Friday, January 30, 2015

Awards season film and music billboards around L.A. in January 2015...

People often ask why I take photos of all the advertising billboards in the skies around L.A. and the simplest answer is that I enjoy it. I love coming across a fun creative which catches my eye, outs a smile on my face, or makes me take a second look. So here's to starting another year of billboard roundups here at Jason in Hollywood (and every day on my Daily Billboard Blog), so enjoy my latest finds of all the movie outdoor ads gracing the city skyline in January 2015.

Movie billboards
Americons movie billboard
One film billboard that really stood out for me this month was this ad for Americons, which tinkers with the design of the U.S. Stars and Stripes flag to convey the movie's themes of capitalism, greed and the sub-prime mortgage fiasco.
Nightcrawler Best Picture billboard
As it's awards season here in L.A., lots of billboards have been popping up to attract Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Oscar voters attention, like this ad creative for Nightcrawler (not the blue-skinned X-Man with the pointy tail), starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
Lego Movie awards consideration billboard
The Lego Movie also had another For Your Consideration billboard along the Sunset Strip, but sadly they didn't win at the Golden Globes and didn't get an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature, so this ad didn't stay up long after the nominees were announced.
Into the Woods Best Picture billboard
Disney's Into the Woods big screen musical also tried to garner voters attention this month and it has been nominated for three Oscars, including Best Costume Design for Colleen Atwood, so be sure to check out all these Into the Woods movie costumes up for consideration that were on display at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood earlier this month.
Virunga Netflix documentary billboard
Streaming service Netflix was also trying to get noticed by awards voters this month with this intriguing billboard for its documentary film, Virunga, about the threats from wars and greed to the mountain gorillas home in the Congo.
LA Times Hollywood Sessions Lead Actor billboard
To get in the awards spirit the L.A. Times even had this billboard featuring some of Hollywood's leading men, Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr. and Steve Carell.
Boy Next Door movie billboard
Meanwhile aside from the upcoming Oscars, there were many new films on the horizon, including JLO's new stalker thriller, The Boy Next Door.
Furious 7 movie billboard
Plus on a visit to Universal Studios Hollywood to see their latest costume and props archive exhibit I caught a glimpse of the new billboard for Furious 7, the seventh installment in the Fast & Furious car chase franchise (and Paul Walker's final movie).
Taken 3 movie billboard
Also in the world of action, Liam Neeson was back for Taken 3 (boy, does he have some bad luck), the third and final installment in the action-thriller trilogy.
Giant Blackhat movie billboard
And in a world of constant hacking attacks at the moment, Chris Hemsworth's new cyber thriller Blackhat never seemed more relevant (although it's hard to believe any hacker would spend as much time at the gym as this Aussie hunk).
Jupiter Ascending movie billboard
Speaking of handsome actors, and Channing Tatum is back on the big screen, this time as a genetically-enhanced alien with dog DNA, trying to rescue Mila Kunis in the Wachowski Brothers latest sci-fi epic, Jupiter Rising.
Fifty Shades of Grey movie billboard
From outer space to dark secrets and Fifty Shades of Grey finally makes it to cinema screens this Valentine's Day, although I'm not sure a film about bondage and sexual awakening is best first date material (or maybe it is, you decide).
Fifty Shades of Grey movie billboard
If you like these ads, be sure to check out more super-sized movie billboards for Fifty Shades of Grey dominating the L.A. skyline this month.
Selma movie billboard
Another ad campaign in black and white this month was for a totally different kind of movie, the enlightening and engaging Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic about the Selma civil rights marches in the mid-1960's.
Wedding Ringer movie billboard
On a lighter note, Kevin Hart starred in The Wedding Ringer as someone hired to be a best man of a socially awkward guy (Josh Gad) who wants to impress his future in-laws.
Mortdecai movie billboard
Poor Johnny Depp's career doesn't seem to be going that well of late. The Lone Ranger, Transcendence and Mortdecai have all bombed at the box office, but I'm sure he's still rolling in millions for playing these roles.
Paddington movie billboard
In the world of family fun, British children's book favourite Paddington Bear finally gets the computer-animated live-action treatment for his box office debut.
Strange Magic movie billboard
And George Lucas' plans for a new Star Wars movie may have been (thankfully) shelved, but that didn't stop him from making a new computer-animated feature film called Strange Magic, which watching the trailers looks awful.
Giant Disney Cinderella billboard
Another favourite movie billboard this month was for Disney's live-action version of their fairytale classic, Cinderella. Downton Abbey's Lily James stars as the titular heroine in this rags-to-riches story and I think it's going to be a really charming and unapologetically Disney movie.

Theme Park billboards
Frozen Fun Disneyland billboard
Speaking of Disney, and this seems as good a place as any to highlight Disneyland's Frozen movie-themed attractions being highlighted at the amusement park at the moment, cashing in on the popularity of their animated franchise juggernaut.

Music billboards
Justin Timberlake 2020 Tour billboard
In the world of music, this billboard was in the skies of West Hollywood to mark the end of Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience World Tour.
Grammys 2015 Pharrell billboard
And speaking of awards season, it's almost time for the 57th Grammys, so check out these fab psychedelic billboards for the 2015 Grammy Awards featuring like likes of Pharrell, Lorde and Beyoncé.
Google Play music billboards Sunset Strip
And along the Sunset Strip, Google Play finally changed their ad creatives for their music steaming service, which are on billboard locations on both sides of the busy street. Be sure to get a closer look at Janelle Monae and Sam Smith gracing the Sunset Strip, plus the Beck and David Bowie billboards they replaced.
Kendrick Lamar Google play billboard
Plus over in Westwood, Kendrick Lamar was flowing his heart out on another Google Play music billboard.

As you can see, there's been lots of movie and music billboards vying for your attention around L.A. this month, and that's not even counting all the TV billboards and fashion and lifestyle ads too.

Let's hope February proves to be as bountiful and that the winter weather allows me to get the shots I need.

See you soon...

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