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'The Avengers' Tom Hiddleston on Woody Allen and 'Midnight in Paris': 'It was a surreal dream'

If you’ve seen The Avengers – and surely, that’s most of you now considering the film recently crossed the 1 billion dollar mark worldwide — you are familiar with Tom Hiddleston as Loki, the bad guy who managed to steal a whole lot of scenes from a bunch of A-list superheroes.

But Hiddleston has had quite a year in addition to Avengers. Since introducing his villainous supervillain character last May in Thor, the Brit has appeared in Steven Spielberg’s War Horse, played opposite Rachel Weisz in the critically acclaimed Deep Blue Sea, and been the spitting image of F. Scott Fitzgerald in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. He found out he had won that latter role when he received a letter from Allen himself. “It was three sentences long,” Hiddleston told EW. “Dear Tom, I’m making a movie in Paris this summer. I attached some pages. I’d love for you to play the role of Scott.” READ FULL STORY

'To Rome With Love' trailer: Neurosis, Italian style

Woody Allen’s upcoming To Rome With Love may have gone through several names (the intriguing Nero Fiddled, the unfortunate The Bop Decameron), and it’s not entirely surprising considering what we see in the quip-heavy, plot-light trailer. Still, if you’re looking for a dyed-in-the-wool Woody Allen movie, look no further. It has everything from the loving travelogue aesthetic to the requisite slew of saucy women as objects of fascination-slash-titillation (notably Ellen Page and Oscar-winning Vicky Cristina Barcelona holdover Penélope Cruz), not to mention Allen himself and his Dorian Gray doppelganger Jesse Eisenberg. Roberto Benigni even shows up for the party. Ciao, principe! Check out the promo spot below. READ FULL STORY

Woody Allen's Rome movie gets another new title

Sony Pictures Classic announced today that Woody Allen’s new film, previously called Nero Fiddled, has a new title, To Rome With Love. It’s the second title change for the film; it was originally called The Bop Decameron.

To Rome With Love is a nod to the city where the film was shot and set, with a cast that includes Allen, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig, and Ellen Page. It will be in theaters June 22.

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Casting Net: Forest Whitaker in talks to play the White House 'Butler'; Woody Allen to star in, but not direct, 'Fading Gigolo'

• In his first acting role in a film he isn’t also directing since 2000′s Picking Up the Pieces, recent Oscar-winner Woody Allen is set to star in director John Turturro‘s Fading Gigolo. Allen and Turturro will play flat broke friends who go into the gigolo business for money, with Allen serving as Turturro’s pimp. Sofia Vergara and Sharon Stone are signing up to play two of Turturro’s prospective clients. Production on the indie begins in April. [Variety]

Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids) and Anna Faris (The House Bunny) have signed onto I Give It a Year, about a couple (Byrne and AnonymousRafe Spall) grappling with their first year of marriage. Faris will join Simon Baker in a supporting role. Frequent Sacha Baron Cohen collaborator Dan Mazer will be making his feature directorial debut with the romantic comedy. Faris also stars in the Mazer-produced The Dictator, opposite Baron Cohen later this spring. [VarietyREAD FULL STORY

Oscars 2012 Behind the Scenes: 'Midnight in Paris' production designer Anne Seibel on transporting moviegoers back in time


Each year, the Oscars recognize A-list talent we regularly see on screen, on the red carpet, and in tabloids. But the Academy Awards also reward those who work behind the scenes: the writers, editors, costume designers, and others who help create trophy-worthy movie magic. This Oscars season, we’ll be toasting those off-screen artists by delving into the hidden secrets that helped create the on-screen magic that we — and the Academy — fell in love with. For more access backstage during this Oscars season, click here for’s Oscars Behind the Scenes coverage.

In Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, it was easy to see why Gil (Owen Wilson) fell in love with the City of Lights, both past and present. While some magical time-traveling (and some very famous travel companions) certainly had something to do with it, none of it would have made Gil — or Academy members — swoon without the romantic scenery and mood set by Oscar-nominated production designer Anne Seibel. EW spoke with Seibel (who is nominated alongside set decorator Hélène Dubreuil for the Academy Award for Art Direction) about her process on Midnight in Paris (click the jump to see her sketches and mood boards), how the magical sets came to life, and what it was like to work with Woody Allen. C’est magnifique!


'The Artist' wins big at the Directors Guild Awards

The Directors Guild of America announced its annual awards tonight at a ceremony in the Grand Ballroom above the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The Artist‘s Michel Hazanavicius took home the prize for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film. Fellow nominees Martin Scorsese (Hugo) and Alexander Payne (The Descendants) also spoke at the event while accepting their nomination medallions. As is his custom for awards events, nominee Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris) was not present; nominee David Fincher (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) had to fly to the premiere of his film in Tokyo, Japan, although he did attend the nominee breakfast Saturday morning.

Hosted by Kelsey Grammer, the evening also feted directors for feature documentaries, and TV dramas, comedies, reality shows, made-for-TV movies and miniseries, soap operas, children’s programming, and commercials.

Since 1948, the DGA Award winner for feature film has gone on to win the Academy Award for Best Director every year save for six exceptions, most recently when Rob Marshall took home the DGA Award for Chicago in 2002, while Roman Polanski won the Oscar for The Pianist.

Check out the full list of winners below: READ FULL STORY

'Bridesmaids,' 'The Descendants' lead WGA nominees

Comedy might not get an respect from the Oscars, but writers love to laugh, judging from the Writers Guild Awards nominations announced today. All five nominees for Original Screenplay were comedies, led by Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris and Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig’s Bridesmaids. Toss in Tate Taylor’s The Help and The Descendants from Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash, and you have an awards slate connected by a common funny bone. Another Oscar favorite with a sense of humor, The Artist, didn’t make the cut, though likely only because it was ineligible (as was The Iron Lady, Shame, Drive, and My Week With Marilyn, among others) for not complying with the guild’s contractual guidelines. Click below for the complete list of nominees.


Woody Allen lists the five iconic actresses he wishes he could go back in time to direct -- EXCLUSIVE

If you had to choose one director to bring out a career performance in any actress, you can’t do much better than Woody Allen. During his amazing 45-year career as a director, he’s worked with many of the best, and Oscar has always been impressed. Diane Keaton, Penélope Cruz, Mira Sorvino, and Dianne Wiest all have trophies from their collaborations with Allen, to say nothing of the nominated performances from Samantha Morton, Judy Davis, Geraldine Page, and others.

In Midnight in Paris, Allen’s comedy-fantasy about a 21st-century writer (Owen Wilson) high on the nostalgic fumes of 1920s Paris — out today on home video and digital download — it’s Marion Cotillard and Rachel McAdams who get to dance with the master auteur. Actresses have always leaped at the opportunity to be Allen’s muse, and at this point of his career, any role in one of his films is an honor capable of luring even the hottest young ingenues.

But if Allen could go back to a different age — Midnight in Paris-like — what legendary Hollywood actresses would he most have wanted to cast in his films? We asked the director to name his Top 5, and he responded quickly, as if he had the list waiting in his pocket. “They were all fabulous actresses with their own styles,” he wrote in an e-mail about his selections. “But however different those styles were, they all worked on the screen and you believed them.” Click below for the leading ladies of Allen’s cinematic dreams: READ FULL STORY

Diane Keaton, Scarlett Johansson, and more talk Woody Allen in 'American Masters' doc -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Adolescent. Hypochondriac. The Antichrist. These are just a few descriptors Woody Allen’s friends(!) use to characterize him in PBS’ upcoming American Masters — Woody Allen: A Documentary. But I think my favorite quotes comes from Annie Hall star and one-time Allen paramour Diane Keaton. “On the one hand he’d be brilliant and his insights were amazing,” she says in the exclusive sneak peek at the documentary, embedded after the jump. “But on the other hand, he’d be an idiot.” Spoken like a true ex-girlfriend!

Keaton isn’t the only A-list star to toast the 75-year-old director’s achievements. READ FULL STORY

Woody Allen changes title of Rome-set film to 'Nero Fiddled'

Woody Allen has officially changed the name of his latest film from The Bop Decameron to Nero Fiddled. A rep for Allen confirmed to EW that he changed the title after realizing that the previous one was garnering befuddlement instead of excitment.

“I couldn’t believe how few people had heard of The Decameron even in Rome,” Allen said in a statement after shooting in Rome all summer. “And the few that did assumed the movie was based on Boccaccio’s tales which it’s not.”

Allen will lead an impressive cast that also includes Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page. But despite the impressive all-star roster, Allen noted that the title-change was necessary to create some buzz for the film. “Anyhow, I changed the title to Nero Fiddled, which is the first time I’ve changed a title since my last minute switch of Anhedonia to Annie Hall,” he said.

Nero Fiddled will be released in 2012.

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