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Hollywood Pulls Back Premieres in Wake of Newtown, 'Django Unchained' Cancels

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 17, 2012 at 8:10PM

It happened after Columbine and Aurora and now Newtown is making Hollywood sensitive to celebrating. That is, in the week following the most horrific gun tragedy in America's history, Fox, Paramount and Weinstein Co. have pulled back several movie premieres.
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"Django Unchained."
TWC "Django Unchained."

It happened after Columbine and Aurora and now Newtown is making Hollywood sensitive to celebrating. That is, in the week following the most horrific gun tragedy in America's history, Fox, Paramount and Weinstein Co. have pulled back several movie premieres.

Fox took away the red carpet and after party for last Saturday's premiere of comedy "Parental Guidance." Paramount delayed its Saturday Pittsburgh premiere until Wednesday for ultra-violent Tom Cruise vehicle "Jack Reacher," and opted to shut down its special Lincoln Center premiere as well. And Weinstein Co. cancelled its LA Tuesday gala for blood-spurting western "Django Unchained." On the other hand, IFC's relationship drama "On the Road" went ahead with Monday night's premiere.

TWC will go ahead with a cast and crew screening. The TWC stated:

"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."

This article is related to: The Weinstein Co., Jack Reacher, Django Unchained


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.