‘Breaking Bad’s Walter White, Lindsay Lohan & Mindy Kaling In Super Bowl Ads
Bryan Cranston as his Breaking Bad alter ego Walter White — in full toxic suit and dropping his signature “Say my name” line — plays a pharmacist (too soon/blasphemous?), while troubled star Lindsay Lohan is the world’s worst soccer mom in ads for Esurance. And the Mindy Kaling “Invisible Mindy” Nationwide ad, which was teasted before the game, aired in full with its reveal (it is a cameo by a Hollywood star). Here they… Read
Idina Menzel Sings The National Anthem At Super Bowl
They pronounced her name right, she sang all the words right, it was kind of perfect. Here’s video of Idina Menzel’s national anthem to lead off the Super Bowl today. She definitely wasn’t Frozen in the spotlight of tens of millions of viewers.
And unlike on New Year’s Eve, when she sang the theme song to Frozen and received lots of criticism from Let It Go fans.
What did you think of her version of The Star Spangled Banner? Did it… Read
‘Jurassic World’ Super Bowl Ad Includes New Footage
Universal served up an effective promo with original footage for the upcoming Jurassic Park sequel.
The long-in-coming sequel stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, and BD Wong. Music by John Williams. Enjoy.
Budweiser ‘Lost Dog’ Found Atop Pre-Super Bowl Ad Week Race
Online views of Super Bowl ads and all the related run-up jumped 51 percent over 2014, said iSpot.TV, the ad tracker following all the ads for NBC and others. And the “social actions” surrounding those commercials on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are up even more, 63 percent to 4.6 million likes, shares, comments, etc.
The big change, iSpot.TV says, is heavy use of Facebook’s recently launched native video player. Given the 1.1 billion people on Facebook, it’s little… Read
Fox Runs Ad For ‘Unfinished Business’ On Super Bowl Pregame Show
Don’t worry parents. The content for this Unfinished Business ad is OK for families watching the Super Bowl, even if the R-rated movie isn’t for kids. Starring Vince Vaughn, the comedy is about a small business owner and associates who go to Europe on work-related trip that includes — as the studio’s promo puts it — “unplanned stops at a massive sex fetish event and a global economic summit.” The ad invites viewers to go online to see some of the scenes that couldn’t go… Read
Fortune Feimster Comedy From Tina Fey, ‘Uncle Buck’ Reboot Get ABC Pilot Orders
ABC has added two more comedy pilots to its slate today — Family Fortune starring actor-comedian Fortune Feimster, from Matt Hubbard, Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, and a remake of Uncle Buck produced by Will Parker (the Ride Along and Think Like A Man franchises). Both projects hail from Universal TV, Uncle Buck will be a co-production with ABC Studios.
Family Fortune, which had a penalty attached to it, reunites the Cabbot College team of creator/executive producer… Read
‘Game Of Thrones’ Grabs $1.5M At The B.O.: IMAX As TV’s Next Great Revolution
While American Sniper continued to pick off box office records in its sixth weekend, as well as any new wide release in its path, we saw box office anomaly: Warner Bros.’ IMAX presentation of HBO’s Game of Thrones made $1.5M from 205 playdates for a per-theater of $7,323. While not necessarily an IMAX opening record of any kind, what the experiment proved was that die-hard Game of Thrones fans were quite willing to shell out serious bucks to see their favorite show in… Read
Super Bowl 2015 Live Blog: Watching The Other Game
The Big Game is here. And no, we’re not just talking about that little tilt between a couple of NFL teams that you may have heard of. Deadline will be covering the Other Game: whose ads are hitting big, what NBC is doing with its gigantic marketing opportunity, Katy Perry’s half-time show, how the broadcast has gone. Watch along with Deadline as Lisa de Moraes, David Lieberman and David Bloom provide the real play-by-play today right… Read
Bruce Jenner “Story” NBCUniversal’s Next “Symphony” Promo
NBCUniversal, the masters of so-called "symphony" promotions in which its various media properties scratch each others' backs, appears to be walking up to two big TV events: Super Bowl XLIX today — and The Bruce Jenner Story.
Serious students of tabloid journalism have spent months poring over coyly worded posts in the blathersphere about the patriarch of the Kardashians, the most important franchise on NBCU's E! network. Those reports have kept us up to date on the… Read
Geraldine McEwan Dies At 82: ITV’s Miss Marple, UK Stage Luminary
The actress, a staple of UK modern and classic repertory who became synonymous with the Agatha Christie heroine, died January 30 in the aftermath of a stroke suffered in October, her family said in a release to the press. In addition to Miss Marple, whom she played from 2004 through 2009, she won a 1991 BAFTA TV award for best actress for her role in Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit. She was Emmeline “Lucia” Lucas in Mapp And Lucia, a TV series adapted from E.F. Benson’s… Read
Al-Jazeera Journalist Peter Greste Released By Egypt, Deported Out Of The Country
Australian journalist Peter Greste, the Al Jazeera English reporter jailed in Egypt on charges of spreading false news, has been released from prison and deported out of the country, according to state media sources.
Greste, a former BBC reporter and Peabody Award winner, along with fellow Al-Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, spent more than a year in jail following their arrest in December 2013 on what many believe were politically motivated… Read
‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings Slip With Host J.K. Simmons
Saturday Night Live, with host J.K. Simmons and musical guest D'Angelo and The Vanguard, averaged a 4.3 household rating in the metered markets and a 2.1 in adults 18-49 in the markets with Local People Meters. That was down -9% in households and -5% in the demo from last week’s show with host and musical guest Blake… Read