Le vicende italiane giudiziarie degli ultimi anni, e soprattutto lo scandalo negli Usa relativo al motivi di sicurezza che ha spinto l'Fbi a esigere un controllo stretto su milioni di telefoni, fanno da cornice alla pre-produzione de L'orecchio del potere, film tratto da un romanzo di Giulio Andreotti (Operazione Via Appia, Rizzoli, 1998) e che sar...

by Kaleem Aftab   Al Pacino has so much chutzpah that he commands every room, every film set, and every theatre stage on or in which he appears. "I am a movie star," he spouts at one moment, and he doesn't want us to forget it. Even at 75, he has the brash confidence of youth, and yet his escapades of yesteryear provides the chorus to his or...

When he enters a room, he knows his reputation precedes him. People look at him and see Michael Corleone from "The Godfather," Sonny Wortzik from "Dog Day Afternoon," Tony Montana from "Scarface," Ricky Roma from "Glengarry Glen Ross." Eight Oscar nominations and one win. Two Tonys. Two Emmys. He's Al Pacino!   He knows all of this, yet even...

Another Italian eatery is preparing to open in the recently closed Anzio Landing restaurant space in Mesa. Pacino's, at Power and McDowell roads, will serve contemporary Italian fare with "a little bit of Hollywood," says owner Frank Spaccarelli. He and his wife, Alicia, have moved to Mesa from California, where they previously opened, operat...

Giorgio Armani is now taking on Broadway. In his first theatrical collaboration, the designer has provided the clothes for "China Doll," a David Mamet play opening in early December starring Al Pacino. The play is the story of a billionaire Mickey Ross who is ready to walk away from everything with his beautiful young fiancée until one ph...

Al Pacino is one of the most acclaimed actors in film history. He is most famous for his roles in "The Godfather," "The Godfather II," "Serpico," "Dog Day Afternoon," "Scarface," "Carlito's Way," "Heat" and "Scent of a Woman." He is a winner of an Academy Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe awards, the National Medal of Arts and the...

The Godfather or The Godfather Part II: Which is the superior entry in Francis Ford Coppola's masterful mob trilogy? It's a debate film buffs have been engaged in for 40 years, and one that will probably go on for another 400.   We asked one of the men closest to the Corleone family saga, Al Pacino, if he could make that Sophie's Choice — an...

Everyone knows that the first regional group among the Italian community in the US is the one from Sicily. The period of mass emigration, the one starting in 1880 and ending more or less in the early 20's of the XXth century, didn't see at the beginning Sicily as the main region of departure. Some Sicilians had previously gone to New Orleans (at th...

by Paul Whitington   At some point in the early 1990s, or so it seems to me, Al Pacino stopped acting in the sense of disappearing into different characters and began presenting us with various, amplified versions of himself.   Which is not to say that he hasn't given some fine and entertaining performances over the last 20 years or s...

Al Pacino will be presented with the first Jack Valenti-L.A.-Italia Legend Award at the Los Angeles-Italia Film, Fashion and Art Fest, Lina Wertmueller, the honorary chair of the festival's parent organization, announced Monday.Named for the longtime Motion Picture Association of America president, the honor will be given each year to an "outstandi...