The Los Angeles premiere for Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” that was slated for Tuesday (Dec. 18) night has been canceled in the wake of Friday’s tragedy in Newtown, Conn.
Deadline.com reports that The Weinstein Company called off the premiere festivities not because of the film’s violence but because no one really feels like celebrating. The film will still be shown Tuesday but only for cast members and their families who haven’t seen the film — and there will be no red carpet or press.
The decision comes on the heels of Paramount’s delay of the U.S. red-carpet premiere of Tom Cruise’s “Jack Reacher” in Pittsburgh. The Film Society of Lincoln Center also postponed a screening of the Cruise film in New York on Monday.
“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,” a TWC spokesperson says. “However, we will be holding a private screening for the cast and crew and their friends and families.”
“Django Unchained,” which comes out on Dec. 25, stars Jamie Foxx as a former slave-turned-bounty hunter. Kerry Washington, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson and Leonardo DiCaprio also star.