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Adam YauchIn light of today's heartbreaking news about Beastie Boys frontman Adam Yauch, I thought it would be a good idea to celebrate the group's lasting contributions to cinema here on MTV Movies Blog. Whether you know it or not, the Beastie Boys -- and Yauch in particular -- have deep roots in the world of film. I'll always think of them most fondly for the album "Licensed to Ill," one of the first cassette tapes I ever owned, but it's hard to deny the impact the Beastie Boys' presence have had on Hollywood.

For starters, the group's music has been featured on the soundtracks of a varied assortment of movies, including "Pump Up the Volume," "The Jerky Boys," "Above the Rim," "Kids," "La haine," hip hop DJ documentary "Scratch" and, most recently, J.J. Abrams' summer '09 reboot of "Star Trek." Their hit song "Sabotage," off of the album "Ill Communication," was also featured in the video game "Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock" and was famously covered by the recently reunited jam-rock quartet Phish. Read More...

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