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Hurricane Sandy and its entertainment impact

Denzel Washington’s “Flight” canceled in New York. (Robert Zuckerman/AP)

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.

We sent our audience home just to be safe. But we are doing our show tonight anyway. Should be fun. #LateNight

— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) October 29, 2012

Also still happening: celebrity tweets about the hurricane.

Lindsay Lohan thinks everyone is seriously overreacting.

WHY is everyone in SUCH a panic about hurricane (i’m calling it Sally)..? Stop projecting negativity! Think positive and pray for peace.

— Lindsay Lohan (@lindsaylohan) October 29, 2012

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

Oh, you’re preparing for #Hurricane #Sandy?…

— Jim Carrey (@ItIsJimCarrey) October 29, 2012

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

#BlueBloods production shut down because of hurricane!”Danny” has met his match... her name is “Sandy”!Has a nice ring to it. BE SAFE!

— Donnie Wahlberg (@DonnieWahlberg) October 29, 2012

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

Hurricane Sandy is about to create more havoc than Neville in a transfiguration class.

— The Dark Lord (@Lord_Voldemort7) October 29, 2012

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

Sending everyone lots of love who are in the path of hurricane Sandy. May she disappear as soon as possible.

— Aaron Paul (@aaronpaul_8) October 29, 2012

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

When she isn’t at a movie theater or writing about movies, Jen Chaney is ... um ... probably at home, watching a movie.


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