TORONTO — Woody Allen loves shooting in Paris. But he doesn’t care for the gossip about one of his co-stars, France’s first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.

Allen said he was shocked at gossip column reports that Bruni-Sarkozy was a handful on the set of his romantic comedy “Midnight in Paris,” or that he hired another actress to reshoot her scenes and cut her from the film.

Reports that it took Bruni-Sarkozy 32 takes to shoot a scene were false, Allen said. “She was no problem at all,” said Allen, who shot “Midnight in Paris” over the summer, his first film made in France. “I was delighted with her.”

Allen said he did a typical eight or 10 takes with Bruni-Sarkozy, the same as the rest of the cast, which includes Adrien Brody, Kathy Bates, Owen Wilson, Marion Cotillard and Rachel McAdams. He said Bruni-Sarkozy was not replaced and that her scenes remain in the film.

“Everything she shot is in the picture. I love her. She’s great. It’s not a big part, but it’s a respectable part,” Allen said.

Bruni-Sarkozy plays a tour guide at the Rodin Museum in “Midnight in Paris,” which is expected in theaters next year.

Mayer goes silent – on Twitter


NEW YORK — John Mayer is losing friends – on the Internet, at least.

A spokeswoman for the pop singer says he has discontinued his Twitter account with his Battle Studies Tour “now at a close and a return to the studio planned.”

Mayer had more than 3.7 million followers on the social networking website. He used the account to invite University of South Carolina fans to see a free show in February before the start of the tour to promote his album “Battle Studies.”

An e-mailed statement says Mayer continues to communicate with fans through his blog.

Mayer’s hits include “Your Body is a Wonderland” and “Waiting on the World to Change.”

Bill Clinton, Jon Stewart to have words

NEW YORK — Comedy Central says former President Bill Clinton will visit “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” on Thursday.

He is expected to talk about the Clinton Global Initiative, which annually convenes world leaders to grapple with pressing global concerns. This year’s meeting is next week in New York.

The show airs Monday through Thursday at 11 p.m. Eastern time.

Oprah’s surprise – trip to Australia for 300

CHICAGO — On the premiere of the 25th – and final – season of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” that aired Monday, Oprah Winfrey told the 300 people in her studio audience that she was taking them all on a trip to Australia.

The audience shrieked when Winfrey made the announcement and actor John Travolta joined Winfrey on stage.

The show included a few surprise visitors, including actor Don Johnson and singer Paul Simon, who sang a song he wrote for the talk show host.