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Summit keeps ‘Step’ gas-mask scene

Pic opens Friday

Summit Entertainment has decided that it will not cut a gas-mask dance scene in “Step Up Revolution,” which opens Friday.

Summit made the announcement Wednsday evening. The sequence in “Step Up Revolution” involves gas masks — similar to that worn by the shooter in the rampage at a Aurora, Colo., theater on Friday.

“Summit Entertainment’s ‘Step Up Revolution’ is an uplifting film that celebrates the redemptive power of dance.” Summit said. “There is a brief scene in the film in which a troop of dancers enter a room wearing gas masks as props and the dancers immediately go into a choreographed routine. Because of last week’s tragic events in Colorado, Summit immediately removed television advertising that briefly showcased that scene from the film.”

Summit has continued running other ads that don’t contain the scene, in which dancers infiltrate a company party.

“The scene also briefly appeared in a trailer released three months ago that the studio is no longer actively servicing,” the statement concluded. “Having taken these steps, Summit will open this inspirational, nonviolent film in theatres nationwide this weekend as originally edited.”

The film, directed by Scott Speer, stars Kathryn McCormick, Ryan Guzman, Adam Sevani, Misha Gabriel and Peter Gallagher.

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