3:10pm PT by Scott Feinberg
Dangling Crane in NYC Disrupts Oscar Screenings at DGA Theatre
At least two studios have been forced to cancel screenings of awards contenders at New York's DGA Theatre, which is located directly beneath a crane that was damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
Among those impacted: Fox Searchlight, which had planned to screen its big contender Hitchcock -- which is premiering tonight at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles -- at the venue tomorrow. Paramount/DreamWorks Animation has also been forced to cancel a screening of Madagascar 3 that was scheduled to take place there on Saturday.
The dangling crane, a fixture of wall-to-wall cable news coverage of Sandy on Monday, has forced the evacuation of homes and businesses below it.
Many studios and independent distributors screen movies and hold Q&As at the theater, located at 110 West 57th Street. The crane is hanging from atop One57, at 157 West 57th Street, which will become New York's tallest residential building.