Will Smith Defends Netflix As Cannes Streaming Debate Rages

Smith, who stars in Netflix's upcoming "Bright", gave his opinion shortly after. American independentsFour titles from US has been selected for the competition with, needless to say, neither the political authorities nor the film studios having a chance to influence the selection done by the artistic director of the festival, Thierry Fremaux.

"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.

Meanwhile, Marah Alindogan at AoL.com described Sarandon as "clearly the woman of the hour at the gala, with several celebs coming up to her for some quick hellos and hugs". Fantastic film that theatre chains want to block us from entering into Cannes film festival competition, said Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix. Going forward, films will only qualify if they have a theatrical release in France (it's unclear whether those two titles will). "It's does nothing but broaden my children's cinematic global comprehension".

After winning for "The White Ribbon" in 2009 and "Amour" in 2012, "there are few filmmakers Cannes would rather see break the record", Clarke added in his predictions for the festival that runs until May 28.

I personally can not conceive of not only the Palme d'Or, but any other prize, being given to a film and then being unable to see this film on a large screen.

This year, Cannes selected two Netflix releases - Bong Joon-ho's Okja and Noah Baumbach's The Meyerowitz Stories - for its Palme d'Or competition.

In a statement Wednesday, the French festival announced that it has adapted its rules to require that films in competition be distributed in French movie theaters.

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Netflix CEO Reed Hastings responded to that rule change on Facebook.

But Smith said Netflix was not a threat to movie theaters, as people watched streaming video and also went to the cinema.

"They go to the movie theater to be humbled in front of certain images and there's other films that they prefer to watch at home and there's really little to no cross".

"But while I'm alive, I will be fighting for the one thing the new generation is not aware of - the capacity of hypnosis of a large screen for a viewer".

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.

"So they have to find a French exhibitor willing to do a day-and-date vanity release or bow out of future Competition involvement?" asked Charlie Lyne, the director of the documentaries Being Clueless and Fear Itself.

Under French law, a movie which opens in its cinemas has to wait three years until it is allowed on a streaming platform.

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