March 04, 2019

Spielberg vs Netflix: “The Irishman” sparks early Oscar row

Amanda HeadRebel Contributor

No sooner did this year’s Oscar ceremony wind down than a fight is brewing about next year’s nominations...

When you hear there’s a new mobster movie coming out staring Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci, Al Pacino and Harvey Keitel — and directed by Martin Scorsese — your first reaction may very well be, “I need to buy tickets!”

But you won’t, because this movie, The Irishman, will be released this year, not in traditional theatres, but on Netflix.

More and more, streaming services like Netflix are providing high quality, big name, must-see entertainment, and, not surprisingly, not everyone in Hollywood is thrilled. Representing what we might call “old Hollywood,” acclaimed director Steven Spielberg wants movies that play on streaming services to be exempt from Best Picture consideration unless they fulfill certain requirements first.

What’s a conservative to do when the old Hollywood establishment clashes with the upstart streaming services like Netflix? They both generally hate “red state” Americans, traditional values and our military. When these two corporate armies battle it out, it’s tempting say, “Can’t they both lose?”

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commented 2019-03-06 01:53:53 -0500
John Wick the decision has not been made yet and Spielberg is whiney hack who said this. Why should a movie have to be in theaters? Because Hollywood is scared of being wiped out by superior movie makers?
commented 2019-03-04 22:48:01 -0500
The Irishman will be in theatres in addition to Netflix. Great reporting.
commented 2019-03-04 19:55:51 -0500
The last movies I watched in a theater was Titanic. And Titanic was the first movies I’d watched in a theater in many years. The only reason I watched it in a theater was because I’d heard the special affects had to be seen on the big screen. I was disappointed. I could just as easily watched it on TV. Before Titanic, I hadn’t been in a movie theater since the mid 70’s. Just not interested. If I wan’t to see a movie I can watch it on my wide, flat-screen TV hooked up to my computer.
commented 2019-03-04 16:39:18 -0500
93 days with no sign of a hammer falling.
commented 2019-03-04 15:06:33 -0500
We can’t win either way. I watch movies simply for the entertainment. Hollywood is bad. Netflix is bad.. Regardless of how one checks these movies out, Hollyweird still benefits. I chose Netflix… That’s because Theaters are plagued with Bedbugs, and likely Roaches as well. Yes they are there, as I have worked in the Pest Control Industry for many years. I do not have them in my home, and I can enjoy watching these Movies/Programs on my big screen Plasma TV.. Without the worry of bringing those pesky Bugs back home.. Hopefully DeNiro dies in the Irishman.. Hell, hopefully he just up and dies soon in real life… He’s a lowlife….
commented 2019-03-04 14:22:02 -0500
When it gets cold enough, the “Hammer” freezes and snaps off?
commented 2019-03-04 14:07:20 -0500
Al Peterson, What’s with the hammer falling business?
commented 2019-03-04 13:42:21 -0500
93 days with no sign of a hammer falling.