Spike TV's 'Guys Choice' to reunite 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High' cast onstage, honor Keith Richards -- EXCLUSIVE


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In the mood for some tasty waves, a cool buzz, or at least a mini-reunion of the cast of Fast Times at Ridgemont High? EW has learned that the legendary high school comedy will be inducted into the Guy Movie Hall of Fame at Saturday’s taping of Spike TV’s Guys Choice event, with Fast Times cast members Sean Penn, Judge Reinhold, Robert Romanus, Brian Backer, Forest Whitaker, and director Amy Heckerling appearing together onstage in Los Angeles to accept the honor. (Alas, Jennifer Jason Leigh is busy starring in the Broadway production of The House of Blue Leaves and Phoebe Cates is unavailable.) Robert De Niro will present the cast with trophies, in addition to separately handing the Brass Balls award to Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards for his musical achievements.

Justin Timberlake, Scarlett Johansson, Jason Bateman, Eva Mendes, and Jason Statham are among the celebrities who will serve as presenters during the show. Previously announced honorees and attendees include Jim Carrey, Jennifer Aniston, Harrison Ford, Mark Wahlberg, and Cameron Diaz. Guys Choice airs June 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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  • UGH

    Wow. I can’t believe Sean Penn would be a part of this.

    • Al

      Why not? It’s a great movie and he has given a lot of interviews about it and always says he is proud of having made it.

    • AltDave

      Actually, for a long time he distanced himself from the film.

      • UGH

        Yeah, that’s what I read a long time ago. I’m glad to see that he overcame that. I still wish in some small way that he was still playing Larry Fine in The Three Stooges movie. I think he still has what it takes to spread his comedic wings again.

    • Tom

      The last time any of them did anything really good.

      • GMA

        Penn and Whitaker are considered to be two of the finest,and most respected, actors nowadays (they have won many awards for their work, including three Oscars) but, according to you, they haven’t done anything good since Fast Times…yeah right…

    • Roger

      Without Phoebe Cates, forget the whole thing.

      • Nathan

        It’s not like she’d have been topless anyway.

      • Dream Out Loud

        will carrots be provided?

      • UGH

        Cue The Cars Love In Stereo when she enters the stage…

      • brutony

        Its MOVING In Stereo, you young-un!

  • JPX

    “Phoebe Cates is unavailable” Really? Why? I would think that she would jump at the chance to come out of the annals of obscurity for a moment.

    • Rick

      She wants nothing to do with acting these days

      • JPX

        I just Googled her and it looks like she’s really heavy now. I imagine this might factor into her decision to remain out of the spotlight.

      • Tom

        They should reunite the cast from Valley Girl.

      • Jessica

        @jpx, I just googled her and I can’t find a picture of her where she looks like she has gained a significant amount of weight. She looks a little older, a little curvier, but frankly I think she is just as beautiful and glamorous now as she has ever been. She just seems to be relishing her privacy.

      • UGH

        There was one pic there on Google that cropper her and showed her from the chest up that made her look heavier but there was another view of the same picture in full that she did not have that problem.

      • President Dave

        She is not heavy. Her and her sexy hubby was just on Celeb Apprentice sitting front row at the comedy show. She was small.

    • Chucklehead

      She’s happily married to Kevin Kline. Maybe she just doesn’t care about acting anymore. Some people actually believe that it’s an insignificant accomplishment that doesn’t warrent the attention it garners.

    • Marilyn

      Blink and you missed it, but she and Kevin Kline were in a recent “Celebrity Apprentice” episode. It was the challenge when they had to put on a Comedy Show. I can’t recall if they were in the audience of the men’s (with Jimmy Fallon) or ladies’ (with Marlee Matlin stand-up). It struck me as odd that they were there, and they didn’t make mention of it, but I definitely saw them.

      • tennisfan

        Yes, I noticed that, too — interesting!

        They were in a movie together about 10 years ago — The Anniversary Party or something like that? That’s the last time I remember her acting…

    • Kelson

      Phoebe Cates is not heavy (as someone posted here). I saw a video interview with her that was filmed late last year, and she looks terrific. She quit acting quite a few years ago, and is a very successful business owner now. The way I look at it is this. She is happy, and has been married to the same man for many, many years. Why mess with what is obviously working for her?

    • laylagalise

      I thought she was going to be on “White Collar” this season….

      • brutony

        Actually, I saw her in a “White Castle” this spring!

  • Meg

    Phoebe Cates is still as gorgeous as ever! She looks exactly the same as she did 20 years ago.

    • mark in nyc

      yes, but the movie was 30 years ago

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    • jknyc

      I saw Phoebe Cates in NYC on the Upper East Side a couple of years ago and she looked fantastic. Exactly the same if not better.

    • JPX

      That’s not true, she’s very heavy now – Google her name

      • Tracey

        I just did, and you’re very mistaken. She is still lovely.

      • Bette

        Awesome! Totally awesome!!

  • Jessica

    @jpx, no she’s not. Or you have a very skewed idea of what heavy is.

  • jawz

    sean penn’s best role.

  • tomm

    P. Cates showing her bare boobs at 17 is Kiddie Porn.

    • Jiminy

      She was 19. A consenting adult.

    • Roger

      Sixteen is legal in almost every state.

  • orville

    She and Kevin Kline showed up in the audience of one of the events (the comedy club event with Jimmy Fallon) during this season of The Celebrity Apprentice. She looked as lovely as ever.

  • Mika

    I guess he had to dump Scarlett before he attended………….

  • —–)(——–

    That was my skull! I’m sooo wasted!

  • Rev. O.J. Flow

    What would be impressive is if they got Nicolas Cage in on this. His work was mostly edited out as “Nicolas Coppola.”

  • Legion

    No Phoebe Cates, No Jennifer Jason Leigh! Well I’m not going then.

  • Jeff C.

    Nicholas Cage was in it too, albeit in the background of a couple scenes.

  • Tom

    Although Phoebe Cates’ performance, and more specifically her topless scene, in Fast Times raised her profile, I read a story that filming the topless scene was difficult for her. Maybe she doesn’t have the same nostalgic feelings for the film as the other actors do, and maybe she associates it with a painful time or she has simply moved on. Maybe she doesn’t like all the hoopla about her being topless in the film.

    • Slim Pickens

      That, and the fact that the scene in question probably was viewed by more adolescent boys than any other scene in the movie…if you get my drift.

      • Jerry

        “if you get my drift.” I’m 11. What do you mean?

      • Bobby

        Rent the movie !

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    • helen

      One loser would be Charlie Sheen.

  • Jon

    Phoebe Cates was a real key part of Fast Times. Man, was she something else. Without her there, it is only half a reunion. Actually, the whole movie is classic. Jeeze, when was the last time we had an authentic ensemble highschool movie like Fast Times and Dazed and Confused–or American Graffiti? I mean, a lot of stuff comes out, but it doesn’t seem to make people take notice. Is the genre used up and dead?

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