Gianni Russo was 26 years old, with a couple million dollars in cash from running errands for mob bosses and a pretty big ego, when he used his Mafia connections to get the plum role of Carlo Rizzi in the classic 1972 movie “The Godfather.” He had never acted in his life, which was a serious affront to co-star Marlon Brando, who considered acting a...

A 19th-century, 43,000-square-foot castle in Sicily, Italy, is on sale for $6.6 million. It may look familiar to you if you have watched the “The Godfather III.” Castello Pennisi di Floristella was originally built to serve as a museum. Set in a private 2.5-acre park, it boasts 22 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, chapel, and wine cellar. It’s located in the...

The masterpiece directed by Francis Ford Coppola won three statuettes at the 45th Academy Awards on March 27, 1973. It has remained in history the absence at the ceremony of Al Pacino and Marlon Brando, with the latter rejecting the award and sending Apache-born American actress and activist Yaqui Sacheen Littlefeather in his place. It has been 50...

Few genres delve deeper into the mythos of the American dream like the mafia drama, and no Italian-American mafia tale is more iconic than "The Godfather" saga. Adapted from Mario Puzo's bestselling novel by the same name and premiering in 1972, the first "Godfather" film was the highest-grossing film of all time until supplanted by "Jaws" in 1976....

The work of Francis Ford Coppola is frequently regarded as some of the best of all time. Alongside Martin Scorsese, he is considered one of the most influential film directors to come out of the ‘New Hollywood’ movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Coppola’s The Godfather Part II is often referred to as one of the greatest films ever made, even as a sta...

When: Fri Sep 30, 2022 from 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM PDT - Where: Amici Park, 1660 Union St, San Diego, CA 92101 Join us for our Little Italy signature event for 2022 as we present Gianni Russo ("Carlo" in The Godfather) as he recounts stories from the iconic film, provides excerpts from his best-selling book (Hollywood Godfather), and croons with the mu...

The Feast of San Gennaro put a hit on “The Godfather.” “In our rules, nobody can sell anything with ‘The Godfather’ or mobsters or anything that denigrates Italians,” John Fratta, a member of the committee that runs the iconic Little Italy festival, held from Sept. 15 to 25, told The Post. “We don’t need people thinking that the mob is running the...

Fans of “The Godfather” already know that the award-winning movie is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Voted among the best Hollywood films of all time, the popular flick sports one of the best casts to ever hit a screen and a story line set in Little Italy. To celebrate, Little Italy is holding a “birthday party,” this coming weekend, Sa...

Gangster wannabes and movie buffs can now sleep over at one of cinema’s most recognisable properties. The Godfather Mansion in New York’s Staten Island district is becoming available for tourists, thanks to holiday home rental company Airbnb. The family who currently live there are opening their doors to up to five guests for a 30-night stay in Aug...

Robert De Niro and Al Pacino are still repping the family business half a century later. The screen legends reunited Thursday for a 50th anniversary screening of The Godfather at United Palace, hosted by the Tribeca Film Festival, which De Niro, 78, co-founded in 2002 to revive the cultural scene of lower Manhattan in the wake of 9/11. Pacino, 82,...