Synopsis: Telling harsh truths about the modern music business, this riveting and award-winning documentary gives intimate access to singer/actor Jared Leto ("Requiem for a Dream," "Dallas Buyers Club") and his band Thirty Seconds to Mars as they fight a relentless lawsuit with record label Virgin/EMI and write songs for their album "This Is War." Opening up his life for the camera during months of excruciating pressures, Leto reveals the struggles his band must face over questions of art, money and integrity.
Director(s): Jared Leto
Production: FilmBuff
  2 wins & 1 nomination.
103 min

This record is about

overcoming challenges.

It's very important to

fight for what you feel is right.

We were backed into a corner.

For us, it was all or nothing...

Sometimes you have to

fight in order to be free.

"This Is War" is an album

about conflict.

We had a huge battle

with our record company.

The album kind of documented

this really turbulent time

in our lives.

There has always been a serious

distrust between an artist

and their record label.

I never heard of a label

that doesn't screw an artist.

That's the business model

is screwing the artist.

None of us in a band ever dreamed

that we would be so lucky

to have the success that we've had.

Now here we were faced

with the possibility

that everything was gonna be

ripped right away from us.

There is a kind of economic

perfect storm brewing

disastrous situation

they're losing their jobs

rising gas prices

My friends and fellow Americans,

I am very pleased and

very privileged to introduce to you

the next vice-president

of the United States:

Governor Sarah Palin

of the great state of Alaska.

You can hear the bugles blaring.

The sound of the battle cry.

The march of the drum

calling me from my slumber,

pushing me toward

A new day. A new fight.

Oh wow... Oh wow...

It's too f***ing bright.

It was 2008, we were on the road

for over 2 years and had recently

returned to Los Angeles to work

on our third album.

After over a decade of struggling,

we finally had a breakthrough

and achieved more success

than we ever dreamed.

Our second album A Beautiful Lie

sold over 3,5 Million copies

and gave us the chance to tour the world.

We were all incredibly excited

about this time in our lives

and we decided to make a film

about the next album but...

It quickly turned into something else.

Thirty Seconds to Mars is being sued for...

30 Million Dollars! Cute! Right?

This summer, the band's label Virgin/EMI

filed a breach-of-contract suit

against Thirty Seconds to Mars.

However, Jared insists

that the band was just exercising

their legal rights.

What do they want?

30 Million Dollars.


You're being sued

for 30 Million Dollars

What are you?...


How do you sleep at night?

I have no idea where the number came from

other than...

It certainly wasn't

a wink to the press or

were we clever

to use the same number...

Thirty Seconds to Mars

have just sold a lot of...

a lot of albums

and never made any money.

We weren't really expecting

a bunch of money

we just thought it

bizarre that...

that all this revenue was being generated

and that we were still

2.7 Million Dollars in debt so,

we started to look into it.

Thirty Seconds to Mars suffered a

contract that really wasn't even

a direct contract with EMI,

it was bad deal.

They basically told us to shut up

and go make another album.

They weren't addressing our concerns

that we had with the contracts,

so we decided to terminate with EMI.

We've been signed for 9 years.

Under California law, you can't be held

bound to a contract for more than 7 years

which the courts and myself

and we all feel is pretty reasonable.

On July 4th 2008, we sent

a termination letter

to EMI. We sighted the 7-year statute

which legally ended our contract

with the company.

With any lawsuit,

there is two sides of the argument.

Your side of the argument was:

"Our contract is no longer valid

because of the 7-year statute"

and their side of it is:

"No, that is not applicable.

You have a commitment based

on a number of albums,

based on the amount of money we've spent

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