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15 items from 2014


Universal Music Slaps Monster Energy With $1.2 Million Lawsuit Over Beastie Boys Music

24 September 2014 4:40 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Universal Music, which co-owns the Beastie Boys’ recordings, is suing Monster Energy for $1.2 million over copyrights, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court in New York. The energy beverage recently lost a $1.7 million lawsuit filed by the band for using several songs in a video promoting a snowboarding event in May 2012, just days after the death of Adam “McA” Yauch at age 47. Also read: Beastie Boy Adam Yauch Banned Commercial Use of His Music in Will According to Universal Music's latest complaint, ”Without the Plantiff's consent, Monster and/or entities acting at Monster's direction synchronized and recorded »

- Gina Hall

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James Franco's Delayed 'SNL' Doc Finds Home on Hulu Plus

24 September 2014 9:12 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Back in December of 2008, James Franco filmed a behind-the-scenes Saturday Night Live documentary, focusing on the week leading up to an episode hosted by actor John Malkovich. Originally intended to be a seven-minute short for an Nyu grad school assignment, the doc blossomed into a 90-minute film that screened to critical acclaim at the South by Southwest and Tribeca film festivals in 2010. While the project has been in studio limbo for the past few years, Franco has finally found a home for the documentary on Hulu Plus, where it will stream starting this Friday, »

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Are Vma Winners Daniels the Franchise Film Directors of Tomorrow?

25 August 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Last night, amidst the butts and the Feminism and the important message from Miley Cyrus, the VMAs bestowed its latest award for Best Direction to Daniels, aka Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, for helming the Lil Jon and DJ Snake music video for “Turn Down For What.” You didn’t miss that part of the show, because this category isn’t millennial-friendly enough for the telecast (nor was the one given to Oscar-nominated art director Anastasia Masaro), but somewhere in the night there were some Moonman statues given to a duo that might just be the franchise film directors of the future. In winning the award, Kwan and Scheinert follow in the footsteps of such notable directors as David Fincher (The Social Network), Spike Jonze (Her), Adam Yauch (Awesome; I Fuckin’ Shot That!), Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo), Tarsem Singh (Mirror Mirror), Jake Scott (Welcome to the Rileys), Samuel Bayer (Nightmare on Elm Street), Steve Barron (the »

- Christopher Campbell

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The Muppets Rap Beastie Boys' "What'cha Want" In New Viral Video

13 August 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

A fan-made video of The Muppets rapping Beastie Boys’ “What’cha Want” has gone viral as a well-deserved pick-me-up.

The Swedish Chef, Animal, Beaker Rap Beastie Boys

The video stars Animal, the Swedish Chef and Beaker, all wearing white turtlenecks and green berets, edited to look like they are rapping the lyrics of Beastie Boys’ 1992 classic.

The funny video, barely a minute long, was released on Tuesday, Aug. 12. The footage, put together by Mylo the Cat, was originally from The Muppets’ performing “Danny Boy,” an Irish classic. Mylo the Cat dedicated the video to Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys, who died in 2012.

Mylo the Cat has produced other Muppets mash-ups, including Fozzie Bear singing Bob Marley’s “Iron Lion Zion” and Miss Piggy singing Miley Cyrus' “Wrecking Ball.”

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Today's Best Mash-up: Watch the Muppets Take on the Beastie Boys

13 August 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

  Just say yes to the Swedish Chef, Beaker and Animal performing their version of the Beastie Boys’ 1992 hit “So What'cha Want.” The mash-up is missing the extremely expensive infrared/photo-negative effect in the group’s original music video (a proud day for Predator fans around the world), but we think the allure of rapping Muppets ranks slightly higher. The video ends on a bit of a somber note, with a #ripMCA hashtag closing the clip. We just passed the birthday of Beastie Boys cofounder Adam Yauch (aka McA), also the founder of indie film company Oscilloscope Laboratories. We think he’d approve of Animal's crazed dance moves, Beaker's bug-eyed song style, and the Swedish Chef's beret in the Muppets rendition of the...

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- Alison Nastasi

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The Muppets Rap Beastie Boys ‘What'cha Want’ (Video)

13 August 2014 6:46 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

“So What'cha Want” this morning? How about The Muppets covering the Beastie Boys? Thought so. See video: Jimmy Fallon Says Goodbye to ‘Late Night’ With Help From The Muppets The fan-made Muppet mash-up (above) stars Animal, the Swedish Chef and Beaker moving their mouths just about perfectly to the Beastie Boys’ 1992 single off their third album, “Check Your Head.” See video: ‘Buddhist Monks’ Breakdance to Honor Beastie BoysAdam Yauch In a week dominated by the unexpected death of comic legend Robin Williams, the silly and simple combination is taking the internet by storm, and giving viewers a much-needed reason to smile. »

- Greg Gilman

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Beastie Boys Drop the Bomb in 'Paul's Boutique' Sampling Lawsuit

11 June 2014 1:04 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Beastie Boys might be finished producing new music, but the hip-hop group isn't done with copyright law. Amazingly, Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz and the late Adam Yauch appear poised to score their third big legal win this year. Just last week, the Beastie Boys crushed Monster Energy at a jury trial, winning $1.7 million over the company's use of five of its songs in a video featured at a snowboarding competition. That success followed a lawsuit against toy company GoldieBlox, which agreed to pay up to $1 million to settle claims of using the Beasties' "Girls" in an

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- Eriq Gardner

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Beastie Boys awarded $1.7 million in Monster Energy copyright case

6 June 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A New York jury has awarded the Beastie Boys $1.7 million in the rap trio’s copyright violation lawsuit against Monster Energy drink. At issue was a mix by DJ Z-Trip used by Monster Energy that included five Beastie Boys songs, including “Sabotage” and “Pass the Mic.”  DJ Z-Trip gave the drink manufacturer permission to use the mix for a recap of a snowboarding competition it sponsored, but Monster Energy did not have the Beastie Boys’ permission. From the start of the New York Federal Court trial, Monster Energy admitted it was at fault, so the trial was to determine damages. Monster Energy wanted to pay $125,000, the two remaining Beastie Boys, Adam “Ad Rock” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond, wanted $2 million— $1 million for the copyright infringement and $1 million for Monster Energy implying that the Beastie Boys’ endorsed the usage. Both Horovitz and Diamond testified at the trial. Among the facts »

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This Is What Happens When Beastie Boys Go to Court

28 May 2014 8:16 AM, PDT | newser.com | See recent newser news »

The Beastie Boys are suing Monster Beverage Corp. over using their music in a promotional video posted just days after the death of member Adam Yauch, who specified in his will that his music was never to be used in ads . The case went to trial in New York yesterday, and as Billboard tells it, there were some fairly amusing moments: The defense's counsel had to explain the word "dope," noting, "You'll learn during the course of this case that 'dope' ... is a positive affirmation." When Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz took the stand, he had to explain what a "single" is, »

- Evann Gastaldo

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Watch: Four Monks Breakdancing to Honor Beastie Boy Adam Yauch

6 May 2014 2:57 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

On May 4th, 2012, Beastie Boy Adam Yauch passed away at the age of 47, following his three-year battle with cancer.  The singer was probably the most powerful celebrity to make the younger generation aware of the liberation struggle in Tibet. This week, a group of Tibetan monks gave back.  The four monks decided to honor Yauch's memory by breakdancing in Manhattan's Union Square to the tune of "Ch-Check It Out" off The Beastie Boys' 2004 album "To the 5 Boroughs."  Unfortunately it's casual-spectator quality, but it's still worth Checking Out (sorry).  »

- Taylor Lindsay

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Breakdancing Monks Pay Tribute to Late Beastie Boys Rapper Adam Yauch: Watch Now!

6 May 2014 1:59 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Adam Yauch is being remembered by his most devoted (and enlightened!) fans. In celebration of McA Day this week, the anniversary that honors the late Beastie Boys rapper, who died of cancer at age 47 back in May 2012, a group of breakdancing monks took to the streets of NYC recently to dance in Yauch's honor. Now before you ask why, Yauch was a practicing Tibetan Buddhist. In honor of his memory and passion for Tibet, the group of four Tibetan monks showed off their sickest moves in Union Square for fans to enjoy. Dressed in traditional red and yellow cloaks, the badass breakdancers spun on their heads, flipped, twirled and did much more while dancing to the Beastie Boys' hit "Ch-Check It »

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‘Buddhist Monks’ Breakdance to Honor Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch (Video)

6 May 2014 12:14 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

This is most likely the best video you'll see all day: four men dressed as Tibetan monks expertly bust a move right in the middle of New York's Union Square. The electrifying show was in honor of late Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch, also known as McA. After he died from cancer in May 2012 at the age of 47, fans created an annual McA Day as a way to remember the fallen rapper. Why monks? Yauch, a Buddhist, was one of the leading activists in the Tibetan independence movement and organized the Tibetan Freedom Concerts to raise awareness. Watch video: Watch Alex. »

- Matthew Bramlett

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From Michael Bay to Eminem, here are creators who've (sort of) apologized for their work

22 April 2014 11:55 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

When you create something for public consumption, you’re putting yourself in a very fragile position. For example, creating a popular television show means handing your beloved characters over to the world for weekly scrutinizing. Then again, it also means handing them over for weekly adoration. But no matter how beloved a show, movie, album, or book might be, no creator is perfect. And by default, no creator’s work is perfect.

That being said, there are few times in the world of pop culture where a creator has come forth and apologized for a large piece of work. Do »

- Samantha Highfill

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Oscars 2014: Just Keep Livin', If You Call This Livin'

3 March 2014 11:15 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

The big winners at last night's 16-hour Oscar ceremony: Dreams. Inspiration. Heroes. So live the impossible, because that’s what Jared Leto's mom would want. Just keep livin', because no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid and your magic is real. Hey, movie stars, we get it — nobody’s against dreams, right? We are all, as Fred Durst would put it, in agreeance here? But like Matthew McConaughey says, "We all need somebody to look up to, somebody to look down on, somebody to chase, somebody to love, »

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Introducing the 12 O'Clock Boys, Baltimore's Inner-City Street Bikers

27 January 2014 1:20 PM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

As an art student in Baltimore, Lotfy Nathan would sometimes hear the sounds of roaming dirt-bike gangs. "They would invade every part of the city," he says. "They seemed kind of mythical, mysterious." So for a 2007 class on documentary filmmaking, he decided to track down the cyclists, and found that many were eager for their high-octane hjinks to be caught on-camera. But the project only turned serious after he met Pug, a pre-teen hustler who wanted nothing more than to join in on the action. "They call them the 12 o'clock »

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