Sunday, November 30, 2014

Movie and music billboards filling L.A.'s skyline in November 2014...

I love this time of year for movies, with all the brash Summer blockbusters out of the way you see a lot of Oscar contenders appearing in cinemas, plus there's more than a fair share of Holiday movies trying to grab your attention. Here's a selection of November's most noticeable movie billboards from around the streets of L.A.

Movie billboards
Dumb and Dumber To movie billboard
I'm not the biggest fan of watching comedy movies at the cinema, they always seem to disappoint (Bridesmaids was the most recent exception to that rule), but I always like a great ad campaign for a funny film, like these billboards for Dumb and Dumber To, the Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels sequel twenty years in the making.
Penguins of Madagascar movie billboard
Another comedy outdoor ad campaign, this time animated, that made me smile this month were the billboards for the Penguins of Madagascar who get their own spin-off feature film.
Horrible Bosses 2 movie billboard
Another comedy getting a sequel this month was Horrible Bosses 2, this time the idiotic friends don't have murder in mind for their bosses, just a simple case of kidnapping.
The Interview movie billboard
Yet another comedy coming this holiday season is The Interview, which is causing some controversy for its storyline concerning an assassination plot against North Korea's dictator Kim Jong-un.

Interestingly Sony Pictures have been hit with cyberterrorism and several of their biggest new releases, like The Interview and Annie, have been leaked online in what may be retaliation from the country for this insult to their leader. Surely using a fictional dictator would have been less inflammatory in the first place, talk about painting a target on your back.
Hello Ladies The Movie billboard
Still in the world of humour, but this time making crossover from TV to a feature length film on HBO, is Stephen Merchant's comedy, Hello Ladies. The writing buddy of Ricky Gervais tried his hand starring in his own sitcom about a nerdy British guy looking for love in L.A., but Hello Ladies only survived one season, with this TV movie to wrap up loose ends in a pretty bow.
Hunger Games Mockingjay Part I movie posters
From laughs to big blockbusters and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 was in cinemas this month. As you can see the futuristic movie took over the Sunset Strip's Whisky A Go-Go club with its posters, although they are slightly misleading as some of these rebel characters never handle a weapon in the film.
Hunger Games Mockingjay Part I posters
I found this installment totally lacking and the final book in Suzanne Collins young adult trilogy should never have been split in two. You can see it was totally for monetary reasons and not because there was enough material, as this film feels dreary and padded, with not much happening at all.
Hunger Games Mockingjay Part I posters
To me it felt like a very high quality TV show and the whole plot about using 'Katniss Everdeen' as a propaganda tool with everyone sitting around a room discussing producing the perfect video, reminded me of what it must have been like for the studio execs trying to make this trilogy into four movies.
Exodus Gods and Kings movie billboard
Another blockbuster coming your way this holiday season is Ridley Scott's Biblical epic, Exodus: Gods and Kings about the story of 'Moses' leading the Israelites out of Egypt.

The ArcLight Hollywood cinema had a spectacular exhibit of original costumes worn by Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton in Exodus: Gods and Kings, so be sure to check them out.
Giant Into the Woods movie billboard
This Christmas there's also an assortment of musical adaptations heading to the big screen, including Disney's Into the Woods based on Stephen Sondheim's dark musical, with Meryl Streep as the twisted 'Witch'.
Annie movie remake billboard
The other musical offering is the movie remake of Annie, which stars young Oscar-nominee Quvenzhane Wallis as the titular orphan.
Foxcatcher movie billboard
Amongst the movies that are certainly hopeful for some awards attention has to be Foxcatcher, which stars Steve Carell and Channing Tatum very much out of character, based on a true story about Olympic medal-winning wrestling brothers helped by a billionaire with mummy issues.
Whiplash movie billboard
Plus you can also tell that Whiplash, a story about a promising drummer and his instructor pushing him for success, is also vying for some Academy attention. Whether it will receive it, is another matter.
E-Team Netflix documentary billboard
In the world of documentary's Netflix had this cool billboard for E-Team, about investigators into war crimes against humanity, which looks more like the marketing for an action movie to get your attention.
Lost Songs Basement Tapes Continued billboard
Plus Showtime had this billboard for their music-based documentary about a group of songwriters using long-lost, newly-discovered Bob Dylan lyrics from his Basement Tapes sessions to make new songs.
Aaliyah Princess of R&B billboard
Meanwhile over on Lifetime, their Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B TV movie biopic was widely panned by critics and fans alike.

Music and radio billboards
Pink Floyd Endless River album billboard
Also in the world of music, Pink Floyd has this evocative billboard visual for their new fifteenth and final album, The Endless River, in the skies of Sunset Strip.
One Direction Four album billboard
Plus One Direction is back in the skies with yet another album, Four, which they seem to be pumping out at an alarming rate. I suppose they should make hay while the sun shines before one of them leaves the group, or ends up in rehab.
KCRW radio For the curious bear sculpture billboard
Also back above the streets of L.A. this month was the For the Curious billboard campaign for KCRW radio station, this time featuring a closeup of the playful bear from West Hollywood's The Game sculptures.

As you can see there's more than enough movies and music billboards trying to catch your eye, especially when there are so many other TV show billboards, fashion billboards and lifestyle outdoor ads also crowding the skyline in November.

Let's hope the cool creatives keep coming as we countdown to the end of the year. Be sure to check out my Daily Billboard blog every day for all my latest finds...

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