Monday, May 27, 2024

Woody Allen Must Think He’s Time Traveled — to 1977


In “Midnight in Paris.” Owen Wilson time travels back to Paris in the 1920s. The film’s famed director, Woody Allen, must think he’s time travelved– back to 1977.

Woody--75 years old–hasn’t been this popular since he released “Annie Hall” in 1977. He may think he’s time traveled back to that era. His “Midnight in Paris” has now earned over $14 million in the U.S., and $32.2 million worldwide. At the rate it’s going, “Midnight in Paris” will be Woody’s biggest hit ever. Ever. Who’d-a thunk it? Even with “Vicki Cristina Barcelona” and “Match Point” in Woody’s recent group of films, nothing prepared anyone for this. Owen Wilson is no doubt a help. But it’s the movie itself– people love “Midnight in Paris.” It’s Woody’s first ever across the board crowd pleaser.

Next up for Woody, besides his Rome movie, is a one act play that will run with one-acters by Elaine May and Ethan Coen. I’m told that Woody’s and Ethan’s plays will share casts because of their large sizes. Marlo Thomas is still set just for Elaine May’s contribution. John Turturro, a Coen buddy, directs all three under the name “Relatively Speaking,” next fall on Broadway. By the way. if you’re enjoying all the great little moments in “Midnight in Paris”: at the Tony Awards, Nina Arianda, who plays Michael Sheen‘s odd wife, told me that she and Sheen just improv’d their whole bit, especially Arianda’s character’s propensity for saying French words twice because she thinks she’s mispronounced them. Genius!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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