News page, Sept. 13, 2001:
Hollywood Films on Terrorism Held Up
By Bob Tourtellotte and Steve Gorman
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Reality hit home
in Hollywood on Wednesday as studios delayed release of
two major films featuring bombs or terrorists --
including Arnold Schwarzenegger's "Collateral Damage" --
and yanked ads for "Spider-Man" a day after the
deadliest attacks in U.S. history.
Executives at the nation's major
television networks, too, reconsidered their fall TV
schedules with one, NBC, deciding to postpone fall
premieres altogether by at least a week to make way for
ongoing news coverage of the attacks on the World Trade
Center and the Pentagon, which may have left thousands
Walt Disney Co.'s Touchstone Pictures
postponed the September 21 premiere of comedy film "Big
Trouble," starring Tim Allen, and AOL Time Warner Inc.'s
Warner Bros. delayed its October 5 release of
"Collateral Damage," in which Schwarzenegger goes after
Neither studio set new debut dates for
Based on a novel by Miami-based humorist
Dave Barry, "Big Trouble" follows a group of people who
find a mysterious suitcase leading to a terrorist plot
revolving around a black-market nuclear bomb, shady
businessmen, FBI agents and hit men.
A two-sentence statement from Touchstone
cited the "national tragedy that occurred" as the reason
for the delay.
In "Collateral Damage," Schwarzenegger
portrays a fireman who sees his wife and son die in the
terrorist bombing of a building. But when he travels to
South America to avenge the deaths, he finds himself
caught up in political intrigue.
Similarly, Warner Bros. issued a
statement citing "yesterday's tragic events" as a reason
for its action.
Sony Pictures Entertainment, a division
of Japan's Sony Corp., pulled from theaters trailers for
next May's "Spider-Man" in which bank robbers are caught
in a web spun between the World Trade Center towers.
Sony also recalled posters in which the towers are shown
in a reflection of the comic book hero's eyes.