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    Clueless Cast Reunites under the open air Nokia Plaza at L.A. Live


    Clueless Cast Reunites under the open air Nokia Plaza at L.A. Live
    May 6th, 2014
    Antonio Gilbreath


    Fans gathered under a beautiful blue sky and cool afternoon breeze to get a rare glimpse of the 20th annual L.A. Film Fest’s Pre-Festival screening of “Clueless” (1995) and Q&A of some of its leading stars.


    The festivities were jovial as film-goers had the opportunity to take photo’s in a Clueless-inspired Photo Booth, be interviewed by an L.A. Film Fest Corespondent and meet and greet other fans of the nostalgic and iconic 90’s film. The chatter around the open air Nokia Plaza was minimal as movie-goers settled into the folding chairs that were set up for guests, while others laid out their blankets about the plaza cozying up with love ones as they awaited the arrival of their favorite characters from the film.


    (1) Nokia Plaza is centrally located in the heart of L.A. Live. The 40,000 sq. ft. open air plaza contains over 20,000 square feet of LED signage, including six 75’ towers and a 22’ x 40’ LED Billboard, [ideal for showing Clueless (1995) movie under the stars.]


    Minutes later, chatter stopped momentarily, then exploded into cheers and hand claps as some of the movie stand out cast members emerged from the doorway of the Wolfgang Puck restaurant directly in front of the Plaza. Film Director Amy Heckerling took the lead as Elisa Donovan (Amber Mariens), Stacey Dash (Dionne Davenport) and Alecia Silverstone (Cher Horowitz) followed close behind as they headed to a makeshift stage to introduce the film and Q&A.


    Amy Heckerling, who also directed “Look who’s Talking” (1989) and “Loser” (2000) in addition to “Clueless” (1995) spoke on when she first meet Silverstone. Heckerling said that when she saw the “Cryin’” video for Aerosmith, and when Alicia [Silverstone] give the finger, “There’s my girl,” she said. “I just loved her immediately.”


    Silverstone, 37, admitted that her role as Cher at age 18 was “wonderful” and “so much fun.”


    Silverstone’s character’s BFF, Dionne Davenport, was an ideal fit for Stacey Dash. “I wanted somebody that seemed like she was royalty and she can easily be government,” Heckerling said as the crowd cheered in agreement, and Dash gave a humble wave to the crowd as Silverstone and Donovan applauded for their co-star.


    Dash, 47, stated that they had so much fun filming Clueless. “[Heckerling] had such a clear vision and she was able to translate it to us perfectly,” Dash stated.


    Donovan, 43, who played mean girl Amber Mariens in the film stated that “it was a magical experience.” This was Donovan’s first film. “So to have such an extraordinary group of people, and to have everybody be young, and have so much fun, it was amazing.”


    The moderators questions and responses from the cast continued briefly, and then a few questions were posed by a few lucky individuals in the audience. Minay Matthews, 14, was asked if she wanted to pose a question to any of the cast members. Matthews quickly stepped up for the challenge asking Stacey Dash if they could do a “Selfie?” Dash in royal fashion, said yes with a smile and made a young girls dream come true. I couldn’t help but envy the young Matthews; I wanted a selfie also, instead I stood back and remained professional to capture the moment.


    For more information on the L.A. Film Festivals line up and how you can obtain tickets, please visit: LAFilmFest.com


    Ref: 1. http://www.lalive.com/concierge/detail/nokia-plaza-la-live

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