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After Colorado shooting, Warner Bros. delays 'Gangster Squad' release to Jan. 11

In this publicity photo provided by Warner Bros. Pictures, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake is shown in a scene in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action thriller “The Dark Knight Rises." After the theater shooting in Colorado on July 20, 2012 at the film's midnight screening, Warner Bros. quickly pulled a trailer for its upcoming film "Gangster Squad." The new movie features a star-studded cast, along with a climactic scene in which mobsters fire automatic weapons into a movie theater audience from behind the screen. (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Ron Phillips)
July 26, 2012 - 11:38 AM

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Warner Bros. is moving the release of "Gangster Squad" to January after the film's climactic cinema shoot-out scene drew comparisons to last week's Colorado theatre shooting.

"Gangster Squad" chronicles a bloody 1940s battle between Los Angeles police and mobsters. It culminates in a scene where gangsters shoot automatic weapons into a crowded movie theatre from behind the screen.

A spokesman for Warner declined to comment on whether the scene would be reshot or edited. The trailer for the film was pulled from theatres after the shooting.

The film had been planned for a Sept. 7 release. The postponement means "Gangster Squad" won't be eligible for Academy Awards consideration this year, shifting from a plum fall release to a month often considered something of a dumping ground.

News from © The Associated Press, 2012
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