Venice jury prexy Dante Ferretti is not a man to mince words. "Are you asking me what on Earth possessed me do it?" says the revered Italian production designer, a 2004 Oscar winner for "The Aviator."
As Silvio Berlusconi vacations under the Sardinian sun, Italy's prime minister and billionaire media mogul is becoming a hot cinematic commodity.
Piracy fears surrounding the Sept. 3 world preem of Lasse Hallstrom's "Casanova" at the Venice Film Festival are causing friction between Buena Vista Intl. and local pols clamoring for an outdoor…
U.S. cult helmer Paul Morrissey's docu "Veruschka," co-helmed by Germany's Bernd Bohm, and Brit hit horror pic "The Descent" are late entries to the 62nd Venice Film Festival's official selection…
Claudio Petruccioli has been appointed prexy of Italo pubcaster RAI, ending a 15-month management crisis at the country's top web. A senator and prominent member of Italy's Democratic Party of the…
Gondola loads of Chinese and Far East features and a slew of star-studded U.S. pics -- albeit fewer from the Hollywood majors -- fill a slimmed-down lineup at the upcoming 62nd Venice Film Festival.
Three pics from the States -- all with non-U.S. natives as central characters -- are among 14 geographically diverse titles set to unspool at the upcoming Venice Film Festival's Venice Days sidebar.
Call it a Hail Mary effort. With piracy accounting for 25% of Italy's music market, the country's recording industry copyright society has stepped up efforts to collect royalties from businesses and…
Italy's new media regulator said Thursday that the duopoly of pubcaster RAI and commercial rival Mediaset could be broken only by the introduction of digital terrestrial TV.
U.S. helmer Rian Johnson's film noir tribute "Brick" will be among seven first works from three continents unspooling at the Venice Film Festival's 20th Critics Week. "Brick," a Sundance standout…
Italy's Warner Village Cinemas is on the block, which could mark the end of Warner Bros.' exhibition biz in Europe. Dresdner Bank is fielding offers for the country's largest exhibition circuit…