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1:45 PM, Jul 20, 2012   |    comments
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NEW YORK (AP) - The movie industry is struggling to deal with the deadly shooting at a midnight screening last night of the new Batman film, "The Dark Knight Rises."

One of the most anticipated films of recent years has now been linked to a horrifying tragedy.

Last night's shooting, which killed 12 people in suburban Denver, is forcing a change in plans for the global release of the film. Warner Bros. has canceled a premiere planned for Paris.

A statement from the studio says it's "deeply saddened" by the "shocking incident."

The studio hasn't had any further comment on whether screenings might be canceled, or precautions taken.

Director Christopher Nolan and actor Christian Bale didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

The chain that owns the theater where the shooting happened says it's working closely with local law enforcement. Movie theaters around the country continued Friday showings of the film, though some are stepping up security.

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