The documentary “25 Years with Lidia: A Culinary Jubilee” will celebrate celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich’s quarter century on PBS. The hour-long doc will air at 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18. The documentary aims to capture a portrait of the Yugoslavian-born chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, television host and Italian food ambassador who tells viewers...

Giancarlo Esposito has an acting career that spans five decades, so he will certainly have a lot to share when he visits University of Rhode Island on Monday, Dec. 4, at 8 p.m. His name might not immediately ring a bell but the slew of characters he has played and television series he has been a part of is impressive. Let's first start with his mos...

For fans of comedian Sebastian Maniscalco, Christmas has come early.  As the focal point of "Bookie" (streaming two episodes weekly on Thursdays), a new Max series co-created by sitcom veteran Chuck Lorre, Maniscalco slips into the character of Danny, a beleaguered Los Angeles sports bookie, like he might a faded leather jacket. (And look for a str...

Film director Michelle Danner has finished Principal Photography on The Italians, a quirky dramedy about family, love and Italian cooking. With Federico Verardi as director of Photography, the film finished shooting in LA. The film stars Matthew Daddario, Rob Estes, David DeLuise, Perrey Reeves, Olivia Luccardi, with Lainie Kazan and Abigail Bresli...

While you were a child watching Sesame Street did you ever stop to wonder exactly what race Bert and Ernie are? Was your mind ever captured with thoughts of where exactly the Grouch Family first immigrated to New York from? Well, apparently the good folks down at Sesame Workshop think you probably were because they've been on a mission of racial in...

Bruce Springsteen released his first two albums 50 years ago, in 1973 — a year in which the top-selling single happened to be Tony Orlando & Dawn’s “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree.” Every fan of popular music was aware of “Tie a Yellow Ribbon,” of course, and Springsteen had not yet broken through the mainstream. But anyone who was awar...

Michael Chiarello, a celebrity chef and former Food Network star, has died. He was 61. Chiarello died Saturday at Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, Calif., where he was being treated for an acute allergic reaction that led to anaphylactic shock, his company Gruppo Chiarello announced in a statement. “We deeply mourn the loss of our belove...

"Dancing with the Stars" contestant Mira Sorvino has followed in her late father’s acting footsteps, but she admits it wasn’t an easy journey. Mira, the daughter of late "Goodfellas" actor Paul Sorvino, shared how her father would criticize her acting – but in the nicest way possible. "If I was acting, he'd be really, really harsh," Mira told Fox N...

It’s sometimes the fate of a single city to epitomise an era: Berlin in the 1920s, perhaps, or London in the 1960s. So which one would represent our own period of ecological anxiety, true crime and fake news? I’d wager it’s one you might not suspect: Naples. In terms of cultural clout, the place is booming. The city’s famous bay, flanked by Mount V...

Netflix unveiled a new lineup of Italian fiction series and feature films at the streamer’s “See What’s Next” event in Rome. Alongside previously announced shows and returning series, the upcoming slate includes two new feature films and a pair of drama series. The new films are Il treno dei bambini (The Children’s Train) from director Cristina Com...