Chatter

updated 07/24/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/24/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

OBJECT LESSONS
Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo has joined the ranks of talk radio hosts in a market dominated by the conservative voices of Rush Limbaugh, G. Gordon Liddy and Oliver North. The lifelong Democrat hosts a new weekly syndicated call-in show that airs live on Saturday mornings. "It's not so much that we need a liberal voice, but we do need civility," says Cuomo, 63, who encourages "thought talk" on topics ranging from health care to the Beatles. Callers are screened for content, says Cuomo, "but they often lie, and we know that. Every week the first few calls come from either Limbaugh or Bob Grant listeners who enjoy very much getting through to me. What they don't know is, I enjoy having them get through too, because the more you hear from them, the more obvious it becomes that you need something else. If I wanted to teach my kids not to eat candy, I'd introduce them to a lot of kids with pimples."

SIDEKICK ABUSE
Former Saturday Night Live-er Rob Schneider hung with superhero Sylvester Stallone for four months while shooting the sci-fi thriller Judge Dredd. "It was not a dream come true," says Schneider, 31, who plays Dredd's sidekick Fergie, a petty thief. "I literally sat on his back for three weeks on a motorcycle. There was a lot more padding where Sly was sitting. He had an Italian leather cushion. I sat on a hot metal pipe." Not that he expected much sympathy. "On a Stallone movie it's survival of the fittest," says Schneider. "There's the day I fell down a metal flight of stairs, and when I finally bounced on the last step, Stallone came over, leaned down and said, 'Welcome to action pictures.' "

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
With his Batman Forever single "Kiss from a Rose" blooming on the charts and a recent summer tour for his second hit album, Seal, the soul singer of the same name still finds the time—and the weather—for the "whole adrenaline rush" of his favorite pastime, snowboarding, a sport he pursues year-round with strategic travel to snowy outposts. But the Englishman carries the scars of his devotion. "I've had surgery on my knee," says Seal, 32, who now lives in L.A. "I was really stupid; I went for a big 40-foot jump, and I blew it." Since London is tragically short of snow-covered mountains, it was the aesthetic, not athletic, qualities of the hip sport that first got him interested. "A snowboarding shop opened near where I used to live in London, and I really liked the look of the clothes," says Seal. "I started going to a dry slope to practice, then went to the mountains and haven't stopped since."

THANKS FOR CHER-ING
Alicia Silverstone, 18, the nymphet in three Aerosmith videos and horror movies such as The Crush, becomes the most popular girl at a Beverly Hills high school in Clueless, Amy Heckerling's comic takeoff on Jane Austen's novel Emma, due July 21. The character's name happens to be Cher, but Silverstone has little in common with the actress of that name. "Cher is cool," she says. "I'm the girl spilling stuff, falling all over the place, a mess. I don't even like clothes. Cher loves stuff." Silverstone thinks trendy fashion I should be stomped out at the root. "Kids I should have uniforms in high school," she says. "Just average gray things or plaid skirts and blouses, so everyone could dress the same. It's adorable, and your identity does not come from the outside but from within."

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