The new year brings a crop of new films from big names in Italian cinema, including Paolo Sorrentino, Matteo Garrone, Marco Bellocchio and Gabriele Muccino, who returned to make a film in Italy after several years based in the United States. Several of the films take their cues from real-life tales of true crime or characters who seem drawn from th...

Italian screen icon Gina Lollobrigida will unveil her star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame on February 1, when she will receive the Filming on Italy Award, sources said Thursday. News of the Walk of Fame star came on her 90th birthday on July 4. Lollobrigida, better known to Italians as 'La Lollo', long vied with fellow Italian bombshell Sophia Loren a...

Matteo Troncone’s life came undone over the course of a few weeks back in 2006. The Mill Valley actor was in the running for a part in “Long Day’s Journey into Night,” only to be cut at the last minute. Then he had a falling out with family, and was almost killed by a Muni bus on Haight Street. “The big kicker,” he said, “was when I got an email fr...

When Italian film star Sophia Loren arrived to America, she easily managed to impress two men: Frank Sinatra and Cary Grant. The trio appeared in 1957’s action drama “The Pride and the Passion,” which would lead to a real-life affair off-screen between co-stars Loren and Grant. “Frank Sinatra was very friendly. They became friends and treated her w...

Luca Guadagnino con il suo Chiamami col tuo nome può essere la sorpresa italiana di quest’anno agli Oscar. Si punta tutto su di lui dopo l’uscita dalla short list di A Chambra di Jonas Carpignano, nella categoria “miglior film straniero”. Call Me Your Name ha buone chance per essere nominato tra i migliori film visto l’attenzione che sta ricevendo...

Sylvester Stallone gave himself a very personal gift this Christmas. The 71-year-old Rocky actor, sources told TMZ, plunked down more than $400,000 for a statue of his iconic cinematic character, Rocky. The statue - which stands at nine-feet-tall and weighs 1,800 pounds - was a backup produced for the 1982 installment in the boxing anthology, Rocky...

Luca Guadagnino’s intoxicating new film Call Me by Your Name is undoubtedly one of the best the year has to offer. As I mentioned in my rave review of the film last week, it’s lush, erotic, riveting, and so very delightful. That being said, I found it rather interesting when Guadagnino revealed his interest in following-up the adaptation of André A...

Home Alone star Joe Pesci is one of the most distinctive screen presences in the industry. Over the course of a long career he has become the go-to guy when a hyperactive Italian-American character is required. In an acting career stretching all the way back to the 1960s, Pesci has made some memorable appearances in some of superb movies. He certai...

We think of It’s a Wonderful Life as a great American movie, a great Jimmy Stewart movie, a great Frank Capra movie — and, of course, as a great Christmas movie. We don’t think of it as a great Italian-American movie. But we should, especially at Christmastime, when Italian-Americans — of Capra’s generation and beyond — can be heard in every shop a...

The 45th anniversary of “The Godfather” has brought us another Blu-Ray box set and another round of critical reappraisal of the mafia movie classic. The secret of the film’s enduring appeal, however, might be found in its opening line: “I believe in America.” It is often said that “The Godfather” is an ironic commentary on the American Dream. That...