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Django Unchained Hollywood premiere cancelled after Newtown shootings


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#1 sChiZoO14

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 01:33 PM

The planned Hollywood premiere of Django Unchained has been cancelled.

A red carpet event was due to take place tomorrow night (December 18), but a private screening will now take place out of respect for those killed in last week's shootings in Newtown.

"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," The Weinstein Company said in a statement.

"However, we will be holding a private screening for the cast and crew and their friends and families."

Django Unchained stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Don Johnson.

The movie follows a slave whose wife is taken by a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

An insider told Reuters that the cancellation of Tuesday's premiere is not directly related to depictions of violence in the movie.

Django Unchained has a US release date of December 25, and will open on January 13, 2013 in the UK.

Digital Spy