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


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.