Chicago performer Erv Dahl plays Rodney Dangerfield in the recently released Netflix movie, A Futile and Stupid Gesture, about the rise and fall of National Lampoon magazine. In addition to recreating the facial twitches and hand gestures that helped bring fame to the man who gets no respect, Dahl “nails Rodney Dangerfield’s voice,” according to … Continue reading “Erv Dahl “nails” Rodney Dangerfield in new Lampoon film”
There were plenty of eye-popping fireworks during this year’s Super Bowl in terms of both offense on the field and the amount of high-profile celebrity helmed ads. While it was all good for the NFL’s brand, was it good for the brands that spent $5 million for a 30-second spot? It’s an age-old debate albeit … Continue reading “Celebrity Super Bowl ads: what’s in it for your brand?”
Last week, Mars Wrigley Confectionary brand, Skittles, announced that it would create the most exclusive Super Bowl ad ever, and would only screen it to only one person, and that person happens to be Marcos Menendez a teenager from Canoga Park, California. According to an agency spokeswoman, Menendez is a real teenager, not a paid … Continue reading “Schwimmer pushes Skittles for Super Bowl”
SAG Awards tee up “Three Billboards” for Oscar run Sunday night, the SAG Awards made it very clear that Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a frontrunner for the Oscars. Chicago-born Frances McDormand was named Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture. In the film, McDormand portrays Mildred Hayes, a distraught mother … Continue reading “SAG Awards, PGA Awards, Midnight Oil, Halo in the news”
Former DDB CCO Bob Scarpelli once told me, “All good ideas eventually find a home.” That is certainly the case with the exciting two-year-old horror film, Before I Wake, which premiered on Netflix last Friday after playing overseas. Directed by Mike Flanagan (Gerald’s Game, Hush) the film stars Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane as foster … Continue reading “Yessian CD Andy Grush co-scores film with Danny Elfman”
Doner LA feasts on Del Monte Doner LA is starting off its 2018 pretty much the same way it ended its 2017 – with a win. The shop has now been named lead agency for California-based Del Monte Foods, one of the nation’s largest producers, distributors and marketers of premium quality, branded food products, following … Continue reading “Reel LA: Doner, Deutsch, PGA, WGA in the news”
Two new indecently hilarious spots hit the marketplace this week. The first is from O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul, an agency doing the kind of work that made me want to get into advertising when I was a young lad. Created for Groupon and called, “Oh S#&%, I didn’t get a present for everybody,” the campaign … Continue reading “New holiday spots that are funny as #&%!”
The producing team of Bea Cordelia and Daniel Kyri has been selected to be the 2018 Filmmakers in Residence by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs (DCASE). Commissioner Mark Kelly cited the pair’s “originality and commitment to telling stories” as significant factors driving the decision. Besides being a filmmaker, Cordelia is a “writer … performance … Continue reading “Chi Film Office announces 2018 Filmmakers in Residence”
LA-based agency Battery announced Friday the appointment of Mike Parseghian as Head of Brand and Becky Ginos as Associate Creative Director. As Head of Brand, Parseghian will report to Anson Sowby, Co-founder & CEO, and take lead new business efforts and manage current accounts including AECOM, Netflix and Mike’s Hard Lemonade. He joins the agency … Continue reading “Parseghian and Ginos to charge Battery”
The 50th annual American Film Institute Festival came to a resounding close last Thursday night with a moving tribute at The Chinese Theater for writer/director Aaron Sorkin and his new (and directorial debut) film, Molly’s Game. AFI programming director, Jacqueline Lyanga, kicked off the tribute with a moving speech. “As Sorkin embarks on this next … Continue reading “AFI Closes with tribute to Aaron Sorkin”
The thing currently shaking Los Angeles right now is not the 3.6 quake we felt this morning. For me it was the opening of the AFI Fest presented by Audi. It is truly the premier indie festival to see films from all over the world, some which will make their way to the Oscars. … Continue reading “AFI Fest opens with premiere of ‘Mudbound’”
It’s where dreams are born and the flames of hope are fanned as filmmakers, distributors, writers, producers, actors and actresses descend upon the Santa Monica Loews for the 38th annual American Film Market. Cannes might be the better-known film market, but the AFM is an absolute must-attend event in the industry. If you want to … Continue reading “American Film Market opens for shoppers of film and TV”
I’ve been in this situation way too many times. I’m streaming Netflix on my phone streaming Spotify and suddenly my once inviting Green Lantern-green battery icon changes color into a vile Satanic red. I sweat trying to finish up my hike and song or search desperately in the dark for my power cord. Then wham! … Continue reading “Burnett and Samsung’s cure for “Low Battery Anxiety””
Last month, Netflix was forced to remove an episode of the popular animated children’s series Maya the Bee after a viewing mom posted a screen grab on Facebook that allegedly depicted a crude phallic drawing on the inside of a log during a scene in the show. Consumer opinions seem mixed about how offensive and … Continue reading “Was there a rogue phallus in “Maya the Bee”?”
AbelCine’s Chicago Cinema Tech Expo this Saturday will be “bigger than we’ve ever done before,” says Brian Khan, the company’s Business and Community Development Specialist. “Every year, we do a signature event,” he continues. “We did the open house two years ago, the Fall Tech Expo last year. This year, we’re going to have dozens … Continue reading “AbelCine’s Chicago Cinema Tech Expo”
Netflix cancels ‘Stranger Things’ bar Pop-up pop-culture bars are all the rage. In New York and LA, Tim Burton fans can do dinner and a show at “Beetlehouse.” Los Angeles is also home to the Star Wars-themed “Villainy and Scum” Cantina. And since August, Chicago has boasted the aptly named, “The Upside Down,” a Stranger … Continue reading ““Stranger Things,” Energy BBDO, Rowley Samuel”
Former DDBer Kristin Barbour will have a homecoming of sorts as she has been named managing director of Camp + King’s new Chicago satellite office, created in part to serve client Energizer. An advertising veteran, Barbour has worked with some of the nation’s most prestigious brands, including McDonald’s, Mars, Kraft and Chevrolet. The San Francisco-based … Continue reading “Barbour to lead Camp + King Chicago”
The opioid epidemic is a huge problem in the US, which is what led Detroit-based Doner’s Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, Ohio to create a stunning and smart new PSA campaign featuring a serious prevention message.
Titled “Know the Risks,” the multiplatform campaign is designed to show the effects opioid abuse has on families.
The effort is part of a larger year-long campaign created to flip the narrative of anti-drug campaigns.
No, this is not a joke. And I will try and get through this article without making one. I will try.
According to multiple sources, popular porn site, xHamster, has approached the Wachowskis with a proposition to fund production of the Chicago-produced series and cult darling, Sense8.
I’ve been meaning to write about this for the last couple of weeks since I saw it, but finally got around to it. Have you seen the new Sam Jackson spot for Capital One and Spotify?
If you haven’t, it’s just a fun little piece where Sam puts the moves to Al Green’s classic song, “Let’s Stay Together.” As Jackson croons, Capital One announces that with the Quicksilver Card clients can receive 1.5 percent cashback on every purchase and 50 percent back on Spotify Premium.