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The eagerly awaited virtual live table read of Fast Times at Ridgemont High, featuring a star-studded cast including Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, is back on for this week, after “insurmountable” technical difficulties forced organizers to postpone the event from its original Aug. 21 date.
Dane Cook Presents Feelin’ A-Live, a virtual table read of Fast Times at Ridgemont High, is set to stream on Thursday, Sept. 17 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. The hour-long fundraiser will feature scenes from the 1982 film read by an all-star cast with a message from Fast Times director Amy Heckerling and screenwriter Cameron Crowe.
In addition to Pitt and Aniston, the benefit for Sean Penn and Ann Lee’s CORE and the REFORM Alliance, is set to feature Julia Roberts, Matthew McConaughey, Shia LaBeouf, Morgan Freeman, Henry Golding, Jimmy Kimmel, John Legend, Ray Liotta, Cook and Penn. The mystery remains as to which character each actor would be playing, but Penn previously told People he would not be reprising his role as Jeff Spicoli, adding, “I’m very confident in the new guy.”
CORE is currently providing COVID-19 testing and relief services in the U.S. and the REFORM Alliance is focused on passing laws to reform the criminal justice system and prevent the incarcerated population from the spread of COVID-19.
“We’re so excited to finally bring you our Fast Times table read in what I must say is the coolest virtual classroom I’ve ever been in,” Cook said in a statement. “This amazing group of performers were absolutely committed to supporting two vital organizations—CORE and Reform Alliance—and we’re thrilled to share ridiculously fun scenes from our little class project. We hope everyone who tunes in will Click ‘Donate’ and give what they can—no amount is too small (or big!).”
This is the third time the event has been scheduled as it was originally set for Thursday, Aug. 20 but was moved so as not to conflict with the final night of the Democratic National Convention. It was then moved to Friday, Aug. 21 but canceled just a few hours before it was set to begin after Cook said organizers were dealing with “insurmountable” technical difficulties.
“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 at the time, adding that a new date and time “will be announced shortly.”
Cook previously confirmed to People that Pitt and Aniston would appear on screen together and shared how he put the all-star cast 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 said. “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.”
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