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...

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Here's to the ones who dream watching La La Land at the Hollywood Bowl...

Yesterday it wasn't just another day of sun in L.A., it was time to celebrate Damien Chazelle's love letter to the sprawling city of stars with an orchestral fireworks spectacular at the Hollywood Bowl.

La La Land Hollywood Bowl concert
The film's composer Justin Hurwitz was on hand to conduct proceedings of the movie screening at the iconic outdoor venue, which featured many original cast members, musicians, singers and dancers.
La La Land Hollywood Bowl concert fireworks
The Hollywood Bowl was jam-packed with all the dreamers who wanted to see the concert world premiere of the Oscar-winning musical's love story between Emma Stone's aspiring actress and Ryan Gosling's pianist with a dream of owning his on jazz club.
Hollywood Bowl La La Land concert
If you're a fan of the movie you'd only love the film more after seeing this version accompanied by an orchestra, jazz musicians, dancers, lighting and fireworks effects, at times there was almost too much going on on the screens, on stage and being projected onto the infamous arch.
Hollywood Bowl La La Land concert May 2017
On the way in, hundreds of people lined up for their special selfie opportunities with the film's key art and others posed next to original costumes featured in the movie.
Hollywood Bowl La La Land concert
Fortunately I'd seen some of Mary Zophres Oscar-nominated La La Land costumes on display at ArcLight Hollywood cinema and at Downtown L.A.'s FIDM Museum previously.
Hollywood Bowl La La Land Live
This extravaganza may have been a non-Bowl lease event but it was certainly a fabulous way to kick off the summer season of outdoor entertainment.
For those of you who can't make it (or afford those expensive ticket prices) here's a video of the fireworks finale that accompanied the end credits.

Let's hope someone in the crowd takes you where you wanna go this long Memorial Day weekend...

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