Man Shot Dead for Eating Popcorn Too Loudly During 'Black Swan' Screening

10:14 PM PST 02/21/2011 by THR staff
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Natalie Portman in "Black Swan"

Latvian police arrested a fellow audience member suspected in the shooting.

Latvian police said they have arrested a 27-year-old man for shooting a fellow audience member during a screening of Black Swan over how loudly he had been eating popcorn, according to reports.

The 42-year-old moviegoer later died from his wounds.

Witnesses told the Latvian news agency Leta that the conflict began over how loudly the deceased man was eating his popcorn. According to police, the incident occurred as the Black Swan credits rolled during a screening Saturday night in the central multiplex cinema in the Latvian capital, Riga.

Black Swan is up for five Oscars at Sunday's ceremony, including best picture, best actress for Natalie Portman and best director for Darren Aronofsky.

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