Celebrities to Conduct Live Reading of 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High'

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Sean Penn -- who co-starred in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High'' -- will join Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Aniston and Morgan Freeman on Friday night for a live reading of the 1982 classic movie in conjunction with a one-night fundraiser organized by actor-comedian Dane Cook.

The “Feelin' A-Live'' event will benefit CORE -- a humanitarian organization co-founded by Penn and Ann Lee that is 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 coronavirus.

“Fast Times'' screenwriter Cameron Crowe and director Amy Heckerling are scheduled to give a special introduction at the beginning of the unrehearsed reading, which is also slated to include Henry Goulding, Jimmy Kimmel, Shia LaBeouf and Cook.

The event, set to start at 5 p.m., will be livestreamed on LiveXLive's platform, app and social channels, along with Facebook Live and TikTok via CORE's Facebook page and TikTok handle.

The livestream will feature a “donate'' button, with all proceeds benefiting CORE and REFORM Alliance.

Dermot McCormack, LiveXLive's president, called the movie “a cultural time piece'' and said it was exciting to be a part of its return.

“We've already seen intriguing success for events and shows of other genres and styles outside of music -- from wellness, to cannabis to this kind of innovative event. We have continued to support social causes throughout COVID and we stand by the work CORE and REFORM Alliance are doing,'' McCormack said.

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