Woody Allen brings wife Soon-Yi Previn as his date to the April 13 premiere of his latest film, To Rome With Love. "The spirit of London or Barcelona or Paris or Rome is very similar to that of New York," Allen told reporters earlier. "There are cosmetic differences, of course, but the spirit is similar, so it’s not so hard to find stories. I would have a hard time finding stories if I was asked to make a film in a rural setting or in the desert. But not in big cities."
In the star-studded To Rome With Love (see the full trailer here), Jesse Eisenbergplays friend to Alec Baldwin and boyfriend to Greta Gerwig, who invites her best friend (Ellen Page) to visit their Rome apartment after breaking up with her boyfriend. The Oscar-nominated star of The Social Network is busy, busy: his other new film, the comedy Free Samples, makes its debut April 20 at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Penelope Cruz, who previously stole scenes in Woody Allen's Vicky Christina Barcelona, plays a prostitute caught in a misunderstanding in To Rome With Love, slated for release June 22. The comic follow-up to the box-office hit Midnight in Paris also co-stars Roberto Benigni as a man mistaken for a movie star and beleaguered by the press. Allen also appears in the film, as the husband of an jaded Judy Davis, with the couple traveling to Rome to meet their daughter's fiance.
Woody Allen and Soon-Yi Previn
Woody Allen strikes a pose with wife Soon-Yi Previn. The director's star-studded To Rome With Love is his seventh in seven years set in a major European city, following productions in London, Barcelona and Paris.His 2011 critical and commercial smash, Midnight in Paris, made $148 million worldwide.
Jesse Eisenberg poses solo in a sharp Italian-made Dolce & Gabbana suit. To Rome With Love marks the actor's first time working with Woody Allen; besides The Social Network, for which he was nominated for a best-actor Oscar, his film credits include Adventureland, Zombieland and The Education of Charlie Banks.
Roberto Benigni mugs for the camera. An Oscar winner for 1997's Life Is Beautiful, the Italian actor is known for his ebullience and joie de vivre. In To Rome With Love, he portrays a man mistaken for a movie star and hounded by media.
Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Thomas
Alec Baldwin gazes lovingly at his fiancee, 28-year-old yoga instructor Hilaria Thomas, at the April 13 premiere of To Rome With Love. The actor, 54, proposed earlier this month in Long Island.
The 'To Rome With Love' Cast
Alec Baldwin, Woody Allen, Penelope Cruz, Roberto Benigni and Jesse Eisenberg get in for a group shot at the Rome premiere of To Rome With Love, hitting theaters June 22. The comedy, infused with Allen-branded urbane humor and sexual politics, drew mixed reviews from Italian viewers who thought the director-actor presented a superficial view of the city. Allen's response: "I give you my own interpretation of Rome in the film, and I don’t pretend to have any insights about the culture or the politics. We set out to make a film set in Rome that's entertaining to watch, and that’s what we did."
Penelope Cruz dazzles in a lace Dolce & Gabbana gown and glamorous updo. "He’s wonderful, unique, a genius, and he always leaves me wanting more, since unfortunately I was on the set for To Rome With Love and Vicky Cristina Barcelona only for three or three and a half weeks each," the actress said of working with Woody Allen.
The 'To Rome With Love' Cast Strikes Another Pose
At a press conference for To Rome With Love, director Woody Allen silenced rumors that his next film would be set in Copenhagen. "I don’t know where that came from, but I assure you: I have not spoken to anyone in Copenhagen, I don’t know anyone in Copenhagen, and I have no plans to make a film in Copenhagen," he said, noting his forthcoming movie will be filmed in San Francisco and his native New York City.