Raffaella is no more. For everyone "la Carrà", with the accent on the last a, as she emphasized to David Letterman in an interview in 1986. On July 5, 2021 died the most important woman in the history of Italian entertainment, by far, who for decades exported the best face of our country abroad. It is no coincidence that she was particularly succes...

Crescenzo Notarile, ASC, AIC, was raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., by Italian immigrant parents who were artists; his father was a painter and a famed art director, and his mother was a sculptor and interior designer. After studying filmmaking at New York University and the New York Institute of Technology, where he earned a BFA, Crescenzo worked as a PA...

Filmmaker Jonas Carpignano rounds out his Calabrian trilogy with Directors’ Fortnight entry A Chiara, the story of a 15-year-old girl who learns some hard truths about her close-knit family when her father disappears. Carpignano stopped by Deadline’s Cannes Studio to talk about making the film and his experiences in Gioia Tauro, Italy, where each o...

When Almanac Weekly last caught up with Columbia County-based filmmaker David McDonald in early 2019, he was looking for backers to make a movie out of his screenplay Ella the Ungovernable. It was a juicy story about the horrific period in 1933-34 when 15-year-old Ella Fitzgerald was an inmate at the New York Training School for Girls in Hudson whe...

The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere will present Cinema Sotto Le Stelle 2021 — its 11th annual Outdoor Italian Film Festival — that’s back this year on the lawn with the “beautiful view” of New York Harbor. The films will be shown most Tuesday evenings from July 13 through Sept. 28, with screenings to begin at 8 p.m. — around sunset....

Sylvester Stallone turns 75 on July 6, 2021. To celebrate, Wonderwall.com is going all the way back to the beginning of an unlikely story: Italian American kid fights his way up from the streets to become a box office superstar. Keep reading to relive Sly’s life and career in photos from “Rocky” to “Rambo” and everything in between… Michael Sylvest...

Raffaella Carrà, the Italian singer, dancer, actress and popular television host, has died aged 78. Carrà died on the afternoon of 5 July following an illness that she kept private, announced her former partner and long-time collaborator Sergio Japino. "Raffaella has left us" - said Japino - "She went to a better world, where her humanity, her unmi...

Lon Chaney was immortalized in a 1957 film as the “Man of a Thousand Faces.” Robert Sacchi could capitalize on only one: his conspicuous resemblance to Humphrey Bogart. He played it for all it was worth. That similitude projected him into a circumscribed but lucrative career that included the title role in the 1980 film “The Man With Bogart’s Face”...

CINEMA SOTTO LE STELLE  -  MOVIES UNDER THE STARS The Annual Outdoor Italian Film Festival organized by The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute Tuesday, July 13 - Tuesday, August 31 2021 FULL LIST AND SCHEDULE  Special Opening Night  Team Marco Tuesday, July 13 at 8 pm – Watch the movie...

Award-winning director Pupi Avati is set to start shooting a biopic on Dante on the 700th anniversary of the 'Supreme Poet's death, a project he has been nurturing for 18 years. "I had it all clear in my mind in 2003, but never gt anyone to say yes. Then, 18 years later, I finally got the go ahead," Avati said Monday. The film is based on fellow gr...