"This movie will be released in every theater in Italy. Without exception," Roberto Benigni boasted cheekily Oct. 4 to Italo journos convened en-masse in Rome's Grand Hotel St. Regis, following the…
Talk about a double whammy. Just as Silvio Berlusconi's approval ratings have plummeted to an all-time low, Mediaset -- the Italo TV-mogul-turned prime-minister's web -- is getting trounced in the…
The Venice Film Festival and Milan's La Scala Opera House are among cultural institutions that will be hanging in the balance if draconian spending cuts planned by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's…
An exceptionally diplomatic Roberto Benigni began tubthumping his Iraq war-set "The Tiger and the Snow" at the pic's press preview here Tuesday, 10 days before it's due to roll out on 900 screens in…
MTV's Italo music web rival All Music bowed Monday in Italy. All Music is owned by Italo multimedia group Gruppo L'Espresso, which acquired the web -- formerly known as Rete A -- from Milanese…
With just three days left before submissions close Monday, Italy, Spain, Austria, Poland, Mongolia and Singapore have unveiled their choices for foreign-language Oscar contention.
Following a messy bout of bickering over selection procedure, Italy has chosen Saverio Costanzo's "Private," a first work about a Palestinian family trapped at home by Israeli soldiers, as its…
Swedish pubcaster SVT's contempo youth drama "A Knife in My Heart" and U.K broadcaster Channel Four's "Sex Traffic," a telepic exposing prostitution in Europe, nabbed top nods at the 57th Prix…
Italy's motion picture org Anica has radically reconfigured its foreign-language Oscar selection system, hoping to find pics with greater Academy appeal.
Is Venice in danger of sinking? The 62nd edition of the venerable fest sailed smoothly enough, with stars attending a solid assortment of pics that unspooled at the Lido without major glitches.
Out-of-competition pics at the 62nd Venice Film Festival seem to be dueling for their own prize -- best party.