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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. 

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Daisy Coleman, The High School Sexual Assault Survivor Featured In A Netflix Documentary, Has Died By Suicide

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Daisy Coleman, The High School Sexual Assault Survivor Featured In A Netflix Documentary, Has Died By Suicide

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In 2016, Netflix debuted the heartwrenching documentary Audrie & Daisy a film that examined the tragic experiences of two high school students. Audrie Pott and Daisy Coleman were two teens at the time of their sexual assaults. Both women were subjected to cyberbullying and abuse after their assaults and forced to heal with little support. But soon after her assault, Audrie Pott was driven to suicide by hanging.

The film showed that Coleman also struggled with suicide ideation after the assault.

Four years after the film’s debut, Coleman (who had become a sexual assault victim advocate) has died by suicide.

In a post to her Facebook page on Tuesday, Coleman’s mother shared the news: “My daughter Catherine Daisy Coleman committed suicide tonight,” Melinda Coleman wrote. “If you saw crazy messages and posts it was because I called the police to check on her. She was my best friend and amazing daughter. I think she had to make it seem like I could live without her. I can’t. I wish I could have taken the pain from her! She never recovered from what those boys did to her and it’s just not fair. My baby girl is gone.”

At the time of her assault, Coleman was 14 years old. She was sexually assaulted by a high schooler named Matthew Barnett and was dumped outside of her home wearing only a T-shirt in the dead of winter. The documentary film said Coleman had been left behind in sub-freezing temperatures and that her hair had stuck to the ground.

Barnett was eventually subjected to a felony sexual assault charge for what he did to Coleman but the charge was later dropped.

After, Coleman became a target for bullying.

Filmmakers followed Coleman for two years watching the ways in which Coleman and members of her family were subjected to the trauma of her assault.

“I definitely feel like people have certain views and perceptions about me and about cases like this because they’re uneducated,” then-19-year-old Coleman told People in a 2017 interview. “That’s exactly why I’m going out and trying to educate people on what’s going on in our society.”

Speaking about her experience, Coleman said that she didn’t hold any animosity against her attacker. “I honestly don’t have any vindictive feelings toward him,” Coleman told People. “I feel like all of that negativity that he put onto me was passed down to him at one point, so I felt the need to stop that kind of transaction of negativity and hate… I went through a lot of years of self-loathing and asking myself, Why me? So much ‘woe is me’… I just decided one day that I was done being negative about it. I needed to forgive myself for what happened.”

In 2017, Coleman worked to help others from being subjected to sexual violence for the national campaign SafeBAE — Safe Before Anyone Else.

If you or someone you know might be considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Or text “STRENGTH” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741.

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Naya Rivera’s Co-Star Lauren Potter And Others Are Paying Heartbreaking Tributes To Her

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Naya Rivera’s Co-Star Lauren Potter And Others Are Paying Heartbreaking Tributes To Her

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After days of searching, actress Naya Rivera’s body was recovered at Lake Piru in Ventura County, CA. Her life ended saving her own 4-year-old son Josey during a boating trip that went awry on July 8. But before her tragic end, Rivera was an actress and singer who won awards for her breakout role as Santana Rivera on the FOX series “Glee” and used her platform to support the LGBTQ community.

In response to her death, co-stars, fans, and admirers are celebrating her life and highlighting her work.

Check out some of the touching tributes below.

Naya’s co-star Lauren Potter paid tribute to the late actress with a throwback photo.

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Like her co-star Rivera, Lauren Potter became a breakout star thanks to her role on the FOX series “Glee.” Known for her part as Becky Jackson on the series, Potter paid tribute to Potter with a photo and a heartbreaking caption that read “Cheerios Forever.”

Rivera’s “Glee” co-star Chris Colfer honored her in an Instagram post writing that “being close to her was both a badge of honor and a suit of armor.”

Speaking of Rivera, Colfer wrote “How can you convey all your love and respect for someone in one post? How can you summarize a decade of friendship and laughter with words alone? If you were friends with Naya Rivera, you simply can’t. Her brilliance and humor were unmatched.”

Glee turned Dreamgirls actress Amber Riley also paid tribute.

Riley, one of the only Black actresses besides Rivera in the early seasons of the show described Rivera as her favorite duet partner. “I love you. I miss you. I don’t have words right now, just lots of feelings. Rest In Peace Angel, and know that your family will never have to worry about anything,” she wrote.”

Heather Morris, Rivera’s love interest in Glee explained that she was taking some time to grieve.

Morris had been one of the people to join in the search for Rivera.

Reality star Nene Leakes promised to hold memories of Rivera “close to my heart.”

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow also contributed to the comments with a video of her and Naya singing “Landslide” while on Glee.

“Remembering beautiful @nayarivera today,” Paltrow commented. “Getting to sing in this trio with her was such a special moment. I am in utter shock and disbelief that someone so full of life and passion and talent is no longer with us. And completely heartbroken for her family.”

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