Premiere Of Quentin Tarentino's 'Django Unchained' Cancelled
In the wake of the devastating events in Newtown, Conn., that saw the death of 20 children and six adults in an elementary school shooting last week, the Weinstein Company announced that they will cancel the Los Angeles premiere of director Quentin Tarantino’s new movie Django Unchained, starring Jamie Foxx, 45, and Leonardo DiCaprio, 38.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., and in this time of national mourning we have decided to forgo our scheduled event," a spokesperson for the Weinstein Company told USA Today on Monday. "However, we will be holding a private screening for the cast and crew and their friends and families," the rep added.
The move comes after Paramount decided to cancel its premiere of the Tom Cruise action film, Jack Reacher. The plot centers around a sniper attack that leaves five people dead, a parallel that is unseemly during these difficult times. Director Christopher McQuarrie agreed that the film should not have a big splashy premiere. “Nobody should be celebrating anything 24 hours after a tragic event like that," McQuarrie told TheWrap.com.
Jack Reacher, which also features Rosamund Pike and Richard Jenkins, is still scheduled to hit theaters on Dec. 21. Django Unchained, also starring Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson and James Remar, is still slated for its Dec. 25 nationwide release.
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