Ever since Facebook and Napster co-founder Sean Parker announced the launch of The Screening Room, a new day-and-date home viewing option for new releases, the industry has been weighing in left and right as to what the implication of such a service would mean for the theatrical moviegoing experience. Parker’s platform would sell home viewers a $150 device and give them 48 hours to watch new movies on the same date they open at theaters for a $50 dollar per household charge.
The service has divided some of the industry’s top filmmakers, with Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese on the pro side and Christopher Nolan on the defense, and now indie auteur Xavier Dolan has given his two cents via Twitter. When asked what he thought about the controversial screening platform, Dolan gave a quick and very sharp answer.
Check out more of today’s latest industry news below:
HBO and Bill Simmons Launching “Game of Thrones” Talk Show
Following in the less-than-grand footsteps of “Talking Dead” and “Bates Motel: After Hours,” HBO will be releasing a recap show for “Game of Thrones.” “After the Thrones” is the first program from Bill Simmons’ partnership with HBO and will be hosted by Andy Greenwald and Chris Ryan, both from Simmons’ new site, The Ringer. Episodes will be available Mondays on HBO NOW, Go, and other on demand venues, but the schedule on HBO has not yet been confirmed. Greenwald and Ryan previously hosted the “Watch the Thrones” podcast for Grantland, and it’s their talent alone that makes yet another theory-based after show tolerable.
Watch the trailer for Dolan’s “Tom at the Farm” below…