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Weinstein Picks Up Dustin Hoffman’s Directorial Debut; ‘Steve Jobs’ and Todd Solondz’s ‘Dark Horse’ Get Release Dates

Written by on May 3, 2012 

You may have forgotten this little item from September, but Dustin Hoffman made a late-career shift of sorts, deciding to finally helm a movie. His directorial debut — discounting some uncredited work on the 1978 feature Straight Time — is titled Quartet, and Deadline reports that The Weinstein Company have picked it up for somewhere in the territory of $3 million. Not a bad choice when the film sounds like a fun time and has a good cast, too.

Based on a stage play (and written) by Ronald Harwood (The Pianist), Quartet stars Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins, and Tom Courtenay. You can read a plot synopsis below:

“Courtenay, Connolly and Collins play three ex-opera stars who live together in Beecham House, a home for retired opera singers. Every year they throw a party to celebrate the birthday of Giuseppe Verdi. This year, however, their plans are thrown into flux by the arrival of Jean Horton (Smith), a former grande dame of the opera who’s run into hard times.”

Secondly, Variety informs us that Magnolia Pictures will release Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview, a film that, from what I can gather, is exactly what it sounds like. Filmed by Robert Cringely in 1995 — two years before he returned to Apple — this mostly-unseen piece, officially directed by Paul Sen, lets devotees get an extra glimpse at Jobs during a relatively undocumented time in his life. The film will open in a limited capacity on May 11th, followed by a home video and VOD release sometime over the summer.

You can see a brief preview below:

And, finally, THR has learned that Todd Solondz‘s latest guilt-trip, Dark Horse, has been purchased by upstart company Brainstorm Entertainment, who will give it a release in New York on June 8th; subsequent territories will get it in the following weeks.

A stricter comedy than his darker prior efforts, Dark Horse follows “a thirtysomething guy with arrested development (Jordan Gelber) [who] falls for a thirtysomething girl with arrested development (Selma Blair).” Unfortunately, moving away from his parents (Christopher Walken and Mia Farrow) has too many complications, and “tragedy ensues.” Maybe it won’t be as confrontational and harsh as Solondz‘s other efforts, but I think I’ll sit this one out.

Are you particularly interested in any of these films?

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