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Al Jarreau, the buttery-voiced, seven-time Grammy-winning pop and jazz singer, has died, just days after announcing his retirement. The 76-year-old vocalist, whose opening for the Bruce Willis-Cybill Shepherd series Moonlighting was among the 1980s’ most popular and best remembered TV theme songs, was hospitalized in Los Angeles two weeks ago for exhaustion. His death was confirmed via his official Twitter page. “He was in the hospital,” the announcement stated, “kept… »
The rereleased 1976 shocker in which Robert De Niro roams night-time New York is fixed firmly in the past – but its visceral horror remains undimmed
Martin Scorsese’s 1976 neon-lit ordeal shocker Taxi Driver is back once again to deliver another punch to the solar plexus, with screenplay by Paul Schrader, superlative jazz score by Bernard Herrmann, cinematography by Michael Chapman – revived in UK cinemas as part of the Scorsese retrospective at London’s BFI Southbank. It was last rereleased here six years ago for its 35th anniversary and five years before that for the 30th.
It has become a critical tradition to muse on how much has changed in New York since Travis Bickle, unforgettably played by the livewire Robert De Niro, roamed the night-time streets in his checker cab. He’s the insomniac ex-marine, traumatised by Vietnam, so hardened he doesn’t mind going to scary rough places such as … Brooklyn. »
- Peter Bradshaw
This March, Nintendo will release their brand-new video game console The Switch, a hybrid console that allows portable and home play. Though Nintendo will release plenty of games to play on the release date, gamers will have to wait to play the latest entry from the Super Mario series until later this year.
The new game “Super Mario Odyssey” puts players in the role of Mario as he travels across worlds outside of the Mushroom Kingdom, including several levels inspired by real-world locations such as “New Donk City”, i.e. New York City. The trailer for the game provides consumers with a glimpse of New Donk City, complete with skyscrapers, taxi cabs and pedestrians. Now, video editor Dominick Nero has recut the trailer to give it more of a “New York” feel, »
- Vikram Murthi
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