"The Japanese Tradition" was a series of nine short, parody "How To" videos that gently mocked the formality of Japanese culture, from comedy duo Rahmens
) and Japan Culture Lab. They're available on DVD,
but nearly all of them can be seen on YouTube, including Sushi
(tea). [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Aug 25, 2010 -
Starbucks saved his life
, and now Tom Hanks is saving his bank account. A story
of a middle-aged man with a successful career in advertising
, was fired from his high-paying job, was divorced by his wife, and was diagnosed with a brain tumor, and found himself getting back to basics
working for $10.50/hour at Starbucks, finding himself, and loving it
. How does he manage to deal with such a huge downgrade from his previously life? Well, turns out it doesn't matter too much, as it's soon to be a movie
starring Tom Hanks.
posted by Tommy Gnosis
on Sep 27, 2007 -
Using fine-art images to promote movies
: "But it was Mr. Kessell's "Florilegium
" (or "collection of floral images") daguerrotypes that caught Mr. Palen's eye: each image is close-up of a surgical instrument, so poetically rendered that it seems almost organic. Some of the macabre implements resemble exotic flowers
. One, from a distance, could be mistaken for the horns of a gazelle
. "We were sort of blocked, and all the pieces fell into place once I saw that image," Mr. Palen explained. A deal was made to use that daguerreotype [to promote the upcoming Tarantino-produced film "Hostel
"], which actually shows a surgical clamp. [The poster
] now appears in theaters and on widespread promotions. [Side: direct WMV link
of Tarantino spazing out while introducing "Hostel's" director Eli Roth at a festival.]
posted by JPowers
on Jan 4, 2006 -
Warner removes peace symbol from What A Girl Wants ad.
Terrified of the "political" content of a young lady flashing the peace symbol, Warner has removed it from their new ads. The movie, incidentally, was hardly agitprop. It was only a teen movie featuring a young lady goofing off on the poster. If this isn't overly cautious, then just how paranoid will movie studios and marketers get?
posted by ed
on Apr 2, 2003 -
may be driving me crazy with popup ads but I love their service. Where else can you rent L'Avventura
, The Seventh Seal
, Run Lola Run
It encourages me to explore more movies, which has led me to several
"greatest movies ever
. I'm thoroughly hooked and my film snob rating is slowly rising. Is this a good thing? I can't even stand to watch drivel like Signs
anymore, and my family is tired of subtitles and refuses to watch No Man's Land
with me. Anyone else in this predicament? By the way... has anyone seen a good book about the greatest directors?
posted by kevin123
on Sep 6, 2002 -
The entertainment industry reacts.
Fox's "24" delayed. "Spider-Man" twin towers scene removed. Ah-nold's "Collateral Damaged" and Tim Allen's "Big Trouble" postponed indefinitely, TV skyline shots being re-edited, televised action movies being replaced with more humor and upbeat programming. How long will it last? And having been probed for so long, will the gaming industry do anything in turn?
posted by teradome
on Sep 13, 2001 -
Studios are coming clean
about TV testimonials consisting of actors. Messy quote: according to the Washington Post. Universal did so for U-571 TV spots, as did Artisan for Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 and 20th Century Fox for Anna and the King.
No! Not for Blair Witch 2!!!
posted by skallas
on Jun 21, 2001 -
A.I. is already into advertising.
BELLADERMA-SRL-IT.COM, INOURIMAGE.ORG, METROPOLITANLIVINGHOMES.COM, DONU-TECH.COM, ROGUERETRIEVAL.COM, SPCB.ORG, ELECTRIC-TOYLAND.COM, KATENEI.COM, FAMILYCHAN.ORG, MARTINSWINTONDESIGNS.COM, RATIONAL-HATTER.COM, UNITE-AND-RESIST.ORG, JEANINESALLA.COM, MARTINSWINTON.COM, CORONERSWEB.ORG, TREACLE-WELL.NET, ONE-LUMP-OR-TWO.NET, OFFWITHHISHEAD.NET, ALEPH-NAUGHT.ORG, ELIZAS-TEAROOM.NET, RAVEN-LIKE-WRITING-DESK.NET, www.bangaloreworldu-in.co.nz are all part of the a.i. website.
posted by tiaka
on Apr 11, 2001 -