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There is no place for neo-Nazi white nationalism in the realm of the Beastie Boys. Adam Horovitz a.k.a. Ad-Rock spoke Sunday at an anti-hate rally held at a Brooklyn park that is named in memory of the late Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch after it was defaced with swastikas on Friday. The playground at Adam Yauch Park was spray-painted with swastikas along with the message “Go Trump.” Also Read: Stephen Colbert Predicts Coal for Christmas from Trump: 'We Are Screwed' Hundreds of people, including families with children, showed up to the event as Horowitz and community leaders spoke out against racism and intolerance. »
- Meriah Doty
A Brooklyn playground dedicated to the memory of late Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch was vandalized with some disturbing imagery, with New York City Council Member Brad Lander sharing a photo on Twitter of Adam Yauch Park, which has been defaced by swastikas and “Go Trump” written in spray paint. The park was dedicated to Yauch […] »
- Brent Furdyk
The mystery of the anti-Hillary Clinton, pro-Donald Trump vandals who continued to deface a beautiful children’s mural took a while to solve.
Power Stretch Studios in Montclair, New Jersey, had suffered a fire in September, and its windows and door was boarded up. Two days after the Nov. 8 presidential election, someone wrote on the boards: “Lock her up,” a popular refrain against Clinton amongst Trump supporters during his campaign. A studio employee painted over it, but the vandals returned, writing ”America Has Spoken” with Trump’s face drawn next to it.
Gina Shaw, a friend of studio owner Hakika DuBose, »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
Buzzard, Joel Potrykus’ idiosyncratic and darkly funny portrait of an increasingly paranoid and psychotic Midwestern slacker, established the director as a talent to watch. And in keeping with the underground ethos on display in all of Potrykus’ films, his follow-up, The Alchemist Cookbook, is being released as a “pay what you want” download through BitTorrent Now.
This isn’t unusual for a micro-budget indie, but the kicker here is that The Alchemist Cookbook isn’t self-distributed. In fact, the whole thing is being handled by Oscilloscope, the respected indie distributor co-founded by late Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys fame. While same-day releases to VOD or digital platforms like iTunes have become popular among the indie and arthouse distributors, the choice of delivery and pricing model represents a step in a different direction.
Potrykus has written about the plan in a post for Bundle.Media that addresses his own feelings about »
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
When we left Sam Esmail's Golden Globe-winning dystopian thriller Mr. Robot last August, brilliant-yet-schizophrenic computer programmer Elliot Alderson and the hacktivist group fsociety had engineered a meltdown of the global financial system. At the beginning of Season Two, which debuts tonight, Elliot has retreated to a computer-free exile in Brooklyn, a shift that sets the stage for a compelling addition to the cast.
During his recovery, Elliot befriends a character named Leon, who gabs to the mostly catatonic protagonist about Seinfeld during prison-like meals at a local diner. Hip-hop-savvy »
John Berry, a founding member of the Beastie Boys who is credited with concocting the group’s name, died Thursday morning at a Danvers, Massachusetts, hospice, Rolling Stone reports. He was 52. Berry’s father, John Berry III, said that his son had suffered from a worsening case of frontal lobe dementia. Berry played with the group in its formative years in the early ’80s. At the time, the group consisted of Mike Diamond, Adam Yauch and Kate Schellenbach. Berry appeared on the group’s 1982 debut Ep “Polly Wog Stew” but left the group soon after, as did Schellenbach. Adam Horowitz (nom de. »
- Tim Kenneally
London Short Film Festival | Jim Allen Retrospective
Both those bemoaning the lack of new British film-makers and more optimistic glass-half-full talent-spotters will be spoilt for choice here, possibly overwhelmingly so. There are 38 programmes of new British shorts alone, not to mention international work and documentaries. It’s all helpfully organised by genre (sample titles: Lo-Budget Mayhem, Femmes Fantastiques, God’s Lonely Men, Wtf?), which could bring anything from gang-related conker fights to an operatic love story between a jar of jam and a slice of toast. There are also events dedicated to film-makers just off the radar (Jarman collaborator Richard Heslop, Norway’s Joern Utkilen and British artist Jessica Sarah Rinland), and a few very much on it (a Harmony Korine weekend, a retrospective of Nathanial Hörnblowér, Aka Beastie Boy Adam Yauch). There’s even a night dedicated to films about cats.
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- Steve Rose
7 items from 2016
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