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Woody Allen Comes Home, Will Shoot Next Picture Stateside

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 13, 2012 at 12:33PM

After a long sojourn shooting films abroad, Woody Allen is coming home again. The good news after Allen's Oscar-winning "Midnight in Paris" grossed $155 million worldwide: he will shoot his next film in the U.S.
Woody Allen

Having filmed four movies in London and one each in Paris, Barcelona and Rome, Woody Allen is coming home again. Allen's sister, producer Letty Aronson, is constantly solicited by cities from Rio de Janeiro and Stockholm to Munich and Berlin to shoot there. But the good news after Allen's Oscar-winning "Midnight in Paris" grossed $155 million worldwide: the Manhattan filmmaker can raise the funds to shoot in the U.S. again.

"Getting money in this country is impossible," Aronson told TOH earlier this year. "It would be nice to do a film in the U.S. again. But in Europe there is greater regard for the filmmaker. Woody's creative rights are non-negotiable. We don't show anyone a script. No one participates in selecting the cast, sees dailies, or the rough cut."

Now Allen can shoot his next film in the U.S., reports Variety. San Francisco and "a tiny bit" of New York are his next two primary locations, Allen revealed in Rome at the world premiere of his latest film "To Rome with Love." (The Sony Pictures Classics release will make its North American debut as the opener of the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 14.)


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.