Five and a half miles southwest of Rome lies Cinecittà Studios (‘Studio City’ in Italian), a vast film production which rose to international prominence when Roberto Rossellini’s gritty 1945 drama, Rome Città Aperta (Rome, Open City), won critical acclaim both at home and abroad. Cinecittà’s proximity to Rome and all of its historical architecture,...

D.C. Fontana, who helped craft the lore of the 1960s television series “Star Trek” and developed one of its signature characters, Spock, as the show’s first female writer, died on Tuesday at a hospital in Burbank, Calif. She was 80. Her husband and only immediate survivor, Dennis Skotak, said the cause was cancer. Ms. Fontana was part of the “Star...

Toward the end of 1999, I was living in Atlanta when a friend called with an intriguing offer. He’d finally scraped together enough money for a down payment on a place, and the modest one-bedroom apartment he’d been renting, a fourth-floor walkup in an old tenement building in downtown Manhattan, would be available. What really sold me, before I ev...

Last October, during the visit of the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella to the White House, President Donald Trump said the following words: "The United States and Italy are bound together by a shared cultural and political heritage dating back thousands of years to Ancient Rome.” An uproar broke out, because some people wanted to...

The only thing more compulsively mesmerizing than one famous person is two famous people in love. The cultural fascination with celebrity couples isn’t complicated; they are our own relationships writ large, and sparkly. There are the transcendent portmanteaus (Brangelina, J-Rod), the industry mergers (Kim and Kanye), the legends (Jackie and JFK),...

Let’s cut straight to it: Joe Pesci is the man. For decades, the low-key brilliance of his acting has delivered a range of complex and resonant parts, from the misanthropic Tommy DeVito in Goodfellas, to the hilarious Vincent LaGuardia Gambini in My Cousin Vinny. His performance in the 1990 mafia saga earned him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar. When...

If you watch the hit movie “The Irishman,” starring Hollywood heavyweights Robert DiNiro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, you’ll see Ralph Perfetto playing a Catholic monsignor presiding over Ray Romano’s wedding. When Steven Spielberg’s much-anticipated version of “West Side Story” hits the big screen in 2020, you’ll see Perfetto playing an old Italian-A...

Rome is opening a new audiovisual museum dedicated to the world of Italian cinema, at the capital's historic Cinecittà film studios. The Italian Audiovisual and Cinema Museum (MIAC), an immersive and interactive experience, will open at Cinecittà in December. The museum is described by Italy's culture ministry as a "plunge into the Italian imaginat...

Like most of us, my introduction to Stanley Tucci left an indelible mark. Age 11 and at my best friend’s house, I sat watching It Could Happen to You and reacted the same way anybody else in my position would: confused as to why I was supposed to root for Nicolas Cage. This man was no romantic lead and yet I was supposed to believe that in some lot...

It isn’t entirely unheard of for siblings to find success separately in the spotlight; look at Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine, Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, or even Beyoncé and Solange Knowles. When it comes to talent making their way from overseas to find acclaim in the crowded U.S. film market, however, it’s a much smaller club. So, when the It...