The Other Side of Sopranos Star Federico Castelluccio

Federico Castelluccio and James Gandolfini in The Sopranos


by Erica Love  

Artist and actor Federico Castelluccio is a highly accomplished celebrity whose achievements in both theater and fine arts make him a creative force to be reckoned with. Castelluccio translates his aesthetic into varying mediums and applications, thereby showcasing his talent and style in Hollywood and beyond.

Castelluccio: The Actor

Federico Castelluccio is best known for his role as the Neapolitan Enforcer, Furio Giunta, on the HBO TV series, The Sopranos. The iconic and acclaimed series starred the late James Gandolfini, whom Castelluccio called “one of the greatest actors of our time” during an appearance on the Today Show with Matt Lauer.

Castelluccio was also featured in Made alongside Jon Favreau, NYPD Blue, and Diary of a Hitman with Danny Aiello. Castelluccio developed his acting talents in summer stock, off-off-Broadway, and various Shakespeare festivals during the mid-’80s, eventually signing on with the Flock and Eclectic theater companies.

Castelluccio: The Artist

Perhaps less known, yet no less impressive, Castelluccio is also an internationally renowned visual artist, and received a full presidential scholarship to the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Before becoming an actor, Federico Castelluccio first rose to fame as an award-winning illustrator when actor George Burns personally commissioned him to paint his portrait. Burns was so impressed with Castelluccio that he recommended him to executives at PBS and ABC. His paintings have been praised for their exceptional quality and demonstration of high-level technical ability.

Federico Castelluccio’s works are held in public collections across the globe, including Palazzo Chigi, Yale University Art Gallery, Tisch Fine Art Collection, Gillette Corporation, Schering-Plough Corporation and Sotheby’s in Manhattan.

Hollywood Influence

Many well known celebrities also own Federico’s original work, such as Whoopi Goldberg, Caroline Rhea, Joe Pantoliano, Geoffrey Holder, Donald Trump, Paul Hogan, and the great blues legend, Buddy Guy.

During the fourth season of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice, Donald Trump asked Castelluccio to judge a celebrity hat design competition. He chose La Toya Jackson, who won $25,000 for her charity, the AIDS Project Los Angeles.

Federico Castelluccio Wearing an 18K Rose Gold
Gevril 5120 Avenue of Americas GMT Power Reserve Watch
Federico Castelluccio Wearing an 18K Rose Gold Gevril 5120 Avenue of Americas GMT Power Reserve Watch
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Chris Botti Wears Gevril Avenue of Americas GMT Power Reserve Watch

by Steven Jay  

Grammy-nominated trumpet player, Chris Botti is the world’s best-selling jazz instrumentalist. He recently came off a six-week tour, performing with legendary vocalist Barbara Streisand as well as revisiting the prestigious Zeiterion Arts Center last week, dazzling those in attendance with his horn blowing genius.

In 2009 Chris recorded his DVD Live in Boston at the Zeiterion, so this event had special meaning for him. Rolling Stones backup singer Lisa Fischer joined Mr. Botti to help bring a variety of music styles into the performance. He performed songs from his most recent album Impressions which featured an amazing cast of musicians including Andrea Bocelli, Vince Gill and Herbie Hancock to name few.

Staying busy and keeping in touch with his audience is paramount to Botti. He firmly believes that in order for an artist to remain relevant he must continue to tour regularly, keeping himself and his music alive in the hearts and minds of his fans. Chris explains “You need to care about your audience and whether they are getting music that they love. A lot of artists, especially those in their 20s, say, ‘Oh, the road is too difficult. I’m going to take four years off.’ And then their audience goes, ‘Goodbye.’ I don’t want that to happen to me. I want to be able to tour well into my 60s or 70s if I can still play the horn.” Botti continues “You have to sacrifice a lot of life for the benefits of being able to walk on stage every night and be grateful that there is an audience there for you because they can just as easily spend their money and go download the latest and greatest thing and not come to your show,” said Botti. “That’s something that I’m well aware of.”

Chris Botti Sporting His Gevril “Avenue of Americas”
Chris Botti Sporting His Gevril 'Avenue of Americas'
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Chris is not only a talented world renowned musician, but a man who understands that you not only have to “play the part” but “look the part as well.” He established his trademark stage attire of fine suits on the recommendation of former Tonight Show trumpet player Doc Severinsen. He is quick to explain the wonderful feeling he experiences wearing fine clothing “The way my body moves inside a suit. They fit the body well, but they are also made of great fabric. It lays on you, it travels well and doesn’t get ruined or lose its shape.”

Botti is a fan of fine timepieces as well. Amongst his collection of Panerai and IWC is a Limited Edition Gevril Avenue of Americas GMT Power Reserve that he wore to Gevril’s worldwide launch event of the Avenue of Americas “Serenade.” The timepiece was a special gift from Gevril owner Samuel Friedmann. Botti attended the event in the company of other Gevril celebrity owners Mario Andretti, Joan Collins, Anne Hathaway as well as the late Paul Newman.

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Denzel Washington Stars in “Flight”


by John Sealander  

We’re sure you’re going to watch Denzel Washington’s new film “Flight,” but can you remember what watch he was wearing when he starred in “Inside Man?”

Denzel Washington is one of Hollywood’s most exciting and enduring actors. He has already won two Academy Awards, one for his supporting role in Glory and a second for his leading role in Training Day. Denzel got his first big break when he landed the role of Dr. Phillip Chandler in the hit TV show St. Elsewhere in 1982. Ever since, there has been no stopping this talented performer.

Denzel Washington has helped ensure the success of dozens of blockbuster hits, including Philadelphia, Malcolm X, The Pelican Brief, Crimson Tide, The Preacher’s Wife, He Got Game and The Hurricane. In addition to his two Oscars, he has also been awarded a Golden Globe for starring in Remember the Titans.

Denzel Washington Sporting His Gevril Chelsea in Inside Man
Denzel Washington Sporting His Gevril Chelsea in Inside Man
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In addition to improving the visibility of these major Hollywood blockbusters, Washington has also improved the visibility for one of the world’s premier timepieces. In 2006, when Denzel starred in Spike Lee’s popular thriller Inside Man, he personally selected a Gevril timepiece to be a part of his wardrobe in the film. Several other cast members wore Gevril timepieces in this action packed thriller as well.

Denzel’s fascination with thrillers continues to this day. On November 2, 2012 the world will see Denzel as a pilot who saves a flight from crashing in the new thriller titled Flight. When an investigation of the crash reveals some troubling details, we can only wonder what would have happened if Washington had been wearing a Gevril watch in this film as well.

Be sure to see Denzel Washington in Flight. And be sure to see the new collection of fine Gevril timepieces at your nearest authorized Gevril dealer.

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Martin Sheen to Help Son Charlie with “Anger Management”

by Steven Jay  

He has played every role from President on The West Wing, to veteran U.S. Army special operations officer in the legendary film Apocalypse Now. However perhaps the most challenging role Martin Sheen has ever faced is that of father to children Emilio, Ramon, Carlos (Charlie) and Renée.

Born Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estévez to immigrant parents in Dayton Ohio, his affinity for both acting, as well as political activism was evident from a young age. At 14 while working as a golf caddy, he organized a strike of all golf caddies due to the mean and foul language he and his co-workers endured from the clubs members. He felt that men of such esteem and position should not be using “abusive and anti-Semitic” language in front of the young boys. Later he would go on to achieve renown not only for his acting prowess but for his more than 60 arrests for civil disobedience in support of issues ranging from apartheid, racism, homelessness to nuclear testing.

Martin Sheen Sporting His Gevril “Avenue of Americas” Timepiece
Martin Sheen Sporting His Gevril 'Avenue of Americas' Timepiece
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Although his father was against his desire to pursue acting, Sheen decided to give it a go. At the early age of 20, he borrowed money from a Catholic priest and moved to New York with hopes of making it in theater. Casting director Robert Dale Martin, with whom he received his first break into the industry, inspired his adoption of the stage name Martin Sheen.

Sheen quickly found success on stage as well as television but his real rise to stardom came in 1973 starring in the crime drama; Badlands. Sheen later gained worldwide recognition as Captain Willard in Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now. His acting excellence has earned him a Golden Globe and 2 SAG awards for his role as President Bartlett in The West Wing, as well as an Emmy for his guest appearances in the sitcom Murphy Brown.

Fame and fortune do not come without a price and for Martin Sheen much of that price was paid by his family. For his children, being raised by a father who often times ruled their lives under the influence of alcohol and drugs has left indelible scars that remain to this day. Most evident is its effect on son, Charlie. An A-list actor in his own right, Charlie has led a roller coaster life of great success in his career and, unfortunately, devastating failure in his personal affairs.

Somewhere in the not so distant past Gevril Group’s Steven Jay had the chance to meet with Martin in Los Angeles during a photo-shoot for WatchTime Magazine. The shoot was for a feature in which Mr. Sheen was wearing his Gevril Avenue of Americas timepiece. Steven asked him for some parenting advice. Mr. Sheen was candid and explained, “If I had the chance to do it over again I would not have been so hard on my children physically, emotionally and spiritually.”

Second chances are becoming a reality for Martin Sheen as he assumes the on screen role of Charlie’s father in the hit FX comedy Anger Management. FX recruited the veteran actor in an attempt to transform the show into a multi-generational program that would attract a larger audience. For the Sheens it will be a time for healing, for the fans it will be a chance to be entertained by a father and son who happen to be two great actors while they do what they do best: act.

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