Rio de Janeiro dreams of (being) Hollywood

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Posted: Monday, September 30, 2013 12:00 am

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - For Mayor Eduardo Paes, it's not enough that Rio de Janeiro is both an Olympic and a World Cup host city. He's determined to turn Rio into a Woody Allen city, too, and 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.

Allen hasn't taken Paes up on his offer, but the mayor continues to lobby hard. Scoring a film by the legendary director would help cement Paes' vision for the city: to turn Rio into a cinema hub, the Los Angeles of South America.

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