Pedro Almodovar & Will Smith clash over Netflix at Cannes Film Festival

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The 70th year of the festival will bring scores of Hollywood stars, models and musicians to the south of France, where the fashion is as important as the films.

"When I first got the call, I was really excited", Smith said, recounting the back-and-forth between him and his publicist with dramatic flair.

However, this year, the two movies previously shortlisted would still be allowed to run. "Three movies a day is a lot!"

"This is a huge opportunity for me", Smith said in an interview before the press conference began.

He cracked jokes about upbringing away from independent cinema.

Nawazuddin, who is now shooting in Croatia for his worldwide TV series, says he is pretty excited to join the film's team at Cannes.

Smith was characteristically warm throughout the rest of the panel, joking that he'll best Kirsten Dunst's 28 red-carpet outfits previous year ("I'll be going for 32") and appearing genuinely humbled by the invitation to join the judging panel.

A film made in Cincinnati will be in competition for the top award at the Cannes Film Festival starting later this week.

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Upcoming movie "Okja" has sparked heated debate about how films released nearly exclusively online will affect the film industry, but the film's visionary director, Bong Joon-ho, doubts platforms like Netflix will replace theaters.

"The size of the screen should not be smaller than the chair you're sitting in".

"Set in and around Calais as the refugee crisis grows, the film is certainly not short of political relevancy", said Irish Times critic Donald Clarke, who reckons this year's line-up is "the most promising in a decade". "You must feel small and humble in front of the image that's here". Besides the The Meyerowitz Stories later in May and Okja in June, Netflix will this month debut War Machine starring Brad Pitt, in December Bright starring Will Smith, and many more.

Movies theaters fear that Netflix will hit them where it hurts the mostThis has caused drama in Cannes.

"In my house, Netflix has been nothing but an absolute benefit", Smith said, explaining that his kids "get to see films they absolutely wouldn't have seen".

Almodovar, the filmmaker behind Julieta and Volver, added he doesn't "perceive the Palme d'Or [should be] given to a film that is then not seen on the big screen".

Netflix, which streams films and television shows to subscribers, has two of the hottest movies in contention for the Palme d'Or - its first time in competition at the festival that France boasts is the greatest in the world.

"We're not against movie theaters or mean to harm them in any way". Festival programmers thought "they could get away with showing Netflix movies", he said.

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