Open Dialogue with “About My Father” co-writer/actor Sebastian Maniscalco.

Sebastian Maniscalco brings a film based on his own life experiences to the screen in the Lionsgate release About My Father. Starring Maniscalco, Robert De Niro, Leslie Bibb, and Kim Cattrall, this comedy is directed by Laura Terruso.


L-R: Sebastian Maniscalco as Sebastian and Robert De Niro as Salvo in ABOUT MY FATHER. Photo Credit: Dan Anderson. © 2023 Lionsgate.

On this episode of Meet me at the Movies’ Open Dialogue, Entertainment Journalist, Thomas Manning chats with Maniscalco about his own father’s thoughts on De Niro portraying him, what Terruso brings to the table, and the work ethic it takes to make it in this industry.

Manning is a registered entertainment journalist with SEFCA and the NC Film Critics Association. Clips are used by permission from Lionsgate for commentary, and interview purposes.

Official Synopsis:

The hottest comic in America, Sebastian Maniscalco joins forces with legendary Italian-American and two-time Oscar® winner, Robert De Niro (Best Actor, Raging Bull, 1980), in the new comedy About My Father. The film centers around Sebastian (Maniscalco) who is encouraged by his fiancée (Leslie Bibb) to bring his immigrant, hairdresser father, Salvo (De Niro), to a weekend get-together with her super-rich and exceedingly eccentric family (Kim Cattrall, Anders Holm, Brett Dier, David Rasche). The weekend develops into what can only be described as a culture clash, leaving Sebastian and Salvo to discover that the great thing about family is everything about family.

In theaters May 26th, 2023.

For more information, head to the official Lionsgate About My Father website.


Thomas Manning is a member of the NCFCA and SEFCA, and also the co-host of the television show and radio program Meet Me at the Movies. He has served as a production assistant and voting member on the Film Selection Committee for the Real to Reel Film Festival. Additionally, he manages his own film review and interview site, The Run-Down on Movies. Recently, Manning graduated from Gardner-Webb University with a double-major in Communications and English. His passion for cinema and storytelling is rivaled only by his love for the music of Taylor Swift.

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