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For one of the last R.E.M. music videos ever, the veteran alt rockers didn't enlist their "Shiny Happy People" director Katherine Diekmann or "Losing My Religion" director Tarsem Singh. Instead, they left creativity in the hands of Mr. James Franco.
Franco's nearly six-minute video for "Blue" off of the band's fifteenth and final album titled Collapse Into Now is essentially an homage to Los Angeles. Local landmarks highlighted in the lengthy clip include the Griffith Observatory, Roosevelt Hotel, The Roxy and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. There's also a Chateau Marmont moment at 2:20, which features—who else—Terry Richardson snapping Lindsay Lohan.
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