I've never been here. This is not a representation of my character,” says Alessandro Nivola, sliding into the broad, beige-y booth of a Park Avenue joint with a decidedly ladies-who-lunch vibe one recent Sunday morning in New York. The lighting is flattering. The prices alarm. The waitstaff scurry about as if catering to nobility. “I’ve got some ph...

Italian director Paolo Sorrentino has profiled some powerful figures over the years, from real-life Italian premiers to fictional popes, as well as his adopted Rome in the Oscar-winner “The Great Beauty.” But in his newest release, Sorrentino turns the camera on his own personal tragedy. Sorrentino’s autobiographical “The Hand of God,” which premie...

The 78th Venice Film Festival opened on Wednesday with the world premiere of Pedro Almodóvar’s “Parallel Mothers,” starring Penélope Cruz and Milena Smit, who strutted down the walled-in red carpet alongside other top talent, and Italy’s president, Sergio Mattarella. Venice has been forced to place a wall-like outer barrier shielding the long catwa...

Nicknamed “Sly” and “The Italian Stallion,” Sylvester Stallone is the greatest Italian American action film star of all time. In addition to being a talented actor, he is also a phenomenal screenwriter and director. Stallone was born on July 6, 1946 in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan. His childhood was not easy. His parents argued cons...

It is so blazing hot in Italy this August — an anticyclone dubbed Lucifer swept across the country — that you want to lie forever on the magic, wild beaches of Maratea, the so-called “Pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea.” In this place, nature is a powerful force. The light is clear, and the breathtaking rocky canyons are full of cooling, sparkling waterfa...

Sylvester Stallone became a superstar after writing and starring in Rocky, a story about a poor Italian-American boxer who gets a shot at becoming world heavyweight champion. The movie, which was released in 1976, catapulted Stallone to stardom and opened the door for his career as an action movie star.  Even though Rocky had a small budget and...

Present-day Italy through the voices and stories of protagonists of the contemporary Italian cultural scene, including literature, art, music, cinema, theatre, archaeology, fashion and business. This is the aim of Ritratti di Donne (Portraits of women), a gallery of ten short videos that illustrate the success and great personality of Italian women...

Parts of Western New York have transformed into movie sets as crews filming "Cabrini" take up residence at almost three dozen locations. Tuesday they were at the American Red Cross on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo. "37 locations in about 45 days," said Justin Hank, locations manager for the film. "Shooting in and around Buffalo and in and around the c...

There are several reasons why the 1920-1960 period is widely considered the golden age of Hollywood. The transformation that American cinema went through in those years set the foundation for the industry as we know it today. The ‘Big Five’ and the ‘Little Three’ studios integrated the whole process of movie-making, promotion, and distribution in t...

Shia LaBeouf is looking to make a comeback after the recent troubles that he’s found himself in. Director Abel Ferrara has revealed that LaBeouf is set to take on the lead role in his next movie. The story of that film centers on the younger years of Italian Saint Padre Pio. Willem Dafoe is also looking to join the film. Ferrara said in a statement...