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'Django,' Jack Reacher' events canceled after Conn. shooting

Jamie Fox, left, director Quentin Tarantino, center,

Jamie Fox, left, director Quentin Tarantino, center, and actor Leonardo DiCaprio at a special screening of "Django Unchained," at The Ziegfeld Theatre in Manhattan. (Dec. 12, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

Two of the holiday season's most anticipated movies have altered their premiere plans as a result of the Newtown school shooting.

Last night's Hollywood premiere of Quentin Tarantino's violent new film "Django Unchained" was canceled. Instead of a red-carpet event, the producers opted for a private screening for cast and crew with no media coverage.

The movie, which opens Christmas Day, stars Jamie Foxx as a freed slave-turned-bounty hunter trying to rescue his wife (Kerry Washington) from a brutal plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio).

Paramount Pictures had postponed last Saturday's U.S. premiere of "Jack Reacher," an action film in which a sniper is prominently featured.

But the studio now says star Tom Cruise will return to Pittsburgh Wednesday to screen the film for fans, adding that there won't be a red carpet but Cruise will introduce the film.

A scheduled screening of the film Monday night at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's retrospective of Cruise films was also canceled.

On television, the cable channel TLC canceled next week's pilot for the reality series "Best Funeral Ever," which profiles a funeral home that specializes in extravagant send-offs.

The show will air instead on Jan. 6.

Meanwhile, Discovery Channel said it did not cancel the reality series "American Guns" -- about a family-owned gun shop in Colorado -- after the Connecticut incident, despite published reports.

In a statement, the channel said that "American Guns," which ended its second season in September, "concluded earlier this year" and that it "chose not to renew the series and has no plans to air repeats of the show."

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