Monday, April 22, 2024

Exclusive: Tarantino, Waltz Surprise Honorees This Tuesday At LA-Italia (Plus See SNL “Django” Parody Here)


Exclusive: Quentin Tarantino and Christoph Waltz will be honored on Tuesday at the LA-Italia Festival in Hollywood. This little Italy week in movieland has turned into a big deal, and a showcase for Harvey Weinstein’s Oscar nominees. The whole cast of “Silver Linings Playbook” is also being feted this week. So is the great Al Pacino, by the way. Last night, Waltz was a hilarious host on “Saturday Night Live.” He appeared in a parody of “Django Unchained” called “Djesus Uncrossed.” (See below.) LA-Italia is connected to the burgeoning Ischia Film Festival in Italy, which happens every July and attracts amazing talent. Pascal Vicedomini is the mastermind. (But he’s got to fix their crazy website.) Anyway, if you love Italy and Italian films actors, this week in LA is for you. And for me! Prego!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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