By Jordan G. Teicher The confessional is a special place in any Catholic Church, but in Marcella Hackbardt's series "True Confessionals," it takes on a distinct significance.   Centered in their frames and largely shown in churches empty of people, Hackbardt's confessionals strike viewers not as merely one feature among many in the architec...

Twelve-year-old Nathan Odom won Fox network's hit show Master Chef Jr. last night taking home $100,000 in the process. The 12-year-old San Diego native faced off against Andrew Zappley, an 11-year-old from Westford, New Jersey in the final.   Each young cheftestant had 90 minutes to prepare a three-course meal. Andrew's final meal was i...

Joseph Barbera was born March 24, 1911, in the Little Italy neighborhood of New York City. He was the son of Vincente and Francesca, both immigrants from Sicily. He grew up in Brooklyn and had many interests in high school. Joseph tried his hand at theater, drawing, and boxing.   He even won the lightweight championship at his high school an...

Italian singer Giada Valenti, is invited to film her show From Venice With Love as a television special to be broadcast by PBS stations all over the country. But Giada has to pay a large part of the costs of the filming herself and has therefore started a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo – www.FromVeniceWithLove.com   For her television spe...

by Curt Wagner   Eight months ago, Italian actor Lorenzo Richelmy didn't know how to ride a horse, sword fight, do martial arts or use a bow and arrow. Now, after playing the title role in Netflix's new series "Marco Polo," the 24-year-old can do all those things—and speak English.   "I didn't know English at the beginning of thi...

Cast members of The Sopranos were on hand over the weekend as a New Jersey town remembered native son James Gandolfini.Park Ridge dedicated a section of Park Avenue to the actor best known for his role as mobster Tony Soprano in the TV series. Gandolfini died in Italy in June. Cast members Steve Schirripa, Vincent Curatola, Tony Sirico, Dominic Ch...

Who's hungry? Will Thomas is back at it-- on the hunt for your next memorable meal. This week's throw of the dart took him to Centreville, Virginia-- and once again, we went Italian!   Viewers took to twitter to tell Will where to eat, and "where" was Ciao Osteria! It's just nine months old, but already has a loyal following.   Read m...

As we already did with music, radio, religion, cinema, sport, literature, theater, consumerism and cuisine, today we analyze the relationship between Italy and the United States from the point of view of another fundamental paradigm for the last century: television.   We do this with a young Italian talent, Luca Martera: scholar, writer, director...

IAOVC is asking all Italian American Defenders & Organizations to speak out with ONE United VOICE on Thursday, February 13, 2014 from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm ET   AFLAC will not remove stereotypical commercial "Family Business," which portrays Italian Americans as mobsters. They will not acknowledge that these commercials are abo...

Special Agent David Rossi is a real person for actor Joe Mantegna. Real in the sense that the character's name on the long-running TV series Criminal Minds comes from a LA police officer Mantegna knows. But the rest is pure Mantegna.   "In some ways, I try to make the character an extension of myself," he says. "I learned this awhile a...