In a deft stroke of festival diplomacy, Robert De Niro recently invited Rome's movie-loving mayor, Walter Veltroni, to be a Tribeca jury member. "We understand that political engagements could limit…
Roman Polanski's "Pompeii" is percolating. Italy's RAI Cinema has acquired all Italian rights to the historical tentpole set against the backdrop of the Mt. Vesuvius eruption, and Spain's…
Will the upcoming global onslaught of Hollywood tentpoles end Italy's traditional summer hiatus for good, and act as a catalyst to stimulate the country's stunted box office year-round? Industryites…
Luigi Comencini, the versatile Italian director known for popular postwar comedies including Oscar-nominated "Bread, Love and Dreams" but also praised for his special sensitivity in depicting the…
Though "House" and "Grey's Anatomy" are going strong in Italy, it's local fiction that continues to consistently grab auds. Terrestrial players like RAI and Mediaset won't be in hot pursuit of the…
Like intercontinental wars of the past, Western Europe is battling with its Eastern cousins -- but this time it's not for land but for the lion's share of big-budget film productions.
After hosting the 2006 Winter Olympics, Turin and Piedmont got on a metaphoric ski jump and launched a public/private film fund that may land the northern Italian region a gold medal.
The international bow of Andrew Lau and Alan Mak's Hong Kong cop crimer "Confession of Pain" -- picked up for a Hollywood remake starring Leonardo DiCaprio -- is among 60 titles set to unspool at…
Breaking a long spell of disaffection, Italians are sparking to homegrown movies, which account for a boffo 43% of 2007 first quarter grosses. Recent results show the highest share since the 1970s…
The Coca Cola Company has taken legal action against producers of a spirituality themed Italian film set in present day Israel in which Jesus drinks a can of Coke in the desert.