Friday, May 29, 2020

May 2020's movie and music billboards around L.A...

With cinemas closed and summer blockbusters pushed back to later this year or the next, the skies of L.A. has seen a shortage of movie billboards this month. Here's a collection of billboards for films and documentaries available on-demand, cable and streaming, plus the few new music billboards spied around Tinseltown too.

Movie billboards
Scoob movie billboard
First up is this movie billboard for Scoob!, the rebooted Scooby-Doo franchise, originally planned for release in theatres but then switched to on-demand.
Disney Artemis Fowl movie billboard
From animation to another offering to hopefully keep your kids entertained whilst your family is sheltering at home, the Disney adaptation of the Artemis Fowl fantasy novels. Again this movie was scheduled to be released on the big screen until the coronavirus came along and it will now premiere on the Disney+ streaming service mid-June.
Wrong Missy movie billboard
To keep you laughing this May, Netflix was offering up the dumb comedy, The Wrong Missy, starring David Spade and Lauren Lapkus.
Lovebirds Netflix film billboard
Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani's romantic crime-comedy, The Lovebirds, was also streaming on the subscription service this month after skipping its planned cinematic release in April.
Banana Split movie billboard
And it may have been released in March, but this vibrant billboard for the teen comedy, Banana Split, was still standing out in the skies of L.A.
AKA Jane Roe documentary billboard
In the world of documentaries, FX was bringing us a film about the plaintiff in the historical Roe v. Wade abortion rights case, AKA Jane Roe.
Natalie Wood HBO documentary billboard
Plus HBO's latest documentary was focusing on the life and career or Natalie Wood in What Remains Behind.
HBO Max launch billboard
There was a new entrant in the streaming landscape this month and that was HBO Max, offering up a mix of movies and television, from cinematic classics like The Wizard of Oz to pop culture sitcoms like Friends.
HBO Max launch billboard
Make sure you check out more of these HBO Max billboards inundating the quarantine streets and skies of L.A.

Music billboards
Lil Nas X Spotify Black history is now billboard
In the world of music, Grammy-winner Lil Was X was shining brightly in this Spotify billboard along Hollywood Boulevard.
How Im Listening Haim Spotify billboard
Plus the music streaming service was sharing how bands like Haim were listening to songs now, like hits from 2004.
Kehlani It was good until it wasnt billboard
Singer Kehlani was dropping her sophomore studio album, It Was Good Until It Wasn't, this May with this billboard.
Lady Gaga Chromatica album billboard
And after delaying its launch due to Covid-19, Lady Gaga was finally taking us on a wild trip to Chromatica, her sixth studio album.

As you can see there really were fewer movie and music billboards gracing Hollywoodland's cityscape.

Make sure you check out last May's movie and music billboards as a comparison, and stay tuned for more billboard round-ups from this month.

Try and stay safe and sane until then...

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Head-turning TV billboards filling L.A.'s quarantined May 2020 skies...

This May there was no shortage of TV show billboards filling the city skyline and helping to entertain people staying safe at home during this coronavirus pandemic. Here's a cool snapshot of the diverse TV billboards gracing L.A.'s lockdown streets and skies.

TV billboards
Ultimate Tag series premiere billboard
First up is this energetic ad creative for Fox's Ultimate Tag, an action-packed competition show based on the classic playground game of chase.
Celebrity Watch Party series premiere billboard
Next up is this colourful billboard for Celebrity Watch Party, which is based on the British series Gogglebox, and sees celebrities recording themselves and their reactions watching your favourite shows.
Solar Opposites series premiere billboard
Hulu was supplying the quirky animated comedy with this extension cut-out billboard for Solar Opposites.
The Great series premiere billboard
Plus the streaming service was offering up some historical comedy-drama chronicling the rise of Russia's 'Catherine the Great', with The Great starring Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult.
Normal People series launch billboard
Hulu's adaptation of Sally Rooney's 2018 novel, Normal People, was also filling the skyline with multiple ad creatives for the Irish relationship drama this month.
Hightown series premiere billboard
Starz was also hoping the turn heads this May with this special extension cut-out for its crime drama set in Cape Cod's Provincetown, Hightown.
I Know This Much Is True series billboard
HBO continues to attract big names for its TV series, this time Mark Rufallo to play identical twins in the mini-series adaptation of Wally Lamb's 1998 novel, I Know This Much Is True.
Perry Mason TV remake billboard
The Americans Matthew Rhys will soon be back on the small screen with a TV remake of Perry Mason.
I May Destroy You series billboard
Plus HBO will be airing the British drama starring Michaela Coel, I May Destroy You, about a woman who has to piece together her life after someone uses a date rape drug on her.
Giant Insecure season 4 billboard
Issa Rae was getting super-sized along the Sunset Strip for the fourth season of her low-key comedy, Insecure.
Giant Homecoming season 2 billboard
Meanwhile Janelle Monae was getting some giant-sized ad support as she takes over from Julia Roberts as the lead in Amazon's psychological thriller, Homecoming.
What We Do in Shadows season 2 billboard
FX's vampiric comedy, What We Do in the Shadows, was also enjoying some super-sized exposure this month for its sophomore season.
Barkskins series premiere billboard
National Geographic's historical drama, Barkskins, about immigrant wood-cutters in the late 1600s New France, was also standing out in a big way this month.
Snowpiercer series premiere billboard
From the past to the future, and the 2013 sci-fi movie Snowpiercer was getting a TV remake on TNT this May.
Hollywood series premiere billboard
Over on streaming giant Netflix, Ryan Murphy was reimagining a more inclusive Hollywood in terms of race and LGBT equality during Tinseltown's Golden Age in his new mini-series.
The Eddy series premiere billboard
Plus musical drama, The Eddy, was exploring the struggles of running a live jazz club venue in Paris.
Space Force series premiere billboard
And Steve Carell was heading to new heights in his timely new workplace comedy, Space Force.
Jerry Seinfeld 23 Hours to Kill billboard
In the world of stand-up comedy, Jerry Seinfeld had a licence to make you laugh with his new special, 23 Hours to Kill.
Hannah Gadsby Douglas comedy special billboard
Plus Australian comic Hannah Gadsby was back with a follow-up to her breakthrough comedy special, Nanette, this time named after her dog, Douglas.
Billions season 5 billboard
Over on Showtime, Billions was back with a fifth golden season of greed, corruption and one-upmanship.
Grant TV miniseries billboard
And for Memorial Day, the History channel was offering up a three-night mini-series about Ulysses S. Grant.
Twilight Zone season 2 billboard
It will soon be time to escape to The Twilight Zone for the sophomore season of mystery, horror and sci-fi from the rebooted CBS All Access series.
World of Dance season 4 billboard
Over on NBC, Ne-Yo, Jennifer Lopez and Derek Hough were back to shake things up for a fourth season of competition in World of Dance.
Americas Got Talent season 15 billboard
And Modern Family's Sofia Vergara was making her super-sized debut as the new judge on the fifteen season of America's Got Talent.
Shivering Truth season 2 billboard
Adult Swim's stop-motion animated comedy series, The Shivering Truth, was also back in the skies for a sophomore season with this trippy ad creative.
Holey Moley season 2 billboard
Mini-golf lovers were in for a treat this month with the second season of Holey Moley, with crazy obstacle courses to test contestants and entertain viewers.
Dont series premiere billboard
Plus in June Adam Scott will host a new game show on ABC from the mind of Ryan Reynolds, Don't.
Stay The FF Home Freeform billboard
Cable channel Freeform was also encouraging Los Angelenos to stay home in a fun way with these billboards this month.
first responders Thank You Live PD billboard
Plus A&E's reality cop show Live PD was thanking first responders on the front lines in this health crisis.

Make sure you also check out these other coronavirus-related billboards filling L.A.'s quarantined skies this May 2020.

Awards consideration billboards
Penny Dreadful City of Angels FYC billboard
At this time of year the skies are usually filled with studios campaigning for their Emmy hopefuls, but this Penny Dreadful: City of Angels FYC billboard is one of the few examples spotted at the moment, due to Covid-19 affecting the industry awards schedule and the fundamental lifeblood of Hollywoodland this year.
Marvelous Mrs Maisel s3 Emmy FYC marquee billboard
Plus Amazon Prime Video was campaigning for the third season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel with another of these faux marquee billboards.

Make sure you compare this collection to last May's TV billboards and stick around for more outdoor advertising round-ups in the coming days.

Stay safe, be kind and wear a mask in public...

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

How I'm living now...

To say these are strange days is a bit of an understatement, although there have been some benefits of sheltering at home for the past two months.

Cactus bloom
My husband and I are some of the lucky people to be able to work from home and we've been doing so from our new desert home in Palm Springs, which we've owned for just over a year.
Cactus flower
Aside from the Holidays, we'd typically only spend a long weekend in Palm Springs, enjoying the weather, the tranquility and all the restaurants on offer, so this is the longest consecutive period of time we've ever spent here.
Palm Springs spring flowers
This spring we've seen snow on the mountains, experienced high winds, earthquakes and soaring temperatures, and also had the opportunity to get to know our surroundings more.
Succulent Sticks on fire
With the heat and trying to avoid others we've been keeping away from hiking trails and instead been walking in the neighbourhood where sidewalks are wide and it's easy to give people space when passing.
Personally I've loved getting out of the house early before the temperature rises and seeing all the different plants and flowers in bloom.
Desert aloe flowers
Seeing cacti flowering has been a real treat and has certainly helped brighten my day when anxiety over this pandemic has loomed.
Bougainvillea palm trees
Aside from the increase in FaceTime and Zoom calls, the only other time we've really seen people is walking our Labrador Cooper in the mornings before the heat rises too much, although it's mostly been waving and nodding from a distance as face-coverings make conversations difficult.
Garden flowers
Going to the grocery store is always an adventure these days. I've popped back to West Hollywood to collect mail and check on our condo several times and I've seen the lines outside stores like Pavilions, Gelsons and Trader Joes.
Labrador Cooper Bougainvillea
I'd say that it certainly appears easier to shop for groceries here in the desert, and even though toilet roll and disinfectant shelves are more often than not empty, most other items are available.
Palm Springs April snowy mountains
No doubt like everyone else in quarantine at home, we've been eating and drinking too much to entertain ourselves and stave off the boredom.
South Palm Springs sunset
But as I've mentioned already, we've been so lucky to have been staying here during this global health crisis.
Spikey cactus Palm Springs
The flora, the fauna (we have bunnies in our streets and lizards and hawks), the spectacular sunsets and our mountain views which I could look at all day, especially as the sun moves around the valley throughout the day, have all been such a tonic.
Caliente Tropics Resort Tiki totem
And surprisingly I don't think we've been watching that much television, with reading, walking and working keeping us from going too stir-crazy.
Palm Springs May dry grass
Palm Springs is normally such a tourist destination, so it's been eerie to see all the hotels, bars and restaurants closed and empty.
Spring yellow blossom
It's been fascinating to watch everything change over the two months, flowers have bloomed and disappeared, blossom has provided a burst of colour and fallen from trees, grass has turned from green to golden hues.
Tahquitz Canyon Way Palm Springs
We've tried to keep informed about developments with the coronavirus, but the news is almost too depressing to watch with the huge death toll and unemployment figures, especially when they highlight the failings of both the American and U.K. governments to respond quickly to this emergency.

And don't even get me started on reopening the country without adequate testing, or a vaccine.
Hollywood Ripleys Believe It or Not face mask T-Rex dinosaur
Some of the images presented here have helped brighten my day and lift my spirits over the past weeks, so I'm hoping that our new desert home continues to treat us well (although I could do without the earthquakes and temperatures over 110° Fahrenheit).

Stay safe, stay sane, stay healthy, keep social distancing, wear a face-covering and hopefully soon our lives will be able to return to some semblance of normality.

Is it really only Tuesday...

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