Friday, September 30, 2011

Best new TV and movie billboards around L.A. in September...

This month my DVR has struggled to keep up with the onslaught of new season programming and there have been some real winners and losers so far, but more importantly there have also been some amazing billboards for these new shows and returning favourites too.

TV billboards
Charlie's Angels bilboard Sunset Strip
They may have the biggest billboard along the Sunset Strip, but Charlie's Angels pilot episode didn't blow me away. Here's hoping it improves.
Pan Am billboard
The new 60's period drama chronicling the high life of Pan Am's airline flight crew was a slow starter, but looks like it may take off soon. I also think the Pan Am stewardess costume, along with the Playboy bunny girl, is going to be a Halloween favourite this year.
Terra Nova billboard
Terra Nova's two hour pilot episode almost caused my DVR to meltdown with conflicting shows like Dancing with the Stars and 2 Broke Girls, but luckily it looks like I'll be able to catch an encore edition of the prehistoric sci-fi show.
Person of Interest billboard
Person of Interest was another show that suffered from competing with my existing TV favourites. Thankfully most networks now allow you to watch episodes for free online.
Sons of Anarchy season 4 billboard
Sons of Anarchy returns for a fourth season with a great series of billboards for the gritty show about a motorcycle gang.
Dexter season 6 billboard
Dexter gets a killer billboard for his sixth season - you have to love those blood splatter angelic wings.
A Gifted Man billboard
I sadly missed the debut of Patrick Wilson's new drama, A Gifted Man, but did love the billboard with his piercing eyes.
American Horror Story billboard
American Horror Story had certainly the most arresting and surreal visual this season - it's not often you see a latex clad fetish character materialising through walls and hovering over a pregnant lady.
Unforgettable TV billboard
I liked the bold colours in the billboard for Unforgettable, about a female detective who is gifted with remembering everything. Let's hope it's more than just another procedural cop show cluttering the airwaves.
Giant Boardwalk Empire season 2 billboard
Boardwalk Empire gets a second season and another giant-sized billboard along Sunset Strip. If you like this, be sure to check out the first season billboard for Boardwalk Empire.
Hung season 3 billboard
Hung also returns for a third season with a fantastically raunchy billboard starring Thomas Jane's gigolo and a whole bevy of ladies legs. Very clever.
Giant Anderson billboard
I have to admit I have a little man crush on Anderson Cooper, so it was a bit of a treat to see this super-sized billboard for his new afternoon talk show. Can he replace Oprah as the queen of daytime TV I wonder?
X Factor US remake billboard
Simon Cowell brings The X Factor to U.S. shores this season, but it's yet to be seen whether it can catch up to the dizzying heights (and viewers) of American Idol.
Always Sunny in Philadelphia season 7 billboard
This month the bright and 'sunny' seventh season billboard for It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia made me smile with its irreverent family portrait style creative.
2 Broke Girls billboard
Meanwhile 2 Broke Girls actually made me laugh with its first two episodes, although who knew it would be so risque.
Party Pooper billboard
The new comedy about coping with parenthood, Up All Night, had this fun tongue-in-cheek billboard for the new series. 'Party pooper', indeed.
New Girl billboard
Zooey Deschanel was certainly cute and 'adorkable' in her new sitcom, New Girl, and this billboard was also a bright and breezy breath of fresh air for the L.A. skyline.
Free Agents billboard
Free Agents got a U.S. remake and had a really witty billboard to help launch the new comedy.
Whitney Silent Treatment billboard
Finally, as well as co-creating 2 Broke Girls, Whitney Cummings also had her own new sitcom starring herself in the title role. I have to say the billboards for Whitney had the funniest ad campaign for a new season show.

Movie billboards
George Harrison HBO billboardEven though TV billboards dominated the sky, there were still quite a few cool movie billboards around town this September, including this interesting visual for the documentary film about the life of The Beatles' George Harrison.
Giant Straw Dogs movie billboard
Straw Dogs gets a 2011 remake and some great billboards for the film which mirror the 1971 original poster artwork.
Footloose 2011 billboard
After teasing us with a different creative for months, the Footloose remake cut loose with this new billboard.
Dolphin Tale billboard
Not only is Dolphin Tale based on a true story, but the billboard also added a cuteness factor to the city streets this month.
Disney Lion King billboard
Meanwhile Disney stormed back into cinemas with 1994's The Lion King in 3D for the first time and a special two week engagement, stealing the box office top spot both weekends.
Contagion billboard
Contagion may have had great billboards, but sadly I felt the film didn't live up to their promise.
Art of Flight billboard
High energy drink Red Bull made a film about pro-snowboarders to reinforce its brand promise that 'Red Bull gives you wings' and graced Sunset Strip with this spectacular billboard for The Art of Flight.
50/50 movie billboard
Finally for movies, I was surprised to discover that this billboard for 50/50 wasn't just for an all out farce (you never can tell with Seth Rogen), but actually an endearing and moving tale inspired by the experiences of a cancer survivor. It's definitely on my must-see list.

As you can see it's been a bumper month for entertainment, with lots of exciting new series and billboards. It'll be interesting to see who makes the cut and what new shows will replace the failures mid-season.

Be sure to come back at the end of October for another monthly round-up and visit Daily Billboard every day for more fantastic TV and movie creatives to delight you...

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Who needs an airplane...?

You see lots of filming around L.A. all the time, it is Hollywoodland after all, but it's always a hoot when you see something really interesting being transported about town for a TV or film shoot.
Airplane cockpit fuselage Sunset Strip
Yesterday I spied this airplane fuselage being delivered along the Sunset Strip near the Chateau Marmont hotel, with a nearby crew direction sign for a project called 'Hello' (which was also filming up along Mulholland Drive in the morning the same day).

Is it for a television series or a movie I wonder? Maybe something to do with new ABC airline themed show Pan Am, a relic from LOST, or am I simply clutching at straws?

Whatever it's for, it's certainly not something you see every day...

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

L.A.'s coolest fashion and lifestyle billboards in September...

There was plenty of glitz and glamour in the skies of L.A. this month. Check out the hottest fashions and coolest lifestyle billboards to grace the City of Angels skyline.

Fashion billboards
Buffalo Jeans male model billboard
First up is this cool Buffalo Jeans billboard featuring its first male model that I can remember. Looks pretty cool to me.
Gucci Fall 2011 billboard
Next Gucci brings the colour and opulence to Sunset Boulevard for its new Fall 2011 women's collection.
Joe's Jeans Wild Collection billboard
Boardwalk Empire's Paz de la Huerta graces Joe's Jeans Wild Collection with this eye-catching creative.
AX sunglasses billboard
These gorgeous models look supercool in their Armani Exchange sunglasses.
Aldo Shoes colourful pumps billboard
Whilst Aldo Shoes kicks up their heels with this vibrant and fun new billboard.

Health and fitness billboards
Live Healthy GNC billboard
GNC continue their arresting mono campaign with this latest Live Healthy creative along Fairfax Avenue.

Technology billboards
Droid Bionic billboard
Meanwhile this billboard for Droid Bionic certainly looks the part with its cool circuit-board design.

Travel billboards
The Cosmopolitan Vegas billboard
The Cosmopolitan hotel in Las Vegas continues its 'Just the right amount of wrong' campaign with this new debauched and indulgent billboard. Be sure to check out more billboards for the chic hotel at Daily Billboard.

Drinks billboards
Svedka Vodka billboard
The sexy Svedka Vodka robot is back to battle it out with the other vodka brands, with at least two new vibrant creatives along Sunset Boulevard.
Svedka on the rocks billboard
Whilst Stoli advertises its Chocolat Razberi variant with this super-sized billboard, which may look luxurious, but sounds a bit sickly to me.
Chocolat Razberi Stoli billboard
And not content to let vodka steal all the glory, it was nice to see some billboards for Tanqueray gin around L.A. this month.
Tanqueray Together we martini billboard

Car billboards
Nissan Versa car billboard
It's very rare that I feature automobile billboards as they are usually quite dull. Even though this one for Nissan Versa isn't the most creative ad, there's something about the orange colour that stands out and the fact that it looks like a car is floating in the air with that special extension peeking over the top of the billboard.

If you like this collection of billboards, be sure to check out new creatives every day at my Daily Billboard blog.

Come back soon for a whole cornucopia of cool television, film and entertainment billboards around Los Angeles in September...

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Getty's gardens bursting with colour...

There's nothing like having a friend visiting L.A. to use as an excuse to take in the delights of The Getty Center and the Getty Villa.
Getty Center gardens
Even this late in the season the beautifully landscaped gardens are still a riot of colour at The Getty.
Getty garden flowerGetty flowers
There's nothing like taking a relaxing stroll around the Central Garden under a lovely clear blue Californian sky.
Getty garden flowersGetty Central Garden
And even though our visit to the Getty Villa was slightly more overcast, it didn't stop some water lilies opening up to enjoy the sun's rays that did break through.
Getty Villa lily pondGetty Villa lily pond
Getty Villa lily
As always it was nice to take in all the outdoor sculptures at The Getty, especially the new Boy with Frog sculpture.
Getty garden arborsGetty gardensGetty gardens arbor
If you like these colourful images, be sure to checkout my previous visits to The Getty's Central Garden.

Until next time...