September 11, 2013 |
It's been a hangout of intellectuals and politicians for about 450 years, and for the last 40, the gorgeous Villa d'Este on Lake Como in Italy has been the place where other politicians and intellectuals, joined by the modern-day aristocrats -- capitalists -- still gather to chew the very expensive fat about the state of the world's economy. The firepower at the annual Ambrosetti Forum is big caliber: industrialists and political leaders from Italy and beyond its borders. In years past, Joe Biden, Dick Cheney, Henry Kissinger, Bill Gates and Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI, have shown up to speak and nosh.
September 7, 2013 |
In a night of unexpected winners, Italian documentarian Gianfranco Rosi's study of the denizens of a famous highway circling Rome, "Sacro GRA," was awarded the Venice Film Festival's highest honor, the Golden Lion Award, Saturday. The Silver Lion Award, the prize for directing, went to Greece's Alexandros Avranas for his story of the apparent suicide of an 11-year-old girl, “Miss Violence.” The film was also awarded a special jury prize. The Grand Jury Prize, a recent addition to the festival's awards, was given to Taiwan's "Stray Dogs," directed by Tsai Ming-liang.
August 28, 2013 |
Summer's not yet over and Hollywood's annual awards race has already started - though you may have to hop a plane and travel several thousand miles to notice. The Venice Film Festival opens Wednesday, to be quickly followed by two other high-profile gatherings: Colorado's intimate Telluride fest convenes Thursday, and Toronto's massive confab starts a week later. If history repeats itself, the Italian festival could be a launching pad for some of the top Academy Award contenders of 2014.
August 21, 2013 |
The barest details of Luca Parmitano's near-drowning in space are harrowing enough: The Italian astronaut's spacesuit helmet began filling with water as he floated outside the International Space Station. Now, Parmitano has published a first-person account on the European Space Agency website that brings the chilling ordeal to life. In an unprecedented malfunction, Parmitano's suit and helmet began to fill with about 1 to 1.5 liters of leaked water, officials said at the time. The floating liquid soon blocked the astronaut's ears, nose and sight, forcing officials to cut the spacewalk from roughly six hours to 1 hour and 32 minutes, the shortest in space station history.
August 14, 2013 |
Amateur chefs will have the chance to learn from professionals as the Venetian begins a series of cooking classes. The Venetian has partnered with Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts to provide guests with six-hour classes during which students will learn how to use master chefs' skills in their own culinary creations. At the end of each class, participants will dine on the lunches they have prepared. The classes will feature a variety of cuisines and techniques.
August 9, 2013 |
LONDON -- A Sicilian Mafia boss who was lived with his family in a quiet London suburb for two decades was denied bail by a British court Friday and ordered held on a warrant from Italian authorities who have sought his extradition since January 2012. Domenico Rancadore, 64, known in Britain as Marc Skinner, a retired teacher and father of two, was arrested Wednesday night by London police acting on the Italian warrant, according to media reports. A London court confirmed Rancadore's arrest and detention without bail Friday.
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August 5, 2013 |
The Italian newlywed killed after a car tore across a crowded Venice Beach boardwalk died of blunt force trauma to the head and neck, coroner's officials said Monday. The autopsy on Alice Gruppioni, 32, was completed, and L.A. County coroner's spokesman Ed Winter said her death had been ruled a homicide. The tourist was on her honeymoon when the blue Dodge Avenger plowed along the boardwalk Saturday, striking pedestrians and vendors on the popular Ocean Front Walk. Eleven others, including Gruppioni's husband, Christian Casadei, were injured.
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August 5, 2013 |
An autopsy was scheduled Monday for the Italian newlywed killed when a car plowed into a crowded Venice boardwalk, the coroner's department said. Alice Gruppioni, 32, an Italian tourist on her honeymoon, died Saturday after witnesses said the blue Dodge sedan tore across Ocean Front Walk, appearing to target pedestrians as it reached speeds near 60 mph. Eleven others, including Gruppioni's husband, were injured, officials said. Gruppioni's family arrived in Southern California on Sunday night, NBC Los Angeles reported.
August 3, 2013 |
It was a Thursday night and the place was packed: the Italian American Social Club was saying goodbye to one of its own. Singer Mark Giovi was leaving town, and the dress-for-success crowd sipped martinis and watched him work the room with the verve of a Rat Pack member. Just like the old days. Over more than five decades, the venerable social club and restaurant on Sahara Avenue, a few miles east of The Strip, has seen its good times and bad: Sinatra was once a member here and Dino (Martin)