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Grand Theft Auto: Celebrating 10 Years of GTA Trailers

2 November 2011 6:09 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

With the trailer for Grand Theft Auto 5 landing at 4pm GMT this afternoon we at WhatCulture have decided to celebrate the last ten years of Grand Theft Auto with a look back through the best trailers for each of the six biggest selling titles from the series, from ground-breaking sandbox GTA III through to the brilliant GTA IV. Basically, the best six games since Rockstar’s flagship got out of the car and started walking around.

Looking back, it’s interesting to note how important a role music has played in each of the major trailers released so far, most notably with GTA III’s teaser featuring Maria Callas performing “O Mio Babbino Caro” and causing a jarring contradiction to the ultra-violence depicted in the trailer itself. Whether Rockstar choose to go for something iconic from the modern era – in the vein of Guns N Roses’ “Welcome to the Jungle »

- Simon Gallagher

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Arthur Laurents, 1917 - 2011

9 May 2011 8:23 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

From left to right: Stephen Sondheim, Arthur Laurents, Hal Prince, Robert Griffith, Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins

Updated through 5/9.

"Arthur Laurents, the playwright, screenwriter and director who wrote and ultimately transformed two of Broadway's landmark shows, Gypsy and West Side Story, and created one of Hollywood's most well-known romances, The Way We Were, died on Thursday at his home in Manhattan," reports Robert Berkvist in the New York Times. "He was 93."

Regarding West Side Story, "Mr Laurents's book gave a contemporary spin to the tale of Romeo and Juliet. The Montagues and the Capulets, the families of the doomed young lovers, were now represented by the Jets and the Sharks, warring street gangs in Manhattan. It was a plot device that had been discussed several years earlier by Mr Laurents, the director and choreographer Jerome Robbins and the composer Leonard Bernstein. Initially, Bernstein was to have written both the music and lyrics, »

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Arthur Laurents obituary

6 May 2011 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Playwright and screenwriter who wrote the book for West Side Story

The playwright, screenwriter and director Arthur Laurents has died aged 93. If he was not as well known as some of his collaborators, Laurents was nevertheless intrinsic to the success of the stage musicals West Side Story (1957), Gypsy (1959) and La Cage aux Folles (1983), and the films Rope (1948) and The Way We Were (1973).

Laurents wrote the book for West Side Story, which updated Romeo and Juliet to the streets of New York, with gangs called the Jets and the Sharks replacing the houses of Montague and Capulet. The production was directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. "The book is the shortest on record," said Laurents of his contribution, "yet the last third doesn't have one musical number, neither song nor dance ... The monologue was intended to be an aria sung by Maria. »

- Christopher Hawtree

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