Proving it’s never too late for fresh starts, Dustin Hoffman is embarking on a brand-new directing career at the ripe old age of 75. His first feature is Quartet, a gentle Brit comedy-drama set in a home for retired opera performers.

Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins, and Tom Courtenay plays a trio of longtime friends and colleagues enjoying their golden years together at the facility, only to be thrown off balance by the arrival of the former fourth member of their singing quartet — a famed diva played by Maggie Smith. Michael Gambon also stars, as an opera director. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Dustin Hoffman has long been established as one of the most significant actors of his generation, but he has never directed a film until now*. His directorial debut, Quartet, is based on an acclaimed play by Ronald Harwood (who also scripted Hoffman’s film) and it stars some real luminaries: Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins, Tom Courtenay and Michael Gambon.They play residents at a retirement home for retired opera singers. Seriously.

Given that plot you might expect something fairly arid and stodgy, but the first trailer for Quartet suggests that it is a pretty broad comedy with crowd-pleasing aims. The trailer promises a gentle, slightly cheeky good time, and it’s a nice breath of comedy to kick off this light holiday week. Check it out below.

Edit: Apologies, but we’ve had to pull the embed.

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You’ve seen them in trailers, clips, images and now /Film is proud to exclusively introduce you to the King and Queen of Disney/Pixar’s 2012 release, Brave: King Fergus and Queen Elinor. So, Fergus and Elinor, meet the online film community. Online film community, meet King Fergus and Queen Elinor.

Voiced by Billy Connolly and Emma Thompson respectively, the King and Queen are incredibly important to Brave as they represent the opposing views inside the main character Merida, a saucy Princess who wishes to be more outgoing and physical like her father, but is forced to try and be more prim and proper, like her mother. Those relationships are a key component in the film and, after the jump, you can see some brand new images of both characters as well as read their official biographies. Read More »

This is a must-see. I know some opinions have been divided on Pixar’s upcoming film Brave. Personally, I was captured by the first teaser trailer and then felt as if the clip and full trailer that followed were a bit scattershot. I was left not really knowing what to expect from the film.

Now a Japanese trailer has surfaced for Brave, and I think it is the best look at the film yet. Doesn’t hurt that this trailer features a lot of new footage, and that much of that footage emphasizes the mystic aspects of the story, rather than the comic. (The title, as translated in this case, is even cool: Merida and the Frightening Forest.) Check it out below. Read More »

Watch Two And A Half Minutes of Pixar’s ‘Brave’

Disney has released a third trailer for Pixar’s 2012 film Brave. The new trailer is actually more of a extended clip from the movie than a traditional trailer — I know it is being promoted as such, but I’m not sure if this will be screened in theaters. Watch it now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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The cast of Peter Jackson‘s two Hobbit films, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again, is huge. Like, really, tremendously huge. They actors are all listed at the bottom of the post, but the point is that, after months of shooting, the cast isn’t quite big enough. Jackson has just added the man who will seemingly be the last on the roster: Scottish actor and comedian Billy Connolly. He’ll play Dain Ironfoot, a Dwarf warrior. Read More »

The teaser trailer for Pixar’s Brave was an absolutely gorgeous thing that showed off the studio’s first female lead, Merida, voiced by Kelly Macdonald.

Now here’s the full trailer, which introduces us to the film’s world and the gloriously exaggerated characters that inhabit it. This isn’t one of Pixar’s best trailer efforts, I think, but hopes for Brave remain high. Read More »

New Images From Pixar’s ‘Brave’

The trailer for Brave, Pixar’s next full-length animated film, will arrive tomorrow. In anticipation of that look at the film three new stills have come online. The pics show most of the film’s major characters, and reinforce the impression given off by the teaser that this might be Pixar’s most fully-realized world.

Brave is Pixar’s first film with a central female protagonist, and Kelly Macdonald voices Merida, a rebellious young princess who brings trouble to her land after breaking an ancient custom. That’s her in the image above, and you’ll meet other characters in the gallery below.

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