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'Beauty and the Beast' postponed in Malaysia

2017年 3月 14日 Tuesday - 01:24

Malaysians express disappointment after the release of the film ''Beauty and the Beast'', which was cleared by censors after a ''gay moment'' was cut, is postponed by major cinema chains due to ''unforeseen circumstances''. Francis Maguire reports.

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It's one of Disney's most classic fairytales and now it's due to be released as a live action remake. But the latest 'Beauty and the Beast' is proving controversial in some countries. There was talk of banning the movie in Russia - and now cinemas in Malaysia have delayed its release. It's all due to what's described as a 'gay moment' in the film. The delay happens even though Malaysian censors had cleared the film after the scene was cut from the movie. Authorities now say it's been delayed due to 'unforeseen circumstances'. That's disappointed some locals in the capital Kuala Lumpur. (Soundbite) Kuala Lumpur Resident, Treve Ng, saying (English): "No I think it shouldn't be banned, it shouldn't be an issue, but of course this is sensitive, they have their concern. And I think people also overreact a little bit, and it's just funny in the way that the whole thing goes viral and the way people react, and then all the comments people talking about." Billboards advertising the film are still on display in Kuala Lumpur... Even if the film might not be appearing on the big screen as soon as was expected. The movie's still predicted to be a box office hit, though. With some analysts saying it could bring in up to $100million in North America on its opening weekend alone.

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'Beauty and the Beast' postponed in Malaysia

2017年 3月 14日 Tuesday - 01:24