4 items from 2015
Advertisers have long tried to hide commercials in plain sight. Ads supporting AMC’s “The Walking Dead” have been crafted to look like the show and stuffed with shuffling zombies. A commercial on Comedy Central for Hyatt featured a comedian cavorting about in her hotel room. The idea is that the best ads should carry a similar appearance to whatever snared the consumer’s interest in the first place.
Yet Madison Avenue took things much further in 2015. After devising hundreds of ads that look much the shows, streaming-video and print material we consume, marketers started to jam their ads into the very stuff of our lives – a favorite boxing match, a desire to get more information about what we eat, the plot of our favorite drama.
Last year, marketers became fascinated with so-called “native advertising,” or commercials that look just like the media we love to read and watch. Now »
- Brian Steinberg
James Best, who played the memorable Sherrif Roscoe P. Coltrane on the hit TV series The Dukes of Hazzard, passed away yesterday at the age of 88 from complications of pneumonia. The actor played Roscoe P. Coltrane, the longtime rival to the Duke brothers, on all seven seasons of The Dukes of Hazzard, which ran from 1979 to 1985.
The actor was raised in Indiana and ended up moving to New York after serving in World War II. He found work as a fashion model which lead to him being discoverd by a casting agent. He became a contract player for Universal Pictures. He appeared in a number of films throughout the 1950s such as Winchester '73 alongside James Stewart and The Cimarron Kid with Audie Murphy. He ended up working in both TV and film throughout the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, appearing in notable episodes of The Twilight Zone, Wagon Train and Have Gun - Will Travel, »
The recent passing of Lesley Gore was not noted on We Are Movie Geeks, I’d like to correct that and as a tribute to her review one of the best concerts ever captured on film (actually on video but I’ll get to that soon.)
Born Lesley Sue Goldstein in New York City on May 2nd 1946 Lesley Gore passed on February 16, this year. She never tried her hand at acting (to my knowledge) yet she appeared in several films and many television shows singing one of or more of her considerable string of hits in a very strong voice, for such a little lady.
It’s My Party is probably her most famous and well remembered song but Judy’s Turn To Cry, Maybe I Know, Sunshine Lollipops, You Don’t Own Me and several other songs charted during her long career. She never resented being consigned to the »
- Sam Moffitt
The Grammys are the most fun awards ceremony because you can win, um, so many of them. U2 has 22. Kanye West has 21. Katharine Hepburn only won four Oscars, and that's considered miraculous. Bring on the hardware, Grammy committee! Consequently, it's possible to win a bunch of Grammys in a single night. Today we honor the pop stars who defied the odds and netted five or more trophies in one evening. Roger Miller was the first to achieve the feat in 1966, but we've had a bunch of Grammy windfalls since then. Here are 10 folks who cleaned up at a single Grammy ceremony. »
- Louis Virtel
4 items from 2015
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