Movie pre­mieres can­celled

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - NEWS -

Not sur­pris­ingly, the aw­ful shoot­ing in Con­necti­cut has had reper­cus­sions in the world of film. The folk be­hind Jack Reacher, the lat­est Tom Cruise thriller, found them­selves in a par­tic­u­larly dif­fi­cult po­si­tion. That film be­gins with a marks­man ap­par­ently killing random passers-by in Pitts­burgh. Para­mount duly can­celled the US pre­mieres of the Lee Child adap­ta­tion that were to take place at the week­end.

Then again, maybe the par­al­lels with the New­town mas­sacre were ir­rel­e­vant. Af­ter all, Fox also called off plans to launch the rel­a­tively harm­less com­edy Parental Guid­ance. By Tues­day, the pre­miere of Quentin Tarantino’s char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally vi­o­lent Django Un­chained was also af­fected. The We­in­stein Com­pany can­celled the LA event and is­sued the fol­low­ing state­ment: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the fam­i­lies of the tragedy in New­town, Con­necti­cut, and in this time of na­tional mourn­ing we have de­cided to forgo our sched­uled event.”

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