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Live Read of 'Fast Times' Featuring Courtney Love Closes Out LA Film Fest

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This year's Los Angeles Film Festival officially closes out its tonight, but not with a film screening. Instead it presents a Live Read of Fast Times at Ridgemont High, directed by Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Grindhouse, Hostel, Inglourious Basterds). One of Roth's favorites, the 1982 teen comedy was directed by Amy Heckerling with a script written by Cameron Crowe, and is probably best known for giving us the indelible character of Jeff Spicoli, embodied by Sean Penn.

Expect surprises with cast announced so far (which includes Kumail Nanjiani, Haley Joel Osment and Courtney Love!), with Roth possibly bringing more with him to the live performance as is tradition with Film Independent's Live Reads. Here's who has been cast already:

  • Lily Collins: "Stacy Hamilton," originally played by Jennifer Jason Leigh
  • Haley Joel Osment - "Brad Hamilton," originally played by Judge Reinhold
  • Courtney Love - "Mr. Hand," originally played by Ray Walston
  • Kumail Nanjiani - "Mike Damone," originally played by Robert Romanus
  • Lorenza Izzo - "Linda Barrett," originally played by Phoebe Cates
  • Daryl Sabara - "Mark Ratner," originally played by Brian Backer
  • Aaron Burns - "Charles Jefferson," originally played by Forest Whitaker
  • Social-media celebs Logan Paul and Nik Keswani take on "Jeff Spicoli" and "Curtis Spicoli" (Patrick Brennan), respectively.

The $150 ticket is a bit on the steep side, but it includes access to the Closing Night After Party.

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For those who are interested in seeing the winning films from the festival, LAFF also presents them tonight in rapid succession.

» Audience Award, Best Documentary 1: Be Here Now screens at 6 pm
» Audience Award, Best Fiction Film: Pocha (Manifest Destiny) screens at 6:15 pm
» Best World Fiction Feature: Flocken screens at 6:20 pm
» LA Muse Award Winner: Can You Dig This screens at 6:30 pm
» Audience Award, Best Documentary 2: I Am Thalente screens at 7:30 pm
» Best Feature Documentary: My Love, Don't Cross That River screens at 8:25 pm
» Best U.S. Fiction Feature: Out of My Hand screens at 8:35 pm
» Zeitgeist Award Winner: Stealing Cars screens at 8:35 pm
» Nightfall Award Winner: Crush the Skull screens at 8:45 pm

Tickets to the individual film screenings are $15.