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...

Saturday, November 29, 2014

New and returning TV show billboards around L.A. in November 2014...

Even when all the new Fall season shows have made their debut, there are still plenty of TV billboards to fill the skies of L.A., like this selection of returning favourites, mini-series and rookie shows.

TV Billboards
The Comeback giant series return billboard
First up is the joyful, beaming face of Lisa Kudrow as her alter-ego 'Valerie Cherish'. After almost ten years and achieving a cult status after just one season, The Comeback, about a needy actress with her own reality show is back for a second season on HBO. This certainly isn't Friends sitcom humour and when I watched the series the first time around it took me the whole season to 'get it', so I hope that audiences will give this returning comedy time to prove itself.
State of Affairs series premiere billboard
Speaking of comebacks and Katherine Heigel returns to TV this Fall with her new political thriller, State of Affairs. I like the patriotic stars and stripes ad creative, but the show itself seems to 'borrow' from many other shows already on the air, like Scandal, Madam Secretary and even Homeland.
Alpha House season 2 billboard
From White House advisors on foreign threats to the U.S. to the political shenanigans of Republican Congressmen in Washington D.C., as Amazon's comedy, Alpha House, returns for its sophomore season.
Getting On season 2 billboard
Another comedy retiring for a second season is HBO's Getting On, which is based on a U.K. series of the same name about a the medical staff in a geriatric hospital ward. I managed to catch a few of the first season episodes of this U.S. version and it was certainly a dark and very truthful comedy.
Friends of the People series premiere billboard
More comedy is heading your way this Fall courtesy of truTV's edgy new Friends of the People sketch show, featuring the Lucas Bros. twins.
Eric Andre Show season 3 billboard
More laughs can be found over on Adult Swim with the rerun of The Eric Andre Show for a third season and this collage billboard shows some of the crazy characters featured in the comedian's sketch show.
Mike Tyson Mysteries series premiere billboard
Also on Adult Swim you can now find the animated adventures of the infamous ear-biting boxer in the Mike Tyson Mysteries. It's amazing who they'll give a cartoon to these days.
Newsreaders season 2 billboard
Plus the comedic Newsreaders are also back this Fall for a second season of irrelevant news stories that no one really cares about.
Girlfriends Guide to Divorce series premiere billboard
Over on Bravo the channel renowned for its reality programming is getting into the scripted comedy drama world with its new series, Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce, starring Lisa Edelstein. Bravo caused some controversy (totally intentionally I'm sure) with this tongue-in-cheek creative with the star of the show giving passersby the finger (missing her wedding band).
Video Game High School season 3 You Tube billboard
YouTube had a massive presence in the skies of L.A. in October and November with billboards for its web series like Video Game High School, which was back for a third season.
Sci Show You Tube billboard
Plus highlighting the original science-related web series the SciShow, hosted by Hank Green. You can see the video hosting channel is certainly trying to up its game in light of all the original content being produced by streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon.
Model Turned Superstar Los Angeles billboard
Speaking of web series, and here's yet another ad creative for Model Turned Superstar, which moved its start date back from the Fall to December, which makes you wonder if it'll ever see the light of day. Be sure to check out more Model Turned Superstar billboards that graced the Sunset Strip throughout the Summer.
The Offseason Kevin Durant HBO billboard
From reality show modeling competitions to fly-on-the-wall docu-series and The Offseason: Kevin Durant follows the NBA basketball player and his training schedule off the court.
State of Play Happiness billboard
Whilst State of Play returned for a second season of sports documentaries and discussions, kicking off with players adjusting to life after retiring from NFL American Football.
Dogs of War series premiere billboard
For Veterans Day this year, A&E debuted its Dogs of War docu-series about shelter dogs helping returning soldiers adjust to life after war.
Godfather of Pittsburgh series premiere billboard
And scraping the barrel of reality show ideas, A&E also debuted its Godfather of Pittsburgh series, following a cigar-smoking 'businessman' who claims he's not a mobster, even though all the marketing would suggest he is.
ET love entertaining people billboard
Meanwhile Entertainment Tonight had a big push this last month with these billboards featuring hosts Nancy O'Dell and Kevin Frazier, who apparently love entertaining people.
Olive Kitteridge HBO miniseries billboard
In the world of drama, Frances McDormand starred in the Olive Kitteridge HBO mini-series, the adaptation of Elizabeth Stout's Pulitzer prize-winning stories.
The Missing limited series billboard
And over on Starz, The Missing limited series debuted supported by this giant billboard along the Sunset Strip, about a family whose young child goes missing and how the family deals with the fallout over their decades long search for their son.
Librarians series premiere billboard
TNT has resurrected a ten year old TV movie franchise to provide the basis for its new series, The Librarians, who protect the world from supernatural threats and ancient artifacts.
Peter Pan Live billboard
Meanwhile NBC hopes to recreate the magic of its live musical from last year which scored big with audiences. Then it was The Sound of Music and this December it's the 'Peter Pan' musical, with Allison Williams as the titular boy who never grew up and Christopher Walken as his infamous pirate foe, 'Captain Hook'.
The Red Tent miniseries billboard
From classic literary creations to characters from the Bible, and The Red Tent is Lifetime's latest religion themed mini-series, which has this striking festive-themed red billboard.
Walking Dead season 5 billboard
And it's been around for a while, but I spotted this larger wall billboard for The Walking Dead, one of my favourite TV shows, which is nearing its mid-season finale.
Giant DC Comics TV shows billboard
And just as Warner Bros. Studios has announced many DC Comics superhero big screen adaptations (no doubt to please Wall Street), the comic book characters are also finding new homes on television, with returning favorite Arrow in its third season joined by spin-off The Flash on The CW, plus the Batman prequel Gotham on Fox and supernatural fighting Constantine on NBC.

I like the two shows on The CW, but I find Gotham depressing and dreary and have stopped watching, whilst Constantine has stopped production after its first thirteen episodes, which sounds like it may not be coming back for a second season (so I deleted that from my DVR before watching too). Meanwhile over on ABC, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has never been better.
Comedy Central Non-Denominational Christmas Special billboard
And finally I'll leave you with this medley of Comedy Central shows for their All-Star Non-Denominational Christmas Special, although if it was truly non-denominational then it wouldn't be a 'Christmas' special would it.

As you can see, lots of TV show billboards to enjoy this month. If you like this roundup, be sure to also check out November's stylish fashion billboards and lifestyle billboards filling L.A.'s city streets.

Stick around in the days to come, as I still have this month's movie and music billboards to share...

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Gift, food, drinks and lifestyle billboards filling the L.A. skies in November 2014...

Just as with the fashion industry, this time of year influences other advertisers and what they feature in the skies of L.A. Here's a selection of the technology, food, drinks and other lifestyle billboards that caught my eye this month.

Technology billboards
What does Heidi Klum like in bed Sharper Image billboard
In the run up to the holiday seasons, electronics and novelty product retailer Sharper Image launched this gift guide ad campaign, featuring semi-naked supermodel Heidi Klum and double entendre taglines to help turn heads and grab attention, trying to make gadgets sexy.

And if you're a fan of the German supermodel, you'll also enjoy these other scantily-clad Heidi Klum billboards.

Food and drinks billboards
Erewhon Market turkey billboard
Before we get to Christmas though, there was the small matter of Thanksgiving, a time to indulge in food, drink and (for some) American Football.
Burnt Thanksgiving turkey billboard
Erewhon Market and La Brea Bakery had two different takes on how to advertise for Thanksgiving, one with a mouth-watering roast, the other with a burnt bird. Did humour or food pornography win you over?
Giant Herradura Tequila horseshoe billboard
If you're visiting friends and family this time of year, then it's rude not to bring along a bottle of something to share with your hosts. Tequila Herradura had this giant billboard towering over the Sunset Strip to remind passersby of their quality sip-grade spirit, the perfect party drink.
Deleón Tequila bottle billboard
Meanwhile DeLeón Tequila didn't want to be left out as the tequila brand returned to the skies of L.A. in November with this cool creative.
Absolut Vodka Andy Warhol billboard
Whilst Absolut added an Andy Warhol style makeover to its bottle design to make the holidays pop and provide the perfect present for vodka lovers.
Nespresso VertuoLine billboard
And from the world of alcohol to the world of coffee, and Nespresso appeared in the skies again to tempt you to buy their VertuoLine coffee and espresso machines for the java lover in your life.

Finance billboards
Giant Visa black card billboard
If you were wondering how you were going to buy all these presents for you loved ones, then Visa has the perfect credit card for you, the luxury stainless steel Black Card.

Theme park and travel billboards
World of Color Olaf Frozen snowman billboard
Amusement parks were also getting in the swing of things for the festive season, with themed holiday ad creatives, like these for Disneyland featuring popular characters from Frozen and Cars.
Mater Towriffic Holidays Disneyland billboard
The 'Olaf' the Snowman billboard is a new outdoor addition, but some of the others have appeared in previous years, so be sure to check out these other Disneyland Just Got Merrier billboards.
Queen Mary Chill Christmas experience billboard
Meanwhile down in Long Beach the docked Queen Mary cruise ship has a winter wonderland experience called 'Chill' to get Southern Californians, who are more used to beaches and sunshine, in the festive mood.
Giant Turkey Hagia Sophia tourism billboard
From local attractions to worldwide destinations, and the Turkey tourism board is back in the skies of L.A. trying to encourage visitors with images of the architecturally interesting Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.
Stay classy LA American Airlines billboard
And American Airlines had this locally tailored ad creative to appeal to Los Angelenos when they were deciding which airline to use to travel home for the holidays, or to get away from it all.

Performing Arts billboards
Wicked musical billboard LA 2014
In addition to all the gift ideas, at this time of year there's always a touring musical like Wicked to go see as a festive treat.

Dating billboards
Zoosk First comes like dating billboard
And I'm not sure if this time of year is when some people are feeling lonely and want to find that special someone, but this month these billboards for dating site Zoosk popped up to help you find your perfect match.
First comes like Zoosk dating billboard
Unlike the rash of hookup apps that have sprung up, Zoosk wants you to try and find someone you like before jumping into bed or rushing to tie the knot.

As you can see there's been an eclectic mix of billboards this month and if you like these outdoor ads, be sure to check out the stylish fashion billboards filling L.A.'s skies in November.

Stay tuned in the days to come for more billboard roundups from the world of TV, movies and music...