Hollywood Shuffles Movie, TV Schedules After Shooting

by Christopher Freeburn | December 18, 2012 12:47 pm

hollywood sign 630[1]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[2], 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[3] of Jack Reacher, an action film from Viacom‘s (NASDAQ:VIAB[4]) 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[5]) Fox broadcast network postponed new episodes of American Dad and Family Guy, while Comcast‘s (NASDAQ:CMCSA[6]) NBCUniversal withdrew an episode of SyFy’s Haven that included a violent incident at a high school[7], scheduled to air last Friday, the day of the shootings.

Additionally, Discovery Communications‘ (NASDAQ:DISCA[8]) cable channel, TLC, has postponed the air date of its special Best Funeral Ever, which would have run two days after Christmas.

  1. [Image]: https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/hollywood.jpg
  2. canceled the Los Angeles premiere: http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/17/premiere-of-violent-tarantino-film-is-canceled-because-of-school-massacre/
  3. rescheduled a Monday night special viewing: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/jack-reacher-lincoln-center-screening-403358
  4. VIAB: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=VIAB
  5. NWSA: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=NWSA
  6. CMCSA: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=CMCSA
  7. included a violent incident at a high school: http://insidetv.ew.com/2012/12/17/best-funeral-ever-postponed/
  8. DISCA: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=DISCA

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