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'Jack Reacher' premiere postponed after Connecticut shooting


The premiere of Tom Cruise's new action movie "Jack Reacher" has been postponed in Pittsburgh following the shooting at a Connecticut elementary school on Friday.

More: Latest developments from MSN News

The shocking school massacre prompted movie producers to call off the Saturday night film premiere in Pittsburgh, where the majority of the blockbuster was filmed.

A statement issued by Paramount Pictures executives on Friday reads, "Due to the terrible tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, and out of honor and respect for the families of the victims whose lives were senselessly taken, we are postponing tomorrow's Pittsburgh premiere of 'Jack Reacher.' Our hearts go out to all those who lost loved ones."

Network producers at the Syfy channel pulled their planned Friday episode of supernatural drama "Haven" due to its violent content.

A spokesperson for Syfy told, "[The] scheduled 10 p.m. episode of 'Haven' contained scenes of fictitious violence in a high school. In light of today's tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, we have decided not to air it."


Dec 15, 2012 11:38AM
I appreciate SyFY's and Paramounts judgment in deciding to defer the showing of the two shows mentioned--but there is a larger issue here.   Yes the shocking events are unusual in Suburban America.   But the reality is that similar events are taking place regularly in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, Israel, with body counts numbering into the hundreds.   Now people are up in arms again about guns.   I say to you this is not about the availability of guns--it is about how we treat each other and how we deal with an element that values human life so little that they are willing to deprive strangers of what is so precious.   This is about an attitude of people.   I say that if this shooter wanted to kill people and did not have access to guns he would have found something else--a bomb, gasoline, malatov cocktails--the real issue is to start treating people and human beings of all kinds that they matter, and that life is precious, not a commodity to be traded, or a pawn to be taken with no cost.  This perp gave all -- and the fact that he was willing to do that and steal from the world 26 other lives that mattered, is the real horror that needs to be addressed.  There are too many like that in the world, and they, not guns, are the enemy.
Dec 15, 2012 12:22PM
It would be an incredible gesture if someone would donate in the form of a fund to cover the funerals of all those who were killed in this terrible act. Someone like Tom Cruise or Justin Bieber, just to take the financial worry off the families. I read recently where Kim Kardashian's boy friend spent some ridiculous sum on her birthday present (a car I believe). I always wonder when people like these will start to "payback" for all their success. I know some do. Justin Bieb er I think did something recently, but there are many who do not. Hurricane Sandy was terrible and they just had the benefit for New York and New Jersey. This is every bit a tragedy as was the hurricane, even more so perhaps.     
Dec 15, 2012 1:44PM
For once, not only one, but, two,  correct calls. Kudos to Paramount, and, SyFy channel.
Dec 15, 2012 12:31PM
Yes, I feel bad about a real life tragedy but life goes on. We don't need to stop all action movies for a week because of this. If the producers decide on their own, as they did, to not hold the premier, that's fine but no one should pressure them to do so. When my brother died from drowning I didn't expect anyone to quit showing movie scenes of drowning.
Dec 15, 2012 4:12PM
Why?  I'm a big fan of Jack Reacher series.  They didn't have any school or movie shootings in them.  Although I won't be seeing this movie due to bad casting. Why Tom Cruise?  Jack Reachers character is at least 6 foot 4 and built  like a tank kind of man.  Tom Cruise is either of these.  Why did Lee Child go with this.  It's has bad casting as Tom Cruise as Lestat in Interview of a Vampire of course Ann Rice spoke out against it.  Lee Child should of done the same.
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