- - Sunday, August 12, 2012

The Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch rapped that he wouldn’t “sell my songs for no TV ad.”

His will shows he wanted to make sure that held true after his death.

The will was filed in a Manhattan court this week, three months after his death from cancer at age 47. It says his image, name, music “or any artistic property” he created can’t be used for advertising.

His lawyer and the band’s spokesman declined to comment Friday.

Also known as MCA, Yauch was a founding member of the Beastie Boys, who helped hip-hop gain mainstream attention in the 1980s. They’ve produced four No. 1 albums and sold more than 40 million records.

Yauch’s will leaves his roughly $6 million estate to his widow and daughter.

Eminem thanks fans for help getting out of ‘dark place’

Eminem, who battled an addiction to prescription drugs, thanked his fans at a New York concert for helping him get through dark times.

The 39-year-old told hundreds Thursday night that he “wouldn’t have gotten out of that dark place without y’all” before he performed the Grammy-winning song “Not Afraid.” He said the performance was “dedicated to anybody tonight who’s been through personal struggles.”

Eminem’s addiction and climb to sobriety is detailed in his 2010 album “Recovery.” It was that year’s best-selling album.

At the Hammerstein Ballroom, the rapper performed more than a dozen songs at an event for the watch brand G-Shock, including the hits “Lose Yourself,” “Love the Way You Lie” and “The Real Slim Shady.”

Hip-hop foursome Slaughterhouse opened for the Detroit-born rapper.

Motley Crue, Kiss donate to victims of Aurora theater shooting

Motley Crue and Kiss are donating money to support those affected by the Colorado movie theater shootings.

The bands at their concert in suburban Denver on Wednesday night said they would donate $100,000 to the Aurora Victim Relief Fund.

The fund was set up to help victims hurt when a shooter opened fire July 20 at a midnight showing of the new Batman movie in Aurora. Twelve people were killed, and 58 were injured.

Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue and Paul Stanley of Kiss said in a statement that they hope their gesture will encourage others to give.

Heather Graham returning for ‘The Hangover Part III’

Heather Graham is returning to the “Hangover” franchise.

The actress is reprising her character, the lovable stripper Jade, in “The Hangover Part III,” being made by Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures.

The movie, which shoots this fall, reunites the three stars — Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms — plus brings back Ken Jeong, the scene stealer who appeared in the first two installments.

Miss Graham did not appear in the second, Bangkok-set movie.

The actress most recently wrapped “About Cherry,” a porn- and drug-laced drama that also stars James Franco and Ashley Hinshaw.

Cameron Diaz working on health and wellness book

Cameron Diaz’s latest project is all about looking and feeling good.

HarperCollins announced Wednesday that the star of “Charlie’s Angels,” “There’s Something About Mary” and other films has an agreement with the publisher for a book on health and wellness. Miss Diaz’s book is currently untitled and scheduled for publication in the fall of 2013.

According to HarperCollins, the book will offer advice to young women about health, fitness, nutrition and general well-being. The publisher said Miss Diaz hopes to “engage and empower” women.

Miss Diaz, who turns 40 later this month, has spoken often about the importance of health and fitness and her desire to share advice.

‘Willy Wonka’ director dies at age 83

Mel Stuart, an award-winning documentarian who also directed “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” has died. He was 83.

His daughter, Madeline Stuart, said he died Thursday night of cancer at his home in Los Angeles.

During the 1960s and 1970s, Mr. Stuart was associated with David L. Wolper, with whom he established a base of West Coast documentary production at a time when New York filmmakers and TV networks’ news divisions dominated the field.

Mr. Stuart’s documentaries during those years include “The Making of the President, 1960,” for which he won an Emmy, as well as subsequent explorations of the campaigns in 1964 and 1968. Other programs were “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich” and the Oscar-nominated “Four Days in November.”

His groundbreaking 1973 film “Wattstax” focused on the Wattstax music festival of the previous year and Los Angeles’ Watts community in the aftermath of the 1965 riots.

By 1980, Mr. Stuart was an independent producer and director whose credits include portraits for PBS’ “American Masters” on artist Man Ray and the director Billy Wilder. He was executive producer of the 1980s ABC series “Ripley’s Believe It or Not,” whose host was Jack Palance.

The 1971 musical fantasy “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” starring Gene Wilder, was Mr. Stuart’s response to a young reader of the Roald Dahl children’s classic “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” That fan was Mr. Stuart’s daughter Madeline, who asked her dad to make a movie of the book she loved. With Mr. Wilder as Willy Wonka (and 11-year-old Madeline in a cameo role as a student in a classroom scene), it became an enduring family favorite.

• Compiled from Web and wire reports

Sign up for Daily Newsletters

Manage Newsletters

Copyright © 2021 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

Please read our comment policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide