July 20, 2012

SHOWBUZZDAILY NEWS: Aurora “Dark Night Rises” Repercussions

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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The tragedy in Aurora, Colorado is continuing to cause ripple effects across popular culture.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC and other networks have removed commercials for THE DARK KNIGHT RISES from their air, because of the concern that these ads would be unsuitable to broadcast in the midst of network coverage of the shootings.  A trailer for the upcoming The Gangster Squad that very unfortunately featured a scene in which gunmen fired at a movie audience from behind the screen has been pulled and will be re-edited.  (That scene is a key one in the film itself, so Warners will have to hope it’s no longer verboten by the time the film opens in October.)  There are also reports that the Rises trailer itself will be edited to remove footage of guns.

In addition, Deadline has a rundown on the increased security being put into place in movie theatres this weekend, and there’s a report that, in a largely symbolic but probably wise decision, Warners may refrain from discussing the Rises boxoffice this weekend (although the information will be readily available elsewhere–there are already reports that the film will gross $80-90M on Friday).

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."