Cibulkova tops WTA 2014 winning list

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Top seed Dominika Cibulkova stormed past Hsieh Su-Wei on Thursday at the BMW Malaysian Open for her WTA-leading 22nd match win of the year, passing Li Na and Agnieszka Radwanska.

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Cibulkova, the Slovakian world number 10, stormed through the first set on another rain-delayed day.

Just like in her first-round match against Turkey’s Pemra Ozgen, she had a slight hiccup, allowing Taiwan’s Hsieh to win two games in a row to make it 2-2.

But the 25-year-old Cibulkova bounced right back, winning four games in a row to end it, 6-1 6-2 in just over 70 minutes.

Cibulkova had been tied with Li and Radwanska at 21 wins for the year but is now the stand-alone leader.

And with three more rounds in the KL event she could go as high as 25 wins by Sunday.

Awaiting Cibulkova, who is seeking her fifth career WTA Tour title, in the quarter-finals will be number six seed Zarina Diyas, who won her second round match on Wednesday.

Meanwhile second seed Zhang Shuai of China overcame a second set blemish to reach the quarter-finals.

The world number 45 notched her second straight win over Hong Kong’s Zhang Ling 6-3 4-6 6-0 to set-up a match against Poland’s Magda Linette on Friday.

It will be Zhang Shuai’s second quarter-finals appearance this season having reached the semi-finals in Acapulco in February.

Turkey’s Cagla Buyukakcay achieved her first ever quarter-finals appearance with an impressive performance in the second round.

The world number 150, who has won two International Tennis Federation titles this season, easily outpaced world number 134 Tadeja Majeric of Slovenia 6-4 6-4 in only her sixth appearance in the main draw of a tour event.

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UK hate preacher Abu Hamza on trial in US

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British hate preacher Abu Hamza was a “global exporter” of violence and terrorism intent on waging war against non-Muslims, prosecutors have argued as the Egyptian-born cleric’s trial opened in New York.

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Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, 56, better known in Britain as Abu Hamza al-Masri, has pleaded not guilty to 11 kidnapping and terror charges that pre-date the September 11, 2001, attacks.

He faces the rest of his life in a maximum-security US prison if convicted.

He is blind in one eye and lost both arms, blown off above the elbow, in an explosion in Afghanistan years ago.

Prosecutor Edward Kim told the 12-member jury that Abu Hamza had recruited and indoctrinated men whom he dispatched from the Finsbury Park mosque in north London to around the world to wage war.

“He was a global exporter of violence and terrorism,” Kim said. “His goal was clear, simple, vicious … to wage war against non-Muslims.

“He was a trainer of terrorists and he used the cover of religion so he could hide in plain sight in London.”

Dressed in a T-shirt and grey trousers, his hair and beard white, Abu Hamza closely followed Thursday’s proceedings in the packed courtroom.

It is the second high-profile terrorism trial heard in a Manhattan federal court after Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law and former al-Qaeda spokesman Suleiman Abu Ghaith was convicted on March 26.

The charges relate to the 1998 kidnapping in Yemen of 16 Western tourists, of whom four were killed, and conspiracy to set up an al-Qaeda-style training camp in Oregon in late 1999.

He is also accused of providing material support to bin Laden’s terror network, of wanting to set up a computer lab for the Taliban and sending recruits for terrorism training in Afghanistan.

Kim said Abu Hamza sent two men to the US to open the Oregon camp and liaised with the kidnappers in Yemen, providing them with advice and a satellite phone.

Two of these hostages were scheduled to testify, he said.

But the defence denied that Abu Hamza had dispatched anyone, and never himself travelled at the time to Yemen or the US.

His “harsh” anti-US, anti-Israeli opinions might be unpalatable, but he had the right to express them, Joshua Dratel said.

“These are views, not acts. These are expressions, not crimes,” he told the court, saying Abu Hamza had at times been used by British intelligence to make contact with radicals.

“He is not a member of al-Qaeda, he didn’t belong to the Taliban, he is an independent,” Dratel said.

The trial marks the culmination of a 10-year legal battle.

He was first indicted in the US in 2004 and served eight years in prison in Britain before losing his last appeal in the European Court of Human Rights against extradition.

Abu Hamza was arrested in August 2004 in Britain at Washington’s request, and sentenced in a British court to seven years in jail in 2006 for inciting murder and racial hatred.

He lost his final appeal to avoid extradition in October 2012 and was flown immediately to the US.

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US Navy scandal snares fourth person

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A fourth US Navy personnel has been charged with leaking information to a foreign defence contractor in exchange for cash and gadgets.

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Petty Officer First Class Dan Layug, 27, was arrested on Wednesday in San Diego, California, and appeared in court on Thursday, when a judge released him with GPS monitoring in lieu of a $US100,000 ($A107,060) bond.

He is accused of accepting bribes in return for giving classified and sensitive US Navy information to employees of Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA), a defence contractor at the centre of a widening bribery scandal.

Layug allegedly used his position at a US Navy facility in Yokosuka, Japan, to gain access to US Navy ship schedules and other information, which he provided to GDMA’s vice-president of global operations.

In exchange, GDMA gave Layug monthly cash payments of $US1000 as well as electronic gadgets from a list the officer requested, including an iPad, a high-end camera, an iPhone 5, a Samsung S4 mobile phone and an iPad mini.

“The camera is awesome bro! Thanks a lot! Been a while since I had a new gadget!” he allegedly wrote in an email to his GDMA contact after sending his “bucket list” of desired gadgets.

The new charges were revealed in a criminal complaint unsealed by prosecutors in San Diego on Thursday.

Last month, Singapore businessman Alex Wisidagama pleaded guilty to defrauding the US as part of the bribery scandal involving contracting services for US Navy ships.

The 38-year-old admitted to submitting fake invoices to overcharge the US Navy for fuel, port tariffs and other services.

He was the second person to plead guilty in the case that has rocked the US Navy and ensnared several officers, fuelling concerns about a possible ethics crisis in senior ranks.

In December, former Naval Criminal Investigative Service special agent John Beliveau admitted providing the ship supply company with sensitive information in return for cash, hotel rooms and prostitutes.

Wisidagama is due to be sentenced on June 13. His cousin Leonard Francis, who owns the ship supply firm GDMA, is a key player in the case.

Prosecutors say officers dubbed Francis “Fat Leonard” for his girth and his penchant for allegedly showering favours on sailors in return for preferential treatment for his firm.

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Chris O’Dowd: Wife’s name is cool

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Actor Chris O’Dowd found it touching when his wife took on the O from his last name.

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Chris wed British TV personality Dawn in 2012.

Instead of following tradition and taking his surname, Dawn decided to add the O on to her own, becoming O’Porter.

Comedian Chris didn’t believe her when she suggested it, but he’s ended up loving this quirky approach to a married moniker.

“You know, I thought she was joking when she mentioned it at first. And then I just thought it was so cool,” Chris admitted to the American edition of Esquire magazine.

“I mean she got a lot of stick for it in the UK. I think the people thought it was a silly celebrity thing or something.

“She’s a feminist, so she didn’t want to give her name away. But she also thought she wanted to take something of her husband’s, you know, and the O is hugely meaningful. O only exists in Ireland. So you’re taking on my nationality as part of your name. I found it very touching. I would have loved if we were both called O’Porter.”

The Irish funnyman has fast become one of the hottest names in Hollywood, thanks to roles in movies such as Bridesmaids and Thor: The Dark World.

Although he’s quickly adapted to the showbiz world, one thing 34-year-old Chris can’t abide by is celebrities who don’t play up to what’s expected of them.

When quizzed about being a great chat show guest, Chris explains that he always prepares a funny anecdote to share.

“This is a piece of entertainment that’s going out to the people. I feel the same way about it when people on award shows are like, ‘Oh, I didn’t prepare a speech.’ I’m like, what did you turn up for then?

“I don’t understand entertainers not being prepared to entertain. Otherwise, you’re literally just there to be honoured. Which is contemptible. ‘Oh, my God, I never expected to win,’ well, there was a 20 per cent chance. It’s not like they just gave it to the janitor. Self-indulgent ****.”

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Arts precinct transforms Joburg no-go zone

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For decades the centre of Johannesburg has been considered a no-go area for tourists and locals alike due to high crime rates.

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But after many years of urban flight, people are slowly returning to the downtown, thanks in no small part to an art project run by Jonathan Liebmann.

Five years ago, Liebmann founded the Maboneng art precinct in an area that was then crime-ridden and full of the city’s poorest.

At the time, people with money preferred to live in Johannesburg’s new centre in Sandton. Liebmann thought he could attract them back.

“We basically wanted to breath some new life into the city centre,” the 30-year-old says.

Liebmann bought a run-down building complex in Maboneng Precinct and transformed it into Arts On Main, a mixed-use creative hub containing artists’ studios, galleries, restaurants, and office and retail space.

“This was meant to send out a message to the entire area,” Liebmann says.

The plan was certainly a success, as more and more businesses are being attracted to this urban neighbourhood. Today, Maboneng Precinct is brimming with artists’ studios, apartments, hotels and restaurants. New businesses open on an almost weekly basis.

The firm founded by Liebmann has now renovated 35 buildings and about 1000 people live in the arts-gentrified area.

The environment has not only proved attractive for the city’s creative community. Tourists are slowly making the journey to downtown Johannesburg to visit galleries such as Love Jozi, Black Coffee or David Krut.

Sculptures are exhibited alongside fashion, next door to studios where it is possible to see artworks being created.

Typical South African cuisine can be sampled in the nearby Canteen, situated in the inner courtyard of Arts On Main, where specialities such as grilled lamb, spinach or butternut squash are served.

Tourists can also walk a couple of blocks further to the Museum Of African Design, where about 300 artworks are exhibited in an old factory warehouse.

Back out on the street the ubiquitous presence of security personnel is immediately noticeable.

“There are security guards everywhere in Johannesburg,” says Liebmann.

Without their presence, the project in Maboneng would stand no chance of success – although encouragingly, just as in the rest of Johannesburg, crime here has declined significantly in recent years.

Check out Arts on Main online (at artsonmain.info), and the Museum of African Design (moadjhb广西桑拿,/)

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Roosters rally around Maloney

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Sydney Roosters have rallied around out-of-sorts playmaker James Maloney as the NRL premiers seek to break an unprecedented three-match losing streak under coach Trent Robinson.

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After six rounds the Roosters have slumped to 2-4 and sit 11th on the premiership ladder.

Maloney has borne the brunt for the tricolours’ early-season woes with NSW coach Laurie Daley challenging him to lift his game.

But Roosters prop Sam Moa says Maloney isn’t solely to blame for the Roosters’ poor start to their title defence ahead of their match against Cronulla at Remondis Stadium on Saturday night.

The Kiwi international says the Roosters’ forwards need to improve their efforts too.

“We have lost our way in attack a bit, but when you are not making the yards that you normally do it is really hard for the halves to get on the end of it and put some pressure on with their kicks,” Moa said at training on Friday.

“We are right behind Jimmy, we have to take some of that blame us forwards so he is not on his own that is for sure.

“Jimmy is a great character, he is awesome to have in the team, he knows we have got his back and vice versa.

“He is a proven player, all the big games we played last year and even this year he has certainly stepped up to the mark.”

The Roosters have narrowly lost their last three games to Manly, Canterbury and Parramatta.

It is the first time they have lost three straight games since Robinson joined the eastern suburbs-based club last season.

They face an equally desperate Sharks side, who sit on the bottom of the NRL ladder and have won just one of their first six games.

“You can’t look too much into their form, it is always a tough ground to play at, they are always strong there,” Moa said.

“You will see a change in mindset this week, you will see a bit more hunger and desire that was something that we lost that over the last few weeks.”

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Nashville is a free treat for music lovers

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Nashville’s history is so intertwined with music and creative expression that tunes seem to pour from every door and window.

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From Music Row to the Honky Tonk Highway, the city recognises its past and also celebrates emerging artists, who are drawn to the city just like music lovers.

Learn a little about the great artists that defined the Nashville scene for decades, hear new music that may soon be hitting radio waves, and take a sniff of Tennessee sipping whiskey, all at no cost.

HONKY TONKS

Nashville’s siren song for tourists has long been the neon lights and twangy guitars pouring country and western standards from downtown honky tonks, where you can catch an up-and-coming singer or one of the town’s talented musicians. If you’re lucky, sometimes even the biggest stars of country will make a surprise appearance for a song or two – as Australia’s Keith Urban did to promote his latest album. Most of the bars on lower Broadway – known as the Honky Tonk Highway – have no cover charge, so you can stop in for a two-step or just gaze at the memorabilia on the walls, although it’s always good to tip the band when they pass the bucket around. Best picks are Robert’s Western World and Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge.

HATCH SHOW PRINT

The letterpress print shop that dates to 1879 recently moved to the newly renovated Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, but the packed shelves of thousands of wood blocks look right at home among the displays of country music artifacts that are spread throughout the building. There’s no cost to watch the presses and the staff churn out the iconic handmade posters that have been used by everyone from Grand Ole Opry stars to blues and jazz greats and modern rock bands. Don’t miss the Haley Gallery, which showcases reprints of original posters from the Hatch collection, as well as monoprints made by master printer Jim Sherraden.

JACK DANIEL’S DISTILLERY

About 113km southeast of Nashville, the small town of Lynchburg is home to the Jack Daniel’s Distillery. It’s worth the drive to take a free tour of the oldest registered American distillery, where you can learn about the ingredients that go into Old No. 7, take a whiff of the charcoal mellowing process and see the barrels where whiskey is stored to mature. The brand has inspired many classic country songs from artists including Miranda Lambert to Eric Church.

CMA FESTIVAL

One of the city’s biggest parties is the annual CMA Festival, a four-day celebration of country music in June that has always been about connecting fans with their favourite musicians. While the nightly concerts at LP Field and the Bridgestone Arena require tickets, there are multiple stages set up around the city where artists play for no cost during the daytime. Last year, artists including Sara Evans, Ronnie Milsap and Brett Eldredge played on the riverfront along the Cumberland River and at many other events such as autograph-signings are free as well.

CUMBERLAND RIVER

The banks of the Cumberland River in downtown Nashville are more than a place to watch barges pass. The Shelby Street pedestrian bridge over the river is one of the best viewpoints for the Nashville skyline that inspired Bob Dylan to write a country album. Besides the city skyline, the view from the bridge includes a 30-metre industrial steel sculpture created by Alice Aycock, the Tennessee Titans’ stadium, the spot where the first settlers founded Nashville at Fort Nashborough and a new city waterpark and playground.

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Turbo-speed Your Touch-ups

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Time is a precious commodity in the mornings.

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When you’re running out of the door, sipping black coffee, experimenting with make-up can fall way down the list of priorities.

But whether it’s a statement eye or bright lips, focusing on one key feature doesn’t have to majorly disrupt your routine – and this is precisely what make-up artist Boris Entrup is out to prove.

His new book, 10 Minute Make-up, shows you how to go from bare-faced to beautiful with minimal products and time.

“Make-up is wonderful because the transformation can be seen instantly,” he says.

“The look you choose makes a very personal statement about you.”

Here, Entrup outlines how to create three key looks against the clock. Set your stopwatch now.

SOFT ROMANCE

Think English rose glow with soft peachy-pink tones.

Eyeshadow: Apply a peachy-toned eyeshadow with a large, rounded brush over the upper lid. When the eye is open, the colour should be just visible. The highest point of the eyeshadow should be above the pupil.

Highlights: Using a lighter shade of eyeshadow, highlight the inner corner of the eye. Along the lower lash line, apply colour from the inner corner only as far as the pupil.

Blusher: Apply powder blusher to the centre of the cheekbone. Blend it upwards to the hairline, then downward to blend in the edges. If there is a line, smooth it over with your finger.

Lipstick: For a natural look, choose a shade similar to your lip colour. To make the colour last longer, powder your lips after applying the lipstick, then apply another coat.

PRO TIP: For this natural look, apply blusher sparingly and then thoroughly blend it in for a youthful look. Delicate pink shades are suited to those with fair skin and blonde/brown hair. In contrast, soft brown shades of blusher are ideal for those with dark skin and darker hair/eye colours.

PERFECT LINE

Make an instant statement with an exaggerated cat eye.

Eyeliner: Draw the line from the inner corner of the eye to the pupil, then from the outer corner of the eye to the pupil. Now make a dot for the end of the winged tip and fill in with eyeliner.

Powder: Apply cream blusher before using powder, then use translucent powder to get rid of any shiny spots on the nose, forehead and chin.

Lipstick: Using your finger, apply glossy lipstick. If you prefer, you can also use a lip brush.

Highlights: Using a second, lighter shade of lipstick creates a great plumping effect. Dab it on, but only apply to the centre of your lips.

PRO TIP: Eyebrows are important for framing the face. When they’re properly plucked and brushed, they give the face a new shape and contour.

RED LIPS

Pick your favourite red and create a pout with major impact.

Eyeshadow: Apply a neutral eyeshadow over the upper lid with a rounded brush. Blend in the eyeshadow above the eye crease so the colour fades in gently up to the bottom of the brow line.

Mascara: Apply several layers of mascara to the upper lashes.

Lip outline: To draw the outline more easily, rest your hand on your chin. To draw an even outline, make sure you hold the pencil straight.

Lipstick: Carefully fill in the outline with lipstick, using a lip brush, and follow the outline precisely. Blot the lipstick, dust the lips with powder, and then reapply the lipstick for longevity.

PRO TIP: With a bit of practise, it’s easy to draw the perfect lip outline. You don’t have to follow your natural lip line exactly. You can improve small imperfections with a lip brush.

*10-Minute Make-up, by Boris Entrup, Penguin Australia, $29.99

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Behind the red shield

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The appeal of the red shield will have lost its aura of quaint goodness after the second public hearing into how the Salvation Army treated victims of abuse.

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It was not only the stories of stomach-churning child abuse that happened years ago that stopped Australia in its tracks this time.

What the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse laid bare over the past three weeks is a 19th century Christian charity struggling to realise it has to come into the 20th, never mind the 21st century.

“They just don’t get it,” said Leonie Sheedy, co-founder of Care Leavers Australia Network.

Sheedy and the members of her organisation have been at the Sydney hearings to support the men and women who had sad, sad childhoods in Salvation Army homes.

She was commenting a few days after a senior member of the army, former head of personnel Major Peter Farthing, gave evidence.

Farthing is articulate and plausible, just like his boss Commissioner James Condon, the commander of the army in NSW, Queensland and the ACT.

They both smothered the commission, the lawyers, the public and the media with words of regret.

It was the same approach that had some media commentators lamenting after the first hearing in February: “Why can’t the Catholic Church be more like the Salvos?”

A version of “forgive us we have failed, tell us what we can do to make amends” was said again and again.

At this hearing however, once you came up for air you realised: the Salvation Army until now did not fully apply or maybe even understand the laws of the land when it came to reporting crimes of violence and sex abuse; the Salvation Army still does not fully understand the impacts of abuse and it seems to think throwing fistful of dollars ad hoc at people is a salve for deep hurt and trauma.

The tune to which Salvationism march may be the one written by William Booth, a 19th century Protestant reformer with a militaristic bent, but 21st century standards are what most Australians expect.

What Australia did not expect to hear was that 25 years after a Salvation Army officer admitted assaulting an eight-year-old girl, he was holding a high rank in god’s army and was running a crisis shelter for women and children.

Lieutenant Colonel Colin Haggar was demoted and forced to retire in October 2013.

By then, the army was preparing itself for public scrutiny at the royal commission.

His offence/s happened in 1989 when he and his wife Kerry Haggar were stationed in a central western NSW town.

When he and his wife were dismissed in 1990, the army provided accommodation and support.

Even in the late 20th century, it would have seemed unfair to the rest of us that Kerry Haggar lost her job because her husband sinned.

But those were the army rules.

And it is rules such as these that set Salvationism apart.

When Colin Haggar’s promotion was questioned at the commission, it was told he held the high rank only because his wife had been appointed to the executive – and the rules say a husband has to have the same rank.

The army rules were trotted out several times at this hearing in the same way the Catholic clergy might refer to papal infallibility.

Army rules led to the Haggars being welcomed back three years after their dismissal. They had completed their journey of spiritual growth.

“We are taking a break from the duties of officership so that we can spend time on our own spiritual growth” is what the couple wrote to adherents in the NSW town to explain their departure in 1990.

At the commission hearing last week, John Agius, SC, for the state of NSW, asked Kerry Haggar if she was lying when she wrote that.

She said she could not see that she was.

The commission had been told that in 1990 Haggar, accompanied by then captain Condon, had gone to police to confess but police had turned him away. Exactly why is also vague.

Neither Kerry Haggar nor James Condon could remember the police station in Sydney to which Colin Haggar had gone. State counsel had difficulty with that.

Agius’s line of questioning left women pondering how much they’d remember 25 years on if their husbands had told them they were off to police to confess to molesting a child.

Former NSW detective John Greville has been employed by the army to investigate historical child abuse cases.

His six-month contract expires at the end of April and so far he has found no evidence the Salvation Army ever conducted a proper investigation into Colin Haggar – other than to listen to Colin Haggar.

JD, the mother of the girl molested by Haggar, told the commission she was told that a uniformed officer’s version would be accepted before that of a mere worker. JD ran the local op-shop at the time.

Like any church, unless you are a member, it’s hard to grasp the underpinning cultural imperatives. Commission hearings provide some insight.

No one shouted Hallelujah but Jesus got mentioned a lot.

When Peter Farthing tried to explain why sexually assaulting an eight-year-old girl doesn’t make you a pedophile, his assessment, no doubt unintentionally, came across as an example of what a cult might do – rationalise and sanctify its actions.

This impression was compounded by other evidence suggesting in some cases accused officers are only stood down when a 21st century public spotlight shines on the army.

Meanwhile abuse victims expressed anger, hurt and sheer bemusement at how their complaints were handled – in some cases they said they felt the army wished they would just take the money and go away.

Leonie Sheedy says she wonders if the Salvation Army is taking the commission seriously. It is a question worth asking.

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Leto wants music industry transparency

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Jared Leto thinks the music industry needs to have a “more transparent system”.

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The 42-year-old star’s band 30 Seconds to Mars was embroiled in a $US30 million lawsuit that their former record company EMI launched against them years ago. The saga was captured in Leto’s 2012 documentary, Artifact.

The feature will make its US television debut on VH1 and Palladia networks on April 26, and Leto hopes the broadcast will change the way the music industry does business.

“I hope that artists and audiences watch this film and get a greater understanding of how things work in the music industry, because understanding is the beginning of change,” he is quoted as saying by Variety.

“Inevitably, we’re all moving toward what I hope is a more transparent system.”

When 30 Seconds To Mars attempted to sign with a new label six years ago, EMI accused the band of not delivering the amount of albums for which they were contracted.

Leto and his bandmates claimed their EMI contract, which was signed in 1999, was null and void due to a Californian law that states agreements expire after seven years.

The connflict was eventually settled in 2009, but Leto believes the situation speaks to larger issues.

“I think it’s a look at the record industry, the death of one era, the beginning of another. It examines art and commerce and technology,” he has previously told Crave Online previously.

“You see a group of artists that are in the middle of a creative process but also fighting a giant corporation. There’s a bit of a David and Goliath story there as well.”

In March Leto won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the film Dallas Buyers Club.

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