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'Juno' is back...to help Planned Parenthood

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In celebration of the 10th anniversary of "Juno," the creators of the 2007 film are staging a one-night-only live-read on April 8 with a female-only cast to help raise money for Planned Parenthood, Entertainment Weekly reported. Ellen Page Juno MacGuff and Jennifer Garner will take their traditional roles as Juno MacGuff and Vanessa Loring, respectively. The male roles, however, will be filled by actresses.

Inspiration for the live-reading came from the 2016 election. Oscar-nominated director Jason Reitman who previously led five script-reading series decided to bring them back as part of a "Resistance" inspired lineup, highlighting topics such as immigration and fake news.

“Like many other people, I felt like I wanted to do something. I wanted to find a way to contribute to the causes that have never felt more important,” Reitman told EW. “It occurred to me that I have this show that could be used as a tool to not only raise money for causes that need the help, but could serve as an opportunity for a group like Planned Parenthood to connect with an audience who can be presented with new ideas, or even an action item.”

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Featuring a female-only cast requires some adjustments to be made to the plot. Two women can certainly adopt a baby, but not necessarily make one in the way Juno and Bleeker did. 

“Considering how much this election has done against women and what Planned Parenthood has done for women I thought it would be cool to hear this script with an all-female voice,” Reitman added.


President Trump and the conservative base have long touted their desire to defund Planned Parenthood. The GOP-revised health care plan, which is expected to be voted on this Thursday, partially defunds Planned Parenthood, NPR reported. In 2015, 43 percent of the organization's revenue came from government grants and reimbursements. 

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A Planned Parenthood supporter and opponent try to block each other's signs during a protest and counter-protest Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 in St. Louis. Rallies aimed at urging Congress and President Donald Trump to end federal funding for Planned Parenthood are scheduled across the country. (AP Photo/Jim Salter)

The live reading will take place at the Act Theater in Los Angeles. All the funds raised from original artwork and signed memorabilia will go to Planned Parenthood.

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