Today Adam Yauch, originally known to many as MCA of the Beastie Boys, passed away at 47. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 and was declared cancer-free months later. The precise cause of his passing is yet to be reported.

We don’t often comment on the passing of figures in the music scene, but for several generations Yauch was part of the gateway to great films and music. Years ago I loved picking apart the ingredients in sample-heavy songs. Beasties tracks were a treasure hunt; if something had stuck with them long enough to make it into a track, it was probably worth looking into. Way before the internet was an easy to way to learn about forgotten media, Yauch and the Beastie Boys (with help from Spike Jonze) pointed the way to films like The Taking of Pelham One, Two, Three, and Danger: Diabolik. There was a bigger lesson in there, too: everything was fair game, every experience fed back into others. It’s all connected.

Yauch also founded Oscilloscope Laboratories, part of which is the film label that in the past few years has consistently distributed movies worth seeing: We Need to Talk About Kevin, Exit Through the Gift Shop, Bellflower, Dear Zachary, A Film Unfinished, The Messenger, and William S Burroughs: A Man Unfinished, just for starters. Oscilloscope has Wuthering Heights, Samsara, and Shut Up and Play the Hits coming up. Being part of the effort to bring those movies to audiences would be a great legacy even without the decades of influence Yauch had with the Beastie Boys.

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We were pretty curious and more than slightly excited when it was announced that Elijah Wood, Seth Rogen and Danny McBride would play the Beastie Boys in a short film called Fight For Your Right Revisited. The film picks up as the Beasties sneak out of the party they crashed in the 1986 ‘(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)’ video, and then carries on along a ridiculous path of destruction and minor mayhem that, somehow, ends with two incarnations of the Beasties in a dance-off that turns into a very literal pissing match. (So, yeah, perhaps consider this one NSFW.)

The short premiered at SXSW and aired last night on MTV and Comedy Central, and now the whole thing is online. Check it out after the break. Read More »

‘Fight For Your Right – Revisited’ Trailer

Boasting one of the most star-studded casts ever to grace a short film, Fight For Your Right – Revisited had its world premiere at Sundance in January. Directed by Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, it follows the rap legends after their classic ’80s music video Fight For Your Right and stars Elijah Wood, Seth Rogen, Danny McBride, Jack Black, John C. Reilly and Will Ferrell. Plus there are cameos by Susan Sarandon, Jason Schwartzman, Stanley Tucci, Will Arnett, Rainn Wilson and many more.

One of the main questions everyone asked when the film was announced was, when are we going to get to see it? Well, it seems like the full 30 minutes version will be released when the Beastie Boys put out their new album, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, on May 3. Until then, you’ll just have to watch the trailer, which is embedded after the break. Read More »

How much would you pay to see Elijah Wood, Danny McBride, Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly and Jack Black all in one movie? If you said anything under the cost of a trip to Utah, you’re out of luck. They make up the cast of one of the most highly anticipated shorts playing at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. It’s called Fight For Your Right Revisited and it’s written and directed by Adam Yauch, aka MCA of the legendary Beastie Boys. He’s assembled quite the cast to tell the story of what happens after the epic party in their classic 1987 music video for ‘(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)’.

We told you about it on Monday and now we’ve got your first look at three of the stars – Rogen, Wood and McBride – as The Beastie Boys: Mike D, Ad-Rock, and MCA. Read more about the short after the jump. Read More »

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To quote Beastie Boy and Oscilloscope Laboratories founder Adam Yauch, “[the MPAA has] really gone too far this time. It’s bullshit.”

That was Yauch’s response earlier this week when the MPAA slapped an R rating on the documentary A Film Unfinished, which examines a Nazi propaganda film made to supposedly depict the life of Jews in the Warsaw ghetto. Yauch and Oscilloscope resubmitted the film, but today it was returned with the same rating. Why? Because images of the Holocaust — surprise — are graphic and disturbing. Read More »

Beastie Boy Adam Yauch Starts Movie Company

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When the eldest Beastie Boy grows a serious gray beard, you know the film business is calling, and today brings news that Adam Yauch aka the rapper known as MCA has started an indie film distribution and international sales company called Oscilloscope Pictures. Anyone who’s grabbed the nachos and grape soda and plopped down to the visual wonders of Criterion’s Beastie Boys: Video Anthology or watched the seminal rappers’ delirious concert film Awesome: I F***in’ Shot That! knows this news is cooler than “Fred Kelly as Bunny.” And Oscilloscope’s picture is big: Yauch wants to distribute two to 10 films (what an estimate, eh) in the company’s first year.

His partner in the company is former ThinkFilm VP David Fenkel. Fenkel will run this new division of Yauch’s umbrella company, Oscilloscope Laboratories, from its headquarters in downtown Manhattan, alongside former ThinkFilm dude Dan Berger. What kinds of films will the company be high planes drifting the planet to market and distribute theatrically? They want narrative features and documentaries, and they’re looking to funnel funds into unfinished films. Their first film is said to hit theaters by summer ’08, with an official announcement going out within a month’s time.

As much as I like Yauch’s music (his group’s latest The Mix-Up is perfect muzak for finishing a script), the guy has an astronomical coterie of talent around him at all times. His elite friends-o’-film include the Coppolas, the Cassavettes, Adam Bernstein (Breaking Bad) and Spike Jonze. Oh, and he’s also directed weirdness since he was 16, creating some of the coolest and most lager-gut-busting music videos (“Intergalactic”) under his secret alias Nathanial Hörnblowér.

Slashfilm Question of the Day: Would you pay seven greenbacks to watch a Hörnblowér in a theater?

Source Link: Reuters

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