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
"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
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