• Tom Cruise, director to address crowds at rescheduled 'Jack Reacher' premiere


    PITTSBURGH - Tom Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie will appear at the rescheduled U.S. premiere of "Jack Reacher" at 7 p.m. Wednesday at SouthSide Works Cinema.

    They will visit each of the 10 theaters to address the crowds.

    Only those with tickets to the prior event will be admitted — no new tickets will be available.

    The red-carpet excitement originally planned for Dec. 15 was canceled by Paramount Pictures following the shooting rampage in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14. The PG-13-rated “Jack Reacher” includes a violent sniper shooting scene.

    Paramount had planned last week‘s festivities in Pittsburgh as a thank-you to the city in which it was filmed.

    “Pittsburgh deserves it,” McQuarrie said. “The city has been wonderful.”

    Paramount pictures released a statement on Monday saying, "On Wednesday, Tom Cruise will be traveling to Pittsburgh to screen the film for fans in the city that so graciously hosted the production of the film. There will be no red carpet during this time of mourning.

    The filmmakers and Tom Cruise convey their heartfelt sadness and their deep condolences to the families during this time."

    Pittsburgh's event was just one of many event cancellations and programming changes made by the entertainment industry this week.

    A New York screening of “Jack Reacher” planned for Dec. 17 at Lincoln Center was canceled. The event was to include a conversation with Cruise.

    The Dec. 15 red-carpet festivities in Los Angeles for the family comedy “Parental Guidance,” starring Billy Crystal and Bette Midler, was canceled by 20th Century Fox.

    Another red-carpet premiere in Los Angeles, planned for Dec. 18 for “Django Unchained,” starring Jamie Foxx, was canceled by the Weinstein Co.

    Three new episodes of Fox network shows — “The Family Guy,” “American Dad” and “The Cleveland Show” — were pulled from the Sunday-night lineup and replaced with reruns due to the violent nature and possibly offensive content.

    Other shows — including “Homeland” and “Dexter” on Showtime — warned viewers of the intense violence and disturbing images.

    "Saturday Night Live" departed from its usual comedic opening skit. There was an opening monologue by the host following the musical open.

    It opened Saturday‘s show with a quiet tribute to the Newtown victims by the New York City Children‘s Choir singing “Silent Night.”

    It‘s not the first time Hollywood has changed plans because of a shooting tragedy. Warner Bros. canceled the Paris, Mexico City and Tokyo premieres of “The Dark Knight Rises” after James Holmes killed 12 people at a screening in Aurora, Colo.

    This article was written by Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE.

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