Archive | October, 2012

Brad Pitt Chanel No. 5 Advert …Not an award winning performance

16 Oct

You probably don’t want to hear this but it is 69 days to Christmas,  and that means the  Perfume makers of the world are gearing up for their key sales season.  You know this is about to happen when you start getting swamped with a deluge of perfume ads on TV.

Chanel No 5 have opened fire in the perfume Advert wars with a new advert featuring A-List movie star  and all-American hearthrob Brad Pitt. Brad reportedly pocketed $7 million for his troubles so you would expect a pretty decent commercial. Well the critics have been less than adulatory to Mr Jolie.

The Guardian - Brad Pitt’s Chanel No 5 ad: the smell of disaster

And yet, somehow, Pitt’s Chanel No 5 advert manages to be the worst one of all. He was doing so well to shake off his reputation as barely sentient eye candy. But there he is – shaggy-haired with a David Brent beard, desperately trying to inject hammy profundity into lines such as, “The world turns and we turn with it,” that he all but bursts an eyeball in the process – all that good work undone in a stroke.

Fox News - Brad Pitt stars in awful Chanel campaign: Dumbest fragrance commercial ever?

The clip features the male half of Brangelina, with long hair and a thick goatee, looking into the camera and reciting some cliched and pretentious slogans as the camera slowly zooms in.
And that’s it.

Time  - Brad Pitt’s ‘Inevitable’ Chanel No. 5 Ad Is Also Nonsensical

The ad, of course, is already garnering attention for being nonsensical. And while Pitt’s appearance has been described as “smoldering,” it’s also taking itself seriously to the point of parody. It reminds of the time that Pitt posed for a luxurious W magazine cover shoot this past February, seeming to be lost in thought–and comically holding a box of Nabisco saltine crackers.

Well critics aren’t always right are they? Judge for yourself

Just as Person of Interest gets really interesting, it’s gone!

16 Oct

I have already nailed my flag to the post on this one, I really like Person of Interest. I initially loved it because the show took its dramatic licence jumped into a Ferrari and stretched it to its max. I don’t mind a show doing that, as long as it is not pretending to be anything other than what it is.

The plot was interesting but formulaic, but in the last two episodes it has taken an interesting turn and veered away from the formulaic. Mr Reese who has all along been the hunter, suddenly in a dramatic turn of events has become the hunted. The CIA, his former employers, wants him and it seems they prefer dead rather than alive.

At the end of tonight’s episode he was caught in a trap by the CIA and only a last minute rescue by Mr Finch and, in a last minute change of heart, Detective Carter saved him from being taken out by the folk from Langley.

This set the show up for some very interesting forthcoming episodes. What does Channel 5 go and do? They decide to take a “mid-season” break till January. January!!! What a way to kill momentum.

Trivia of the day: James Caviezel who plays Mr Reese in this show, also played Jesus in the Passion of Christ, probably explains a lot of the miraculous escapes in earlier episodes.

Homeland. Why did I doubt season 2 was going to be good?

14 Oct

Homeland is back. 2 weeks in and it has raised its level of excitement to unfricking-believable with two “Big Balls” moments.

Carrie Mathison swings between daring and delusional and sometimes it is difficult to tell when she’s which.

In today’s episode she’s in Beirut and after escaping fearsome milita henchmen at the end of last weeks episode. She meets with a former informant, a Hezobollah commander’s wife. The informant reveals that the terrorist king pin Abu Nazir is meeting her husband in Beirut.

With this information passed onto the CIA, Estes sets up a plot to capture or assassinate Abu Nazir.  It is such a big opportunity that a live screening of satellite footage is held for the Joint Chiefs  Of Staff in the Pentagon. Vice President William Walden a keen fan of US military covert action is not one to miss out on an opportunity for USA high-fiving and brings along his new best buddy Congressman Brody.

As the operation develops, Brody who was in the dark about the detail soon realises his mentor Abu Nazir is the target. Panic ensues. How does he get a message out to Abu Nazir? We get the first “big balls’ moment as Brody slips out his phone and sends a surreptitious text message to Abu Nazir from the inner sanctum of the Pentagon. The message reaches just as the CIA snipers have begun to engage their targets and Abu Nazir escapes by the skin of his teeth.

Action switches to Carrie who with Sol are racing across Beirut to pick up the informant and whisk her out of Lebanon. They find her and need to get out fast as they are in a Hezobollah neighbourhood and people around are getting curious.

Carrie however decides that if they are in the neighbourhood why doesn’t she just pop in, ransack the dead commanders study to see if she can unearth any document notwithstanding the scary looking goons in the vicinity.That’s what anyone of us would do, right?.  ”Big Balls” moment 2, she does just that despite Sol screaming his head off that they need to get out of the area.

Her headstrong decision almost cost her life in a chase scene across the flat roofs of Beirut. She comes away with a lot of documents which when examined later seem largely useless until Sol finds some kind of memory card in the lining of the bag Carrie used to gather the documents.

It contains Sgt Brodie suicide message from the end of last season. WOW! I can’t wait for next Sunday.

Cow and Gate Advert : Babies jammin to ‘Come On Eileen’ by Dexy’s Midnight Runners.

14 Oct

Aww cute and super cooool! My advert of the day!

X-Factor..It is “Rylan Style” as he is officially crowned this season’s clown.

14 Oct

We all know good clowns are entertaining, we also know the X-Factor is an entertainment show so no surprises that every season the series needs to anoint an entertainer to ensure that people don’t mistakenly label it as a serious music show.

In the past we have had Jedward, Wenger and Chico all X-Factor legends who fulfilled this role admirably. So this season’s big question was who will step into the role.

Well truthfully, it wasn’t really a big question as we all knew who the anointed one was. Step forward Rylan Clark . If we had any doubts he was the One, his performance at the Judges house when he was told by Nicole Scherzinger he was through, erased any doubt

In a cringing 2 minutes he showed himself to be the Drama Queen’s favourite Drama Queen as he wailed, cried, rolled on the floor in a display of shock, surprise, happiness, shtick and crassness. To call it over the top would be seriously downplaying it.

Rylan’s Oscar moment

If he was anointed at the Judges House, yesterday’s live show was his coronation. The “entertainers” are always given big productions, stage props, dancers and lots of glitter all purposely designed to hide the fact that the “entertainer” can’t sing for toffee.

Yesterday Rylan was given his first big production. He opened with a few seconds of Take That’s Back For Good to Gary Barlow’s initial despair, but that was just a tease it was going to get worse for Gary.

An X-Factor “entertainer” is not bound to a single song like other contestants. His or her weapon of choice is the mashup and that’s what we got, a mix of Groove is in the Heart, Gangam Style and Pump Up the Jam and the resulting attrocious concotion has been  appropriately dubbed “Rylan Style” by his fans.

A reluctant world is introduced to Rylan Style. The only highlight of that clip is Nicole Scherzinger dancing gangam stlye.

Like Marmite, it possible that some people actually love Rylan, if you are  one of those poor souls let us know.

Strictly Come Dancing…Is Denise Van Outen Cheating?

13 Oct

I don’t mean in doped up athlete kind of way, or passing a brown envelope to the Len Goodman kind of way.

She just seems many levels ahead of the other contestants and arguably this is down to her background of the reknown Syvia Young Stage School and having appeared in quite a few West End Musicals in roles that require significant dancing ability, like Chicago and Legally Blonde

Watching her tonight, only the second week in, her Jive performance was superb. If I didn’t know better I would have thought it was a dance by two of the professionals.

Do people think it right for Denise to take part? Where will her “journey” come from? She pretty much arrived as it were.

 

Denise’s 1st week dance

Channel 5 – Terrestial TVs enfant terrible has come of age…

13 Oct

The Easter weekend of 1997 saw the launch of the UK’s fifth terrestial Channel, tapping in to the zeitgeist of the time it was launched by the Spice Girls.

After the fanfare and publicity of the launch the real work started and this meant fighting for audience share with the four existing terrestrial channels (BBC1, BBC2, ITV and Channel 4) as well as an ever increasing number of satellite and cable channels.

The battle was fierce, their well-funded terrestrial competitors with a customer base built up over decades were not going to be dislodged easily and the initial audience figures showed this with Channel 5 languishing with only 2.3% of the viewing audience.

In the chase for audience share the channel gradually morphed into what the tabloids christened Channel Filth or as a programming executive of Channel 5 was quoted when describing their programming output as  three F’s,  football, films and what can be best described as the present continuous tense of the f-word.

The style of programming reached its zenith in 2000 with the infamous reality TV show ‘Naked Jungle’ which introduced us not only to totally naked contestants but distressingly a totally naked host, Keith Chegwin.  The show almost ended Chegwin’s career and unleashed a wave of moral outrage against Channel 5.

Channel 5 has moved on from those dire days the football is still there occasionally, there are still films, but the third F is now  F for Foreign TV shows and good quality shows as well.  The CSI franchise, Law & Order, House MD, The Shield, Breaking Bad, The Mentalist  have introduced great US TV shows to the UK and have seen a solid and sustained rise in Channel 5’s audience share.

Are you a fan of Channel 5? What’s your best programme?

Have I Got News For You …and Jimmy Savile

12 Oct

They say it never rains it pours, but in the case of Jimmy Savile it has turned into a category 5 hurricane of revelations. I never really liked him, as I found the whole shell suit, gaudy gold chains, big cigar and “now then now then” persona creepy and weird, but the breath and nature of the revelations has still shocked me.

I caught tonight’s episode of Have I got News For You, the start of a new season, and I was curious to see how they will deal with the topic being as it is till very fresh and escalating in seriousness and distaste as each day goes by

Tonight’s show was hosted by Clare Balding riding a wave of popularity after her much lauded presentation duties at both the Olympics for the BBC and the Paralympics for Channel 4.  Regulars  Ian Hislop and Paul Merton were joined by Ken Livingston and Graham Glinner, the writer behind the ‘Father Ted’ series.

The first news item they dealt with was the Tory Party conference and the jokes were on Dave’s twit-tering, Boris’s popularity and George Osborne (He doesn’t get the single name treatment) getting roundly booed at the Paralympics.

It moved on from there to the Savile story. Paul Merton started off by categorically denying the existence of a much rumored outtake transcript of an episode of  Have I got News For You from a few years back when Jimmy Savile appeared. It was said to detail Paul Merton confronting Savile as a pedophile.

That’s not to say there weren’t uncomfortable moments from his appearance on that episode, a clip was aired where he was asked by Ian Hislop “What do you do in your caravan?” Savile’s answer “Anyone I can lay hands”. More disturbingly and although not broadcast tonight on the same show he was asked by the then host Angus Deayton “You used to be a wrestler”, Savile’s reply “I still am….I am feared in every girls school”.  No. You can’t make it up.

As Glinner pointed out the vile innuendo in hindsight was some sort of attempt at “using the truth to mask the truth”.  Making a open joke of the whole sordid affair and people will think there is no way can it be true cos he wont be joking about it so openly.

The rest of the programme veered from mildly funny to very unfunny (claire Balding’s joke at Abu Hamza being surprised to fly into an airport in America, he was expecting to fly into a building) going via a long vent from Balding on what she called Daily Mail’s sidebar of shame. A reference to  the paper’s website obsession with young female celebrities yet ready to take the high ground on Savile.

I am not sure if the The Savile affair had cast a pall over the rest of the programme or if its age and that of Ian and Paul have begun to tell, Have I Got New For You seems to have lost its edge. Well it has been 22 years.

The episode with Jimmy Savile.

X-Factor USA goes old school…The Amazing Panda Ross

11 Oct

I can’t deny I do love a really good audition on X-Factor  UK or USA. While it is becoming increasingly rare on the UK version, the USA continues to deliver some serious talent. This lady is one of my favourites.

I love Sam Cooke and this cover of his song Bring It Home To Me is epic.. Plus her flirtation with Simon is very amusing.

I bring you the amazing Panda Ross bringing it home.

Be Your Own Boss – BBC3..Cycles, Chairs and Cardboard

10 Oct

Another week and another edition of Be Your Own Boss

I like Be Your Own Boss it has a touch of realism that is absent from the Apprentice, and makes far tougher decisions than you see on Dragons Den.

This week there were no surprise Billionaire appearances, but lots of pitches by budding Entrepreneurs  As is the format Richard Reed had to choose 3 entrepreneurs to work with with and from the three he will end up investing in one.

For the shortlist, we have a young and very creative dude, who was looking to build a business making cardboard dinosaurs and dinosaur themed greeting cards. There were the hip young twenty-somethings looking to build a social online community around their love of cycling. Last but not least there was an old school inventor, who was looking to to build and sell a car seat, that could turn into a suitcase you can wheel around…Inspector Gadget eat your heart out.

It was tough this week as none of them looked like a real winner. The young dude was creative but seemed to be put off by the nuts and bolts of running a business, the marketing, the sales calls etc. Plus he didn’t really want the cash just guidance.

The social networking guys had really not got anything to show, plus it didn’t help that one of the guys was stuck in America during the evaluation period. They were keen, but the idea seemed more community focused and as Richard probably wanted to say but was too polite…Show me the money!!

The last guy had what on the surface was a cool looking idea child car seat to suitcase. Sounds good but when he said he needed £300,000, I think he left Richard in a state of shock.

Well he had to go with one…Tough call, but he eventually opted for the inventor of the convertible car seat, investing £25k. Cue tears of joy from the inventor, who had already offered to leave his day job if Richard invested.