Tony Lip (born Frank Anthony Vallelonga) originates from the Bronx, New York. He worked for twelve years at the world-famous Copacabana Nightclub in New York City. At the Copa, he played host to the most famous personalities of the era, including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Bobby Darin. Lip then went on to a career in acting. He got his first big break when he was cast in the hit film, The Godfather. Since then he has appeared in several major motion pictures including Crazy Joe, The Pope of Greenwich Village, The Year of the Dragon, Honor Thy Fathers, Goodfellas, and Donnie Brasco. He was most recently featured as the New York mob boss Carmine Lupertazzi on the hit HBO series, The Sopranos. He has also added "author" to his credits. In his book "Shut Up and Eat!" Lip shares personal stories as well as his family's favorite Italian recipes. He has also gathered his favorite Italian-America actors and friends, including Danny Aiello, James Gandolfini, Chazz Palmintieri and Joe Mantegna to do the same. For the first time ever, these actors-stars of such hits as The Godfather, Goodfellas, Donnie Brasco, Moonstruck, The Sopranos, and A Bronx Tale-share their families' secret recipes. Plus they tell their own stories of growing up as Italian-Americans. This delightful cookbook, full of photos, personal stories, and favorite recipes, shows why preparing and sharing an Italian meal is a truly rich experience.
|Peter Austin Noto
Peter Austin Noto is an actors actor who has performed with the biggest stars in Show Business. In 1985 Peter Austin Noto stopped working as a Design Architect on the upper east side of New York City to pursue a modeling career. In 1987 Peter landed a part in the movie Moonstruck with Cher and Nicolas Cage and met David Giardina and in time would form a partnership. Until that pairing began Peter worked on all (6) New York Soap Opera's and there were (6) in 1987 along with small parts in the movie's Fisher King, Last Exit To Brooklyn and lanes, Trains & Automobiles.
By 1990 Peter Austin Noto and David Giardina started discussing putting there untamed comedy into a project cultivated working on movies together called Pete & Dave In Show Business. The two with full force just created and created. Filming began in early 1990 and reached into 1991. Once the comedy master piece was complete Pete & Dave went on a extensive tour promoting the show on radio, TV and to anybody who would listen. Both began doing stand up comedy for Pete & Dave at Caroline's in New York City as well as the NY Comedy Club, McQuiers Comedy Club, Governors Comedy Club with extensive radio appearances on the Ray Heatherton Radio Show. As the momentum grew so did the tension and culminated with the last appearance of Pete & Dave on the Michael Blinderman TV Talk Show in New York City. Both have yet to work or talk since. The Pete & Dave project just sits on the back burner waiting to be awaken, only time will tell.
Since the end of Pete & Dave in 1992 Peter Austin Noto has worked on TV, Film, Theater, Commercials and Modeling Ads. Starting in 1993 Peter Austin Noto was part of Radio City Music Hall's Jesus Was His Name Show that toured America and the rest of the world for over 3 years.
In 1996 as fate would have it Peter was cast as the Time Warner Cable Thief the biggest commercial on the East Cost for 1996. Peter Austin Noto received great critical acclaim for the Time Warner Cable Thief and the doors started to open. In 1996 Saturday Night Live started working with Peter as a regular supportive player and that marriage continuos till this day. Peter Austin Noto started playing Striker on USA Up All Night with Rhonda Sheer. In 1997 Peter was a regular sketch performer on The Chris Rock Show until the show ended in 2000.
During that time Peter Austin Noto started working on two unknown shows from the begging, one called Sex In The City as Samantha's Friend played by Kim Cattrall from 1999 to 2004 and the other called The Sopranos as Tony's Friend played by James Gandolfini from 1999 to 2002. In -between Peter managed to be work on the Nationally Syndicated TV Talk Show The John King Show as CO-Host from 1995-2005. even as this momentum was blazing along Peter had been a regular comic on Late Night with Conan O'Brien from 1994 to the end of the show's run in 2009.
During this time Peter had parts in the films, Uncle Marvin's Apartment 2009, The In-laws in 2005, Collinsville in 2003 Riding In Cars With Boys in 2001 who Peter has since performed with Drew Barrymore 3 times on Saturday Night Live.
Peter has also worked on the cult classic Strangers With Candy as Candy's pizza boy and currently HBO's The Flight of the Conchords.
With his ability to capture a plethora of characters, he relentlessly demands the people all around him there full attention as soon as he appears.. This highly magnetic actor is continuously being praised and admired for his inspiring and powerful ways along with a natural sexuality.
David Watkin was born on March 23rd 1925 to a middle class family in Kent, England. Being fond of classical music, he originally wanted to become a pianist despite the lack of support from his religious father.
Watkin served shortly in World War II before finally beginning his career in cinema. His break into the film world arrived when he shot the memorable title sequence for the film 'Goldfinger', in 1964. Being an innovator in cinematography, he was known as having an artistic technique- almost picturesque. His most famous works are 'Jesus of Nazareth', 'Moonstruck', 'Out of Africa', and many other known titles.
Composer, songwriter ("Autumn Once Again"), conductor and arranger, educated at Northwestern University (Bachelor of Music degree) and through music studies with Robert Delaney. He served in the U.S. Army and while there, arranged for the Army Band in Washington, DC. He served as an assistant to Morton Gould, and he was awarded the Four Freedoms Foundation George Washington Honor award. He was director of publications for the Chappell Music Company. He composed, arranged, and conducted the OEO radio series "Voices of Vista". Joining ASCAP in 1954, his song and instrumental compositions also include "Danse Montmartre", "Moonstruck", "Other Side of the Moon", "Tall in the Saddle", "City Children", "Touch o' the Moon", "The Sentry Boy", and "Lead Us, O Lord".
Joe Abrams is President and CEO of Brilliant Films, a new company established in association with the UK's leading talent agency, Independent (formerly ICM London), which serves as Brilliant's advisor. A stand-alone venture with its own development fund, Brilliant Films fully finances the development of director, writer and talent-packaged projects.
Before setting up Brilliant Films, Abrams acquired the motion picture and television rights to a number of the key works of Noel Coward, Agatha Christie, and W. Somerset Maugham, and produced Easy Virtue (based on the Noel Coward play) with Ealing Studios.
After starting his career with CBS, Abrams joined Columbia Pictures Television in 1985 where he served as Vice President Cable, Pay Television and Home Video. In 1987 Abrams moved to MGM/UA, where as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Pay Television he was responsible for licensing all MGM and UA features and television product to the pay and basic cable networks, including such titles as Rain Man, Moonstruck, and the James Bond films.
In 1990, following the sale of MGM/UA to Pathé, Abrams joined Capital Cities/ABC to head their international sales. As President of ABC Distribution Company, he had direct responsibility for the worldwide licensing of all ABC-owned entertainment and sports programming, ABC News, as well as such event programs as The Academy Awards and The Beatles Anthology. Abrams also served for ABC on the Board of Directors of both Lifetime and the Arts & Entertainment Network
In 1998, after the sale of Capital Cities/ABC to The Walt Disney Company, Abrams joined Pearson PLC. As President of Pearson Television International, Abrams led the worldwide sales organization, with primary responsibility for the distribution of over 15,000 hours of Pearson Television programming in every genre, to over 150 countries--including such titles as Neighbors, Homicide, The Bill, The World at War, Baywatch, and Mr. Bean.
In 2001, with the sale of Pearson Television (renamed FremantleMedia) to the RTL Group, Abrams established his consulting business to provide strategy, marketing and sales consulting to the media and entertainment industry, with a mix of clients that have included Sony/Columbia Pictures Television, BMG, the Sundance Channel, and Elvis Presley Enterprises - as well as a number of private equity firms involved with media transactions.
Lee Rich was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to a banker and his wife. He graduated from the University of Athens with a marketing degree. During World War II Mr. Rich served in the United States Navy reaching the rank of Lieutenant.
Mr. Rich began his career in advertising as an office boy at Lord & Thomas in New York. At the renown ad agency Benton & Bowles Mr. Rich rose to senior vice president and a member of the board. In this position he ran the agency's program department and served as the sponsors' representative on numerous tv shows including "The Andy Griffith Show," "Make Room for Daddy," "The Edge Of Night," "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." and "The Dick Van Dyke Show" among many others.
In 1965, Rich became a producer when he became a partner in the Mirisch-Rich Co where he was the executive in charge of production on the World War II series "The Rat Patrol" and the sitcom "Hey, Landlord" created by Garry Marshall.
After briefly returning to the advertising industry with the Leo Burnett Agency, Mr. Rich returned to Hollywood when he formed Lorimar Productions with Merv Adelson. Some of their many successes include "The Waltons," "Falcon Crest," "Eight Is Enough," "Dallas," "Flamingo Road," "The Blue Knight," "Sybil" and "Helter Skelter."
In 1986 Mr. Rich left Lorimar to join MGM/UA as Chairman and CEO. In that position he greenlit a number of modern classics such as "A Fish Called Wanda,", "Moonstruck" and "Rain Man."
After leaving MGM/UA Mr. Rich set up Lee Rich Productions which was based at Warner Brothers.
Pontac began his filmmaking career in 1981 in the effects houses of Hollywood, directing film graphics for commercials and features. His commercial work included spots for Coca-Cola, Disneyland, Norelco, and Shell Oil. His feature effects were seen in films such as Never Say Never Again, Moonstruck, and Douglas Trumbulls groundbreaking Showscan film New Magic. In 1987 Pontac moved to Northern California to serve as art director for The New Adventures of Gumby, for which he produced sets, puppets and artwork for thirty-three episodes of syndicated animation. In 1989, Pontac returned to Hollywood to create and produce a prime-time television pilot that aired on ABC TV. He spent a year on the Warner Brothers lot working in development with various writers and producers, then returned to Northern California to create his own company, Danger Productions. Danger Productions employed a staff of one hundred artists and animators who created content for television, video games, and computer applications. The company produced twenty-six half-hours of the ABC TV animated program Bump in the Night, which Pontac created, produced, wrote and directed. Danger Productions also designed and produced the characters for the best-selling video game Clayfighter for Interplay, as well as creating animated assets for Microsofts Office 97 and My Personal Tutor. From 1990 to the present Pontac has written scripts for animated television episodes that have been translated into a dozen languages and shown around the world. During that time he has also worked as a director for the UPN prime time animated program Gary & Mike, for which his episode Phish Phry won an Emmy for Best Art Direction. He was also nominated for an Emmy for his work on the Discovery Kids series ToddWorld. Pontac is now a writer and story-editor for Mondo Media's very popular show Happy Tree Friends. Pontac lives in Sausalito with his wife, Susan Linton, and his dog, Whistle.
Academy Award-winning producer, songwriter ("Everybody Loves Somebody", "My Old Flame", "Sing You Sinners", "Cocktails for Two"), composer, publisher and author, educated at Erasmus Hall High School. He co-founded Spier & Coslow, Inc.
His Broadway stage credits include the score for "Artists and Models". He co-founded the "Soundie" industry, and produced many of the Soundies films. He was also associate producer and songwriter for the MGM short Heavenly Music which was awarded an Oscar for best short subject of 1943. Traveling to London in 1954, he wrote for film and stage musicals. He joined ASCAP in 1923. (One of his non-musical publications was "Technical Stock Reports".) His chief musical collaborators included Sammy Fain, Arthur Johnston, Ralph Rainger, Sigmund Romberg, Jimmy Van Heusen, Richard A. Whiting, Harry M. Woods, Burton Lane, Hoagy Carmichael, Friedrich Hollaender, Irving Taylor and J. Fred Coots.
His other popular-song compositions include "True Blue Lou", "Just One More Chance", "Thanks", "Down the Old Ox Road", "Moon Song", "Learn to Croon", "The Day You Came Along", "This Little Piggie Went to Market", "Make Believe Island", "Have You Forgotten So Soon?", "Ebony Rhapsody", "Black Moonlight", "Blue Mirage", "Moonstruck", "Troubled Waters", "I Want a New Romance", "Kinda Lonesome", "True Confession", "Sweeping the Clouds Away", "A Little White Gardenia", "Mr. Paganini", "Dreaming Out Loud", "I'm In Love With the Honorable Mr. So-and-So", "It's Love Again", "Kitten on the Keys", "Was It A Dream", "Texas Ranger", "One Kiss Away From Heaven", "Live and Love Tonight", "Good Morning", "Grieving For You", "Our Dream Waltz", "Animal Crackers", "In the Middle of a Kiss", "Beware My Heart", "Bebe, Be Mine", "Je Vous Aime", "Tomorrow Night" and "Heavenly Music".
West Ramsey has been acting since he was a child playing Logan's Run with classmates at recess during lunch and breaks in grammar school and playing the Captain of Captain and Tenille with a neighbor girl in the 4th grade.
Although West played a variety of characters in comedic skits while in a high school youth group, his first theatrical role onstage didn't occur until he played Colonel Harrison Howell in Kiss Me Kate as a high school senior at Foothill High School in Sacramento.
After high school, West went on to play a variety of characters in audience participation murder mysteries with Moonstruck Productions in Georgetown and Sacramento. His first role in a community theater production occurred in 1991 in Volcano, California, as Charlie Brown in 'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown'. The reviewer stated that it was "either great type casting or excellent acting or a combination of both." West was known as Charlie Brown in the community for years.
West went on to perform in theatre throughout Sacramento and the Sierra Foothills for over 20 years before he had his first film role in 2004. From that first film shoot playing a zombie, West has been hooked on acting in film and has appeared in over 40 film projects.
In 2006, West played Gordon/Reverend Allsop in the play 'They Came From Mars and Landed Outside the Farndale Avenue Church Hall in Time for the Townswomen's Guild's Coffee Morning', a role in which he was compared to Will Farrell by Barry Wisdom of Back Stage.com in a review of the production.
In April 2012, West appeared on television and the Internet as a zombie in a Public Service Announcement for the California Office of Traffic Safety campaign for driver awareness month, Distracted Drivers are Zombie Drivers.
In addition to acting, West has a love for photography and enjoys taking production and publicity stills on set/location and for the stage, as well as at events and in nature.
When Writer/Director/Producer Palef had an exclusive first look overall production agreement with Tri-Star, the studio president felt her "real creative tuition and her experience in all aspects of the film-making process, from story development to casting to post production is a definite asset. An accomplished film-maker Palef has skillfully brought stories to the screen with a compelling depth and sensitivity." Her short film "Walking the Dog", with Frances Sternhagen, Victor Garber and Joaquin Phoenix has been met with great enthusiasm on the festival circuit, receiving awards from the USA, The Chicago International, and The Fort Lauderdale Film Festivals, as well as great acclaim in the non-competitive festivals such as the prestigious London, Toronto, and Virginia Film Festival. The film was the only English short invited to the Venice Film Festival for that year. Palef then produced and translated to the screen, the screenplay of the theatrical production of "Marvin's Room" with Meryl Streep and Leonardo di Caprio and Robert de Niro. The film also won an Oscar nomination for Diane Keaton. Palef produced the cult hit "Parents", directed by Bob Balaban and starring Mary Beth Hurt and Randy Quaid. The film garnered many awards including the Critics Prize at the Avoriaz Film Festival in France, and received special honors at the Tokyo film festival. Palef was production manager and associate producer of the Oscar-winning "Moonstruck", written by John Patrick Shanley and directed by Norman Jewison. One highlight in recognition of Palef's contribution came when on the Academy Awards Oscar-winner John Patrick Shanley congratulated Palef for her creative work in developing his screenplay for "Moonstruck". Palef reunited Danny Aiello and Olympia Dukakis from "Moonstruck" in a feature film which she produced for Disney, "Cemetery Club", also starring Ellen Burstyn and Diane Ladd. Palef also associate produced the controversial film of Norman Jewison's "Agnes of God", with Jane Fonda. Palef continued to work with Jewison and Patrick Palmer for many years on such diverse films as "...And Justice For All", "The Dogs of War", "Best Friends" and "Iceman. Later, as Vice President and Head of Creative Development for Yorktown Productions, she worked on such films as "A Soldier's Story", "Children of a Lesser God", "Dance Me Outside", and "January Man". Palef took on the role of the producer's coordinator for the "53rd Annual Academy Awards", which not demanded Palef's creative skills, but also her resourceful management abilities as she was required to change arrangements for the live show's air date due to the morning assassination attempt on President Reagan. For Garth Drabinsky, Palef worked on the feature films "The Silent Partner" and "Tribute". She has written for the prestigious children's program "Sesame Street" and co-directed a "Wide World of Sports" special for Canadian television. Palef has also been a contributing editor to the Canadian newsweekly "Maclean's" and a correspondent for "On Location", the Los Angeles trade magazine. Active in both the Canadian and American Film communities, Palef , born in Canada, received her Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts (Film and Art History) with honors from Toronto's York University when she was just 18. She became a member of the Writer's Guild of Canada that same year, working on various projects for the CBC and independent documentary and television production companies. She later attended the Master's Program at the New York Academy of Figurative Art where Ms. Palef studied with the internationally acclaimed painters Eric Fischl, Vincent Desiderio, Jack Beal and Edward Schmidt. As a producer, Palef is currently in development on projects at several major studios.
Tim Devine has worked directly with some of the biggest names in music: U2, Paul McCartney, Katy Perry, Bonnie Raitt, Prince, Beastie Boys and is responsible for over $2Bn in global music sales. Devine is a multi-faceted executive with experience in talent acquisition and development, marketing, new media, web video, technology, publishing and intellectual property (as well as data and financial management, investment banking, venture capital and real estate.) His experience includes, negotiation, procurement, development, national branding, personnel management, legal and administration of annual budgets in excess of 100 million dollars.
Devine oversaw the West Coast headquarters for #1 music label of Sony/BMG Music Entertainment. He signed and developed numerous multi-platinum and other artists for the label throughout 10 year career, including Train, Katy Perry, Switchfoot, Aware Records (John Mayer, Five for Fighting), American Recordings (System of a Down, Johnny Cash), Brandi Carlile, Cake, Crazytown, the Ataris, Sinead O'Connor, Tal Bachman, the Afghan Whigs/Twilight Singers and many others. He also supervised recordings for Pete Yorn, the Offspring, Soul Asylum, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Sophie B. Hawkins, etc. and co-produced soundtracks for the movies 'Orange County' (Jack Black) and 'I Know What You Did Last Summer' as well as the PBS series 'Sessions at West 57th Street, featuring Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Lou Reed, David Byrne, John Hiatt, Ben Folds Five, Sinead O'Connor, Natalie Merchant and others.
As a senior talent executive at Capitol Records, Devine was responsible for signing and developing numerous platinum selling, Grammy award winning, artists including Bonnie Raitt, Blind Melon, Mazzy Star, Concrete Blonde, John Hiatt, Lloyd Cole and many others. He A&R'ed multiple gold and platinum recordings for the Beastie Boys, Paul McCartney, the Butthole Surfers, Heart, the Beach Boys, Cocteau Twins, Eric Johnson and others. While at Capitol, Devine also produced numerous film and television soundtrack recordings including for such award-winning films as Rainman, Clueless, Bull Durham, Moonstruck, the Addams Family, Tequila Sunrise, John Lennon: Imagine, the Indian Runner and many more.
Devine began his music business career at Warner Bros. Records in Burbank, CA where he oversaw all aspects of marketing, advertising, promotion and publicity for large segment of label's artist roster. He created numerous first time Gold and Platinum successes (*) with a client roster that included: U2*, Prince*, Devo*, Bob Marley, Public Image, Ltd., Gang of Four, Van Morrison, Steve Winwood*, Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath, Tom Verlaine, Robert Palmer, Grace Jones, Pat Metheny, Keith Jarrett, Jaco Pastorius, Little Feat and many others.
Tim Devine had early jobs as a college rep at A&M Records, a freelance music journalist (Rolling Stone, LA Free Press, Phonograph Record Magazine, etc.) as well as working in college radio at UC Berkeley (KALX) and CSUN (KCSN) and music retail at the Licorice Pizza record chain.
Devine graduated from UC Berkeley and lives with his wife Lynn in the Los Angeles area.
Born and raised in New York, filmmaker Daniel Boneville holds a BFA degree in Film and Television from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, where his GPA and creative accomplishments earned him selection to the Dean's Leadership Circle and University Scholars. He graduated with the top of his class, completing all scholastic requirements a year early, and was honored with the Founders' Day Award for outstanding academic excellence.
As assistant to NYU film industry liaison, Jeremiah Newton, Daniel had the opportunity to meet an array of the world's most prominent directors, work on-set production positions, and participate in external events like the Hamptons Film Festival-where he has served as both juror and panel speaker. As a result of this employment experience, Academy Award winner Oliver Stone invited him to work at his Ixtlan office in Los Angeles.
Daniel has written, directed, photographed, and edited a variety of narrative, experimental, documentary, musical, gastronomic, web, and promotional endeavors; being an experienced piano player, he composed the score for a number of these pieces as well. He has worked throughout the USA and countries abroad as a freelance video artist, primarily functioning as a one-man crew-including collaborations with food journalist, David Rosengarten.
After his intense "Yearn" project received recognition on both coasts, Daniel was able to mount "Lily"-starring Peter Facinelli ("Twilight", "Nurse Jackie"); this haunting tale went on to be accepted at multiple film festivals, winning awards for Best Short Film and Cinematography. Oliver Stone called the movie, "intriguing" and "strong in its symbolism". "In a boldly surreal film, Daniel Boneville confidently directs the actors, the camera, and the story, while showing his potential as a fine, young director."
Daniel has two of his original screenplays in development, including "Bo"-a touching celebration of his Italian-American heritage and passion for the culinary arts, with Academy Award nominee Danny Aiello ("Do the Right Thing", "Moonstruck") attached in the titular role.
As part of the Motion Picture Editors Guild, Daniel cut "Loosies"-a feature showcasing actors Vincent Gallo, Michael Madsen, Joe Pantoliano, and Jaimie Alexander.
Daniel is also an inducted member of the Friars Club, which has for generations served the most influential entertainers of our time.
Previous roles include Boston Children's Theater's "The Homework Machine", "Fame", and the 5th anniversary production of "The Velveteen Rabbit", as well as Rebecca Gibbs in "Our Town" (Moonstruck Theater - DASH nomination for Best Youth Actor/Actress in a Play), Star-To-Be in "Annie" (New Player's Theater Guild), the Robber Hag in "Snow Queen" (Gateway Players), the title role of Matiusz in the new musical, "King Matiusz I" (JMTE) and more. She can also be seen on-screen in a museum film "The Amazing Energy Race", and also "29 Alexander", "Found and Lost", "Project Blue", "Unmotivated", "Welcome to Grandpaville", "Teenage Critic", and many others. She lives in MA with her parents, 3 siblings and 3 cats.
Jeannine Edmunds is a widely respected entertainment professional who works with hundreds of high profile writers, actors, directors, producers and executives to help shape their stories for the marketplace. As a literary and packaging agent for several prestigious agencies, she advised and advanced the careers of some of the most outstanding voices in contemporary entertainment and literature. Assisting writers such as Christopher Gore (Fame), John Pielmeier (Agnes of God), John Patrick Shanley (Moonstruck), Peter Hedges (What's Eating Gilbert Grape), James Duff (Doing Time on Maple Drive), Todd Graff (Used People), David Hill (Too Young to Die), Karen Janszen (Digging to China), and John MacNicholas (The Moving of Sophia Myles) she guided them through the development of their original ideas from inception to successful, award winning productions. Her clients are the recipients of numerous honors including the Oscar, the Tony, the Emmy, the Golden Globe, and the Humanitas.