Sorry, Mr. Hand.
Friday evening’s fundraising table-read with Sean Penn, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts of the 1982 movie classic “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” has been postponed.
The online live reading of the film was set to feature star Penn — albeit not in his original role of stoner Jeff Spicoli — and benefit Penn’s CORE humanitarian organization 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.
But by early Friday afternoon, the event had to be delayed.
“The table read event scheduled for tonight has been postponed due to technical difficulties,” according to a post on the CORE Facebook page. “We look forward to revisiting Ridgemont High soon. Stay tuned.”
As Spicoli would say: “Bogus.”
There was no immediate word on a new date and time for the reading, which was organized by actor-comedian Dane Cook and was set to include luminaries such as Roberts, Pitt, Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Aniston and Morgan Freeman.
“Fast Times” screenwriter Cameron Crowe and director Amy Heckerling were scheduled to give a special introduction at the beginning of the unrehearsed reading, which is also slated to include Cook, Henry Goulding, Jimmy Kimmel and Shia LaBeouf.
The event had been scheduled for 5 p.m., livestreamed on LiveXLive’s platform, app and social channels, along with Facebook Live and TikTok via CORE’s Facebook page and TikTok handle.
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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