Beauty and the Beast release postponed in Malaysia

The release of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has been postponed in Malaysia.

The Emma Watson film was due to open on Thursday but has been put on hold due to an internal review.

No specific reason has been given for the decision.

The film courted controversy last week over a gay character in the film.

Malaysian cinema chain GSC Cinemas has said it will refund customers who have purchased tickets in advance.

Last week, a Russian MP petitioned Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky to ban the film over the inclusion of a gay character but the country’s culture ministry granted permission to screen the film, with a 16+ age rating.

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