Not so fast: the anticipated virtual live table read of Fast Times at Ridgemont High featuring an A-list cast hit another speed bump and has been postponed.
Dane Cook Presents Feelin’ A-Live was scheduled to stream today at 5 p.m. PST but has met with technical difficulties that are forcing it to move off the calendar, per an announcement from Cook. We want to deliver the absolute best night of entertainment possible and raise money for two incredible organizations. The technical issues were insurmountable. Class will be back in session soon,” Cook said in a statement. A new date and time “will be announced shortly.”
The fundraiser — that will benefit Sean Penn and Ann Lee’s CORE and the REFORM Alliance — generated widespread attention from media outlets and pop culture-obsessed fans for the confirmed participation of Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Matthew McConaughey, Shia LaBeouf, Morgan Freeman, Henry Golding, Jimmy Kimmel, John Legend, Ray Liotta, Cook and Penn. The rescheduling marks the second move on the calendar as it was originally supposed to be held Thursday night but got moved as to not conflict with the final night of the Democratic National Convention.
That’s the cast list but the mystery was who each would be playing in the retelling of Amy Heckerling’s 1982 film penned by Cameron Crowe and starring Penn. He did tell People earlier this week that he would not be reprising his role as Jeff Spicoli, adding, “I’m very confident in the new guy.”
As for the reunion of former couple Pitt and Aniston, Cook confirmed to the outlet that they would be on screen together. Also interesting is how he pulled it all together.
“I threw out a bunch of names originally, and was fortunate enough to get a couple of those names pretty quickly. I mean, Jennifer Aniston was lovely, and was so gung-ho. Julia Roberts came in within that first week or two, and within 10 days, I knew that this could go the distance,” Cook told People of the event he is executive producing with Ivan Dudynksy. “In terms of casting and how we wanted it to come together, there’s some expectation of what kind of person should be playing this role or that role, but truly it was about, let’s really try to break up the diversity, and let’s be unexpected. You know, a live read is a celebration of the written story.”