Saturday, June 29, 2013

Summer movie and music billboards around L.A. in June...

If Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness and Fast & Furious 6 weren't enough for you, this summer the blockbusters just keep coming and so do the spectacular movie billboards lining L.A.'s skies (plus some supercool music billboards too).

Movie billboards
Giant World War Z movie billboard
Whilst I loved the billboard ad campaign for World War Z, especially this super-sized creative towering over Wilshire Boulevard, I was worried after hearing all the development hell stories about the movie and worried it would be an apocalyptic mess. Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be a suspenseful, action-packed and not at all overly gory zombie flick. Yes, the ending wasn't the most imaginative, but it did end up in my home country Wales, so it's not all bad, right?
Giant Man of Steel movie billboard
On the other hand, my early reservations about the darkness of the Superman reboot were slightly allayed by the teaser trailers, but critical and fanboy reviews weren't overly positive. So when I actually went to see Zack Snyder's Man of Steel my expectations were suitably low. I have to say that I really enjoyed the mix of superheroics and sci-fi (whilst others watching with me didn't), which really added a new spin on the Son of Krypton's origin story.

My main problems were what Superman did to 'General Zod', plus his flagrant disregard for property damage and the fact he didn't really rescue that many people along the way. A lighter tone and some more humour would have helped too.
Giant Monsters University movie billboard
I've yet to see Disney/Pixar's Monsters Inc. sequel, but I loved these giant and special extension Monsters University billboards around town.
Despicable Me 2 movie billboard
More computer-animated high jinks coming our way this summer is in the form of another comedy sequel and those hilarious Minions. If you're a fan, be sure to check out all these fun movie billboards for Despicable Me 2.
Turbo movie billboard
Another new face racing onto the scene this July is DreamWorks Turbo, who in a clever twist of fate is a super-fast snail, voiced by Ryan Reynolds. I love this cute special extension billboard for the forthcoming movie.
The Heat movie billboard
Another film I'm eagerly anticipating is The Heat, a comedy copy buddy movie starring two of my favourite funny ladies, Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy.
This Is the End movie billboard
The other apocalyptic movie this month was This Is The End, which starred a lot of famous names as fictional versions of themselves faced with the literal end of the world. I've heard great things about the comedy.
Grown Ups 2 movie billboard
One comedy returning for a second installment in July is Grown Ups 2, this time though the line up of Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James and David Spade is minus Rob Schneider from the first film. At least that's one less nostalgic photo to fit on this scrapbook billboard creative.
White House Down movie billboard
Channing Tatum's star continues to rise and in his latest movie he's tasked with rescuing Jamie Foxx's U.S. President when terrorists attack Washington D.C. If you're a fan of the actors, be sure to check out their movie costumes from White House Down on display.
Giant Pacific Rim movie billboard
Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim is sure to be huge at the box office this summer, because who doesn't like to see giant robots fighting grotesque Godzilla-like monsters. These Pacific Rim movie billboards have certainly overtaken the streets and skies of Los Angeles this month.
Lone Ranger movie billboard
I'm still not sure about Disney's remake of The Lone Ranger, mostly because of their over-reliance on Johnny Depp of late in all their movies.

With that being said, they do have some cool billboards for the movie around town, plus if you are a fan, check out these original costumes from The Lone Ranger worn by Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer and Helena Bonham Carter on display.
Epix Avengers billboard
One of my favourite movies from last year was Marvel's The Avengers, now that was an action-packed, crowd-pleasing blockbuster. This month it was showing on the Epix channel.
The Iceman movie billboard
From blockbusters to smaller critically-acclaimed movies, which saw Man of Steel's 'General Zod' star as an infamous Mafia hitman without his family's knowledge. Be sure to check out Michael Shannon's retro costume from The Iceman on display.
LA Film Fest 2013 billboard
And speaking of smaller (but no less deserving of your attention) movies, I'm loving this cool billboard for L.A.'s independent film festival.

Music billboards
Madonna MDNA Tour Epix billboard
In addition to all the fabulous movie billboards lining the city skyline, there were also a cool collection of music-themed ads too, like this Madonna billboard for her MDNA Tour available to watch on Epix. One day I would love to see her live, but ideally in a smaller venue and with tickets that won't cost me an arm and a leg.
Rhye Woman album billboards
Meanwhile, I thought these billboards to promote Rhye's debut album 'Woman' was quite clever, with its vinyl discs peeking over the top.
Queens Stone Age Like Clockwork billboard
And Queens of the Stone Age really grabbed my attention with their macabre special extension billboard which channeled that Phantom of the Opera and vampire vibe for their new album ...Like Clockwork.

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