'Beauty and the Beast' to be shown in Malaysia without cuts

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- The Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday its movie "Beauty and the Beast" will open in Malaysia on March 30 without the cutting of a gay scene as had been ordered by film censors. The re-telling of the animated classic was originally scheduled to start showing on March 16 but was postponed after Disney refused to edit the film.

'Beauty and the Beast' debut weekend earnings revised up

NEW YORK (AP) -- Disney's live-action "Beauty and the Beast" was an even bigger hit than first thought. The film's weekend box office earnings were revised up nearly $5 million from estimates Sunday. In final figures Monday, Disney said "Beauty and the Beast" made $174.8 million in North American theaters. The result set numerous records.

Kuwait censors pull Disney's Beauty and the Beast for edits

KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- Beauty and the Beast was pulled from cinemas in Kuwait on Monday after censors raised concerns over the content of the new film, which includes what has been called the first "gay moment" for a Disney character. The film, which has grossed more than $180 million overseas, had been showing in the predominantly Muslim country of Kuwait since Thursday.

'Beauty and the Beast' roars with monstrous $170M debut

NEW YORK (AP) -- Disney's live-action "Beauty" was a beast at the box office, opening with an estimated $170 million in North American ticket sales and setting a new high mark for family movies. "Beauty and the Beast" blew past the previous record-holder for G- or PG-rated releases, according to studio estimates Sunday. Last year, Disney's "Finding Dory" debuted with a then-PG-best $135 million. "Beauty and the Beast" felled many other records, too.

'La La Land,' 'Beauty' herald more Days of Sun for musicals

So, perhaps you've heard: "La La Land" didn't win best picture at the Oscars. But if every cloud has a silver lining, this one might be called golden: The Emma Stone-Ryan Gosling musical, which did win six Oscars, has been racking up box office numbers remarkable for a musical -- nearly $417 million globally so far, according to comScore -- and even more for an original one with no previously known songs or story.

Alan Menken on cuts, adds and intimidating Emma Watson

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- Composer Alan Menken really wanted to include the song "If I Can't Love Her" in the new live-action "Beauty and the Beast." The soaring ballad, sung by the Beast, was written for the Broadway musical as the closing number before intermission. "It's a monumentally good song. But it is unique to the structure of a stage musical," Menken said recently.

'Beauty and the Beast' shelved in Malaysia despite approval

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Walt Disney shelved the release of its new movie "Beauty and the Beast" in mainly Muslim Malaysia after refusing to cut a gay scene to mollify film censors. The studio said late Tuesday that the film "has not been and will not be cut" for release in Malaysia. Screenings of the live-action re-telling of the animated classic was scheduled to begin Thursday.

'Beauty and the Beast' shelved in Malaysia despite approval

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Walt Disney has shelved the release of its new movie "Beauty and the Beast" in mainly Muslim Malaysia, even though film censors said Tuesday it had been approved with a minor cut involving a "gay moment." The country's two main cinema chains said the movie, due to begin screening Thursday, has been postponed indefinitely. No reason was given.

Review: A 'Beauty and the Beast' with a new dimension

The Disney "live-action" remakes, of which the new "Beauty and the Beast" is but one in an assembly line, are starting to resemble an iPhone software update. Click a button and that old cartoon interface changes Belle into Emma Watson, the Beast into Dan Stevens and maybe fixes a few bugs in the system.

Review: A 'Beauty and the Beast' with a new dimension

The Disney "live-action" remakes, of which the new "Beauty and the Beast" is but one in an assembly line, are starting to resemble an iPhone software update. Click a button and that old cartoon interface changes Belle into Emma Watson, the Beast into Dan Stevens and maybe fixes a few bugs in the system.

Children under 16 can't see 'Beauty and the Beast' in Russia

MOSCOW (AP) -- Children under age 16 won't be able to go to the new Disney film "Beauty and the Beast" in Russia because it includes a gay character, the Russian Culture Ministry said Tuesday. The ministry told The Associated Press in an emailed statement that its decision for the 16-plus rating followed petitions by lawmaker Vitaly Milonov, known for his ultraconservative views, petitioned for the live-action film to be banned.

Subtle (very) 'gay moment' in new Disney film generates buzz

To be clear: "Brokeback Mountain," this isn't. The so-called "gay moment" in Disney's new live-action version of "Beauty and the Beast" is subtle -- so subtle that one could easily miss it with an ill-timed sneeze or glance away from the screen. And it may sail over the heads of young viewers. But the cast and director say it is indeed a gay moment --one they're proud of.