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This Week: Hobo Puppets, Tank Demolition, The Church of Shatner, and Licking in a Lift, plus shout out to MCA.
Earlier today we told you of the sad news of the death of Adam Yauch, aka MCA, co-founder of the Beastie Boys, who passed away today after a long battle with cancer.
In honor Yauch’s musical contributions, MTV has some tributes planned for today with a switch in programming, as well as a live one-hour special tonight at 8pm ET/PT.
MTV News will present a one-hour live special hosted by MTV News’ Sway Calloway from their Times Square newsroom tonight at 8pm ET/PT and will be re-aired at 11pm ET/PT on MTV2. The special will highlight the Beastie Boys music and Yauch’s career through music videos, performances, MTV moments, and remembrances from his peers. You can watch a video here below of an interview with the Beastie Boys from back in 1986 discussing their album License To Ill when they were still openers on the Run-DMC tour.
ï»¿Yet another death in the musical world has beset upon us. One of the founders of the legendary music trio The Beastie Boys has passed. Adam Yauch, best known as MCA to fans of the Caucasian hip hop band, died after a battle with cancer, from a complication of a tumor found in his salivary gland, reports Rolling Stone. He was 48.
The Beastie Boys, comprised of Yauch, along with Mike “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horowitz, carved their own niche during the tail end of rap music’s first wave. Starting as a hardcore punk band in 1979, the Brooklyn, NY-based group became best known as the goofy nonsensically yet no-nonsense hip hop mavens who exploded in a huff of success with their 1986 release License to Ill. That record, and its accompanying single and perpetually run MTV video of “Fight For Your Right (To Party)”, put them as equal cohorts with their peers and like-minded artists during that era in the rap/hip hop ring, even surpassing many of those other artists who explored similar styles and genres.
Oscilloscope Laboratories, the film company started by Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch, has acquired the rights to Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, a new horror-comedy from Finland that takes childhood fantasy to a whole new realm.
The movie comes from director Jalmari Helander, who based it on his own popular short films, and tells the story of an archeological excavation that turns up none other than Santa Claus himself. Unfortunately, he’s not quite the Santa we’ve all grown up knowing from stories and songs.
Of the acquisition, Yauch said “This is really a unique film, the filmmaking exceptional, Jalmari’s sense of timing, perfect. I’m tempted to say it’s like the Coen brothers meets The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, but RARE EXPORTS is so original in its feel and approach that I’ll refrain from such comparisons and simply say: gas up your snowmobiles, load your shotguns and smoke ’em if you got ’em “” ’cause we intend to uncage this sucker in theaters for the holidays.”
Be sure to click on over to the other side to read a synopsis of the movie with links to the original short films, and also to check out the trailer for Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale!