The gang is all here. For DJ Drama’s new single “We In This B—h” we go behind the scenes with the all-star cast. Luda, Tip, Jeezy and hook man Future … what else can you ask for from A-town’s finest. Be sure to check out MTV Jams and MTV2 this Sunday for the full premiere of the clip. Shouts out to Dram!
seemed to scream ourselves hoarse on how some company should take
the initiative in developing a sort of Criterion Collection for video
games. There’s nothing quite like having a physical object that wholly
celebrates a title, a series, or the artists themselves. Valve has
shown some spark in this area through the spectacular inclusion of
commentaries in games like Half-Life 2
but this idea still deserves to be taken further. It’s going to take a
company with a rich, stories history; a company whose fan-base who its
past and is keen on its preservation. A company like, say, Nintendo.
be perfectly honest, Nintendo completely botched Mario’s 25th
Anniversary. As Jeremy
pointed out in last year’s lamentation,
Mario Bros. deserved better.
Arguably the most influential game of all time, it deserved to have the
vaults opened wide for fans to have access to every bit of content
related to the original title. After consuming the disc, we should’ve
been left utterly full, yet definitively satiated. But that’s not the
route Nintendo decided to take — instead, we got a disc with a rom of Super Mario
All-Stars for the SNES, a flimsy
book sprinkled with pull quotes, and a CD containing a shamefully bare
selection of tracks. In essence, Nintendo celebrated the 25th
anniversary of their iconic mascot by making a quick buck. And while
this left us undeniably disappointed, hope remains.
Kirby is turning 20 this year,
and at the most recent Nintendo Direct press conference, Satoru Iwata
announced that they will be celebrating this milestone by releasing a
retail disc for the Wii that includes undisclosed Kirby goodness.
Outside of promising a variety of “fan-favorite” Kirby titles, Nintendo
has left the rest of the details to our hopes and fears. This could be
Nintendo’s chance at historical preservation redemption. They could
right all of the wrongs from Super Mario
All-Stars Wii by giving us a
fully comprehensive look at Kirby’s past, present, and future.
By Nadeska Alexis (@neweryork)
The Beastie Boys joined Run-DMC on the infamous Raising Hell Tour back in ’86 and the two groups found synergy immediately. Reverend Run and DMC tell MTV News that they shared a close bond with Adam Yauch and the Beastie Boys, and they were happy to share their fondest memories of the trio to commemorate Yauch ‘s life.
Developing a Bond: “When I first met [the Beastie Boys], they came to the [Def Jam] office and they were really good rappers, but more than that, they were funny. They were not only friendly, but they were just so funny, it was amazing. Their rhymes were funny and they were funny, so out of everything I can think of, everything with them was fun and humorous, and that was what attracted me to them. One time, on tour, I actually abandoned my bus because I was so intrigued and was so friendly with them that I went and hung on their bus for a night, so that was really cool. I’d never tried anything like that before, so it was kinda crazy, but I wanted to be with them, so I was like, ‘Y’all got an extra bunk?’ I left my bus and I went and hung on their bus. It was the funnest thing in the word, if ‘funnest’ is a word.”
Their Effect on Hip-Hop: “I think they were blowing people’s minds. I was out on tour right before I met them, and when they came along, it was just amazing. I ended up actually writing songs with them, like ‘Paul Revere.’ And then they took one of our songs ‘Slow and Low’ — we left a tape in the studio and they did it over — so I was really kinda involved with them in a little bit of production, along with Rick Rubin. They actually picked up Dr. Dre as a DJ for a while, which was really cool. So they had Dre DJing, and in my mind, they were just so dope on the mic — especially Adam Yauch. He had a really incredible style of rhyme, and I was like, ‘This dude is amazing.’ Just like everybody else that ended up falling in love with them, that’s what was happening to me — I was like, ‘Wow, these white kids could rap.’ And Adam Yauch has this special type of rasp in his voice that made him incredible to me, so he stood out as a real vintage type of incredible MC. It was intriguing to see white guys rapping like that, being so cool, plus sticking to their roots, so they were true to themselves.”
Fondest Memory: “Them taking the Mercedes-Benz emblems [and wearing them around their necks] or hearing that kids were taking the Mercedes-Benz emblems off of cars. I remember getting to London and the press was so scared of what might happen, because the Beastie Boys were there. It was a phenomenon when I got overseas, to hear what the press was thinking about what the Beastie Boys might do. All of that stuff was just really shocking to me. The press loved Run-DMC, but it was a different type of thing that they thought the Beastie Boys were gonna bring to town with them.”
Recent Memories: “A couple years ago, me and a couple of people that were working on filming ‘Run’s House’ on MTV went to their show in Brooklyn, and I came out on onstage and waved to the audience right before ‘No Sleep Till Brooklyn.’ I did so much with them over the years that I just want to keep the love alive. My tribute to them is just to tell them that I love them and what they did for hip-hop culture is legendary.”
Developing a Bond: “It was instant. Right away, they drank Budweiser and we drank 40 ounces of Olde English. We wore gold chains and Cadillac emblems, and they took the emblems right off Volkswagens and put them on their necks. The thing that worked with us was it was the same feeling but different expression. Their sneakers could be dirty and muddy and they could’ve had them since fifth grade, and our sneakers had to be clean, but we both rocked the music, the presentation. The personality was expressed from the same heart, with the same heart and feeling. We lived together, we toured the world together, we played together, we got drunk together, we laughed together, we cried together. You know what was good about them? It wasn’t an act. It wasn’t white rappers trying to be black — they were themselves, and we respected that. Real recognized real. At times you thought you were in a movie, but it wasn’t like they were just doing it to just to do it. It’s really them: energetic, exciting, spontaneous and very creative too.”
Their Effect on Hip-Hop: “The Beastie Boys are one of the greatest groups, and I’m not just talking hip-hop — the Beastie Boys are one of the greatest groups in history. You could call them the Ramones of hip-hop. Even greater than that, they were a great rock and roll band. They made it possible for Eminem, Vanilla Ice and all these other white rappers that came up to have a place to be. They made it acceptable.”
Fondest Memory: “On the Together Forever Tour, we were over in Europe, and the stage got really, really wet, because they were opening cans of beer and spraying it everywhere, so the stage was like a danger zone. We were on the side of the stage watching their show, thinking, ‘One of them is going to bust they ass,’ and MCA slipped and flew about 20 feet up in the air, came down real hard and we thought he was dead … but then he got up and they just kept going. It was the craziest thing ever.”
Recent Memories: “I saw them constantly over the years. If I go to New York, I’ll see them. If I’m in L.A., I see ‘em. If I go to a Rage Against the Machine show, I see ‘em. If I go to a radio show, if I go to a movie premiere, I see ‘em. If I walk by the basketball courts in the Village, I see them out there playing. I would always see them. It was cool, because you would always see them doing the things that they rapped about, that they said they did, and in the places they said they did. They were always at the skateboard park. They were always in the studio. They were always at the club where some new indie band was premiering.”
Tune in to MTV tonight at 8 p.m. for “Adam Yauch: Remembering a Beastie Boy,” an hour-long special hosted by Sway celebrating the life and career of Adam “MCA” Yauch, including his biggest moments and remembrances from his friends and peers. Share your memories of Adam on Twitter using the hashtag #RIPMCA.
The upcoming sci-fi comedy starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill, previously known as “Neighborhood Watch,” is now called “The Watch,” due the recent Treyvon Martin controversy.
The newly re-titled film also has a red band trailer for you to check out.
Plus, we find out how big C-3PO’s battery had to be, and the “Raid” director gets his next (awesome) project in the Dailies!
» “Neighborhood Watch” is now just called “The Watch,” and it has a red band trailer. [IGN]
» As it turns out, Clark Gregg has really good taste in sci-fi movies. [Boston Globe]
» Sometimes when big movies are good, it can mean bad things. Like “Green Lantern” bad. [The New York Times]
» Can you guess the words that appear most frequently in the screenplay for “Star Wars”? Prove it. [http://www.sporcle.com/games/rockgolf/journal-of-the-whills]
» Now that I think about it, C-3PO’s battery must have been freaking huge. [Wired]
» Just as the “Evil Dead” remake is starting filming, Sam Raimi is suing to stop an unauthorized sequel. [Vulture]
» Gareth Evans, the director of “The Raid,” is lining up his next project, a film about MMA fighters pulling a bank heist. Perfect. [Deadline]
» Sofia Vergara has also joined Robert Rodriguez’s “Machete Kills.” [The Playlist]
» This guy attempts to use every sci-fi cliche in a single audition tape. [Vulture]
Welcome to the Dailies, where the MTV Movies team runs down all the film and television news, odds and ends that are fit to print! From awesome fan art to obscure casting news, this is your place to feast on all the movie leftovers you didn’t know you were hungry for.
By Carter Maness
It is with immense sadness that we mourn the death of Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch. Known to the music world as MCA, Yauch, who died today at age 47 after a battle with cancer, was more than a hip-hop trailblazer. He was a cultural icon; a gigantic influence on a generation; a trustworthy cultural curator when it seemed like everything was being controlled by corporations.Yauch has already left a massive mark on rap, and we thought it would be appropriate to list-out our most essential Beastie Boys tracks for those who want to revisit his work or get up-to-speed with one of the most influential rap groups of all time.
“Paul Revere” [Licensed To Ill, 1986]
Perhaps the most outlandish and memorable song from the first rap LP to top the Billboard 200, “Paul Revere” is a wacky origin story for the Beastie Boys. While the rhymes and Rick Rubin-production are bare bones, MCA and crew excel with the trademark humor that would never leave their arsenal.
“Egg Man” [Paul's Boutique, 1989]
This “Superfly”-sampling track from the most sampledelic album ever created finds the Boys rocking intricate routines and passing the mic while flipping punchlines like no one could touch them. “Which came first, the chicken or the egg,” MCA asks with a philosophical snicker. “I ate the chicken, and then I ate his leg.”
“Pass The Mic” [Check Your Head, 1992]
An old school cipher pushed to the future, “Pass The Mic” nails the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink ethos that would define the group’s influential ’90s point. Samples from hardcore pioneers Bad Brains and rap peers EPMD meet with live instrumentation to create an intoxicating combination for pure bravado.
“Get It Together” [Ill Communication, 1994]
If you had any doubt about how three Jewish white boys were viewed by the hip-hop world, “Get It Together,” a collaboration with A Tribe Called Quest maestro Q-Tip, shows that the Beastie Boys can talk that talk with the best of them. Packed with Knicks references, disses, battle raps and everything in-between, this is a cold New York classic that still makes parties go wild.
“Bodhisattva Vow” [Ill Communication, 1994]
One of the most interesting things about the Beastie Boys‘ discography is their growth from bratty youths to spiritual adults with political concerns. “Bodhisattva Vow” reveals Youch’s buddhist foundation in a beautiful way, exposing the trio’s fanbase to Eastern philosophy through rhyme.
“Body Movin” [Hello Nasty, 1998]
When Hello Nasty came out, it sounded like the future of sound had arrived and been filtered through an old school hip-hop soundtrack. “Body Movin,” with its nasally chorus and carousel rhyming about spaceships, computers, robots and party rocking, was a blueprint so advanced no one has come close to it since.
“Say It” [Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2, 2011]
On what will likely be the Beastie Boys‘ swan song, this overlooked record shows you can’t even try to bite the group’s style. Booming bass and post-punk riffs combine with all-too-live distorted vocals for another peak in the group’s storied career.
May the Fourth be with you! Crack open an old issue of “Bantha Tracks” for International Star Wars Day! Or it’s new name: AVENGERS DAY!
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) May 4, 2012
A slew of actors are tweeting about both grand events, including Tom Hiddleston who plays Loki. He asked fans in the USA, Russia, Canada and Indonesia to assemble to theaters to check out the flick. (You might want to listen to him so you don’t get Loki’d.) And “Begin Human’s” Sam Huntington who wrote: “Happy Star Wars day T-Woks!! And remember: if you play with your light sabers too much you’ll get Wookie palms.” Duly noted.
Also in May 4, 2012′s Star Wars Day and “Avengers” themed Twitter-Wood, find out what has Nathan Fillion typing “Oh. My. God.” and which DC Comics superhero Devin Faraci thinks Captain America can take down.
“Avengers” 1: @macstarr Just loved @avengers! So good! Can’t sleep now tho thanks to Joss …and I’m having an incredible urge to don some spandex fight crime
-Mackenzie Firgens, actress (“Rent”)
“Avengers” 2: @pattonoswalt Oh yeah, and The Hulk scores THE GREATEST CHEAP SHOT in Marvel Comics history. #youllsee
-Patton Oswalt, actor (“Seeking a Friend for the End of the World”)
“Avengers” 3: @devincf Captain America would kick Batman’s ass while giving him a pep talk about getting over his parents’ death.
-Devin Faraci, writer (Badass Digest)
Star Wars Day 2: @paulscheer Just a reminder to all Fathers. Today is the only day you can cut off your son’s hand and it’s totally cool. Happy #StarWarsDay
-Paul Scheer, actor (“Piranha 3D”)
Star Wars Day 3: @NathanFillion Oh. My. God. A perfect way to celebrate Star Wars Day. @ClareGrant and @Rileah, thank you. http://nerdi.st/WookieeBath
-Nathan Fillion, actor (“Firefly,” “Castle”)
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Gaming can be an expensive hobby, particularly if you’re keen on picking up games as they are released. With your typical console game going for $60 at launch and there being no shortage of quality titles to play, those costs can quickly add up, making it difficult to keep up with the latest releases. But there are more factors than merely price which can make gamers hesitant to buy games when they first come out including a perceived lack of value, eventual complete/Game of the Year edition releases, and patches which make games into better experiences for those who opt against rushing out to a midnight launch.
1UP readers on Facebook and our boards responding to a question about purchasing games at launch offered up a wide variety of reasons for why they are not keen on always being early adopters. While there were those who do still buy games as soon as they are made available, a high percentage of answers indicated there are only a limited numbers of exceptions where they are willing to do so.
Money was a commonly cited reason to wait, and rightfully so. No one has an unlimited supply of disposable income to spend on games, and as Snuggets noted, the cost of living and increasing gas prices make it difficult to drop $60 on a single game. Getting older also makes it hard to spend as much money on games, both because moving away from home can be expensive and because adult responsibilities don’t leave as much time for gaming.
That cost becomes even more difficult to justify when games routinely go on sale soon after they are released. Mass Effect 3 is a good example of this. After being released on March 6, it was available on Amazon for $30 on April 24. It was only a one-day sale, and you can blame whatever reason you want for that, but it doesn’t change the fact that a AAA release was available for half price in less than two months. It’s a similar situation to Black Friday; games released in the weeks prior to it can be had for incredibly low prices, like getting Battlefield 3 and Batman: Arkham City for $28 as Anthony Feliciano said he did. Those deals may require more effort to take advantage of than the usual sale you see in the Sunday flyers, yet knowing a game released in October or early November could potentially be had for $20 or $30 cheaper in late November may be more than enough to delay an immediate purchase. The same can be said for the inevitable price drops that seem to come sooner than ever before. In the case of PC games, things like Steam sales and indie bundles seem to be devaluing games and feeding into consumers’ desire to wait for a deal rather than paying the initial asking price.
There will always be fans willing to pay extra to get a game they care about as soon as possible, but price cuts and sales as steep as ME3′s are not helping to incentivize the purchase of games at launch. And developers and publishers most certainly do want you handing your money over at launch (if not sooner).
One way retailers are able to attract some gamers is by doing something to mitigate the cost. OhJTBehaaave brings up pre-order deals that can’t be passed up, such as Amazon offering a $20 credit toward a future purchase. “For instance there’s a $10 pre-order credit on Max Payne 3 that I might jump on because I really want to play that game on its release,” he said. “Otherwise I totally have enough of a game backlog to wait for games to reduce in price… which happens rather quickly these days.”
Although he said he would be buying Diablo III on May 15 even if he knew it would be available for cheaper soon after, EmperorCesar brought up a good point in mentioning how some companies’ games hold their value better than others. Blizzard is a good example of this, and Call of Duty games also tend to stay at their original price longer than most. But Nintendo with its evergreen titles may be the best example of all: New Super Mario Bros. for DS, released way back in May 2006 for $35, continues to be sold for that price at GameStop. Mario Party 8, released in May 2007, is $45 (used!) at GameStop and $48.84 on Amazon despite a sequel being released in March. If there’s a Nintendo game you want, sales aside, you’re unlikely to get it for cheaper unless you’re willing to wait a very long time.
UltramanJ mentions special deals helping to persuade him to splurge on a game at launch from time to time. To get gamers to put their money down early, stores will offer pre-order bonuses like physical items or in-game content, the desired implication being that they are only obtainable by pre-ordering. While that might be true of the physical items, it’s becoming more and more well known that in-game pre-order bonuses will be sold as downloadable content at some point down the line. Mortal Kombat‘s “klassic” character skins and fatalities come to mind as one example. Because these were spread out to different retailers, obtaining them all was initially an expensive proposition. Some turned to eBay to obtain them, with some auctions going for as much as $100. This happened before it was announced all of the bonuses would be sold in a DLC bundle for only $4.99. Knowing that a free pre-order bonus will only be available for an extra fee at a later date might convince some to put $5 down at GameStop ahead of a game’s release. But others see that DLC price as an acceptable cost because six months down the line they’ll still be coming out ahead as a result of the game itself costing much less.
Pre-order bonuses were one of three reasons vakthoth said he could see for wanting to buy a game at launch. The second was the game in question being an especially anticipated one; Portal 2 and Skyward Sword were noted as the only games he bought at launch last year. The third reason is if you’re the type to be very social about your games where you like to discuss the latest and greatest with friends. Time_Prophet said that’s what prompted him to buy games at launch as a kid. Nowadays the hot topic online changes rapidly — Mass Effect 3 and its ending, for example, were quickly devoured and dissected, and people have since moved on. That’s not to say no one is still talking about it, but by and large the conversation has run its course.
Part of that is due to the frequency of noteworthy releases. The past three months alone have seen Vita and its launch games, Mass Effect 3, The Witcher 2 for Xbox 360, Prototype 2, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, Ninja Gaiden 3, Silent Hill: Downpour, Yakuza Dead Souls, Street Fighter X Tekken, SSX, Syndicate, Asura’s Wrath, Twisted Metal, Resident Evil: Revelations, The Darkness II, and Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning released — among others. And this isn’t even the busy part of the year; each fall the number of big releases seems to grow and it becomes an impossible task to keep up with them all. For those who want to be social about their games or are only interested in what’s hot at the moment, that means certain titles that might otherwise be day-one purchases get left behind.
“If I want a game, I buy it when it comes out. If I don’t buy a game within the first week or so, I’m likely to never get it at all because I just really don’t want it that much and have something else to play,” Dub_Z said. “Even if they were everyone else’s AAA GotY 1-2 years ago, by the time I’m in the mood for something new to play, and see them cheaper… they seem kind of outdated and even less ‘must have’ than they were when they were the cutting-edge game-of-the-week. Nowadays, I’d rather use the money to get DLC for a game I play on a regular basis, or for a $10-20 downloadable game that I want to play on day/week one and doesn’t require as much rationalizing, budgeting, or impulse control.”
Of all the hotly debated topics this summer movie season, Kristen Stewart‘s English accent in “Snow White and the Huntsman” is certainly one of the more curious. Decidedly missing from the first trailer, the second featured one line of Stewart showing off her best Brit impression.
On May 8, Stewart and her “SWATH” co-stars, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron and Sam Claflin will answer some other tough questions about their upcoming blockbuster in MTV First. The group will premiere a never-before-seen clip from the film on MTV at 7:56 p.m. ET, and immediately after on MTV.com, there will be an exclusive half hour-long interview with the cast.
During the interview, Stewart addressed her own concerns about the accent. “I worked on it for a while, so I was really lucky, I didn’t have to jump right in,” she said. “I would have been terrified [if I had to jump in], so I felt really confident with it when I went into it. I didn’t feel like I was attached to specific lines and stuff, which I would kill myself if I felt that I had to know exactly what I was going to say.”
“Snow White and the Huntsman” hits theaters on June 1.
Don’t miss “MTV First: Snow White and the Huntsman” on Tuesday, May 8, at 7:56 p.m. on MTV, followed by a QA with Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth and Sam Claflin on MTV.com!
So we know that you’re probably already going to see one movie this weekend, but if you can stop yourself from rewatching “The Avengers” on loop, we have a few recommendations based on the week’s other releases.
Check out this week’s Double Feature Friday!
“The Avengers” “Speed”
The undisputed hero of the weekend has to be writer/director Joss Whedon. This weekend, the creator of such shows as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Firefly” repaid his fans who never doubted him and the Marvel fanboys who stayed with the movies all the way. But Whedon has been doing some low-key movie work for years. As an uncredited but often cited credit on his resume, his re-write on “Speed” stands out as a great piece of work. Whedon rewrote most of the dialogue, adding in many of the quips that made the movie such a memorable staple of 90s action movies. “Pop quiz, hotshot.” It makes more sense the more you think about it.
“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” “The Debt”
In the counter programming category, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” has the right idea by assembling some of Britain’s most esteemed older actors and shipping them off to India to not understand things. That film’s director, John Madden, is best known for the Best Picture shocker, “Shakespeare In Love,” but two years ago, he put together a spy thriller starring Sam Worthington, Helen Mirren and Jessica Chastain. The under-seen “The Debt” had a difficult time finding an audience, coming out in August between the summer and fall movie seasons, after almost a year of delays. “The Debt” is a solid addition to a genre that sadly doesn’t get much play anymore.
“LOL” “The Avengers”
Let’s get real for a second. There are only three notable releases this weekend. One is “The Avengers.” The other requires an AARP card to gain admission. If you’re in the target demo for the Miley Cyrus vehicle, “LOL,” do yourself a favor and see “The Avengers” instead. You might not know this, but Joss Whedon has your back. He essentially wrote the book on modern teenage woman empowerment, so instead of watching Miley get annoyed that her mom is totally lame, learn from the likes of Black Widow and Maria Hill about how it’s done.
What are you watching this weekend? Let us know in the comments below and on Twitter!
If one movie is never enough for you and you’re looking for a flick to get you in the mood for this week’s new release, Double Feature Friday is here to help. Every week we break down the new releases and pair them with older movies that you should catch before heading out to the theater. Or just skip the new movie and check out the classic we recommend.
Rumors about Yauch’s ongoing battle with cancer were sparked anew last month when the rapper was not present alongside fellow band members Adam Horovitz and Michael Diamond at the group’s induction into the Hall of Fame? as just the third rap group to ever achieve that honor. Yauch had been off the public scene since 2009 when he was diagnosed with cancer after a tumor was discovered on his salivary gland.
His treatment delayed the release of the group’s 2011 album, Hot Sauce Committee, Part 2? and it had kept the normally tour-happy trio off the road for the past three years.
With his gravelly voice and laconic rapping style, Yauch stood out in the trio, whose other members tended to have faster, more nasal flows. He formed the B-Boys in 1979 while still in high school as a hardcore punk band, but their sound progressed over the years until they emerged as one of the most successful rap groups in history. After getting signed to Def Jam in 1984 they released the smash Licensed to Ill, which included such hits as “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right To Party,” “Brass Monkey,” “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” and “She’s Crafty.”
Their next album, the psychedelic1988 release Paul’s Boutique set a new high-water mark for the art of sampling and stands today as one of the finest examples of the art.
Like their label mates and friends in Run-DMC, the B-Boys excelled at seamlessly interweaving their vocals, trading off lines and verses at lightning speed. Amid the barrage of verbal gymnastics, though, Yauch’s voice stood out for its world-weariness and unhurried cadence on tracks like “High Plains Drifter” and his tongue-twisting, double-time disco breaking showcase midway through the 12-minute Boutique epic, “B-Boy Bouillabaisse.”
Though all three Boys emerged on the national scene with snotty, party hardy attitudes, it was Yauch who grew into the most centered and serious member of the group. In addition to playing bass, he also directed many of the group’s videos under the pseudonym Nathaniel Hornblower. Rarely seen in public, Hornblower made a legendary appearance at the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards, bum rushing R.E.M. as his alter ego after they took the Best Direction award over Beastie pal Spike Jonze for his landmark work in their cop-show spoofing clip “Sabotage.”
He was also instrumental in organizing a series of all-star concerts between 1996 and 2001 to raise awareness of the repression of the Tibetan people. The shows, which combined activism and music, featured sets from traditional Buddhist acts and speakers as well the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, De La Soul, Beck, Foo Fighters, U2, Radiohead, Dave Matthews Band, R.E.M. and Pearl Jam.
Yauch, a practicing Buddhist who revised some of his young and wild lyrics in concert later in life, went on to direct many more video for his band, as well as the kaleidoscopic 2006 Beasties live movie, “Awesome, I F—in’ Shot That!” He also formed Oscilloscope Laboratories, a film company that distributed a number of documentaries and features, including “We Need To Talk About Kevin,” “Dark Days,” “Meek’s Cutoff,” “Beautiful Losers” and the Banksy doc “Exit Through the Gift Shop.”
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