Joe Pesci–whether he likes it or not–will always be known for his darkly funny (like a clown?) onscreen persona. His signature black humor, which is always cut with insecurity and rage, earned him an Oscar in 1991, and has made him a cornerstone of American cinema. This year, the actor was convinced to return from his decades-long retirement to sta...

In Martin Scorsese’s latest mafia movie, "The Irishman," loosely based on a true story, there's a whole host of fascinating, dramatic characters. Of course, there's the titular "Irishman," Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) a mob hitman, and the man he took credit for killing: Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino), the mafia associate and union leader whose mysterio...

I had answered a request in the summer of 2017 for “Italian-American extras” for Martin Scorsese’s Netflix production of The Irishman, a film based on the biography of Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran’s I Heard You Paint Houses, written by Charles Brandt. My interest in the book and film centered on the accounts of Teamster president Jimmy Hoffa’s murd...

“We got together early on,” Al Pacino said, gesturing at Robert De Niro. “And we shared something, which was a big thing at the time.” The two men were sitting in a hotel suite in New York, trying to sum up 50 years of friendship and the weird, singular bond that comes from being two of the most heralded actors of their generation. The balcony door...

The gang was all there at the New York Film Festival’s press screening for Martin Scorsese’s late-phase masterpiece The Irishman back in September: Marty himself, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and in one of an increasingly scarce number of public appearances, Joe Pesci. Resplendent in Marcello Mastroianni shades he refused to take off for the duration...

After years of so-called development hell, Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman is finally here. It’s a landmark moment, not just for the director or lead actors Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci, all icons of American cinema, but for Netflix and streaming platforms in general. Early reviews are heralding The Irishman as Scorsese’s best movie sinc...

Having appeared for the first time in 1881 in the 'Giornale per i Bambini' ('Newspaper for Children'), the most beloved wooden puppet of all time Pinocchio continues to charm the young and the old alike. The adventures of the puppet whose nose lengthens whenever he tells a lie is likely to be one of the 'stars' of the Christmas 2019 season, with th...

Il Cinema Ritrovato on Tour returns to Detroit! Join us on November 29-December 1, 2019 at the Detroit Film Theatre.  Each summer, the Cineteca di Bologna, one of the most renowned centers for film restoration, presents a film festival featuring an array of cinematic gems: newly restored classics enjoying their second life, rarities from world film...

"Quentin loves to immerse everyone into the time frame of the picture," says production designer Barbara Ling, who helped create Tarantino’s 1969-set Hollywood story with as much authenticity as possible. For the scenes in Westwood Village, "a key area in 1969 for anyone living from Hollywood to the beach," the team replaced the Fox Theatre marquee...

Just like the Oscars, the gala held Thursday night at Rome’s music auditorium included a red carpet complete with a noisy cluster of paparazzi snapping pouting actors. Most people, however, would have struggled to put a name to the faces. Their voices, though, are as familiar to Italian audiences as those of Jennifer Lawrence, Bruce Willis and Ange...