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Hoffman Takes To Director’s Chair for British Comedy

May 28th, 2010
Dustin Hoffman

Hoffman on the BBC's Friday Night With Jonathan Ross

At The Cannes Film Festival the BBC announced that Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman will make his official directorial debut with a British comedy entitled Quartet. The film will star British acting legends Dame Maggie Smith and Albert Finney in a tale about ageing opera singers who are reunited, after a disagreement in their youth, in a retirement home. Written by Oscar-winner Ronald Harwood, the film will follow events that culminate in the one-off reunion concert of a once world-famous foursome of opera singers.

Although Hoffman is listed as an unaccredited director of 1978 film Straight Time, this is his first official foray into directing.

The BBC also announced plans for a film about Charles Dickens, an adaptation of Lionel Shriver’s book We Need to Talk About Kevin and a project from writer and director of In the Loop, Armando Iannucci.

Commenting on the line-up, BBC Films creative director Christine Langan said, “I’m really proud of the range, quality and diversity of our slate. These collaborations, alongside Vertigo’s Streetdance 3D represent our determination to deliver as eclectic, innovative and dynamic a mix as possible from established and brand new talent.”

Other projects include Three Sixty, from screenwriter Peter Morgan (The Deal, The Queen), which has been described as a “multi-stranded tale of love and sexual obsession”.

All thoroughly exciting and wonderful news for the BBC and British film industry.

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Toy Story 3 Set For Edinburgh Opening

May 14th, 2010

Edinburgh International Film FestivalOne of the most anticipated films of the year will open the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June. The special 3D Gala screening of Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 will draw huge crowds and throw a spotlight on the already popular and successful EIFF.

The latest installment of the Disney/Pixar franchise, which again features the voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, will have its screening on June 19th, a day after its debut in the US. The exclusive Special 3D Gala will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Toy Story trilogy.

Toy Story 1 & 2 attracted huge followings and became an instant hit with young children, teenagers and adults alike. The showing of the third installment in 3D should bring a new dimension to the franchise and offer the audience something completely different, with visual thrills and spills. With that said however, we’re sure the film would be just as successful without the 3D effect, as both 1 & 2 installments broke records and become instant classics with fans in 2D.

Toy Story 3

Following on from the hugely popular screenings at recent Festivals of WALL•E and Ratatouille, this is further evidence of the strength of the relationship between EIFF and Disney/Pixar. It also highlights the animation/graphic tie-in with festivals and how such big budget features are anticipated and often out-doing those films shot in real-life and 2D. Whether animation and 3D is the future or not, currently they reign supreme and both the public and festivals just can’t get enough!

The Edinburgh audience will be first to see Toy Story 3 (3D) outside of North America.

Read more about the EIFF and Toy Story 3 on the EIFF website: http://www.edfilmfest.org.uk/news/2010/04/toy-story-3-to-eiff-and-beyond

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