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Netflix has canceled Monday’s red carpet for the AFI Fest premiere of Sandra Bullock’s Bird Box out of respect for those affected by the southern California wildfires.
The screening for the film, which was directed by Susanne Bier and also stars John Malkovich and Sarah Paulson, will still take place Nov. 12 at the TCL Chinese Theater.
This is the second red carpet cancellation for the streamer, which axed the AFI carpet for the Coen Brothers’ movie The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Paramount also canceled the Nov. 11 carpet and after party for their family comedy Instant Family, starring Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne.
“Our hearts are with the victims, families and brave first responders for both the Borderline shooting and California wildfires. In light of these tragedies, we will be cancelling tonight’s AFI FEST red carpet coverage for Bird Box. The screening will continue as planned. We thank you in advance for understanding and encourage you to support one of the many organizations who are helping those impacted,” read a statement from a Netflix spokesperson, who also listed the contact information for the Red Cross and Humane Society.
The Woolsey Fire, which began around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, has burned 91,572 acres and destroyed more than 370 structures. The blaze, which is now said to be 20 percent contained, has forced the evacuation of 250,000 people and has been linked to two deaths.
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