"World War Z" Brazil Premiere Canceled Due to Protests

Civil unrest kicked up by planned public-transportation fee hike put an end to red carpet

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    Left to right: Brad Pitt is Gerry Lane, Pierfrancesco Favino is W.H.O. Doctor, and Daniella Kertesz is Segen in "World War Z."

    Brad Pitt isn't flying down to Rio.

    The red-carpet premiere of "World War Z" in Brazil has been canceled amid ongoing protests that started in Sao Paolo in response to a planned bus fare hike but ultimately gave rise to nationwide demonstrations.

    "In light of the current and ongoing events taking place in Brazil, we will not proceed with red carpet arrivals," Paramount Pictures Brazil said in a statement. "Everyone involved with 'World War Z' send their respect and goodwill toward the people of Brazil at this time of national unrest."

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    Pitt had been scheduled to walk the carpet, as was the film's director, Marc Forster.

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