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Does this mean Zuckerberg is a Republican?

Could mean Republican or Communist. Or maybe he’s just a Sammy Hagar fan. That or Carrot Top. 



A Night With Ray, Hef and Buzz: The Fahrenheit 451 Screening

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

The “Inception” Ad Deception

Inception: The Dream Is Real. So is the marketing.

Inception” is a powerful, original film filled with deceptions. Both the special-effects kind and the plot-driven mental kind. There are also larger themes running through it. If you haven’t seen it yet, don’t worry. No plot points will be revealed.

This is Not Another Review

Critics were sworn to silence before it opened. If you still care what critics are saying after a “dreamy” $62.8 million opening weekend and a cumulative $143 million for the first 10 days, a collection of choice review excerpts can be found at the WSJ Speakeasy blog.

As a fan of both film and advertising (see 101 Ad-Movies in 99 Years), I want to highlight some of the ads and how well they tied in with the story themes. The multichannel marketing campaign consisted of traditional TV spots along with Facebook fan pages with social games, mobile apps, and an online comic book to create fanboy engagement and spur strong word of mouth. Continue reading

When Advertising Becomes Propaganda

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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How an underground video goes mainstream: Winnebago Man

Winnebago Man: He works with swear words the way some men work with oil.

It began as a bad day on a corporate video shoot in 1988.

Now it’s going to be a major motion picture in 2010.

Winnebago Man is coming out from the underground. Actually, down from the mountain top.

Boing Boing recently premiered the trailer for a new documentary film about the most famous man no one knows: Jack Rebney, better known as Winnebago Man, aka the angriest man in the world. Continue reading

101 Ad Movies in 99 Years

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