Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's Mediaset was fined E250,000 ($300,000) on Monday for giving its boss too much airtime in the lead up to the national elections on April 9 and 10.
Rivals Mediaset and pubcaster RAI are still duking it out in primetime with local product. A high-profile squabble involved dueling biopics of late Pope John Paul II, which ranked among the top-rated…
Nanni Moretti's anti-Berlusconi "The Cayman" has been chomping its way to stellar grosses after opening March 24. But two weeks before national elections on April 9-10, even Berlusconi opponents are…
Just as the second installment of "Rome" starts shooting at Italy's Cinecitta, a toned-down version of HBO's lusty historical skein has finally marched onto Roman TV screens sans nudity and violence.
Asmall, pulpy thriller centered on a time bomb ticking in a stuck elevator, "Floor 17" is a refreshing piece of no-budget Italo filmmaking. Helming duo the Manetti Brothers manage to maximize their…
A restored version of 1914 ancient-Rome epic "Cabiria," a landmark Italian silent, will unspool as a special event at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Helmer Giovanni Pastrone's pic, reconstructed…
Milan prosecutors on Friday requested that Italian TV-tycoon-turned-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi and British lawyer David Mills stand trial on corruption charges, stemming from a probe involving…
Buena Vista Intl. Italia is making its first foray into local production with Sicily-set "Salvatore," a true tale of an enterprising young orphan, the first of several projects being developed with…
Less than three years after launching Sky Italia, Rupert Murdoch is eyeing an IPO of News Corp.'s budding Italo satcaster.
Italo indie stable Cattleya's push for local auteurs to hatch commercially viable pics fit to play outside national confines is starting to pay off.
CBS telepic "Pope John Paul II" is getting the pontifical treatment in Karol Wojtyla's native Poland, where a custom-made theatrical version preems today with star Jon Voight, helmer John Kent…