Allen to Tribeca: Oh well, 'Whatever'


Hometown boy Woody Allen will unveil his newest film, "Whatever Works," at New York's Tribeca Film Festival, where it will serve as the April 22 opening-night attraction.

After forays to London to film "Match Point," "Scoop" and "Cassandra's Dream" and to Spain for "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," Allen returned to Manhattan to shoot "Whatever," the first movie he has shot in the U.S. in four years.

Since he debuted "Match Point" and "Vicki" in Cannes and officially bowed "Dream" in Venice, Allen brought the homecoming full circle by choosing Tribeca to launch "Whatever."

The comedy stars the May-December pairing of Evan Rachel Wood and Larry David along with Patricia Clarkson and Ed Begley Jr. Sony Pictures Classics plans a domestic release in the summer.

"I fell in love with New York through Woody Allen's movies, and I am excited we are opening this year's festival with Sony Pictures Classics for the world premiere of Woody's 'Whatever Works,' " Tribeca's co-founder Jane Rosenthal said. " 'Whatever Works' is a uniquely funny addition to his body of work."

Allen called debuting the movie in Manhattan "a lovely idea … showing my film in a film festival in my own city. It's very exciting."

The fest, which runs through May 3, will announce its full slate March 9 and 11.