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Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 10/29/2012

Hurricane Sandy and the entertainment world’s response

Denzel Washington’s “Flight” canceled in New York. (Robert Zuckerman - AP)
If you’re among the East Coasters waiting for Hurricane Sandy to swoop in and essentially punch your life in the face, several questions are likely racing through your mind. Will the wind gust hard enough to make squirrels fly? Do I have enough batteries to last through an 18-day power outage? Oh, also: How are the rich and famous coping with all this??

The members of America’s entertainment elite have had to adjust their schedules accordingly due to the expected weather colossus. Yes, Hollywood people are just like us, except that, presumably, most of them probably won’t have to bail water out of their basements using their kid’s sand bucket and a plastic trick-or-treat pumpkin.

The Hollywood Reporter notes that a number of performances and big events in New York have been canceled or postponed because of Sandy, including a Monday screening of Denzel Washington’s “Flight” and the Tuesday premiere of Keira Knightley’s “Anna Karenina,” two Louis C.K. stand-up shows and production on several TV shows that shoot in the city, including “The Good Wife” and “Person of Interest.”

Moving forward with life as usual are Jimmy Fallon, David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel, who will still tape their shows as scheduled. (“Jimmy Kimmel Live” is broadcasting from Brooklyn this week.) Look, someone needs to continue doing opening monologues filled with election-related jokes and these men are committed to the task.

Update: Per The TV Column, Kimmel has now canceled the first of his Brooklyn tapings. Fallon tweeted that his show will go on, but the audience has been sent home.

Also still happening: celebrity tweets about the hurricane.

Lindsay Lohan thinks everyone is seriously overreacting.

Jim Carrey pointed out the irony of purchasing bottled water at a time when water is falling from the sky by the gallons.

Donnie Wahlberg, whose “Blue Bloods” is among the TV shows halting production today, made the requisite “Grease” reference.

Lord Voldemort made this whole situation about Harry Potter, as is his wont.

And Jesse Pinkman, a.k.a. Aaron Paul, is just really concerned about our safety.

I guess this means that magnets won’t make Sandy go away. Darn. I thought they could get rid of anything.

By  |  11:12 AM ET, 10/29/2012

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