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Clueless Is Getting A Remake And It’s Set To Be A ‘Baby Pink And Bisexual, Tiny Sunglasses-Wearing’ Look At High School

The 90s cult classic ‘Clueless’, is a source of timeless fashion and high school drama, even to this day. The film gave us a style icon and a whole valley-girl inspired vocabulary that is still quotable in 2019 —exhibit A: ‘Ugh, as if!’. And since we’re already knee-high deep in nostalgia, this piece of news will brighten your day: Clueless is getting a reboot and it’s being described as a “baby pink and bisexual blue-tinted, tiny sunglasses-wearing, oat milk latte, and Adderall-fueled” look at high school, and omg, we’re totally buggin’.

The 90s classic is being made with a different generation in mind, and there will be no Cher involved. 

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Remake fever has fallen on Clueless. The 90s classic reimagining of Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’, which is based around Alicia Silverstone as spoiled but well-meaning Beverly Hills posh girl Cher and her high school adventures. The remake though is being made with another generation in mind —Gen Z— and this version will focus, not on the Alaïa-wearing airhead-like Cher Horowitz, but her sassy best friend, Dionne —formerly played by Stacey Dash in the original 1995 film. 

The new Clueless project won’t be a film, but rather a reimagined TV show.

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‘Girls Trip’ writer Tracy Oliver is producing, with a script by Marquita Robson, the writer of women’s wrestling Netflix show, GLOW. Oliver made sure that fans were aware that this Clueless project will be a new version of the story, not a continuation of the original film. Additionally, the project is set to be a TV series rather than a new film, written by Jordan Reddout and Gus Hickey —the writers behind another 90s classic, Will & Grace. 

Bye-Bye Cher, it’s the Dione show now.

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Clueless 2.0 could best be described as ‘Mean Girls meets Riverdale meets a Lizzo music video’ according to Deadline. The plot explores what happens when “high school queen bee Cher disappears and her long-life number two, Dionne, steps into Cher’s vacant Air Jordans.” So there will be no Cher —it’s the Dionne show now.

And, fyi, this wouldn’t be the first Clueless TV series, the first one aired after the film’s success in the late 90s.

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The 1995 feature starred by Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy and dreamy Paul Rudd, was written and directed by Amy Heckerling, who also created another Clueless TV show back in the nineties —ICYMI. After the success of the movie in 1995, Paramount Network Television launched a half-hour comedy series, which ran for three seasons from 1996 to 1999. 

The Clueless TV series followed the movie’s premise, recounting Cher’s adventures as a student at Bronson Alcott High in Beverly Hills, CA and her romantic and academic antics. The series starred Rachel Blanchard as Cher, since Silverstone was too busy being Batgirl in 1997. Many of the actors from the movie appeared in the TV series, including Dionne, Mr. Hall, Miss Geist, Amber and Murray.

The movie has been turned into TV shows, books, it’s been referenced in music videos and fashion collections, it even inspired an Off-Broadway musical.

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The movie’s legacy has included a TV spinoff that ran three seasons, a series of YA novels, and Iggy Azalea music video that pays homage and the publication of a 20th-anniversary oral history book. Add to that a musical that was in development for more than a decade, with Heckerling writing the script, plus lyrics to around 25 repurposed chart hits from the ‘90s. It was probably too much to hope that this recycled iteration could recapture the original’s amazingness, so it wasn’t much of a surprise when it didn’t. 

The musical opened Off-Broadway at The Pershing Square Signature Center on November of 2018. The show had a very small run until January of this year. Clueless, The Musical, received mixed reviews. Frank Rizzo of Variety called the narrative “lightweight” but praised the overall look. He praised the design, costumes, and choreography as well. David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter found the show “hit-or-miss”. Rooney praised that the show stuck closely to the original’s plot but criticized that there was no element of surprise. Rooney wrote that “in comparison to other teen classics retooled for the stage, like Mean Girls, Heathers: The Musical or Bring It On, the show rarely steps out from the shadow of its screen source with anything new to offer.” So the production closed down after a very shortly lived run. 

It was about time a young black woman was given the protagonist role of a teen series.

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In an interview in June, Oliver spoke to Vulture about the remake, noting that this story would be a “reimagining” of the film, focusing on a “2019 or a 2020 version of a group of teens that would be the Clueless for this generation.” Whatever happens, we’re excited to see a young black woman take the wheel of a teen mystery series. It’s a rare thing and it was about time. Hopefully, this reimagining of the 90s classic does better than the musical rendition did. 

Ariana Grande And Ellen Pompeo Break Their Silence Over Gabrielle Union’s Firing From ‘America’s Got Talent’

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Ariana Grande And Ellen Pompeo Break Their Silence Over Gabrielle Union’s Firing From ‘America’s Got Talent’

American actress Gabrielle Union has had a 26-year long career in the entertainment industry. As a Black woman, the 47-year old actress has proven to be one of the most successful actors in her industry. She started her carer in minor roles working her way up from teen movies like “10 Things I Hate About You” to lead roles in films like “Bring it On” and “Deliver Us From Eva.” In recent years, she has also put herself at the forefront of activist movements in and outside of entertainment, speaking up for survivors of assault and frequently commenting on events that have sparked Black Lives Matter interests. When it comes to race, the actress has been particularly vocal. That’s why when reports that the actress had been fried from her work on the show “America’s Got Talent” we weren’t too surprised when it was reported that it was because she had vocalized concerns about racist incidents that had occurred on set.

According to recent reports, Union was let go from her role as a judge on “America’s Got Talent” after she spoke out against racism that had occurred on set.

According to Variety, Union’s firing comes at the hands of two incidents out of several in particular. One included a complaint by Union after comedian Jay Leno made a racist joke about Koreans. According to Variety  “in April of this year, former late-night host Jay Leno visited NBCUniversal in Los Angeles to appear as a guest judge on the network’s unscripted program “America’s Got Talent,” a variety show that seeks out undiscovered musicians, performers, and other quirky artists. On the second floor of a production building on the North Hollywood lot, Leno taped an interstitial segment in the presence of show judges including Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough. While taping, Leno made a crack about a painting on display in a hallway of Simon Cowell, the show’s executive producer and judge, surrounded by his dogs. Leno joked that the pets looked like something one would find “on the menu at a Korean restaurant.”

The joke, which perpetuated stereotypes about Asian cultures consuming dog meat, reportedly upset Union who told producers to report the joke to human resources at NBC. Variety says in their report the incident was “never escalated to that department.”

Other outlets have reported that Union had received numerous notes about her physical appearance including criticism of her hair. According to Variety, “Union was subjected to a very specific critique — that her rotating hairstyles were “too black” for the audience of “AGT,” a note she received over half a dozen times, according to four sources with direct knowledge of the exchanges who spoke on the condition of anonymity. One network insider disputed the volume of notes, saying there was only feedback about hair continuity for both judges.”

While Union has yet to give a statement about the incidents, other actors are speaking out on her behalf and SAG-AFTRA has reportedly launched an official investigation into her exit.

According to a report by Deadline, sources within SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) ” take issues of workplace health and safety very seriously. We immediately reached out to Ms. Union’s representatives when these reports came to light. It is our practice to work closely with members who reach out to us and their representatives in instances like this, as that usually affords the best protection and best resolution for the affected member.”

In response to the news, actress such as Debra Messing and Ellen Pompeo and singer Ariana Grande have spoken in defense of Union.

In a seperate tweet about the incident, Pompeo called out white actresses for not standing “with your sisters on the front lines” and “cut side deals.” While she never named any actresses in particular many have speculated that she was speaking about Julianne Hough, who worked with Union on the series and was also fired recently. However in a recent statement to Variety claimed that she “had a wonderful time on America’s Got Talent, I loved working with the cast, crew, and producers. I am happy to continue my working relationship with NBC.”

In a seperate tweet of her own, Grande thanked Pompeo for highlighting the incident and encouraged NBC to “be better.”

Hough is set to star alongside her brother in two Christmas specials for the network this month including “Holidays With the Houghs.”

Four New Shows From Latin America Will Soon Be On HBO And Here Are The Ones We’re Most Excited About

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Four New Shows From Latin America Will Soon Be On HBO And Here Are The Ones We’re Most Excited About

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HBO has decided to expand its Latin American catalog by adding four new shows aimed at Spanish-speaking audiences. The new programs all seem to vary in subject matter with some focusing on LGBTQ issues and others on criminal underbellies or counter-terrorism. The slate will launch in conjunction with six new English-speaking series on the network. 

 “[2020] will be a year in which we will concentrate even more on subscribers’ experiences with the brand, especially in the digital environment,” Gustavo Grossman, vice president of HBO Latin America, told the Digital Weekly

According to Variety, the company decided to continue to broaden the scope of their Latin American content due to a hit Colombian documentary it produced called Guerras Ajenas, along with a recent International Emmy winner for the scripted series Sr. Avila

So here’s what you can look forward to in the new year. 

Entre Hombres

Entre Hombres is a 4-episode mini-series based on the novel by Argentinian author Germán Maggiori. The story takes place in 1996 in Buenos Aires and will center around a senator who covers up a murder during a time of great social division. The show will star Gabriel ‘El Puma’ Goity, Nicolás Furtado, Diego Velázquez, Diego Cremonesi and Claudio Rissi.

“At HBO we continue betting on good stories. In this sense, Argentina has always been a source of talent and inspiration for our productions. Entre Hombres is a visceral piece and we are very proud with this new project that will enable us to take this magnificent cult novel to a big audience on the screen of HBO,” said Roberto Ríos, VP Corporate Original Production at HBO Latin America.

The production will be made in collaboration with Pol-ka and the series will be directed by Pablo Fendrik who previously directed El Jardin de Bronce. Author Maggiori will adapt the book for television. 

Mil Colmillos

HBO will launch its first show in Colombia Mil Colmillos in partnership with Rhayuela Films. The series will focus on a military mission to thwart a rogue squad roaming the Colombian jungles. The popular director of suspense thrillers, like El Paramo and Siete Cabezas will co-direct with Pablo Gonzale. 

They will film eight one-hour episodes in various locations in Colombia including Bogota and the Amazon jungle, according to Variety. The series will have a high production value, indicating HBO is willing to invest in Latin American content to broaden its audience. 

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The new HBO series set in Brazil will follow Rafa, an 18-year-old non-binary person who is pansexual. Rafa decides to leave their family and move to Sao Paulo. Claro Gallo will portray Rafa and star alongside Kelner Macedo, Juliana Gerais, and Golda Nomacce. 

Patria

The series adapted from Spanish author Fernando Aramburu’s novel Patria is technically an HBO Europe production, but is still aimed at Spanish-speaking audience nonetheless. The series will be eight parts and written by Aitor Gabilondo and directed by Venice-winning Pablo Trapero and Goya-winning Félix Viscarret.

Set in Spanish Basque County the story will span over thirty years, following two families divided by the separatist terrorism of ETA. It will center around Bittori whose husband is murdered by ETA and her friendship with Miren, whose son is a member of the ETA. 

“I’ve dedicated almost a year to adapt Patria for TV. Now, it’s time to bring these characters to life and recreate the painful past reflected in this work of fiction. That the wounds of this recent history are still open in the Basque Country fuels my commitment and forces me to sharpen my sensibility,” said writer Gabilondo.

Antony Root, EVP of Original Programming and Production, HBO Europe told Deadline that he believed that while the story may take place during a specific political backdrop it is largely a universal one. 

“A personal, human story that unfolds against the backdrop of political violence in the Basque country, and which explores themes of grief, community and forgiveness, Patria is at once acutely local and affectingly universal,” Root said. “That we have such an outstanding creative team to bring it to life is testament to our ambition for the series, and its appeal to both Spanish and international audiences.  It is the perfect project to kick-off HBO Europe’s drama slate in Spain.”

The series began shooting in Northern Span this year and like the other series will premiere in 2020, though no premiere dates have been set yet. 

“Luckily, HBO has enabled me to be surrounded by an exceptional technical and artistic crew who share the same commitment. To me, Patria is not only the challenge of adapting a powerful and moving novel that has reached readers all over the world. It’s also a personal journey which, through these characters, takes me back to the toughest years of ETA that made such an impact on my youth,” Gabilondo.