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Lady Gaga's Sexy, Cinematic "Paparazzi" Video Hits the Web

May 29, 2009 4:49 PM ET

"Stop leaking my motherfucking videos," Rolling Stone Hot Issue queen Lady Gaga yelled from her Twitter after her newest video for "Paparazzi" found its way onto blogs earlier than expected. Given the "November Rain"-esque scale of Gaga's epic new eight-minute-long short film, the "Paparazzi" video warranted more than just a simple leak; it deserved a red carpet.

The film casts Gaga as a starlet in the midst of a tumultuous, abusive love affair with her star boyfriend, played by Generation Kill breakout star and True Blood vampire lord Alexander Skarsgard. After a sumptuously shot make-out scene complete with Swedish dialogue, Gaga is thrown off a ledge by her boyfriend as the paparazzi lens click away during an homage to Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo. And only then does Gaga launch into her newest The Fame hit. Somehow, Gaga survives her fall but her career falters, so begins her fast track back to fame by performing dance routines while wheelchair-bound and operating crutches.

The clip gets sort of stomach turning with the disturbing quick cuts to dead models, but Gaga is a full-time human fashion show and the video is so brimming with cinematic style that it's hard to take your eyes off it, though it will likely be labeled as a little self-indulgent. The short film ends with Gaga poisoning Skarsgard and reclaiming her popularity on the front page of the tabloids, getting arrested and acquitted and finally using her mugshot portrait like a photo shoot.

Of course, what else would expect from Lady Gaga, the Hot Diva in our brand-new Hot Issue, on newsstands now. Check out all the heat in our Hot Hub — videos, a rundown of all our hotness and more.

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