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Posted at 09:23 AM ET, 12/18/2012

‘Django Unchained’ L.A. premiere canceled in wake of shootings; Ke$ha’s ‘Die Young’ drops in radio rotation

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Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx in "Django Unchained." (Andrew Cooper /The Weinstein Company - AP)

Tuesday night’s Hollywood premiere of “Django Unchained,” which was to take place at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, has been canceled out of respect for those affected by the Newtown shootings. A private screening for cast, crew and their friends will be held instead. As the L.A. Times notes, the event is the fourth major screening to be postponed or dialed back since the shootings occurred. A scene in which Tom Cruise uses a semiautomatic gun in “Jack Reacher” also has been removed from commercials for that movie in order to be sensitive to the public mood, says The Hollywood Reporter. (L.A. Times; The Hollywood Reporter)

In other pop cultural developments related to the tragic school shootings in Connecticut, the song “Die Young” by Ke$ha has been dropped from radio rotation at stations around the country. TMZ reports that between Friday, when the shootings occurred, and Monday, the song’s airplay had decreased by about 19 million listeners. (TMZ)

The final episode of “ Gossip Girl ” aired Monday night on the CW, revealing the identity of the anonymous Gossip Girl blogger. And it turned out to be ... me! No, it didn’t. If you don’t know who it was, you’ll have to go to this E! Online story to find out. Out of respect for the house that Blake Lively and Penn Badgley built, I don’t want to spoil it in the middle of the morning mix.

Christopher Chaney — the so-called Operation Hackerazzi mastermind responsible for breaking into the personal accounts of celebrities like Scarlett Johansson and Christina Aguilera, then posting revealing photos of them online — was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday. Chaney, who, for the record, is not related to this writer, hacked into the e-mails of more than 50 people in the entertainment industry, as well as the personal accounts of other women he knew. (Associated Press)

The divorce of Zooey Deschanel and Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard has now been finalized. The couple split in 2011, and Deschanel filed for divorce in January of this year, citing the classic “irreconciliable differences.” (AP)

Anne Hathaway told Ellen DeGeneres Monday that she has not heard from Katie Holmes since she impersonated the actress for a second time this season on “Saturday Night Live,” but added that her impression comes from a place of love. For the record, Hathaway gave Claire Danes a head’s up about that recent “Homeland” sketch and Danes was totally cool with it. (Us Weekly)

Vin Diesel will apparently play Kojak in a still-being-scripted movie based on the Telly Savales cop series. Well, the resemblance is certainly there. (Deadline)

Tom Cruise appeared Monday night on “The Late Show With David Letterman.” And finally, thank God, Letterman asked him the question we’ve all been dying to hear Cruise answer: “Do you ever get really drunk?”

By  |  09:23 AM ET, 12/18/2012

Categories:  Movies, Music | Tags:  Morning Mix

 
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