Friday, March 30, 2012

Cool film and TV billboards from around L.A. in March 2012...

This month has seen a bumper crop of new special extension and giant-sized billboards, which always make my day when I see them. Plus along with lots of blockbuster movies, there's also a whole raft of new series and returning TV favorites filling the L.A. skyline.

Movie billboards
Feel the Wrath billboard
First up is one of my favorite billboards this month for the Clash of the Titans sequel. You certainly 'Feel The Wrath' with this eye-catching movie billboard.
Wrath of the Titans billboard
I have to say I think I preferred Sam Worthington as the Greek mythical hero 'Perseus' with a buzz cut, rather than his new flowing locks though.
Giant Avengers movie billboard
The billboard which really got me excited in March though was the debut of this giant-sized spectacular ad for Marvel's The Avengers. I'm amazed how they managed to give each of the characters (three of which have starred in their own films) a chance to shine in this creative.
Giant Titanic billboard
I'm less excited about the 3D re-release of James Cameron's Titanic, but it is quite a novelty to see Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet looking so young again on this super-sized billboard for the box office record-breaking disaster movie.
The Dictator giant movie billboard
Another massive ad which brought a smile to my face was this billboard for Sacha Baron Cohen's new creation, The Dictator.
21 Jump St billboard
21 Jump Street, the TV show which kick-started Johnny Depp's career got a big screen comedy remake, with Jonah Hill fresh off his Oscar nomination and Channing Tatum with his second movie of the year after The Vow.
21 Jump Street movie billboard
And the prize for best stand-out this month may just have to go to Madagascar 3, because I absolutely adore this spectacle of rainbow color wigs. It's such a cool, fun visual that demands to be seen.
Madagascar 3 movie billboard
The Hunger Games smashed box office records and helped start another movie franchise to replace the likes of Harry Potter and Twilight this month. I've not read the books, but I have to say I loved the movie, Jennifer Lawrence was amazing and it kept me hooked throughout (obviously the parallels between this and Japan's Battle Royale movie from 2000 can't be a coincidence).
The Hunger Games billboard
The American Pie gang are having a reunion for their fourth cinematic outing and I love the name tag creative for the R-Rated comedy. If you're a fan, be sure to check out more American Reunion billboards at my Daily Billboard blog.
American Reunion billboard
Eddie Murphy is still trying to recapture the glory of his comedic heyday, but sadly movies like A Thousand Words are not going to help him methinks.
A Thousand Words billboard
And by the looks of things Think Like A Man isn't destined to be comedy gold either and the montage creative is a bit too old school.
Think like a Man billboard
Meanwhile Zac Efron tries desperately to grow up as a Marine returned from Iraq in The Lucky One, but does anyone really believe that this pretty boy could have gone to war?
The Lucky One movie billboard

TV billboards
Eastbound and Down season 3 billboard
This super-sized billboard for the third season of Eastbound & Down certainly had an unconventional image that caught your eye, with Danny McBride wading through the waves rather than some buff Calvin Klein model.
Game of Thrones season 2 billboard
And more excitement in TV form this month with the debut of the second season billboard for Game of Thrones. Those fiery embers flying around that fist holding a crown is such a striking visual.
Game Change HBO billboard
The wonderful Julianne Moore bore an uncanny resemblance to Sarah Palin in the ads for HBO's Game Change about John McCain's (thankfully) unsuccessful presidential campaign.
Mad Men season 5 billboard
Mad Men returned to our screens for a fifth season this month and Don Draper window shopping for a life of 'pipe and slippers' and naked mannequins really evoked the feel of the 60's based world of male chauvinist and egotistical ad men. Be sure to check out these other cool teaser billboards for Mad Men season five.
Rome CBS Sports billboard
I'm not a sports fan, but this billboard for radio talk show host Jim Rome's new show on CBS Sports certainly caught my attention with its bold and simple design.
Client List billboard
Meanwhile Jennifer Love Hewitt almost revealed all along L.A.'s Sunset Strip this month for her new Lifetime series, The Client List.
Breakout Kings season 2 billboard
Breakout Kings second season billboard teased a death of a character from the cop show to help it stand out.
The Borgias season 2 billboard
Whilst the 15th century Borgias family looked as scheming as ever for their sophomore season on Showtime.
Touch TV billboard
Kiefer Sutherland is trying a softer approach than in 24 with his new series Touch, as a father of troubled boy who can predict the future.
Missing billboard
Whilst conversely Ashley Judd is channeling 'Jack Bauer' when someone abducts her son in her new action-thriller, Missing.
Loiter Squad billboard
Adult Swim brings us another crazy and arresting billboard this month for Loiter Squad.
Fashion Police Joan Rivers billboard
And Joan Rivers casts her evil eye for the Fashion Police. I have to say that after seeing her fly-on-the-wall documentary, A Piece of Work, I really have greater respect for the foul-mouthed comedienne. Her work ethic is amazing, but sadly she's surrounded by all these leeches, supposed friends and family, living off her success.
LA Style billboard
Then on the other hand there's former protege of super-stylist Rachel Zoe, Taylor Jacobson, who seemed to have a really bad attitude and work ethic, getting her own show, LA Style, on Oxygen.
Fairly Legal season 2 billboard
Sarah Shahi is back for a second season of Fairly Legal with this fun creative and all her lawyer competitors lined up like dominoes.
The Killing season 2 billboard
AMC's The Killing returns too, but can they win back viewers after disappointing them last season by not revealing teenager Rosie Larsen's killer?
Holliston FearNet billboard
Fearnet tries the old nudity trick to draw passerby attention to its new original comedy, Holliston.

Radio billboards
Ideas not Ideology billboard
This month I loved the simplicity and stand-out of these ads for KPCC 89.3 News radio. The bright orange really popped and the slogans like 'Ideas not Ideology' and 'Balance not Bias' really appealed. If you like this, see the rest of these radio station billboards.

Music billboards
Josh Baze music billboard
Finally this music ad for Josh Baze caught my eye, mainly because it has a guys name with a female model, which is slightly jarring.

If you liked this wonderful cornucopia of movie, TV, radio and music billboards, be sure to check out Daily Billboard for more amazing ad creatives every day.

Come back at the end of April for another fantastic monthly round-up...

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Stylish fashion and lifestyle billboards around L.A. in March 2012...

The skies of Los Angeles have been filled to bursting this month with the latest fashions and lifestyle brands trying to get your attention, with new clothes, cars, cosmetics, drinks and more vying for your hard earned dollars.

Fashion and beauty billboards
UGG for Men billboard
One of the billboards I thought really cut through the clutter was the new convertible ad from UGG for Men, which had a nice easy, laid-back charm and really showcased the product well.
Aldo gator billboard
Speaking of shoes, I really like Aldo's vibrant new creatives this month which are just so fun and flirty.
Aldo bananas billboard
Another footwear brand trying to stand out was Stuart Weitzman with this 60's style mono billboard.
Stuart Weitzman shoes billboard
Why is it that these expensive shoe brands often use naked models to draw attention to their products, like these Sam Edelman billboards.
Hot CK Bold men's underwear billboard
Speaking of baring all, this hot male model billboard for Calvin Klein's new Bold men's underwear certainly got my attention along Sunset Boulevard.
Banana Republic Mad Men 2012 billboard
One of the ad campaigns I've really enjoyed seeing around town in March is this new wave of billboards for Banana Republic's Mad Men Collection, inspired by the critically-acclaimed 60's based TV show.
Mad Men Collection fashion billboard
Not to be left out, this Reverso watch billboard also appeared to capitalise on the return of the Mad Men's fifth season to our television screens.
Mad Men Reverso watch billboard
As well as high street fashion, the luxury brands made sure to refresh their collections with new stylish billboards along L.A.'s Sunset Strip.
Prada retro 50s billboard
Prada brought a 1950's retro vibe, whilst Gucci went for some opulent glamour.
Gucci Spring 2012 billboard
Louis Vuitton debuted a new sunglasses billboard, which mysteriously disappeared the next day (probably to reappear when the timing is right, no doubt).
Louis Vuitton sunglasses 2012 billboard
I really liked this Armani Exchange mono billboard, which felt fresh and Summery.
AX Spring 2012 billboard
Joe's Jeans brought some cool skater style to L.A.'s skyline.
Joe's Jeans skater billboard
And ChloƩ made a big fashion statement with this giant-sized billboard on the side of the Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood, which has real movement to it and really makes great use of the scale of the ad.
Chloe 2012 fashion billboard
Then there's this Chanel cosmetics billboard which really caught my eye with its fresh-faced model.
Chanel cosmetics billboard
Although I'm sure 'Shining Lips' would be easier for most people to remember than a name like 'Levres Scintillantes'.

Drinks billboards
Giant Hennessy Wild Rabbit billboard
Hennessy debuted their new Wild Rabbit creatives in March, and I have to say I really like the new campaign for the luxury Cognac brand and prefer it to the traditional lifestyle ads that preceded it.
Ciroc Premium Vodka billboard
Ciroc Vodka continued their 'Perfectly Smooth' campaign this month with this extra-large billboard at Hollywood & Highland.
Vitamin Water XXX cyclist billboard
Vitamin Water spiced things up with this saucy XXX cyclist billboard, which really worked in mono with that splash of red. Plus I'm always a sucker for a good special extension billboard.

Health and fitness billboards
STD's suck vampire billboard
AIDS Healthcare Foundation wittily capitalised on the current vampire craze to help promote its health message about sexually transmitted diseases. 'STDs Suck', indeed.
GNC Live Healthy billboard
Meanwhile I also spied this rather buff ad from GNC Live Well's 2012 campaign, be sure to check out more creatives at my Daily Billboard blog.

Sports billboards
Dodgers LA Tradition billboard
This L.A. Dodgers billboard was very timely when it appeared yesterday, following the news that Magic Johnson and his partners have bought the team to save them from bankruptcy.
Santa Anita riding crop billboard
Another Southern California sporting institution in the news, but for the wrong reasons, is Santa Anita Park, where HBO's new Luck TV series about horse racing was being filmed. The series has been cancelled after multiple horse deaths during production.
Fila skeletoes billboard
And after a training season filled with injury after switching to orthotics, I'm sticking to regular running shoes rather than these new skele-toes style shoes. Although I do see people wearing them more and more and it always looks as if they are walking barefoot in the strangest places.

Cause related billboards
PETA Kellan Lutz billboard
In previous months I've showcased lots of female celebrities endorsing, or being chastised by PETA, so here's Kellan Lutz for a change, championing pet adoption. For more examples, be sure to check out these other PETA billboards.

Travel billboards
Turkey tourism billboard
I always think that other countries tourism ads have a hard sell in California with its plentiful sunshine, amazing coastline and opportunities for fun surfing or skiing in the same day, but that doesn't stop Turkey from trying.

Household products billboards
Tide pods billboard
Tide refreshed their ads for their new Pods laundry product this month.
Tide 2012 billboard
These billboards for the detergent brand are certainly bright and pop with colour.
Tide bright pods billboard

Car billboards
Honda CRV billboard
This billboard for the new CR-V caught my eye this month, mainly because I drive an older model. Regardless of the lovely red finish, after seeing it in the showroom it's far too big for my liking.

Utilities billboards
Downed powerline billboard
And finally for this round-up of fashion and lifestyle billboards, this Edison energy ad was a real reminder for me of where I live in Southern California and the constant threat of an earthquake which may just shake down a few power lines.

For even more fantastic ads every day, be sure to check out my Daily Billboard blog and come back soon for a round-up of this month's best TV and movie billboards around L.A...

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