Magazine article Screen International

Hollywood Cancels Events amid California Tragedies

Magazine article Screen International

Hollywood Cancels Events amid California Tragedies

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Focus Features cancels Thursday AFI FEST red carpet screening of Mary Queen Of Scots.

‘First Man’

Netflix, Universal and Focus Features on Wednesday (14) cancelled red carpets at festival premieres and other screenings out of respect for those affected by the deadly events that have engulfed California in the past week.

Universal Pictures said it was calling off an event on Thursday (15) celebrating Damien Chazelle’s awards contender First Man in response to what a spokesperson referred to as the ”ongoing emergencies around Los Angeles.”

The studio had planned a screening and reception at the Griffith Park Observatory in the vast parkland area north of Hollywood, which Chazelle and his stars Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy were due to attend.

On Wednesday the studio issued the following statement: “In light of the ongoing emergencies around Los Angeles, Universal Pictures has canceled the FIRST MAN Awards Event on Thursday. Comcast/NBCU has made a significant donation to relief efforts in our surrounding communities.”

Netflix said later in the day it was cancelling the red carpet premiere of Narcos: Mexico. “In light of the tragic and escalating wildfires in Los Angeles, we will be canceling tonight’s red carpet for the premiere of Narcos: Mexico,” the streaming platform said in a statement. …

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