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10 things you need to know about thirty seconds to mars' new video

jared leto recruits kanye west, selena gomez, and ashley olsen for his love letter to l.a.

by: liza darwin

October 30 2013

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There are music videos, and then there are Thirty Seconds to Mars music videos. Taking the whole audio/visual thing to the next level, the guys have just debuted a clip that simultaneously (and seamlessly, we should add...) weaves their new single "City of Angels" with commentary from stars like Kanye West, Lindsay Lohan, and Ashley Olsen about their own experiences in L.A.

Part documentary, part cinematic music video, this Jared Leto-helmed mini-film is touching, sweet, and totally worth watching in its 11-minute entirety. But before you press play and let the warm and fuzzy feelings commence, we've picked our 10 favorite quotes and moments below.

Jeto Leto used the name "Bartholomew Cubbins" as his directorial pseudonym. 
It's taken from a Dr. Seuss book. 

This isn't the first time Kanye West and Thirty Seconds to Mars collaborated. 
They worked together on Thirty Seconds to Mars' 2010 track "Hurricane 2.0."

Along with celebrities like Lily Collins, Olivia Wilde, Ashley Olsen, James Franco, Selena Gomez (the list goes on...), some of the film's most touching comments come from Hollywood impersonators of Superman and Marilyn Monroe. 
"It's the land of dreams, but it's also the land of broken dreams."

You might recognize some of these men and women from the 2007 film Confessions of a Superhero. 
Watch the trailer here.

Lindsay Lohan used Los Angeles as a place of reflection.
"To not be like, wake the f*** up; look what you have, this is what you wanted."

Selena Gomez struggles with being "a Disney kid."
"People try to tell me what to do every single day.I think they think I'm goody-goody, I"m boring, I'm a fame whore, I use people..."

On fame:
"People want fame, and I would never tell anyone not to want that, because it's f***** awesome."-- Kanye West
"Fame is...an illusion."--Ashley Olsen

On dreams:
"Dreams, they're what sets us apart from being mere a brain and a body." --Juliette Lewis
"Dreams and expectations also have the very dark flipside of disappointment, broken dreams."-- James Franco

On reinvention:
"As I got older i realized that if I wanted to make some of my creative dreams come true, I needed to go West. ..I put on a backpack, saved up a couple hundred bucks, and headed to Los Angeles to make  myself." --Jared Leto
"LA gave me a place to experiment and grow and redeem myself."--Olivia Wilde

On the magic of Los Angeles:
"It's not so much about this particular city but more about the people who inhabit it. This is for the dreamers who know that sometimes the impossible is indeed possible."-- Jared Leto



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