Several films that were scheduled to open in the coming weeks have been postponed due to plots unfortunately similar to Tuesday's terrorist attacks.
Even films that are in no way reminiscent of the real-life events unfolding in the news are being rescheduled, as television promos which would normally have raised awareness of these films have not aired this week.
Warner Bros.' gritty, urban police drama Training Day, starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke, and the romantic indie Sidewalks of New York, which were to have opened Sept. 21, are now due, respectively, on Oct. 5 and in late November. The now possibly poignant New York setting of Sidewalks seems to be the main factor in delaying its release.
Opening on schedule this weekend are the wide releases Hardball, starring Keanu Reeves and The Glass House, starring Leelee Sobieski, although turnout is expected to be greatly reduced by this week's events. On Sept. 21, the already-delayed Glitter, starring Mariah Carey, has the weekend to itself, now that Training Day and other films scheduled for that date have been moved back.
Arnold Schwarzenegger's thriller Collateral Damage and Big Trouble, starring Tim Allen and Rene Russo, have been indefinitely postponed. Reuters/Variety contributed to this story.