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Paramount Pictures says ‘Noah’ banned in 3 GCC states, other seen to follow suit

Paramount Pictures has said three GCC countries have banned the Hollywood film “Noah” on religious grounds, even before its worldwide premiere and several others are expected to follow suit, Reuters has reported. “Censors for Qatar, Bahrain and the UAE officially confirmed this week that the film will not release in their countries,” a representative of the US production and distribution studio, which produced the $125m film starring Oscar-winners Russell Crowe and Anthony Hopkins, told the news service. “The official statement they offered in confirming this news is because ‘it contradicts the teachings of Islam’,” the representative said, adding the studio expected a similar ban in Egypt, Jordan and Kuwait.