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Hollywood blockbuster 'Noah' faces ban in Arab world

Three Arab countries, Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have banned the Hollywood film "Noah" on religious grounds even before its worldwide premiere and several others are expected to follow suit. The film stars Russell Crowe and Anthony Hopkins. Noah, who in the Bible's Book of Genesis built the ark that saved his family and many pairs of animals from a great flood, is revered by Judaism, Christianity and Islam. "Noah," whose official video trailer depicts a burly Crowe wielding an axe and computer-animated geysers swamping an army of sinners hoping to board his ark, has also stoked religious controversy at home. The conservative National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) group, said last month it wanted to "make sure everyone who sees this impactful film knows this is an imaginative interpretation of Scripture, and not literal." The film's studio, Paramount responded by agreeing to issue a disclaimer on advertising for the film. "While artist

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