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<p>&nbsp;Adam Yauch, left, in the 'Fight For Your Right' video</p>

 Adam Yauch, left, in the 'Fight For Your Right' video

The death of Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch and my delayed appreciation

It wasn't love at first listen

I remember when I first heard “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (to Party)” by Beastie Boys, I thought it was one of the stupidest songs I’d ever heard.

It turns out Beastie Boys felt the same way: after the irony of the trio lampooning Frat Rock sailed right over more party boys’ heads, Beastie Boys eventually stopped performing the delightfully sophomoric song live. However, by then, its place in the pantheon of top party songs was ensured.

 “Licensed To Ill,” which featured “Party,” came out the week before I moved to New York in November 1986.  I was recently out of college and was going through a major adjustment. The magazine I worked for was in Times Square and the area still resembled a crack den more than the Disneyland it looks like now. I often crunched crack vials under my feet as I trudged the few blocks from the subway (where I would have undoubtedly seen a rat on the A train tracks only slightly smaller than the size of my tiny, illegally-sublet studio apartment).

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<p>Adam &quot;MCA&quot; Yauch</p>

Adam "MCA" Yauch

Passing of a Beastie Boy: Remembering Adam 'MCA' Yauch beyond the five boroughs

Five music and video moments I love best

Growing up in suburban Kansas, I didn't know anybody who didn't own a Beastie Boys album.

Today, in consideration of the passing of Adam "MCA" Yauch, a lot of fans are saying the same things, with the same opening statement: "Growing up in..." "Living in..." "Moving to..."

It didn't matter where you lived. The Beastie Boys trailblazed everywhere. They made hip-hop safe for listeners from all walks, and it wasn't just because they were white, or that "Brass Monkey" was mercilessly catchy. They blended punk and hard rock in hip-hop early times, with a name sounded like a joke (and it was a joke). They were funny as hell.

It was unsafe too.

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<p>Tenacious D</p>

Tenacious D

Watch: Tenacious D's low-brow high-budget music video for 'Rize'

So that's what music critics look like...

Tenacious D have unleashed the dragons in their music video for "Rize of the Fenix," and they don't care if you can see their green screens.

The single is from the album of the same name, due May 15.

While their first video in promoting "Fenix" featured a huge crop of A-list celebrities, this one prominently highlights a guitar you wouldn't be able to take through airline security. It also brings to mind: have you ever seen Jack White, Kyle Gass and Tim & Eric in the same room at the same time?

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<p>I just plain love seeing Richard Ayoade in this image.</p>

I just plain love seeing Richard Ayoade in this image.

Credit: 20th Century Fox

'Neighborhood Watch' officially gets a title change from Fox

Find out what the new title is and when you'll see a trailer

It is not unusual for studios to respond to real-world issues by changing titles, delaying films, or even altering content within the movie.  This can be done for any number of reasons.

Anyone who has been following the Trayvon Martin story in Florida would likely understand 20th Century Fox's decision to change the title of their summer science-fiction comedy "Neighborhood Watch."  The movie doesn't have anything to do with that situation or anything like it, but just knowing that George Zimmerman was a member of a neighborhood watch program and hearing that phrase on news story after news story had to be enough reason to get the studio nervous.

Today, they are set to officially announce the title change to "The Watch," and they'll do so with a debut of the new red-banded trailer for the film.

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<p>Shawn Hatosy and Ben McKenzie in &quot;Southland,&quot;&nbsp;which TNT just renewed.</p>

Shawn Hatosy and Ben McKenzie in "Southland," which TNT just renewed.

Credit: TNT

TNT renews 'Southland' for season 5

Cop drama will return next February with 10 new episodes

TNT has ordered a fifth season of "Southland."

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<p>Paul Brannigan in &quot;The Angels' Share.&quot;</p>

Paul Brannigan in "The Angels' Share."

Credit: Entertainment One

Cannes Check: Ken Loach's 'The Angels' Share'

Continuing our preview series on the Cannes competition

The director: Ken Loach (British, 75 years old)

The talent: As is often the case with Loach films, the cast is a jumble of fresh faces and old hands from British film and television. Making his screen debut in the lead is 24 year-old Scotsman Paul Brannigan, whom we'll also see later this year in Jonathan Glazer's "Under the Skin." Heading up the support is veteran English comic actor Roger Allam (recently seen in "The Iron Lady" and "Tamara Drewe"), who previously worked with Loach on 2006's "The Wind That Shakes the Barley." Other Loach associates on board include bulldog-faced character actor John Henshaw (for many the standout of 2009's "Looking for Eric") and young Glaswegian William Ruane ("Sweet Sixteen," "Tickets," "Barley"). 

On script duty, of course, is Paul Laverty, who has written all but one of Loach's narrative films since 1996's "Carla's Song," winning the Best Screenplay award at Cannes in 2002 for "Sweet Sixteen." Loach's regular producer Rebecca O'Brien is also on board. Below the line, the presence of Robbie Ryan, whose work for Andrea Arnold (most dazzlingly on "Wuthering Heights") has made him one of the most exciting cinematographers in the business, adds interest. Still, given that Loach's two most recent, rather pedestrian-looking features were shot by Barry Ackroyd and Chris Menges, respectively, don't get your hopes up for a visual feast.

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<p>Sherri Shepherd and the rest of the &quot;Queen of Jordan&quot;&nbsp;gang took over &quot;30 Rock&quot;&nbsp;again.</p>

Sherri Shepherd and the rest of the "Queen of Jordan" gang took over "30 Rock" again.

Credit: NBC

'30 Rock' - 'Queen of Jordan 2': Rude!

The show returns to parodying Bravo's 'Real Housewives' franchise

A review of last night's "30 Rock" coming up just as soon as I pick up Yakov Smirnoff from the airport...

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<p>Chris Hemsworth (left)&nbsp;and Chris Evans in &quot;The Avengers&quot;</p>

Chris Hemsworth (left) and Chris Evans in "The Avengers"

Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

Tell us what you thought of 'The Avengers'

The film opens this weekend

The summer is here at the multiplex as Joss Whedon's "The Avengers" hits theaters this weekend. Midnight screenings are already letting out so it's time to hear what the public has to say (the US public, anyway, as it's already chugging along in 39 other countries). Did Marvel pull off the ambitious team-up? I'd say so. Drew certainly loved it. So what say you? Offer up your thoughts in the comments section below. (Oh, and the music video for Soundgarden's original song for the film dropped yesterday if you're interested.)

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<p>The Brittens get to know Emma on &quot;Awake.&quot;</p>

The Brittens get to know Emma on "Awake."

Credit: NBC

'Awake' - 'Slack Water': Moving day

Mike and Hannah get to know Rex's baby mama

A review of tonight's "Awake" coming up just as soon as we have my desk bronzed...

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<p>Tegan and Sara</p>

Tegan and Sara

Credit: Lindsey Byrnes

Interview: New Tegan and Sara album to be ‘more radio-friendly'

Duo works with three different pop producers for new set, tentatively due this fall

Tegan Quin’s mind is on Bruce Springsteen and Katy Perry. 

“We want to reach as many people as possible. We’re always balancing how to take what we do on our own at home and put it out around the world and make it reach people,” said Quin of her duo with her twin sister Sara. “What about Bruce Springsteen, or Arcade Fire? They reach so many people. I spent the whole last year exploring a lot of popular music, and – you know – so many people listen to Katy Perry. There must be something that goes into reaching 20 million people.”
 
Maybe they’re not up to 20 million worldwide concert attendees or album sales, but Tegan and Sara have done pretty good on their own, even without records featuring Snoop Dogg or 40 years of history under their belts. Their 2009 album “Sainthood” made it to No. 21 on The Billboard 200, their best sales and charting period yet. Their strength is, in part, their fiercely loyal fan-base and the reliable nature of word-of-mouth. The other part is their recognizable voices, and their like-minded take on pop music, love songs, breakup anthems and good old-fashioned stage banter.
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<p>On &quot;Parks and Recreation,&quot;&nbsp;Burt Macklin, FBI&nbsp;rides again.</p>

On "Parks and Recreation," Burt Macklin, FBI rides again.

Credit: NBC

'Parks and Recreation' - 'Bus Tour': The mad pie-man

Things get frantic in the campaign's final hours

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I spray paint nipples on the Lincoln Memorial...

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<p>Rin Takanashi in &quot;Like Someone in Love.&quot;</p>

Rin Takanashi in "Like Someone in Love."

Credit: Euro Space/MK2 Productions

Cannes Check: Abbas Kiarostami's 'Like Someone in Love'

Continuing our preview series on the Cannes competition

The director: Abbas Kiarostami (Iranian, 71 years old)

The talent: Kiarostami may have chosen a major international star to headline his foray into non-Iranian cinema two years ago, but for his second, he's taking the opposite tack. Rin Takanishi, his 23 year-old lead actress, is a relative newcomer, schooled mostly in Japanese television; her older co-star, Tadashi Okuno, may have a screen CV that dates back to the 1960s, but it's even briefer than Takanishi's. The most recognizable name here is Ryo Kase, whom you may remember from "Letters from Iwo Jima" and that godawful kamikaze-ghost role in last year's "Restless." Kiarostami sought Japanese talent below the line too: cinematographer Katsumi Yanagijima is best-known for his work on Takeshi Kitano's films, as well as "Battle Royale." Kiarostami, as is his wont, wrote the original screenplay; he also produced alongside Frenchman Nathanael Karmitz, who also shpherded "Certified Copy" to the screen.

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