The hot pandemic entertainment trend is the nostalgic cast reunion

Wrangling a big group of busy celebrities to appear together can be a tough job. In a pandemic, it’s one of the few things Hollywood can do at all.

Virtual cast reunions and table reads of beloved movies and TV shows have become one of the most popular forms of entertainment since the coronavirus pandemic hit the US in March. While the film industry struggles to figure out how to safely bring actors back together to restart productions, putting them on Zoom has emerged as a much more feasible option—that also helps satisfy our appetite for new content.

Yesterday, Fast Times at Ridgemont High star Sean Penn joined an A-list team of actors—including Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, and Julia Roberts—to re-enact the 1982 coming-of-age teen comedy for charity. Fans seemed less interested in the table read itself than the fact that it virtually reunited Pitt and Aniston, who were Hollywood’s “It” couple from the late 1990s to early 2000s.

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