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Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris Follow-Up, The Bop Decameron, Adds Cast, Starts July 11 in Rome

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood June 20, 2011 at 7:59AM

Midnight in Paris is shaping up as not only Woody Allen's widest release ever (1038 screens, more than Anything Else), but the filmmaker's biggest hit ever; it's on track to outscore Hannah and Her Sisters's $40 million domestic gross. Midnight in Paris dropped only 10% last weekend, for a total $21,799,214.
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Midnight in Paris is shaping up as not only Woody Allen's widest release ever (1038 screens, more than Anything Else), but the filmmaker's biggest hit ever; it's on track to outscore Hannah and Her Sisters's $40 million domestic gross. Midnight in Paris dropped only 10% last weekend, for a total $21,799,214.

So the next question is: can he do it again? Allen has finalized his full cast for The Bop Decameron, which shoots in Rome, Italy, starting July 11.

In alphabetical order, the film will star (pictured): Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page. In TOH's interview with Eisenberg for A Social Network, he confessed how much he wanted to act in an Allen film. He has his wish.

The film's Italian co-stars are Antonio Albanese, Fabio Armiliata, Alessandra Mastronardi, Ornella Muti, Flavio Parenti, Alison Pill, Riccardo Scamarcio and Alessandro Tiberi. The film is being financed by Italian company, Medusa Film.


[Images courtesy of Wire, Getty]

This article is related to: Directors, Genres, Headliners, Independents, Production , CASTING WATCH, Woody Allen, Art Direction


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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.