It was late July, and Michael Gandolfini was strapped into a funfair ride on New Jersey’s Seaside Heights boardwalk, the same stretch of creaking rollercoasters and cheesesteak stands he’d been visiting since he was a little kid. The 22-year-old dangled in suspense as the machine cranked him a few metres off the ground, gearing up to fling him skyw...

Oscar-winning Italian actress Sophia Loren will be honoured by the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, the long-awaited Los Angeles venue set to open this week. Loren is to receive the inaugural 'Visionary Award' from the Academy's new museum, alongside Ethiopian filmmaker Haile Gerima who will be presented with the 'Vantage Award.' The Visionary Aw...

San Diego Italian Film Festival (SDIFF) will return to the historic La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas on Sept. 30 with the sharp comedy “Figli” (Kidz), directed by Giuseppe Bonito and starring Paola Cortellesi and Valerio Mastandrea. La Paloma Theatre has been SDIFF’s North County home since 2012 when the Film Festival expanded on its success in downt...

Writer-director James DeMonaco looked deep into the eye of the tiger for his new film This Is the Night (out on Digital, Sept. 21) about a family whose members are inspired to change their lives by watching a certain Sylvester Stallone film. "It's 1982, it's Staten Island, New York, it's the day Rocky III opens," the filmmaker tells EW. "It's an in...

“Fellini 101” has premiered at the Cinematheque, and its meaning is dual: It’s a crash course of master filmmaker Federico Fellini’s greatest hits, as well as a commemoration of his 101st birthday. Featuring brand new 4K restorations of all of his essential works and even a few deeper, more controversial cuts, the retrospective is a wonderful oppor...

Frank Sinatra was born Francis Albert Sinatra on December 12, 1915, in an apartment at 415 Monroe Street in Hoboken, NJ. He was the only child of Italian immigrants Antonino Martino and Natalina (neé Gavarante) Sinatra. He was named after the Roman Catholic church where his parents attended mass. Due to some injuries at birth, his baptism at St. Fr...

Goodfellas is widely considered one of the greatest movies in film history, and many elements from it have been praised over the years, as are the performances of the main cast – but it was almost different as Paul Sorvino almost dropped out before filming. Martin Scorsese has explored a variety of genres throughout his career as a filmmaker, earni...

Lou Costello was one of the funniest and most gifted American comedians of all time. The saga of this legendary comedian begins in Paterson, NJ amid a typical Italian American family. Paterson had a large Italian population, specifically in the Little Italy, Stony Road, and Sandy Hill sections of town. Louis Francis Cristillo was born in the Sandy...

Martin Scorsese is arguably the greatest living American film director, and since the very beginning of his decades-spanning career, he's made a habit of appearing in his films in small cameo roles. No doubt taking his cue from filmmakers like Alfred Hitchcock, who was never shy of a cameo, his onscreen roles have been legion. Sometimes they're a f...

 Campari, the iconic Italian aperitif, launches Campari Red Diaries 2021: Fellini Forward at the Campari Boat – In Cinema during the 78th Venice International Film Festival - La Biennale di Venezia, a pioneering project inspired by the late Federico Fellini using Artificial Intelligence techniques, including machine learning, to explore the creativ...