Movie theater exhibitors are getting a preview of upcoming blockbusters at CinemaCon, where films like "Fate of the Furious," "Blade Runner 2049" and "Pirates of the Caribbean" wowed the crowds. Meanwhile, a war of words has been raging among Sean Hannity, Ted Koppel and Bill O'Reilly (and Rep. Maxine Waters, too).
Here's what's new and interesting in entertainment and the arts:
- 'All or Nothing' will return for Season 2, with the Rams in the spotlight
- Beyoncé as Nala in 'The Lion King'? It could happen
- Teaser trailer for Season 7 of 'Game of Thrones' is here
- Robin Thicke and Paula Patton near custody agreement
- Vin Diesel and Charlize Theron surprise CinemaCon with 'Fate of the Furious' screening
When Disney's live-action "Beauty and the Beast" debuts worldwide Thursday, Malaysia will no longer be among the invited guests.
According to the chairman of the Film Censorship Board in Malaysia, Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid, scenes promoting homosexuality are banned in the country.
"We have approved it, but there is a minor cut involving a gay moment. It is only one short scene but it is inappropriate because many children will be watching this movie," Abdul Hamid told the Associated Press.
The censorship board does allow for the depiction of homosexual characters onscreen, but only if they are shown in a negative light or repent for their actions.
In Malaysia, same-sex sexual activity is illegal and carries a punishment of whipping and up to 20 years in prison.
Last week Russia approved showings of "Beauty and the Beast" for audiences ages 16 and above after concerns that the film might run afoul of the country's anti-"gay propaganda" laws.
"Beauty and the Beast" arrives in U.S. theaters Friday.
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