bring back laughs

We could all use a little more laughter these days — and comedians like Pete Davidson, Hannibal Buress, and Ilana Glazer want to bring it to us. The Bring Back Laughs comedy charity event, which is being held to support COVID-19 relief organizations, has set its star-studded line-up, which includes the above comedians and more.

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fast times at ridgemont high table read

Sean Penn is returning to Ridgement High for a charity table read of the classic 1982 high school comedy that helped launch his career. But somehow, he won’t be playing his iconic teen slacker, Jeff Spicoli. Penn will, however, be joined by a star-studded cast for the Fast Times at Ridgemont High table read, including Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, Shia LaBeouf, Matthew McConaughey, and Morgan Freeman, for a live virtual event that will benefit emergency relief nonprofit CORE’s work in the fight against COVID-19.

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scott pilgrim vs the world charity table read

In the 10 years since Scott Pilgrim vs. the World debuted in theaters to rave reviews and immediate cult classic status, its cast has only become more ridiculously famous. And while Avengers: Endgame can still boast about being the greatest crossover event in history, the upcoming Scott Pilgrim vs. the World charity table read has enough superheroes to give the Marvel film a run for its money.

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the princess bride fan film

Quibi is making one last-ditch effort to bring on subscribers: by making a celebrity fan film of The Princess Bride just as you wish. A handful of celebrities got together (virtually) to recreate the 1987 Rob Reiner comedy-fantasy classic, The Princess Bride, and inconceivably, they got the director on board as well. The idea was proposed by filmmaker Jason Reitman, who recruited celebrities like Jennifer Garner, Jack Black, Diego Luna, Josh Gad, Tiffany Haddish, and more to create a The Princess Bride fan film and raise funds for the World Central Kitchen charity. And you can watch it all right on your phone…on the Quibi app you definitely haven’t deleted by now.

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nick offerman comedy specials

Nick Offerman is appealing to America’s funny bone to feed people in need. The actor, writer, comedian, producer and woodworker is putting three of his comedy specials for sale on his website, with 100% of the proceeds set to benefit America’s Food Fund, which aids people struggling with food scarcity during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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parks and recreation reunion

Parks and Rec fans literally couldn’t get better news: NBC has announced that a Parks and Recreation reunion special will bring our favorite residents of Pawnee back for a half-hour scripted episode in aid of coronavirus efforts. Almost all the original cast members, including Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe, Jim O’Heir, and Retta, will get back to work as the beloved members of the Pawnee Parks and Recreation department, along with a few guest stars.

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hollywood funds for coronavirus

Every industry has been hit hard by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, as work in every area from Wall Street to small businesses to Hollywood has ground to a halt in nationwide efforts to curb the spread of the virus. But essential workers and medical professionals are still getting exposed to the virus daily, many of whom hail from low-income communities who can’t afford to stay home. To help the people on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, major Hollywood studios, companies, stars, and crew workers are rallying together to raise funds or send much-needed equipment to essential and medical workers.

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night of too many stars

HBO’s Night of Too Many Stars, a live benefit that supports programs that aid people with autism, lived up to its name, using its star-studded line-up to tease spoilers for the highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode IX and Ant-Man and the Wasp.

The first came in the form of an auction, in which Episode IX director J.J. Abrams — returning to the franchise after reviving it with Star Wars: The Force Awakens — sold details of the plot to the highest bidder, only to be drowned out by spoilers for Hot Tub Time Machine 3 and Sharknado 5. The second is as spoiler-y as you can get on the set of a Marvel movie, with Ant-Man and the Wasp star Paul Rudd answering questions about I Love You, Man before slipping in some details on the Ant-Man sequel.

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love actually sequel

It’s not Christmas, but it feels like it. Because we received the great gift of a Love Actually sequel, in the form of a short reunion film for the British children’s charity, Red Nose Day.

That’s right, Red Nose Day Actually is no longer just for the Brits to watch, but is now available for U.S. fans of the beloved 2003 romantic-comedy on NBC’s website and on Facebook. Is everyone still happy and in love, actually, 14 years later? See the full short film below to find out.

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