Cinematical has just learned that Woody Allen's Whatever Works will open the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, marking Allen's return to New York (and New York filmmaking) since shooting his last few films in Europe (he last shot in NY back in 2004). On debuting his new movie in NYC, the always-brief Allen said, "A lovely idea of showing my film in a film festival in my own city. It's very exciting." The film will premiere on April 22, and the festival will run through May 3.

Though there's no firm synopsis for Whatever Works yet (other than the fact that it's being pegged as a "blackish comedy"), though we do know that it stars Larry David, Evan Rachel Wood, Patricia Clarkson and Ed Begley Jr. As a big fan of all those involved, I'm itching to see how Larry David delivers Woody Allen dialogue. I can either see them knocking one way out of the ball park or striking out miserably -- there's no way this one will settle somewhere in the middle. And knowing Rachel Wood (and Allen), I'm sure she'll be sexing it up in some way, shape or form. The Sony Pictures Classics film will be released later this summer.

Cinematical will once again provide extensive coverage of this year's Tribeca Film Festival where we'll have a review of Whatever Works to coincide with its premiere. Stay tuned ...