Tom Cruise Film Premiere Postponed, ‘Family Guy’ & Other Shows Pulled In Wake Of Newtown Massacre

The premiere of Jack Reacher, a new action film starring Tom Cruise, has been rescheduled and several networks have pulled episodes of shows in the wake of Friday’s shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, which left 28 people dead, including 20 young children.

Yesterday, Paramount Pictures postponed the premiere of Jack Reacher set to take place in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, because of the tragedy. The film stars Cruise as a detective who hunts down a sniper killer who murders five people.   

Here is a statement released by Paramount: Due to the terrible tragedy…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.

SyFy announced it had pulled Friday night’s premiere of an episode of the show Haven, entitled Reunion, which depicted ficticious school violence, the Huffington Post reported. According to a tweet posted on HuffPost from Craig Engler, a senior executive at the network, the episode would be rescheduled and a the holiday episode episode of the show Eureka ran in its in its place. 

Fox also rescheduled two shows. Entertainment Weekly reports that Family Guy and American Dad are rescheduling their episodes of Jesus, Mary and Joseph and Minstrel Krampus because they contain "sensitive content." Instead, Fox will air repeats of both shows. 

Barry Manilow also cancelled a charity concert in Palm Desert, California, on Friday night and rescheduled it for Sunday afternoon. Manilow said he canceled the show as a "gesture of solidarity" with the victims. 

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What Each Upcoming Blockbuster Movie Makes Me Think Of

The marketing for end-of-the-year Oscarbait and big franchise films is already in circulation, but it’s about to get relentless. As of today, though, what pre-impressions have these upcoming releases left upon a passive viewer? I’m going to do a little word association to find out.

Argo: “Beard.” My brain apparently considers this a movie about beards.

Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day“Ghosts.” Alternatively, Led Zeppelin could be holograms in this.   

Paranormal Activity 4“Led Zeppelin.”

Skyfall“Alone.” Thanks a lot, Quantum of Solace, now my wife will never watch another Bond film with me.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2“Contractual.” Nothing better than a sequel made by a bunch of people who’d rather move on with their lives!

Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning“Fantasy.” Holy shit, they made another Universal Soldier movie? AWESOME.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey“Costumes.” Here is a midnight premiere to avoid.

Zero Dark Thirty“Controversial.” This thing about killing Osama bin Laden is going to get people all riled up—if someone could burn down the internet that week, that’d be swell.

Les Misérables“Cabaret.” Because Les Misérables only and ever conjures up the saddest community theater cabaret night. With the performers sadly sitting in the audience. And sad little votive candles at each table.  

Jack Reacher“Poison.” I’m not kidding when I say that going by the trailer, this could well be the worst movie ever made and/or the thing that makes Tom Cruise snap once and for all. Here’s hoping!

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