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Woody Allen Acts Again in Rome Movie

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 8, 2011 at 5:20AM

As Woody Allen does the advance press rounds for his new movie Midnight in Paris, a valentine to the City of Lights which will play like gangbusters when it opens the Cannes Film Festival May 11, he is also revealing some tantalizing tidbits about his new movie, which he will shoot in Rome this summer. My full interview with Allen will run the moment the first press screening in Cannes lets out Wednesday. Trailer is below.
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As Woody Allen does the advance press rounds for his new movie Midnight in Paris, a valentine to the City of Lights which will play like gangbusters when it opens the Cannes Film Festival May 11, he is also revealing some tantalizing tidbits about his new movie, which he will shoot in Rome this summer. My full interview with Allen will run the moment the first press screening in Cannes lets out Wednesday. Trailer is below.

The big reveal for the Rome movie: Woody Allen has written a part for himself, the first since 2006's Scoop.

This one is "not the same kind of picture" as Midnight in Paris, he says. "It's not as romantic. It's more an out-and-out comedy. I have a good cast so far: Alec Baldwin, Jesse Eisenberg, Penelope Cruz, Ellen Page, Roberto Begnini, and myself included." Yes, he gets to be funny. "I don't know Rome as well as I know Paris," he says. "I hope it won't be too hot." He'll also use the same director of photography as Midnight in Paris, Darius Khondji.

This article is related to: Directors, Festivals, Genres, Headliners, Studios, Video, Stuck In Love, In Production, Woody Allen, Cannes, comedy, Romance, Sony/Screen Gems/Sony Pictures Classics, Trailers, Screenwriters


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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.