Sunday, June 16, 2024

Postponed: Tonight’s All Star Virtual Reading of “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” with Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt, Sean Penn


Yesterday at this hour we got a press release saying John Legend and Ray Liotta had joined the all star virutal reading of “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” set for tonight.

Now, it’s cancelled, or postponed. There was a big build up, a lot of hype, and pfft.

Oh well.

The cast was supposed to include Jennifer Aniston, Dane Cook, Morgan Freeman, Henry Golding, Jimmy Kimmel, Shia LaBeouf, Matthew McConaughey, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts. Comic Dane Cook was “presenting” it, which who knows what that means.

Money was going to be raised for Sean Penn’s CORE Foundation, which used to be the J/P Haiti charity and has now pivoted to do work on COVID.

No one knew who was playing which part, but I thought Penn — originally Jeff Spicoli — would play the Ray Walston part. McConaughey would have made a great Spicoli.

CORE is described as “the humanitarian organization co-founded by Sean Penn and CEO Ann Lee, currently on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19 providing testing and relief services in the United States; and the REFORM Alliance, which is focused on passing laws to reform the criminal justice system and protecting the incarcerated population from the spread of COVID-19.”

In a statement, Dane Cook 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!!”

Listen, these people should either call Erich Bergen, who’s done great shows on Zoom, or Richard and Demi Weitz. They do these massive Quarantunes fundraisers every week with blood, sweat, and tears that we don’t see. They have the biggest stars and have raised nearly $8 million for charities.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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