Matt Bomer, Cuba Gooding Jr., Bryce Dallas Howard also set as storytellers for April 7 ceremony
The Motion Picture & Television Fund is adding major star wattage to its fifth annual “Reel Stories, Real Lives” event, as the charitable organization announced Friday Matt Bomer, Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas, Kirsten Dunst, and Bryce Dallas Howard will take the stage as storytellers at the April 7 ceremony in Los Angeles. Cuba Gooding Jr. and Dennis Haysbert will also speak, while former Parks & Recreation star Adam Scott is set to host.
The stars will conduct a series of readings, sharing stories written by other people about how they benefitted from the MPTF over the years. The MPTF’s community outreach includes 95 years of charitable operations, including programs fostering the well being of the film & television community, senior care, and palliative care services.
Last year’s event included stories from Lizzy Caplan, Tony Goldwyn, Tobey Maguire, Alessandro Nivola, Mira Sorvino, Kevin Spacey, and John Stamos.
“What makes life incredible, and … what makes storytelling incredible, is that the moment you hear a personal story — whatever your situation is — everything falls away because you identify with somebody’s experience,” Kevin Spacey told the 2015 audience, per Variety. Masters of Sex’s Lizzy Caplan added: “This is very much a community… and at times it can be a contentious community — competitive and all the things that we like to gossip and complain about — but at the end of the day, I really believe that this community will take care of me when I need them to.”
Guymon Casady, Julie Darmody, William Gerber, Eric Kranzler, Kevin McCormick, Karen Rosenfelt, Greg Sills, Courtenay Valenti, and Warren Zavala will produce the event, which is sponsored by Delta Air Lines, while EW serves as the event’s official media partner.