Italy has selected the bureaucrat formerly in charge of administering the country's finances as prexy of pubcaster RAI. The choice of Andrea Monorchio is a surprise as appointment to the post, along…
The Eternal City plans to bow its own high-profile international film fest in October 2006, occupying Milan's defunct Mifed film mart timeslot. Robert De Niro has accepted Rome mayor Walter…
True to its top-dog standing, Italy's Medusa Film is back from Cannes with a stack of freshly inked deal memos clinching promising -- if somewhat edgy -- titles, likely to bolster the Silvio…
The 62nd Venice Intl. Film Festival will open with Hong Kong helmer Tsui Hark's epic martial arts fantasy "Seven Swords," out of competition.
First the Vatican sends out a puff of white smoke -- now it's accused of sending out electromagnetic waves.
Italian pubcaster RAI is expected to broadcast clips of "Submission, Part I" today -- the first time a national web will have aired the controversial 12-minute short since it was shown on Dutch TV in…
Admissions are sagging in Italy so far this year, down at least 10%, yet prospects are quite positive. The B.O. is expected to improve thanks to a summer season packed with Hollywood fare and…
Sitting in a trailer by a medieval castle in the Roman countryside, Dino De Laurentiis puffs on a cigarillo and waxes proudly about British helmer David Leland's "The Decameron," the first of a trio…
Veteran Italian sales agent Adriana Chiesa has been appointed topper of Italy's film promotion body AIP-FilmItalia.
Italian helmer Gabriele Muccino ("The Last Kiss") will direct Will Smith in Columbia Pictures' inspirational pic "The Pursuit of Happyness," based on the true rags-to-riches tale of Chicago…
While Pope Benedict XVI has been compared to Darth Vader by Catholic liberals, the new pontiff's association with showbiz seemingly stops there.