Thirty Seconds To Mars "City Of Angels" [Short Film]
"This city took my mother, but this city also gave me my child.
...The city of angels is my paradox. My nightmares are my dreams."
- Kanye West
Jared Leto directs this very powerful, inspirational, and creative new short film music video for his group Thirty Seconds To Mars' "City Of Angels", and as you'll see above, Kanye West is joined by a jam-packed list of A-list celebs to talk about the good and the bad of L.A. We've all heard these pros and cons of the entertainment industry at one point or another, but it's another thing to hear them from those who've experienced those extremes to the extreme — and presented one after another like this. For instance, it's amazing to see such contrast with fame, for example, as shortly after 5 minutes, Kanye says it's fucking awesome, followed right after by Ashley Olsen calling it an illusion.
The 11 minute film is primarily one confessional after the next, with the song and performance scenes from the gorgeous Griffith Observatory spliced in between. The A-Listers also include: Lindsay Lohan, Steve Nash, Olivia Wilde, James Franco, Juliette Lewis, Ashley Olsen, Lily Collins, Selena Gomez, Shaun White and Corey Feldman. Plus, Jared Leto himself says some poignant words to the camera about his story, along with a variety of Hollywood impersonators who tell their story. As one can also imagine, Kanye's honesty shines through with a balance of deep insight like the quote above, and his regular dose of humor too.
The things that resonate the most with me that I'll take out of this is the theme of working hard to attain your dreams. If you keep believing, nothing can stop you. After all, this is truly aligned with what we always say: Gowhere You Love!
Despite claims from Spring Breakers' director Harmony Korine that the character played by James Franco was modeled after another artist, Florida rapper Riff Raff believes that he is the true, and uncredited, basis for the character and as a result has decided to sue the film's creators for $8-10 million.
In a street interview with TMZ, Riff Raff provided this beautiful analogy to layout the grounds of his case:
"It's like if I have a front yard. And you're planting soil and you're planting trees and building peaches and houses and selling parking lots on my property...then I deserve to be compensated for some portion of the money."