Love and intrigue lie at the heart of the new Woody Allen film which the veteran US director has begun shooting with a star-studded cast, Catalan newspaper El Periodico reported Saturday.
According to the paper, the plot, which Allen, 71, has kept carefully under wraps to date, involves a tryst between a painter, his ex-fiancÃ©e and two American tourists.
Allen has said only that the new flick will be a “love letter to Barcelona,” adding that filming in Spain — aside from Barcelona some scenes will also be shot in the northern region of Asturias — will be “a dream come true.”
El Periodico says it has learned the movie will be a “romantic and touristic comedy” based on the two US women who come to Barcelona to learn Catalan culinary secrets as well as on a seductive artist and his jealous ex, played by Spanish star Penelope Cruz.
According to the journal, Spanish actor Javier Bardem will play the artist and US starlets Scarlett Johansson and Rebecca Hall have been cast in the roles of the tourists.
“The first thing she did was go downtown to a restaurant and she got recognized,” said Wish Nails. “It was a real drag because people were saying stuff to her like, ‘I don’t believe it’s you. Take off your glasses.’
“That was the last time she went out to eat. But the rest of the trips were to Wal-Mart and Albertsons. When I tell you she went to Wal-Mart and Albertsons, she went a lot.”
Wal-Mart, margaritas and music was the life for Johansson, who spent 33 days in Maurice recording here debut CD at Dockside Studio. Owned by Steve and Wish Nails, Dockside is a 12-acre recording complex hidden along the Vermilion River.
The filming took place outside the Santa Maria Del Mar Church in Barcelona yesterday. Scarlett Johansson and Woody Allen were joined on the set by the brilliant actress Patricia Clarkson. As usual, I’ve added plenty of HQ pictures from the occasion.
– On the Set > July 12, 2007
Scarlett, Woody & co spent yesterday filming scenes at the Barcelona harbor. It seems that Scarlett was in a great mood, smiling and waving at the paparazzi from the boat. I also updated the other on the set albums with many more pics and added DoubleT’s video from day one to the video archive.
For those who have been asking me about the future filming locations – I am sorry but I do not know. However, I have posted this thread at the forum so I recommend you keep your eyes peeled on that one if you’re in the area. I am sure that if any of the local forum members know any details, they will post it there.
Also, another reminder that I still do not have internet at home because of my recent move so I only update at the library when ever there is something new. That is why I have not added any of your contributions yet. I promise I’ll add them as soon as I get my internet back.
– Woody Allen Spanish Project (2008)
The filming of the Woody Allen Spanish Project is taking place in Barcelona as we speak and I’ve added today’s first pics in the gallery. They filmed this morning at Boulevard of Barcelona. Scarlett is looking really stunning again, taking pictures and having a laugh with the crew. I really love her hair there!
As earlier reported, the filming of the Woody Allen Spanish Project (aka Midnight in Barcelona) began today and took place outside a restaurant in Paseo Joan de Borbon in Barceloneta, Barcelona. Scarlett appeared on the set around mid-day, wearing a beige shirt and denim coat with brown khaki pants. She was being filmed while her snapping pictures of the scenery.
The filming will take place for the total of seven weeks, with one week of work in Asturias and a day in New York, and will receive public aids from Barcelona’s Ministry of Culture.
Click here to view a video of Scarlett in action (courtesy of our Spanish reporter DoubleT). I’ve also updated the gallery with
12 79 HQs from the set.
Just to let you know, Scarlett did not attend the Live Earth event yesterday unlike earlier speculated. She must have been busy preparing for the upcoming Woody Allen movie, which begins filming tomorrow. Here’s to hoping some on the set images will appear!
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Woody Allen and Barcelona declared their affection for each other at a sweltering press conference on Monday with a phalanx of pols and security guards in attendance.
â€œI hope I can present Barcelona to the world as I see it, the same way I presented Manhattan to the world as I saw it with my eyes,â€ said Allen, dressed in a natty fly-fisherman hat, as he unveiled a few more details about his next pic, which shoots in Spain from July 9.
â€œI want to write a love letter to Barcelona and from Barcelona to the world,â€ he added, as much perhaps by way of diplomacy as clarification.
That affection is returned by Barcelona and Spain at large.
Standing next to him, Spainâ€™s ebullient Culture Minister Carmen Calvo proved Allenâ€™s closest fan, producing a fuchsia-colored abanico to profusely fan the director, before declaring that Allen â€œmakes philosophy with cinema. Heâ€™s a brilliant example of what cinema represents in contemporary culture.â€
The little news that emerged from the press conference was that Patricia Clarkson, Kevin Dunn and Chris Messina have joined the cast.
Scarlett has now arrived in Barcelona, Spain and she was photographed strolling the streets of the beautiful and historical city and visiting its tourist sites today. She was photographed in New York City on Friday so she must have flown over to Spain very recently. The filming of the still untitled Woody Allen Spanish Project is set to begin on July 9.
I generally do not add candids in the gallery but since these are (indirectly) related to the movie and Scarlett is looking so happy and smiley there, I decided to make this exception. Besides, it has been a while since we’ve last seen her.
Thank you to DoubleT for the heads up!