Quiet premiere for Hunger Games

Prince is the latest act to cancel his gigs in Europe.
Prince is the latest act to cancel his gigs in Europe.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

LOS ANGELES•The Los Angeles premiere on Monday of the latest Hunger Games movie has been toned down and at least two television shows have been cancelled after the Paris attacks.

Lionsgate said there would be no interviews with the cast after The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 premiere on Monday evening in Los Angeles out of respect for the victims of the terror attacks in Paris, France, that left 129 dead.

The studio said in a statement: "Out of respect for the very recent events in Paris, we have decided to modify our red carpet and we will not conduct interviews at the premiere. We will proceed with the rest of the event as planned."

Parts of the movie starring Jennifer Lawrence were shot in Paris and Berlin.

CBS said it has pulled episodes of Supergirl and NCIS: LA that were to air last Monday because the plots for both shows bore too much resemblance to the attacks.

The Supergirl episode dealt with bombings on a fictitious city and the episode of NCIS, a crime drama, focused on a teenager recruited by a terrorist organisation.

Twentieth Century Fox cut the Paris premiere of Bridge Of Spies starring Tom Hanks, while Mars Films cancelled the Monday night premiere in Paris of Natalie Portman's Jane Got A Gun.

US television shows also expressed solidarity with France at the weekend with Saturday Night Live opening with a tribute to the victims of the attacks.

Meanwhile, the artist Prince has become the latest act, following musicians such as Irish band U2 and American group Foo Fighters and other entertainers, in cancelling concerts in France and elsewhere in Europe. Prince is postponing his European concert tour until further notice, Vienna's Wiener Konzerthaus concert hall said.

The tour - entitled Prince Spotlight: Piano And A Microphone - would have begun next Tuesday in Vienna, Austria, and would have included dates in Britain and Sweden. It was believed to be the first since Prince's rise to stardom in which he would have performed with such stripped-down instrumentation.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 18, 2015, with the headline 'Quiet premiere for Hunger Games'. Print Edition | Subscribe