Italy ended 2021 successfully, selected by The Economist as the country of the year. One main reason was the global rise of the Italian rock band Måneskin’s following their win at Eurovision and continuous success touring worldwide. Italy is well-known for its traditional music and movies, but can the country increase its soft power pushing for a s...

Leave the gun, take the cannoli, and see “The Godfather” in 4K later this year. In honor of the 50th anniversary of Francis Ford Coppola’s award-winning film “The Godfather,” Paramount Pictures announced that the acclaimed film will have a limited release theater run this year. Starting on Feb. 25, the film will run exclusively Dolby Cinema at AMC...

Late great Italian actor Vittorio Gassman, who is best known to U.S. audiences as the star of classics such as “Big Deal on Madonna Street” and “Il Sorpasso” (“The Easy Life”), will be celebrated by the Los Angeles-Italia Film Fashion and Art Festival, which will run March 20-26 at Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theater. The annual pre-Oscars event compri...

AGBO, the entertainment company founded and controlled by “Avengers: Endgame” filmmakers Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, has sold a minority stake for $400 million to Tokyo-based game maker Nexon. The deal values AGBO at $1.1 billion. AGBO was established by the Russo brothers and their producing partner Mike Larocca in 2017 and has created such films...

Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Hand of God” has advanced to the short list in the 2022 Oscar race. The film is available stateside on Netflix. One of the stars of the film is actress Luisa Ranieri as the eccentric, troubled Aunt Patrizia, the Italian actress Luisa Ranieri. Born in Naples in 1973, Ranieri hit the ground running, finding her break out film...

Sunday January 30, 2022. 3:30 to 5:00 PM CST. Maple Theater, 4135 W Maple Rd, Bloomfield Twp, MI. In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day (observed on January 27) the Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan commemorates those Italians who suffered persecution as a result of the Racial Laws imposed by the Fascist government and under the Nazi occupation d...

Although the Palm Springs International Film Awards were called off because of COVID-19, Lady Gaga was still honored with the prestigious Icon Award. The “Rain on Me” singer accepted the honor and spoke about the meaning behind her win in an Instagram post on Thursday. “Thank you so much to the#palmspringsfilmawards for the Icon Award. I dedicate t...

Italy is to mark the centenary of the birth of the film director, poet, writer and intellectual Pier Paolo Pasolini with a series of special events in 2022. Rome will pay tribute to Pasolini with a trilogy of exhibitions at Palazzo Barberini, MAXXI and Palazzo delle Esposizioni, scheduled in the autumn of this year. There will also be shows dedicat...

Joe Wright’s Cyrano — from a script by Erica Schmidt based on her 2018 stage musical, an adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s 1897 play Cyrano de Bergerac — was lensed in romantic locations in Noto, on the island of Sicily. The city itself, which was rebuilt in the baroque style after a 1963 earthquake, became the primary inspiration for the film’s look...

As a movie, The Lost Daughter has the satisfyingly melancholy feel of a rained-out vacation in a dream destination. Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut is a prickly examination of ambivalence towards motherhood, with an emotional heft that belies its coastal Italian setting. More than picturesque set dressing, the locale is a nod to the source ma...