Filmmaker Peter Segal will be returning to direct along with original cast members Charlyne Yi and Dierdre Friel
Thinking Huts, a nonprofit dedicated to making education more accessible with humanitarian-driven technology solutions, announced today a virtual table read of STXfilms’ Second Act. The event will be held on August 21, 2021, at 12 noon MT / 2 pm ET / 7 pm BST.
Led by acclaimed award-winning film and television director Peter Segal, the virtual benefit will star Kelly Hu, Charlyne Yi, Amy Okuda, Kearran Giovanni, Scott Takeda, Adam Ferrara, Ludwig Manukian, Dagney Kerr, Doug Spearman, Dierdre Friel, Nicole J. Butler, Jeremy Cohenour, and Dominic Burgess. Segal has directed widely beloved and timeless films such as 50 First Dates, The Longest Yard, Get Smart, Grudge Match, My Spy, and many others.
Attendees can RSVP to participate in the highly anticipated virtual event HERE. The event is open to the public. The first 1,000 registrations will be considered for a chance to participate in the opening of their school in Madagascar.
Second Act is a 2018 American film directed by Peter Segal, distributed by STXfilms, starring Jennifer Lopez, Vanessa Hudgens, Milo Ventimiglia, and Leah Remini. The story follows Maya, a big box store employee who reinvents her life and her lifestyle for a chance to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as valuable as a college degree, and that it’s never too late for a second act.
“Through a table read of the film Second Act, we are excited to add some much-needed light to the world while showcasing a diverse cast and supporting our upcoming school. What better way than featuring a romantic comedy,” said Maggie Grout, Founder & CEO of Thinking Huts. Diverse representation was at the forefront in the casting decisions and made possible by highly regarded casting director Kamala A. Thomas.
“Social impact at scale requires a collective effort of thoughtful movers and makers,” said Maggie Grout. “Representation matters and I am thrilled to champion the diverse voices I wish I had seen growing up in our highly anticipated summer benefit. I look forward to changing the narrative in the nonprofit world and seeing leaders who look like me leading the way.”
Thinking Huts is filling a funding gap of $180,000 to build their first 3D printed school in Madagascar this November. Learn more at thinkinghuts.org
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STXfilms, a division of Eros STX Global Corporation, is a next-generation film studio that produces, acquires, distributes, and markets motion pictures at scale. From blockbusters like Greenland, Hustlers, Bad Moms, and The Upside to hits like The Gentlemen, Molly’s Game, and The Gift, STXfilms produces star-driven films for a global audience. In just 5 short years, its slate of films has already grossed over
$1.8b in global theatrical box office. With a wide range of partners including Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Showtime (which handle the physical and premium television releases of STXfilms content, respectively), the studio is a fast-growing, industry powerhouse. Upcoming films include Queenpins starring Kristen Bell, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Paul Walter Hauser, and Vince Vaughn, a new action-comedy film directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Jason Statham, Hugh Grant, Aubrey Plaza, and Josh Hartnett, The Marsh King’s Daughter directed by Neil Burger and starring Daisy Ridley and Ben Mendelsohn, American Sole starring Pete Davidson, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Camila Mendes, Offset, and Bad Bunny, The Godmother starring Jennifer Lopez, Universe’s Most Wanted starring Dave Bautista, Muscle starring Vin Diesel and directed by F. Gary Gray, National Champions starring Stephan James and J.K. Simmons, Violence of Action starring Chris Pine, and Greenland: Migration, the sequel to the global hit starring Gerard Butler and Morena Baccarin.