17 items from 2013
Every celebrity hopes to advance his or her stature through a handful of time-old career milestones: scoring a No. 1 single, winning an Oscar, cashing that first leading-role paycheck, hosting "Saturday Night Live." The list goes on, and it wouldn't be complete without making mention of the monuments named after Hollywood performers.
Most are simple honorary distinctions -- a park here, a new species there. Some relate to the celebrity's hometown, such as the Brooklyn park that was recently renamed after late Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch. Others feel purely random, like the solar-system trappings that have been likened to everyone from Elvis Presley to Drew Pinsky and George Takei.
Here's a look at 11 particularly interesting dedications.
- The Huffington Post
Los Angeles -- Hip-hop may need a checkup.
The culture that in the 1990s lost its brightest stars to gun violence has in recent years seen a series of notable rappers die of drug- and health-related causes. Since 2011, hip-pop pioneer Heavy D, singer and rap chorus specialist Nate Dogg and New York rapper Tim Dog all died of ailments in their 40s. Kriss Kross rapper Chris Kelly was found dead last week in Atlanta of a suspected drug overdose at 34.
Some of the genre's elder statesmen say they're worried about the culture's focus on youth, current emphasis on freewheeling partying and "you only live once" ethos, as popularized by Drake's 2011 hit "The Motto."
"Hip-hop being a lifestyle culture ... a part of American culture, you have to be mindful that somebody is going to grow old, age," said rap pioneer Melle Mel. "At some point somebody has to realize that hip-hop »
The rapper known as "McA" died last May at the age of 47 after a nearly three-year battle with cancer. The gravelly-voiced Yauch helped make the Beastie Boys one of the seminal groups in hip-hop.
The playground includes full and half basketball courts, a community garden, a greenhouse, a small fitness area, an open play space, drinking fountains, and a dog run. »
One day before the first anniversary of the death of Adam Yauch, (aka McA of the Beastie Boys), a park in Brooklyn Heights has been renamed in his honor. On Friday, Brooklyn Borough president Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn parks commissioner Kevin Jeffrey, Beasties member Adam Horovitz and Yauch's parents Noel and Frances Yauch gathered to dedicate and rename Palmetto Playground, located on Columbia Place and State Street, blocks from Adam's childhood home. Yauch’s mother told the small crowd on hand that her son learned to ride his bike in the park. Photos: Adam Yauch: The Beastie Boy's Life and Career in Pictures In statement before
- Mick Stingley
May 1 was a sad, sad day as one half of the iconic rap group, Kris Kross, passed away at the young age of 34. As the tragic news broke, tons of celebrities took to Twitter to express their sympathies and honor Chris Kelly. Keep reading to see what they said.
On May 1, everyone — celebrities included — were wearing their clothes backwards in honor of Chris Kelly, one half of the iconic Nineties rap duo Kris Kross. Chris (a.k.a. “Mac Daddy”) was found unconscious in his Atlanta, Ga. home and was rushed to the Atlanta Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead around 5:30 p.m.
Diddy & More React To Chris Kelly’s Death
Chris’ impact on the hip-hop world is unmistakable, and was on display as celebrities rushed to Twitter to express their devastation and grief upon hearing news of his passing. Many people were inspired by the teen rap duo, »
- Andrew Gruttadaro
For this book, we imagine if you ask your mom, "Please," she'll probably say, "Yes."
Longtime rap group the Beastie Boys are putting out a memoir, reports the New York Times. Michael Diamond (above, right) and Adam Horovitz (above, left), the surviving members of the group (member Adam Yauch passed away in 2012), have inked a deal with Spiegel & Grau to write a book about their history in the hip-hop world. It is penciled in for a fall 2015 release.
"[The Beastie Boys] are interested in challenging the form and making the book a multidimensional experience. There is a kaleidoscopic frame of reference, and it asks a reader to keep up," says Grau.
The memoir has been several years in the making, but plans were put on hold when Yauch was diagnosed with cancer.
"After Yauch died, I didn't push them," says agent Luke Janklow. "But I think that Adam and Mike ended up realized »
The following article is provided by Rolling Stone.
By Eric R. Danton
The Beastie Boys are planning a memoir commemorating their music and career, but it won't be a straightforward narrative-style remembrance. Instead, surviving members Mike D and Ad-Rock plan to create a loosely structured oral history featuring a mix of their voices, outside contributors and images, cut through with their characteristic irreverent humor, The New York Times reports.
How the Beastie Boys Made Their Masterpiece
Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz have signed a deal with the Random House imprint Spiegel & Grau for the still-untitled book, which will be edited by hip-hop journalist Sacha Jenkins for a planned release in the fall of 2015.
Diamond and Horovitz are "interested in challenging the form and making the book a multidimensional experience," Julie Grau, the publisher of Spiegel & Grau, said. »
The Beastie Boys are ready to write their memoir -- just don't expect it to be your typical celebrity tell-all. Michael Diamond (aka Mike D) and Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock) -- who along with Adam Yauch (McA), who died last year of cancer, comprise the hip-hop group -- have signed a deal with Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, for an as-yet-untitled book planned for a fall 2015 release, The New York Times reports. Photos: Hip-Hop's Bling-iest Music Videos of All Time The Beastie Boys are "interested in challenging the form and
- THR Staff
Coachella is gearing up to take over California in just a couple weeks, which can only mean one thing: holograms.
Following last year's notorious Tupac appearance via a hologram projected onto the stage, iHeartRadio has conducted a survey to determine which deceased singers the festival should resurrect using this strange, controversial technique.
As it turns out, fans would most like to see Whitney Houston, who died in February 2012, reignite her famous pipes when Coachella launches April 12-14 and again April 19-21.
The top artists whose holograms should make an appearance at the festival, according to iHeartRadio voters: *Cue widespread outrage over the thought of any more holograms.
1. Whitney Houston -- 22.4%
2. John Lennon -- 19.1%
3. Jimi Hendrix -- 19.1%
4. Bob Marley -- 17.0%
5. Notorious B.I.G. -- 9.0%
6. Kurt Cobain -- 8.7%
Another iHeartRadio poll, pegged to Justin Timberlake's return to the music scene, asks which artists fans would most like »
- The Huffington Post
Vincent Grashaw made a gasoline-scented splash by both producing and appearing in 2011′s indie drama Bellflower, a twisted tale of Mad Max fandom and curdled love. Now Grashaw is making his directorial debut with the SXSW-screening Coldwater, which details a teenage boy’s struggle for survival at a juvenile reform facility in the wilderness.
“I played on a tournament hockey team growing up,” Grashaw told EW last year. “I remember one day our goalie wasn’t at practice and we all wondered what had happened. Turned out his parents sent him to a private juvenile program in the middle of nowhere. »
- Clark Collis
It was nigh on three years ago that one mister James Franco, a largely unknown film student at Nyu Tisch School of the Arts, presented his behind-the-scenes documentary of Saturday Night Live to the delight of audiences at SXSW. Entitled Saturday Night the film charmed audiences and critics alike once again at Tribeca, (link 1) was then picked up by Adam Yauch’s Oscilloscope, and then... silence. Until today that is. Hit the jump for news straight from the Franco’s mouth. In Mike Ryan’s interview at Huffington Post for Franco's latest film, Oz the Great and Powerful, he asked the actor about whatever happened to Saturday Night. Franco replied with a hope-charged answer: “...We sold it to Oscilloscope. And then, really sadly, Adam Yauch died, so then all of the projects with Oscilloscope were kind of tied up in a weird way. So, now we've sold it to Focus Features »
- Ben Umstead
Every year it's one of the more reliably ridiculous award show controversies: Who didn't make the cut for In Memoriam?
When it comes to the Oscars, these "snubs" are particularly sensitive given the prestige and viewership of the show, and the fact that the montage inevitably leaves out names and faces of recognizable stars -- usually those known far more for their work in television than their work in film, which is the medium that the Academy Awards actually celebrate.
However, the Academy is hip to the annual controversy and this year produced a supplemental slideshow on their website featuring 114 names and photos of entertainers and film craftspeople who passed away in the past year.
Among the late greats included in the slideshow but not on the »
Argo, Daniel Day-Lewis and Jennifer Lawrence were among the big winners during the star-studded telecast of the 85th Oscars, host by Seth MacFarlane live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Read on for the recap...
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The Best Picture
Fulfilling its promise of incredible momentum this awards season, Argo was named Best Picture over Amour, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Misérables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook and Zero Dark Thirty. Producers George Clooney, Grant Heslov and producer/director Ben Affleck took the stage for an emotional acceptance, with Ben talking a mile a minute. In addition to acknowledging Steven Spielberg, "our friends in Iran" and the "eight great films that have as much a right to be up here as we do," he reflected on his first Oscar win for Good Will Hunting back in 1998: "I was really just a kid, and I went »
The singer paid tribute to Marvin Hamlisch, who was one of the many departed stars remembered in this year's segment.
The 2013 In Memoriam feature was introduced by actor, producer and director George Clooney.
Since its inception in 2008, the Adam Yauch co-founded Oscilloscope Laboratories has been the distributor behind an eclectic slate of films, and that tradition continues this year with the 2012 Slamdance Film Festival Grand Jury winner “Welcome To Pine Hill.” The company picked up the film last fall and now a new trailer has been released online. Centered around Shannon Harper, a non-actor in his first acting role, Keith Miller’s feature-length directorial debut (which he also wrote) follows the untrained leading man in his daily routine as an insurance claims adjuster, living in solitude and trying to make ends meet. After receiving an unfortunate medical diagnosis and having to face his own mortality, Harper decides to make peace with all of the people from his former life as a drug dealer. Described as John Cassavetes-esque, the film's almost documentary-like approach shines a light on characters and a world that rarely see a large audience. »
- Cain Rodriguez
Mumford & Sons, Gotye & Kimbra, Kelly Clarkson, Zac Brown Band and Fun. were just a few of the big winners at the 55th annual Grammy Awards telecast, hosted by LL Cool J and broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Read on for the recap...
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Album of the Year went to Babel by Mumford & Sons; Record of the Year went to Gotye & Kimbra's Somebody That I Used To Know; Fun. won Best New Artist, and their We Are Young (featuring Janelle Monae) was named Song of the Year; Kelly Clarkson's Stronger was named Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Country Album was awarded to Zac Brown Band's Uncaged.
Other big accolades handed out during Sunday night's telecast went to Carrie Underwood (Best Country Solo Performance: Blown Away); Frank Ocean was the Best Urban Contemporary Album Winner for Channel Orange; The Black Keys earned Best Rock »
One of the most memorably twisted indie films of recent times was undoubtedly 2011′s micro-budgeted Bellflower — an apocalyptically minded tale of Mad Max fandom and a love affair which goes horribly awry. The Sundance-screened movie was made by a collective of filmmakers known as Coatwolf, whose membership includes writer-director Evan Glodell and producer-composer Jonathan Keevil. Today, the Coatwolf crew announced that their next project, the Keevil-directed action movie Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins, will feature molotov cocktails, a high-speed car chase, and “a massive bone-crushing 30 person street brawl.” The (fairly reasonable) catch? You have to help pay for it. »
- Clark Collis
17 items from 2013
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