UPDATE #2 (9/14): The virtual table read of Fast Times at Ridgemont High has been rescheduled for Thursday, September 17th at 9 p.m ET/6 p.m. PT.
UPDATE: The virtual live table read of Fast Times at Ridgemont High, which was supposed to take place tonight, August 21st, has been postponed due to technical difficulties. A new date and time will be announced shortly. In a statement, comedian Dane Cook, who’s presenting and organizing the event, said, “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!!”
Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Matthew McConaughey, and Morgan Freeman are among the all-star cast set to stage a benefit table read of the 1982 classic Fast Times at Ridgemont High, a one-night-only virtual event taking place August 20th.
Henry Golding, Shia LaBeouf, and original Ridgemont star Sean Penn — in a role that isn’t Jeff Spicoli — will also play unspecified parts during the unrehearsed table read, with surprise cameos planned for the livestream.
The table read, presented by Dane Cook, will also feature introductions from the film’s screenwriter, Cameron Crowe, and director, Amy Heckerling. The event will raise funds for both the Penn co-founded emergency relief nonprofit CORE and the REFORM Alliance.
Penn previously hinted at the all-star table read during recent interviews with Howard Stern and Jimmy Kimmel, where he revealed he wouldn’t portray his iconic stoner surfer Spicoli for the event.
“Sean brought magic to us on day one, and he is still bringing that magic to the world,” Crowe, who also recently took part in an Almost Famous reunion, said in a statement. “We are so excited to be a part of this 2020 take on Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Thank you to this cast, and to Sean, for always honoring the best things in life, love, and creativity. It is, as a great man once said, totally awesome.”
Penn added: “I’m always game for a giggle. So, to gather remotely for a night of laughs with so many talented folks while providing CORE with much-needed resources to continue our vital work, then consider us fully on board to play!”
The Fast Times at Ridgemont High table read will livestream on August 20th at 9 p.m. EDT on the CORE Response Facebook and TikTok accounts.
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