Film Independent's on a roll (or reel?), bringing film to the people. As a facet of its partnership with LACMA, Film Independent at LACMA's Live Read series, directed by Jason Reitman, brings A-list actors to the stage to read aloud classic scripts such as Network, True Romance, Dr. Strangelove and Ferris Bueller's Day Off. And without the fancy camerawork, the script actually gets to feel important — words matter! Ever wonder what The Big Lebowski would have been if Michael Fassbender had been cast as the Dude? OK, what about Mae Whitman as Matthew McConaughey's iconic stoner sleazebag Wooderson in Dazed and Confused? Live Reads lets you know in real time. This year, they stunned with a touching and hilarious reading of classic coming-of-age flick Stand by Me with an all-female cast, including Charlyne Yi, Ellen Page, Kaitlyn Dever, Molly Ephraim, Kristen Schaal, Sarah Thyre, Rosemarie DeWitt and Collette Wolfe. With Reitman departing the series after 40 successful scripts, here's hoping co-creator Elvis Mitchell will team up with a new director to keep this phenomenal series going.

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