Will Smith brings fresh air of West Philly to Cannes jury

Will Smith brings fresh air of West Philly to Cannes jury

Will Smith brings fresh air of West Philly to Cannes jury

New platforms for film distribution must play by existing rules, he said, which in France means Netflix would be banned from streaming its films for three years after a theatrical release.

"I personally do not conceive, not only the Palme d'Or, any other prize being given to a film and not being able to see this film on a big screen", Almodovar said, according to Variety. Unbelievable film that theatre chains want to block us from entering into Cannes film festival competition, said Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix.

Actors including Will Smith, Agnès Jaoui, Jessica Chastain and Fan Bingbing are all part of this year's awards jury, which is presided over by director Pedro Almodóvar.

"Cannes is a film festival in theatres, and, for the territory of France, we would like to have all the films competing in Cannes available in theatres", festival director Thierry Fremaux told Reuters in an interview.

"Until I'm alive", he added, "I'll be fighting for one thing that I'm afraid the new generation is not aware of; it's the capacity of the hypnosis of the large screen for the viewer". Movie theater owners fear that Netflix will hit them where it hurts the most by breaking the classic window business model.

The US platform has refused to screen the two movies in French cinemas due to strict rules that mean films can not be streamed from subscription services in France until three years after their traditional box office release. "I want to give them an abundance of films (to watch)".

He said: "I have a 16-year-old and an 18-year-old and a 24-year-old at home". "They go to the movies twice a week and they watch Netflix", Smith said. Because streaming services (both Netflix and Amazon) are becoming increasingly important distributors and even producers of good movies (Martin Scorsese's next feature, "The Irishman", is a Netflix production), the main effect of this rule will only be to further weaken the festival's lineup. In my home Netflix has been nothing but an absolute benefit - [they] watch films they otherwise wouldn't have seen.

Pedro Almodovar, president of the festival jury, has taken a break from posing for the photographers and chose to take a spot amongst them, being handed a camera and shot his way- until an official asked him to get back to his original duty.

Netflix has not responded to requests for comment but CEO Reed Hastings said on his Facebook page: "The establishment closing ranks against us". Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me - which David Lynch devised as a prequel to the television series - was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 1992 and was loudly booed.

"I recently saw a French movie from the 1960s in which a character lamented, "Cinema is all doomed because of TV", but look what is happening now", he said.

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