'Jack Reacher' showing to include Cruise

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Tom Cruise and "Jack Reacher" director-writer Christopher McQuarrie are expected to arrive at the SouthSide Works Cinema in time for today's 7 p.m. showings of "Jack Reacher."

People who previously RSVP'd for Saturday's postponed event will be admitted and no additional tickets will be available, Paramount Pictures said Tuesday. The event is designed to be far smaller and more subdued than once outlined, in light of the school tragedy in Connecticut on Friday.

Plans call for Mr. Cruise to address moviegoers to thank Pittsburgh for its support during the making of "Jack Reacher" a year ago. On "Late Show With David Letterman" Monday night, the host said of the movie, "Pittsburgh looks fantastic" and that he's noticed more and more films are being shot here.

Mr. Cruise agreed it was a "beautiful city" and revealed he walked away from the production with a distinctive souvenir: one of the nine Chevelle SS muscle cars used in an extensive chase. The segment also gave a shout-out to other Pittsburgh staples: bridges, Iron City beer and the Steelers.

"It was very nice of Mr. Cruise to tell the world how wonderful our region is for filming," Dawn Keezer, director of the Pittsburgh Film Office, said Tuesday. "We will hope to welcome him back with another film very soon."

The Hollywood Reporter said Paramount is making tweaks to marketing materials for the movie, and that a scene of Mr. Cruise's character of Jack Reacher firing a semi-automatic weapon was being cut from promotional spots.

"Jack Reacher" isn't the only movie being affected by the aftermath of the Connecticut massacre. Premieres, red carpets, parties and other special events have been scrapped, scaled down or postponed during one of the busiest times of the year in Hollywood and New York.

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Movie editor Barbara Vancheri: bvancheri@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1632. Read her blog: www.post-gazette.com/madaboutmovies.


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