Movie updates: “Counselor” banned in Malaysia? “Book of Life” cast announced; new trailers

It is confirmed that The Counselor will not be released in Malaysia

That is all that was said in an email I received from 20th Century Fox Malaysia. It could be banned by the idiots from the local board of film censorship or Fox just decided after final quarter budget review that it’s not viable to market such a film that has no action, explosions, typical teen romance nonsense or humour in Malaysia. An all talk thriller is a big no-no to majority of local audience unless it’s nominated for some famous award. Anyhow, as of now, I have no intention of finding out why exactly The Counselor will not be shown here. Judging from the trailer, it doesn’t look good anyway.

Channing Tatum & Zoe Saldana are the lead voices for The Book of Life

20th Century Fox and Reel FX Animation Studios have revealed their cast for the upcoming animated comedy entitled The Book of Life, which enters the journey of Manolo embarks on an adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears.

Channing Tatum, Zoë Saldana, Diego Luna, Christina Applegate, Ice Cube, Kate del Castillo and Ron Perlman star in the film produced by acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and directed by Jorge Gutierrez. Gutierrez also wrote the screenplay with Doug Langdale.

Also joining the cast are Cheech Marin, Hector Elizondo and legendary tenor Placido Domingo, plus Ana de la Reguera (Nacho Libre, Eastbound and Down), Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included), comedian Gabriel Iglesias (Stand-up Revolution), radio personality Ricardo (El Mandril) Sanchez, and Danny Trejo (Machete).

The Book of Life is expected to be released in Malaysia on October 9th 2014.

New trailers

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (new international trailer)

Expected date of release in Malaysia: Christmas 2013

Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie (new international trailer)

Expected date of release in Malaysia: December 19th 2013

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (official main trailer F3)

Expected date of release in Malaysia: December 12th 2013

Devil’s Due (first look trailer)

Expected date of release in Malaysia: January 9th 2014

Rio 2 (new international trailer)

Expected date of release in Malaysia: April 2014

Again, if you’re wondering why all my movie updates are mostly from 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros. Pictures and GSC Movies, it’s because the other distributors have yet to accept this blog as a “media” or “press”.

The movies that I choose to review this week are Odd Thomas and Tony Jaa’s Tom Yum Goong 2. Stay tuned to my FacebookInstagram or Twitter for updates.

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