HBO's eight-episode "My Brilliant Friend" starts with a big plus. It's based on an acclaimed, best-selling novel by Elena Ferrante. But it also presents some challenges. It's the first foreign-language series for the pay-cable network — it will air with subtitles — and collaboration with Ferrante had to be done by e-mail, since the author, who writ...

Fortina founder Christian Petroni is in the final four — and we're not talking college basketball. The Westchester chef, who owns restaurants in Armonk, Rye Brook, Yonkers, Stamford and Brooklyn, has been competing on "Food Network Star," which has been airing since June. There are just four contestants left, including Petroni. The show has turned...

Darius Arya loves the rooftop terraces of Rome because they make you see the Eternal City’s monuments from ever new angles. Even after 18 years of living in Rome, the U.S.-born archaeologist and professor still gets excited every time he walks out the door, be it to lead an educational program for the American Institute for Roman Culture, which he...

For the last few moths, there hasn’t been much news on the future of the TV rights for Italy’s Serie A in the US. BeIN previously held the rights, but they expired after the 2017-18 seasonand IMG opted to bundle the rights with the rights to England’s FA Cup to encourage higher bids. Those bids never surfaced, and no one knew where in the hell eith...

“Più vi ascolto e più capisco quanto è importante quel poco che facciamo con la tv”. Così Marco Giudici ha salutato i consiglieri del Cgie riuniti in assemblea plenaria alla Farnesina. Dal Cgie, il direttore di Rai Italia si aspetta “tante osservazioni e proposte”. Dal canto suo, ha confidato, ogni volta che sente parlare di un argomento che riguar...

In a career spanning six decades, onetime Tenafly resident Paul Sorvino has played cops, killers, the hot-wired dad to Romeo’s Juliet in Baz Luhrman’s over-the-top “Romeo + Juliet” and a chubby Dick Tracy villain with a big mouth — literally — opposite Warren Beatty and Al Pacino. At 79, he remains as active as ever, with the 2018 indie thriller “B...

Mediacom Communications founder, chairman and CEO Rocco Commisso was one of 38 people honored on July 4 as a Carnegie Corp. “Great Immigrant, Great American” an annual program that highlights the contributions made to American culture by naturalized citizens. Commisso, who came to the U.S. from Calabria, Italy, when he was 12 years old, founded Med...

Se è vero che l'italicità - ciò che lega 250 milioni di persone in tutto il mondo - passa anche per il cibo e la gastronomia, Mattia Poggi, giovane chef dal successo internazionale, è il più titolato a spiegarci qual è la vera forza dell'Italia in tema di arte culinaria Alma Italian Content & Entertainment, l’acronimo è Alice, Alice Tv (https://www...

Born on June 26, 1951 and raised in Astoria, Robert Davi is an actor, singer, writer and director perhaps best known for his vivid portrayal of a colorful assortment of Hollywood villains, thugs and tough guys. In a film and television career spanning over 40 years, Davi has appeared in TV series from “Charlie’s Angels” and “St. Elsewhere” to “Crim...

Richard Valeriani, a longtime NBC News correspondent who covered the civil rights movement and the Johnson and Nixon administrations from the network’s Washington D.C., bureau, died today. He was 85. He would spend 31 years as an on-air correspondent for NBC Nightly News and often appeared on Today. Colleagues would say Valeriani was “always the fi...