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May 4, 2012 at 2:00 PM
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Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch dead at 47

NEW YORK, May 4 (UPI) -- Adam Yauch, a founding member of the Brooklyn hip-hop group Beastie Boys, has died, TMZ reported Friday. He was 47.

The cause of his death was not immediately released, but the celebrity news Web site noted Yauch was treated for a cancerous parotid gland and a lymph node in 2009 and has been battling the disease since.

Yauch, who was known professionally as MCA, co-founded Beastie Boys in 1979 with fellow rappers Mike D and Ad Rock. The Grammy Award-winning group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month, but Yauch was too ill to attend.


BBC says Cohen, not character, welcome on its shows

LONDON, May 4 (UPI) -- The BBC says British writer-actor Sacha Baron Cohen would be a welcome guest on its shows so long as he comes as himself and not in character.

Cohen is known for promoting his big-screen comedies such as "Borat" and "Bruno" by appearing in public as those characters. He also walked the red carpet at the Oscars in February dressed as his character from "The Dictator," a comedy about fictional Middle Eastern despot Adm. Gen. Aladeen, due out in theaters this month.

The BBC dismissed as untrue Friday rumors claiming it won't allow Cohen to appear on its programs to talk about the movie.

"There is no ban," a BBC spokesman said. "But our chat shows thrive on the spontaneous banter between guests and the presenter, something you just don't get when people come on as characters. We'd love to have Sacha on as himself."

"While I am a huge admirer of state-sponsored censorship, the BBC banning me from their meager channels is an outrage," Cohen as Aldeen said in a statement. "Why are they victimizing little old me?"


TNT orders Season 5 of 'Southland'

LOS ANGELES, May 4 (UPI) -- TNT says it has ordered 10 episodes for a fifth season of its Los Angeles-set police drama "Southland," scheduled to start airing in February.

The show stars Michael Cudlitz, Shawn Hatosy, Regina King and Ben McKenzie.

"We are very proud of 'Southland' and grateful to everyone involved in the series, including executive producers John Wells, Chris Chulack and Jonathan Lisco; creator Ann Biderman; and our partners at Warner Bros. Television," Michael Wright, president and head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies, said in a statement Friday. "We look forward to going deeper into the lives of 'Southland's' extraordinary characters and the streets they struggle to keep safe next year."


Castle-Hughes signs on to Syfy's 'Rewind'

NEW YORK, May 4 (UPI) -- Keisha Castle-Hughes, Jennifer Ferrin, Robbie Jones and Keon Mohajeri joined the cast of "Rewind," an action thriller pilot shooting in Toronto, Syfy said.

The stars are working alongside the previously announced lead Shane McRae in the 90-minute pilot from BermanBraun and Universal Cable Productions, the cable network said Friday.

Director David Cronenberg and actor Jeff Fahey will guest star in the pilot. Jack Bender is set to direct the project, which was penned by Justin Marks, who will also executive produce with Tom Spezialy, Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun and Gene Stein.

"Rewind" follows a team of military field operatives and civilian scientists who must use untested technology to travel back in time to alter past events in order to change the future and avoid a devastating terrorist attack, a synopsis said.

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