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Woody Allen's Next Film Gets a Title: 'Magic in the Moonlight' (FIRST PHOTOS)

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 15, 2013 at 2:32PM

Woody Allen has given a title to his currently in-production new film: "Magic in the Moonlight." Shooting in the South of France, the project stars Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Eileen Atkins, Hamish Linklater, Marcia Gay Harden, Jacki Weaver and Simon McBurney.
Marcia Gay Harden and Emma Stone in 'Magic in the Moonlight'
Marcia Gay Harden and Emma Stone in 'Magic in the Moonlight'

One thing you can count on in this world: Woody Allen will announce an untitled new movie with a fabulous cast every year, for which he will eventually announce a title. 

This year's model is "Magic in the Moonlight," a period comedy set in the South of France, with an eclectic ensemble, many of them plucked from the theater. There are Brits: Colin Firth, Catherine McCormack, Eileen Atkins, Simon McBurney, and Paul Ritter and Australia's fabulous Jacki Weaver. 

Colin Firth in "Magic in the Moonlight'
Colin Firth in "Magic in the Moonlight'

And the Americans include "Newsroom" co-stars Marcia Gay Harden and Hamish Linklater, plus Emma Stone, Erica Leerhsen and Jeremy Shamos. 

The Gravier Productions film is independently financed overseas and produced by Allen’s longtime associates, Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum.

Remarkably, Allen’s latest film and likely Oscar contender, "Blue Jasmine," starring Best Actress frontrunner Cate Blanchett, is still in theatrical release through Sony Pictures Classics, which is likely to eventually pick up--when the time is right--"Magic in the Moonlight." Meanwhile, the film has been at the center of a scuffle in India, where Allen refused to distribute it due to the country's mandatory anti-smoking ads that would play before and during screenings.

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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.