The Weinstein Company is helping Netflix compete with pay cable channels. Today the two companies announced a deal that “will make foreign language, documentary and certain other movies from The Weinstein Company exclusively available for Netflix members in the U.S. to watch instantly.”

In other words, when films like Oscar frontrunner The Artist, Ralph FiennesCoriolanus and Madonna‘s W.E. make their TV debut, it won’t be on HBO or similar channel, but on the Netflix Watch Instantly service. This deal doesn’t cover the full Netflix slate, and could well have taken place because TWC’s own research shows that a movie like The Artist is likely to do better with the Netflix subscriber base than it is on cable. Still, the end result is that this is a blow to cable company deals. Will other similar contracts between studios and Netflix follow?

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With his modern update of Shakespeare‘s Coriolanus, first-time director Ralph Fiennes earned quite the warm reception earlier this year at the Berlin film festival. Some of the most vocal adulation went to the supporting performance by Vanessa Redgrave. Indeed, even in this trailer her performance looks nuanced and impressive, with fierce notes that stand out even against the intense work from director/star Fiennes as Coriolanus. He’s a powerful general, she’s his controlling and power-hungry mother; when Coriolanus fails in a bid for greater power, he is expelled from Rome and allies with a former enemy (Gerard Butler) to take revenge.

This first trailer certainly makes the film look like a compelling piece of work and a persuasive translation of Shakespeare to a modern setting. Check it out below. Read More »

If you’re more interested in the typical fall slate of festival entrees than summer’s glut of tentpole action fare, this is a great week. The Toronto International Film Festival announced the first wave of films that will play the fest in September. This is a batch of about 50 titles, which makes up only a small chunk of the programming. Usually TIFF features between two and three hundred films. But these are some of the highest-profile entries.

Below you’ll find rundowns on the new films from George Clooney, Bennett Miller, Jay & Mark Duplass, Todd Solondz, Francis Ford Coppola, Cameron Crowe, Sarah Polley, Fernando Meirelles, Lars von Trier, Marc Forster, Steve McQueen, Alexander Payne, and Lynne Ramsay. No announcement yet of the Midnight Madness programming choices, always some of my faves, but this is a great start. Read More »

What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 40 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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Big batch of new posters today. We’ve got the latest in a long series of one-sheets for Tron Legacy, though this one is supposedly the last. For real. There’s the first poster for David O. Russell‘s The Fighter, and a sales sheet for Coriolanus, which is the directorial debut of actor Ralph Fiennes. And just because I know some commenters will have a field day with it, there’s a little surprise at the end of the post. (Hint: it’s not a good surprise.) Read More »

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We’ve reported briefly on Coriolanus before — that’s Ralph Fiennes‘ directorial debut, and an update of Shakespeare’s play about a Roman general who attacked Rome after being exiled from the city.  Now we’ve got the first images from the film, and even though an updating of a story about men of war would necessitate seeing the cast in full battle dress, I’m still oddly surprised to see Fiennes kitted out for the war in the Middle East. Read More »

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It’s casting notes time again. Alan Cumming has joined Steve Antin‘s Burlesque, about “an ambitious small-town girl with a big voice who finds herself at a neo-burlesque club.” Christina Aguilera is the girl, Kristen Bell is the rival dancer, and Cumming is the gender-bending club MC. So this is really a failsafe in case that Showgirls sequel falls through? [Variety]

After the break, news about Helen Mirren, Patrick Dempsey, confirmation on a Gerard Butler role and more for the Ed Helms flick Cedar Rapids. Read More »

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