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Godfather cafe under threat of closure

March 18th, 2014 4:10am EDT
The Godfather Part II
A Rome cafe which has featured in films like The Godfather Part Ii and To Rome With Love is facing closure.

The Antico Caffe della Pace near the city's Piazza Navona has been a celebrity haven for decades, but financial issues have prompted the owners to move on.

Reports suggest the property bosses, who run the building that houses the cafe, are keen to turn the site into a hotel.

A petition launched by locals will be handed to local lawmakers in an effort to save the place, and have it listed as a historic landmark.

As well as featuring in films shot in and around Rome, the Antico Caff...

Italian actor Giuliano Gemma dies in car crash

October 2nd, 2013 3:03am EDT
Italian film star Giuliano Gemma was killed in a car crash on Tuesday (01Oct13).

The 75 year old was involved in a collision near Rome, Italy. He was taken to hospital but died shortly after his arrival.

After working as a stuntman, he began acting in 1962. He became famous for his roles in spaghetti westerns, appearing in films such as A Pistol for Ringo, Blood for a Silver Dollar and Day of Anger.

He went on to win the David di Donatello, Italy's equivalent of the Oscar, for his performance in Desert of Tartars in 1976.

James Gandolfini remembered at wake

June 27th, 2013 3:11am EDT
James Gandolfini
James Gandolfini's family and close friends gathered in New Jersey on Wednesday (26Jun13) to pay their respects to the late actor at a private wake.

The Sopranos star died on 19 June (13) after suffering a fatal heart attack in Rome, Italy and his body was repatriated on Sunday night (23Jun13) ahead of an invitation-only viewing of his body at the Robert Spearing Funeral Home in Park Ridge.

Gandolfini's widow Deborah Lin and his sisters were spotted arriving for the memorial, while his eight-month-old daughter Liliana was carried in covered by a blanket, according to E! News.

Police patr...

The Sopranos stars grieve James Gandolfini's death

June 20th, 2013 3:21am EDT
The Sopranos
The cast and crew of The Sopranos are mourning the loss of former colleague James Gandolfini, who died in Italy on Wednesday (19Jun13).

The actor, best known for playing mob boss Tony Soprano in the hit drama, was just 51 years old when he passed away after reportedly suffering a heart attack in Rome.

The stars of The Sopranos and bosses behind the TV series were plunged into mourning upon hearing of his death, and have now offered their condolences.

David Chase, the show's creator, was one of the first to release a statement, which reads, "He was a genius. Anyone who saw him even in the...

Tyler Perry And Other Famous Movie Studio Fires

May 2nd, 2012 4:50pm EDT
Tyler Perry
A fire last night at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta nearly threatened to put Madea out of commission. Luckily, the Atlanta police arrived in time to stop the blaze with only some damage to backlot facades - Perry can get back in his dress as soon he wants. However, this reminds us of other fires that damaged legendary Hollywood studios.

2008 saw Universal Studios' worst fire, taking 12 hours to put out and damaging many of the classic backlots (including Courthouse Square from Back to the Future) and the original King Kong ride. Reconstruction included the new King Kong 360 attraction and ...

Everything Geeky - We Geeks Hate You Too, Emmys

September 22nd, 2009 8:45am EDT
Neil Patrick Harris
As many eager television viewers may know, the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards was on Sunday evening, and despite going up against a very important football game it scored the higher ratings than the past three years. The Emmys have been declining in viewership, as have most of the major awards shows, and last year was especially dismal.

Luckily the Emmys decided to bolster their show by having a fan favorite as the host - CBS golden boy Neil Patrick Harris - and have a generally well written script for the presenters and in-between segments. This is all well and good, but for geekdom, it wa...

Summer TV Guide: 'True Blood,' 'Nurse Jackie' & Much More!

June 1st, 2009 9:15am EDT
Nurse Jackie
There are many things to love about summer - the beach, the sunlight, the smiling faces all around you, and more reasons to get out and about. This means your television may be left lonely at home, but with the majority of fan favorite TV shows off the air, does it matter? Don't be silly, there are plenty of summer TV programs worth watching ... and some new ones you might just want to keep an eye on.

Here's a look at some returning and new shows for the summer of 2009, and for full schedule lists you can check out each channel's website!


Burn Notice (June 4, USA...

'Battlestar Galactica' Spin-Off 'Caprica' To Premiere Exclusively On DVD April 21

March 10th, 2009 5:00pm EDT
Caprica, the highly anticipated prequel to Battlestar Galactica, will enjoy its world premiere exclusively on DVD on April 21, 2009 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. In a groundbreaking move sure to delight fans of the long-running television phenomenon, the feature-length prequel will be available on DVD as a limited-edition uncut and unrated version before the series' broadcast premiere on the SCI FI Channel in 2010. Caprica is executive produced by Ronald D. Moore and David Eick (Battlestar Galactica) and Remi Aubuchon (24). Exclusive bonus features that take viewers behind the ...

Sci Fi Channel Greenlights 'Battlestar Galactica' Prequel Series 'Caprica'

December 2nd, 2008 6:00pm EST
Battlestar Galactica
Sci Fi Channel has greenlit production on the new original series Caprica, ordering 20 hours of the drama including the two-hour pilot, it was announced today by Dave Howe, President, Sci Fi. Caprica is the prequel to Sci Fi's hit original series Battlestar Galactica and stars Eric Stoltz (Milk, Chicago Hope), Esai Morales (Jericho, NYPD Blue), Paula Malcomson (Deadwood, ER) and Golden Globe nominee Polly Walker (Cane, Rome).

Set 50 years before Battlestar Galactica, Caprica follows two rival families – the Graystones and the Adamas – as they grow, compete, and thrive in the vibrant wo...

Kevin McKidd Joins The Cast Of 'Grey's Anatomy'

November 13th, 2008 1:38pm EST
Kevin McKidd
Kevin McKidd has joined the cast of ABC's popular drama "Grey's Anatomy." McKidd first appeared as Major Owen Hunt in this season's premiere episode of "Grey's Anatomy," titled "Dream a Little Dream of Me." Hunt has joined the staff of Seattle Grace Hospital as the head of trauma surgery, after serving as a top military field surgeon in Iraq.

An established star of film, television and theatre, the Scottish actor has made a name for himself playing such varied roles as a doomed drug addict in "Trainspotting," a brooding Caesar-era soldier in HBO's "Rome" and a time-traveling journalist...

The 'That Guy' Encyclopedia, Letters A Through K

May 7th, 2008 8:30am EDT
Chris Cooper
Hey, isn’t that...? You know, that guy. The guy that always plays someone in the military. He was in, uh, Syriana, The Kingdom... Oh yeah! He was the father of the emo kid in American Beauty!

Throughout cinematic history, there has been a plethora of actors that, for some reason or another, never become a household name. So here is a cheat sheet of sorts, a brief encyclopedia on "That Guy."

After reading this you can impress your friends! Win the movie game (the one where you name an actor, someone names a film he or she was in, next player names another actor in that film, etc....

Is HBO Losing Its Edge?

April 14th, 2008 10:57am EDT
The Sopranos
Remember the slogan, "It's not TV, It's HBO?" Well, up until a couple months ago this marketing ploy actually rang true. HBO has long been the trendsetter of original series that break all boundaries and push audiences' perception of what television is and should be.

Unfortunately, thanks to the culminations of the network's most beloved quartet of series - Sex and the City, Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, and most recently The Wire - the Crown Royal of premium cable programming is in threat of losing its edge over the best of the rest.

There was a time when HBO stood for first-run...

A Salute To Irish Actors On St. Patrick's Day

March 17th, 2008 10:00am EDT
Colin Farrell
There’s something undeniably sexy about an Irish accent. Add celebrity into the mix, and you have a pretty powerful combination. Here are some of the Irish actors whose charisma, talent and lilting speech have made them favorites among moviegoers and TV fans:

When you think "Irish actor," Colin Farrell immediately comes to mind. A reformed bad boy who reportedly dated Britney Spears and made an infamous sex tape with former girlfriend and Playboy model Nicole Narain, Farrell has altered his priorities in the past few years.

Farrell recently showed his tender side when he opened...

Upcoming Comic Book Films Worth Checking Out, Part 2

January 11th, 2008 12:03pm EST
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
"Hellboy II: The Golden Army" (July 11)

This is a sequel to the first "Hellboy" and is based off an enormously well received series created by Dark Horse Comics. Hellboy is the greatest supernatural detective and blends many aspects of classical horror and magic with a uniquely dry sense of humor.

The first movie was moderately popular, and the DVD sales were positive enough that a sequel was given the green light. It will be directed again by Guillermo del Toro, and star Ron Perlman as Hellboy, Selma Blair as Liz, and Doug Jones as Abe Sapien.

"Hellboy" has always been a f...

New TV On DVD, Aug. 7

August 7th, 2007 8:00am EDT
The Simpsons
On the heels of the enormously popular The Simpsons Movie comes season 10 of The Simpsons on DVD. Episodes include: ‘Lisa Gets an A,’ ‘Wild Barts Can’t Be Broken,’ Lard of the Dance,’ ‘Simpsons Bible Stories’ and ‘They Saved Lisa’s Brain.’ Also on DVD: season 1 of Eight Simple Rules, season 2 of The Hills and Rome, season 7 of Home Improvement and season 8 of Roseanne.

HBO Store Opens In NYC; Win HBO Stuff!

March 19th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
HBO Contest
To mark the Grand Opening of the new HBO Store in New York City, Starpulse has teamed up with Deep Focus to give away a great HBO prize to one lucky winner each week!

The long-awaited, new HBO Shop in NYC has finally opened its doors to the public! The store offers exclusive items pertaining to each of HBO's hit series including, Sex and the City, Entourage, Rome, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, Extras, and more.

Some of the items at the store are exclusive to the Shop and are housed as mini-museum items for viewing only. Some of the exclusive items you can fin...

Special Effects Not Needed in Purefoy's 'Rome' Nude Scene

January 13th, 2007 7:34pm EST
James Purefoy
British actor James Purefoy has laughed off reports his manhood was digitally enhanced for a full frontal nude scene in gritty TV series Rome. The star, who plays Roman leader Mark Antony in the epic drama, bared all for a bathing scene in the first series - where he was toweled down by a slave.

And he's keen to point out that reports he asked a special effects technician to enlarge his penis are untrue - that dishonor belongs to one of his unnamed co-stars.

He says, "I won't say whose it was, but there was a penis in the series that may have been slightly enhanced. But it wasn't ...

'The Simpsons' Wins Best Animated Award

August 21st, 2006 9:54am EDT
The Simpsons
The Simpsons won the best animated program at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday - the ninth time it has been awarded the prize. An episode of the show, entitled “The Seemingly Never-Ending Story,” beat a controversial episode of South Park, in which The Church Of Scientology and follower Tom Cruise were mocked.

Simpsons producer Al Jean said in his acceptance speech, "This is what happens when you don't mock Scientology."

Other winners at the ceremony, which celebrates technical achievement in television, included UK/US-made drama Elizabeth I, which scoop...

New TV on DVD, August 15

August 15th, 2006 8:00am EDT
The first season of HBO's historic drama Rome is now on DVD. The first season follows Julius Caesar's rise to dictatorship, his subsequent fall, and his assassination. Also on DVD: the complete series of Surface, season four of Hogan's Heroes and Full House, season five of The Jeffersons and 3rd Rock From the Sun, and season eight of The Simpsons.

Get Exclusive Footage From HBO's Shows ... For Free

June 17th, 2006 10:00am EDT
Two of HBO’s most popular original series, Entourage and Deadwood, are back again and fans can go “on location” for exclusive footage, intriguing cast interviews and other original features via HBO’s website or Apple’s iTunes Music Store – all for free.

Viewers will also be able to go behind-the-scenes of HBO’s newest comedy series “Lucky Louie,” starring Louis C.K. as head of a blue collar family, and “Dane Cook’s Tourgasm,” a docu-style comedy series that follows the rising stand-up comic during his college tour last spring.

These new editions join the wealth of HBO podcasts a...

Cingular Users: Look For 'The Sopranos,' Other HBO Content

December 15th, 2005 2:19pm EST
The Sopranos
Cingular Wireless and HBO are joining to offer exclusive content to wireless users. The upcoming launch of Cingular Video, an on-demand streaming video service, is the only place to get selected episodes, clips of unforgettable scenes and bonus material from award-winning HBO shows, cartoons and never-before-seen comedy and sports.

While the video content will be available early next year, the downloadable content is available starting tomorrow. These elements will include:

- Messaging: Read The Sopranos "Mob Lingo" and Curb Your Enthusiasm "Curb-isms"

- RingTones: Theme ring...

Writers Guild Picks Best in TV Writing

December 14th, 2005 3:06pm EST
The Writers Guild of America just announced nominations for outstanding achievement in television writing during the 2005 season. Nominees for best dramatic series are: Deadwood, Grey's Anatomy, Lost, Six Feet Under, and The West Wing. Best comedy series nominees are Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Entourage, My Name Is Earl, and The Office. Picks for best new series are Everybody Hates Chris, Grey's Anatomy, My Name Is Earl, The Office, and Rome.

For a complete list of nominations, go here.

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