Longtime WFSB anchor Denise D’Ascenzo, who brought Connecticut news into homes across the state for decades, died suddenly and unexpectedly Saturday, the station announced Saturday night. She was 61. The cause of her death was not released as of Sunday morning. “The grief we are all feeling is immeasurable,” the station said. “We are devastated for...

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),...

FOX Business’ Maria Bartiromo is proud of her Italian-American heritage. During an “Ask Maria” segment Friday on “Mornings with Maria,” a viewer inquired where in Italy her ancestors were from. Bartiromo said her mother’s family was from Agrigento, Sicily and arrived in the U.S. in 1898. Her grandfather, Carmine Bartiromo, arrived in New York from...

The Magnani Rocca Foundation presents “Carosello. Advertising and Television 1957-1977” at Villa dei Capolavori near Parma: a journey across popular creative work by Armando Testa, Erberto Carboni, Raymond Savignac, Giancarlo Iliprandi, Pino Tovaglia and many more famous names in communication. This is the second exhibition after the one dedicated...

This week, in a special pre-recorded announcement, John and Pat will take a break from their Thanksgiving Eve preparations to sit down for a call to discuss the newest project from the Italian American Podcast… “Greetings From Italian America” a brand new web-series produced in conjunction with the Italian Sons and Daughters of America (ISDA) in wh...

Frank Biondi Jr., whose financial and managerial expertise helped earn him the chief executive jobs at three entertainment giants — HBO, Viacom and Universal Studios — died on Monday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 74. His daughter Anne Simonds said the cause was bladder cancer. Unlike some of the men he worked for, Mr. Biondi was not flashy. He...

Rachael Ray is taping her talk show at her studio in Manhattan and someone has just gotten a makeover. The woman is overwhelmed by her transformation, and Ray is encouraging her not to cry: "Turn back around, stop crying! You look so beautiful. Do you like what you see? Don't cry!" She gathers the woman in for "huggums" as the audience cheers. And...

The cast of the Sopranos have reunited 20 years after the gangster TV series first aired on HBO and 12 years after its final episode. Approximately 10,000 fans attended the first day of SopranosCon 2019 on Saturday - the first of a two-day event where 54 actors from the hit show participated in meet-and-greets, comedy skits and Q&A sessions. Fans a...

When Annette Funicello’s daughter, Gina Gilardi Bleifer, and a friend came home from a high school dance one night in the ’80s, she was surprised to hear loud music blasting from her bedroom. “We opened the door to find my mom sitting at my desk, fake microphone in hand, singing ‘The Best of Times’ by Styx at the top of her lungs,” Gina tells Close...

Just like the Oscars, the gala held Thursday night at Rome’s music auditorium included a red carpet complete with a noisy cluster of paparazzi snapping pouting actors. Most people, however, would have struggled to put a name to the faces. Their voices, though, are as familiar to Italian audiences as those of Jennifer Lawrence, Bruce Willis and Ange...