Films scored by musicians Ben Gibbard and Adam Horovitz are slated to be screened at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival. Hoping that their musical success will follow them into the film industry, former The Postal Service frontman Gibbard and Beastie Boys' MC Horovitz, aka Ad-Rock, they have each created scores for films which will feature at the acclaimed festival in Park City, Utah.
Gibbard scored a dark comedy titled Laggies, starring Keira Knightley and Chloe Grace Moretz, about a woman "content to remain in permanent adolescence."
As for Horovitz, he is the composer behind No No: A Dockumentary, a film telling the true story of Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis, who threw a no-hitter game while allegedly on acid.
The Sundance Film Festival kicks off on 16 January (14).
Filmmaker Spike Jonze once helped the Beastie Boys write a movie script inspired by the hip-hop trio's music video for 1994 hit Sabotage. The Being John Malkovich director took charge of the rappers' hilarious promo for Sabotage, which served as an homage to, and parody of, hit 1970s crime dramas such as Hawaii Five-O and Starsky and Hutch, but once the video wrapped, they decided to expand the idea into a big screen project, too.
Jonze claims the unreleased script centred around one of the late Adam 'MCA' Yauch's wacky characters, his filmmaker alter ego Nathanial Hornblower, while he also planned to portray Sir Stewart Wallace, another figure from the Sabotage video, in the movie, reports Spin.com.
He says, "The four of us wrote a script together. It was called We Can Do This because... it was so surreal and out there... It just would've been ridiculous and fun... There were no 1970s cops in it, but it was definitely in the same spirit."
Yauch's bandmates also featured in the script, with Michael 'Mike D' Diamond set to bring his country singer persona, Country Mike, to life on the big screen.
And Jonze reveals the songs Diamond recorded for his album Country Mike's Greatest Hits, which he gifted to family and friends for Christmas in 2000, were actually intended for We Can Do This.
He adds, "It was about Hornblower. Mike played a country star - those songs we wrote for the movie, actually. Adam Horovitz played this kid, Nino Vincenzi, who lived on Roosevelt Island (in New York) with his dad who was a mechanic, and (he) was a little bit (like) John Travolta (in) Saturday Night Fever... He had all these dreams and aspirations, but he was awkward and couldn't dance. So he didn't even have that going for him.
"But yeah, I forget all the different characters but... it would have been funny."
Yauch died of cancer in May, 2012.
Rappers the Beastie Boys have filed suit against bosses of the toy company behind the video parody of their GIRLS hit, insisting the quirky online promo infringes on their copyright. GoldieBlox executives used the New York hip-hop trio's track for an online ad without permission, and after weeks of cease and desist letters and promises to take the video down, the matter appears to be heading to trial.
The band's lawyers allege GoldieBlox acted "willfully, maliciously and oppressively with a wilful disregard of the harm that would be suffered by the Beastie Boys parties" in opting to rework Girls for the video.
GoldieBlox bosses had hoped to avoid a legal battle with the Beastie Boys and initially sued the band, alleging the remaining two members of the trio had threatened the company with copyright infringement. They argued that the spot was a parody, and therefore constitutes "fair use".
Beastie Boys founders Mike D and Ad-Rock shot back, "As creative as it is, make no mistake, your video is an advertisement that is designed to sell a product, and long ago, we made a conscious decision not to permit our music and/or name to be used in product ads."
The group's countersuit was filed in Oakland, California on Tuesday (10Dec13). Ad-Rock, real name Adam Horovitz, and Mike D, aka Mike Diamond, are seeking all profits the company may have generated through airing the viral spot.
Beastie Boys star Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz stunned fans by performing a mini gig at a New York bar on Sunday (08Dec13). The hip-hop icon made a guest appearance at Joe's Pub to perform with a spoof rapper called Champagne Jerry.
The duo took to the stage to deliver a rendition of Yo Kev!, a song penned by Jerry, to which Horovitz has contributed a guest verse and production.
Rap greats the Beastie Boys have been denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed against them over unauthorised sampling. Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz and Adam Yauch were named in legal action by record executives at TufAmerica a day after Yauch's death in May last year (12), amid allegations the hip-hop stars illegally used material from their catalogue on the band's 1989 album Paul's Boutique.
The surviving members of the group hit back at the claims last November (12), insisting the tracks in question did not bear enough substantial similarities to the originals to warrant the lawsuit, and asked a New York judge to throw out the case.
On Tuesday (10Sep13), U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan denied their request, ruling that there was enough of a case to have two song samples further tested in her courtroom - the one-second use of Trouble Funk's track Say What on Shadrach, and the 51-second sample of Let's Get Small on the Beastie Boys' Hold It Now Hit It.
However, there was some good news for the Beastie Boys - she dismissed similar charges regarding three other samples used on the album, and applied a copyright rule which only holds defendants liable for any potential damages for sales in the three years before the lawsuit was filed, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Yauch, aka MCA, died last year (12) after a three-year battle with cancer.
Beastie Boys stars Ad-Rock and Mike D have teamed up with Yoko Ono's Plastic Ono Band for their first studio project since the death of bandmate Adam Yauch. The pair - real names Adam Horovitz and Mike Diamond - revealed the No Sleep Till Brooklyn hitmakers were likely to split following Yauch's death last year (12) but subsequently agreed they still wanted to work together.
Now it has emerged they have joined Ono's backing band to record a new track, titled Bad Dancer. The song is streaming on Ono's website this week (beg12Aug13) and will feature on her upcoming album, Take Me To The Land Of Hell.
Yauch died in May 2012 after a three-year battle with cancer.
Beastie Boys star Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz is in talks to land a role in Ben Stiller's new movie. The No Sleep Till Brooklyn rapper is slated to appear alongside Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried and Adam Driver in While We're Young, according to TheWrap.com.
Reports suggest Horovitz will play a friend to a married couple portrayed by Stiller and Watts.
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Adam Horovitz, better known as "Ad-Rock" of the Beastie Boys, is in discussions to join Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts in Noah Baumbach's indie movie While We're Young, TheWrap confirms. The musician, who began shaking his rump with the legendary group when he was only 16, made his acting debut in 1989 as Tim 'Chino' Doolan in Lost Angels, followed by smaller roles in A Kiss Before Dying, Roadside Prophets, and Godspeed.
While We're Young, written and directed by Baumbach, stars Stiller and Watts as a married couple in their 40s who befriend a free-spirited younger couple played by Amanda Seyfried and Girls' Adam Driver. Although Horovitz has not taken on a big movie role in 20 years, he is in talks to play a married friend of the childless Stiller and Watts who can no longer relate to their desire to hang out with a young, hipster couple.
Make some noise: the long awaited project, produced by Scott Rudin and Eli Bush, is a sure shot to finally begin production this fall.
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The surviving members of The Beastie Boys released a limited-edition line of watches on Tuesday (07May13) to fund programs at the New York park named in honour of late band member Adam 'Mca' Yauch. Yauch passed away from cancer aged 47 on 4 May last year (12) and his mother Frances and bandmate Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz unveiled the newly-renamed Adam Yauch Park in Brooklyn Heights last Friday (03May13).
Horovitz and his fellow Beastie Boy Michael 'Mike D' Diamond presented the line of brightly coloured timepieces on the band's official Facebook.com page on Tuesday and all stock was sold out within 30 minutes.
The nautical-themed $75 (£48.40) accessories, created in partnership with officials at watchmakers Nixon, feature an image of Diamond dressed in a yachting outfit on the dial and the words "I accept this award on behalf of the band" embossed on the strap.
Beloved British actress Dame Maggie Smith has given a first-time director a big boost by signing on to lead the cast of his new film. The Downton Abbey and Quartet star will join Kevin Kline and Jane Birkin in playwright and screenwriter Israel Horovitz's My Old Lady.
Smith will play the lover of a rich businessman who confronts his estranged son for the first time when he travels to Paris to liquidate an apartment he has inherited from his father.
Horovitz has adapted the screenplay from his own work and filming is scheduled to begin in Paris in September (13).
The first-time filmmaker says, "Of all my stage plays, My Old Lady is my very favourite. For years, this play has cried out to me to be seen in its Paris setting, to become a film... To create this film with Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline, Jane Birkin and Dominique Pinon is beyond thrilling."