| Apr 7, 2014
| 4:30 PM
ROME -- The Weinstein Company has closed a deal with Beta Film to acquire U.S. rights to "Gomorrah," the hot Italo TV series that depicts the real Neapolitan mob with a degree of authenticity never seen before.
The deal marks the first time an Italian TV...
| Apr 15, 2014
| 5:00 AM
ROME -- Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was ordered Tuesday to spend a year performing community service among the elderly as his sentence for committing tax fraud at his media conglomerate.
The decision by a Milan judge spares...
| Mar 10, 2014
| 8:02 AM
It's Monday night and Miley Cryus' mega-ballad "Wrecking Ball" is playing in G-major, morphing the Billboard hit into a demonic electronic haunt that shakes the walls at Glendale's industrial club, Complex. A crew of loyal karaoke aficionados move...
| Mar 11, 2014
| 12:30 PM
ROME - Hong Kong multihyphenate Fruit Chan will be the guest of honour at the 16th Far East Festival in Udine, Italy, Europe's biggest showcase of genre and mainstream Asian cinema.
Chan, a maverick director, producer and actor, is known for directing...
| Mar 14, 2014
| 4:30 AM
ROME - Misha Barton, Danny Trejo, Michael Madsen and Daniel Baldwin are attached to star in sex-trafficking thriller "Hope Lost," which will start shooting in Rome this month, directed by young Italo helmer David Petrucci and produced by expanding Rome...
| Mar 8, 2014
Nearly 50 years after it was attributed to the great Italian artist Caravaggio, a haunting early 1600s portrait of St. Francis found hanging in a Roman church began to attract doubters.
Less than two decades later, the discovery of a previously...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
The Appian Way -- Rome's gateway to the East -- was Europe's first super highway and the wonder of its day. Built in 312 B.C., it connected Rome with Capua (near Naples), running in a straight line for much of the way. Eventually it stretched 400 miles to...
| Sep 22, 2013
Jhumpa Lahiri, who at 46 has already won a Pulitzer Prize (for her first book, the 1999 story collection "Interpreter of Maladies"), and was recently shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize (for her new novel, "The Lowland"), does a number of things...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 12:54 PM
The hot priests calendar. In Rome, that's what they call the Calendario Romano. Its pages are filled with good-looking young men in clerical garb, posing for the camera.
Yes, they're actual priests, photographer Piero Pazzi told the Los Angeles Times,...
| Dec 11, 2013
Stand within the Colosseum's massive bowl, and you can practically hear the roar of the ancient crowd. But to capture the sounds of today's Rome, it's best to get away from the flurry of tourists and settle into a quaint trattoria like Da Tonino, where...
| Nov 26, 2013
With each trip I take, I make it a point to bring home cultural souvenirs -- gold nuggets of experiences I'll remember all my life. Whether it's sitting and talking with a Muslim at the Great Mosque of Granada in Spain, waving a flag at an Irish hurling...