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Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys Dead at 47

Yauch, also known as MCA, died today, May 4, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 47.

Yauch is best known as a founding member of the trailblazing rap trio the Beastie Boys.

The news was announced on Global Grind, a web site run by music mogul Russell Simmons. It was Simmons’ Def Jam Records that in 1986 released the Beastie Boys’ legendary first album, “Licensed to Ill.”

In 2009, Yauch was diagnosed with a a cancerous tumor in his salivary gland. Soon after his diagnosis, he released a video announcing the news to his fans.

Yauch was a filmmaker as well as a musician, Under the pseudonym “Nathanial Hörnblowér”, Yauch directed many of the Beastie Boys’ music videos. In 2002, he founded the film production company Oscilloscope Laboratories.

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Ben Lyons Jumps from E! to Extra

Big news from the Hollywood press junket and red carpet fronts. When Ben Lyons next walks into a Beverly Hills Four Seasons interview suite or corrals 50 Cent outside an event for the rapper’s additional two, he will be doing so for a new E-tastic outlet.

Lyons, a congenial staple at E! News for the past five years, moved over March 1 to the Burbank headquartered, Grove broadcast-anchored Extra. His new home was launched about seven years after the founding of E! and is currently hosted by Mario Lopez.

“I’ve had my eye on Ben for a long time,” said Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey, senior executive producer of Extra. “He’s an entertainment news wunderkind… Between his deep knowledge of entertainment and his close relationships in Hollywood, he will be a great addition.”

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Rupert Murdoch, Russell Simmons and Martha Stewart Partied Together on NYE

(Via The Daily Mail)

Ever wondered what media bigwigs do for New Year’s Eve? If you read this blog you probably have, so don’t even try to deny it. Well, lucky for you we can tell you what a few of them did for this year’s celebration: They partied with a Russian billionaire in St. Barts.

According to the Daily Mail, Rupert Murdoch, Russell Simmons, Martha Stewart and others attended Roman Abramovich’s NYE party, which was estimated to cost about $10 million. What did that get party goers? Fireworks, a chance to hang out on the world’s biggest yacht (the thing has two pools and two helicopter landing pads), caviar, Cristal and music by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Rumor has it that Simmons’ dancing to the Chili Peppers’ “Suck My Kiss” got a little racy, but we haven’t heard any confirmation of that. Perhaps people are trying to forget.

Tracy Morgan Swears He Supports Gay Marriage, Would Love Gay Son Extra Special

Comedian Tracy Morgan is in full damage control mode after a homophobic rant at one of his shows. He’s already apologized for the ugly remarks, but now he’s going further, by voicing his support for gay rights. In an interview published on GlobalGrind.com, Morgan spoke with hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons about the “indefensible” rant, and where he stands on gay issues:

Of all the sicknesses, there is probably none more abusive than homophobia. My heart is committed to giving everyone the same rights that I deserve for myself….. I believe everyone deserves the right to be happy and marry who they want too; gay, white, black, male or female.

And about that remark that he would stab his son if he turned out to be gay?

The truth is if I had a gay son, I would love him just as much as if he was straight … I might have to try to love even more because I know of the difficulty that he would have in society.

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Former Seacrest Intern Gets National Radio Show

Tim Mihalsky, a native of Thousand Oaks, would schlep over that hill everyday to get coffee and answer phones for Ryan Seacrest. That was five years ago. “I used to watch Ryan and Ellen talk all morning long and thought, ‘I could do that’ and I now I am,” Mihalsky tells FishbowlLA.

The now 24-year-old built his radio show from the ground up, called advertisers and markets himself offering them his original daily content. And now FoxRock Syndication Services has Tim’s show on their roster.

The lesson here: Never give up and always be nice to your interns. They may have a national platform one day.

Congrats Tim! Here’s a link to his site.

Entire press release below:
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Trump Gets Roasted, But ‘The Situation’ Gets Burned

The Hammerstein Ballroom was packed to the brim with wannabes, has-beens and the occasional celebrity last night, as Comedy Central taped its roast of Donald Trump.

The roast, which will air next Tuesday, saw a lineup of comedians like Lisa Lampanelli and Jeff Ross, join some celebrity roasters like Marlee Matlin, Larry King and Snoop Dogg to mock one another and Trump himself.

Also in attendance: Jersey Shore’s Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, but more on him later.

Trump, who made (and lost) billions in real estate and casinos, and is said to be considering a Republican presidential run, spent much of the night in a chair in the middle of the stage, glowering, as his daughter Ivanka and wife Melania watched from the audience. FishbowlNY also spotted John Legend, Ice-T, Norah Jones and Russell Simmons in the crowd.

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Russell Simmons on Producing (and Starring in) Reality Television

Under his Simmons-Lathan Media Group, Russell Simmons has produced Def Comedy Jam, Def Poetry Jam, The Nutty Professor, and several hit reality shows starring his own family: brother Rev. Run (of Run-DMC) and his family on MTV’s Run’s House and Daddy’s Girls, and Russell himself on Oxygen’s Running Russell Simmons. Meanwhile, ex-wife Kimora Lee Simmons and the couple’s two daughters have their own show on Style, Life in the Fab Lane.

With all of his TV projects, the author and philanthropist says he refuses to “play to cheap seats,” which meant not giving niece Angela the lavish sweet sixteen MTV typically features. And he believes that brand of inspiring reality has placed his own children “in a safer position today as television stars.”

“I tell them that their job as they become more famous is to use their celebrity to help others, use their good benefit if it’s money to benefit others. And that that’s gonna make them happy, and that any hoarding,  holding onto anything will result in sadness and they believe me, I think. So, that’s a constant discussion,” he explained in our @MediaBeat interview.

“But I think that Kimora is such a good mother and such a good disciplinarian –  I know;   I was disciplined for many years, kept in order. So, I know she’s good at that… I was under a good thumb and the kids are under the thumb now. So I know they ain’t doing nothing wrong, ’cause I could NEVER do nothing wrong.”

Part 1: Russell Simmons: Give Unconditionally to Become Super Rich

Part 2: Russell Simmons: ‘It’s Unbelievable That the News Gets Away with Sensationalizing’

Russell Simmons: ‘It’s Unbelievable That the News Gets Away with Sensationalizing’

After reading the Global Grind interview between Russell Simmons and his friend Roger Ailes of Fox News, we decided to ask the entertainment mogul and author about the issues he thinks the media are neglecting.

“In my opinion — and this has nothing to do with Roger and Fox, or CNN or MSNBC, in particular — but there’s a lack of priority of human suffering,” Simmons explained. “You have to be creative to do stuff that really is useful and important and helpful to humanity on the news, or things you should know. You should know that 15,000 Africans died yesterday for lack of clean water. You should know it.”

Although the Super Rich author says he has no journalistic or political aspirations himself, he says the onus is on the audience to demand more.

“I think that it’s kind of unbelievable that the news gets away with sensationalizing the one guy for instance who wanted to burn a book… It’s really unbelievable that we don’t call the media, or stop the media, stop watching the media, or make fun of the media for provoking so much negativity.”

Part 1: Russell Simmons: Give Unconditionally to Become Super Rich

Part 3: Russell Simmons on Producing (and Starring in) Reality Television

Russell Simmons: ‘I should sue BusinessWeek. I should sue The Washington Post’

Russell Simmons got some bad press for his RushCard, a prepaid Visa card that is an alternative to the big bank cards. The outspoken businessman — who has his hands in music, fashion, TV and now finance — lashed out at BusinessWeek which Simmons claims got the card’s fee structure wrong in an article last June. That report, as many are, was picked up in several other publications. But seven months laster, Simmons is still sore about the story as he told mediabistro.com managing editor Donya Blaze in an interview a few days ago:

The entertainment entrepreneur opened up on a range of topics related to the media: his friendship with Fox News’s Roger Ailes, and what he thinks about the media in general. We talked with Simmons for about 50 minutes. We’ll be running the entire interview later this month across the mediabistro.com blog network.

Oxygen Teams Up With Def Jam Creator

2007_04_arts_russell_simmons.jpgThis is weird: Russell Simmons has teamed up with women’s network Oxygen to produce a show about his life.

Why would women be interested in watching a media mogul in a show called “The Russel Simmons Project,” billed as “exclusive peek at the life of entrepreneur, entertainment and fashion icon, philanthropist and yogi, Russell Simmons, and the powerful team who runs his businesses”? Oh, because Simmons has an assistant, and she’s a woman, and we’ll get to watch him as he bosses around his team “comprised of strong, passionate women.”

It gets somehow even more offensive, since Simmons’ “women network” is comprised of “dating coaches, spiritual advisors, and close confidantes.” You really have to read the press release in its entirety to get the mind-bogglingly backwards logic of a show on Oxygen about a rich man who’s made a career off a genre of music known for its degradation of women, who keeps a bunch of women circulating his celebrity orbit. Luckily, we’ve provided one for you after the jump.

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