Tuesday, February 28, 2012

L.A.'s most eye-catching TV, movie and music billboards in February...

There was an abundance of movie and television billboards to entertain passersby this month, from exciting new blockbusters to returning TV favorites and more. Here's some of February's billboard ad highlights to enjoy.

Movie billboards
John Carter white apes billboard
First up is one of Disney's slightly controversial John Carter ads. Why the controversy you ask? Well, some people, myself included wish they'd gone with the John Carter of Mars title as it would have instantly helped explain the sci-fi premise of the movie, whilst other people just don't feel these billboards clearly communicate what the film is about (aside from being a mash-up of Star Wars and Prince of Persia).

Personally I like this latest white apes creative, it's the strongest so far, but check out these other John Carter billboards for more from the movie's ad campaign.
Ghost Rider 2 movie billboard
Next up is the Ghost Rider sequel, Spirit of Vengeance, which seems to have gotten a bit of a critical panning. At least the billboard is pretty awesome and eye-catching.

If you're a fan be sure to check out these Ghost Rider 2 motorcycles on display.
Wrath of the Titans billboard
After a very disappointing 2010 remake of Clash of the Titans, we've been promised a much improved sequel with Wrath of the Titans. At least the new billboards bring the drama.
Giant Mirror Mirror billboard
Following a few years where superheroes ruled at the box office, Hollywoodland seems intend to mine the fertile ground that fairytales provide, both on TV and on the big screen.

This year will also see not one, but two Snow White movies, although at least Julia Roberts new Mirror Mirror looks like it plans to set itself apart from Snow White and the Huntsman with a dash of good humour. It's also nice to see the actress playing against type as the Evil Queen and not the heroine.
The Vow movie billboard
This month the battle for Valentine's Day audiences seemed to be between amnesiac one story, The Vow, and the action spy comedy This Means War.
This Means War billboard
Another romantic comedy vying for cinema goers was Tyler Perry's Good Deeds.
Good Deeds movie billboard
2008's Journey to the Center of the Earth spawned a sequel this year, with The Rock replacing Brendan Fraser as leading man in Journey 2 The Mysterious Island.
Journey 2 movie billboard
Finally, here's an Oscar consideration billboards for the sentimental War Horse which played with audiences heart strings with its stirring World War I friendship between boy and his horse.
War Horse Oscar billboard
If you're a fan of the movie, be sure to check out these other War Horse movie billboards and costumes from the movie.

TV billboards
GCB billboard
Kristin Chenoweth brought the bling in February with these fantastic glittering billboards for new ABC comedy drama, GCB (Good Christian Bitches or Belles).
Giant Mad Men 5 falling man billboard
After far too long away from our screens, 60's ad agency drama Mad Men teased their return to AMC with these amazing and controversial 'falling man' billboards, plus a second wave of copy only ads.
Mad Men 5 Adultery billboard
Check out all the Mad Men season five ad creatives at my Daily Billboard blog.
Life's Too Short TV billboard
Ricky Gervais teamed up with Star Wars and Willow actor Warwick Davis for Life's Too Short. The billboards are fun, but let's hope the TV show isn't just a one-joke wonder.
Fashion Star TV billboard
It looks like NBC wants to steal Project Runway's reality crown with its new Fashion Star show. Personally I'll stick with Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, who always 'make it work'.
Delocated season 3 billboard
One of the funniest billboards this month, which made me laugh out loud, was this ad for season three of Delocated. They've taken their Calvin Klein underwear parody ads one step further with this man sitting atop a billboard.
Awake NBC billboard
Jason Isaacs new cop fantasy show, Awake, has some cool billboards around town. It's an interesting premise. After being involved in a car accident with his family, when he goes to sleep in one universe his wife is dead and in another parallel reality she's alive and his son died.
The Voice season 2 billboard
The Voice is back for a second season and seems to be stealing American Idol's spotlight.
RuPaul's Drag Race season 4 billboard
RuPaul is back for a fourth season of Drag Race, with more drag queens competing to be the next drag superstar. As a gay man, I think it's so amazing and progressive that there are these spectacular billboards around L.A. for a show about drag queens.
The River TV billboard
TV's latest foray into horror, The River, brought the creepiness to L.A.'s skyline this month with this scared eye creative.
Interior Therapy Jeff Lewis billboard
Whilst Jeff Lewis gets another show on Bravo to indulge his eccentricities, this time from flipping houses to interior design (is the therapy for him or the houses you have too ask).
Igniter Syfy billboard
Finally this fun billboard for the Syfy cable channel advertised its audience to potential advertisers. Apparently 'Igniters' are super influential consumers who demand the latest products.

Music billboards
54th Grammys Foo Fighters billboard
This month Adele scooped the majority of the awards at The 54th Grammys. They really should have just put her on all the ads, rather than the Foo Fighters.
Giant Van Halen billboard
And finally I loved this giant-sized ad for Van Halen's latest album and tour with its industrial art deco aesthetic.

Be sure to check out Daily Billboard every day for the latest TV and movie billboard ads, and come back next month for another fantastic round-up.

Until then keep your eyes to the skies...

Monday, February 27, 2012

And the 2012 Oscar goes to...

Don't you just love the excitement of the Oscars? From the Red Carpet dresses to the anticipation and the winning speeches.
Oscar statueThis year I wasn't hoping for any movie to win in particular at the 84th Annual Academy Awards as I have in previous years, but overall I enjoyed Billy Crystal's hosting and there were even a few surprises on the night.

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: HUGO
BEST ART DIRECTION: HUGO
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: HUGO
BEST SOUND EDITING: HUGO
BEST SOUND MIXING: HUGO
Hugo movie billboard
One of the biggest surprises was how fantastic an evening Martin Scorsese's Hugo had, winning six Oscars but missing out on Best Picture and Best Director. I've said all along that I was thoroughly charmed by the movie and it looks like the Academy voters were too.

Automaton movie prop from Hugo
Hugo Automaton movie prop
Be sure to check out these fantastic costumes and props from Hugo on display. Unfortunately, even though Sandy Powell was nominated for Costume Design for Hugo, she didn't win.

BEST PICTURE: THE ARTIST
BEST DIRECTOR: MICHEL HAZANAVICIUS
BEST ACTOR: JEAN DUJARDIN
BEST COSTUME DESIGN: MARK BRIDGES
The Artist movie poster
The other big winner of the night was the silent black and white movie, The Artist, with three of the major awards and a fourth for costume design. I've not seen the film and I'm not particularly inclined to either, it just doesn't hold any appeal for me.

BEST ACTRESS: MERYL STREEP (THE IRON LADY)
BEST MAKE-UP: MARK COLIER & J. ROY HELLAND
The Iron Lady movie poster
I was equally pleased and disappointed that Meryl Streep won the Oscar for Best Actress as I thought Viola Davis was equally deserving. Saying that, Meryl totally deserved the award for her portrayal of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and so too did the make-up team, even if the movie itself was a bit underwhelming overall.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: OCTAVIA SPENCER (THE HELP)
The Help Oscar consideration billboard
Even though Viola missed out, Octavia Spencer worthily won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as 60's house-maid 'Minny Jackson', adding to her Golden Globe.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER (BEGINNERS)
Beginners movie posterAdding to his Golden Globe win, Christopher Plummer took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of a gay man coming out late in life. I thought the film wasn't that amazing, but he was very good in it.

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM: RANGO
Rango movie billboard
Another surprise of the evening, Rango stole the Oscar from DreamWorks who had not one but two films up for the animation category, although both were sequels, Puss in Boots and Kung Fu Panda 2.

BEST ORIGINAL SONG: MAN OR MUPPET (THE MUPPETS)
The Muppets giant billboard
Beating off only one other competitor for the animated movie, Rio, The Muppets deservingly won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

BEST FILM EDITING: THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo billboard
With five nominations, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo had to settle for just one win for Best Film Editing last night.

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
Midnight in Paris poster
One of these days Woody Allen will turn up to receive one of his many awards.

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: THE DESCENDANTS
George Clooney The Descendants costume
Even though George Clooney didn't win the Best Actor Oscar, it was nice to see this sweet film recognised.

And that's it for another year, let's hope 2012 has much better films that 2011 had to offer...

Sunday, February 26, 2012

February's coolest fashion and lifestyle billboards around L.A...

February's been a big month for fashion brand advertising as they debut their new Spring collections, bringing lots of colour and celebrity endorsements to the L.A. skyline.

Sunset Strip billboards February 2012
Sunset Strip billboards Feb 2012
In addition to all the stylish fashion ads there's also been an eclectic array of food, drink, health and other creative billboards to fill the skies.

Fashion billboards
David Beckham underwear billboard
First up David Beckham returns to model his own range of underwear for H&M. If you like this, why not compare it to his Armani underwear billboards from a few years ago.
Joe's Jeans 55 Colors billboard
Joe's Jeans helps bring the colour to fashion this season, fifty-five of them, with this cool railway station creative.
Calvin Klein neon jeans billboard
Calvin Klein also isn't shy when it comes to colour, with this vibrant billboard for their neon jeans.
Giant Juicy Couture fashion billboard
Juicy Couture makes a real impact with this carefree, fun and fresh super-sized billboard along L.A.'s Sunset Strip.
Louis Vuitton sundae bilboard
It looks like Louis Vuitton must have been listening when I complained about them not changing their ads along Sunset Plaza often enough as they've certainly increased the frequency of their billboards and I do like this sweet, sundae bar creative.
Gucci James Franco billboard
James Franco is back looking sharp for Gucci's made-to-measure suits this month, just in time for the Oscars which he bombed at last year as co-host.
Hudson Jeans topless model billboard
This ad has been around for a little while and even though it's not an entirely original creative, it is still very eye-catching for Hudson Jeans.
Florence Broadhurst Kate Spade billboard
This month Kate Spade debuts their new designs utilising Florence Broadhurst's unique textile and wallpaper prints.
Zales Jessica Simpson billboard
Meanwhile Jessica Simpson relaxes in a bathtub of diamonds for her new Zales jewelry collection.

Food and drink billboards
Gardein cheat meat billboard
Here's another ad which has been around for the last few months and should do well in health conscious L.A., Gardein's meat-free products.
Stella Artois Chalice billboard
For alcohol ads, Stella Artois debuted a new witty billboard for its beer brand.
Bushmills way back billboard
And Bushmills Whiskey continued its friendship themed 'Since way back' ads, which also feature Lord of the Rings Elijah Wood.

Health and fitness billboards
Barry's Bootcamp billboard
This month I smiled when this cool billboard for Barry's Bootcamp appeared above the gym where his workout classes are held along La Cienega Boulevard.
Condom why not billboard
It was also refreshing to see the AIDS Healthcare Foundation get to the point when it comes to safe sex and HIV and AIDS prevention with this visually blunt condom ad.

Household products billboards
Tide Pop Fresh billboard
At first glance I thought this vibrant Tide billboard was actually a Pepsi ad, with its laundry detergent gel pack looking a lot like the cola brand's logo.

Technology billboards
Sony PSVita billboard
Towards the end of February Sony debuted its new PS Vita handheld console which should make gamers happy.
PS Vita games billboard
Personally I love the 'Never stop playing' tagline, even if the creative isn't particularly daring or original.

Financial billboards
Mercury good neighbor billboard
And finally here's another billboard from Mercury Insurance's copy only ad campaign, which all stand out so well with that yolky yellow colour against the lovely California blue sky.

As you can see there's lots of variety around the streets of Los Angeles this past month, be sure to stay tuned for a round-up of all the cool television, movie and music billboards around town in February.

Enjoy the Oscars today (I know I will, especially all the fabulous gowns on the Red Carpet before the awards ceremony)...

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