«Django Unchained» premiere canceled after Newtown shooting

«Django Unchained» premiere has been canceled in the wake of last week’s school shooting in Newtown, Conn., the film’s studio said Monday.

According to the Los Angeles Times Quentin Tarantino’s Western was scheduled to have its premiere at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences on Tuesday.

«Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the tragedy in Newtown, CT and in this time of national mourning we have decided to forgo our scheduled event. However, we will be holding a private screening for the cast and crew and their friends and families,» a spokesperson for The Weinstein Company said in a statement.

«Django Unchained» stars Jamie Foxx as a freed slave-turned-bounty hunter out to rescue his wife from a brutal plantation owner. The cast also includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson.

 The film, which earned five Golden Globe nominations last week, will arrive in theaters on Christmas Day.

 Paramount Pictures also postponed the film’s Pittsburgh premiere, which had been planned for Saturday, a day after the shooting took place, THR added. The event will now take place Wednesday, but Paramount said in a statement that there will be no red carpet «during this time of mourning.»

 «The filmmakers and Tom Cruise convey their heartfelt sadness and their deep condolences to the families during this time,» the statement continued.

 

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