Midnight in Paris is a lighthearted romantic comedy with bits of information about art history thrown in. Gil is a screenwriter who takes a trip to Paris with his fiance Inez. The story unfolds as Gil questions his relationship with Inez and his career as a screenwriter. One evening after they have been out to dinner, Gil decides to take a walk around the city. Time passes and soon Gil finds himself sitting on a stoop while somewhere in the distance a clock strikes midnight. As the midnight hour chimes, an old fashioned car pulls up with a group of happy people inside who beckon to Gil join them.
The people in the car are all dressed in styles from the 1920's and are on their way to a party. At the party, Gil discovers the people he is surrounded by are actually very famous. He becomes friends with Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald and meets Cole Porter and Josephine Baker. Gil can't believe what is happening. Through some strange occurrence he has landed in the 1920's and is hobnobbing with people he has greatly admired. The true icing on the cake is when Gil meets Ernest Hemingway, a man who quickly befriends him.
As the midnight hours slowly turn back into day, Gil finds himself back in his original time. He goes back to the hotel, where he puts off spending time with his fiance in favor of roaming the streets of Paris at night to recapture the alteration in time. He succeeds in finding the same stoop at midnight and is once again transported to the 1920's. Gil meets a young Pablo Picasso who has a mistress named Adriana. Adriana is a free-spirited soul who captures Gil's heart. The two spend many nights sharing the sights and sounds of Paris in the twenties.
While Gil is in the alternate time, he gives a copy of his manuscript to Ernest Hemingway to read. He also confides in Adriana about his time traveling ability. Adriana has a desire of her own, which is to travel back to an even earlier time when she believes Paris was at its best.
After a long career in movies, writer and director Woody Allen is turning his eye to television. Amazon has confirmed that Allen will be creating his first TV show ever for their Amazon Prime streaming service. When it releases, the show will be available for viewing in the United States, the U.K. and Germany. The platform makes the project an even bigger leap for Allen: not only is he switching over from movies to TV, but he's also moving into the wild frontier of streaming video.
Looks like someone isn't afraid of some controversy. Emma Stone is lined up to star in Woody Allen's next film, according to Variety. The movie is untitled as of yet, and the plot is completely under wraps, but Joaquin Phoenix is reportedly also set to star. The project will actually be the second one that Stone and Allen collaborate on together: Stone recently finished filming for Allen's "Magic in the Moonlight," which will hit theaters in the coming months. That shows that Allen enjoys working with Stone, but it also shows that Stone isn't afraid of the potential controversy involved with being in a Woody Allen movie.
Last year was a good one for Woody Allen: after a string of less-than-successful films, his comedy "Midnight in Paris" became his highest-grossing movie ever with $148 million domestic. Oh, and he won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, so that was pretty good too. Now it's time for Allen to follow up on "Midnight in Paris," and he'll do so with "To Rome With Love." The new romantic comedy was formerly titled "Nero Fiddled," so that might give a better idea of the interpersonal drama that could come up in the film than the current title does.