While the country is still reeling from the events of Sandy Hook, Hollywood is paying its respects and standing down. Several events have been canceled and programs have been rescheduled in light of the tragedy. Even a chart-topping pop song has reportedly been drastically affected.
The Los Angeles premiere of Quentin Tarantino’s new film, “Django Unchained,” which Yahoo! Movies was scheduled to live stream Tuesday, is now canceled. Reuters reports this is unrelated to the violent nature of the film.
"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 spokesperson for 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.”
Sources confirm to omg! that the after party, which was scheduled to take place at Sky Bar at the Mondrian hotel in West Hollywood, is now canceled as well.
Paramount Pictures also postponed two upcoming screenings of Tom Cruise’s new action film, “Jack Reacher,” out of respect for the Newtown families.
However, it’s not just the film industry that is taking action after the Newtown tragedy.
Showtime ran a warning ahead of the Sunday season finales of “Dexter” and “Homeland.” “In light of the tragedy that has occurred in Connecticut, the following program contains images that may be disturbing," reads the disclaimer. The disclaimer continues to run on re-broadcasts of those programs.
Meanwhile, “The Voice” paid homage to Newtown during its opening number on Monday night. All four coaches joined the Season 3 contestants to perform a rendition of “Hallelujah,” as each person held up a sign with a victim’s name and age on it. “There wasn’t a dry eye in the house,” an audience member at “The Voice” tells omg!. Similarly, “Saturday Night Live’s” cold open last weekend featured the New York City Children’s Chorus singing “Silent Night.”
“The Voice” host Carson Daly paid his respects further on his 97.1 AMP radio show. He announced Monday morning, they would be steering clear of dishing about celebrity gossip or giving away iPad’s because it just didn’t seem appropriate at a time like this.
As previously reported by Yahoo! TV, several other shows on the small screen have pulled programming from the air due to violent content. Syfy pulled Friday's episode of “Haven,” TLC postponed its “Best Funeral Ever” special from December 26 to January 6, FOX preempted “Family Guy” and “American Dad” on Sunday, and ABC temporarily removed “Scandal’s” winter finale episode from its website (later restoring it).
One person from the music industry who has seemingly been affected by the shooting is Ke$ha. According to TMZ, the singer’s current hit single, “Die Young,” has reportedly been pulled from some radio stations across the country and took a drastic drop on the radio play charts. Ke$ha’s record label, RCA Records, had no comment to omg!.
The artist clearly has her priorities in order, however, tweeting that she certainly cares more about the victims than album sales.
“My heart goes out deeply to the people of Newtown, Connecticut,” Ke$ha tweeted. “Its beyond words what has happened. Help families affected by the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary by donating here."
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