Helen Mirren tapped into the anti-streaming sentiment during an appearance at CinemaCon, the annual gathering in which movie studios promote their upcoming offerings to theatre owners.
On hand to promote her upcoming feature “The Good Liar”, the 73-year-old Oscar winner proved to be as candid as ever when she declared her love of the cinema experience, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“I love Netflix, but f**k Netflix,” the actress told the assembled theatre owners during her presentation on Tuesday, resulting in big applause from the crowd.
“There’s nothing like sitting in the cinema and the lights go down,” she continued, adding, “I would like to thank you guys for making that environment possible.”
As THR reports, Netflix’s foray into original feature films has been a big topic of discussion at CinemaCon, as many cinema owners won’t screen a Netflix film because Netflix doesn’t honour the traditional 90-day window before a theatrical release comes to home video, streaming or VOD.
Mirren’s remarks mirror director Steven Spielberg’s alleged campaign to prevent movies produced for Netflix and other streaming services from Oscar eligibility.
On Tuesday, however, the U.S. Department of Justice sent a strongly worded letter to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences warning that such a rule change could violate antitrust laws if written “in a way that tends to suppress competition.”