How Hollywood is handling the Las Vegas tragedy

The attack in Las Vegas marks the 273rd mass shooting in America this year alone.


Since the devastating Las Vegas shooting, which left 59 people dead and more than 500 injured, Hollywood has been showing solidarity and has canceled several celebrity fueled red carpet events in favor of brief, supportive statements.

As of Tuesday, both West Coast premieres for “Blade Runner 2049″ and “Marshall” have been canceled by their respective studios. The Blade Runner event was supposed to take place at the Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, while the Marshall event was set for Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theater.

“In light of the tragic events of last night, Warner Bros. Pictures, Sony Pictures, and Alcon Entertainment are canceling the red carpet for tomorrow’s screening of “Blade Runner 2049,” Warner Bros. said in a statement, per Deadline. “We join the rest of the country in sending heartfelt thoughts and prayers to all those affected by this tragedy.”

“On this day of national mourning, we have decided to cancel tonight’s [Monday] scheduled red carpet premiere of “Marshall,” an Open Road spokesperson said, per Variety. “Instead, tonight’s event will be a private screening of the film for the cast, filmmakers, and invited guests. Our thoughts are with the the victims of the tragedy in Las Vegas, their families, and all of those affected.”

The decision is on par with motions from the film world for past tragedies. In May, the Cannes Film Festival paid tribute to the devastating explosion in Manchester, England, at an Ariana Grande concert by releasing a statement, observing a moment of silence, and canceling a fireworks show, a photocall, and promotional event for Cars 3.

Studios have also canceled events due to horrific mass shootings before. Back in 2012, a gunman in Aurora, Colorado, opened fire on a theater full of people watching “The Dark Knight Rises” 12 people were killed and 70 others were injured. WB immediately responded by releasing a statement, canceling the film’s Paris premiere and all French press interviews with the cast and crew.

“Warner Bros. and the filmmakers are deeply saddened to learn about this shocking incident,” the studio said in a statement. “We extend our sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims at this tragic time.”

Late-night hosts have become the de facto home for an immediate response from the TV world. On Monday night, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon,Trevor Noah, James Corden, and more dedicated portions of their shows to the tragedy. Jimmy Kimmel, who grew up in Las Vegas, delivered the most heart-wrenching monologue of all, crying and calling out political leaders who have not advocated for gun control. Many Hollywood stars, in addition to musicians like Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and Taylor Swift, have taken a similar approach, tweeting support for the victims while also demanding gun-control reform in the country.

The attack in Las Vegas marks the 273rd mass shooting in America this year alone.

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