NEW YORK — The grounding of planes in Europe means Miley Cyrus must skip a trip to England, forced the world premiere of Iron Man 2 to be moved from London to Los Angeles and prevented Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings from performing on Late Show With David Letterman.
Hundreds of thousands of passengers have been stranded since a volcano in Iceland began erupting Wednesday, leaving a cloud of ash hanging over Europe and shutting down airports. Restrictions were starting to ease Monday, but not in time to prevent numerous postponements and other disruptions in the entertainment industry.
Cyrus spokeswoman Meghan Prophet of PMK-BNC said Monday that the actress-singer would miss the British premiere of her film, The Last Song, today in London. Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment announced they had moved the Iron Man 2 premiere, scheduled for April 26, “due to the continuing air travel uncertainty.”
Organizers of the Tribeca Film Festival were monitoring the situation for filmmakers and actors planning to fly in for the New York festival, which begins Wednesday. Festival spokeswoman Tammie Rosen said they were “taking it flight by flight,” trying to reroute those with cancelled flights.
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, The View and Live With Regis and Kelly were among the television shows reporting no changes in programming. But Late Show With David Letterman spokeswoman Kim Izzo said that Jones & the Dap Kings, scheduled to perform Monday for a show airing Friday, were ”still stuck overseas.“
Meanwhile, producers of The 39 Steps said Monday that anyone showing an Icelandic passport will get two free tickets to the Off-Broadway comedy, for Monday, Wednesday or Thursday night
“Don’t spend one more evening on a cot at JFK,” producer Harriet Leve said in a statement.