Debi Mazar and her brood spend at least a month in Tuscany each year, but if the "Younger" actress had her way, the region would be a far more permanent fixture in her life. "If I didn't have children in American schools, I would leave tomorrow," the New Yorker says.   While the charms of the Italian region are obvious, it's more person...

The Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition ("IAOVC") has denounced A&E's latest and most disgraceful "reality" series to date: "The Godfather of Pittsburgh," and called on the show's sponsors to cease and desist their sponsorship.   Dr. Manny Alfano, President and Founder of IAOVC stated emphatically: "This show is a disgrace and insult to...

Emerging Italian production players Wildside and Indiana have joined forces to form Inside, a new outfit dedicated to luring foreign productions to Italy where a flurry of international shoots is starting to flock, including MGM's "Ben Hur" and upcoming James Bond pic "Spectre."   The new company, a first for Italy, is being conceived as a "...

by Paula Mitchell   The TV cameras were rolling while the pots and pans were clinking in the kitchen. Meanwhile, a whole lot of stomachs were growling for grub outside on the patio at Cucina restaurant in Woodstock. The dining spot, known as the gateway to the world-famous town, served as the set for RAI-Italian TV, or Radiotelevis...

by Dr. Emanuele A. Alfano   The history of anti-Italian American bias manifests a blatant bigotry for the past 100 years. Long before the entertainment media chose Italian Americans as whipping boys the American press maligned them in news reports, columns and in cartoons. With the advent of movies, radio and TV programming the incidence of...

by Jay Bobbin   Robert Davi got his professional start opposite Frank Sinatra, who's about to be saluted by him on Independence Day. Known for tough-guy roles, the actor-singer who was James Bond's enemy Sanchez in "Licence to Kill" and FBI man Bailey Malone on the NBC series "Profiler" has opened a new chapter of his career by renderin...

Con l'arrivo del sistema digitale i canali Rai si sono moltiplicati, e Rai International ha cambiato nome prendendo quello di Rai Italia. Ebbene, questa emittente non sembra suscitare troppo interesse tra il pubblico italoamericano negli Usa. Gli abbonamenti al canale internazionale della tv di Stato là sono crollati: solo pochi anni fa erano quasi...

by Mauro Battocchi   It's a rich season for documentary exploration of the Italian American experience. Fresh on the heels of Finding the Mother Lode: Italian Immigrants in California, which premiered on KVIE (PBS Sacramento) on Wednesday, December 24 at 7:00 pm and will be re-broadcast on KVIE 2 on December 25 at 7:30, we are also lucky to...

by David Bauder   Cooking for family is fun for actress Valerie Bertinelli. Cooking for Betty White was intimidating. For the debut of "Valerie's Home Cooking," her new Food Network show premiering Saturday (12 p.m. EDT), Bertinelli invited co-stars White, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick from the now-defunct TV Land sitcom "Hot in Clevela...

Who would you want to star in the movie of your life? That's a question single mom Joy Mangano never thought she'd be asked. But when Jennifer Lawrence was tapped to play her in the new film Joy, she couldn't have been more pleased.   It's the perfect meeting of superpowers: shopping-TV's star moneymaker (Joy can clean up $1 million an hour...