Steven Spielberg Hates Netflix

For the last few years Netflix indie films have been strong contenders at the Academy Awards.  Alfonso Cuarón‘s Roma cleaned up at the Oscars this year winning Best Foreign Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography and was nominated for Best Picture. In previous years there were many nominations in many Oscar categories for Netflix’s The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Mudbound, and 13th. However, if Steven Spielberg has his way there will be no more Netflix movies allowed to contend for Academy Award positions.

According to a report put out by IndieWire Spielberg will be putting forth a motion this week at the annual post-Oscar meeting that would keep Netflix films from qualifying for an Academy Award.

“Steven feels strongly about the difference between the streaming and theatrical situation,” an Amblin spokesperson told IndieWire. “He’ll be happy if the others will join [his campaign] when that comes up [at the Academy Board of Governors meeting]. He will see what happens.”

While the legendary filmmaker is a three-time Oscar winner, he is holding on to a viewpoint that is very much of the past.

His efforts have sparked concern among many in the industry, including Ava DuVernay, who earned an Oscar nomination for the 2017 directing category for Netflix’s prison reform documentary 13th.

She expressed her concerns in a tweeted on Friday urging the Board of Governors to read statements from directors like her on the matter.

Netflix spent heavily on its awards season campaigns this year for Roma, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs and the short End Game. Spielberg and others who fall on his side of the argument claim that Netflix’s ability to spend what they do in campaigning for their nominations is unfair to films not tied to a streaming service.

This is not the end of this debate. It may be a hot-button topic for many years to come. However, if Spielberg has his way there will not be any more Netflix films allowed to compete – like Roma.

What do you think of this? Should Netflix films be allowed to compete for Oscars? Or do you agree with Steven Spielberg? Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion out of it.

Set Photos for Steven Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’ Have Surfaced Showing Gremlins, A DC Superhero And More!

Ernest Cline‘s famous 2011 Novel “Ready Player One” is very well known for not only being a best selling novel, but also for its hundreds of movie, TV, music, and pop culture references that harken back to the 80’s.  Some of the best references in the novel are Steven Spielberg movie references.

Funny enough, Steven Spielberg is now in the process of making a film adaptation of Cline’s novel, and it looks like production is now full steam ahead!

Set pictures of Ready Player One have been released on Twitter thanks to twitter user Michelle Green.  The pictures portray spray painted images of different 80’s and 70’s icons like DC Comic’s The Flash, Street Fighter’s Sagat,  the mogwai, Gizmo, from the Spielberg produced Gremlins, and the Shark from the Spielberg directed Jaws!

It is hard to speculate in what setting these pictures are in – either our crumbling dystopian future, or from the OASIS, a virtual reality characters in the novel go to in order to escape the crumbling society they live in .  Either way, its pretty cool.

Check out the pictures below!

More than likely these pictures are going to be seen in the background of some shots and not front and center.  But it is still cool to know they will be there – and that this film is going to be full of references just like in the book. Continue reading “Set Photos for Steven Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’ Have Surfaced Showing Gremlins, A DC Superhero And More!”

The BFG Official Teaser Trailer

The first trailer for Steven Spielberg’s next upcoming film, an adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl novel The BFG, was released online today.

Ruby Barnhill, in her acting debut, plays Sophie, the young girl who’s whisked away to Giant Country by the Big Friendly Giant, played by three-time Tony Award-winner Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies, The Other Boleyn Girl). Bill Hader, Penelope Wilton, Daniel Bacon and Jemaine Clement also co-star in the film.

The BFG is in theaters July 1, 2016. Check out the trailer!