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“Imagine the typical Netflix experience (apart from “Netflix and chill”): The comfort of your own home, with numerous TV series and Netflix original movies at your fingertips, all for one monthly fee. But in a strategic move, Netflix has decided to open its best movies in cinemas first, withholding them for weeks before migrating them to the streaming service.
Three of Netflix’s films will open exclusively in select theaters in the US and abroad for one to three weeks before paying subscribers can watch them online. The movies include director Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, hailed as a masterpiece and winner of this year’s Venice Film Festival’s top prize; a six-part Western called The Ballad of Buster Scruggs; and Bird Box, a thriller starring Sandra Bullock and Sarah Paulson.
“Our members benefit from having the best quality films from world class filmmakers and our filmmakers benefit by being able to share their artistry with the largest possible audience in over 190 countries worldwide,” Scott Stuber, head of Netflix’s film group, said in a statement cited by the Hollywood Reporter.
But it’s about more than providing the best movies to subscribers and making sure those movies are seen elsewhere. Netflix’s move is also a bid to win more awards and attract top talent. It’s a big shift for the streaming service. In 2016, Netflix had to partner with small luxury theaters to keep its movies eligible for the Oscars, and it’s vexed large theater chains by premiering movies online the same day they hit cinema screens. The company’s latest act means it can be in awards contention, while also preserving the movie-going experience. And since theaters just had their best summer in decades, that experience clearly still sells.”
JJ Editor's Daily Picks
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"I often disagree with Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., but I've been disturbed by the idea that he should be run out of the Republican Party just because he believes President Trump committed impeachable offenses."
"The Icelandic band Hatari, whose members are quite vocal in their animosity towards Israel, held up Palestinian flags... Madonna, likewise, had two of her performers wear Israeli and Palestinian flags on their costumes."
"To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" premiering at the Cannes Film Festival, I turn to movie critic Roger Ebert's old review of "Raiders of the Lost Ark." (Trust me on this one.)"
"The money is already here—and has been for years. In the midst of a housing crisis, an injection of cash into the superheated real-estate market seems likely to cause an uptick in evictions and displacement."
"Parents concerned about YouTube debate whether to let their children have their own channels; some forbid it, others send them to summer camp..."
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"With his new book, Howard Stern proves that his rightful place is among the prophets and moral visionaries, not the ‘shock jocks’"
"I’m terrified of parenting in the anti-vaxxer age: Anti-vaccine propaganda isn’t just harmful to children. It threatens to erode our entire sense of community."
"...doctors are starting to think more about specific nutrients that feed tumor cells. That is, how what we eat affects how cancers grow..."
"...it represents an impressive achievement: a victory of humankind against the chaos that pervades the universe."
"If trends continue, in 20 years the majority of the world’s Jews will be living in Israel. The United States will see a continuing decline in overall numbers, with a growing observant Jewish population..."