>> Lights, camera, but no action for Netflix at one of the film industry's most premiere events. The Cannes Film Festival is banning Netflix movies this year, because they aren't shown in theaters. Festival Director Thierry Fremaux told Reuters he made the decision, because Netflix refuses to change its policy of bypassing theatrical releases, even after Cannes let the streaming service enter two movies in the competition last year.
Fremaux says, Netflix's video on-demand business model clashes with that of the traditional film industry. Netflix won't be totally left out. While it can't compete in the main film festival, that doesn't stop it from showing films on the sidelines at less prestigious events. It won't be the only thing missing from the red carpet at the annual festival.
Fans rushing to get a selfie with their favorite stars, better watch out selfies will be banned. The main complaint selfie taking creates confusion on the red carpet and removes the elegance from a festival that's held in the luxurious enclave for the famously rich. Cannes prediction? Its decision will get rave reviews and spark sequels at other star-studded events.
Australian movie star Cate Blanchett will head the jury this year. The movies selected for the main festival will be announced April 12th.