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In the legal standoff between the Beastie Boys and GoldieBlox, GoldieBlox has blinked. The toy company, which preemptively filed a fair-use lawsuit against the rap group last week hoping to keep its parody video of the Beasties song “Girls” in bounds, has removed the song from the video and told the group, “We don’t want to fight with you.” Also read: Beastie Boys Respond to GoldieBlox ‘Girls’ Video Lawsuit (Updated) In an open letter from “Debbie + Team GoldieBlox” to surviving Beastie Boys Adam Horovitz and Mike Diamond (third member Adam Yauch died last year after a battle with cancer), GoldieBlox said. »
- Tim Kenneally
Toy company GoldieBlox has made a big overture to rap group the Beastie Boys to try to end the dispute over their parody of "Girls" in a viral commercial.
The ad, which showed a bunch of young girls making awesome creations, featured altered versions of the Beastie Boys lyrics that were much more supportive of women's capabilities. For example, instead of "Girls to do the dishes. Girls to clean up my room. Girls to do the laundry. Girls and in the bathroom," the song goes, "Girls build a spaceship. Girls code the new app. Girls that grow up knowing. That they can engineer that."
But GoldieBlox sued the Beastie Boys after the band made an inquiry to the company about it's use, leading to a larger debate about whether fair use was a valid argument when the late Adam Yauch requested Beastie Boys songs not be used in advertising.
After getting into a legal spat with the Beastie Boys over this (admittedly adorable) ad, the GoldieBlox team has ceded to the reality of the situation. They're pulling the song from the video and have called off all legal action, according to an open letter on the website. "We want you to know that when we posted the video, we were completely unaware that the late, great Adam Yauch had requested in his will that the Beastie Boys songs never be used in advertising. Although we believe our parody video falls under fair use, we would like to respect his wishes and yours." Anyway, we can all still agree that the kids were cute, right? Right. »
- Amanda Dobbins
Dustin Lance Black, Gus Van Sant and Bruce Cohen will attend the St. Petersburg Side By Side Lgbt Film Festival for the screening of Milk, despite bomb threats and the country’s abysmal record on gay rights. Cohen says “Our hope in screening the 2009 Academy Award winning film Milk — about the late civil rights leader, Harvey Milk — is to encourage respectful conversations that might create deeper understanding. Cinema has that power. For this reason, we would like to bring our film to your country and participate in the meaningful dialogue we feel certain this screening will create between the people of our great nations.”
You can now stream Britney Spears’ full Britney Jean album.
Mark Duffy, best known as copyranter, who we have featured here many, many times, »
- Ed Kennedy
A federal judge on Monday dumped out Monster Energy Company’s third party counter-claim in its ongoing legal battle with the Beastie Boys, who sued the beverage-maker last summer for copyright infringement. The Beasties sued first — serving Monster in August 2012 for using several songs in a video promoting a snowboarding event that May, just days after the death of Adam “McA” Yauch (right) at age 47. Performing at the Lake Louise, Alberta event was Beasties scratch-era contemporary DJ Z-Trip (real name Zach Sciacca, above), who paid homage to Yauch with a long medley mix. Also read: Beastie Boy Adam Yauch Banned Commercial Use of. »
- Josh Dickey
A New York judge won't let the Beastie Boys off the hook in an illegal sampling lawsuit brought by TufAmerica, which owns rights to the musical compositions of Trouble Funk, an R&B group from the '80s. The copyright infringement lawsuit was brought in May 2012 against various record companies and the Beasties' Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz and the late Adam Yauch, who died a day before the complaint was filed. Nearly a year-and-a-half later, the lawsuit survives, although a close reading of U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan's ruling denying a motion to dismiss reveals why the defendants should be happy
- Eriq Gardner
The MTV Video Music Awards have a special history of show-stopping, outrageous, controversial, chaotic and jaw-dropping moments. As the 2013 VMAs approach, Zap2it decided to put together a timeline of the most memorable moments in Vma history, starting with the awards show's debut in 1984. Check it out:
1984 - Madonna bumps and grinds on the floor in a wedding dress for "Like A Virgin." Hey, audience: You think this is controversial? Just wait until you see what she does with this song in two decades.
1992 - Howard Stern flies over the audience as "Fartman" and blows up part of the podium. Let's just say it didn't go over so well.
Oscilloscope Laboratories is feeling like a teenager again. The indie label founded by late Beastie Boy Adam Yauch said Thursday that it has acquired North American rights to "Teenage," a documentary look at the origins of youth culture. The film draws on archival material, film footage and diary entries from around the globe to look at various pre-adult movements -- from Flappers to Swing Kids to Hitler Youth -- that swept various countries in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Jena Malone, Ben Whishaw, Julia Hummer, Jessie Usher provide voice-over work. The film »
- Brent Lang
Yoko Ono roped in the surviving members of the Beastie Boys for some "additional beats, programming, and other curve balls” on a remix of "Bad Dancer," marking the first time we've heard from them 'Boys since the passing of Adam Yauch. "Bad Dancer" and another new song "Tabetai," both below, appear on a new album by Plastic Ono Band, "Take Me to the Land of Hell." The latter song features some bottle sounds and vocals from tUnE-yArDs' Merrill Garbus and basically sounds like many phrases from "Pootie Tang." Yoko sings behind the beat on the former in her typically quirky Yoko »
It's been just over a year since the sad and tragic passing of Beastie Boys' member Adam Yauch (aka McA), and it looks like the rest of his bandmates are preparing to get creative again. Earlier today, Rolling Stone revealed their interview Mike D (aka Michael Diamond) talking about his recent experience scoring the Paris Fashion Week presentation of Kenzo's 2014 Spring/Summer Collection (a gig he took at the insistence of Spike Jonze). Meanwhile, Ad-Rock (aka Adam Horovitz) scored a short documentary for the New York Times last fall, but is now ready to see if he can drop dialogue as hot as he can drop some rhymes. The Wrap reports that he's in talks to take a role in Noah Baumbach's next film, "While We're Young" (of course, the "Frances Ha" director has his secretive next project with Greta Gerwig also on the way). He'll be joining seasoned actors Ben Stiller, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Gunnin' for That #1 Spot, 2008.
Directed by Adam Yauch.
Eight of the U.S.'s top high school basketball players compete in the first "Elite 24" tournament at Rucker Park.
When I was young and I had just started Senior school (so that’s Senior 1, or Year 7 in new money), I took an interest in basketball. I was tall and had springy legs. Unfortunately my games teacher was a huge Welsh rugby player who had played for St. Helens and Wales. His attempt to instil the mechanics of basketball was him bellowing as loud as he could at us, “You move your hand up and down like this. Like a bloody poofta!” I didn’t return for the second lesson, nor have I entertained basketball for the last twenty-five years or so.
Gunnin' for That #1 Spot is surprisingly watchable for this 38 year old, working-middle class fellow living in a post-industrial leafy town. »
- Flickering Myth
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
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