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February 2, 2009 5:19 AM
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Sony Classics Takes Allen's "Whatever Works" for U.S.

U.S. rights to Woody Allen's "Whatever Works" have been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics from Paris-based sales outfit Wild Bunch. The film is Allen's first shot in New York since 2004. The new comedy stars Ed Begley, Jr. ("Pineapple Express"), Patricia Clarkson ("Vicky Christina Bercelona"), Larry David ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") and Evan Rachel Wood ("The Wrestler). The company is planning a Summer 2009 release.

The last Woody Allen film we released was 'Sweet and Lowdown,'" said SPC in a joint statement. "We are so pleased to be together again with him and his producer Letty Aronson. 'Whatever Works' is a very funny movie and it is great to see the guy back in New York. It is our privilege and pleasure to present his new film to the American public."

The film reteams the distributor with Woody Allen for the second time after 1999’s "Sweet and Lowdown," which earned two Academy Awards nominations for Best Actor (Sean Penn) and Best Supporting Actress (Samantha Morton). "Whatever Works" is written and directed by Woody Allen and produced by Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum. The cinematographer is Harris Savides, the production designer is Santo Loquasto, the editor is Alisa Lepselter, and the costume designer is Suzy Benzinger.

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