WATCH: Warner Bros Pulls Preview Featuring Movie Theater Shooting Scene After Colorado Tragedy

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(WARNING: The above video contains violent content that may be disturbing to some viewers in the wake of today’s events. Use discretion when watching.)

Warner Brothers has pulled the preview for the upcoming movie Gangster Squad after a gunman opened fire on a crowded movie theater during a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises on Friday, killing 12. The movie trailer, which was showing before many screenings of The Dark Knight Rises, portrayed an eerily similar scene.

A scene from the trailer (at the 2:03 minute mark in the above video) features four men in trench coats standing behind a movie screen, shooting into the audience. The men then walk through the holes created by the gunfire in the screen and continue firing into the crowd. The plot of the upcoming film, which stars Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Josh Brolin, and Sean Penn, pits cops against gangsters in 1940s Los Angeles and, judging from the trailer, features a lot of violence. A spokesperson for Warner Brothers (who, like TIME, is owned by Time Warner) confirmed the decision to pull the trailer,  speaking to NBC News on Friday.

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Nikki Finke at Deadline Hollywood, who wrote that she complained about the trailer to Warner Bros. on Friday morning, reports that a distribution executive instructed the studio to replace the Gangster Squad trailer “as soon as possible,” and by 6 a.m. — just five hours after the Colorado shooting — Warner Brothers had begun notifying theater circuits of the change. The studio has announced that a new trailer without the movie theater shooting scene will take the place of the old trailer within a week. It appears that both Apple and YouTube have also pulled the trailer from their sites, as Michael van Poppel of BNO News reported in a tweet.

According to AP reports, a person familiar with what was shown at the theater said the trailer did not play before the Dark Knight Rises screening in Aurora where the real-life massacre took place. The person wished to remain anonymous because he or she was not authorized to speak officially on the matter. In the wake of the shooting in Colorado, the NYPD has said it will step up its security at Dark Knight Rises showings. Security is expected to be increased at theaters across the country.

NBC noted that this is not the first time in the recent past that a trailer has been changed after an unexpected tragedy. 2oth Century Fox altered the name of the film “Neighborhood Watch” to “The Watch” after Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, who was acting as his community’s Neighborhood Watch volunteer at the time of that shooting.

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WatchTwilightSagaStream
WatchTwilightSagaStream

Gangster Squad 2013 is already online at gangstersquad.zenfex.com
Great video and you can choose subtitles

Jacklyn Johnson
Jacklyn Johnson

May comfort find

their family and friends and help them in this most difficult time. Thanks

for the heads up on the Evertalk memorial page Christina. I will make sure to

visit it.

christinasmythe
christinasmythe

My heart goes out to the family and friends of the victims of this tragic incident. Someone created a memorial page for these victims on Evertalk within Facebook. There is a memorial fund on this page and people can donate to help the families of the victims of this terrible tragedy. Here's the page. 

https://apps.facebook.com/ever...

overmarsjr
overmarsjr

Erm, Zimmerman was NOT acting "as his neighborhood's watch" on that night. He was out on his own watch, the neighborhood watch there had complaints about him doing this stuff AND neighborhood watch people are not to carry weapons or confront anyone. A simple search can verify all of this. Please try to print facts.

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Nwvotes

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megan03
megan03

Does anyone in Hollywood get it that watching violence breeds violence?  Or don't they care? 

Donna Anello
Donna Anello

Has nothing to do with it.  Crazy people have something wrong in their brain, they didn't get that way by watching movies or TV.  This Gangster Squad movie looks like a good film to me, can't wait to see it.

Andrea Blackwell
Andrea Blackwell

No, it's the video games!

sigh...we're not going to pull that again, are we?

  He was a PhD candidate. 

How about a little high-effort thinking for a change?

What flipped his switch? 

Let's talk about his chances of succeeding in his chosen field?

So far we have, shy, but witty when he warmed up to you.

That's what we have so far.

A neighbor said he was "unfriendly" because he didn't answer a greeting.

Some go 'deaf' when their brains are in busy mode.

More Leonard, less Sheldon (Big Bang Theory)

Sheldon is exploring his human side, but one could see him going there...one

solipsistic temper tantrum and ....

That won't go anywhere good.

But while you're asking,

What is so twisted about our society that we need such outlets?

What do we need done to redirect our energies?

And let's call the economy and GDP corruption, "stressors".

Considering the middle class neighborhood, I will posit that he didn't buy his

way through ...

I don't buy, "he couldn't hack it"

It feels like "It just didn't matter"

So what do we do?  Blame Gormagon or fix what's broken?

Meanwhile, Penn State wonders what to do with the statue of that pedophile.

Anyway, it was probably a video game that helped kid save his friends. Somehow he knew that a good time to run is when a shooter is reloading. He saved his friends.

LoudRambler
LoudRambler

 I don't, because the amount of violence in Hollywood movies typically pales in comparison with what's going on in Asia.

 See, some people just go off their rails: boys from Columbine, or that Korean student from Virginia Tech, for example. Some others also cross the line due to ideology,  but it can make a better case that Breiwick or that Islamic killer from US Naval base have had more influence on them that led to tragic effects.

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