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Hollywood attempts to regroup after attacks in Colorado theater

The shootings in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater, during the midnight premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises," has forced the film industry under serious scrutiny.
The shootings in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater, during the midnight premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises," has forced the film industry under serious scrutiny.

The entire nation is still in shock this week, attempting to make sense of the violent shooting spree that happened in Aurora, Colorado last Friday in a movie theater during a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises." Hollywood, though, has been thrown under severe scrutiny, with some questioning how much it was to blame on influencing the shooter, who had dyed his hair orange-red and referred to himself as The Joker – a Batman villain.

The film industry has taken the questioning in stride and is managing to show sensitivity to the senseless violence while still remaining on the defensive.

For example, Warner Bros., the company that released the latest Batman movie, pulled a trailer for its upcoming film, "Gangster Squad," a 1940s period flick that features a scene in which mobsters fire automatic weapons into an audience from behind a movie theater screen, according to the Associated Press.

Warner Bros. has not responded to rumors claiming that the scene will be entirely cut from the upcoming film, or that an expensive re-shoot has been scheduled. The company did announce though that it was making a "substantial" yet undisclosed donation to shooting victims.

In addition, firearms sales surged over the weekend in Colorado, as reported by the news source. The state approved background checks for 2,887 individuals, which is a 25 percent more than the average Friday to Sunday span this year and 43 percent more than the same stretch one week earlier.

Businesses and organizations will continue to be affected by the aftermath of the tragedy in Colorado, as answers will continue to be found for why it happened. While no one can predict an event like this, the best thing companies and enterprises can do is ensure that an up-to-date business continuity plan is in place and that all employees are aware of its details.