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'Django' Cancels Premiere Due to CT Shooting

By RAPHAEL CHESTANG

December 17, 2012

Quentin Tarantino's 'Southern' gun-slinging film, Django Unchained, has become the latest film to cancel its premiere out of respect for those affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting last week.

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The Weinstein Company, the film production company behind the movie, released the following statement to ET: "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."

Django Unchained's premiere was originally scheduled for tomorrow, December 18.

Tom Cruise's film Jack Reacher and the Billy Crystal/Bette Midler comedy Parental Guidance also altered their premiere dates -- both scheduled for last Saturday. Parental Guidance canceled their Saturday engagement, while Jack Reacher postponed their premiere for a later date.

A Jack Reacher screening scheduled for tonight was also canceled.

"The Film Society of Lincoln Center has postponed tonight's screening and conversation with Tom Cruise to benefit the 50th anniversary fund," the Film Society of Lincoln Center said in a statement released today. "Out of respect for the families who lost loved ones in Newtown, Connecticut, we are postponing tonight's event. We extend our love and condolences to you. Our community grieves with yours."

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