Woody's latest scoring big

DreamWorks’ “Match Point” preem Thursday was a classy, low-key event, held at LACMA’s Bing Theater, followed by cocktails and dinner on the museum patio.

Pic was filmed in London, as is helmer’s next film, but Allen said he’d be returning to Gotham soon enough. “I’m a creature of habit, and I don’t like my disgusting little habits to be too far from me,” he said.

Earlier in the evening, Allen and cast members Scarlett Johansson, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Emily Mortimer, Matthew Goode and Brian Cox took part in Variety‘s Screening Series at the ArcLight, where Allen explained his new penchant for Blighty.

“I wrote it for New York, but I got the money from London,” he said. “It was an offer I couldn’t refuse.”

“Most films have a problem getting funding, especially if it’s one of mine. I have a long record of not breaking even and I’m unrealistically demanding,” he said. “London’s great. I’ll always make films there as long as they continue to back them.”

Allen also chatted about the importance of luck during the filming, both in the themes of the film and behind the camera.

“The picture was characterized by good luck,” said Allen. “When I needed Scarlett, she was there. When I needed Jonathan, he was there. When I needed Emily, she was there. I couldn’t screw this picture up no matter how hard I tried.”

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