With the nation still reeling from last week’s horrific shootings at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school that left 26 dead, including 20 small children, American media is cutting back on violent and gun-related content, at least temporarily.
The Weinstein Co. announced on Monday that it has canceled the Los Angeles premiere, originally scheduled for Tuesday, of its new Quentin Tarantino-directed movie Django Unchained, The New York Times noted. The ultra-violent movie, which stars Jamie Foxx as a freed slave who takes vengeance on slave owners, is to be released on Christmas Day.
Similarly, The Hollywood Reporter said the Film Society of Lincoln Center rescheduled a Monday night special viewing of Jack Reacher, an action film from Viacom‘s (NASDAQ:VIAB) Paramount Studios, that stars Tom Cruise as the gun-wielding title character.
On the small tube, Entertainment Weekly notes that News Corp‘s (NASDAQ:NWSA) Fox broadcast network postponed new episodes of American Dad and Family Guy, while Comcast‘s (NASDAQ:CMCSA) NBCUniversal withdrew an episode of SyFy’s Haven that included a violent incident at a high school, scheduled to air last Friday, the day of the shootings.
Additionally, Discovery Communications‘ (NASDAQ:DISCA) cable channel, TLC, has postponed the air date of its special Best Funeral Ever, which would have run two days after Christmas.