Revered film legend Robert De Niro has been setting Hollywood ablaze with his talent and charisma for the last half-century. Lucky for us, he shows no signs of stopping. It’s pretty safe to say that an essential piece of every cinephile’s collection must include that classic yellow poster of De Niro starring in the 1976 film, “Taxi Driver.” Which,...

Lillo Brancato Jr leans over the table at a beloved pizza joint in Yonkers and bows his shaved head slightly, pointing out a nasty scar behind his left ear on the back of his scalp. It’s about an inch and a half long and jagged; he got it when he jumped from a moving car almost 15 years ago, irrationally convinced his friends were out to get him as...

We’re going to ask you to don your thinking caps for a minute with this question: Name a better director/actor tandem in Hollywood history than Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese. Go on. We’ll wait. De Niro’s best movie roles almost completely overlap with Scorsese’s legendary films. You might be able to argue Quentin Tarantino and Samuel L. Jackso...

As several of the characters tell you several times, "This is a Bronx tale." It's also a bit of a West Side Story, with a toke of Jersey Boys, but that comes later. Whatever it is, it's at the Golden Gate Theatre through December 23. A Bronx Tale has been a "family" affair for decades. This musical adaptation is its next evolutionary step following...

Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 7PM EDT. The Metropolitan Club - 1 East 60th Street. New York City. American Academy in Rome Fall Gala. Honoring Robert De Niro, presented by Robert Storr. An evening celebrating the unique interdisciplinary collaboration in the arts and humanities that happens every day at the American Academy in Rome. Gala Co-Chairs:...

On September 29, 1993, the now-defunct Savoy Pictures distributed the coming-of-age crime drama A Bronx Tale, starring Robert De Niro and Chazz Palminteri. It was based on a one-man show Palminteri had started performing in Los Angeles in 1989, and then performed it Off-Broadway the same year. Palminteri ended up writing the screenplay and using it...

The North American tour of A Bronx Tale, directed by Robert De Niro and Jerry Zaks, has begun rehearsals ahead of performances set to begin in Rochester, New York, on October 14. The company features 10 alumni from the Broadway production. Heading the cast are Joe Barbara as Sonny, Richard H. Blake as Lorenzo, Joey Barreiro as Calogero, Michelle Ar...

Casting has been announced for the North American tour of A Bronx Tale, directed by Robert De Niro and Jerry Zaks. The company will feature 10 alumni from the Broadway production. Heading the cast are Joe Barbara as Sonny, Richard H. Blake as Lorenzo, Joey Barreiro as Calogero, Michelle Aravena as Rosina, Brianna-Marie Bell as Jane, Antonio Beverly...

There’s a very interesting book called “Flavor and Soul: Italian America at Its African American Edge”, which tells very well about an important aspect of the Italian American experience.  The relationship between the Italian Americans and the African Americans reveals more than one could think, about how the Italian Americans integrated into the A...

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...