Update: The “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” live event has been “delayed due to technical difficulties.” A new date and time will be announced shortly. “We want to deliver the absolute best night of entertainment possible and raise money for two incredible organizations,” Dane Cook said in a statement. “The technical issues were insurmountable. Class will be back in session soon!!”
The movie event of the summer isn’t even a movie — but it’s packed with A-list star power.
Dane Cook is presenting “Feelin’ A-Live,” a virtual live table read of “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” which will stream Friday at 8 p.m. ET and 5 p.m. PST. Jimmy Kimmel and Brad Pitt will be joining Jennifer Aniston, John Legend, Julia Roberts, Morgan Freeman, Shia LaBeouf, Matthew McConaughey, Sean Penn, Ray Liotta and Henry Golding in the unrehearsed reading of the 1982 comedy classic.
The original air date was set for August 20, but was rescheduled to avoid conflict with Joe Biden’s speech at the Democratic National Convention.
“Upon realizing ‘Feelin’ A-Live’ was programmed opposite the DNC’s final night, we felt it was best to let the convention have its own evening, and then we’ll have ours,” said Cook in a statement. “Luckily, we were able to shift around some schedules — and add some stellar new cast members — so we’re thrilled to now get to kick off your weekend with a Friday night broadcast.”
Where you can stream it
“Fast Times at Ridgemont High” is a semi-autobiographical film, penned by Cameron Crowe, following a group of high-school students in southern California and their lives and loves. It has been praised for its accurate depiction of being a teenager in the early ’80s.
The film just celebrated the 38th anniversary of its August 13, 1982 release. The movie’s cast included Sean Penn, Phoebe Cates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold and Forest Whitaker.
Special guest appearances
Viewers will have to tune-in live to see which character each actor will portray — but Penn has said he will not be reprising his role as surfer dude Jeff Spicoli.
Original “Fast Times” director Amy Heckerling and Crowe will make a special introduction at the event.
“I’m honored that so many talented, wonderful people are willing to get together to celebrate our movie, and to create their own special version of it,” Heckerling said in a statement about the reading.
“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,” Crowe added.
It’s also a COVID-19 relief effort
The “Dane Cook Presents Feelin’ A-Live” fund raiser will benefit two organizations: CORE and REFORM Alliance. CORE was founded by Penn and CEO Ann Lee, fighting against COVID-19 and providing testing and relief in the United States. REFORM Alliance was launched last year by a group of high-profile people, including Jay-Z and Meek Mill. It focuses on criminal justice reform and curbing the spread of COVID-19 within the incarcerated population.
All livestreams will have a “donate” button, with proceeds going to both CORE and REFORM Alliance.