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Shootings spur Par to pull ‘Reacher’ premiere; ‘Guidance’ events also cancelled

Tom Cruise pic had been scheduled to launch in Pittsburgh

In the wake of the tragic shootings in Connecticut, Paramount Pictures has postponed Saturday’s premiere of “Jack Reacher.”

The action pic starring Tom Cruise was scheduled to bow Saturday in Pittsburgh, but in light of the deaths of at least 27 people in the massacre that unfolded at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. on Friday afternoon, the studio hastily tabled the event.

The pic opens wide on Dec. 21. There’s no word on a new date for the premiere.

(Update:) Twentieth Century Fox has also cancelled festivities for Saturday’s premiere of family pic “Parental Guidance” because of Friday’s deadly shooting spree.

“In light of the horrific tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut we are canceling the red carpet press event and the after party for the ‘Parental Guidance’ premiere, scheduled today in downtown Los Angeles,” Twentieth Century Fox said in a statement. “The hearts of all involved with this film go out to the victims, their families, their community, and our entire nation in mourning.”

The screening itself is still scheduled to unspool at 1:00 pm at L.A. Live’s Regal Cinemas.

The shooting rampage that has shocked the nation promises to reverberate through the film and TV biz in the coming days. Networks were scouring their skeds to pull programming with graphic scenes of gun violence. News outlets were poised to remain in saturation coverage mode through the weekend as details of the incident become known.

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