Amy Heckerling: ‘Everyone in Hollywood passed on Clueless’

Clueless director Amy Heckerling got rejected by “everybody in Hollywood” when she pitched the film’s script. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the now-iconic film, Heckerling, who wrote and directed the teen classic, admitted to Variety that it to…

Clueless director Amy Heckerling got rejected by “everybody in Hollywood” when she pitched the film’s script.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the now-iconic film, Heckerling, who wrote and directed the teen classic, admitted to Variety that it took a long time to get the project off the ground because no Hollywood executives seemed to get its sense of humour.

“Everybody in Hollywood passed on it, and my agent Ken Stovitz was just driving himself insane trying to think of places and things and people that he could get it to and who would read it,” she said. “And, you know, it was pretty much, ‘No no no no.’ It’s kind of like when you read it, I don’t think people understood the humour.”

“To say you ‘didn’t get the humour’ meant you just didn’t get it,” her agent Stovitz added. “One of the hardest things to ever arrive at in Hollywood is the truth of why someone rejects you… I mean, we got rejected everywhere twice. I just kept saying to Amy, ‘We’re going to get this done, we’re going to get this done.'”

After struggling to find Clueless, which was originally written as a scripted TV series, a home, the film ultimately ended up at Paramount with producer Scott Rudin, and then everybody was interested.

“When Scott Rudin wanted to do it, there was a bidding war,” Heckerling stated. “Everybody wanted to do it.”

Clueless, an adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel Emma, went on to star Alicia Silverstone as Cher Horowitz, with a supporting cast including Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd, and Donald Faison.

It opened in 1995 and became a box office smash hit, making $56.6 million (£44.7 million) from a $12 million (£9.4 million) budget, and it is still beloved and frequently watched to this day.

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Alicia Silverstone: ‘Brittany Murphy was wonderful in Clueless’

Alicia Silverstone says the late Brittany Murphy pushed her Clueless character to “new heights”.Alicia has been celebrating the 25th anniversary of the iconic film, inspired by Jane Austen’s novel Emma, and remembering some of the best bits from …

Alicia Silverstone says the late Brittany Murphy pushed her Clueless character to “new heights”.

Alicia has been celebrating the 25th anniversary of the iconic film, inspired by Jane Austen’s novel Emma, and remembering some of the best bits from the movie.

The actress revealed she knew Brittany, who died aged 32 in December 2009, was the right person to play shy schoolgirl Tai Frasier the moment she saw her audition.

“I just remember thinking she was so great for the part,” Alicia told Vogue.com. “I can’t remember how many girls came in to audition for Tai that day and I don’t know if I saw a few girls for it or just her, but I remember Brittany being really adorable.

“She’s so good at the little accent because she had one already, but I think she just pushed it to new heights. I found her so wonderful and I said to (director) Amy (Heckerling) right away, ‘I think she’s the one…’ She was like, ‘Uh yeah, duh. Of course she was the best. She’s the one’.”

Alicia, who played stylish matchmaker Cher Horowitz in the iconic 1995 film, bonded with Brittany because they were some of the youngest cast members on set and unaware of how big the film would be.

The 43-year-old star also recalled spending time with Brittany’s mother while they were shooting the romantic comedy.

“I remember her mom was on set a lot,” Alicia explained. “I brought my mom around a little bit and we would all spend time together. But I don’t think we had any intellectual idea about us being up-and-comers in a big movie because we didn’t know we were in a big movie.

“Maybe other people knew, but I was so innocent and never really paying attention to career stuff at all.”

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Marc Jacobs releases Girl, Interrupted-inspired line in support of LGBTQ charity

Marc Jacobs has unveiled a capsule collection inspired by the movie Girl, Interrupted to help raise funds for an LGBTQ charity.To mark the 20th anniversary of the 1999 psychological drama starring Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie, based on Susanna Kayse…

Marc Jacobs has unveiled a capsule collection inspired by the movie Girl, Interrupted to help raise funds for an LGBTQ charity.

To mark the 20th anniversary of the 1999 psychological drama starring Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie, based on Susanna Kaysen’s 1993 memoir, the fashion designer has released three limited-edition items featuring graphics and iconography from the film.

Thirty per cent of sales from the hoodie, T-shirt, and gym pant will go directly to The Trevor Project, a non-profit organisation dedicated to suicide prevention among LGBTQ youth.

Taking to Instagram, Jacobs re-posted a note penned by writer and photographer Ava Nirui about the initiative.

“20 YEARS OF GIRL, INTERRUPTED by MARC JACOBS merch pieces to commemorate the iconic Winona and Angelina film from 1999 are available now on marcjacobs.com,” she wrote. “Thank you to everyone who helped make it happen, especially @themarcjacobs. This project is dear to me – this movie changed the way I viewed mental health at a very young age, which was massively beneficial to me as I was in the process of growing up under the guidance of a close family member with clinical depression. It really helped me become more accepting of her and others impacted by mental illness. I’m happy to have done this project with such an important organisation.”

At the end of the post, the designer added: “THANK YOU AVA @avanope I’m so proud of this. GRATEFUL to you for giving life to this project. Love, Marc.”

For the accompanying campaign, model Adut Akech was photographed by Tina Tyrell and styled by Andrew Sauceda.

Items in the collection are priced from $95 to $165 (£72 – £125).

Girl, Interrupted, directed by James Mangold, also starred Brittany Murphy, Whoopi Goldberg, Elisabeth Moss, and Vanessa Redgrave.

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Clueless reboot will be a ‘new take’ on the classic

The producer of the upcoming Clueless reboot has stressed the film will be a new take, not a remake.Deadline reported on Thursday (25Oct18) that the ’90s hit was to be revived courtesy of Girls Trip writer Tracy Oliver, who has signed on to produce, wi…

The producer of the upcoming Clueless reboot has stressed the film will be a new take, not a remake.

Deadline reported on Thursday (25Oct18) that the ’90s hit was to be revived courtesy of Girls Trip writer Tracy Oliver, who has signed on to produce, with GLOW writer Marquita Robinson penning the script.

The original Clueless was released in 1995 and starred Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Paul Rudd and the late Brittany Murphy. Written and directed by Amy Heckerling, the movie, which was loosely based on Jane Austen’s Emma, went on to become a beloved cult classic thanks to the preppy fashion choices and catchy phrases and vocabulary of the characters. It also spawned a TV series.

As the reboot is still in early development, no details of story or casting have yet been revealed, however, Oliver has taken to Twitter to emphasise that this will be a fresh project rather than a carbon copy of the original.

“Crazy excited to be producing a *new* take on one of my favorite movies of all time, #Clueless, with the hilarious and super talented @MarqRobinson writing it!!!,” she wrote. “As. If.”

Robinson, who has also previously written episodes of Zooey Deschanel’s New Girl, jokingly replied to her colleague, writing: “Omg can you believe these idiots are remaking Clueless, @TracyYOliver?”

News of the reboot drew mixed responses from fans of the chick flick on social media, with many insisting that it was unnecessary to revive the feature and feared that a new version could ruin the original’s legacy.

And when one user asked Oliver whether she was incapable of making anything original, she simply responded: “Like… Girls Trip?”

Neither Heckerling nor any of the Clueless cast have commented on the news.

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Alicia Silverstone didn’t enjoy Clueless costume fittings

Alicia Silverstone was left feeling exhausted on the set of Clueless because of all the costume changes.The cult film helped launch the careers of Alicia, the late Brittany Murphy, and Paul Rudd, and told the story of rich, fashion-obsessed teen Cher H…

Alicia Silverstone was left feeling exhausted on the set of Clueless because of all the costume changes.

The cult film helped launch the careers of Alicia, the late Brittany Murphy, and Paul Rudd, and told the story of rich, fashion-obsessed teen Cher Horowitz.

The bold fashion choices are synonymous with the 1995 feature, with the yellow plaid skirt suit worn by Cher one of the standout fashion moments. While fans lapped up the clothes, Alicia herself wasn’t so keen.

“I remember being so exhausted with the costume fittings because I just, I wore, I didn’t have any fashion sense at all at that age, and it only took, I mean, it took recently that I became interested in clothes,” she recalled to ABC. “At the time, jeans and a green T-shirt, I was good all week long. So, when I had to try 63 things on, I was just like, ‘This is painful.'”

But for head costume designer Mona May, the film was a dream come true.

As well as the plaid suit, which Stacey Dash’s character Dionne also wore in a black and white version, Cher also helped to popularise berets, tailored shirts and jackets, and chic layering.

“When Amy (Heckerling, writer and director) gave me the script, it just blew my mind. How fascinating these characters were and it was all about setting trends and making something new,” Mona smiled.

“The clothes were, they were their own star. They were the main character of the movie and (Mona) did such a beautiful job,” Alicia added.

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