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Jared Leto found hometown 'oppressive'

April 12th, 2014 12:20pm EDT
Jared Leto
Jared Leto doesn't feel connected to where he grew up.
The Oscar-winning actor admits he is glad he "escaped" from his hometown Bossier City, Louisiana at an early age because "it's very oppressive."
In a joint interview with his older brother Shannon Leto, the 'Dallas Buyers Club' star told the new issue of FourTwoNine magazine: "We escaped early on. It's very oppressive. We would go back for the summers and stay with our grandmother, though. So the culture was always there that we returned to.
"We moved around every couple of years growing up. Way up to north Massachusetts. Everywhere. Bu...
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Jared Leto shows support to Ukrainian protesters at Kiev concert

March 13th, 2014 9:30pm EDT
Jared Leto
Singer/actor Jared Leto showed his support for the citizens fighting for political change in Ukraine at his band 30 Seconds To Mars' concert in Kiev on Wednesday (12Mar14).

Last month's (Feb14) violent clashes between anti-government protesters and police in the capital city failed to keep the Closer to the Edge hitmakers away from Kiev, where they were booked for two shows at the Sports Palace.

The band arrived in Kiev on Tuesday (11Mar14) and took the stage at the venue on Wednesday night (13Mar14), when Leto offered his support to those fighting for a new nation.

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Miley Cyrus is hooking up with Jared Leto?

February 19th, 2014 3:20pm EST
Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus is reportedly "hooking up" with Jared Leto.
The 'Wrecking Ball' hitmaker, who split from her 'The Hunger Games' star fiance Liam Hemsworth last September, spent time with 'The Dallas Buyers Club' star at his home in Los Angeles earlier this month.
A source told Us Weekly magazine: "(They) are hooking up. She stayed over at his house in L.A. in early February."
Another source said that the 42-year-old Oscar-nominee, who previously dated Cameron Diaz and Ashley Olsen, and the 21-year-old singer have "known each other for a while."
The 30 Seconds to Mars frontman was photographed c...
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Jared Leto inspired by grandma

February 4th, 2014 6:20am EST
Jared Leto
Jared Leto's 'Dallas Buyers Club' role was partly inspired by his grandma.
The 30 Seconds to Mars frontman portrays transgendered AIDS victim Rayon in the award-winning movie and he says his character's habit of ending her sentences with "Darlin'" was influenced by his grandmother's way of speaking.
He said: "I waxed my whole body and my eyebrows I lost a lot of weight, I changed my voice - the dialect and register - it was a pretty intense journey.
"[Saying 'Darlin'' at the end of sentences], my grandmother used to do that, she was from the South and there was certainly a bit of grandma in...
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Jared Leto has a coffin in his living room

January 27th, 2014 3:10am EST
Jared Leto
Actor/rocker Jared Leto keeps his books on a coffin in his living room.

The star has accumulated a number of souvenirs from his various Hollywood projects over the years, but nothing more morbid than a prop coffin which he uses as a makeshift bookshelf.

Speaking to Ryan Seacrest during the E! Live From the Red Carpet Special at the Grammy Awards on Sunday (26Jan14), the 30 Seconds to Mars frontman revealed, "It sounds a little bizarre, but I ended up with it, I think from a film that I did. I can't remember why I have it, but it's basically got a bunch of books on it.

"I think it's empty...
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Jared Leto not confident of Oscars success

November 20th, 2013 10:20am EST
Jared Leto
Jared Leto doesn't believe "people like him" win Oscars.
The 30 Seconds to Mars frontman has been tipped for Academy Awards success for his role in 'Dallas Buyers Club' - in which he plays a transsexual AIDS sufferer opposite Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner - but he doesn't expect to receive one of the prestigious accolades.
He said: "It's nuts. They don't give Oscars to people like me!"
The movie marks the 41-year-old star's first acting role since 2009's 'Mr. Nobody' and Jared joked he was amazed he could still act.
He told E! News: "I hadn't made a film in so long, I'm lucky I re...
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Katy Perry wins Best Female at MTV EMAs

November 10th, 2013 6:30pm EST
Katy Perry
Katy Perry has been crowned Best Female at the MTV Europe Music Awards.
The 'Roar' hitmaker beat her pop rivals Lady GaGa, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift to the prestigious prize at the 20th annual ceremony in Amsterdam, the Netherlands this evening (11.10.13).
The visibly shocked star told the audience as she accepted her award: "Thank you, this is so cool. I was just sitting backstage with the artists drinking some champagne, thinking I'm not gonna win, I'm not gonna win ... And I won!"
She later told BANG Showbiz: "I wasn't expecting to win actually, I was just sitting down h...
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Jared Leto leads silence for Typhoon Haiyan victims

November 10th, 2013 6:30pm EST
Jared Leto
Jared Leto led a minute's silence at the MTV EMAs for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
The rocker - whose band 30 Seconds To Mars won the award for Best Alternative act - asked for the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam to be quiet for 60 seconds in remembrance of the estimated 10,000 people killed by the devastating storm which swept across the islands on Friday (08.11.13).
Afterwards, he told BANG Showbiz: "If we can be part of the solution rather than the problem then that's a wonderful thing and there's a terrible tragedy just affected a great number of people, many people have di...
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Katy Perry wins Best Female at MTV EMAs

November 10th, 2013 6:20pm EST
Katy Perry
Katy Perry has been crowned Best Female at the MTV Europe Music Awards.
The 'Roar' hitmaker beat her pop rivals Lady GaGa, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift to the prestigious prize at the 20th annual ceremony in Amsterdam, the Netherlands this evening (11.10.13).
The visibly shocked star told the audience as she accepted her award: "Thank you, this is so cool. I was just sitting backstage with the artists drinking some champagne, thinking I'm not gonna win, I'm not gonna win ... And I won!"
She later told BANG Showbiz: "I wasn't expecting to win actually, I was just sitting down h...
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Jared Leto leads silence for Typhoon Haiyan victims

November 10th, 2013 6:20pm EST
Jared Leto
Jared Leto led a minute's silence at the MTV EMAs for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
The rocker - whose band 30 Seconds To Mars won the award for Best Alternative act - asked for the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam to be quiet for 60 seconds in remembrance of the estimated 10,000 people killed by the devastating storm which swept across the islands on Friday (11.08.13).
Afterwards, he told BANG Showbiz: "If we can be part of the solution rather than the problem then that's a wonderful thing and there's a terrible tragedy just affected a great number of people, many people have di...
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30 Seconds to Mars reach for the sky at London rooftop gig

June 18th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
30 Seconds to Mars
Rockers 30 Seconds To Mars reached new heights on Tuesday (18Jun13) when the band performed on the roof of the O2 Arena in London.

The group, led by frontman Jared Leto, braved the blustery English weather to play an acoustic set atop the huge venue - 173 feet (52.7 metres) above the banks of the River Thames.

The performance was in celebration of the O2 Arena's roof walk experience first anniversary, and the rockers - who wore harnesses for safety reasons - played tracks from the band's new album Love Lust Faith & Dreams.

30 Seconds To Mars aren't the first band to perform on the roof o...
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Jared Leto performs for free in New York

May 14th, 2013 7:02pm EDT
Jared Leto
Jared Leto treated his fans to a free show in New York City on Sunday (12May13) after heading into Manhattan to play his guitar.

The rocker's band 30 Seconds To Mars is gearing up to release its new album Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams on 17 May (13), and Leto drummed up some promotion for the record by putting on an impromptu show.

Taking to Twitter.com to tell fans of his free gig, he wrote, "I'm headed to 14th street / union square w/ my guitar. Come find me! free show."
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30 Seconds To Mars Launch Single From Space

March 19th, 2013 9:27am EDT
30 Seconds to Mars
30 Seconds to Mars broadcast their new single 'Up In The Air' from space at midnight this morning with the help of NASA. 

The rockers - comprised of Jared Leto, Shannon Leto and Tomo Mili?evi? - announced their fourth album, Love Lust + Faith Dreams, will be released on May 20, following the inter-galactic launch of their aptly-named first single, Up In The Air, last night.

The band teamed up with NASA to premiere their new track from space and a copy of the single was launched via a SpaceX cargo mission on March 1. It was given its first ever play by astronauts orbiting 230 miles above E...
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30 Seconds To Mars Break World Record

December 13th, 2011 11:33am EST
30 Seconds to Mars
Rockers 30 Seconds To Mars are celebrating after setting a new world record for performing the most shows during a single album cycle.

The group, fronted by Jared Leto, have played 309 concerts in just over two years while promoting This Is War, which was first released in December, 2009.

The band performed its 300th show at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on December 7th, followed by a week of special gigs to celebrate the milestone - and Leto has thanked fans for their support during the mammoth trek.

In a post on his blog, he writes, "For over two years we have traveled (...
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Jared Leto Makes Odd Fashion Statement In Red Suit, Black Gloves

October 29th, 2011 5:15pm EDT
Jared Leto
Jared Leto attended the GQ Men Of The Year 2011 awards at Komische Oper. in Berlin, Germany, Friday wearing a bright red suit and black leather gloves. Per usual, his hair was teased up high above his forehead.

The actor is known for his unconventional fashion. Earlier this month at the Chanel fashion show during Paris fashion week he wore a skirt. The previous day he wore a mesh tanktop to the Yves Saint Laurent show.

Leto's band 30 Seconds To Mars will perform its 300th show at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on December 7, making history for performing the most shows during a...
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30 Seconds To Mars To Make Music History

October 17th, 2011 8:46pm EDT
30 Seconds to Mars
Rockers 30 Seconds to Mars are set to make history in December for performing the most shows during a single album cycle.

The group has been promoting its latest record "This Is War" since its release in December, 2009, and now the band's hard work has paid off.

The hitmakers will perform their 300th show at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on December 7 and then kick-off a week of special shows to celebrate the milestone.

Frontman Jared Leto says, "We have been on the road for an incredible and insane two years and thought what better way to celebrate the end of this phenomenal...
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30 Seconds to Mars Show Canceled After Another Stage Collapse Kills Two In Belgium

August 18th, 2011 9:30pm EDT
30 Seconds to Mars
A third stage collapse at a major festival in a month has claimed the lives of two music fans.

Rockers Smith Westerns were performing at the Pukkelpop Festival in Belgium on Thursday when the stage gave way beneath them.

Reports suggest severe rain storms and winds weakened the structure and it collapsed so quickly that not all fans were able to get out of the way.

Frontman Cullen Omori took to Twitter.com to comment on the stage collapse before he was aware fans had died.

He wrote, "Stage collapsed (guitarist) max almost got crushed... I hope pukkelpop has insurance bc (because) all ou...
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Def Leppard Honored At Kerrang! Awards For Their Inspiration (Full List Of Winners)

June 10th, 2011 12:02am EDT
Def Leppard
British rockers Def Leppard were honored Thursday night at the annual Kerrang! awards in London with this year's Inspiration Award. Thursday's even marked the 30th anniversary of the annual hard rock & heavy metal awards, put on by the British metal magazine.

But it was actor/rocker Jared Leto's band 30 Seconds to Mars who were the toast of the British rock scene after picking up two trophies.

The rockers beat out competition from frontrunners My Chemical Romance by winning awards for Best International Band and Best Single for their hit "Hurricane."

Leto took to Twitter.com to announce...
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My Chemical Romance Lead 2011 Kerrang! Awards

May 4th, 2011 8:29am EDT
My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance are leading this year's Kerrang! Awards with nominations in five categories, including best band.

Readers of the British magazine voted the group's record Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys for Best Album, while the rockers are also nominated in categories for Best International Band, Best Live, Best Single for Planetary (GO!), and Best Video (Na Na Na).

Frontman Gerard Way says in a statement, "The U.K. has always been one of our favorite places to play as band, and we are so grateful for these nominations and the continued support from Kerrang!, i...
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EMI's Family Of Artists And Songwriters Raise $940,000 To Support Japanese Red Cross Disaster Relief Efforts

April 26th, 2011 2:43pm EDT
30 Seconds To Mars
An auction of exclusive personal items and memorabilia donated by EMI’s family of artists and songwriters has raised $940,000 in funds to help the Red Cross support people affected by last month’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The charity auction, which launched on eBay’s worldwide sites on April 5, attracted bids totaling $470,000 from music fans around the world. All the money from winning bidders will be doubled through a donation by EMI.

EMI Group CEO Roger Faxon commented: “What a wonderful result!! It was made possible by the extraordinary generosity of so many members of the EMI...
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Watch Jared Leto's Eerie Kurt Cobain Tribute

April 7th, 2011 9:18am EDT
Jared Leto
30 Seconds To Mars frontman Jared Leto has filmed an eerie tribute to his musical hero Kurt Cobain to mark the 17th anniversary of the late Nirvana star's death.

The rocker/actor has posted a video online of him performing Nirvana's "Pennyroyal Tea" and "Rape Me," dressed like Cobain.

Leto has also posted a tribute on his blog, explaining the bizarre video.

He writes, "I heard today (April 5) was the day Kurt passed away 17 years ago. Can't believe it's been that long. So grateful for his contribution and inspiration. Not sure I'd be doing this if it weren't for him.

"I shot a short pie...
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Dillinger Escape Plan Frontman Slams 'Poser' Jared Leto

March 7th, 2011 12:26pm EST
Dillinger Escape
Dillinger Escape Plan frontman Greg Puciato has aimed a scathing internet rant at 30 Seconds To Mars star Jared Leto, branding the rocker "a poser" and urging him to go "back to acting."

Puciato took to his Twitter.com page and fired off a number of angry messages aimed at the Chapter 27 star, ranting about Leto's former career as an actor and even his outlandish hairstyles.

He writes, "How much of a f**king dork is Jared Leto? That guy's shtick is revolting. Biggest f**king poser. Makes Fred Durst seem like Jim Morrison. Anyone in this industry who has any pride should be ashamed if th...
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Actors Who Can Actually Sing

January 19th, 2011 11:00am EST
Gwyneth Paltrow Country Strong
Who knew they could sing? There are a few actors who are carving out second careers by moonlighting part-time as singers, and others, just by finding ways to exploit their hidden given talents singing on film or television.

Gwyneth Paltrow

She may have raised some eyebrows, but actress Gwyneth Paltrow sure can sing Country music. The Oscar winning actress put her veiled singing talents up front and center for the new film Country Strong.

Jamie Foxx

Actor Jamie Foxx may have won an Oscar award for his performance in the biographic film Ray, but this actor's main passion is music. Fox...
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Jared Leto Fuming Over Music Video Ban

November 30th, 2010 8:30am EST
Jared Leto
Jared Leto is furious about the negative reaction to 30 Seconds To Mars' latest music video, insisting TV bosses promote a "double standard" over sexual images onscreen.

The band's promo for new single Hurricane has been banned from TV after censors deemed it too explicit to broadcast because of raunchy bondage shots and violent fight scenes. Leto admits he knew the footage would cause controversy, but he never expected the video to be so widely shunned.

He tells EW.com, "We always knew there would be some images that would have a tough time getting through. But we didn't expect this k...
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30 Seconds To Mars' Video Banned From TV

November 29th, 2010 3:19pm EST
30 Seconds to Mars
Jared Leto's latest 30 Seconds To Mars music video has been banned from TV after censors deemed it too explicit to broadcast.

The 20-minute promo for Hurricane, which Leto recently described as "a meditation on the violence of sex and the sex of violence," has caused a stir among TV executives in the U.S.

In a posting on his website JaredLeto.com on Sunday, the frontman listed a series of broadcasting issues he received from network bosses regarding sexually explicit bondage shots and violent fight scenes. And he revealed he's working on a "creative" editing solution to ensure the video...
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Spotted: Katy Perry In Tight Bike Pants Riding In New York City

November 10th, 2010 6:00pm EST
Katy Perry
Newlywed Katy Perry bundled up against the cold to take a ride on her bike by the Hudson river in New York City this morning.

The singer is performing at the Victoria's Secret fashion show tonight.

Katy extended her October wedding celebrations at the MTV Europe Music Awards on Sunday after winning the night's top prize.

With new husband Russell Brand cheering her on, Perry turned the air blue thanking the "best f**king crowd in Europe" while picking up the Best Video trophy for "California Gurls," beating the likes of Lady Gaga, 30 Seconds to Mars and Eminem.

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Katy Perry & Lady Gaga Are Big Winners At MTV Europe Music Awards

November 8th, 2010 8:36am EST
Lady Gaga
Newlywed Katy Perry extended her October wedding celebrations at the MTV Europe Music Awards on Sunday after winning the night's top prize.

With new husband Russell Brand cheering her on, Perry turned the air blue thanking the "best f**king crowd in Europe" while picking up the Best Video trophy for "California Gurls," beating the likes of Lady Gaga, 30 Seconds to Mars and Eminem.

The singer, who joined her new husband for their first public appearance since becoming man and wife, shared her joy with pal Rihanna, who was forced to miss the pop star's wedding in India last month.

The "Umb...
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Lady Gaga And Katy Perry Lead MTV EMAs

September 20th, 2010 9:13am EDT
Katy Perry
Lady Gaga and Katy Perry are set to go head-to-head at this year's MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) with five nominations apiece.

The pop stars are leading the field ahead of the awards show in November with nods in categories including Best Pop, Best Female and Best Song - and they will compete against Rihanna in all three categories. Miley Cyrus and Usher join the trio in the Best Pop category, while Shakira and Cyrus are also up for Best Female.

The Best Song prize will be a competition between Gaga's Bad Romance, Perry's California Gurls and Usher's OMG, while Rihanna features twice w...
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Animal Rights Activists Upset With Lady Gaga's Latest Meat Dress

September 13th, 2010 12:03pm EDT
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga has angered animal rights activists after posing in meat-style clothes for the second time in a week.

The hitmaker attracted criticism earlier this month when she posed in a bikini made from slabs of beef for the cover of Japan's Hommes Vogue magazine.

But she was unrepentant at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night, repeating the stomach-churning stunt in a dress apparently fashioned from strips of red meat - and with a steak balanced on her head.

Animal rights workers have blasted Gaga yet again, urging her to ditch the meat-based clothing before she alienates all her ve...
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Lady Gaga Wins A Record Eight MTV VMAs (Full List Of Winners)

September 13th, 2010 12:02am EDT
Lady Gaga
La La Land went Gaga on Sunday night when pop's leading Lady took the MTV Video Music Awards by storm and picked up a staggering eight awards.

Lady Gaga won her first two awards - for Best Dance Video and Best Collaboration - before the show even started. They were presented to her on the red carpet outside the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

She then claimed the event's first honour for Best Female Video ("Bad Romance") and appeared overcome with emotion as she stepped up to the stage in a gown designed for her by late style icon Alexander McQueen.

Gaga first addressed her fans, stating, ...
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