'Django Unchained' premiere canceled after Newtown shooting

LOS ANGELES, Dec 17 (Reuters) - The premiere for Quentin

Tarantino's latest film "Django Unchained," a violent spaghetti

Western slave revenge tale, was canceled on Monday in the wake

of the school shooting in Connecticut last week, the film's

studio said.

"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," a spokesperson for The Weinstein Company

said in a statement.

Tuesday's premiere in Los Angeles was scheduled to have a

red carpet and party, but instead will be a private screening

with no media coverage.

The film, which won five Golden Globe nominations last week,

stars Jamie Foxx as a slave turned bounty hunter who wreaks

revenge on slave plantation owners as he tries to rescue his

wife.

It features Tarantino's trademark style of extensive graphic

and bloody violence, along with dark humor, and is due to be

released in U.S. movie theaters on Christmas Day.

A source at the privately held Weinstein Company told

Reuters the cancellation was unrelated to the violence depicted

in the movie.

Paramount Pictures canceled a weekend premiere for Tom

Cruise's new movie "Jack Reacher" and New York's Lincoln Center

Film Society postponed a Monday screening and talk with Cruise

out of respect for the Newtown families.

A total of 27 people, 20 of them young children, died in

Friday's shooting rampage in Newtown, Connecticut by a lone

gunman, who then killed himself.

(Reporting By Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Jill Serjeant and Eric

Walsh)

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