American casting director Shaila Rubin, who worked on several notable U.S. productions shot in Italy, including "The Passion of the Christ," and also on big local pics such as Roberto Benigni's "Life…
Have the Venice and Rome film fests put rancor to rest? Italo culture czar Francesco Rutelli recently sat down with head honchos from the two high-profile events, which unspool too close for comfort…
Italy is on cloud nine over news that Ennio Morricone will receive an honorary nod at the 79th Academy Awards. And, of course, so is the composer-conductor himself.
In the first distribution deal for U.S. helmer Abel Ferrara's "Go Go Tales," Spain's Filmax has acquired Spanish rights to the screwball comedy starring Willem Dafoe, Bob Hoskins, Matthew Modine, and…
Silvio Berlusconi has called for a recount of all ballots cast in the April election that Italy's feisty media mogul and former prime minister lost by a razor-thin margin.
Will Italo auds be forever confined to being out of synch with hot pics as they galvanize the rest of the planet? As "Borat" and "Bond" are putting smiles on Euro exhibs' faces, Italians have been…
There was a time, not so long ago, when Rupert Murdoch and Silvio Berlusconi acted like best buddies, dining together at Berlusconi's Sardinian seaside estate, Villa Certosa, where in 2004 they are…
In a move likely to reshape Italy's TV landscape, Italo pubcaster RAI is making public service a main component of its mission and upping investments in European movies and local product.
The Venice, Rome and Turin film festivals have forged a collaboration agreement that is being bandied about as the first step of a peace pact between Venice and Rome.
Helmer Jon Avnet is readying "I Kill," a serial-killer thriller based on an Italian bestseller of the same name. Avnet has almost finished penning the final draft of the script, reworking a first…
An Italian fascination with life behind bars is breeding a burst of edgy TV shows using video cameras inside Italo prisons in pretty unusual ways.