Brazil

Rio de Janeiro Mayor Trying to Get Woody Allen to Shoot a Film There

Has even offered to underwrite 100 percent of the cost, apparently having learned nothing from this summer's protests

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For Mayor Eduardo Paes, it's not enough that Rio de Janeiro is both an Olympic and a World Cup host city. He wants Hollywood and is determined to turn Rio into a Woody Allen city, too.

Paes has gone to extraordinary lengths to persuade the director to shoot a movie here, meeting with Allen's sister, dispatching him handwritten notes and even pledging to underwrite 100 percent of production costs.