Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Woody Allen Books Fifth Film with Sony Pictures Classics


Woody Allen‘s “Nero Fiddled” will be distributed by Sony Pictures Classics’ Michael Barker and Tom Bernard. This is no surprise. The SPC guys have now done five films with Woody. “Midnight in Paris,” just coming to video, is his most successful in, like, forever. The extremely wonderful comedy is headed to Oscar nominations for Best Film, Director, Original Screenplay and possibly an actor nod or two (if Sony would ramp up a little on Corey Stoll). “Nero Fiddled” was shot in Rome, and stars Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penelope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page. Since “Midnight in Paris” opened Cannes last season, my guess is that Venice will get “Nero Fiddled”-also since it’s Italian. SPC has done very well for Woody, but when he’s hot he’s hot. The old Miramax had a huge success with “Bullets Over Broadway.” The Weinstein Company did gangbusters with “Vicki Cristina Barcelona.” Woody seems to have hit now with every other film. After “Match Point” was so great, “Scoop” kind of went nowhere. After “VCB” came “Whatever Works” and “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger.” But SPC is loyal–look how they stuck with Pedro Almodovar through “The Skin I’m In.” That’s loyalty! So now Nero fiddles, Venice is lucky, and maybe so are we. In the meantime, “Midnight in Paris” just gets better and better with ageĀ  on DVD.

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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