Sunday, August 30, 2009

More cool billboards around L.A. in August...

You can tell it's that time of year when new films and TV shows are coming out because the billboards around L.A. are going up and coming down faster than ever.

Here is a selection of new eye-catching movie, TV, beverage and other entertainment billboards for August, but don't forget to check out the first installment of billboard ads for this month.

Movie billboards
Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs film billboards
First up is this colourful and wacky pair for the kids animated movie 'Cloudy with a chance of meat balls'. Not sure it's high on my list to watch, but love the stand-out creative.
Whiteout movie billboard
I knew nothing of this next film until I saw the billboard for it, so I must investigate what Kate Bekinsale's new 'Whiteout' movie is all about. Looks like a thriller to me.
Surrogates movie female model billboard
Next is another execution for the new Bruce Willis sci-fi movie 'Surrogates', again following the model-with-a-robotic-twist creative.

Other entertainment billboards
Pet Shop Boys Greek Theatre Billboard
We were so excited to see this billboard for the Greek Theatre and the Pet Shop Boys concert there on the 24th September. Tickets have already been booked and it'll be twice the fun, as I've never seen the Pet Shop Boys live before and I've never been to the Greek Theatre either.

Then not long after it's the magnificent Kylie Minogue (who I have seen in concert before) at The Hollywood Bowl on the 4th October, so I've got a pop-tastic couple of months to look forward to.

Beverage billboards
Pepsi Optimissmmm billboard
There's something really cheerful about this Pepsi billboard at the Hollywood & Highland Center. Maybe it's the bright pink against the Californian blue sky, the flanking white elephants or just the optimistic sentiment.

TV billboards
The Mentalist TV billboard
The Mentalist is a popular TV show over here that I don't watch, but this mono creative stands out nicely against L.A.'s blue sky (when the smog and marine layer allow).
Melrose Place TV Billboard
After seeing the set-up for the Melrose Place launch party on Saturday 22nd August, I keep seeing billboards for the new incarnation of TV show everywhere (they must be spending some money to promote it).

With so many returning shows over the last couple of years like 90210, Battlestar Galactica and the forthcoming 'V' sci-fi series, you have to wonder if the TV studios are running out of ideas or are they just unwilling to take the risk to try something completely new.
Flashforward TV show billboard
On the other hand you do have some studios willing to try out new concepts, like ABC and their new Flashforward show eagerly anticipated at the end of September. I bet they are hoping this will be LOST's replacement as there's only one season left of that popular show.
Mad Men TV billboard
When you think about it, it's ironical to see a billboard for Mad Men considering the show's about an advertising agency in 1960's America.
Project Runway TV billboard
Finally I'll leave you with a glimpse of one of my favourite billboards for August. It's for the sixth season of Project Runway and the first on the Lifetime channel. I love that it has such confidence, with Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn striding down the catwalk, announcing that the show has arrived to its new home here in L.A.

I also love the fact that only the other day I was at the FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising) in Downtown L.A. where the show was filmed.

As Tim Gunn would say, "Make it work!"...

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Revisiting the wings of the Travel Angel...

The Travel Angel is one of the original sculptures created for the Community of Angels public art project in 2001 and is on display at The Farmers Market at Fairfax and 3rd Street in L.A.
The Travel Angel's postcard wings
I've featured him before as part of my angel quest in this 'City of Angels', but never highlighted him from behind.

Dean and Laura Larson were the artists who created this intriguing sculpture and they designed his wings from the back to be 'feathered' with postcards and travel stickers from around the world, whilst from the front you can see a map of the Earth on his wings.
The Travel Angel sculpture at The Farmers Market
With his Hawaiian shirt, sunglasses and camera around his neck, he looks like the typical tourist and world traveller.

Around 200 angels were created for the Community of Angels project and each statue was individually decorated by a different artist and placed around the city for residents and tourists to admire.
Travel Angel's wings at The Farmers Market
After they had been displayed in public the angels were auctioned off to raise money for youth programs in L.A.

So far I've discovered around six different angel sculptures on my travels from this street art project, but hope to find more in the future on my on-going search for angels in Los Angeles.

Maybe the Travel Angel can be our guardian angel as we drive up America's West Coast to San Francisco, and watch over Cooper as he vacations in his exclusive doggie spa...

Friday, August 28, 2009

Angel sightings at The Getty Center...

My search for angels in L.A. has taken me all over and it's always a delight to find a new specimen or two when I'm out and about.

These new discoveries were found at The Getty Center in the form of marvelous bronze statues.

Angel of the Citadel
Angel of the Citadel sculpture
Angel of the Citadel sculpture by Marino Marini
Bathed in the Californian sunshine (and clearly enjoying it), this is the 'Angel of the Citadel' by Italian artist Marino Marini, and it's not your traditional looking winged angel.
Angel of the Citadel Marini sculpture
Angel of the Citadel sculpture at Getty Center
The bronze sculpture can be found on one of the upper terraces, with a south-east view of L.A., amongst the wonderful architecture and other fabulous sculptures of The Getty.
Angel of the Citadel bronze sculpture
The sculpture was designed in 1948, cast in 1950, and the piece has a captivating and even whimsical quality which I like.
Angel of the Citadel sculpture at The Getty
Angel of the Citadel bronze sculpture
Aside from this fantastic statue, there were also other angels dotted around The Getty. There was a fantastic winged angel called Fame by Pierre Biard, in one of the visiting exhibitions of 17th and 18th Century French Bronzes.

Sadly, no photography was allowed inside this gallery, but you are allowed to take pictures in the permanent galleries, so I snapped these miniature statues.

The winged couple on the right is called 'Boreas Abducting Orithyia', with Boreas being the personification of the North Wind representing Air.
Winged French bronze sculptures from the 1700s
Four monumental marble sculptures depicting mythological abductions were made for Louis XIV's garden at Versailles. A large number of small-scale reproductions were made in France throughout the 1700 and 1800's to decorate interiors.

So there you go, not only do you get two more angel sightings, but also some culture thrown in for good measure.

Speaking of culture, it's off to The Hollywood Bowl tonight for an evening with Liza Minnelli, which I'm sure will be the gayest event of the year...
Angel of the Citadel sculpture Getty
UPDATED: Here's the Angel of the Citadel with his manhood restored, not seen in the previous photos, snapped on September 20, 2011.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Behind-the-scenes of the All About Steve movie premiere event in Hollywood...

Lights, camera, action...

Hot on the heels of my Melrose Place TV launch event scoop, here's another Hollywood exclusive, behind-the-scenes at the red carpet film premiere of 'All About Steve', Sandra Bullock's new comedy.
All About Steve film premiere set-up
The set-up of the movie premiere along the infamous Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard at the entrance of Grauman's Chinese Theatre closed off a section of the sidewalk to passersby in preparation for the event on Wednesday 26th August.
All About Steve premiere at Graumann's Chinese Theatre
The comedy also stars Hangover star and current flavour-of-the-month Bradley Cooper.
All About Steve premiere red carpet
It was a nice surprise for my friend who's over from the UK visiting, as I'd promised her some Hollywood glamour and it may not be an actual celebrity sighting, but it's all exciting show-business stuff nonetheless.
All About Steve premiere on Hollywood Boulevard
Funnily enough, further along Hollywood Boulevard you'll also find Sandra Bullock's own Star on the Walk of Fame.
Sandra Bullock Hollywood Walk of Fame Star
It's amazing what you see out and about in Hollywood, who knows what else you'll see here on Jason in Hollywood in the future.
All About Steve premiere event
I'll keep my eyes peeled and my camera at the ready...

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Let's celebrate 100,000 visitors and look to the future...

I'm thrilled to let you all know that Jason in Hollywood has now exceeded its 100,000th visitor - how fantastic is that!

Cooper overlooking L.A. from Runyon Canyon
Smiley Cooper overlooking LA
I hope you've enjoyed my last year and a half of adventures here in L.A., I certainly have, but rather than dwell on the past I'd rather celebrate the achievement and look to the future.

The past was about getting settled into our new 'home away from home' and exploring L.A.'s famous landmarks and sights, whilst I think the next couple of months will be about exploring further afield, starting with a Californian adventure up the West Coast to San Francisco (with a few stops along the way).

View of Downtown L.A. on a relatively clear summer's day
Los Angeles sprawl in summer
But however you found your way to my blog, why not take the time to check out some of the delights on offer here at Jason in Hollywood:
View of the L.A. basin from The Getty Center
View of LA from The Getty Center
And that's just the tip of the iceberg, you can also check out my new dedicated Hollywood Movie Costumes and Props blog which is doing well, with over 5,000 visitors already since its launch.

I've even added a new PayPal Donate button, just in case anyone likes my blog enough to help support my blogging endeavours (and help me become a dotcom millionaire, I say with tongue firmly in cheek).

Anyway thank you for visiting and I hope to see you again soon...

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Revisiting the sculptures of Beverly Gardens Park...

With a friend in town visiting for the first time we're on a mission to take in as many of L.A.'s famous landmarks as possible in five days.
Barry Flanagan's The Drummer sculpture
So far we've enjoyed the delights of the Griffith Observatory, Santa Monica Pier, Venice Beach and the infamous Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.
The Drummer sculpture at Beverly Gardens Park
Aside from all the fancy designer stores, you can also find some fantastic sculptures across the road, alongside Santa Monica Boulevard, in the Beverly Gardens Park.

The Drummer
The Drummer bronze sculptureThe Drummer sculpture Beverly Hills
One of my favourites is a bronze sculpture by Barry Flanagan, called The Drummer, from 1989-90.
The Drummer statue in Beverly HillsThe Drummer bronze sculpture by Barry Flanagan
I find the drumming hare (or is it a rabbit?), an extremely captivating and playful piece.
The Drummer in Beverly Gardens Park
I've highlighted the collection of sculptures on offer in the park before on my blog, but to my dismay discovered that I had a smeary camera lens, so I was delighted to take some more photos of these two interesting pieces.

Hymn of Life
Yayoi Kusuma Hymn of Life Tulips sculpture
Hymn of Life Tulips sculpture Beverly Hills
The second sculpture is slightly more controversial and called 'Hymn of Life' by Yayoi Kusuma.
Hymn of Life Tulips sculpture Yayoi KusumaHymn of Life Tulips colourful sculpture
This colourful sculpture of Tulips looks like it could fit equally well into a children's playground as well as an art gallery, which I think was part of the debate when it was first installed along Santa Monica Blvd.
Hymn of Life Tulips sculpture at Rodeo Drive
Hymn of Life Tulips sculpture Beverly Gardens Park
I think it's such a fun sculpture and reminds me of the carnivorous plant creature from The Little Shop of Horrors musical.

Soon I'll also be bringing you some new pictures from The Getty Center, which also has some fabulous sculptures on display.

More Los Angeles delights await, an evening with Liza Minnelli at The Hollywood Bowl, along with a trip up the West Coast...

Monday, August 24, 2009

It's a dog's life (in pictures)...

Today I thought we needed a long overdue dose of Cooper (I think he's feeling neglected).

16 month old Cooper at Runyon Canyon
Cooper at Runyon Canyon in August 2009
We have a friend in town visiting, so she's Cooper's new plaything, but aside from that, life continues as normal.

Cooper and all his toys
Cooper and his toys
Nothing changes and at sixteen months we still refer to him as our puppy (and he always will be) and he's not lost his love of big sticks.

Cooper loves a big stick
Cooper's big stick
He's still energetic and 'all go' one minute, then crashed out the next.

One zonked out pup
Zonked pup Cooper
But then it doesn't take long for the fun and games to begin again.

Happy water pup
Recently he's taken to sleeping with us at night and nestling between our pillows, so kind of becoming like our own personal head rest. It's so cute (until you wake up in the morning covered in fur and all snuffly).

Sleepy pillow pup
Sleepy pillow pup
Whether he's at the top of the bed or spread all over, he's such a bed hog.

Hogging the bed
Pup hogging the bed
When he's not sleeping he still loves his treks around Runyon Canyon, especially when he gets to play with his pup-pals as he walks around.

Cooper and his friend Woody
Cooper and Woody at Runyon Canyon
But the end of the day he's still our boy (and so handsome).

Jason and Cooper in Hollywood
Jason and Cooper in West Hollywood
So, hopefully all Cooper's fans (of which there are many) will enjoy this new selection of pictures until the next time.

Woof for now...

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