.

          The movie studio and the young actress (she turns 21 on Saturday) are partners in a two-picture deal worth an estimated $10 million to Silverstone. The deal was sealed in 1995 when the onetime Aerosmith good-luck charm was the critical and popular star of the sleeper hit, Clueless.

          In the two years since, Silverstone’s hot-item status has cooled considerably. Her first movie with Columbia, Excess Baggage, performed unimpressively, grossing $13.9 million through last weekend.

          While speculation had Columbia cutting its losses and backing out of its deal with the actress before spending money on a second Silverstone flick, a published report Friday indicated the studio was sticking with its horse.

          Before you praise Columbia for its steadfast faith in talent, though, The New York Times reports that the company is just covering its assets. It doesn’t want to scare off other potentially lucrative deals. As a studio source tells the newspaper: “The studio has to seem talent-friendly.”

          When then-Columbia chairman Mark Canton dropped $10 million on Silverstone in 1995, the executive seemed talent-friendly, indeed. Too talent-friendly, for some Hollywood players’ tastes.

          “It’s so irresponsible,” a studio executive told the Los Angeles Times shortly after the deal was announced. “[Canton’s] ruining the business.”

          Canton was also the first studio chief to pay Jim Carrey $20 million–for the haywire Cable Guy. That deal, along with the Silverstone pact, were soundly criticized at the time for driving up the cost of doing business.

          In retrospect, Carrey didn’t turn out to be a bad bet, even if The Cable Guy was a perceived bust that cost Canton his job. Silverstone’s another story. Since Clueless, she’s more notable for sniggering press items about her weight than her movies. (Her turn as Batgirl in last summer’s Batman & Robin was as forgettable as the film itself.)

          Silverstone next may appear in the indie movie Free Money, a $20-million black comedy to star Marlon Brando. No word from Columbia on what the actress’ new movie for that studio will be.



          AS A NERVOUS Alicia Silverstone rubbed shoulders with the likes of Jack Nicholson, John Travolta and Jessica Lange at the top Oscar-night party, one fellow reveler loudly inquired: “Hey, is she old enough to drink?

          ” The answer is no. At 19, young Alicia has two years to go before she can legally have a drink. But according to the movie honchos at Columbia Studios, she’s old enough to handle a huge $10 million deal to star in and produce two big-budget movies. The extraordinary contract sealed after Alicia’s one and only hit, “Clueless” caused an uproar in Tinseltown. Columbia chairman Mark Canton was accused of irresponsibly driving up already inflated star salaries and of “ruining the business.

          ” One furious rival studio executive fumed: “The Silverstone deal was the nail in the coffin.

          ” More cynical Hollywood execs defend Canton on the basis that he’s just taking a gamble on a sexy teenager who caught the attention of the MTV generation with her sultry appearances in a series of Aerosmith rock videos. Fair enough. But when Silverstone presented an award at Monday’s Oscars, the big question was: “Is she all that pretty anymore?

          ” It may seem unfair to subject a youngster to such physical scrutiny, but it’s a safe bet that when Canton set Alicia up with her own company, First Kiss Productions, he was banking on her having a built-in audience of drooling adolescent male admirers. But since “Clueless pulled in an impressive $60 million at the box office last summer, the star of the show has clearly grown by about 25 pounds! It was torture watching the nervous teen swathed in yards of material she clearly wore to hide her newly ample figure as she addressed the shocked Oscar crowd. Her long hair cropped to shoulder length was combed forward, covering her face like drape curtains. Ironically, Alicia was there to present the trophy for best makeup a field in which she is apparently, well, clueless. There are reports that “Batman” director Joel Schumacher has demanded that Silverstone drop from her current weight of 130 pounds to 105 pounds after failing to fit into her Batgirl suit. And the inevitable “Fatgirl” jokes are already making the rounds. Silverstone is getting an early lesson in just how hardball Hollywood really is. Sad for a girl who’s quick to point out she’s just a kid who’s clearly uncomfortable with the idea that she is a sex symbol. In a telling declaration, she said recently: “I don’t care if people think I’m a sex symbol…. But I myself would like to feel that. “And when I start feeling that way, you’ll know it. I’ll be a woman, and I’ll be walking around and you’ll know it. But right now, I’m a little kid. “All I know is, I’m 19 years old and I don’t feel sexy.

          ” Right now, there is anxiety at Columbia over that old adage that a lot of great-looking kids turn into not-so-great-looking adults. A gleeful executive at one of the other big studios gloats: “They signed up a beautiful teenager who looks as if she is going to end up being not quite such a beautiful woman. It serves them right. “They can talk all they like about the fabulous comic timing Alicia showed in `Clueless’ and how they couldn’t wait to sign up such a wonderfully talented actress. “But what they were really interested in was a stunning young beauty who was fancied by millions of young men. “If she loses her looks and the boys stop fancying her, Columbia is not going to be quite so excited about the Alicia Silverstone deal!

          ” Hollywood TV presenter Elaine Lipworth who covered Oscar night for the British Broadcasting Corporation watched Alicia arrive at the ceremony and later saw her at the party. She says: “She was definitely not the beauty we all saw in `Clueless.

          ‘ “And she looked very anxious and nervous out of place, like a child at a grown-ups’ party. “It was hard to believe you were looking at one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood, someone with her own production company who takes meetings about multi-million-dollar movies. “You wonder whether Columbia has pounced upon her a little too early. Although an alumuna of Beverly Hills High, the rich kids’ school made famous by the TV saga “Beverly Hills, 90210,” Silverstone was not a typical rich kid. Alicia railed against the fashion-obsessed materialism of her fellow pupils and liked to dress in shapeless baggy jeans,T-shirts and sneakers. But Hollywood has no doubt that it was looks that won her movie stardom. One executive explains: “A lot of people say Alicia has a good head on her shoulders, but although this sounds horrible, it’s much more important that she keep a good body below her shoulders! Alicia’s next project is a comedy called “Excess Baggage,” which has sparked off another round of cutting jokes. Still despite everything, bosses at Columbia insist they are still delighted with their young prodigy. Let’s hope it stays that way or Silverstone will have to get clued up on how unforgiving Hollywood can be when a star even a $10 million one falls out of favor.




          Byline: Bob Strauss Daily News Film Writer

          Sony doesn’t give you a two-picture production deal just because you’re cute.

          OK, maybe they do if you’re Alicia Silverstone. But the “Clueless” star saw the opportunity as more than another chance to launch a million teen dreams. She really meant to produce – and to make movies her way.

          I knew that I was taking a huge risk and was going to be challenged, and I was,'' Silverstone says of co-producing her first feature,Excess Baggage,” which she also stars in. “I was challenged every day. It took everything from me, and I loved it.

          Of course, when I was shooting the movie, it was like being in Vietnam,'' adds Silverstone, who was 19 when the film was made.There’s no time to sleep. You have so many things to do, so many things to accomplish.”

          Silverstone had help, of course; her partner-manager-best friend Carolyn Kessler and Bill Borden also have producing credits. But Silverstone claims to have had a hand in most aspects of pre- and post-production, including choosing the movie’s director Marco Brambilla (Demolition Man'') and her co-stars Benicio Del Toro (The Usual Suspects”) and Christopher Walken (I respond to his warmth,'' she says,which is, I know, strange”).

          She also claims to have had almost co-directing input, an assertion Brambilla denies but that nonetheless seems to validate reports that the romantic caper comedy’s Vancouver set was a contentious one.

          There's been a lot written about the fact that she was a 19-year-old producer,'' Brambilla says.But the difficult thing about working with any producer-actor, of any age, is when you have the same person in a scene that you’ve just had a major discussion with about content and dialogue and logistics and budget. The challenge for me was how to resolve situations, then be able to move on to do very intimate or complicated scenes.”

          `Baggage’ deal

          “Excess Baggage” certainly has its complications. It starts out with Silverstone’s poor little rich girl Emily staging her own kidnapping in order to get some attention from her distant, tycoon daddy (Jack Thompson). But when she locks herself in the trunk of her BMW, it is promptly and unexpectedly stolen by car thief Vincent (Del Toro).

          This sets in motion a string of misadventures and escalating jeopardy – and, eventually, a romance. But if “Excess Baggage” sounds anything like a formula movie love chase, forget it. Action is subordinated to actor interaction, and even though Silverstone’s production company is named First Kiss, it takes Emily and Vincent a good, hard-earned time to get to theirs.

          I didn't want this movie to be very boy-meets-girl or whatever - that wouldn't have been very interesting or challenging,'' Silverstone says.I wanted it to be off, unconventional and very real. These are people that you and I can relate to, who don’t have it that easy and are just figuring things out. A lot of movies just make romance seem so picture perfect; I like that this is more of a struggle.”

          Alicia has a very good instinct about what would feel patronizing to a young audience,'' Brambilla adds.I think audiences are going to relate to the fact that they’re seeing something between two characters that’s very organic and very real and that doesn’t talk down to them.”

          In spite of her tendency to describe things with combat metaphors, Silverstone says that any conflicts on the “Excess Baggage” set were strictly of the usual, creative kind.

          It doesn't interest me at all to fight with people,'' she explains.I don’t know how to be mean to people, to be someone’s enemy; I don’t like that stuff. I mean, if I could have my way, I would be laughing all day long – and then, maybe, cry, ’cause when you cry, it can be funny, too. I like all that, so I kind of plan my life that way, try to have people that I love with me all the time.”

          Weighty matters

          As for that other reported battle – of the bulge – Brambilla describes it as more like a police action.

          No, there wasn't a weight problem, except as much as with any girl that age who's going through hormonal changes,'' he says.Her weight fluctuated during the movie, but she worked out all the time, and she did her best to diet. The way I shot the scenes was to keep her as aesthetic and cosmetic as possible.”

          Looking as trim and toned as she did in those Aerosmith videos that made her an MTV generation superstar, Silverstone brushes off the intense media scrutiny directed her way.

          I don't really notice when that's happening to me,'' she insists.If I really paid attention to that stuff, I would probably be a very unhappy individual. But I can’t be concerned about what people are feeling about me or what’s being said in the news. I don’t read the trades or pay much attention to anything like that. I pay a lot of attention just to being a 20-year-old girl trying to get by with her life.”

          She’s doing a good job of it. Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area by English parents, Silverstone had a brief career as a child model, developed a passion for acting at an early age and, by 16, had embodied the ultimate psycho Lolita in The Crush.'' Less memorable pictures -True Crime,” The Babysitter'' - followed, but heavy rotation ofCryin’ ” and other Aerosmith romps on MTV brought her more attention than any movie.

          Until “Clueless,” anyway. Silverstone’s clever update of Jane Austen’s Emma as a Beverly Hills bubblehead revealed an actress who could play silly, smart and superficial with heart. It was a rich comic performance that, indeed, deserved a production deal or two.

          I know `Clueless' was a real success, because people are still talking to me about it,'' she says,and I loved that movie, too.”

          Surviving the hype

          People are still talking about her most recent film, “Batman & Robin,” as well, though not in glowing terms. Silverstone herself felt out of place playing Batgirl in the overproduced action picture, which received terrible reviews and was considered a box-office disappointment.

          There aren't a lot of good movies anymore,'' she observes.It was an honor to be asked to play Batgirl – that was really exciting. But then the hype kicked in, and it was very overwhelming. The great thing was, I didn’t have to do very much; I had to go there, put that uncomfortable costume on and then wait for hours. When I was actually working on it, my heart was always in `Excess Baggage.’ ”

          Recently settled in the San Fernando Valley with her five dogs (It's where nobody would expect you to be,'' she says,and you get a lot of land, so I can have a horse”), Silverstone figures to keep following her heart.

          So much has happened to me so young,'' she notes.It took me awhile to develop confidence, but after awhile I realized that it’s going all right and it’s great. I guess I’m a very normal person. I think I just have my principles and my priorities straight.

          “It’s all about understanding. And I have myself to live with.”


        • Where Will Salaries Stop? Hollywood `Clueless’:

          August 17, 1995|By ROBERT W. WELKOS and CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER Los Angeles Times

          HOLLYWOOD – — Hollywood, once again, is in a panic over star salaries.

          In June, Columbia Pictures shelled out an unprecedented $20 million to Jim Carrey to star in Cable Guy, and Universal Pictures later made a $20 million deal for the comedian to star in Liar, Liar.

          Not to be outdone, Sylvester Stallone signed a three-picture deal with Universal for $60 million – after he already had received a $20 million film deal from Savoy Pictures.

          But the deal that really raised eyebrows throughout the film industry occurred last week, when 18-year-old Alicia Silverstone, who stars as a ditsy teen-ager in the comedy Clueless, signed a two-picture pact with Columbia that was reported in the trades to bring her as much as $10 million. That would put her among the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood today.

          “When I read that Alicia Silverstone was paid $5 million a picture, I said, `This is crazy!'” said one top studio executive. “What does that mean Meg Ryan gets for her next film? If Alicia Silverstone gets that much, Sandra Bullock should get $15 million.”

          Sources knowledgeable about the deal said, however, that it would bring Silverstone closer to $8 million, if both pictures are made, or $4 million if only one is made.

          For years, Hollywood has watched with a mixture of fascination and dread as multimillion-dollar fees paid to A-list actors climbed into double digits. But in recent weeks, even veteran insiders have expressed serious misgivings about the salaries going to stars who are not on the A-list.

          “I’m very happy for my agent friends,” said producer Arnold Kopelson. “But I think somewhere it has to stop, and it will only stop when all the studios decide they are not going to spend these sums of money.”

          The escalating salaries are being driven by a combination of forces, ranging from a booming market overseas for American films to the realization by studios that there are only a small number of actors who can bring audiences into the theater on the strength of their names.

          But by paying Carrey and Stallone $20 million a picture, the major studios have now set a standard against which all other salaries in the industry will be judged.

          If there is one man who has become the lightning rod for criticism for turning on the spigot, it is Columbia/Tri-Star Chairman Mark Canton.

          In June, Canton was receiving widespread praise for making the Carrey deal. After all, the rubber-faced comedian has appeared in a string of blockbusters that include Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and The Mask.

          But now, some are lambasting Canton for the Silverstone pact.

          “It’s so irresponsible,” said one rival studio executive. “He’s ruining the business. The Silverstone deal was the nail in the coffin.”

          Said a talent agent: “I think people are ticked at what happened. … It drives everybody up.”

          But Canton said that some competitors have praised his action as a “strategic decision.”

          “We do not do business here by throwing things against the wall. Silverstone will star in Excess Baggage, which will cost in the $16 million range,” said Canton. “Clueless is going to do $60 million in business [for Paramount). If I can make the next Alicia Silverstone movie for $16 million, I’m doing my business.”

          While the studios may justify giving $20 million to Carrey, Stallone or other superstars such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Michael Douglas and Tom Cruise – actors who have proven they can “open” a picture merely by their presence – the ripple effect throughout the industry has the studios worried.

          Denzel Washington, who has yet to carry a blockbuster on his own, saw his fee rise from $7.5 million for Paramount’s Virtuosity to $10 million for 20th Century Fox’s Courage Under Fire.

          Kurt Russell, who received $7.5 million for Executive Decision at Warner Bros., had a surprise hit last year in MGM’s sci-fi film Stargate. Now, Russell is getting $10 million to appear in Escape From L.A.

          Martin Lawrence, who appeared in the Columbia hit Bad Boys, reportedly has inked a three-picture deal with the studio worth $20 million.

          One agent summed up the ripple effect this way:

          “Wesley Snipes [who reportedly made $7.5 million for Columbia’s action film Money Train) will now look at Denzel Washington and say, `My numbers are bigger than his. I have justification to get $12.5 million.”’

          Where will it end?

          It won’t, said entertainment attorney Peter Dekom. “It may plateau or it may contract for a moment, but it isn’t going to stop. The bottom line is, if you know your actor is going to buy you 3 million human beings on a weekend, what is that worth to you?”


      • One thing that LeBeau didn’t mention when discussing “The Crush” is that Alicia had to get legally emancipated from her parents (since Alicia was still a minor at the time) in order to work the long hours required. I don’t know if that in return (once Alicia officially became mainstream star/household name thanks to “Clueless”) gave Alicia the implication or notion that she could (once she had some clout) actually control her career, since at that point, she was already doing well enough. It was as if to put it in another way, Alicia seemed to think that she had a chip on her shoulder and thus, could successfully make decisions for herself.


        • Also if I remember correctly, Alicia Silverstone was given w/ an “And introduction…” credit for “The Crush”, which I think everybody should sense by now, reading this blog, is somewhat of a “kiss a death”.


      • Nicole Bilderback, who played Summer in “Clueless” recently responded to me on Twitter (after she posted a “behind the scenes photo of Alicia and Brittany Murphy from the “Val Party” scene in “Clueless”). When I tried to bring up all of the stuff that I’ve read online regarding Alicia’s “difficult” reputation, she told me that it wasn’t true (at least when she worked w/ her on “Clueless”). Alicia according to Nicole was very professional and down-to-earth.

        So, I don’t know what could’ve possibly have happened assuming those stories are in fact true. My best guess is that Alicia simply let the success of “Clueless” go to her head or she has (and pardon me for reaching a little bit on this one) some deeper, more serious personal or psychological issues that none of us really know about yet.


      • I guess that there is a major lesson to be learned if these stories about Alicia’s bad attitude are true. If you act like a major FEMALE DOG (w/ a chip on our shoulder), who virtually nobody likes to work with, then you’re ultimately not going get a lot of work after your initial success/fame. To put things into proper perspective and to reiterate, if you’re rude to everyone you work with eventually, that’ll ruin your reputation (the blind items about Alicia allegedly being into drugs according to Reese Witherspoon) and makes it harder to get work.



      « Reply #87 on: July 16, 2010, 02:02:40 PM »
      Alicia Silverstone also acted like a stuck-up c**t, whose excrement has no odor during the height of her popularity, so I’m glad she’s not relevant.


  38. I think what happened was in her first movie in 1993 nobody know who she was and I don’t think he first movie did well from what I am hearing on here. Than the Aerosmith Video’s and the Clueless movie came out and she was the “it girl” and the Aerosmith Videos were her big break so she got lucky there. Then(as it pains me to write) if she got the good luck with the Aerosmith Video’s than she got the bad luck with Batman & Robin in late summer 1997. I see people write on here people wanted her to fail because of detractors hating on her. I don’t get it Alicia Silverstone didn’t do anything to deserve that sort of backlash she never had a breakdown like Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Lindsey Lohan, or Amanda Bynes or had haters like Kim Kardashian does because she is on reality tv to become a punch line. Maybe it was the failure of Batman & Robin that led to the backlash. She didn’t lie about her life background like Vanilla Ice did in the early 90’s to make people upset either

    Alicia was still revelant in January of 1999 because I saw her on MTV one morning back then and then when Britney, and Christina blew up in popularity you didn’t see Alicia on MTV anymore. I even remember saying Alicia was hot in January of 1999 myself than she disappeared off the radar and I really didn’t think about her as 1999 went along. Than I saw she was on a TV show I thought oh this would be a nice rebound in terms of getting her career on track so that didn’t work out. The appearance on “Beauty Shop” I don’t get because its a inner city type of setting I think. Its like what is Aerosmith Girl doing in the 2003-mid 2005 Hip-Hop type of a movie? Remember rap was huge with Kanye and 50 back then. It just didn’t fit. It just wasn’t a good direction for her career wise. In my opinion she should have appeared in the movie “The New Guy” in 2002 somewhere in the movie. That would have been a good career move for her either as a bad girl or Eliza Dushku’s characters friend.

    I think 2 or 3 things happened to diminish her popularity: The backlash after Batman & Robin, the failure to follow up after Batman & Robin with a major movie hot, and also MTV basically saying ok we have some new hot teen idols in Britney and Christina we don’t need you appearing on the channel anymore. Also to relating to the MTV not having her on Alicia was appealing to the Gen X crowd but by Summer of 1999 MTV is like we are appealing to the Gen Y crowd. I remember Reese Witherspoon, Natalie Portman, and Heather Graham becoming popular back then too around that era of TRL on MTV like 1999-2000.


    • I think the backlash (at least initially) against Alicia was generally (at least on the outset) over her apparent weight gain. The thing is (and I hope this isn’t taken the wrong way), “Clueless” (and maybe to a lesser extent, the trilogy of Aerosmith videos), made Alicia a rather “jailbait” sex-symbol of sorts. What didn’t help was that she was about to play Batgirl and of course, would’ve been required to wear a tight lack, leather costume. So of course, you have naturally, be in reasonably good shape in order to do that. One has to wonder if stuff like TMZ and such had been around during Alicia’s heyday (she had it reasonably easy back then in comparison).

      I’m very intrigued by the innuendo that I recently discovered about Alicia apparently being difficult to work with, hence why she hasn’t had much success (in regards to landing more high-profile film roles) post-“Clueless”. Just about every other principal actor from “Batman & Robin” has recovered somewhat (e.g. Chris O’Donnell w/ “NCIS: LA” and Uma Thurman w/ “Kill Bill”) except Alicia Silverstone.

      I don’t know if Alicia let her early success go to her head (her apparently “wrangling” her own production deal from Columbia after “Clueless” may lend some weight to this theory or feeling) or she’s just very good at hiding it (unlike say Sean Young or Debra Winger for example).

      Other than bailing on “How I Met Your Mother” at virtually the last minute over Britney Spears potentially hogging the spotlight, I haven’t until know been aware of allegations regarding Alicia being a pain in the ass (for a lack of a better word) to work with. A while back, I posted blind items which theorized that Reese Witherspoon (another actress/past WTHHT subject, who has faced allegations of being hard to work with) possibly helped sabotaged Alicia’s career by planting stories about her being on drugs.

      Regardless, I think (without repeating things that I’ve said before here) Alicia simply ran out of time if that makes sense. After the Aerosmith videos and more importantly, “Clueless”, she had a fairly small window to build upon that particular momentum of success. With her production deal, Alicia had to put her money where her mouth was. When that blew up in her face and when “Batman & Robin” became quite possibly, the most hated superhero movie ever made, Alicia was no longer valuable to Hollywood.

      While there’s hardly any doubt that MTV had a lot to do w/ Alicia Silverstone’s early success (hell, MTV actually televised the premiere of “Clueless”), I don’t think that up and coming singers like Britney Spears or Christina Aguilera (basically pretty blonde pop tarts, who benefited from being on “TRL”) had much to do w/ the derailment of her career. Maybe your point is that Alicia was at the tail end of the Gen X crowd and her time on the spotlight (in regards to what was “cool” w/ young people) was about to be taken by the burgeoning Gen Y crowd (and thus, she no longer had MTV boost/market her). I think if anything, it had to do w/ actresses of her demographic/generation like Reese Witherspoon, Drew Barrymore, Kate Hudson (or any other “cute, bubbly, young blonde actress”), etc. taking her spot.


    • Clueless brings an end to the age of the “slacker”:

      The early ’90s saw the media fascinated with “Generation X,” the disaffected youth whose laziness, cynicism, and studied sloppiness inspired widespread attempts to package and sell it back to them. But just as 1994 saw peak slacker with the release of movies like Reality Bites, Clerks, and S.F.W., 1995 washed all that carefully cultivated filth away with the release of Clueless. That film’s Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone) sneered at the guys at her school who “put on some baggy pants and take their greasy hair and cover it up with a backwards cap,” mocked her Gen-X stepbrother’s “chin pubes,” and derided Radiohead as “the maudlin music of the university station.” And with that, the millennial generation—driven, positive, self-assured—had made itself known. That cultural sea change was everywhere in 1995: Even the kids in ostensible “slacker” movie Empire Records all worked together toward a goal the guys of Clerks would have just shrugged off. Meanwhile, slackers yielded to Hackers—a risible movie whose societal outcasts nevertheless possessed extremely marketable skills. In the years that followed, Hollywood looked to Clueless as its blueprint for how young people saw themselves, celebrating earnest, energetic teens who—for all their relatable f***-ups—have ambitious goals and good hygiene, in movies like Scream, Can’t Hardly Wait, and American Pie. At least the rise of these shiny, happy hopes for the future gave Gen Xers something else to grouse about. [Sean O’Neal]


    • How “Clueless” Is Actually A Generational Love Story:

      In ’90s Beverly Hills, Gen X learned to love Gen Y.

      When Clueless came out in 1995, Entertainment Weekly critic Owen Gleiberman had this to say: “In the world according to Cher, Hamlet is that guy played by Mel Gibson, making love in a car is ‘jeepin,’ and a moment of anxious weirdness is summed up by the confession ‘I’m having a Twin Peaks experience.’” To be clear, he said it like it was a bad thing. (He also devoted a whole creeptastic paragraph to Alicia Silverstone’s “ripely precocious baby-doll allure.”) He gave the film a C+, a grade Cher would have seen as a mere jumping-off point for negotiations but which the rest of us understood to be a clearly drawn battle line between those to get it and those who don’t. (Also between those who unironically use the phrase “making love” and those who don’t. But that’s another essay.)

      As an update of Emma, one of my favorite books ever, Clueless instantly became and remains my favorite Jane Austen adaptation, capturing all the entitlement, privilege, hubris, brattiness, unfulfilled potential, and mystifying likability of Emma Woodhouse in a thoroughly modern context, translating the charged dialogue between Emma and Knightley into pitch-perfect postmodern repartee. It seemed tailor-made for a latchkey generation weaned on MTV, eighties excess, and nineties irony, and the fact that it appeared to go over certain critics’ heads just made us like it more — inconceivable though it was that someone could dislike it.

      It was nearly as surprising to discover that just as many Millennials loved it as my friends and I did. Of course, when I think about it now, I see why: It’s the story of Generation Y (Cher) falling in love with Generation X (Josh).

      Think about it. Josh is a flannel-wearing, Nietzsche-reading, goatee-growing “loser” who listens to Radiohead, wants to practice environmental law, and dates surly girls in Doc Martens. According to Josh, Cher’s a “superficial space cadet” who has no idea who Billie Holiday is, thinks classical architecture is something invented in the seventies, and yes, views grades as arbitrary measures of value to be manipulated by a good argument. Their clash is a mini-lesson in the gripes each generation has about the other. (And arguably, a snapshot of the crisis of postmodern American life. But that’s another essay.)

      We see their romance coming before they do, of course, because they’re too busy sniping at each other, competing for the attention of the gruff father figure who calls his own parents “brain-dead lowlifes” but also insists that he divorces “wives, not children” when Cher complains that ex-stepbrother Josh isn’t even a real relative. Josh disapproves of Cher’s aggressive makeover of newcomer Tai, rightly accusing her of acting out her own mommy issues on the unsuspecting naif; Cher sees through Josh’s pretentious girlfriend’s nattering and surprises her with a Mel Gibson-channeled command of Hamlet dialogue.

      They resist, they fight, they wrestle — and then they give in to the realization that they need each other. Josh needs Cher’s free-floating playfulness to help him laugh at himself; Cher needs Josh’s earnestness to give her direction toward somewhere other than the mall; they both acknowledge that neither is really as clueless as they’ve made each other out to be. For them, as for all of us, the compromise that comes with loving someone different is what saves us from ourselves. When they get together in the end, suddenly the whole world just makes sense.

      Which is, of course, what a great romance does: not just tell a story about two people getting together but a story in which the union represents some greater, more important order in the universe. The pleasure of Clueless is manifold: It’s a contemporary commentary on the Austen-era romance, but it’s a damn good example of it, too, giving as much traditional satisfaction as the pre-Victorian book it was based on. So Cher can pretend all she likes that the reason she wants to catch the bouquet at the end is to win the $200. The rest of us know the truth, and it goes a little like this: As if.


      • How Cher Horowitz Became Gen Y’s BFF:

        1997 was a big year for me: I learned leg hair was a scourge to be eradicated at all costs, Jockey training bras were the bomb, and Clueless was the greatest movie ever.

        I was twelve, suddenly surrounded in a girl’s world of my own creation with a fourteen-piece Lip Smackers collection, a stack of Hello Kitty notebooks, and a Leo DiCaprio closet collage/shrine. It was a stark contrast to whoever I’d been before, and the night someone popped Clueless into the VHS at a slumber party, Cher Horowitz managed to validate my entire existence. Clueless became my baseline barometer for cool and my guide to aspirational living — and, I’m not ashamed to admit, has remained deeply central to my life ever since.

        Back then, I missed the note of satire; all I knew was Cher had a cell phone and a whole computer-controlled room for a closet. (A whole room, people.) And that was enough. Cropped sweaters and knee socks colonized our wardrobes. My friends and I learned to walk and talk like Cher, putting our thumbs together in W signs to our parents’ faces. Surfin’ the crimson wave! Full-on Monet! Where’s my white collarless shirt from Fred Segal? Did we have any idea what any of this meant? As if.

        It pains me to acknowledge an uncomfortable fact about my early relationship with Clueless, which is that I occasionally watched Clueless…the TV show, which was on the air between 1996 and 1999. It may be the worst show of all time. If you want to torture someone, lock them in a room with this cheesy sitcom where the characters are seemingly doing whip-its and shopping at Fashion Bug; they will lose it.

        The unsettling truth about Clueless the TV version is that it was dumbed down for people like me — young teenagers of the late nineties — who were too dumb/not worthy of relishing movie-Clueless’s poetic gems.

        I like to think that, in my semiserious quest in becoming a full-time Cluelessologist, the TV version left me unscathed. Because as I got older, the original Clueless continued to yield rewards. Like a Bloomin’ Onion, it revealed deeper layers of comedy, commentary, and complexity with each viewing. This movie would tell me that Billie Holiday was not a man; that famous quotes came from Shakespeare, not CliffsNotes; and that “jeepin’” was not, strictly speaking, an extreme back-roading sport.

        I won’t tell you how many times I’ve seen Clueless, but I will tell you it’s enough that I can pretty much recite the entire thing from memory. Sometimes when I can’t sleep, I play the movie in my head, fast-forwarding through the scenes, testing my knowledge of the film’s sequence.

        The gift of Clueless kept on giving all through college, where I devoted term papers and impassioned speeches to the defense and dissection of Clueless as a seminal cultural document. You might even credit Cher and Co. with my choice to major in American Studies — home to film-school rejects and vinyl-clutching radio station denizens — where I acquired such real-world skills as waxing semiotic on the significance of Chuck Taylors and reality TV. And like Cher and her prototype Emma before her, I eventually learned that the joke was on me when I tried to find gainful employment armed with this dubious skill set.

        What makes director Amy Heckerling’s masterpiece so remarkable is that it grew up with me and never lost relevance. There aren’t many things you embrace at age twelve that will continue to entertain and enchant for all sorts of equally valid, totally new reasons at sixteen, and twenty-one, and twenty-six. And while I did, at some point, have to come to terms with the fact that plaid schoolgirl suits never were and will probably never be an acceptable form of dress, I never lost my affection for Cher’s sartorial bravado. And in all other areas, she remained untouchable as an icon of cool. Because while my appreciation for the movie deepened over time to include a smug grasp of the pop-cultural pastiche and postmodern shtick of it all, I never lost my original pleasure in the simple story of a girl who thinks she can control everything and learns that the world is full of surprises.


  39. Meant major movie hit after Batman & Robin which she didn’t have in my last post which derailed her career. As other people said she didn’t have a TV show to fall back on in terms of Hollywood career capital goes like George Clooney did with “ER”. Big mistake with the production company as well she was too young to run something like that and too inexperienced as well. She had been in the entertainment business like 4-5 years when she launched her own production company.

    I could see Alicia doing a supporting role on a TV show. I just don’t see her shining on the big screen maybe with the right role though she could.

    Finally, Why did she turn down that appearance on “How I Met Your Mother”? I just don’t get it Britney had a lot more career capital at that point where as Alicia was last revelant when Britney became culturally revelant in early 1999.


    • Alicia Silverstone Cancels Guest Appearance Because Of Britney Spears:

      Alicia Silverstone fears being overshadowed by Britney Spears. The “Clueless” star has opted out of guest starring in “How I Met Your Mother” because the pop singer is also starring in the same episode, it has been claimed.

      Silverstone was supposed to play a hot doctor that lead star Ted, played by Josh Radnor, has a serious crush on. But apparently, the 31-year-old actress bailed out after learning the doctor’s receptionist will be played by Spears, which might possibly overshadow her.

      Reports suggest that her role is now being filled in by “Scrubs” actress Sarah Chalke.

      Meanwhile, the show’s creator Craig Thomas reveals to the “Toxic” singer had laughed a lot at the episode’s table read.

      He replied when asked how did the cast get along with her, “Great, they seemed to click. She seemed to fit right in! She was having a good time. She was laughing.

      “Everyone was having a good time, and I think she had a good time.”


      • Alicia Silverstone: ‘I Didn’t Quit TV Show Over Britney’:

        Alicia Silverstone has dismissed rumours that she is pulled out of the show How I Met Your Mother after finding out she’d be appearing alongside Britney Spears.

        The Clueless actress was reportedly meant to play the boss of Britney’s receptionist role in the quirky U.S. sitcom.

        Elizabeth Much, Alicia’s publicist has dispelled any rumours that her client turned down the part fearing she would be overshadowed by the pop wreck.

        She explains: “Alicia was in discussions to do the show but the deal never went through. This happens all of the time in Hollywood. It had nothing to do with Britney.”


    • I think the irony concerning Alicia Silverstone and Britney Spears is that both had somewhat similar career arcs (at least regarding their “breakthrough performances”). Compare Alicia’s “Clueless” to Britney’s “Baby One More Time” (w/ Britney as the sexy school girl) music video. Both in brutally honesty, more than likely, gave hot-blooded male viewers “impure thoughts” about young women who were still teenagers at the time.


    • You are probably right that Alicia in hindsight, probably didn’t have a lot to fall back on so to speak after her disastrous 1997. Alicia could only coast so far off of the momentum and goodwill of “Clueless”. As I said before, none of Alicia’s other movies (before or after “Clueless”) to the best of my knowledge have gotten a “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. At least Uma Thurman, her “Batman & Robin” co-star and fellow WTHHT subject had the caveat of being an Academy Award nominated actress and was still on good terms w/ one of the biggest filmmakers in Hollywood in Quentin Tarantino (as evident in “Kill Bill”).

      Again, I don’t know for sure about the stories about Alicia being difficult to work with. Then again, I don’t think that the general public should continue to hold “Batman & Robin” against her since it has almost been 20 years now and there have been several Batman movies released since then (to ease the bitterness so to speak).

      Alicia around the time that she got married was quoted in saying that she intentionally slowed down her career. In all honesty, I don’t know if it was really a case of Alicia getting burned out by Hollywood or Hollywood given up on her. Why has virtually all of Alicia’s movies after “Blast from the Past” been limited released films, direct-to-DVD, made for TV, or supporting roles in “mainstream” movies (that at the end of the day, didn’t really push her career forward) like “Beauty Shop” and “Scooby Doo 2”.

      I seriously believe that the “How I Met Your Mother” incident was in all Alicia’s last shot at making a proper comeback. Alicia may have not been able to get back to the level that she was at back in the mid-’90s, but she still could’ve carved out a nice little career as a working actress (as long as it was in roles that played to her strengths and abilities as an actress like in “Clueless”). Alicia at this point now, seems way too wrapped up in her pretensions (e.g. her weird parenting methods and her staunch veganism) to really work at improving her acting career (the fact that that she’s pushing 40 probably doesn’t help much). Hell, even in her guest appearances on “Suburgatory”, Alicia was practically, playing herself (albeit, non-ironically) at this phase in her life.



      “Fatgirl” or The Batman Curse

      Then came Joel Schumacher’s Batman and Robin, where the cookie totally crumbled for teenage Alicia.

      The film was supposed to live up to the success of Batman Forever, and with the star power of George Clooney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chris O’Donnell, Uma Thurman, and America’s newest sweetheart, yours truly, it should’ve been a smash. Instead, it’s been consistently ranked as one of the worst films ever made and Alicia won the Razzie for Worst Supporting Actress. Also — rumors of Silverstone’s inability to fit into her batsuit incited insulting headlines and the zinger, “Fatgirl.”

      The movie was a career killing machine. Schwarzenegger moved to politics, Chris O’Donnell’s career died, and its attributed with having knocked the wind out of Silverstone’s career — only a titan like Clooney walked away relatively unscathed. Her followup films in the works like Excess Baggage and Blast from the Past got mediocre reception (Silverstone’s career arc matched up with co-star Brendan Fraser’s flailing career), and though the movies weren’t half-bad, the damage had been done.

      Forgotten But Not Gone

      Silverstone may not have been able to graduate her career into the leading female range, but she’s continued to produce a fair amount of work — it’s just likely that you haven’t seen a lot of it. Kenneth Brannagh’s Hollywood musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Love’s Labor’s Lost couldn’t have been a worse fit for Alicia. (Cher meets iambic pentameter? “To be or, like, not to be.”) However, she continued to delve into the theatrical world, looking for a new life on the Broadway stage in “The Graduate.”

      Variety wrote that Silverstone was “sweet – and that’s about it.”
      Things only continued to tumble downhill with her film Scorched, opposite Woody Harrelson, which failed to gain back even 1% of its production costs, TV show Miss Match, which had 6 episodes that never even aired, landing with a thud as reporter cameo on Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.

      10 years after Clueless Silverstone couldn’t even get a TV show picked up. However, Silverstone did continue to find success on the stage in the premier of a David Mamet play called Boston Marriage, a revival of one of the same playwright’s favorites Speed the Plow, and an Eric Bogosian play opposite Laura Linney called Time Stands Still.

      A Varied Future

      Finding her niche as a poster-woman for vegetarianism, and as a face for PETA, Silverstone then released her own vegetarian cookbook called “The Kind Diet,” which reached the Times Bestseller List (so she followed up with her own website, The Kind Life, and a more recent “Kind Mama” book, where she gives some pretty shift advice on how to NOT vaccinate your child).

      Every so often Silverstone attempts to step back into the limelight with varied, but consistent, levels of failure. Silverstone married rockstar Christopher Jarecki back in 2005 and in 2011 Alicia gave birth to her son, Bear Blue, yes, Bear…Blu.

      The celeb momma gained a lot of attention from the media after a video of Alicia chewing up her food and spitting into her son’s mouth went viral.

      So, in the ever-waning decline of her career since ’95, Silverstone has been able to turn her acting career into a marketable image: a vegan, juicing, vaccine-hating mother who used to be pretty famous and still looks great.

      Will Silverstone make it back onto the big screen? Well, she hasn’t stopped trying yet. Rumor in the industry says she’s pretty difficult to work with, and most things she’s touched (outside of theater) since 1997 have tanked. But that’s OK, we have our memories together, and we’ll never stop watching Clueless.


  40. Man, I didn’t even know Britney Murphy…awe she was a cool actress …I was bummed about her death. I think Roger Ebert nailed how she had a cetain dandergerous film perspective positive, She seemmed nice.
    I liked; She really seemed cool as well.


  41. Alicia Siverstone did star (and she was the STAR) in “Clueless”, which I think is a fantastic film.
    Forget Alicia Silverstone for a second, I think Stacey dash is gorgeous (those eyes). I know she didn’t materialize into much of a film star per see, but I liked, well, what she physically materialized to be:-)


  42. I meant “Siilverstone”, and how could I forget to mention Dan Heyada in that film? What CAN’T that guy play (FED guy or drug middleman in “Miami Vice”, sleazeball, Dick Nixon, cool dad, mob dad, suspicious neighbor, odd boss…just unstoppable range here).
    P.S The Stacey Dash crush is reborn!


  43. Alicia Silverstone will be on “Good Morning America” and “Live with Kelly and Michael” today (April 15, 2014). Apparently, she has a new book out on parenting.

    Today’s Blind Items – She Didn’t Know:

    She came into the acting mainstream in her mid teens. 14 or 15 to be exact. Her first role made her a star. One of those plucked from nowhere kind of things and it was all just a blur. She is a solid B lister now who does movies and television and is always working. Back then though she was at the top. In her first role she was supposed to get kissed on the cheek by a character who played her dad. She got tongued by him. It was the first kiss she ever had and it was with an old man who stuck his tongue down her throat and said welcome to the business. He then grabbed her ass. This guy is also still in the business and a character actor who everyone would recognize but maybe not know his name. Her parents were around, but they were not usually on the set. They didn’t know about the tonguing or the groping. They didn’t know that the actress she was sharing a trailer with also did lines of coke in the morning to keep her awake. That actress is still working too and generally has to resort to getting naked to get cast. Our actress tried coke during that film. She tried it for the next film too. By her third she was strung out on coke and stopped on her own. By then she had also realized if she was going to keep doing this she was going to have to things her way. She refused to be in any more movies that wanted to show her naked. She has never got naked for a movie but plenty of producers have offered her lots of money. Once she got naked but the director cut it. She had to sleep with the director to get him to cut it though. The studio was ticked off. But, the director had final cut. Our actress also decided that she needed another career besides acting so started doing other things which would be there as a fallback. She actually is more known for something else other than acting.


  44. The Clueless Curse:

    Clueless was an instant cult classic, a modern day adaptation of Emma with way better clothes and one-liners. It was the film that defined the nineties, launching a dozen catchphrases “ugggh AS IF!” and hit songs “I’m Just a Girl”. In my mind Clueless could do no wrong and if I were stuck in a motel room called purgatory for half an eternity and could only have one film playing on loop for that span of time, it would be Clueless. So what went wrong for practically every party involved with the film after it wrapped?

    The domino effect begins and ends with the film’s writer, producer, director extraordinaire Amy Heckerling. How is it that such a witty, trendsetting woman with such great ideas could go on to have such a dismal IMDB profile? What began with hits like Fast Times at Ridgemont High, European Vacation and Look Who’s Talking followed with a post-Clueless downward spiral in which Heckerling has literally not been able to produce a viable hit.The latest two examples are the trainwreck, straight to Blu-Ray movie Vamps, the vampire spoof that had the potential to be so much more than the bad farce it turned out to be. I mean logistically we had a star package on paper: Heckerling and Silverstone reunited with a side of Mr. Hall, the quirky ‘it’ girl who could-no-wrong Krysten Ritter, Dan Stevens (freaking Matthew Crawley for crying out loud!!!) and Sigourney Weaver. No one is more sad than I to declare that despite its projected potential, Vamps is an epic fail.

    And tonight I finally got around to watching the Heckerling-directed Gossip Girl episode of the show’s final season. If two things should chemically work together it should be Clueless queen Amy Heckerling and the guilty pleasure, fashion-packed prodigy that is Gossip Girl, right? WRONG. The acting in this episode reached a never before reached level of cheese, even seasoned pros like Blair and Georgina couldn’t sell their half-hearted quips. Serena jumping up and down at the Harry Winston ring like a turn-of-the-century milk maid at the receipt of a long overdue letter…sad, sad, sad.

    Moving on from Heckerling we still have the entire cast to tackle, firstly with Miss Cher Horowitz herself, Alicia Silverstone. Now it would be wrong to say that Alicia Silverstone’s career has suffered, she continues to pay the bills making films and starring in ill-fated television series, she does have what appears to be a happy marriage and a son named Blue Bear….But did she ever deliver a performance half as good as her tour-de-force in Clueless? Nay I say. I vividly remember going to see Excess Baggage and searching unsuccessfully for the Cher in the performance – a longterm infatuation with Benicio del Toro did however blossom that evening.. The only role that I have honestly seen a shadow of the Cher we know and love emerge was when she played Eve in Blast From the Past with Brendan Fraser.

    Following Alicia, we have the next most talented and promising member of the Clueless cast: Tai, played exquisitely by Brittany Murphy. Now here was a girl who went on to do far better and more challenging material than her Clueless peers. She transformed from the slightly chubby girl with the mop of red ringlets into a teensy platinum blonde sensation. I idolized Brittany Murphy, she had boundless energy, impeccable comedic time and one hell of a singing voice to boot – plus she helped me believe that even the chubster could turn into the knockout. Is it safe to say that despite her fame and talent that even Brittany wasn’t immune to the Clueless Curse? Her tragic and untimely death was like a kick in the gut when I first heard about it, absolutely shocking and out of the blue.

    Then there are Dionne, Amber, Murray, Elton, Christian and Mr. Hall. Elisa Donovan had a short run on Sabrina the Teenage Witch and doesn’t do much of interest anymore, Donald Faison had a good run on Scrubs, but I never watched that show (prefer Grey’s Anatomy) so who really cares? And Jeremy Sisto went on to make some kind of indie career for himself, of which I can only claim to have liked his performance as Earl, an obsessive, abusive, drunk husband to Keri Russell in Waitress. The only actor to remain truly unscathed in the whole debacle is Paul Rudd, the adorable, unassuming, granola step-brother Josh. He had the good luck of becoming a regular Judd Apatow fixture, the director even lets him fake bang his real life wife, Leslie Mann in movies.

    It is hard to believe that Clueless came out 17 years ago…I learned how to count calories from this movie, I learned what being gay meant from this movie, I learned how to blot from this movie and that I should always have something baking when a boy comes over, I still get butterflies when I hear “Tenderness” on the radio and try to use ‘sporadic’ as often as I can in sentences, I even had a pink feathered pen for my first year of high school. If that’s not love, I don’t know what is. Curse or no curse, I will always wish the best for everyone involved in that film because they were an important part of a defining era for my generation. No matter what the cast and crew did afterwards, that film won’t ever change and will continue to be exceptional.

    As an added bonus to this long manifesto to the little cult classic that could, check out the video of the cast below who reunited this past October! Man did Christian ever let himself go!


  45. Alicia Silverstone has admitted that she often finds herself getting distracted from her acting career:

    The Clueless star said she would sometimes realise a lot of time had gone by without working on any acting projects because she had lost her focus.

    She told Collider: “I’ve always been very distracted, sometimes to my detriment. I’ve always been very distracted by changing the world and having the best relationships. Now, I’m at a place where I feel like I can really try to balance it all.

    “When I do theatre, I feel so inspired and so absolutely like it’s where I belong, and it made me fall in love with acting, all over again. Now, I’m at a place where I can see that I can be that, and I can also be an author of books that help people, and I can also be an amazing mommy and a healthy person. It’s trying to find the balance in all of that.

    “At other times, I’ve been distracted and not really focused on my acting, at all. And then, I turn around and go, ‘Oops, what happened? Where was I? All this time went by’.”



      Byline: Marilyn Beck & Stacy Jenel Smith

      Amid speculation that her career has stalled, Alicia Silverstone is taking time out to be with the animals.

      Alicia achieved such success with the big-screen Clueless'' that, at age 18, she landed a two-picture, $8 million production deal at Columbia. Now, the actress, who went on to become Batgirl ofBatman & Robin,” is 20 and has no idea when she’ll resume her career.

      “My production company has projects in development, but right now my main focus is on the animals. I’m building AAH – Alicia’s Animal Haven – with the objective of rescuing animals from the pound. This is something I’ve wanted to do all my life.”

      She adds, “Humans are greedy and selfish and spend a lot of time taking and not giving. Animals aren’t like that.”

      Alicia traveled to Zimbabwe last December to study ill elephants and host the July 12 TBS special Wildlife Vet.'' She considers that show - and the feature she produced under her Sony deal,Excess Baggage” – “The highlights of my life.”

      Asked about reports that came off the set of the 1997 picture that she repeatedly had clashed with director Marco Brambilla, and that producer David Valdes departed early because things were out of control,'' she responds,I don’t know what that means. I only know that we got two thumbs up.” The movie grossed less than $15 million worldwide.

      She doesn’t know when – or if – she will produce the second film that was part of her Sony deal. She did co-star in the upcoming “Blast From the Past” with Brendan Fraser early this year – and she does stress that she doesn’t intend to give up acting.

      “My celebrity allows me to share my feelings about animals with the world.”


  46. When Is the Alicia Silverstone Comeback?

    I miss Alicia Silverstone, and of all the actresses I used to like and who’ve been, to put it nicely, lost in the shuffle, I honestly expect her to have a successful comeback some day. Like a lot of young actresses (and as an aside, it’s both weird and cool to think that she’s only four months younger than I am), she got famous initially for being jailbait. But she was so damn good at it! I’ll never forget the first time I saw the video for “Crazy,” because not only was Alicia so hot (and vaguely sapphic), but it was the first time Liv Tyler entered my grateful consciousness. And then she starred as a crazed Lolita in 1993’s The Crush, which is really a terrible movie, but one I can’t seem to get enough of. Seriously, it’s on cable a lot, and I think I’ve seen it 27 times… Which I’m sure says a lot more about me than it does about the movie.

    It was 1995 that really pushed Alicia into the spotlight, though. She made three movies of varying quality that year. The first was an adaptation of Robert Coover’s The Babysitter which, while not entirely successful, was interesting (and she was good in it, at any rate–so was J.T. Walsh, for that matter). Then there was a surprisingly good (albeit in a trashy way) adaptation of Dean Koontz’s Hideaway that starred Jeff Goldblum. I remember seeing the movie and saying “That’s the girl from the Aerosmith videos!” But the third movie she did that year was Clueless, which became an instant hit. It was a modern adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma with a lot of nods towards Valley Girl. Teenagers picked up on it, but I knew a lot of people in their late twenties who loved the movie; even Roger Ebert gave it a great review. And it was a great movie. Everyone had fallen in love with Alicia Silverstone.

    Sadly, it didn’t last. She was smart to set up her own production company, but the movie she made, Excess Baggage, was just…boring. It paired her with one-time Next Big Thing Benicio del Toro (this movie stopped that talk for awhile), but the two had absolutely zero chemistry together. And appearing in Batman & Robin was probably a huge mistake, even though I’m surprised people even remember she was in it.

    It was around this time that the glare of the spotlight took its toll. The public never lets these people be anymore, and even though Alicia was surprisingly (and refreshingly) reluctant to embrace her fame the way Lindsay Lohan has in the past couple of years, people started to tear her down. Or maybe it was because she shied away from the attention. She always came across in interviews as someone who was serious about her career and didn’t think fame was necessary to achieve what she wanted to achieve. She had some weight fluctuations that people pounced on, I remember. And there were suddenly a lot of rumors of lesbianism, as there always seem to be around women who are gaining success. 1999’s Blast from the Past, which is a very nice and funny movie, seemed to get lost a bit in the shuffle. I’m not sure people even remember it, or if they do, they seem to forget she’s in it.

    I’m not a hundred percent sure what happened after this, really. Did she purposely retreat, or were roles suddenly hard to find? I think to some extent (probably not a large one, but to some) she got lost in the wake of Drew Barrymore’s comeback. Maybe Alicia wasn’t doing sexy or dumb enough roles for people. She held her own in Kenneth Branagh’s so-so Love’s Labour’s Lost, and then retreated into television. She produced and starred in the animated series Braceface for a few years, and it seemed like she just fell out of the national consciousness around that time. Just to show you how short the attention span is towards pop culture, “that time” was just six years ago.

    And a brief side-note: doesn’t it seem like Reese Witherspoon has somehow had the career Alicia Silverstone was supposed to have? I don’t understand what turns the less-appealing, less-talented Witherspoon into an Oscar winner and the wonderful Alicia into less of a star than she should be.

    Her first attempt at a comeback was a Darren Star TV series called Miss Match in 2003, which got terrible reviews and which I never saw. I actually hope I can see it on DVD some day, because I didn’t realize until just the other day that Charisma Carpenter was on that show, and I needs me all the Charisma I can get. That show got cancelled in its first season.

    Recently, she’s appeared in Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed and Stormbreaker, a movie no one saw but which was intended to launch a franchise. I hate seeing her abused this way; she deserves so much more. I caught Beauty Shop again on cable the other day, and I really liked her in it. She’s so cute and warm and instantly lovable, and at the same time, she has a genuine talent. Watch her again in Clueless; the movie still holds up. She’s only 30 years old, she’s got time. Of all the actresses I want to see come back, I think she’ll actually be able to do it.


    • Hollywood keeps Silverstone busy but she has other fish to fry:

      In her new film, Stormbreaker, Alicia Silverstone plays Jack Starbright, a young American in London and guardian to Alex Rider, the teenage spy who has graduated from Anthony Horowitz’s hugely successful novels to the latest summer blockbuster.

      At one point, Silverstone is attacked by the gloriously named baddie Nadia Vole (played with enormous relish by Missi Pyle). The ensuing fight provides one of Stormbreaker’s highlights, not least for the sight of Silverstone battling her deadly foe with the poisonous fish she had been preparing for supper.

      It’s an unusual weapon, but then Silverstone is an unusual Hollywood star. ‘That was a little plastic fish,’ she says, in case anyone thought Stormbreaker was a piscatorial snuff movie. ‘Just so you know, I would never be okay with a real fish … with me being vegan and all. The fish was so cute. Did you see his little face?’

      This is typical of Silverstone’s warm and open off-screen persona. ‘I just don’t like bulls*** basically. I have a very, very thin line of bulls*** allowance.’ She’s also very funny in an endearingly offbeat way.

      The big fight allowed Silverstone to express the feisty side of her nature. But this wasn’t the only reason she recalls it fondly: she also got the chance to work with Donnie Yen Ji-dan. One of Hong Kong cinema’s premier martial artists, he choreographed Stormbreaker’s most violent clashes. ‘You want to please so much because Donnie Yen is so wonderful. You hope you don’t upset him. It took two days of three- or four-hour rehearsals. It was so fun, but a bit difficult to shoot. You see them do it and they look so good – you know you’re not doing it like that.’

      In many ways, Stormbreaker sees the 29-year-old Silverstone come full circle and return to the teen arena that first made her famous. Did working with 16-year-old Alex Pettyfer, who plays Alex Rider, make Silverstone nostalgic for her own early experiences?

      ‘I suppose I did think about it a lot. I was 15 when I did my first movie … I was living alone in my apartment in Vancouver and I thought I was so old. I was doing my own laundry, going to the store, buying my own groceries. I was a fully functioning adult at 15. Now, looking at Alex, I see I was really a little girl.’

      Silverstone was born in San Francisco to ‘common sense’ English parents: her father, Monty, was a real-estate investor, her mother, Didi, a flight attendant.

      At 15, she became legally emancipated in order to work on her first big movie, The Crush. In the same year, she became the pin-up for the MTV generation after appearances in three Aerosmith videos. A number of formulaic ‘thirteen-something’ roles followed. Then everything changed with Clueless: Amy Hecklerling’s update of Jane Austen’s Emma – with the setting moved to Beverly Hills – made Silverstone a bona fide star.

      Over the next decade, she enjoyed the trappings of Hollywood fame: big contracts, her own production company, a ‘dream’ part in David Mamet’s play Boston Marriage. She also received her share of outrageous fortune: press intrusion, speculation about her weight, a badly received debut as producer (1997’s Excess Baggage, starring Benicio del Toro) and roles in terrible blockbusters (Batman and Robin, Scooby-Doo 1 and 2).

      If the suspicion lingers that Silverstone hasn’t quite capitalized on the promise of her early roles, then she bears it with good humor. If anything, she seems to enjoy her place on the edge of the spotlight. ‘What I liked [about Stormbreaker] was that I got to have a lot of days off,’ she says. ‘I came to London for six weeks and only had to work 16 days. The rest of the time I was on the streets making trouble.’

      This ‘more civilized’ shooting schedule had other benefits. For one thing, ‘it makes it easier to be really good. When you’re working 18 hours a day, six days a week, that’s just a really difficult life. And it’s happened to me a lot’. For another, she could bond with her fellow actors, especially Bill Nighy (who plays spymaster Alan Blunt) and Sophie Okonedo (Blunt’s assistant, Mrs Jones), with whom she became particularly ‘close’.

      As for Silverstone’s future, her professional ambitions can be described as ‘more of the same’: she is about to start a new film in another small, if significant role, although this time it’s ‘intense and serious’. Having worked on Kenneth Branagh’s Love’s Labour’s Lost (2000), she likes the idea of a ‘romantic period piece, like Pride and Prejudice’.

      Otherwise, Silverstone is ‘really open’. While she doesn’t rule

      out directing, she has no driving aspiration to step behind the camera. The same goes for production: yet, having been burned by Excess Baggage, she has already produced Brace-Face, her award-winning children’s show. Silverstone would love to have children with husband Chris Jarecki, of rock band STUN, but won’t work and raise a baby at the same time. ‘I want to be the kind of mum in my vegetable garden, hanging out with the baby.’

      Whether by design or accident, Silverstone’s career has taken a backseat to her personal concerns. ‘Materialism isn’t attractive to me at all. Consumerism is not attractive to me at all. That’s why I’m not a very good spokesperson for things. Or just certain things, like organic products. I’m really into the environment. I want this beautiful, precious world that we live in to be maintained, so that there are children, and that future children can enjoy it.’

      ‘It’s funny,’ Silverstone says, turning her thoughts to her own future. ‘As I get older, I’m less ambitious. I guess because I want to have a baby and I want to have balance. I don’t really sit around plotting and planning my career or my success. More often I think, ‘Can I get to yoga class? What am I going to have for breakfast?’ I just find more value in simple things.’

      Stormbreaker opens on August 17


      • Alicia Silverstone weds…celeb_eo%2F16744

        Alicia Silverstone married her rocker boyfriend, Christopher Jarecki, Saturday in Lake Tahoe, publicist Elizabeth Much confirmed Monday.

        It’s the first marriage for both the Clueless star and Jarecki, who fronts the California punk band S.T.U.N. The twosome have been dating for eight years.

        According to People, 135 friends and family members gathered at a private estate on the shore of Lake Tahoe to watch the couple swap vows in their bare feet.

        Jarecki, who professes to not knowing his real age (his parents differ on his birthdate, but he says he’s thirtysomething), goes by the nom du rock of Christiane J. His band S.T.U.N., short for Scream Toward the Uprising of Non-Conformity, released its major label debut, Evolution of Energy, in 2003.

        A decade ago, Silverstone, 28, was Hollywood’s “It” girl, coming off the teen thriller The Crush, a troika of Aerosmith videos (“Cryin’,” “Amazing” and “Crazy”) and her star-making turn as Cher in Clueless. She dated Adam Sandler; she inked a multimillion-dollar production deal with Columbia.

        But the deal soon engendered serious backlash, and her career hit the skids after back-to-back high-profile bombs, Excess Baggage, Batman and Robin. By 1997, she was considered a 21-year-old has-been.

        “I slowed my career down myself,” she told a reporter in 2003. “Between 1993 and 1997, I made eight movies. By the time I was 21, I wanted to take a step back. I wanted some time for myself–to buy a house, go to the beach, take yoga lessons and just hang out.”

        After hanging out for a while, Silverstone began working on her second act. She made the low-budget Shakespearean musical Love’s Labour’s Lost in 2000, produced and gave voice to the TV ‘toon Braceface (2001-03) and made her Broadway debut as Elaine Robinson in the stage production of The Graduate.

        She appeared in the sequel Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, starred in the 2003 NBC comedy series Miss Match, which didn’t quite last a season, and most recently costarred in Beauty Shop. Her latest film, the romantic thriller Silence Becomes You, should hit theaters later this year.


      • ‘Clueless’ Star Is Clued-in To Her Career Alicia Silverstone, 18, Has Shot A Back-breaking Five Consecutive Films. And She Has Left School Behind.

        By Robert Abele, FOR THE INQUIRER
        Posted: July 16, 1995

        When Alicia Silverstone says she hopes she’s as loving and intelligent as Cher, she’s not talking about the Oscar-winning, bellybutton-exhibiting ex- wife of Congressman Sonny Bono. She’s referring to the character she plays in Clueless, the latest high-school comedy by Amy Heckerling, who directed that genre’s classic Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

        “I think clueless is a really interesting word,” the flaxen-haired young star says. “Everyone in the film is clueless, but I think Cher is completely not clueless. She’s clueless to the outside world, but in her world, she’s absolutely on top of everything – fashion, boys. Well, she thinks she is.”

        Clueless, which opens Wednesday, chronicles a popular Beverly Hills teen who loses control over her tight little world and learns to accept others and herself. But that’s all fiction for Silverstone, who, at 18, is taking charge of her popularity in a bracing fashion. She’s turning her appearances in a few Aerosmith music videos and one camp horror classic (1993’s The Crush) into a genuine I-can-carry-a-movie career.

        Silverstone’s kittenish look was put to good use in Aerosmith’s videos for ”Crying,” “Crazy” and “Amazing,” but she insists what she was pulling off was an acting job.

        “I think the work speaks for itself,” she says of her resume, which also includes this year’s Hideaway and the yet-to-be-released True Crime.

        Heckerling says it was Silverstone’s roles in the MTV videos that proved she had the stuff to bring Clueless’ materialistic-yet-sweet Cher to life. ”She’s just this beautiful girl on the brink of womanhood, who’s both vulnerable and sexy,” Heckerling says. “Men love her, women love her.”

        The pop-culture public might not have noticed her until she beat out Ralph Fiennes and John Malkovich for MTV Movie Awards in the breakthrough- performance and villain categories for her work in The Crush, in which she plays a homicidally obsessed teen in love with Cary Elwes.

        The Crush, her first film, taught Silverstone some overnight lessons in playing grown-up in Hollywood. When she got the role at 15, she elected to drop out of high school so that she could work the long hours and live in Vancouver, Canada, during shooting.

        “I was playing a girl who was totally independent and adventurous and dangerous, and I needed to create danger in my life,” she explains, laughing. ”So my idea of danger was a two-bedroom apartment overlooking the water and mountains!”

        Actually, the young actress says she loves school and calls herself ”probably the biggest nerd.” But a career beckoned, and she went for it. When she was in school, was she the popular girl, the Cher?

        “I was always a real dork, but really cool, if that makes any sense,” Silverstone says. “I hung out with popular kids, but I was probably the weirdest of all of them because I was interested in learning, interested in my religion” – Silverstone is Jewish – “all the things kids don’t want to talk about.”

        She says that Clueless has in its snappy dialogue and sprightly teen goings-on some potent things to say about teen snobbery and obsession with looks, which is one issue that Silverstone clearly is clued-in to.

        “I don’t believe there’s enough young role models, or role models that aren’t all about outward appearance. . . . It saddens me there’s not enough about what’s really inside (a person),” Silverstone says. “I think the film is an excellent way, even though you’re going to laugh and have a great time, of finding the intelligence of young people.”

        Director Heckerling based Clueless on, of all sources, Jane Austen’s novel Emma, discovering a direct corollary between the mores and concerns of this 19th-century comedy of manners and the microcosm of society she found in a Beverly Hills high school. Her scripted lingo is a distinct treat, laced with richly observed slang, from buggin (flipping out) to Baldwin (attractive guy) to postal (wacko).

        The writing was so good, Silverstone says, that she was afraid of ruining the words.

        Silverstone’s parents are British – although she was raised in San Francisco, she spent summers in England – and she admits that her sloppy speech would create problems. “They used to say, ‘Slow down, you speak too fast, what does that mean?’ ” Silverstone says. “Kids get that rap of having bad language and not speaking right, and hopefully this film will get them to take out a thesaurus when they want to say something.”

        After shooting a back-breaking five consecutive films, including the yet- to-be-released French film Le Nouveau Monde, Silverstone is currently between gigs, but she says her great experience with Clueless has recharged her batteries.

        It certainly looks as if she has successfully shed the “Aerosmith babe” albatross. She says she’d love to do Romeo and Juliet or, really, any period role.

        She’d also love to play “a sort of Courtney Love-Janis Joplin, hardcore- rock, drug girl.” She’s open to anything, except career advice.

        “You should see people coming up to me, telling me about my career,” Silverstone says, appalled. “I only have to say ‘hi’ and they’re giving me whole monologues about what I should be doing. Like they know me. It’s funny, and usually they don’t know what they’re talking about and they sound really dumb.”


  47. Re: Actors/Actresses: Who Faded Into Obscurity:

    Alicia just made bad choices. She turned down Boogie Nights, Almost Famous, and Fight Club. Hell, she wouldn’t even go to audition for those roles. I also read that she wouldn’t meet with Burton for Sleepy Hollow.


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


  49. OBYTuary: Alicia Silverstone

    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.


    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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  50. 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????


    • 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.


      • Well reese had the benefit of screwing teen hunk Ryan(i think his name was) That means,while she was being a mum,he was working.OR at least they both pulled in big dough.
        Alicia..Not so much.


        • Yeah, Ryan Phillippe; they worked together in 1999’s “Cruel Intentions” together, and got married shortly after that film wrapped. I respect Reese Witherspoon as an actress (2006’s “Just Like Heaven” made my heart smile, and it helped that I’ve always liked The Cure song of the same title), but I don’t really care for her much.


    • 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?


    • 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.


      • 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.


        • 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?????


        • 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.


        • 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)?


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


        • 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.


        • Monster Crap Inductee: Batman & Robin (1997)

          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.


        • ‘Clueless’ star Alicia Silverstone takes the stage in ‘Of Good Stock’:

          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 beco