Sandy Hook shootings delay premieres of 'Django Unchained' and 'Jack Reacher'
It seems Hollywood has decided to take a break from glorifying violence for a little while after the mass shootings in Connecticut, postponing the premieres of Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained and Tom Cruise's Jack Reacher. Note we say postponed and not canceled.
"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," a spokesperson from the Weinstein Company said in a statement about the L.A. premiere of Tarantino's movie, about a slave played by Jamie Foxx gunning down a small army led by Leonardo DiCaprio. "However, we will be holding a private screening for the cast and crew and their friends and families."
Tuesday's premiere of Paramount's Jack Reacher was nixed, as well as a Lincoln Center fundraiser in New York featuring Cruise. That movie features an ex-Army police officer shooting, strangling, beating or snapping the necks of various foes.
"Due to the terrible tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, and out of honor and respect for the families of the victims whose lives were senselessly taken, we are postponing tomorrow's Pittsburgh premiere of Jack Reacher," Paramount told Us Weekly in a statement. "Our hearts go out to all those who lost loved ones."