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The amazing job done for this movie, a new gendre between animation and real shooting, has got him the Lifetime Achievement Award from HPA, the Hollywood Professional Association.
Anyway, there’s much of being an Italian American beside his success. “When I saw ‘The Godfather’ I thought that, if an Italian American guy like me has made it, then I’d make it too. So I decided to get involved”. Rob comes from Asbury Park, New Jersey, and graduated from Ocean Township High School. After that he moved to California to study cinematography at Brooke Institute in Santa Barbara, where he had the opportunity of learning from such Maestri of photography as Vittorio Storaro.
Commitment and hard work made the rest: Bob has been awarded three Oscars, two Emmys and two BAFTAs just to mention his most relevant achievements. Yet, to him working is always a matter of chemistry: “You need to get the director, art director, cinematographer in a room and do take after take until everything works together and you get that magical moment”. And that’s how the Italian American guy has made it.
“One of the memories I hold dearest it’s me sitting on the lap of my Grandpa, while we are watching the Italian football matches on TV . If he were still here, I hope he said I’m doing the right thing”. Matt Rizzetta is much more than a football fan: he is among the stakeholders of S.S. Città di Campobasso and Ascoli Calcio 1989 F.C., adding his huge passion for soccer to his deep love for his Italian heritage.
What is it like being an Italian American? A stereotype? Or rather a mix of cultures and traditions? Mike Fiorito, a Newyorker from an Italian family, explores the vivacious universe of the Italian Americans in his books, finding out that there’s much more out there than just a bunch of Guidos.
New York City being struck by Corona virus, Governor Andrew Cuomo asked for help, and he was heard. While doctors, nurses and care providers were quickly running out protections to be safe at work, an Italian American guy in love with fashion made his move. Christian Siriano, a young stylist of the NYC scene, answered the call: “If Governor Cuomo says we need masks, my team will help make some. I have a full sewing team still on staff working from home that can help”, he tweeted.
He’s probably one of the most popular persons of this new decade. Doctor Anthony Fauci is not only at the head of the US task force set up to fight COVID-19, he’s one of the top – if not the top – immunologist in the world. So, maybe it’s time to discover a bit more about him.
“Discovering my roots has been essential to understand who I am”. John Turturro was born on Febraury 28th 1957 but this is not the news here. John, son to a man from Puglia and a woman from Sicily, has always been so keen on his Italian heritage that he has let it influence not only his lifestyle but also his work.
Sometimes Hollywood stars shine for real in the sky. Téa Leoni is one of them: a Belgian researcher working at La Silla Observatory Centre in Chile named an asteroid after her.