UPDATE: Warner Bros Pulls Trailer Of Gangster Shooting Up Movie Theater

Warner Bros Gangster Squad TrailerEXCLUSIVE … UPDATE 9:30 AM: Warner Bros is now telling me that its outside non-studio spokeswoman failed to tell me the whole and accurate story about the process that led to the studio taking down its offensive Gangster Squad trailer this morning. A Warner Bros executive now tells me how the studio was scrambling to deal with the Aurora theater shooting crisis in the pre-dawn hours of the morning. Then, at 5 AM, one of the top distribution execs remembered that Warner Bros’ Gangster Squad trailer was playing “loose” this weekend timed to the studio’s The Dark Knight Rises release in about 30% of domestic theaters. (“Loose” means that theaters had been asked to play the trailer which was not paired with The Dark Knight Rises.)

Gangster Squad Trailer ShootingAccording to Warner Bros, this distribution exec suddenly remembered that the trailer for the mob movie contained a scene showing a gangster with a machine gun shooting up people in a movie theater from behind the big screen. This distribution exec quickly instructed the studio to “replace it as soon as possible”. At 6 AM, Warner Bros started notifying the theater circuits to pull the offensive Gangster Squad trailer. That is being done all over North America today. Meanwhile, Warner Bros’ marketing department is scrambling to get out its second-generation Gangster Squad trailer already in the works. This new trailer, without the movie theater scene, will be swapped out for the offensive one within a week. Warner Bros says this is now the whole story.

And the studio’s explanation which I absolutely believe also makes clear that, while my phone calls overlapped with their behind-the-scenes process, I was not responsible for the studio pulling the offensive Gangster Squad trailer with the movie theater shooting scene.

PREVIOUS 7:30 AM: This was truly terrible decision-making by Warner Bros – both to release a trailer like this and then not to pull it immediately after today’s tragedy. I have confirmed that the studio which released The Dark Knight Rises paired offered it with the official movie trailer for Gangster Squad, an upcoming pic set in 1949 about a ruthless Mafia Godfather who runs Los Angeles. One of the scenes in the trailer that’s been playing all morning today shows a gangster with a machine gun shooting up people in a movie theater from behind the big screen. Several outraged moviegoers tipped me to this scene. Read More »

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ABC News Apologizes For Erroneously Linking Suspected Shooter To Tea Party

Brian Ross ABC Aurora ShootingBrian Ross hinted at a possible link this morning on Good Morning America. The shooting suspect’s name is Jim Holmes and there is “a Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado page on the Colorado Read More »

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President Obama: Government Will “Take Every Step Possible” To Ensure Safety

Colorado Theater Shooting President ObamaPresident Obama made his comments in a brief appearance this morning in Ft. Myers, Fla., before cutting short the visit to return to the White House. He learned about the Aurora murders at 5:26 AM ET in a call from his Adviser for Homeland Security, John Brennan, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says. FBI Director Bob Mueller, Chief of Staff Jack Lew and Brennan provided a follow-up briefing. Obama spoke with the mayor of Aurora. Carney said that there’s no word yet as to whether the President will stop at Aurora this weekend on his way to a California visit on Monday. Mrs. Obama has also cancelled her appointments. Here’s the transcript of the President’s remarks:

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Cinemark Says It’s “Working Closely” With Aurora Police

Here’s the statement from the exhibition company that owns the theater where the murders took place:

Cinemark is deeply saddened about this tragic incident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and loved ones, our employees, and the Aurora community. We are grateful for the quick and

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MPAA’s Chris Dodd: “Shock And Sadness” Over Theater Shooting

By | Friday July 20, 2012 @ 6:54am PDT

Here’s the official statement from MPAA chief Chris Dodd:

“We share the shock and sadness of everyone in the motion picture community at the news of this terrible event. We extend our prayers and deepest sympathies to the victims, their loved ones and all those affected by this tragedy.”

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President Obama And Mitt Romney Respond To Theater Shooting

Here’s the statement from President Obama:

President Obama Colorado Theater ShootingMichelle and I are shocked and saddened by the horrific and tragic shooting in Colorado. Federal and local law enforcement are still responding, and my

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Aurora Police Department Describes ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Shooting Events

Related: 12 Dead, 50 Wounded, At Colorado Movie Theater Showing ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ At Midnight; Shooting Suspect In Custody

DATE: July 20, 2012
CONTACT: Officer Frank Fania, PIO (303)739-6022
NATURE: Theater Shooting
CASE NUMBER: 12-28181

Aurora, Colo. – Aurora Police are investigating a shooting at the Century 16 Movie Theater,

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UPDATE: Warner Bros & Filmmakers “Deeply Saddened” By Colorado Shooting During ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Screening; No French Premiere

Warner Bros Dark Knight Rises ShootingUPDATE: It turns out that Time Warner sent Deadline its Warner Bros statement before Christopher Nolan had a chance to vet it. Therefore the studio has issued Deadline a … Read More »

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Video From The Scene Of Colorado Movie Theater Shooting: Chaos And Panic

12 Dead, 50 Wounded, At Colorado Movie Theater Showing ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ At Midnight; Shooting Suspect In Custody

Warner Bros “Deeply Saddened” By Colorado Shooting During Its ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Screening; No French Premiere

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12 Dead, 50 Wounded, At Colorado Movie Theater Showing ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ At Midnight; Shooting Suspect In Custody

BREAKING… 4TH UPDATE: Local Aurora Police in Colorado just confirmed they have the shooting suspect in custody. Police now say 14 12 people were killed and more than 50 people have been wounded. Read More »

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