Lincoln Center Film Society fundraiser was supposed to feature "Jack Reacher" sneak peek
The Film Society of Lincoln Center is postponing a fundraiser and conversation with Tom Cruise that was scheduled to take place on Monday night, citing the shootings in Newtown, Conn.
The event was scheduled to feature an interview with the actor and a sneak preview of his upcoming action film, "Jack Reacher." Proceeds were going to be used to support K-12 education and new artist programs though the group's 50th Anniversary Fund.
"Out of respect for the families who lost loved ones in Newtown, Connecticut, we are postponing tonight's event," Rose Kuo, executive director of the Film Society, said in a statement. "We extend our love and condolences to our neighbors. Our community grieves with yours."
The Film Society did not say when the event will be rescheduled.
"We support Lincoln Center and their decision to postpone their fundraiser this evening," a spokeswoman for Paramount said in a statement.
"The filmmakers and Tom Cruise convey their heartfelt sadness and their deep condolences to the familes during this time," she added.
This is the second major "Jack Reacher" related event to be canceled or postponed in light of the Newtown killings. On Saturday, Paramount canceled the Pittsburgh premiere of the film out of respect for the victims of the school shooting.
"Jack Reacher" opens with a scene of mass-murder, during which a sniper kills five people. Director Christopher McQuarrie told TheWrap he fully endorsed the decision to cancel the premiere.
"Tom and I insisted upon it," he said. "Nobody should be celebrating anything 24 hours after a tragic event like that."
On Wednesday, Cruise will travel to Pittsburgh to screen the film, Paramount said, but there will be no red carpet.
The Film Society event was to be held at the Rose Theater at the Time Warner Center, in coordination with a retrospective of the actor's films. Entitled "All the Right Moves: The Films of Tom Cruise," that exhibition of his past work will run from Dec. 18-20.
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