The city council in Federico Fellini's hometown of Rimini has approved the first of four stages planned for the realization of the Fellini Museum, which is due to open in 2020. Referred to as the “Fellini Experience”, the museum will offer fans and cinema aficionados a place to experience the work of the Italian cinema master of cinema in all its f...

Tuesday September 17 Happy Hour: 6:30 - 7:30 pm; Film Screening: 7:30 pm. Sponsored by the Italian Charities of America. 83-20 Queens Boulevard, Elmhurst, NY. Admission: free; open to the public. Contact: Marialena Giampino 718-478-3100 italiancharitiesofamerica@gmail.com www.italiancharities.org Come network and mingle, meet colleagues and friends...

After living and studying in Italy, Joyce Mariani, director of the Italian Film Festival, arrived in Cleveland on a mission to introduce award-winning Italian films to Northeast Ohio. Something she thought was lacking here unlike in other large cities. “After living in Italy and coming to Cleveland, I questioned why all the major cities in the U.S....

Bodybuilder, former Mr. Olympia and actor Franco Columbu, one of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s closest friends, has died, TMZ.com and the New York Daily News reported. He was 78, the Daily News said. Columbu died while swimming off the cost of his native Sardinia, according to reports in Italian media, the paper said. "I love you Franco,” Schwarzenegger...

Join us for a lecture series presented by Joseph Spedaliere: The Cinematic Art of Giuseppe Tornatore's "Cinema Paradiso". Westchester Italian Cultural Center, One Generoso Pope Place, Tuckahoe, NY 10707. Part I: Thursday, September 5th at 7:00 PM. Part II: Thursday, September 26th at 7:00 PM. Members $20 Non-Members $25. SPECIAL PROMOTION: SAVE $10...

The revered and influential costume designer Piero Tosi, who died this month at the age of 92, was an alchemical genius whose fetishistic attention to period detail was matched by the perfectionism of the great directors with whom he collaborated—Visconti, Pasolini, Zeffirelli, and De Sica among them. “A giant has left us,” says Tony Award–winning...

You’d hope we wouldn’t have to rely too much on individual Oscar winners to combat an international ecological catastrophe, but the world being what it is, hats off to Leonardo DiCaprio for getting in there. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star is sending $5 million in donations to aid groups responding to the...

Earlier this summer, the comic Sebastian Maniscalco received a note from his father that expressed pride in his son’s achievements but also encouraged him to double down on writing more jokes. “I appreciated the letter,” Maniscalco said with a sigh, sitting in a small, empty room at the Comedy Store. “But I’m 46 and he’s stillon me. I called my sis...

John Fusco says you know it when you’ve made it. He ought to know. Fusco spent about an hour last week on his 200-acre farmstead off Stagecoach Road in Stowe unspooling the story of his life, from a rebellious teenager with a fierce love for his father’s forbidden Hammond T-200 organ to his current eagle-eyed focus on the X-Road Riders, the band he...

“My grandfather had a dream: becoming successful in America. I am part of that dream, and I am part of Giovinazzo, where my father, my grandfather and my grandmother were born.” These aren’t the words of any Italian-American, one that comes back to the motherland during the Summer to find a bit of him or herself and visit what is left of the family...