R.E.M. posted a new video to YouTube today, and it was directed by James Franco because of course it was. James Franco probably drove the bus you took to work this morning and you didn't even notice.
Why now? R.E.M.'s final album, Collapse Into Now (which contains the song "Blue"), came out over a year ago. Well, Franco's a busy guy, and presumably it took him a while to put together all those aerial shots of Hollywood and footage of alleged film star Lindsay Lohan being photographed by superstar snapper and noted Robert Dayton look-alike Terry Richardson, probably at the Chateau Marmont, which is where LiLo resides when she isn't out not making movies or putting in mandatory courtroom appearances.
The timing does seem odd, though. If anything, the video is a couple weeks late, given that the song is set on Halloween night. Or at least I think that's what Michael Stipe mumbles. That's what he does all throughout "Blue", leaving the actual singing to Patti Smith.
Incidentally, Franco initially signed on to direct a second R.E.M. video, for "That Something Is You". He bailed on that one, which will presumably free up some time for other projects, like that book of explicit erotic photos he's supposedly working on with Richardson and Lohan, and that movie he's making that may or may not be about the much-rehabbed young starlet.
Hey, I don't make these rumours up, folks; I just repeat them irresponsibly.