By Marissa Martinelli HBO's series The Young Pope hasn't even debuted in the U.S. yet, but it's already a meme of biblical proportions in the Twittersphere. And why not? Paolo Sorrentino's drama stars Jude Law as a young, Italian American pontiff who threatens to shake up the Vatican with his war on rampant liberalism and his collection of sick po...

Following the Philadelphia visit of RAI Italia CEO, Piero A. Corsini, last 18th of November (see here), we are conducting a survey to ascertain the quality, distribution, reception and enjoyment of RAI Italia TV, radio and multimedia programs.   If you live in the jurisdiction of the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia (Pennsylva...

Great news! A new film is underway about the Grunt Padre —Servant of God Father Vincent Capodanno, a Medal of Honor recipient, posthumously, for his heroism on Sept. 4, 1967. That day, on a small, bloody knoll during a fierce battle with Marines greatly outnumbered by the North Vietnamese, it took more than 25 enemy bullets to stop Navy chaplain F...

It has just been announced that Universal Pictures has bought the rights to the Santangelo book series, dosage and will develop feature films based on the character Lucky Santangelo. The book series, written by Jackie Collins, is comprised of nine novels with one spin-off. The story follows the daughter of Italian-American gangster, Gino Sant...

Cookucina is a 6-part Italian Cookery Series, based in Le Marche, Italy, scheduled to be broadcast across the USA on PBS (Public Broadcasting Service), for the first time in mid-2016. Find out more at www.cookucina.com/   The producers Tamsen Courtenay and Stephen Phelps have lived in Sarnano in the Le Marche region of Italy for many years a...

by George De Stefano   Dominic Chianese is not a name most people would associate with New York's '60s folk music scene. But Chianese, the actor best known for playing the bitter and conniving Uncle Junior on The Sopranos, was a stalwart of that scene, as a performer and as the MC at Gerde's Folk City, the legendary Greenwich Village restaur...

What started as an Italian American woman spending Christmas gatherings learning about Italian history may just evolve into helping others learn about various cultures on television through puppets.   Madison resident Kate West, using a puppet called La Befana, hopes to share Italian culture and other traditions with wider audiences through...

Paolo Sorrentino's 2013 film, "The Great Beauty," which captured an Oscar for best foreign-language film, was a love letter to Rome, city of saints and sinners, in all its gorgeous entropy. For his latest endeavor, he set his sights on its most intriguing inner sanctum — the Vatican — and claimed an even bigger canvas: a 10-hour television series i...

Two Italian favorites are teaming up as Top Chef fan-favorite Fabio Viviani joins Columbus Foods for its "Meat Up" food truck tour, inviting Americans to explore the simple Italian goodness of premium salumi and deli meats.   They're hitting the road this April and May, spending a week each in Scottsdale, Salt Lake, Boston, New York Metro an...

By Tad Friend "If you don't mind smoke, you can sit here," Paolo Sorrentino said, indicating the seat beside him. "If you do"—he pointed to a distant couch. Sorrentino, the Italian writer-director of the new HBO series "The Young Pope," was ashing his Toscanello cigar out a window in the living room of his pied-à-terre, sixty-eight floors above Ma...