Louis Francis Cristillo, Lou Costello-1906-1959. Born Louis Francis Cristillo in Paterson, New Jersey to Calabrian Native, Sebastian Cristillo, and his wife Helen, Louis is best remembered for his partnership with Bud Abbott. The two made up the comedy team Abbott and Costello. At their peak, the two were possibly the two most quoted men in America...

Renowned Italian-American director, screenwriter, and producer Martin Scorsese is one of the biggest names in filmmaking history. From classics like Goodfellas (1990) to his most recent The Irishman (2019), Scorsese has the ability to keep an audience captivated. So we are more than thrilled to hear that he will be releasing a new short film he cre...

The first movie première that I ever attended was the one for Martin Scorsese’s “Raging Bull,” at the Ziegfeld, in the fall of 1980, thanks to a friend with connections. I was a recent college graduate on my first job (in commercials) and a Scorsese-phile on the basis of the three films of his that I’d seen: “Mean Streets,” “Taxi Driver,” and, abov...

The Venice Film Festival will go ahead as scheduled at the beginning of September, Luca Zaia, the governor of the region around the Italian city said on Sunday as the spread of the new coronavirus in the country slows. Organized by the Biennale di Venezia company, Venice is the world's longest running film festival. In January it announced that Cat...

A Live Online Webinar in conjunction with the 2020 publication of Wiley Blackwell's A Companion to Federico Fellini. Thurs, May 28, 2020 at 6:00 pm PDT. REGISTER HERE. Registration required. The session will be recorded and attendees’ mic and camera will not be activated On the occasion of the celebrations for the Federico Fellini Centennial, Aless...

An unfamiliar new contraption has risen in the parking lot of Vespa Italian Chophouse in Northport: A giant wooden panel mounted about 10 feet off the ground and painted white. On Thursday night, after the sun goes down, the opening scene of the 1995 film "Jumanji" will start flickering on its face as carloads of people watch, eating pizza and popc...

Frank Capra, born on May 18, 1897, was an Italian American film director, producer and writer who became the creative force behind some of the major award-winning films of the 1930’s and 1940’s. Born in Bisacquino, Italy and raised in Los Angeles from the age of five, his rags-to-riches story has led film historians such as Ian Freer to consider hi...

A reboot of the gangster classic Scarface is set to be directed by Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino.  Deadline reports that Guadagnino - who was nominated for a Best Director Oscar for Call Me By Your Name - has been picked by Universal Pictures to helm the project.  However, there is no official word yet on while be playing the role of Tony Monta...

As we approached spring break, things started to change rapidly. In a week we were told that the University would close and we needed to teach remotely. Besides my own anxiety towards something I had never done before, the most important question for me was: how was I going to keep students interested and motivated when their lives were changing so...

Fans of Nicolas Cage know how weird and wild he is. And, while he’s best-known for his outlandish roles, he’s also known for doing a lot of bad movies. The reason why he’s done so many bad movies is because he was broke. And, like many celebrities, he became broke in part because he spent too much money. In Cage’s case, a lot of his money went i...