Paolo Sorrentino's E' Stata la Mano di Dio and Gabriele Mainetti's Freaks Out each got 16 nominations for the Italian Oscars, the David di Donatello awards, as the nominations were announced on Monday. They were followed by Qui Rido Io with 14, and Ariaferma and Diabolik with 11 each. The best film nods went to E' Stata la Mano di Dio, Freaks Out,...

This week we’re jumping back into the second part of our two-part episode exploring the 50-year relationship between the Italian American community and Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather”, with a commercial-free conclusion to this well-received conversation. Since its premiere in March of 1972, The Godfather has been considered one of the most i...

I read Mario Puzo’s megahit, “The Godfather,” in the early 1970s, along with most of the world’s population. As a feminist and a first-generation Italian-American, I had been baffled by the minor role women played in the novel. I knew from firsthand experience what powerful players women were in the Italian family dynamic. “Women and children can a...

Those who knew Victor Laruccia describe him as larger than life. “Everything was big about him,” said his stepdaughter Jennifer Davies. “He had a big heart, he was generous with his time and his thoughts, he had big hugs — everyone knows the big Victor bear hug — he had a big laugh, a big smile, and most of all, he had a big brain.” The 80-year-old...

It is considered one of the most influential films of all time, a critical and commercial success, the winner of the 1972 Academy Award for Best Picture, selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry of the Library of Congress, and ranked as the second-greatest film in American cinematic history by the American Film Institute… and fo...

People are calling Lady Gaga “a class act” for the way she supported Liza Minnelli at the Oscars. The “Chromatica” singer, 36, and the legendary “Cabaret” star, 76, took the stage together to present the final award of the night: best picture, which went to "CODA." “You see that? The public, they love you,” Lady Gaga told Minnelli after the crowd g...

Culture cannot be stopped by the war or similar events. In this spirit Sunday night March 20, 2022 several filmmakers, producers and actors who will participate to the Oscars as nominees on Sunday 26 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, were hosted at the 17th annual edition of Los Angeles Italia film Fashion and Art Festival.  Finally, after the pan...

In an iconic scene in The Godfather, Michael Corleone attends his newborn son’s christening. The scene unfolds inside the hallowed walls of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in Lower Manhattan and is punctuated by a montage of grisly murders unfolding throughout New York City at the hands of the Corleone mob family. Director Francis Ford Coppola largely...

John Travolta has been wowing audiences with his performances since the ’70s. Starring in more than 50 movies, he has taken on a number of iconic roles throughout his career, from Saturday Night Fever to Pulp Fiction. His films have grossed $4 billion at the global box office. From a teen heartthrob to an indie darling and action star, Travolta has...

Martin Scorsese, a Hollywood genius, has made numerous films in different genres through the years. He has received many awards for his brilliant work. Scorsese has struggled dramatically and worked hard to create the $100 million fortune that he enjoys today. A self-made man and an exceptional director, Scorsese made his fortune mainly from film d...