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Do you agree with Warner Bros' decision to cancel red-carpet events, premieres and news conferences for "The Dark Knight Rises" in various capitals around the world, including Tokyo, because of the fa

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Do you agree with Warner Bros' decision to cancel red-carpet events, premieres and news conferences for "The Dark Knight Rises" in various capitals around the world, including Tokyo, because of the fatal shooting at a Colorado cinema?

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Im interested to hear why people have voted yes. The way I see it is why should we let 1 crazy gunman ruin other peoples enjoyment. If its about honoring the victims, they should of restricted the cancellations to america only.

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Beat me to it Jesse.

Yeah, it's tragic.... but Americans bring it on themselves with lax gun laws and then are shocked when someone goes nuts. The rest of the world shouldn't suffer for American stupidity... oh wait, we do.

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I voted yes. No red carpet event as a sign of respect for those who were killed; and it prevents the many idiots out there doing something stupid because they think it's funny (hoax bomb threats etc) - and this would happen, I'm sure. No premieres for the same reason. No news conferences because interviewers would inevitably focus on the shootings, not on the film itself, which would create a dilemma for those being interviewed - they don't want to dismiss the shootings, but they're not actually there to talk about them. A little time and distance is a good thing. This is a huge loss of money for Warner Bros., through loss of positive publicity, but they don't want to be seen as making money, or making light of, a tragedy.

Jessebaybay - do you think a tragedy which takes places in one country should be grieved/marked only by that country?

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The Dark Knight is bullet in the annals of cinematic history. Fans of this particular genre are not fanatics but with the success of the last film every critic in the world is ready to do a write up.

It will be praised and it will be panned all the same. Avengers is AMAZING and Spiderman's reboot was more than a pleasant surprise. However in comparison The Dark Knight Rises has such a big chip on it's shoulder.

With that said, I don't think they should have cancelled those red carpet premieres. We've been waiting for this for a long time. Some of us can't wait!!

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....as a sign of respect for those who were killed

911 changed forever the way people act when boarding or traveling on a plane - some try to be more situationally aware & some are just paranoid or scared - and this is what is going to happen to MANY people when they consider going back into a movie theatre...

It has taken YEARS for the airline and tourism industry to recover from 911 and that is what Hollywood is up against - all this in an environment where online video, pirating, direct to consumer entertainment are already threatening the Hollywood status quo for making billions of $...

SO... believing that what the Studios are doing here is "primarily" out of respect is being naive at best...

While I acknowledge that what they are doing is "respectful"... IMO the primarily reason for this is monitary because they need to do something to convince the world to not only come back to see Batman:DKR BUT ALSO all of the other films that people might stay away from because of the fear factor now associated with this tragic event...

It's all about the box office receipts - for Batman, the next multi-million $ blockbuster and the $ taken at the gate FOR YEARS AND YEARS TO COME...

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Cancellation is unfortunate and will disappoint many who were looking forward to it BUT, it is an appropriate sign of respect from the production team after such a horrible incident. Will make almost no difference to victims families but at least there will be less in their face coverage to be bombarded with.

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they need to do something to convince the world to not only come back to see Batman:DKR

I think you're confusing "the world" with "Americans". I don't need any convincing. I doubt anybody in Japan, China, Europe etc does either.

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The rest of the world shouldn't suffer for American stupidity... oh wait, we do.

Suffer? Really? You can still watch the movie. It seems that even at the cancelled preimieres the screenings will go ahead for fans with tickets. All you are being deprived of is some interviews and actors waving and signing autographs on the red carpet. Its obvious they wouldn't want to appear insensitive by doing that sort of thing now. I'm really looking forward to the movie but I certainly wouldn't feel comfortable about seeing the actors posing for photos given what's happened, and it would have been a PR disaster for Warner Bros to ask them to.

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Nothing should be cancelled. It is not out of respect that it is being done. I think it is just being done because they don't want copycats to repeat the event. But, just do your job and check people and you wont have than problem.

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The gunman went inside, then out of the exit to his car to get the weapons

What is needed is to have all exit doors fitted with alarms. Real emergency? No problem. Otherwise the police should be called, one way or another.

And maybe bag checks at the door? I hate them but it's not a good way to die getting shot by an imbecile.

It's a sad world that people can't even go to watch a movie without worrying about this kind of thing. But mass shootings can and do happen in the strangest places. Almost got shot by a madman, only 10 minutes earlier and I would have been shot in my car - in Australia, on the Gold Coast.

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Jessebaybay - do you think a tragedy which takes places in one country should be grieved/marked only by that country?

I do 100% think that.

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I should go into some depth here. There is a difference between grieving and remembering or taking action on something. For example, natural disasters are one thing that other countries should definitely take action on.

You would be hard pressed to find anyone outside the states who isn't american "mourning" or "grieving" about this shooting. The average Joe will just say "did you hear about that shooting - how crazy is that. It's pretty messed up" .. that will be the extent of it. Im pretty confident a whole bunch of Americans will also have that attitude.

One countries loss isn't every countries loss. I just don't see why other countries should be effected from this.

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Nothing should be cancelled. It is not out of respect that it is being done. I think it is just being done because they don't want copycats to repeat the event.

Really? First of all, they cancelled the Paris premiere within hours after the shooting. Do you really think they thought a potential copycat might be around in Paris, able to do something like this with only a few hours to prepare? Second, there is a lot of security at the premieres, making it difficult to copy what the shooter did. Third, the US premiere was already over - they were in Paris and due to come to Tokyo where gun laws make this pretty much impossible.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Why the knee jerk reaction?

Yes, it's a tragedy.

But it's ONE GUY.

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I wonder if the cancellations aren't more a result of the actors saying "I don't want to do this after what happened." That would be a very natural reaction.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

NO. Do NOT give this killer the satisfaction of knowing he affected everyday life that much. You're just feeding his ego if you do.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Watched The Dark Knight again last night. The citizens of Gotham never gave in to the Joker's sadistic madness. How unfortunate that the very people who wrote the story allowed that nutjob in Colorado to cancel everything.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Whatever. If they stopped showing the film altogether, then there would be cause for concern, as Hell's climate would've changed...

0 ( +0 / -0 )

To prevent some psychos from attempting to copycat kill... yes, I think all events should be canceled.

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Cancellation encourages copy-cats for the next film. It has been reported that the theatre may be part of the problem because the doors may not have had alarms. The alarm is supposed to let management know that someone opened the door either from the inside or outside when there was no need for an emergency exit of ticket holders.

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I voted YES because every news report about premieres will inevitably have to mention the Aurora shootings and by extension the killer name. If canceling them helps against him becoming more famous and lowers the chance of copycats it's worth lossing a meaningless party. Also, it would be awful press for the studio and everyone involved if they preceded as if nothing had happened.

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@jessebaybay, I think you are correct if we just take into account the gunman. If the gunman was captured without taking any other lives, things would continue as normal. I think WB and others are trying to be sensitive to the victims of the tragedy. That is all what the cancellations are about; sensitivity to the victims. Collective sorrow. Its a statement to display that the lives of the victims are more important than the frivolity of the red carpets, flashiness of galas, etc.

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