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!
Besides starting to film Woody Allen’s newest film next month, there has not been a whole lot going on with Scarlett Johansson recently, atleast not in the public eye. I assume she is currently cutting her first album and preparing for her new role.
Regarding recent magazine coverage, Scarlett was on the cover of You magazine (The Mail On Sunday) a week back with a great article regarding her recent trip to India. She’s also currently featured in the new issue of teen mag Bliss. Both of these are British magazines and we will have scans up shortly.
Here’s an excerpt from the You article, which mentions that Scarlett was approached by Al Gore to help in publicising next month’s Live Earth concert. So perhaps we’ll be seeing her there – unless she’ll already be filming in Spain.
She won’t be drawn on this possible film project, but she does share another message, from Al Gore. That’s former US vice president Al Gore, asking for Scarlett’s help in publicising Live Earth, July’s big Live Aid-style global concert to draw attention to climate change.
Last but not least, I should be back online within a week or two so look out for regular updates to resume soon. Meanwhile, I’ve updated the style quotes and beauty bag with a lot of new information. And check out the gallery for new L’Oreal and Louis Vuitton ads. Thanks so much to everyone who sent in these! Much appreciated.
According to France24.com, Woody Allen will begin filming his latest film on July 9. No word when Scarlett will be flying to Spain.
US director Woody Allen will begin filming his new, as yet untitled film, starring Scarlett Johansson, in the Spanish city of Barcelona on July 9, production society Mediapro said Thursday.
Joining Johansson will be English actress Rebecca Hall as well as Spanish stars Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem.
Some scenes will be directed in the northern Spanish region of Asturias, where Allen spent Tuesday in the regional capital Oviedo seeking out sites to film in through to late August.
“The region of Asturias is magnificent. I always wanted to come to Spain to work and now I have the chance,” Spanish news media quoted Allen as saying.
The 71-year-old Academy Award-winning director is widely admired in Spain, and Oviedo itself boasts a lifesize bronze statue of him. Allen first visited the city to accept the Asturias prize for art in 2002.
According to New York Post, Scarlett Johansson and Kirsten Dunst have showed interest in starring in a film adaptation of Monopoly. The world’s best-selling game is being transferred into an improbable feature-length movie by director Ridley Scott. Scarlett has reportedly found the idea of a film version “funny, wacky, but interesting.”
Hasbro, the owners of Monopoly’s manufacturers, Parker Brothers, expects the movie to be a blockbuster with Ridley at the helm. Casting agency William Morris told the company that it would take sexy stars to make the unlikely film a worldwide hit.
“Everyone has played Monopoly in one version or another so, hopefully, they would be curious about how it translates to the screen,” a Hasbro consultant said.
The “Celebrity 100 Power List” by Forbes Magazine has listed Oprah Winfrey as the number one most influential and highest earning person of this year. Scarlett listed #77 this year. Her pay rank is #95, web rank #22, press rank #36 and TV/radio rank #67. Apparently her pay is $5 mil.
The sultry star appeared in three films last year: The Prestige, The Black Dahlia and Woody Allen’s Scoop. But Johansson is earning more from her looks than her acting these days, thanks to endorsement deals with L’OrÃ©al, Reebok and Louis Vuitton. Look for her in this fall’s The Nanny Diaries.
Woody Allen began scouting Barcelona to find spots – among them La Sagrada Familia, a Catholic cathedral that has been under construction here for decades – to film scenes for his next movie.
Sources with the cathedral’s construction board told Efe that the filmmaker visited the structure designed by the late Antoni Gaudi, one of the Barcelona landmarks that will certainly appear in the film.
Although the film has no title as yet, it will tell the story of a U.S. tourist – Scarlett Johansson – on vacation in Barcelona and the relationships she strikes up with some of the local residents, notably one played by Spanish actor Javier Bardem.
TypicallySpanish.com has published a new article regarding Scarlett’s newest collaboration with Woody Allen. He has arrived in Spain now for pre-production.
Woody Allen has arrived in Barcelona to organise the details of his latest film which is to be filmed over the summer in the city and in Oviedo. The film stars Scarlett Johansson, PenÃ©lope Cruz and Javier Bardem.
Allen has already met with representatives of Mediapro, the production company which is financing the film, in their offices in the new Agbar tower, and members of his direction team have already spent several weeks in the city finding locations for the film.
On June 14th Allen will also be invested â€˜doctor honoris causaâ€™ by the Pompeu Fabra university in Barcelona.
The date comes at the request of Allan who says he will start shooting on the same day.