Ray Bradbury celebrates his birthday with a little help from his friend, Hugh Hefner.
It’s not every day you see Mr. Playboy, the real-life Buzz Lightyear, and the greatest living science fiction author together in the same room.
It’s Ray Bradbury Week in Los Angeles, because one day just wouldn’t be enough to celebrate such a prolific author. A resolution by the city council made it official, thanks to the efforts of novelist and screenwriter Steven Paul Leiva, who organized the week’s festivities.
I was fortunate enough to attend a special screening of the 1966 film by Francois Truffaut of Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, which also featured a conversation with Ray and Hugh Hefner, moderated by Geoff Boucher of the L.A. Times Hero Complex blog.
A year ago, when Bradbury was about to turn 89, Leiva wrote a column called “Searching For Ray Bradbury” that became the spark that lit the fire for celebrating Bradbury’s 90th in a fashion befitting the author’s stature.
Chatting onstage before the film, Hef recounted when Playboy magazine was just starting out how he contacted Bradbury about publishing Fahrenheit 451 in serial form. Continue reading
Patriotic WWII poster "You talk of sacrifice..." While some propaganda depicts war as a romantic adventure, this one is starkly unglamorous.
Memorial Day commemorates sacrifice.
Originally called Decoration Day, it’s a day to remember the sacrifice of soldiers who died in the service of their country. It was first observed at Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 1868 with flowers placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers.
Memorial Day might seem outside the purview of a blog like Love Hate Advertising, which tends to focus on frivolous things like ad movies, music marketing, beauty salon signage and beer commercials (love ’em or hate ’em), not meaningful issues like life and death or war. But even nations at war conduct ad campaigns. That’s when advertising morphs into propaganda.
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A tale of two celebrity spokesmen.
Gary Coleman for CashCall: “No one else would lend me money, not even my relatives.” Funny or sad?
Some people think stars die in threes. If so, it’s often tough to figure out when to start and stop counting. Not this time.
The demise on consecutive days of Gary Coleman, 42, and Dennis Hopper, 74, has left many people expecting a third celebrity death is imminent. The two actors became stars at early ages, then ad pitchmen later in life.
Dennis Hopper looks up 'retirement' in a spot for Ameriprise. Would you take financial advice from an aging alcoholic anarchist?
Coincidentally, in their roles as celebrity endorsers both offered financial advice. But whether either star was effective as a corporate spokesperson is debatable.
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The mane event.
Mock advertising for your amusement.
After writing about advertising-related movies recently, it’s only fair to touch on movie-related advertising. And since our theme here is “Love Hate Advertising,” there are few things that inspire more of all three than Disneyland.
Disney is in the details.
No matter how many times you’ve been to Disneyland, there’s always something new to see. From the architectural details, to the rotating casts of roving entertainers, to the “hidden Mickeys,” the park pays great attention to details. Continue reading
When did advertising become glamorous?
Hollywood movies tell their stories using heroic archetypes common to myths and legends of nearly all cultures. (See Joseph Campbell’s seminal book, “Hero of a Thousand Faces“.)
Cinematic protagonists get cast in a variety of stock professions, depending on the tale. Many other careers would appear more heroic and noble, yet advertising is a recurring choice of day job for silver screen heroes. Perhaps because, as one film’s tag line puts it, advertising is “the world’s second oldest profession.” Here then, is a fond look back at Hollywood’s long love affair with advertising. Continue reading