Film aficionados have hungered for the return of Casa Italia’s beloved feast of Italian cinema, and the wait is finally over. The Casa’s 2019 Italian film series will reboot on Sept. 13 and run for seven glorious Fridays. The host of this year’s series will be Pam DeFiglio, a veteran Chicago editor, columnist and arts critic. The following film des...

On this week’s episode of the Italian American Podcast, host John Viola sits down for an intimate one-on-one with filmmaker Robert Bruzio to discuss his much-talked-about new independent film “Bottom of the Ninth”- a very personal tale of an Italian American ball player taking a last shot at redemption, both on the diamond and in the old neighborho...

San Martino sulla Marrucina è un delizioso paese di 911 anime adagiato sulle colline teatine, già famoso per aver dato i natali alla famiglia Masciarelli che, nel 1867, ha fondato uno dei più antichi pastifici d’Italia. Se Anthony Wallace Masciarelli, in quel 13 novembre 1934, registrando all’anagrafe il figlio Garry, non avesse deciso di cambiare...

Ace character actor Michael Imperioli’s resume includes stints—regular and one-offs in such television series as Californication, Blue Bloods, and even The Office, in which he memorably appeared in an episode as Dwight Schrute’s karate sensei. But he will likely forever be best-known for his role on The Sopranos as Christopher Moltisanti, mob boss...

Shout! Studios has hooked North American rights to Feast of the Seven Fishes, the comedy-drama written and directed by Robert Tinnell based on his graphic novel and Italian cookbook of the same name. Skyler Gisondo, Madison Iseman, Josh Helman, Addison Timlin lead a cast that includes Joe Pantoliano and Paul Ben-Victor. The rollout for the pic from...

In Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino wants the audience to know right from the get-go just how dire the prospects of Leonardo DiCaprio’s TV heavy, Rick Dalton, have become in the topsy-turvy Tinseltown landscape of 1969. How does he signal that exactly? An agent (played by Al Pacino with lip-smacking, scenery-chewing relish) tells hi...

Fresh from victory at the 90th Academy Awards for best adapted screenplay, director Luca Guadagnino’s beautiful film Call Me By Your Name is set in the northern Italian town of Crema and surrounding countryside. “Crema has a sense of timelessness that I like, but I also think that it is quintessentially Italian without being an idea of Italy,” said...

As a part of my series about pop culture’s rising stars, I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Fabrizio Brienza. Fabrizio is an Italian-American model and actor. Born in Campobasso, Molise, Italy, he is best known for his film works in The Adjustment Bureau, A Walk Among the Tombstones and Duplicity, as well as his television roles on The Sop...

I’ve got Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino on my mind these days, mostly because of a statement the younger filmmaker had made about Scorsese some years ago. They’ve always been linked, these two. Tarantino had been anointed by more than a few as “the next Scorsese” with his 1992 directorial debut, Reservoir Dogs.  Dogs’ mix of unrepentant low-...

Quentin Tarantino likes Italian movies. This is not much of a revelation if you’ve seen roughly six of the nine films he’s made. He’s a filmmaker who wears his influences as a badge of honor. Over the course of the past 15 years, Tarantino has brought in more and more elements from Italian movies, particularly Italian genre movies. From Kill Bill o...