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Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris Lands at Sony Pictures Classics; The Fate of Past Partnerships

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood January 11, 2011 at 6:01AM

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American rights for Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris. Allen's first Paris-shot film is the third to be financed by Spain's Mediapro (the first two were Vicky Cristina Barcelona in 2008 and Allen's latest, You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger). SPC has also teamed with Allen before, on Dark Stranger, 2009's Whatever Works and 1999's Sweet and Lowdown. Midnight in Paris stars Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Carla Bruni, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen, and Owen Wilson.
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Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American rights for Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris. Allen's first Paris-shot film is the third to be financed by Spain's Mediapro (the first two were Vicky Cristina Barcelona in 2008 and Allen's latest, You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger). SPC has also teamed with Allen before, on Dark Stranger, 2009's Whatever Works and 1999's Sweet and Lowdown. Midnight in Paris stars Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Carla Bruni, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen, and Owen Wilson.

"I had a particularly enjoyable experience shooting in Paris," stated Allen. "It's something that I hope I get a chance to do again. I always look forward to having my films distributed by Sony Classics because they have great sensitivity toward my work and I appreciate it." Said SPC's Michael Barker and Tom Bernard: Midnight in Paris is Allen "at his most magical."

Look at the RottenTomatoes reviews on SPC's Allen films and their box office fates, compared to the more successful Weinstein-released Vicky Cristina Barcelona, which starred Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Scarlett Johannson and Rebecca Hall. Where will Midnight in Paris fall?


Title Tomatometer Domestic Gross Foreign Gross
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger 46% $3.2 million $23.4 million
Whatever Works 50% $5.3 million $29.7 million
Vicky Cristina Barcelona 82% $23.2 million $73.2 million
Sweet and Lowdown 78% $4.2 million (foreign n/a)

This article is related to: Box Office, Directors, Genres, Headliners, Studios, News, Woody Allen, comedy, Romance, Sony/Screen Gems/Sony Pictures Classics


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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.