by George De Stefano   Dominic Chianese is not a name most people would associate with New York's '60s folk music scene. But Chianese, the actor best known for playing the bitter and conniving Uncle Junior on The Sopranos, was a stalwart of that scene, as a performer and as the MC at Gerde's Folk City, the legendary Greenwich Village restaur...

What started as an Italian American woman spending Christmas gatherings learning about Italian history may just evolve into helping others learn about various cultures on television through puppets.   Madison resident Kate West, using a puppet called La Befana, hopes to share Italian culture and other traditions with wider audiences through...

Paolo Sorrentino's 2013 film, "The Great Beauty," which captured an Oscar for best foreign-language film, was a love letter to Rome, city of saints and sinners, in all its gorgeous entropy. For his latest endeavor, he set his sights on its most intriguing inner sanctum — the Vatican — and claimed an even bigger canvas: a 10-hour television series i...

Two Italian favorites are teaming up as Top Chef fan-favorite Fabio Viviani joins Columbus Foods for its "Meat Up" food truck tour, inviting Americans to explore the simple Italian goodness of premium salumi and deli meats.   They're hitting the road this April and May, spending a week each in Scottsdale, Salt Lake, Boston, New York Metro an...

By Tad Friend "If you don't mind smoke, you can sit here," Paolo Sorrentino said, indicating the seat beside him. "If you do"—he pointed to a distant couch. Sorrentino, the Italian writer-director of the new HBO series "The Young Pope," was ashing his Toscanello cigar out a window in the living room of his pied-à-terre, sixty-eight floors above Ma...

The Italian mafia has been a prominent them in the media for centuries. The portrayal of mobsters and the mafia in the U.S.'s motion picture industry has created a stereotype for Italians that is very well accepted in the American culture. In this paper I will discuss various films and TV that address the topic of the Italian mafia and the way in w...

Un coast to coast da Ny a San Francisco e un confronto generazionale tra beatnik e nativi digitali. E' "Go! L'America tra la beat e la byte generation", in onda da oggi martedì 14 gennaio su Raitre alle 01.05.   Sei puntate racconteranno il viaggio nel continente dei grandi miti e del sogno americano, dove Alice Lizza scoprirà on the road il...

Reelz Channel's newest reality show, "The Capones," opens with Romeoville resident Lou Fratto boasting about his family's ties to notorious mobsters.   Fratto, whose toupee, mustache and sunglasses make him look like he's in the World's Worst Witness Protection Program, introduces viewers to the star of the show: his nephew, Dominic Capone....

È stata assegnata alle Commissioni riunite Affari esteri e Cultura la proposta di legge dell'on. Fucsia Nissoli (Pi) "Princìpi generali concernenti l'informazione italiana per l'estero e gli obblighi della società concessionaria del servizio pubblico radiotelevisivo in materia di produzione e trasmissione di programmi realizzati presso le comunità...

In 85 emotional, jam-packed minutes tonight, stage and film actor Chazz Palminteri will play 18 characters nonstop in his one-man show "A Bronx Tale." It's a powerful tour de force that's mesmerized audiences previously in Las Vegas at the Mirage and the Venetian.   Now it's at the prestigious Reynolds Hall in the Smith Center for the Perfor...