Film Premieres Scrapped in Wake of Newtown Shooting

'Django Unchained,' 'Jack Reacher' affected
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 18, 2012 12:02 AM CST
Film Premieres Scrapped in Wake of Newtown Shooting
Frank Kulick adjusts a display of wooden crosses and a Jewish Star of David, representing the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, on his front lawn, Dec. 17, 2012, in Newtown, Conn.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Hollywood has been responding to the Newtown tragedy with a slew of cancellations, postponements, and other changes to movies:

  • Tonight's LA premiere of Django Unchained, the latest violent film from Quentin Tarantino, has been canceled. "In this time of national mourning we have decided to forgo our scheduled event," says a Weinstein Company rep, according to the New York Times. A private screening will be held instead of a big red carpet gala.
  • Two events related to Tom Cruise's new movie, Jack Reacher, have been postponed: last Saturday's Pittsburgh premiere as well as a Film Society of Lincoln Center screening involving Cruise. Paramount is also tweaking the marketing materials for the movie, according to the Hollywood Reporter. A source says a scene in which Cruise's character, a former military cop, uses a semiautomatic weapon is being removed from promos.

  • Even a comedy, Parental Guidance, saw its red carpet premiere and after-party canceled over the weekend "in light of the horrific tragedy," AFP reports. The film stars Bette Midler and Billy Crystal.
Also over the weekend, episodes of Family Guy and American Dad were yanked. (More Connecticut school shooting stories.)

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