Helen Mirren knows how to work the crowd at a theater owners’ convention.
Dame Helen, 73, cursed at the streaming service Netflix on the first day of CinemaCon, the annual Las Vegas convention of theater owners. And the crowd loved it.
“I love Netflix, but (expletive) Netflix!” Mirren said Tuesday while discussing her film “The Good Liar,” according to Variety. The film news site noted that the comments were “met with thunderous applause.”
Mirren continued to talk about the importance of watching movies in a theater with audiences.
“There is nothing like sitting in the cinema, the lights go down, the incredible moment of excitement,” she said, according to The Wrap.
Critics argue that Netflix detracts from audience members attending movie theaters, lured by the comforts of their couch.
The dispute between theater owners and the streaming giant has only grown more bitter in a year when Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” won three Oscars, including best director and best foreign film. The drama was nominated for best picture.
Following reports that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is considering rule changes limiting the Oscar eligibility of movies which premiere on Netflix, the U.S. Justice Department has weighed in.
The Justice Department wrote a letter to the Academy in March, obtained by Variety, warning that it would look into any rule changes that eliminate competition, because “such conduct may raise antitrust concerns.”
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