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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Photo by Meranda Carter/OC WeeklyGive 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 >>
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 >>
Adzookie.com 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 >>
Schapiro Group data wasn't questioned by mainstream media
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 >>
ALPHAILA.comEverybody 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.
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 >>
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OCProgressive.com 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
*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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Add KDOC to the long list of Jim Trenton's former employers
(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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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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