The Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition (“ONE VOICE”), a nationwide coalition of anti-bias activists, is vehemently opposed to a casting call for perpetuating a negative stereotype of Israelis and Italians.  The casting call, posted on castingnetworks.com, states “Looking for Israelis and Italian Actors that are not ashamed to admit they can be an...

His many famous characters — a gruff New York City taxi dispatcher, a nemesis of Batman, a twisted father from Philadelphia — don’t explicitly exude a quintessential New Jersey attitude. But Danny DeVito claims there’s “a bit of Jersey” in all of his roles. “You can even find Jersey in Oswald Cobblepot,” he said, referring to the villain who become...

Laura Vitale is not only a beautiful an charming cooking show host of the Cooking Channel fan-favorite Simply Laura. While she knows her way around Italian food, but she also loves to make traditional dishes a bit healthier while not sacrificing any flavor. It makes sense that Laura Vitale is all about Italian cuisine as she was born in Naples.  Wh...

Steve Schirripa said that landing the role as Bobby Baccalieri on “The Sopranos” was like “hitting the lottery — twice.” Over the past few years, the actor, who was born in Brooklyn and grew up on welfare, has gone from wiseguy to good guy as a regular on the popular CBS series “Blue Bloods,” in which he plays an investigator for a district attorne...

I’m thinking Sicily right now. Of course it has to do with all the wonderful food and my family heritage but also about independent filmmaker Mark Spano, writer, producer, and director of "Sicily: Land of Love and Strife." He will be in Kansas City this week for the U.S. premiere of his feature-length documentary at the Screenland Armour Theatre. T...

The global rise of Italian TV series is now in full swing, riding the wake of hits such as “Gomorrah,” “The Young Pope” and “Medici: Masters of Florence.” A wave of new high-end shows that mine iconic aspects of Italy’s past and present, but also venture into the supernatural and tap into the vibrant reinvention of classic genres — such as spaghett...

In an era when long-distance communication was achieved by sending signals over telegraph wires, Italian electrical engineer Guglielmo Marconi was one of a handful of researchers who suspected invisible radio waves might offer a better solution. Despite failing his college entrance exams, Marconi (1874–1937) went on to conduct some of the most impo...

Joe Paterno was the winningest coach in NCAA football history, with a 61-year career at Penn State. It all came tumbling down in 2011 when his former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky, was charged with 52 counts of sexual molestation of minors. Paterno inevitably became part of the story as the media and other investigators pushed to find out if he a...

Italy on Wednesday bade farewell to the late and much-loved TV presenter Fabrizio Frizzi, who died three days ago. Frizzi's funeral took place at the Chiesa degli Artisti (Church of the Artists) in Rome's Piazza del Popolo. Thousands of people crowded the square and gave his coffin a long and loud round of applause as it went into the church. The p...

Edie Falco has revealed her excitement for David Chase’s upcoming movie prequel to The Sopranos, calling the screenwriter and director “one of the best storytellers and directors that there is.” The beloved actress, who won three Lead Actress Emmys for her portrayal as Carmela Soprano in the hit HBO show, made this admission to me on Thursday over...