Monday, June 12, 2017

This is what gay resistance looks like in L.A...

Yesterday tens of thousands of people came together to make a stand, protect LGBT rights, show our Pride and fight for democracy itself in America at L.A.'s Resist March.

Taking a stand for Sesame Street, LGBT rights and democracy itself
LA Resist March Pride 2017 Sesame Street protesters
Gay friends and straight allies alike joined together to say that we're not going backwards back into the closet, we will fight for equality and to stop the U.S. government from turning into a fascist regime and taking the country's liberty and freedoms away.

Waiting to March along a packed Hollywood Boulevard
LA Resist March Pride 2017 crowds Hollywood Blvd
Thousands of people from all walks of life, all genders, all ethnicities gathered along Hollywood Boulevard, old and young, gay, straight, transgender, rich, poor, single, married and entire families to protect against Donald Trump and Mike Pence's warped vision for America.

Young love at L.A.'s Resist March
LA Resist March Pride 2017 Lesbian kiss
Just like back in the past when LGBT people marched for their rights, we once again took to the streets to show our visibility and make our voices heard.

Peppermint from RuPaul's Drag Race marches with us
We marched to fight against discrimination in the workplace or at the store counter because of religious beliefs, we marched to protect transgender kids in school and in their daily lives, we marched to honor the 49 victims of the Pulse gay night club tragedy, we marched to say that women's bodies belong to them, we marched to save the planet for the future and so much more.

New LGBTQ ally and icon the Babadook
In truth we marched because we are angry and more than little afraid that all the progress that has been made over the years is in peril, but we marched to say we'll stand up and fight for our rights, because there is no going back.

This is what peaceful resistance looks like
We marched peacefully and it was great to see all the handmade signs and rainbow flags flying along the route from Hollywood Boulevard to the heart of West Hollywood.

The fabulous majority and bubbles
This year the Resist March replaced the annual Pride Parade and some quibbled over not being able to celebrate the occasion, but there was still a festival, all the bars of West Hollywood were overflowing and people were engaged, uplifted and proud whilst they marched.

The homemade signs say it all
Plus we showed Trump and the world that we won't tolerate this current administration's homophobia, racism, greed, corruption, lies and their cruelty to America's people.

Yes, it's that bad
In case you were wondering, our Sesame Street character t-shirts were to show that people come in all colours of the rainbow and to demonstrate our support for PBS, culture, education and the arts (and obviously to mock the orange dictator).

Sesame Street says rise up
Sesame Street protesters LA Resist March Pride 2017
If the government won't protect our kids, our environment, our healthcare and the future, then I guess that we'll just have to do it ourselves. Silence equals death, inaction will mean the end of democracy.

It's true, love is love is love
I also wanted to give a huge shout out to all the police, fire, emergencies services and event organisers that helped make this a safe and secure march.

Taking pride in our resistance
L.A.'s Pride celebrations may be coming to an end, but the fight for equality, justice and democracy is just getting started.

Love will trump hate, glitter, rainbows and unicorns will help save the day, and then we can all get back to the proper business of brunch...

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Wonderful film costumes, props and Q&As in L.A...

At times it's easy to forget I live in Hollywood and that seeing screen-used movie costumes and props is a regular occurrence, or even taking for granted seeing an actor or someone involved in the film-making process at a cinema screening. Then a friend who doesn't live here, or blog visitor will comment, and it reminds me of fortunate I am to see these things and people up close.

Wonder Woman costume worn by Gal Gadot
Gal Gadot Wonder Woman movie costume
At the moment ArcLight Hollywood cinema has a fantastic display of the spectacular costumes and props from the new Wonder Woman movie.

Wonder Woman movie costume exhibit
at ArcLight Hollywood cinema
Wonder Woman movie costume exhibit
I've loved the DC Comics icon ever since the 70s TV show, have even dressed like her for fun runs and Halloween, and have seen the movie twice already.

If you're a fan you may also want to check out Lynda Carter's Woman Wonder TV costume that I spied at Warner Bros. Studios backlot last summer.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
movie costumes on display at ArcLight Pasadena cinema
Pirates Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales costumes
Meanwhile at the end of May, fans of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies could also glimpse costumes from the new Dead Men Tell No Tales movie at ArcLight Pasadena (and more at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood if you were so inclined).

Film props from The Book of Henry
on display at ArcLight Hollywood cinema
Book of Henry movie prop exhibit
And also currently on display at the Hollywood location are these screen-used film props from The Book of Henry summer flick.

Salma Hayek and director Miguel Arteta Q&A
at ArcLight Hollywood for Beatriz at Dinner
Salma Hayek Miguel Arteta Beatriz at Dinner Q&A ArcLight Hollywood
Last night I also enjoyed a special Q&A after watching the new film Beatriz at Dinner, which stars Salma Hayek as an immigrant health therapist who is invited to a wealthy client's dinner party, directed by Miguel Arteta.
Salma Hayek Beatriz at Dinner director Q&A ArcLight Hollywood
It's always great to hear why actors and filmmakers chose the projects they do and what it means to them (especially how the director felt Donald Trump cast a dark shadow during the filming and beyond), and Salma Hayek was certainly looking far more glamorous in person than her character from the movie.

Like I said, it's easy to take all this for granted (a bit like all the theatres in London's West End or New York's Broadway scene if you live there), and that's why you have to enjoy these opportunities when they come along.

But enough about Hollywoodland, tomorrow we march for democracy...

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Getting ready to Resist with Pride...

With Donald Trump turning against allies around the globe (just as Putin wants) and making America the laughing stock of the world, and with the U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos refusing to protect LGBT students from discrimination in this country's schools, there's never been a better time to resist this current administration.

LA LGBT Resist March signs
Just as with the massive Women's March in January and with the Tax March in April, it's time to take to the streets and peacefully protest to protect our democracy and our rights as LGBT citizens.

This year the annual L.A. Pride Parade has been cancelled in favour of the Resist March, which I fully agree with as a proud gay liberal (after all, living in West Hollywood is like there's a Pride Parade every day).
Sesame Street Protesters LA Tax March 2017
If we're not visible and don't make ourselves heard, how soon before our rights are taken away? This homophobic government (and don't think it will get better with Mike Pence in charge) shouldn't decide who we love, where we pee, who we can adopt, who can serve us in shops, what benefits an employer can withhold, how we are treated differently.

Trump is such a fan of the Russians, how soon before we're all in gay concentration camps like in Chechnya, or before being LGBT is outlawed like in Russia, or executed for coming out like in Saudi Arabia (another country the Liar-in-Chief has close ties to)? Don't be fooled into thinking the complicit Ivanka Trump can save you. Silence equals death.
Rainbow Pride US flags
This Sunday even more of us will be wearing our Sesame Street character t-shirts again to show that we come in many colours of the rainbow and the fact that Trump would love to defund PBS (even though it was recently granted a temporary reprieve).

We'll be marching from Hollywood & Highland to the heart of West Hollywood to show our strength in numbers, our unity, our pride and our resolve to stand up to tyrants.
LA Resist March signs Pride June 2017
It's Pride month, so be sure to bring your glitter, your rainbows and unicorns, it's time for the gays to rise up and resist...

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

All creatures great and small in L.A...

Today I thought we'd take a much needed break from politics and all the evils of this scary world and focus on something far fluffier and de-stressing, our adorable Labrador Cooper and a whole menagerie of other creatures great and small.

The other day when we were out for our local West Hollywood walk he spied his other dad on the opposite side of the street and our usual plodding 9-year-old couldn't contain his excitement, giving his 'second favourite' dad a true Labrador welcome. Now isn't that a happy sight to behold?

Beverly Hills Animal House
Garden animal statues Doheny Drive Clifton Way LA
Meanwhile also with regards to the animal kingdom, if you've ever driven down Doheny Drive at Clifton Way in Beverly Hills you've probably spied the garden filled to overflowing with actual sized animal sculptures, be they giraffes, lions, gorillas, elephants and more wild animals besides. It's a tad bizarre, but also very sweet at the same time.

It kind of reminds me of the wacky House of Davids that used to be in Hancock Park and also brings to mind another unorthodox abode, the Witch's House in Beverly Hills.

There's never a dull day in La La Land and isn't that better than thinking about politics and the end of the world as we know it...

Monday, May 29, 2017

New Summer TV and comedy special billboards in L.A.'s May 2017 skies...

This May even though the skies were starting to fill with Emmy consideration and returning TV favourite billboards, there were still more than enough new game shows, reality competitions, documentary series, dramas, talk shows, comedy specials and sports billboards trying to capture passersby attention too.

TV billboards
Love Connection series premiere billboard
In light of the recent threat of a writers strike, the networks and studios probably thought a few more non-scripted shows in there lineup wouldn't hurt. First up, here's Andy Cohen with the billboard for the revival of dating game show the Love Connection.
Beat Shazam game show billboard
Also on Fox this summer, actor and singer Jamie Foxx was hosting a new music game show called Beat Shazam, where contestants are pitted against the song naming app.
F Word series premiere billboard
Plus celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey is back on the broadcaster with a new live cooking competition called The F Word.
World of Dance series launch billboard
Meanwhile NBC was taking a leaf out of Fox's So You Think You Can Dance for their new dancing competition, World of Dance, hosted by Jenna Dewan Tatum and judged by J-LO, Derek Hough and Ne-Yo.
Daytime Divas series premiere billboard
Vanessa Williams returns to the small screen for the adaptation the 2011 book Satan's Sisters by the former co-host of The View, Star Jones, a comedy about a daytime talk show.
Mist series premiere billboards
Speaking of books and Stephen King's 1980 horror novella The Mist is getting adapted for TV this Summer on the Spike channel.

Fans of the horror maestro can also check out all the other Stephen King TV and movie adaptation billboards from recent years, like Carrie, Bag of Bones, 11.22.63 and Under The Dome.
American Gods wall mural ad
The Starz adaptation of Neil Gaiman's 2001 American Gods book made its impressive debut recently and this wall mural ad along Melrose Avenue was certainly standing out this month.
I Love Dick series premiere billboard
Speaking of eye-catching billboards and with a title like 'I Love Dick', Amazon's new comedy series from the creator of Transparent, Jill Soloway, was definitely turning heads in L.A.'s skies this May.
I Love Dick series launch billboard
Be sure you check out more fun ad creatives for I Love Dick, which stars Kathryn Hahn as a married woman who falls for Kevin Bacon's Texan professor based on the 1997 novel by Chris Kraus.
Who killed Sister Cathy Keepers billboard
Also on offer from competitor streaming service Netflix this month was The Keepers, a true crime docu-series delving into who killed Sister Cathy in the late 60s.

Plus I also spied this additional ad creative for Bill Nye's new Netflix series as he attempts to save the world with science and real facts.
Defiant Ones John Lennon billboard
Meanwhile this month HBO has been flooding the skies with iconic musicians and singers like John Lennon for its forthcoming four-part documentary series, The Defiant Ones, about the stories of music industry producers Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre.
American Race series premiere billboard
Another docu-series coming to TV screens this summer is American Race with Charles Barkley, looking at racism and race relations in the U.S. during these divisive times of police brutality, racial profiling and travel bans from a fascist administration.
Jim Jefferies Show premiere billboard
And just when you thought late-night didn't need any more hosts, the Australian comedian gets his own Comedy Central series with The Jim Jefferies Show.
National womens soccer league Lifetime billboard
Meanwhile Lifetime was bringing the world of National Women's Soccer League to TV screens this Saturday with this game-changing billboard.
Chris Gethard Career Suicide billboard
In the world of comedy specials, Chris Gethard's one-man off-Broadway show was getting its own HBO special, Career Suicide.
Tracy Morgan Staying Alive billboard
Plus after his life-threatening car accident, Tracy Morgan was back in the skies for his Netflix stand-up special, Staying Alive.
Maria Bamford Old Baby billboard
Netflix's Lady Dynamite was also starring in her own comedy special this month with his appropriate ad creative for her show Old Baby.
YouTube TV live billboard
And finally as more and more people are watching TV, movies and original content on their laptops, smartphones and other devices, YouTube TV offering a new way to watch live television.

For all the latest cool ad creatives filling L.A.'s streets and skies, make sure you check out Daily Billboard every day, plus come back next month for more snapshots of the outdoor advertising skyline around the City of Angels.

Don't be a stranger...

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Food, drinks and lifestyle billboards around L.A.'s streets in May 2017...

This May 2017 it wasn't just movies, TV shows and fashion brands trying to turn your head, there was also an eclectic mix of food, drinks, tourism and technology billboards also trying to stand out around L.A.'s streets and skies.

Theme park, travel and tourism billboards
Guardians Galaxy Mission Breakout Disney billboard
First up, straight off the success of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie sequel, Disney's California Adventure was debuting its Mission: Breakout attraction featuring Marvel's ragtag bunch of cosmic heroes (which replaced The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at the theme park). Fan favorites 'Rocket Racoon' and 'Baby Groot' certainly helped this billboard stand out this month.
Create art not monotony Reno Tahoe billboard
Meanwhile Reno Tahoe was trying to encourage visitors to Nevada with this artistic skateboarder ad creative. At first glance I thought this billboard was for an art gallery or skate clothing brand, not a travel ad.

Food and drinks billboards
Peroni Beer Spring 2017 billboard
In the world of beer, Italian brew Peroni was back in the skies for the summer beach season.
Corona beach on every can billboard
Plus Corona Extra was getting in the summer mood with these special limited edition tropical beach beer can designs to get you in the holiday mood.
Miller Lite Six pack Kick back billboard
And Miller Lite had the right idea for the Memorial Day weekend, grab a six pack and just kick back and relax with friends.
Heineken Same great taste 1870s billboard
Dutch beer Heineken on the other hand was highlighting its taste credentials with its latest ad campaign, brewed since the 1870's.
LVOV Vodka Polished billboard
In the world of spirits, LVOV was showcasing the latest Polish vodka to take to the city skyline.
Knob Creek Directions wont get your here billboard
And even though this outdoorsy Knob Creek Bourbon Whiskey ad has been knocking around in the skies for a while, it's still a good one.
Makers Mark Look delicious at the beach billboard
Maker's Mark continued to add to its latest Delicious is everything outdoor ad campaign with this witty billboard.
Javier Bardem Chivas billboard
Plus Chivas Regal Scotch Whisky was toasting to success shared with friends with the help of actor Javier Bardem.
Hornitos Tequila shot worth taking billboard
And in the world of tequila, Hornitos was trying to tempt people with a shot (or two) to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the beginning of May.
Rosé Babe Gay Beer billboard
Babe Rosé had a great way to market its canned rosé with bubbles this month for all those people, gay and straight, who may want an alternative to beer when out drinking. If you like this 'Gay Beer' ad in West Hollywood, make sure you also check out this previous fun Babe Rosé billboards from around L.A. in recent months.
Juicero Pressed by us billboard
Helping us transition from the drink to food categories is this billboard for new juicing machine from Juicero.
Sadaf Hummus Dip into delicious billboard
And locally produced Sadaf Hummus was standing out in the skies of L.A. with the help of this special extension cut-out billboard.
Ben Jerrys pint slices billboard
Ben & Jerry's ice-cream was back in the city skyline with a new offering for summer and these hand-held Pint Slices to indulge in on hot days (or just when you need to treat yourself).
Noosa Yogurt Spoon Whoa Repeat billboard
Noosa was super-sizing its advertising message this month with this giant billboard for its yogurt on the side of Beverly Boulevard's Sofitel Hotel.
Phive Bar food billboard
And the Phive Bar was trying to catch the eye of healthy eaters in L.A. with its snack-size superfood offering.
Chefs Cut Jerky method actor billboard
Whilst Chef's Cut was using some Hollywood-themed humor to advertise its real steak jerky, high in protein for all those gym bunnies and fitness fans.
GrubHub Restaurants you love delivered billboard
For those who don't have time to always make their own food, GrubHub was trying to stand out in a big way with their food delivery app. I have to say I've tried GrubHub several times since they bought and closed LA Bite and it's a far poorer service. You can't track your food when it's on its way, delivery time seems to change constantly and the choice of restaurants is not as good.

Technology billboards
Unbox your phone Samsung Galaxy S8 whale billboard
In the world of technology, Samsung was using some inspiring visuals to sell its new Galaxy S8 smartphone with a screen and camera that goes to the edges of device. Who doesn't like seeing whales in their natural ocean environment.
Apple Watch 2017 billboard
Plus Apple was filling the streets and skies with a whole new wave of ad creatives for its Apple Watch, showing off its sporty and water-resistant features.
Apple Watch Nike+ billboard
Make sure you compare these ads to the previous Apple Watch billboards that were used to launch the smartwatch.

Arts billboards
Jeff Koons Gagosian Beverly Hills billboard
In the world of art, at the Gagosian gallery of Beverly Hills was showing off its latest Jeff Koons collection along the Sunset Strip.

Health and cause-related billboards
LGBT history billboard
With LGBT rights being threatened by the current administration, this simple billboard was shining a light on gay history and important milestones and movements.
Dont blame the moment condom billboard
Plus this AIDS Healthcare Foundation billboard was encouraging safe sex and to not be caught short without a condom when the moment arises.

If you liked this diverse selection of outdoor ads, be sure to check out the lifestyle billboards filling L.A.'s skies last May.

Plus stick around for all of Summer's new TV show billboards entertaining the city skyline this month...

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