HBO’s Westworld series has already ingrained us in the futuristic corporate world with Delos Incorporated and their revolutionary approach to truly immersive experiences. Of course, things haven’t been going so well for the company since a serious malfunction at Westworld started to shake things up. The ramifications of those events are still being felt, and the third season will continue to tell that story. But there will be a new fictional company entering the fray.
As part of the recent Wired 25 tech event, a panel called “The Future of Data: The Promise and Peril” was sponsored by a company called Incite Inc. During the panel, a minute-long advertisement features Jefferson Mays as Liam Dempsey Sr. talking about the benefits of trusting in a tech company like Incite, which has “unprecedented computing abilities, analyzing data for life’s most unsolvable problems.” They tout being able to protect the climate while helping someone find a job. Surely there’s nothing more nefarious or worrisome happening behind the scenes, right?
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It’s been six years since Breaking Bad went off the air, and if you haven’t had time to rewatch all five seasons in the lead-up to this week’s release of El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, star Aaron Paul is here to help. He was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, where he took the stage and delivered a quick recap of some of the show’s best moments to jog your memory. Watch his recap below, plus a couple of lengthier, more visual recaps to really get you back into a Breaking Bad state of mind. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, September 12th, 2019 by Ben Pearson
If you’ve ever wanted to visit filming locations from some of your favorite movies but just haven’t been able to make the trip, Focus Features has a new webseries that lets you vicariously live out your travel dreams. It’s called Reel Destinations, and in its first episode, host Alicia Malone takes audiences inside the real castle that serves as the primary location on the PBS TV series Downton Abbey and Focus’s upcoming movie which continues the story. Check it out below. Read More »
Even though Avengers: Endgame ended up not being able to topple James Cameron’s Avatar as the highest-grossing movie of all time, Marvel Studios still has plenty to be proud of. This year’s colossal sequel, which marked the culmination of more than a decade of superhero movies, turned out to be pretty damn great, and the studio is extending its victory lap beyond the sure-to-be-adoring crowd of Comic-Con’s Hall H on a nine-city tour across the country, bringing special guests along for the festivities.
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If you were to turn on the TV at two in the morning and stumble on this The Art of Self-Defense infomercial, you could be forgiven for calling the number immediately. The viral marketing clip from the SXSW darling perfectly imitates those classic late-night infomercials, right down to the shoddy production, the endearing visual noise, and the stiff delivery from the various “real people, not actors.” Teach us your ways, sensei.
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Nothing’s more refreshing than cracking open a cold Coke — apart, perhaps, from Steve and Dustin’s unlikely friendship in Stranger Things. And this extended Stranger Things New Coke ad delivers on both of those things, giving a glimpse at the duo’s hilarious season 3 dynamic as they bicker over girls and the right way to eat popcorn. Yes, it’s blatant product placement posing as viral marketing, but you can’t help but love these two. Watch the extended Stranger Things New Coke ad below.
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On Tuesday, Detective Pikachu star Ryan Reynolds posted a link to a “leaked” version of Detective Pikachu which had been posted to YouTube under the channel “Inspector Pikachu.” In his tweet, he called attention to the film’s official Twitter account as if flagging the video. “Um…ATTN,” he wrote in his tweet. But curiously, this “leak” had the watermark “R. Reynolds” in the lefthand corner. Even more curiously, the film wasn’t Detective Pikachu at all but a clip from the movie (but not the film’s opening scene) followed by two hours of Pikachu…dancing.
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When we talk about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we’re largely talking about Marvel Studios movies – at least until those Disney+ shows debut. Yes, TV series like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, and the Marvel Netflix shows were technically set in that same universe, but let’s be real: so far, the movies are the non-comic stories with the biggest sense of importance. They’re the ones that count. It’s strange, then, that a commercial – which is way less relevant than any of those TV shows – could end up having an influence on a major MCU entry.
During our visit to the set of Spider-Man: Far From Home, we learned how a car commercial caught the eye of Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and how a character that originated in a tie-in advertisement ended up appearing as a supporting role in the MCU. Check out the commercial and read about its impact below. Read More »
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Our patience is about to be rewarded: the It Chapter 2 trailer is dropping this week. The long-awaited return of Pennywise and the Losers’ Club got some simple yet clever viral marketing, as the cast of the upcoming horror sequel took to Instagram to share some seemingly innocuous photos featuring hidden (and not-so-hidden) red balloons.
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Showrunner Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers) is bringing an all-new version of Watchmen to life for HBO later this year. It’s not a direct adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ seminal graphic novel, but a sequel of sorts that picks up the story 30 years later.
We’ve seen a couple of extremely brief glimpses of footage from the new show in sizzle reels and the occasional Instagram post, and now there are three new equally brief Watchmen videos which give us some hints about what we can expect from Lindelof’s take on this superhero story.
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