Blade Runner axes red carpet after Vegas shooting

Harrison Ford, who returns to the Blade Runner franchise, talks about why the film is unique for the audience as well as the actors.

LOS ANGELES • The show will go on, but the red carpet will not be unfurled - in the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

The premiere of the sci-fi film Blade Runner 2049, which stars Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling, was slated to go ahead as scheduled tonight in Hollywood.

But the event would omit the red carpet, where stars chat to reporters and pose for photos.

Warner Bros scaled back the world premiere following the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, in which a gunman killed at least 59 people in Las Vegas.

Monday's red-carpet premiere in Los Angeles for the movie Marshall - on the early career of Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice - was also cancelled.

Variety reported that Las Vegas shows Cirque du Soleil and Blue Man Group also axed their Monday night performances.

Sunday's shooting turned a three-day open-air country music festival into a scene of carnage. More than 500 people were injured after a 64-year-old man released a hailstorm of bullets at the site of the Route 91 Harvest festival.

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