Legendary director, producer writer and sometimes actor Martin Scorsese turns 75 today. He began making films as a 17 year old in 1959 and directed his first feature, Who's That Knocking at My Door, in 1967. Since then he's made over 30 feature films including Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Departed, Gangs of New York and The King of Comedy. It's be...

Anna Magnani was the anti-diva par excellence, the female icon of the neorealism. Among the few Italian personalities that achieved a star on the Walk of Fame of Hollywood, Anna Magnani represented the ideal of an extraordinary woman always balancing a surly power and a research of tenderness.

The Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis / St. Paul is proud to announce the 10 year anniversary of the Italian Film Festival of Minneapolis / St. Paul (IFF). To commemorate a decade of contemporary Italian cinema in the Twin Cities, the IFF will offer two award opportunities for the best short films made by emerging filmmakers living in Italy an...

Monica Bellucci has teased she may be starring in 'Bond 25'. The 53-year-old actress portrayed Bond girl Lucia Sciarra opposite Daniel Craig in 'Spectre' back in 2015, and recently Craig admitted he would love to see her reprise the role in his final outing as 007. Now, Bellucci has teased she cannot "say anything" about whether she will be back in...

The quintessential Lower East Side intersection is temporarily masquerading as Little Italy. You may have noticed that the Tictail boutique is brandishing imposter signage and faux exterior as Umberto’s Clam House (circa 1970s). Or the E. Rossi Italy Music & Book Co. sign affixed 91 Orchard Street. The transformation, we’re told, is part of set dre...

The Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles announces the Second Annual World Week of Italian Cuisine (November 13-19), an initiative of the Italian Government to support abroad the quality Italian cuisine of the Mediterranean Diet, highlighting sustainability, food security, education, biodiversity. Coordinated by the Consulate, the LA program i...

A Bensonhurst actor got a big break with legendary director Martin Scorsese’s latest film “The Irishman.” Dominick LaRuffa Jr., who has loved to act since he was a child, landed his biggest role yet in the Netflix exclusive movie “The Irishman,” a film that reunites award-winning actors Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. Getting the role was a difficult...

The 2017 edition of New Italian Cinema continues Thurs.-Sun., Nov. 9-12, at San Francisco's Vogue Theatre. The film culture that pioneered what we now call art-house films – Mastroianni, Loren, Fellini, Antonioni, De Sica, Gerini – returns with compelling dramas presented by a new generation of actors and filmmakers. "Indivisible" (2016) In Edoardo...

We’ve just left behind this year’s celebrations - and controversies - of the Italian Heritage Month and only started thinking about our Thanksgiving menu, when Italy takes flamboyantly center stage again. November happens to be the chosen month to bring to the fore two incredibly important realities of Italian culture and creativity, food and cinem...

“My beau is terribly ill and sometimes, as now, in the hospital. He has very wonderful care and I try not to stand around wringing my hands, but I am worried all the time and pretending to be cheery all the time, which is more exhausting mentally, physically and emotionally than any work I’ve ever done.” It’s been almost 40 years since Meryl Streep...