April 23rd, 2010
01:29 PM ET

Carla Bruni is Woody Allen's new muse

France's First Lady will indeed be starring in an upcoming Woody Allen film. It had been rumored for months that Carla Bruni-Sarkozy had been cast in the next project from the secretive filmmaker. Then, a later rumor followed which said: Nope. Wrong. No Bruni . (She's not hyphenated professionally). Instead, the gossip went,  Marion Cotillard was playing part everyone thought was going to be Bruni's. Well, turns out both women will be in the new film, which is in pre-production.

The notoriously press-shy Allen took the unusual step of issuing an actual press release with details of the movie - including, gasp, its title. It will be called "Midnight in Paris".  I think I'm more shocked about the suddenly open and chatty Woody Allen, than I am about the First-Lady-Gone-Hollywood aspect of this. You?

Meantime, worth noting: Allen's latest movie, "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger," will have its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival next month.

More from Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" press release here:

"In a rare move, Woody Allen revealed today the title, cast and story details for his latest film in pre-production. 'Midnight in Paris' stars Owen Wilson, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates and Carla Bruni. Also in the cast are Michael Sheen, Nina Arianda, Tom Hiddleston, Corey Stoll, Mimi Kennedy and Kurt Fuller.  The film shoots this summer in Paris. 'Midnight in Paris' is a romantic comedy that follows a family travelling to the city for business. The party includes a young engaged couple that has their lives transformed throughout the journey. The film celebrates a young man’s great love for Paris, and simultaneously explores the illusion people have that a life different from their own is better. "

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  1. greg

    I LOVE WOODY! He is by far one of the greatest film makers of the last 5 decades. Sure his personal life is questionalbe but that has NOTHING to do with his films. His films make you think! Something missing from 90% of films today. As for you bashers, you obviously have not sat through any of his classics or maybe he is just too intellectual for you and therefore you do not understand him. I will defend him until the end!! Go Woody!!

    April 26, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Unfettered and Alive

    When I was a young man in Paris, I fell in love with it.
    I lived there, not just visited. But I also learned that this city is just another place where people live and work.
    We Americans have a tendency to think of it as a tourist destination not unlike Disney world.
    So as mentioned in the above, cities and lives are not better because they are different than our own.
    Althoiugh for a city, I love Paris!

    April 26, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Paul

    If you don't care about a person's morals, by all means enjoy Woody's talents as a filmmaker. If you try to live morally and ethically, you stop paying for his work when he proves himself unworthy. That's what I have done. By the same token, I stopped seeing any of Mel Gibson's projects when he proved himself to be a bigot and anti-semite. We are all free to choose. It would be hypocritical for me to support someone who I know isn't a good person. If you can separate the two, go for it.

    April 26, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ds

    Man in the Rubber Suit:

    Vicky Cristina Barcelona was entertaining. Just ask the panel at Cannes or the Golden Globes as it was nominated for Best Picture.

    Glad to see that you rate your films based on ticket receipts. Smart.

    April 26, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. The man in the rubber suit

    Who else beleives that Woody Allen is the most over-hyped, possibly overrated, director in many moons.

    Sure, he did a couple of interesting movies in the 70's, then what?

    I'm not talking he was the vice-executive-producer of some indie film that is poignant and incredibly intellectual; thus, is seen by 12 people in the world. WHn is hte last time he made something intertaining, or at least made money?

    I'm not trying ot start hate here, just asking.

    April 26, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  6. ds

    Woody Allen is head and shoulders above any living film maker. Period. End of discussion. The masses want Avatar, and the mind-numbing formula movies that hollywood feeds them like candy. Go to the movies and stuff your mouth with sugar and your mind with mush!

    Woody Allen changed modern cinema and gave birth to a number of copy-cats....When Harry Met Sally and a host of others...You would be hard pressed to name 5 other film makers that write and direct their own projects.

    As far as his personal life is concerned; I am not to judge and only know what I read. I do not know the man. The list of celebrities, athletes, politicians, etc. behaving badly is endless. (Hemingway, Picasso, OJ Simpson, Tiger Woods, Bill Clinton, Eliot Spitzer, George Bush, Mel Gibson, Marilyn Monroe, Robert Evans, Mick Jagger, JFK....need to go on???

    Stick to the art and not the personal lives. The person who sits next to you at work just may have a very dark past and you know nothing about it because the press could care less.

    Woody Allen is a timeless classic.

    April 26, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jim

    I wouldn't go see a Woody Allen flim if it were free. Maybe he can do a flim on how to marry a 14 year old.

    April 26, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  8. steviebaby

    Woody Allen was not married to Mia Farrow and did not even live with her. They did have children together but he did not see her adopted children as his step-children.

    His films are somewhat uneven in quality but overall his career has been brilliant.

    MATCH POINT and others over the last 20 years have been great. I'm glad he does not make stereotypical Hollywood films.

    Other than Ingmar Bergman (who has recently passed away) what other film maker writes and directs his own films and produces one a year?

    April 26, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. Anonymous

    I don't care what anyone's "proved". Woody Allen VERY likely molested that toddler. He and that slag Bruni can have each other.

    April 26, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  10. chris

    I think Woody's Dr just sits there and listens for 1000 dollars an hour and the two statements the Dr. makes is "try not to think about it" and "I'll see you next week"

    April 26, 2010 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  11. The Half Baked Lunatic

    Woody Allen is brilliant. Not all of his movies have been commercially (or artistically) successful – but when he gets it right, it's perfect. The Purple Rose of Cairo is probably one of my top five favorite movies of all time.

    April 26, 2010 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  12. AJ

    I was brought up on Woody Allen films, I'm in my mid 30s now, and will go see anything he releases. If you want to see a great drama, check out his recent Cassandra's Dream. For a great comedy, look at his other recent film Whatever Works. When he tried combining the 2 genres with Melinda and Melinda it didn't really work, but the vast majority of his films throughout his career are well worth seeing (and I'm not from New York, I'm from Nebraska). His personal life is his own business.

    April 26, 2010 at 3:36 am | Report abuse |
  13. MXD

    I believe that Woody Allen is one of the great film writer \ directors of the past 40 years, and I'd wager that is the consensus of most intelligent film viewers. Unfortunately, the majority of the movie-going public are simpletons who think that 3D and blue body-paint make up for the lack of a good script. Oh well, you can't expect a large percentage of the public to appreciate a product that's made for the top 10% of the audience. And, again, as some have said, his personal life has nothing to do with the quality of his films. Any great creative artist is, by definition, far outside of the "norm" of the general population. That does not mean they should be excused if they do anything illegal ( see Roman Polanski). But it might allow for some understanding of personal choices outside of the "norm".

    April 25, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. yoohoo

    People who like Woody Allen think that it's "very intellectual" to like Woody Allen. And, most of them live in New York City. In fact, Woody Allen lives in a bubble in New York City. I believe his bubble is right next door to Jerry Seinfeld's.

    April 25, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Olivia

    Dude is washed up – everyone is hollywood needs to get off his hog

    April 25, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Olivia

    I am film nerd – and his films suck a fat one – soooo over-rated it f-in hurts. he should retire and then die

    April 25, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Linda

    FACT:Woody Allen had an affair with his stepdaughter. A GIRL that was adopted by Mia Farrow at a very young age whom considered Allen( Mia' common law husband) to be her stepfather. When she became a teenager Allen embarked on an affair with her. They married when she became of legal age. If this isn't sick I don't know what is.

    April 25, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Jon MacIvor

    Thanks Woody, for some of the most thought provoking films I've see.

    April 25, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  19. andy

    I liked his barman act in "Cheers"

    April 25, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  20. Ciro

    Good movies, perhaps.. great? No way.
    Little diversity, very true.. its all focus in the same religious group.
    Boring? all the time...

    April 25, 2010 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  21. Brandon

    Woody Allen is to simply put, an amazing film maker. Mr. Allen has always been considered an "autuer." Fellini and Robert Altman we others. This is how "rare" Mr. Allen. As far as the haters who are claiming his films are "forgetable" and "unprofitable" check out stats first. Mr. Allen always works on small budgets, so even if it only grosses say $15 million in theaters, the payback by comparison is huge. As far as unforgetable, the last comedy film to win the Best Picture Academy Award was indeed a Woody Allen picture. "Annie Hall" is a magnum opus any director wishes was his own. Apart from that Allen has been nominated for 21 Academy Awards, he took home three of them. Four things he does best: writes witty screenplays, directs with absolute precision, finds attractive women to play his female leads, and lastly pulls out the best performance they have in them. Many of these performances win awards, many of those are Oscars. 46 movies in 44 years. His record speaks for himself, leave his personal life of this. I look forward to seeing this film.

    April 25, 2010 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
  22. Nyarlathotep

    As a Frank Sinatra fan, I side with Mia Farrow on this one. When she informed her former husband about Allen's photographs of her adolescent daughter, Frank responded: "Want me to break his legs for you?"
    That's how it's done, y'all.

    April 24, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  23. dfrenchie

    What a deception! For the last 30 years Woody Allen was my Idol! But , please Carla Bruni a muse! I just hope it's a joke.

    April 24, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Lola Jordan

    Match Point was a weak remake of is best film, Crimes and Misdemeanors and he is such a doddering old fool, he didn't even realize he has already done that film once before. The reason I watch his films is to see the sets of Santo Loquasto, the best in the business.

    April 24, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Lesley

    This man should of been in jail along time ago- marrying his adopted daughter. He is a sleaze and is NOT allowed on my TV- so goes for Jane Fonda- a traitor. Beware of who you support people-know the facts before you start whining later!

    April 24, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Kenzan Ogha

    Judy: If he was a pedophile he would be going after six or ten year olds. If he was a lover of teenagers, he would have dumped Soon-yi Previn a long time ago. Instead, he is still with Previn.

    April 24, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Carnac

    Soon Yi is hot. I'd have done the same as Woody.

    Their love has lasted the test of time by now. Those who sit in judgement on them are the real idiots.

    April 24, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
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    April 24, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  29. kiprob

    Whatever anyone says, he was around as a father figure, hes a sicko, pig, karma or not, he ruined their family, his movies suck to the general population, hes an ugly old man, hopefully he will rot in hell.

    April 24, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  30. Bart

    Who cares about Woody Allen he hasn't made a decent movie in nearly 20 years.

    April 24, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  31. observer

    I think the issue for most people is that Woody and Mia began dating when Soon Yi was 10 years old, so in many ways he was a surrogate father during the12 year relationship. No one knows how long Woody/Soon Yi were a couple in secret before the photos were found. Plus, how many parents would be happy that their 22 year old is in a relationship with a 56 year old man?

    April 24, 2010 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  32. InTheBubble

    Will Woody make Bruni get her face fixed first? Or did he hire her because of her new frozen, wide-eyed look?

    April 24, 2010 at 6:10 am | Report abuse |
  33. Nicole

    Woody Allen is a weird guy but he's a great director whether or not you like his style. He has a totally unique approach to filmmaking and just because his films are not like Avatar doesn't mean they are not worth seeing. I am sure this film will not be the new Annie Hall, but the man loves making movies and he does it well. He makes movies for himself, about himself and about his life! That is what is missing in filmmaking today. It's always about 'blockbusters' and which film has the biggest opening weekend, which I understand. Filmmaking is a business and the bottom line is incredibly important. But films with a soul are also equally important. Anyone who knows anything about films wont name Avatar as their favorite movie of all time, except for James Cameron of course. Those of us who go to movies seeking something other than mindless entertainment have so much appreciation for Allen because he's a throw back to the days when films meant something and changed people's lives in a tangible way. Manhattan changed the way I look at my life and I will love Woody (despite the fact that he gets a little up his own ass at times) until the day I die. So more power to you Mr. Allen, I hope this film is everything you want it to be, and if you are ever looking for a lowly PA call me.... really, im a film student and I need a job!!. I am sick of delivering pizzas!

    April 24, 2010 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
  34. Isla

    I love Woody Allen's films. He is an exceptional auteur! Who cares what he does with his personal life? Only those who are are holier than thou!

    April 24, 2010 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  35. Judy

    The man does not represent a mature adult. He is socially withdrawn and immature. He is also a pedophile. Those who raised him must have had problems also.

    April 24, 2010 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  36. Nancy

    I love Woody Allen's movies, he is a genius. I am also a great fan of Mia Farrow; however, I never believed her accusations of Woody being a pedophile with his own children. Always rang true of that old saying, no wrath like that of a woman scorned. Not that she didn't have a reason to be angry, just don't use your kids. No one mentioned Hannah and Her Sisters, one of his greatest films, also Annie Hall and Manhattan. Nothing better than a lazy Saturday afternoon at the movies with a box of popcorn and a Woody Allen film. I will agree though that most people either love him or hate him.

    April 24, 2010 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  37. RhoyaleGold

    I loved Melinda/Melinda, Vicky Christina Barcelona and Deconstructing Harry....I just wish he'd be more um....'diverse'. :/

    April 23, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  38. asv

    Bravo, Woody. Too subtle, too contemporary, to aesthetic for moronic americanos to appreciate. We love your work! ALL OF IT.

    April 23, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Brenda

    What Does Woody Allen Film making have to do with his personal life?

    April 23, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Jenn

    No one else said it, so I guess I have to: I liked his early, funnier films.

    Wasn't Bruni the cause of the Mick Jagger-Jerry Hall split?

    Also, does anyone know if Mia Farrow is with or is still with Phillip Roth? I remember hearing about this at some point, and I sure hope it isn't true. Claire Bloom reported a lot of emotional abuse during her time with him, as I recall.

    April 23, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  41. hms

    Allen was not married to Mia Farrow, so the girl, now his long-standing wife, was not his step-daughter. He did not have a physical or emotional relationship with her as a teenager OR a child. She was in her twenties.
    Mia had it coming to her. She was invited to stay with Andre and Dory Previn after Frank Sinatra dumped her. Dory invited her. She had an affair with Andre in their house, got pregnant with their twins and Dory was dumped by Andre. Dory had a nervous breakdown and had to be hospitalized. Did any of you even know this???? I LOVED what Allen did to Mia Farrow. Payback is a m......f.....

    April 23, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  42. jay

    It doesn't matter what you think of him (vegetarianism and painting are not bad just because Hitler was a vegetarian and mediocre painter). Woody is one of the best filmmakers of all time. His films are masterful; he's a genius. And that's a on a bad day. 🙂

    April 23, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Clae

    SBP – "Bullets over Broadway", "Manhattan Murder Mystery", "Melinda and Melinda", "Celebrity", "Match Point", "Mighty Aphrodite", "Husbands and Wives", "Vicki Christina" and "Deconstructing Harry" would be other directors MASTERPIECES.

    Sorry. 'Lousy'??! Methinks I smell a film snob.

    April 23, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Jazzman

    I'm certainly not a huge Woody fan sbp, but darn near ALL his films make money! Just check the filmography on wiki..low budget, relatively big return.

    April 23, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Pynchon

    Allen is genious. SBP, what are you talking about? Have you seen those movies? Match Point is a pasterpiece that no one would even guess was an Allen project (except for the fact that it is a serious version of his previous film Crimes and Misdemeanors). He is one of the few filmmakers who is still making quality films decades after getting his start. Scrosese wished he still made films this good. Yes, Allen has made horrible personal decisions, but who cares? I don't like the man; I like his films. Do we know the dark secrets of Howard or Coppolla (father or daughter)? No. Why would we, and why would we care? Go see his movies and enjoy. Hemingway and Picasso were also horrible men. I still enjoy their work.

    April 23, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Ernesto Bozzletalk

    I think my biggest problem with Woody would have to be the fact that he seemed so unable to share the "most favored" spot with Buzz Lightyear.

    But what do i know, i'm just a simple Space Ranger from the Universe Protection Unit.

    April 23, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  47. bio

    He was not married to Mia at any time.

    April 23, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  48. DJ

    because he slept with his underage step-daughter, divorced her mother and married her when she came of age. he competely destroyed her relationship with her mother (Mia Farrow) and for some unknown reason was never charged for his crime

    April 23, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • alumette

      Woody Allen was never married to Mia Farrow. They have a biological son together but they kept separate houses. Mia adopted a collection of orphans and Soon Yi became Woody's lover. She was in her teen as she saw her mother and Woody spend time together but also time individually. There was no marriage. He did not divorce anyone to marry Soon Yi. I think at some point Mia will get over it and understand what really went on. She was not there for him.

      September 18, 2010 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  49. jjdecor

    cause he had an affair with his STEP-DAUGHTER and then married her

    April 23, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  50. MARTA

    I loved "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" and "Match Point" (great story with a surprising ending)...

    Why do you all think he's so disgusting?

    April 23, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Ellen

    Since people are interested, let's get more details of the Sarkozy series: Sarkozy was first married and had two young sons. He cheated on his wife with Cecilia Ciganer who was at the time married to a friend of him and had two baby daughters. He married her. Later on, Cecilia ran away with the moroccan business man Richard Attias.
    He then slept with journalist Anne Fulda but convinced Cecilia to come back. They reunited for some time as elections were approaching. Then she left him again. This time he hooked up with Bruni . He apparently tried to get Cecilia back again and drop Bruni. Finally he married Bruni. Maybe the next Allen will be a vaudeville...
    His political skills have proven to be of the same kind.
    I am afraid he watched too often Dallas and other TV series...

    April 23, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  52. jjdecor

    W. Allen is a pervert/pedophile a disgusting creature and no one should watch any production of his, he makes me want to puke.

    April 23, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • alumette

      There is no question Woody Allen is a unique, creative and complex director. His movies are for the intellectuals and not the "soap opera" followers. What ever one's opinion about personal issues concerning him should not be confused with his talent and creativity. He will go in history as one if not the most talented director, ever.

      September 18, 2010 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  53. Dee Madison

    Woody Who?

    April 23, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Ellen

    Oh he's disgusting all right, but he's not a pedophile. I can not emphasize this enough though: Plenty disgusting. Plenty. Disgusting.

    April 23, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  55. carl

    woody allen is a disgusting pedophile.

    April 23, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • alumette

      The big issue with Mia farrow was that he fell in love with her adopted daughter. She was very young but hey! he married her. Some men are attracted to young people. Remember Jerry Lee Lewis? his wife was thirteen. That does not make them pedophiles. As I recall Woody Allen was never charged or convicted as such. Ms. Farrow was a scorn woman and she went overboard. I think she is over it now. She found other passions.

      September 17, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  56. easearle

    I want a muse...

    April 23, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  57. sbp

    Two decades of pretty lousy and wholly unprofitable movies, yet somehow he gets financing:

    Whatever Works (2009)
    Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
    Cassandra's Dream (2007)
    Scoop (2006)
    Match Point (2005)
    Melinda and Melinda (2004)
    Anything Else (2003)
    Hollywood Ending (2002)
    Sounds from a Town I Love (2001)
    The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001)
    Small Time Crooks (2000)
    Sweet and Lowdown (1999)
    Celebrity (1998)
    Deconstructing Harry (1997)
    Count Mercury Goes to the Suburbs (1997)
    Everyone Says I Love You (1996)
    Mighty Aphrodite (1995)
    Don't Drink the Water (1994)
    Bullets Over Broadway (1994)
    Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)
    Husbands and Wives (1992)
    Shadows and Fog (1991)
    Alice (1990)

    April 23, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Ernesto Bozzletalk

    I think Woody Allen should do less films about slapstick, existentialism, insight, vaudevillian and moroseness...and more films about unicorns.

    April 23, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  59. LEE

    My bad.

    April 23, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  60. John

    Hi Lee,
    I'm afraid you have it wrong: Cecilia Sarkozy left her husband for a French entrepreneur before Nicolas had ever met Carla (not that I particularly like the guy, but he was not the adulterer in this story)

    April 23, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  61. LEE

    If he is rich enough she might leave that ugly little President of France for him. He left his wife for her and Woody married his adopted daughter. These two could be each others muse.

    April 23, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • alumette

      Carla does not need any man's money. She is rich. She evidently likes small, wiry and charismatic men. Woody has a chance if she is getting tired of Sarkozy. We will see what transpires.

      September 17, 2010 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |

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