The Dish - 03/06/14
Posted 3/6/2014 3:00:00 PM

--Jared Leto's Oscar Acceptance Speech Edited In Russia

Jared Leto's [[ LET-oh ]] Academy Awards acceptance speech was widely considered one of this year's best, but movie-lovers in Russia didn't get a chance to hear it in its entirety.  After winning the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for "Dallas Buyers Club," Leto got political and said he was thinking about all the struggling dreamers in places like Ukraine. But according to "The Hollywood Reporter," those comments never aired on the state-run Russian TV network, Channel One.  A spokesperson for the network, however, says they had nothing to do with the edit.  She explains that on Monday, Channel One aired a 90-minute international version of the Oscar ceremony that was "provided by the rights holder."  They had originally intended to broadcast the Oscars live, but nixed that plan in favor of using a taped version so they could focus their resources on covering the crisis in Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Leto is gearing up to visit Ukraine in person next week.  His band Thirty Seconds to Mars is scheduled to play in Kiev on March 12th before heading east for a series of concerts in Russia.  Leto told reporters backstage at the Oscars that because of these shows and Thirty Seconds to Mars' status as a global band, he felt it was important to address the social unrest in Ukraine in his acceptance speech.


--Chili Pepper's Bassist Flea Voices Disney Cartoon Character

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has always been one of rock's most animated characters, and now he's finally making his cartoon debut.  "Rolling Stone" says he voices a character known as the Milk Bandit in an upcoming episode of Disney's "Sheriff Callie's Wild West." Flea's trouble-making feline alter-ego arrives in the town of "Nice and Friendly Corners" just as Sheriff Callie -- voiced by pop singer Mandy Moore -- leaves to investigate another thief, who turns out to be fake.  The special episode of "Sheriff Callie's Wild West" is scheduled to air this Friday at 9:00 a.m. Eastern on Disney Junior.


--Beck Bows At Number Three On Billboard 200

Beck is back in the top ten this week.  The singer-songwriter's new album "Morning Phase" landed at number three on the Billboard 200 after selling 87-thousand copies in its opening frame.  "Billboard" says it's Beck's second-best chart showing behind only "Guero's" number-two debut in 2005.  "Morning Phase" also marks an improvement on Beck's last album, "Modern Guilt," which opened at number four with 84-thousand copies sold in 2008.  This week, Beck was blocked from the number one spot by rapper ScHoolboy Q's "Oxymoron" and the soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen."


--Deftones Start Work On New Album Without Busy Chino Moreno

Work on the next Deftones album is under way, although frontman Chino Moreno says he isn't actually involved in the process just yet.  He explained in a video from Australia's Soundwave Festival that the rest of the band started recording the follow-up to 2012's "Koi No Yokan" last week, adding that he's excited to hear what they've done so far.  It's unclear when Moreno will join them, since he's set to hit the road with his other band Crosses next week.  The North American trek will keep him busy through April.  Meanwhile, the new album will be the first from Deftones since the death of founding bassist Chi Cheng.  He passed away last April four years after a car accident left him paralyzed and comatose.


--Today's Birthdays

Former Slayer drummer Paul Bostaph is 50.
Former Marilyn Manson keyboardist Madonna Wayne Gacy is 50.
Megadeth guitarist Chris Broderick is 44.
Bowling for Soup frontman Jaret Reddick is 42.
Elbow's Guy Garvey is 40.
Vampire Weekend drummer Chris Tomson is 30.


--Today In Rock History

In 1995
Soul Asylum jammed with Bruce Springsteen, who made an unannounced visit to the group's show at a New York City nightclub.

In 2002
U2 and Linkin Park were among the winners at the 14th annual World Music Awards.

Adam Ant was released from police custody following a bail hearing in London.  The singer's case stemmed from an arrest in January following an incident at a British pub.  He had missed earlier bail hearings because doctors said he was unfit to enter a plea.  He had been incarcerated at a mental facility so doctors could monitor his condition.

In 2005
Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash got his black top hat back.  The hat had disappeared during the Grammy Awards ceremony a month earlier.

In 2006
System of a Down announced plans for a 4th annual "Souls" benefit concert to raise awareness of -- and pay tribute to -- victims of the Armenian Genocide.

In 2007
Dave Matthews made a guest appearance on the TV drama "House," portraying a piano prodigy with a rare movement disorder.  The show featured Matthews' character and "House" star Hugh Laurie playing a duet together, but for the scene the rocker -- who's a guitarist -- needed a hand double while Laurie did not.

In 2008
Radiohead was named Artists of the Year at the PLUG Independent Music Awards.  Arcade Fire, Animal Collective, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and The National were also winners at the event.

In 2012
Kaiser Chiefs released their album "Start the Revolution Without Me" and kicked off a North American tour in Boston.

Posted By: Cooper  

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