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"Dark Knight Rises" PR Revised, While Homeland Security Offers Theaters Help

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Warner Bros. said it is canceling the Paris premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" in light of this morning's shooting at a midnight screening of the film.

Stars Christian Bale and Marion Cotillard were slated to attend the premiere at a theater on the Champs Elysées but those plans were scrapped following the shooting in Colorado, according to the Wall Street Journal's blog Speakeasy.

“We just felt it would be disrespectful and not the right thing to do to go forward,” a spokesman for the movie studio, a unit of Time Warner Inc., told the WSJ.

Director Christopher Nolan, Anne Hathaway and Morgan Freeman were also in Paris getting ready for the now-canceled premiere, according to the New York Daily News.

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As we noted earlier today, Warner Bros. said that it was pulling the trailer for "Gangster Squad" from screenings of "The Dark Knight Rises," because it includes a scene reminiscent of what happened in Aurora this morning: it features a gunman going on a rampage in a movie theater. Whether the actual feature itself will be edited in response isn't clear. The studio added that it hasn't made any decisions about which promotional efforts might be canceled or tamped down (Eds. note: see update below).

Local law enforcement agencies around the country are ramping up security efforts near theaters and the Department of Homeland Security is offering to help theaters owners, according to the Hollywood Reporter

UPDATE 3:04 pm: Sources tell TMZ that Warner Bros. plans on removing all images and references to guns from the trailer of "The Dark Knight Rises." The studio is hoping to replace all the trailers on TV with a gun-free version as soon as possible. Warner Bros. hasn't commented on the story.

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