[VIDEO] How to Have Fun at Crime Scene: Robert De Niro Sings ‘Just a Gigalo’ in ‘Mad Dog & Glory’

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Determined to Prove Critics’ Predictions Right, De Blasio Oversees Resurgence Of Graffiti & Urine Smell Reminiscent of Scorsese’s 1970s ‘Taxi Driver’ Era New York

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Graffiti was an infamous symbol of the decline and decay of New York City in the 1970s and ’80s, and some now say it appears to be making a comeback.

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Graffiti was an infamous symbol of the decline and decay of New York City in the 1970s and ’80s, and some now say it appears to be making a comeback.

As CBS2’s Scott Rapoport reported Monday, residents have noticed and they want it gone.

Bold graffiti lines parts of walls, ramps and pavement at the Forest Hills Long Island Rail Road station in Queens.

“It’s awful,” one man said.

“Most of the time it’s ignored,” said City Councilmember Karen Koslowitz (D-29th).

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Koslowitz said the graffiti has been there since the summer, and she said she has been in touch repeatedly with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to get rid of it. But she said in the ensuing months, things got worse.

“I’ve seen a lot more graffiti then I’ve seen in a long time,” she said.

And it is not an isolated occurrence. Citywide, some say graffiti appears to be more and more prevalent.

According to the NYPD, the number of graffiti complaints citywide in 2015 is up 15 percent from last year. Meanwhile, arrests for graffiti are down 10 percent compared with last year. Read the rest of this entry »


Oliver Sacks, Neurologist Who Wrote ‘Awakenings,’ Dies at 82

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The acclaimed author, whose book Awakenings inspired an Oscar nominated film of the same name, reportedly died of cancer at his home in New York.

“He died surrounded by the things he loved and the people he loved, very peacefully, after an illness he had known about since January this year. He taught us a great deal, right up until the very end.”

In February he wrote about his illness – and being “face to face with dying”.

His publicist Jacqui Graham paid tribute to Dr Sacks, saying he was “unlike anybody I have ever met”, while JK Rowling said he was “inspirational”.

Dr Sacks was best known for his writing, including his book Awakenings – his account of how he brought a group of patients “back to life” after they spent years in “frozen states” after an illness.

Image caption Dr Sacks received a CBE from the Queen in October 2008

Image caption Dr Sacks received a CBE from the Queen in October 2008

The film version, which starred Robert De Niro and Robin Williams, was nominated for three Academy Awards in 1991, including best picture.

“He always taught us what it was to be human, and he taught us what it is to die.”

— His publicist Jacqui Graham, paying tribute to Dr Sacks

Dr Sacks, who was born in London but had lived in New York since 1965, was also the author of several other books about unusual medical conditions, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat and The Island Of The Colorblind.

He was awarded several honorary degrees recognising his contribution to science and literature, as well as a CBE in 2008 in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Preview: Jennifer Lawrence with a Shotgun in David O. Russell’s ‘Joy’ Trailer

Mike Ayers writes: The final installment of The Hunger Games isn’t the only chance to see Jennifer Lawrence later this year…

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“Don’t ever think the world owes you anything. Because it doesn’t.”

…“Joy is the third Russell film to star Lawrence in the last three years – they previously worked together on 2012’s “Silver Linings Playbook” and 2013’s “American Hustle.” She won a Best Actress Oscar for her performance in “Playbook.” Read the rest of this entry »


Behind The Lace Of Martin Scorsese’s 1993 Masterpiece ‘The Age Of Innocence’

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Still no Blu-ray release of ‘The Age of Innocence

Cain Rodriguez writes: This year marks the 25th anniversary of Martin Scorsese’s transcendent gangster classic “Goodfellas,” and while the director’s grand stature in cinematic history is in no doubt, that doesn’t mean there are no under-appreciated gems hiding in his filmography.

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[WATCH: Milad Tangshir‘s documentary ‘Hidden Behind Lacehere, at Vimeo]

Point of fact, this year also marks the 22nd anniversary of the little discussed adaptation of Edith Wharton’s novel, “The Age of Innocence.” To convince you of the sensual beauty and magnificence of the period piece, Milad Tangshir has crafted a nearly 20-minute-long video essay on the virtues of the 1993 film.

“I don’t particularly say ‘Oh this is a wonderful story for today’s audience.’ I have no idea what a good story for today’s audience is. I really don’t know. I just hope that if it’s honest enough and emotionally compelling, there might be some people out there that it will address.”

— Martin Scorsese

Titled “Hidden Behind Lace,” Tangshir’s video essay not only breaks down Scorsese’s visual style and offers analysis, but also includes clips from interviews given by editor Thelma Schoonmaker, Age of Innocencecinematographer Michael Ballhaus, co-screenwriter Jay Cocks, production designer Dante Ferretti, and Scorsese himself.

[Check out Edith Wharton’s classic book “The Age of Innocence” at Amazon.com]

It’s a loving tribute to a film that’s been unfairly overlooked since it was released in between the much more commercial “Cape Fear” remake and “Casino.” Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Official Trailer: ‘The Intern’ [HD]

From writer and director Nancy Meyers, Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway star in THE INTERN, in theaters September 25, 2015. theinternmovie


[PHOTO] ‘Be Alert! The Sane Driver is Always Ready for the Unexpected’: Taxi Driver, 1976

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Bill Clinton — Surrounded by Hookers

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Bill Clinton has really whore’d himself out this time — surrounding himself with real prostitutes.

Slick Willie probably had no clue … but the women Bill posed with at an L.A. charity event Thursday night are two star hookers at the famed Nevada Bunny Ranch brothel.

The brunette goes by Ava Adora and the blonde goes by Barbie Girl. According to her bio on the BR website, the blonde is very flexible and specializes in de-virginizing. The brunette “knows how to please a variety of both men and women.”

0228-clinton-stippers-twitter-4We have no idea how they got in to the star-studded Unite4Humanity charity gala — which honored Clinton along with several other philanthropic celebs like Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese — but we can take a wild guess why they showed.

Bubba’s really on a roll — back in 2012, he got cozy with a couple porn stars at a gala in Monaco.

UPDATE:  10:45 PST — Sources close to the people who ran the event say the 2 hookers were not invited guests — they were more than likely someone’s plus 1 — and were removed from the party after snapping the pic with Clinton.

However, sources close to the 2 women say that’s not true…

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Historic New York’s Catalogue of Crime and Decline: ‘Back to the Future’ Film Festival

For CITY JOURNAL, Michael Anton writesThe times in New York are about to get, as they say, “interesting.” Having elected a liberal dopier than David Dinkins and John Lindsay combined, New Yorkers are in for a wild ride. It’s been pointed out that fully one-third of the city’s population is under age 24 and another third between 25 and 44. That means that at least a third has no memory of the Dinkins or Lindsay eras at all—and well over half have no memory of the financial crisis, the welfare spike, the crime wave, the crack epidemic, the Crown Heights riots, the “vibrant” old Times Square, and the whole panoply of scum and villainy that for the better part of two decades made New York so gosh-darn “colorful.” And that’s only if you assume that everyone who lives here was born here. But New York’s fantastic run over the last 20 years has attracted a lot of out-of-towners, so the actual number of ignorant rubes in for the shock of their lives is higher. Well, all these transplants are about to discover, the hard way, that they aren’t in Kansas anymore.

[See also: The gritty 1970s photographs that capture New York when it was a city in decline as crime soared and hundreds of thousands of its inhabitants fled to the suburbs]

For anyone wishing to get acclimated ahead of time, New York’s colorful past has been amply recorded on film. What follows is a short tour through some of the most memorable, classic films of Old New York—not Edith Wharton’s but Travis Bickle’s.

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Three caveats: first, please don’t consider this list exhaustive. It’s meant merely to be representative. Second, I’m including only films that were actually shot on location in New York. Hollywood back lots just can’t provide the same flavor. Third, I’m not including period pieces. Only films actually set and shot during New York’s Rust Age will be considered.

So, in chronological order, here we go…

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