Will Smith hails 'benefit' of Netflix amid criticism of Palme d'Or nominations

Streaming giant Netflix is locked in rows with cinemas on both sides of the Atlantic

Streaming giant Netflix is locked in rows with cinemas on both sides of the Atlantic More

The Cannes Film Festival is famous for its spirited arguments. "I have a 16-year-old and an 18-year-old and a 24-year-old at home", Smith 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".

This year's edition is overshadowed by a row between Netflix, which streams films and television shows to subscribers, and Cannes festival over screening right.

The gathering on the southern French coast, where 19 films will be vying for the coveted Palme d'Or top prize and hundreds more will be screened, also comes with a higher security status than in previous years. But France has an absurd law, meant to protect movie theatres from online competition, requiring that movies be kept off of subscription streaming services for thirty-six months after their theatrical release.

Actor Smith, who was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of boxer Muhammad Ali, launched a spirited defence of Netflix, saying it "broadens my children's cinematic global comprehension".

Who is that - a celebrity photographer in the photographer pen at the first official photocall of the Cannes Film Festival 2017.

Almodovar took a tough line, telling reporters he could not imagine "the Palme d'Or nor any other prize being given to a film, and then not being able to see that film on a large screen".

A backlash from French cinema chains prompted Cannes organizers to change the festival's rules from next year onward to insist on a theatrical release - a move that could effectively ban Netflix from taking part in the future. At the press conference, immediately the subject of Netflix vs. Cannes came up- Netflix is showing two movies that won't be in French cinema, only on their service.

The Cannes Film Festival is one of the most prestigious and formal events in the world, but this year the festival is getting a breath of fresh air thanks to one special jury member, box office maverick Will Smith.

The move angered Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, who slammed what he called the French cinema establishment for "closing ranks" against the U.S. streaming service.

Apparently very happy to be part of this jury presided by the enormous Pedro Almodóvar, Will Smith - particularly seductive - spent a long time cuckooing and sending kisses to the onlookers who came to applaud him and his co-jurors. "You really have to have the feeling of being humble and small compared to the big screen", he added. With Netflix they get the benefit to watch what they never would have seen, it brings great connectivity to them to the world. "Three movies a day is a lot!" And now they get to find those artists.

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