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    October 17, 2013


    Glass House

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2013

    Pablo Francisco: The Infomercial King!

    When Pablo Francisco comes to Orange County, he never fails to make an impression. Literally, that's kind of his act. For the past couple decades, the Arizona-bred comic's proclivity for pantomiming famous Governators, R&B singers and annoying people of all races has garnered him a worldwide fan bas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    OC Register to No Longer Accept Adult Ads--Wait, You Didn't Know They Ran 'Em?

    Whenever people get on our case about the sexytimes ads we run in our infernal rag, I always point out that the Orange County Register run those sames ads, except smaller, coded, and in the back pages of its Sports section. Hell, I'm old enough to remember when the Reg would run ads for adult theate ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 25, 2013

    DJ Shadow

    The Observatory

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2013

    Max Page, "Little Vader" of VW Commercial, Uses Force for Good at Saddleback Hospital

    Max Page, the 8-year-old actor who in 2011 starred as "Little Vader" for Volkswagen in one of the most memorable Super Bowl ads ever, is using the force for good.He's scheduled to appear at a Saturday gala where he'll donate some money he's made from commercials to Saddleback Memorial Medical Cente ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    Product Placement in Music Videos = Tacky

    We'll be honest: product placement in music videos used to not irritate us--we giggled when the Foo Fighters parodied a Mentos commercial in their "Big Me" video back in the 90s--but that was when music videos premiered on MTV--not Vevo--and artists weren't cashing in on aggressive product placement ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2012

    Hilarious Australian Beer Commercial Goes Viral

    Beer commercials come in two varieties: funny or trying-to-be-funny-but-not-actually-funny. This one is funny, and because it is, it has gone viral (over 2 million views in one week), which is very good for the Carlton Draught people since no one watches commercials on TV anymore...even funny ones.I ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 10, 2012

    Flight to Mars

    Constellation Room

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    Gustavo Named One of Orange County's Most Interesting People--by the Orange County Register?!

    ​The petty wars between the Orange County Register and us Weeklings are legendary. Right now, my big thing is to go on stories that we broke but that the Reg steals from us without attribution and provide a link to our original story--how adult of me.But every once in a while, OC's daily can commi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2011

    Wing Lam of Wahoo's Fish Taco Adds a Side of Road Opposition to His Latest Ford Commercial

    Photo by Meranda Carter/OC Weekly​Give Wahoo's Fish Taco co-founder Wing Lam credit for working his Mexican food chain into widely seen television commercials for other companies. In 2000, he and his righteous whiskers appeared in a national spot for Merrill Lynch and its small business services. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    Report: Junk Food Companies Using Product Placement Instead of Commercials

    I loved the first Austin Powers movie--still do. Hilarious, witty, fresh. I hated the sequel--still funny, but even then in 1999 (before my great Political Revelation of Groucho Marxism), the amount of product placement was unbearable. Maybe I have to see it again to see if it was intentional or sat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Adzookie Wants to Paint Your House

    ​ is not out to paint the town red, but the Orange advertising company for the mobile communications industry would like to slap a few new coats on your house.Yes, there is a catch."We're doing something a bit out there," informs Adzookie's Mark Oskorus. "We're turning homes into billb ... More >>

  • News

    March 24, 2011

    Women's Funding Network Sex-Trafficking Study Is Junk Science

    Schapiro Group data wasn't questioned by mainstream media

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2011

    Mini Darth Vader in Super Bowl Commercial Is From OC

    ​The Force is from OC.  The kid under the Darth Vader helmet in one of this year's most talked-about Super Bowl commercials is 6-year-old actor Max Page of San Clemente. He's become famous for starring as the pint-sized Star Wars villain in an ad for the 2012 Volkswagen Pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2010

    Fast Food vs. Reality In Photos​Everybody knows that the photos of fast food in advertisements are set up by professional food stylists. These fluffers of the food porn world make sure that the food is perfectly lined up, attractively laid out, and within the bounds of the truth-in-advertising laws.

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    New Study: Real Housewives of Orange County Viewers Are 'Pugnacious' and Probably Like Crest Whitestrips

    ​You are what you watch, says new data published by Ad Age. And if you watch Real Housewives of Orange County, you're probably "very advertiser friendly" (read: a sucker), "pugnacious" and you likely won't step foot into a Buick Lucerne. Brands and products that might resonate with you include App ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 17, 2009

    LUTZ Radio Hour

    Long Beach Playhouse

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    July 2, 2009
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    June 23, 2009

    GLAAD Claims KDOC-TV Aired Anti-Gay Infomercial gets the credit for catching this first, but the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation says it received complaints about the re-emergence of an anti-gay infomercial titled Speechless: Silencing the Christians--and among the stations around the country that just showed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2009

    Award-Winning Ad Makers Want to Turn Red County Blue

    Photo courtesy of DMedia Inc.Eugene HedlundOrange County is, of course, screaming with Republican campaign consultants but a couple youngish guys from here are making their mark creating campaign ads for Democrats--while clinging to the far loftier goals of helping to overturn Prop. 8 and turn this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2009

    Let's Give the Nissan cube the New Old College Try

    Cal State Fullerton communications student Elizabeth Heath contacted the Weekly about a contest her Brand Campaigns class has entered to come up with the best advertising campaign for the Nissan cube.The cube is a car. It looks like a boxier Toyota Scion. Like the Scion, it is meant to appeal to you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2009

    Orange-Based TV/Film Production Prez Launches His Own Blog

      Todd Yates, the president of Gear Monkey, an Orange-based, full-service TV, film and infomercial production facility, has started a new blog dedicated to his business. The latest Behind the Orange Curtain post asks, "Where Did the Work Go?" in reference to this shitty economy. "I don't know ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009

    Filling Station Owner Still Won't Apologize for Payola Insinuation

    Last week, after quite the active back-and-forth on a post about how Filling Station owner John Hughes accused Edwin and I of payola, Hughes finally responded. Did he give the apology he owes us for his serious accusation? Is his food a bargain? Here's Hughes' note:It appears the touchy one is you! ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2008

    OC Register to Lay Off 110, Including 30 in Newsroom

    *Bumped to the top, with new info as it comes on the bottom... The following letter from Register publisher Terry Horne landed in my junk folder this morning, right about the time it apparently reached LAObserved. Not a whole lot to add to this, except our wishes that all this self-destructive madn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2008

    Most Shameless Register Puff Piece Ever!

    It's one thing for newspaper reporters to write about advertisers only because the advertisers buy ads, quite another for said reporters to cover an important community individual. The latter scenario is very much where Orange County Register reporter Tom Berg's Sunday story on mega-developer Willi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2008

    Another Reason to Hate Carl's Jr.

    This month's issue of Portfolio devotes its cover to the modern-day Carl's Jr.--not the quaint regional chain run by a bigot burger baron but one based in Carpinteria and operated by religious hypocrites. Say what you want about the conservativism of founder Carl Karcher, but at least the man was co ... More >>

  • News

    January 3, 2008

    Exit Poorman

    Add KDOC to the long list of Jim Trenton's former employers

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2007

    Crazy-ass Reg letter o' the day!

    (Category: World-Is-Going-To-Hell) SELLING LUST, NOT HAMBURGERS "I am appalled every time I see the new Carl's Jr. ad about 'flat buns.' These ads certainly are helping to destroy our culture. The ads degrade both teachers and students. Please tell Carl's Jr. and the television channels that air th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2007

    'Loin to Love It

    Jack in the Box's new commercials openly mock the McDonalds Angus third-pounders as being inferior to the new sirloin burgers. But are they? Certainly the commercials are better. McDonalds' bizarre appeal to Californians to eat lots of Angus burgers so they'll catch on and people in Boston can have ... More >>

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    March 29, 2007
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    July 12, 2006

    Ahnuld Terminates Fair Elections

    Perhaps you've seen those commercials showing Phil Angelides walking backward--the same direction the Democrat nominee for governor wants to take the state, according to the folksy narrator. These, of course, are not to be confused with Angelides' response ads, which show someone who looks a lot lik ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2006

    Su®f City

    Because nothing evokes the true spirit of surfing like the smell of lawyers and advertising executives in the morning, we can all rejoice at the news that Huntington Beach is now officially "Surf City USA", in the very real and legally binding sense of those words. According to the L.A. Times, "[The ... More >>

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    December 15, 2005

    A Very Special Introduction

    Welcome to the new

  • News

    September 1, 2005

    Dull Blade

    Gay paper waited 214 weeks to disclose misconduct allegations against Laguna AIDS doc

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    July 21, 2005
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    February 24, 2005
  • Culture

    June 10, 2004

    30 Seconds of Art

    Laguna Playhouses Tabletop

  • News

    December 4, 2003

    You Cant Beat Their Meat

    Upset about Carls Jr.s ads? Youre so old! And female!

  • Culture

    September 19, 2002

    The Ugly Truth

    Ping Chong uncovers Lefty ideals! Critic yawns!

  • Unknown

    July 18, 2002
  • Music

    May 9, 2002
  • Music

    April 4, 2002

    VH1 Says Were Hip!

    Which means Orange County must be finished

  • News

    March 28, 2002

    Attack of the Killer Tomatoes

    Florida tomato boycott targets Taco Bell. But what about Del Taco?

  • Film

    February 28, 2002

    Trailer Trash

    Life before demographics

  • Film

    December 6, 2001

    See Owen Run

    Another top gun goes Behind Enemy Lines

  • Culture

    June 28, 2001

    Ad Infinitum

    A crafty BMW campaign turns directors into shillsbut is product placement really the problem?

  • Columns

    April 6, 2000

    New! Hot!

    Hot and new!

  • News

    March 9, 2000

    He Who Forgets History is a Damned Fool

    El Toro Airport Watch No. 136

  • News

    August 26, 1999

    Orange Countys Radical Culture Czars

    Economists fear him. Adults emulate him. This kidand thousands like himare teaching corporations how to sell the world everything from edgy soft drinks to extreme sunglasses

  • News

    May 6, 1999

    Advertising Age

    El Toro Watch No. 104

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