What do you get when you bring together James Franco, Lindsay Lohan, a giant cat head and R.E.M?
Strange bedfellows, to be sure, but these things come uncomfortably together in two music videos made for R.E.M.'s songs "Blue" and "That Someone is You," created by James Franco and starring, respectively, the troubled starlet and the feline.
Nearly two years after R.E.M. announced the Collapse Into Now Film Project, which would pair songs off the band's final album with films made to accompany them, Franco's contributions have popped up online.
"Blue," a grainy trip through Los Angeles, features Franco, sometimes in drag, and Lohan, who appears at one point to be sporting photographer Terry Richardson's glasses.
"That Someone Is You" goes the complete opposite direction, with Franco as a modern-day Danny to cat-headed Sandy in an interpretation of the "You're the One that I Want" scene from Grease.
The goal of the project, according to lead singer Michael Stipe, who acted as curator for the films, "was a way of presenting the idea of an album in 2011, beyond a music fan's idea of an album 20 years ago."
"The way technology is right now, it's possible to present something in any way you want to," he told NME. "I basically wanted to explore the idea of what is an album, and how do we present it with everything that we have available."
The first of the films, "Blue" arrived on YouTube on November 15, and "That Someone is You" surfaced last week.
And here's "Blue":
R.E.M. ended their three-decade run in September 2011.