Sunday, November 29, 2015

November's movie, music and gaming billboards filling L.A.'s skies...

This month the skies have been filled with movie billboards to entice you over the start of the holiday season, lots of music and video game gift ideas and even a show to go and see if you're off work and spending with your family. Here's a cool selection of the film, music, performing arts and video game billboards trying to get your attention throughout November 2015.

Movie billboards
The Good Dinosaur movie billboard
First up is a tale as old as time, prehistoric time that is. The Good Dinosaur is Disney/Pixar's latest animated movie adventure and takes place on an Earth where the meteor that destroyed the dinosaurs missed.
Giant Good Dinosaur movie billboard Sunset Strip
These fun billboards for The Good Dinosaur really did show the special connection between one dinosaur and his human cave boy, so if you like these two examples, be sure to click through and check out all the different creatives and special extensions.
Turkey Hollow Lifetime movie billboard
From computer animation to live-action puppetry and Jim Henson's Turkey Hollow was a Thanksgiving treat for all the family on Lifetime this month.
In the Heart of the Sea movie billboard
And from turkeys to whales as Moby-Dick gets the big screen treatment again with Ron Howard's In the Heart of the Sea, which is based on the story that inspired Herman Melville's classic novel.
Truth movie billboard
Last night I saw the lovely Cate Blanchett in the lesbian romance Carol, but she had another movie out this month, Truth, about the last days of news anchor Dan Rather and CBS News producer Mary Mapes following the Killian documents controversy which concerned George W. Bush's military record during his 2004 presidential election campaign.
Chi-Raq movie billboard
Another film billboard in the skies of the Sunset Strip this month was for Amazon Studios Spike Lee movie Chi-Raq, where the girlfriend of a Chicago gang leader convinces other frustrated women to withhold sex until their male partners agree to end their senseless cycle of gang violence.
Mockingjay 2 Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse billboards
Speaking of violence and The Hunger Games came to its conclusion this month with Mockingjay Part 2. I love Jennifer Lawrence but I have to say, as the film franchise grew bigger, the larger production budgets didn't necessarily make for better storytelling.
Giant Beasts of No Nation movie billboard
Idris Elba was super-sized in the skies of L.A. in October and November for his new original movie on Netflix (and in speciality cinemas), Beast of No Nation.
Beasts of No Nation For your consideration billboard
The drama set in a war torn African country follows the exploits of an orphaned boy, from captive to soldier and is one of Netflix's Oscar hopefuls this season.

Be sure to check out more billboards and the awards campaigning for Beasts of No Nation around the streets of Los Angeles.
Spectre 007 movie billboard
James Bond was back in the city skyline this month, but his on screen adventures felt more like an old-fashioned 007 romp, although saying that Spectre had stunning cinematography and globe-trotting locales.
Creed movie billboard
And speaking of sequels, Sylvester Stallone's Rocky was getting a next generation sequel, by passing the boxing torch to Michael B. Jordan in Creed this Thanksgiving.
Secret in their Eyes movie remake billboard
Secret in their Eyes got the Hollywood remake treatment this month after the original 2009 Argentinian film won the Best Foreign Film Oscar. It hasn't fared so well with the critics or at the box office, but this gritty Julia Roberts thriller about her seeking revenge for her murdered daughter is still on my must-see list.
Leisure Class HBO movie billboard
Over on HBO this month The Leisure Class was a new original film making its debut about an English conman trying to marry into an American family for their wealth, until he realises he actually has feelings for his intended bride.
Fandango Miles Mouvay billboard
And also in the world of movies, Fandango, the cinema ticketing app and website launched their new 'biggest fan' outdoor ad campaign in the skies of L.A.

SNL's longtime funny guy Kenan Thompson stars as the faux fan 'Miles Mouvay', so be sure to check out all the various fun Fandango billboards at my Daily Billboard blog.
What Happened Miss Simone film billboard
One of my favourite billboards in November was this captivating ad creative for the awards campaign for Netflix's documentary film, What Happened, Miss Simone?, about the life off and on stage of the legendary 'High Priestess of Soul'.

Music and radio billboards
Shining a Light race progress concert billboard
In the world of music, the Shining A Light concert was trying to help progress on race in America with an all-star line-up.
Giant U2 Live in Paris HBO billboard
And speaking of concerts, U2's live concert and HBO broadcast was cancelled in Paris due to the tragic terrorist events in the City of Lights, but hopefully it will be rescheduled soon as we can't give in to these enemies of freedom.
Ellie Goulding Delirium world tour billboard
As the gift-giving season is fast approaching lots more album and concert billboards are popping up in the city skyline, like this one for Ellie Goulding's Delirium World Tour.
Coldplay head full of stars album billboard
Meanwhile Coldplay is back in the skies with their latest album offering, hoping to be the perfect stocking filler (or digital download), A Headful of Dreams.
One Direction Made in the AM album billboard
Speaking of new music and One Direction was back with their first album since Zayn Malik left the boy band, Made in the A.M.
Justin Bieber Purpose album billboard
Whilst another teen heartthrob, Justin Bieber, dropped his latest album this month, Purpose.
X Ambassadors VHS album billboard
Plus the American rock band X Ambassadors debut album, VHS, was also released this November with an accompanying billboard along the infamous Sunset Strip.
Bonfire Comedy Central radio billboard
In the world of radio, Comedy Central's The Bonfire also got some ad support along The Strip this month.

Performing Arts billboards
Cirque du Soleil Kurios billboard
The acrobatic storytellers, Cirque du Soleil, were back in the L.A. skyline this month for their latest touring live-show offering, Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities.
Cirque du Soleil Kurios billboard
If you like these ad creatives, be sure to check out these previous Cirque du Soleil billboards that have graced the skies of the City of Angels.

Gaming billboards
Fallout 4 video game billboard
You can always tell when the gift-giving season is around the corner as a whole glut of video game billboards start to pop up in the city skyline, like these retro Vault Boy billboards for Fallout 4.
Giant Just Cause 3 video game billboard Hollywood
You can tell the gaming industry is with mega-bucks, as they're not afraid to spend money on special extension ad campaigns and giant-sized wallscape billboards, like this  in-your-face Just Cause 3 example.

Stick around for even more snapshots of November's TV and lifestyle billboards, plus be sure to check out what cool film and music billboards filled L.A.'s skies a year ago.

Stay tuned folks...

Saturday, November 28, 2015

L.A.'s fab fashion, jewelry and fragrance billboards in November 2015...

You can tell the seasons are changing in L.A., not just because of the weather, but also because of the fashion and apparel advertising is layering up and more gift ideas are popping into the skies as we sprint full speed to the Holidays. Here's a cool collection of some of the stylish billboards the city skyline was decked out in throughout November 2015.

Fashion billboards
Canada Goose Out There film billboard
First up is this dramatic billboard for the extreme weather, high-end outerwear brand, Canada Goose, who have been debuting their first global ad campaign which features the short film Out There.
Coach Chloe Grace Moretz FW15 billboard
Next the fresh face of Chloe Grace Moretz, star of such films as Kick-Ass, If I Stay, the Carrie remake and the forthcoming The 5th Wave young adult novel adaptation, is the youthful ambassador for Coach.
Coach Chloe Grace Moretz F/W 2015 billboard
So close to the gift-giving season it's no wonder she's holding onto those designer handbags tight, as I'm sure they'll be on someone's wish list.
Net-A-Porter red dress FW15 billboard
Meanwhile Net-A-Porter was stepping out with bold confidence in the skies of L.A. (and New York) in a red dress for party season. This vibrant ad creative is a nice departure from the online fashion website's recent run of black and white photography billboards.
H&M Balmain FW15 billboard
H&M was taking a leaf out of the Kardashians wardrobe and collaborating with Balmain with a slightly more affordable capsule collection for the high street this month.
Pair of Thieves socks Twinsies Target billboard
And you can tell it's that gift-giving time of year ,as this adorable ad creative with Pair of Thieves socks would make for the perfect stocking filler.
Max Mara Gigi Hadid FW15 billboard
Next up Max Mara was back in the skies of the Sunset Strip with Gigi Hadid, who's forever in the news these days for her dating exploits, modeling for the women's apparel brand.
Prada FW 2015 bunny sweater billboard
Meanwhile Prada was getting ready for a cosy Christmas with some comfy, luxury knitwear and coats.
Marc Jacobs FW15 fashion billboard
And fashion designer Marc Jacobs was supplying the drama above his flagship store along L.A.'s Melrose Avenue.
Just One Eye boutique billboard
There were also some new advertisers in the skies of the Sunset Strip, like luxury fashion boutique Just One Eye.
Level 99 Jeans Less carbon More Petra billboard
Supermodel Petra Nemcova was modeling Level 99 Forever Black jeans, which use innovative manufacturing techniques so that they're kind to the environment and the colour won't fade.
Diesel Looking friends high places billboard
Speaking of jeans, and Diesel had another of the recent tongue-in-cheek billboard ads along the Sunset Strip for their latest denim looks. Being above street level on a billboard certainly would help when you're 'Looking for friends in high places'.
Hale Bob FW15 fashion billboard
Hale Bob continued to showcase the brand's original colourful prints, which are favourites of many Hollywood celebrities.
Giant Ellen Degeneres Gap Kids billboard
And speaking of celebrities, Ellen Degeneres was still in the L.A. skies and super-sized for her ED and Gap Kids clothing collaboration.
UGG boots Classic Slim billboard
You can always tell when the Holidays are here, as billboards for UGG boots and footwear start appearing, like this new Classic Slim ad creative. Not only do they keep your feet warm, but they're also a great gift idea.

Jewelry billboards
Diamond Forevermark She will forget billboard
Jewelry and timepieces are always great gifts to give and receive, so it's no wonder many new billboards pop up this time of year, like this Forevermore Diamond ring Holidays ad creative.
James Bond Spectre Omega watch billboard
Plus jumping from the big screen in Spectre, Daniel Craig models the latest James Bond movie tie-in watch from Omega (although I'm pretty sure this one doesn't explode).
Kate Moss David Yurman Holidays 2015 billboard
And Kate Moss is back in the skies for the Holiday 2015 ad campaign for designer jeweler David Yurman, adorned in luxurious bracelets, necklaces and earrings.

Fragrance billboards
Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio fragrance billboard
And last, but by no means least, another perennial favourite when it comes to gifts and stocking fillers for loved ones is this Giorgio Armani fragrance billboard featuring my namesake, male model Jason Morgan.

If you're a fashionista, be sure to also check out all the fashion billboards in New York at the start of November and take a look at L.A.'s fashion billboards from this time last year too.

Stay tuned in the days to come for more snapshots of the city's television, film, drinks and lifestyle billboards from these past few weeks...

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Latest collection of period movie costume exhibits in Hollywood...

I love this time of year in L.A., it's when all the Oscar hopefuls start opening at the cinema and the studios do what they can to get their movies in front of influential Academy voters. The one thing that increases at this time of year to support their award campaigning is the number of costume exhibits that seem to appear at key venues like ArcLight Hollywood.

Carol movie costumes on display at ArcLight Hollywood cinema
Currently the new lesbian love story Carol has this wonderful collection of costumes worn by Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara in the romance set in 1950s New York.

Be sure to get an even closer look at these Carol film costumes designed by Sandy Powell at my costume and props blog.

The Danish Girl movie costume exhibit at ArcLight Hollywood cinema
The Danish Girl film costume exhibit
Another film I can't wait to see is The Danish Girl starring Eddie Redmayne as the first male to female sex-change operation recipient set in 1920s Copenhagen.

Be sure to take a closer look at these movie costumes for The Danish Girl designed by Paco Delgado.

Trumbo film costumes on display at ArcLight Hollywood cinema
Trumbo movie costume exhibit
Meanwhile before these two other exhibits, in mid-October ArcLight Hollywood's foyer was host to these movie costumes from Trumbo worn by Helen Mirren, Bryan Cranston and Diane Lane. in a tale about a leading film writer blacklisted for his political views in late 1940s Hollywood.

Suffragette film costumes on display at ArcLight Hollywood cinema
Suffragette movie costume exhibit
In finally also in October, these costumes worn by Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter were on display from the movie Suffragette set in early 20th century Britain.

As you can see from all these original costumes displays, the past is ripe with stories for Hollywood to mine and make into inspiring dramas.

You can also enjoy these film costume exhibits from last November and cool costume and props on display from November 2013, and let's hope more costumes follow in the coming weeks and months as we get closer to Hollywoodland's high-profile awards season...

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