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Posts Tagged ‘Entertainment’

Greg Gutfeld might clean up nicely in a coat and a tie, but he knows that clothes don’t hide the fact he’s not quite like all the other hosts on Fox News Channel.
But that’s OK, says the host of “Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld,” his home for five…

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AfterWork: The best places to watch football

posted by By BARRY KOLTNOW @ 8:58 AM
Monday, January 30, 2012

This is it. Sunday is the last football game of the season. There is nothing between Sunday and next season but March Madness, an endless baseball season, a shortened NBA season and some other stuff that isn’t football.
So watch the Super Bowl, and…

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Manson: Four decades later, crimes still haunt

posted by By LANDON HALL @ 3:31 PM
Friday, January 27, 2012

On Jan. 25, 1971 Charles Manson and three female members of his notorious “Manson Family” were convicted for the grisly slaying of seven people at random across two nights in the summer of 1969. The passage of more than four decades hasn’t dampened…

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The secret of Sajak’s success: getting hammered

posted by By TIMOTHY MANGAN @ 4:05 PM
Thursday, January 26, 2012

Do you ever wonder how Pat Sajak can stand it? All those vowels and stuff? All those stupid phrases used by your grandma? The infernal racket of that spinning wheel? Deep inside Sajak’s brain there’s a man screaming “MAKE IT STOP!”
We know…

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One report says it’s for attention.
Another maintains it may not be real.
Rihanna, the 23-year-old singer who’s never been shy, tweeted a photo of her new ink, the words “thug life” spelled in light pink ink across her knuckles. She also tweeted a…

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Tharp’s Sinatra obsession culminates in ‘Come Fly Away’

posted by By PAUL HODGINS @ 6:00 PM
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Twyla Tharp seems like an odd artistic soul mate for Frank Sinatra. Yet the choreographer and the late crooner share many traits, including a relentless pursuit of perfection, a singular and universally recognizable personal style, and a fascination…

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Wilco astounds at Hollywood Palladium debut

posted by By DAVID HALL @ 3:24 PM
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Only took ‘em nearly two decades, but Wilco finally touched down for its first performance at the historic Hollywood Palladium Wednesday night. Who knows if the setlist was specifically calculated to celebrate that occasion, but it certainly…

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Demi Moore hospitalized; reasons differ

posted by By MARYANNE DELL @ 2:45 PM
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Joining the long list of celebrities who have decided life andits struggles are too much to handle, Demi Moore has checkedinto a hospital seeking professional help for …Well, it depends on whose reports you read.The headline on The Hollywood…

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Gold found in California 164 years ago today

posted by By LANDON HALL @ 4:05 PM
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

On Jan. 24, 1848, a carpenter named James Wilson Marshall found a shiny rock at his boss’s sawmill in Northern California. Thus began the California Gold Rush, a discovery that basically created this crazy, wonderful state of California.
What has 164…

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Irvine’s Annie Mumolo is nominated for an Oscar

posted by By BARRY KOLTNOW @ 2:55 PM
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The day after “Bridesmaids” opened in theaters, Annie Mumolo’s mom took family members to Big Newport to see the movie comedy her daughter co-wrote with “Saturday Night Live’s” Kristen Wiig.
As co-writer and co-producer of the film, Annie had seen…

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‘Hugo’ leads Oscar nominations

posted by By CHRISTY LEMIRE and DAVID GERMAIN @ 8:15 AM
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.  — Martin Scorsese’s Paris adventure “Hugo” leads the Academy Awards with 11 nominations, among them best picture and the latest director slot for the Oscar-winning filmmaker.
Also nominated for best picture Tuesday: the…

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AfterWork: The Crow Bar in Corona del Mar

posted by By BARRY KOLTNOW @ 9:30 AM
Monday, January 23, 2012

Being a superstitious person, I would be too concerned about jinxes to open a restaurant in a location where five other restaurants had failed.
That’s why Steven Geary owns one of the hottest restaurants in Orange County, and I am just a guy writing…

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17 most luxurious O.C. hotels, restaurants

posted by By NANCY LUNA @ 8:00 AM
Monday, January 23, 2012

Seventeen restaurants and hotels in Orange County have earned a top hospitality award for their pampering service and luxurious surroundings.
The seven restaurants and 10 hotels are among 120 that earned the “AAA Four Diamond Award” for 2012 – an…

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Although 90,000 people were anticipated over the entire course of the NAMM Show, it almost seemed like that many people converged on the Anaheim Convention Center all at once Saturday.
By 12:30 p.m., the main halls were swarming with attendees. I…

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10 reasons to watch the Oscars

posted by By BARRY KOLTNOW @ 3:25 PM
Friday, January 20, 2012

Now that the silly Golden Globes are over, we can get down to the serious business of frivolity.
In other words, it’s time to start discussing the Oscars.
Before you know it, it will be Feb. 26, and you’ll be sitting in front of the television and…

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Stars turn out to roast Zakk Wylde in Anaheim

posted by BY KELLI SKYE FADROSKI @ 2:00 PM
Friday, January 20, 2012

A long list of heavy players in the metal genre descended upon the small red carpet at City National Grove of Anaheim Thursday night for Guitar World’s Rock & Roll Roast of legendary guitarist Zakk Wylde. The 45-year-old is best known as the…

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Geraldo Rivera to do local show on KABC radio

posted by By GARY LYCAN @ 1:09 PM
Friday, January 20, 2012

Yes, it’s true. Geraldo Rivera is joining the KABC/790 AM line-up starting Monday, Jan. 30. First reported by the Register in December, KABC and Cumulus Media confirmed his program is to air 10 a.m. to noon weekdays, following John Phillips with “The…

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Fans flock to Wu-Tang Clan’s O.C. return

posted by By DAVID HALL @ 5:07 PM
Thursday, January 19, 2012

All true hip-hop heads should know by now: a show billing Wu-Tang Clan rarely if ever features all members of the legendary New York-based rap collective. I’ve caught ‘em at least a dozen times, and only twice — at Rock the Bells in 2007 and 2010…

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Kate Beckinsale: ‘I am a feisty woman’

posted by By BARRY KOLTNOW @ 1:50 PM
Thursday, January 19, 2012

There are two Kate Beckinsales.
There is the Oxford University-educated, Russian literature-reading, short story-writing British actress from romantic roles in “Serendipity,” “The Aviator” and “Pearl Harbor.”
And then there is Latex Kate.
Latex Kate,…

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Michael Jackson lives again in new Cirque du Soleil show

posted by By PAUL HODGINS @ 8:00 AM
Thursday, January 19, 2012

Jamie King was a few minutes late for his interview. He was teaching someone how to moonwalk.
“It’s really not that hard once you practice,” he said to his student.
King knows a thing or two about Michael Jackson’s most famous move. The Wisconsin…

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How captains of other doomed ships behaved

posted by By LANDON HALL @ 4:40 PM
Wednesday, January 18, 2012

How would you react if you were the captain of a ship that was headed to the bottom of the sea? Would you remember the code of conduct spelled out in maritime law and make sure you’re the last one off the boat, calmly overseeing the evacuation of all…

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Are these the Top 30 ‘American Idols’ ever?

posted by By PETER LARSEN @ 7:55 AM
Wednesday, January 18, 2012

We ask that question like we aren’t sure these are the Top 30 singers ever to appear on “American Idol,” which is silly because it’s our list. Of course they are! And what a lovely way to kick off the 11th season of “Idol” tonight by looking back at…

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Car plays in Costa Mesa put risque theater in your lap

posted by By PAUL HODGINS @ 3:24 PM
Tuesday, January 17, 2012

“The Car Plays” is the ideal candidate for the Segerstrom Center’s Off Center Festival of cutting-edge theater, dance and music.
The 10-minute plays unfold in a venue that’s unusual yet quintessentially O.C.: 15 cars parked on the Center’s huge…

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George Harrison iPad app due next month

posted by By BEN WENER @ 1:55 PM
Tuesday, January 17, 2012

An exclusive iPad app surveying the quiet Beatle’s six-string treasure trove is due to drop on iTunes just in time for what would have been his 69th birthday.
The Guitar Collection: George Harrison, created by Bandwidth Publishing in conjunction…

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AfterWork: 221 in Mission Viejo

posted by By BARRY KOLTNOW @ 9:40 AM
Monday, January 16, 2012

When I am looking for some creativity in the Orange County nightlife scene, I rarely look to Mission Viejo for inspiration.
No offense intended, but when the hottest restaurants in town are chain outlets, one tends to stop looking for innovation….

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Stars hit the red carpet at Golden Globe Awards

posted by By SAMANTHA CRITCHELL @ 7:34 AM
Monday, January 16, 2012

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt fully dressed their part as a glamorous Hollywood power couple at Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards: She in a body-hugging white strapless gown with a flash of red at the bustline by Atelier Versace that matched…

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With its familiar songs, inherently dramatic stories about conflict and hard times, and musical superstars as characters, “Lonesome Traveler” should be better than it is.
James O’Neil’s rambling revue about the golden years of American folk music,…

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Nude host, Chemerinsky highlight Segerstrom opener

posted by By PAUL HODGINS @ 10:48 AM
Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Segerstrom Center for the Arts launched its Off Center Festival of offbeat theater, dance and music with something that definitely set the tone. “Chautauqua!” was a wild and woolly conglomeration – a strange, often puzzling and sometimes…

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Fans of Cirque du Soleil could be forgiven for getting a little confused about what exactly the Quebec-based entertainment conglomerate is these days. Cirque has come a long, long way since its first local appearance at the 1987 L.A. Arts Festival, a…

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SCR’s long overdue ‘Topdog/Underdog’ worth the wait

posted by By PAUL HODGINS @ 1:00 PM
Saturday, January 14, 2012

By the usual theatrical yardsticks, “Topdog/Underdog” shouldn’t measure up.
Suzan-Lori Parks’ play about two African American brothers whose corrosive relationship is built on competitiveness, grinding poverty and deception ladles on the symbolism…

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Friday the 13th unlucky? Maybe – or maybe not

posted by By MARYANNE DELL @ 2:32 PM
Friday, January 13, 2012

Welcome to what some call the unluckiest day of the year.
We can’t really say that today, though, because 2012 brings us three Friday the 13ths – the most you’ll find in any one year. (Every calendar year has at least one.)
According to the Stress…

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The worst biopics … ever

posted by By BARRY KOLTNOW @ 12:05 PM
Friday, January 13, 2012

My boss cheated on me.
While I was on vacation, he ran somebody else’s movie list in my space. I’ve never felt so betrayed.
But we both learned something from the experience. We learned that the half-empty glass gets so much more attention than the…

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A century of celebrities: Stars born in 1912

posted by By PETER LARSEN @ 9:15 AM
Friday, January 13, 2012

Pop culture of the present can be so hard to judge. Will Lea Michele and Jennifer Lawrence still be stars to future generations? Maybe. Will Neil Patrick Harris and Jesse Tyler Ferguson be remembered 100 years from now? Who knows?
While …

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Stars turn out for People’s Choice Awards

posted by By PETER LARSEN @ 7:40 AM
Thursday, January 12, 2012

The People’ s Choice Awards kicked off awards show season on Wednesday, filling the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles with celebrities there to reap the benefits of their popularity,  a big chunk of plastic for the mantelpiece so that they know…

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24-year-old Newport Beach restaurant closing

posted by By NANCY LUNA @ 10:03 PM
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

One of Orange County’s top French chefs, Pascal Olhats, announced plans Wednesday to close his flagship Newport Beach restaurant after 24 years in business.
Olhats said he’ll “hang his chef’s coat” at Tradition by Pascal next month….

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Slide Show: A look back at Coachella 2011

posted by COMPILED BY KELLI SKYE FADROSKI @ 8:15 PM
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

With the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival line-up announced earlier this week, we decided to take a quick look back at the shenanigans from three-day fest in 2011.
Click here to see a photo slide show of the performers and fans from…

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A peek at season 7 of ‘Real Housewives of O.C.’

posted by By RICHARD CHANG @ 7:35 AM
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Greetings, folks!
Welcome to the first thrilling preview for “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” season 7 edition!
We know you missed this recurring segment, which we publish just before every new episode of Orange County’s best-known (and most…

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New albums: Norah Jones returns to the Little Willies

posted by By BEN WENER @ 1:50 PM
Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Things aren’t as quiet as they have been the past two weeks, when the music biz basically shut down for the holidays (that’s why there hasn’t been a New Albums slide show since before Christmas). But first-quarter releases are beginning to…

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17 new restaurants open in Orange County

posted by By NANCY LUNA @ 11:40 AM
Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Here’s the latest tally of new restaurants opening in Orange County.
Some just opened. Some are about to open. Some are coming later this year.

Cafecito Organico is opening two locations in Orange County in 2012. The Los Angeles cafe roasts its own…

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Stars who went from fat to skinny

posted by By LANDON HALL @ 7:50 AM
Tuesday, January 10, 2012

It’s that time of year again, when we’ve scratched out the New Year’s resolutions we can’t hope to fulfill and leave behind the ones we still think are within reach.
For most of us, losing weight is at the top of the list, and bless us, as we get…

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AfterWork: Paul Martin’s in Irvine

posted by By BARRY KOLTNOW @ 1:10 PM
Monday, January 9, 2012

The restaurant business is fascinating, particularly if you’re not in it. If you’re in it, you work too hard to be fascinated.
What fascinates me is trying to figure out why some restaurants operate for years before the public discovers them, while…

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Country-western dining venue opens Friday

posted by By NANCY LUNA @ 9:34 AM
Monday, January 9, 2012

Two former Disney culinary gurus and a wealthy Anaheim businessman are slated to open a new fine dining restaurant that caters to country-western fans and foodies. 
The dining section of The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon will debut Friday, Jan….

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Playboy seeking models at O.C. casting

posted by By PETER LARSEN @ 2:35 PM
Saturday, January 7, 2012

 Despite what one might think, Playboy doesn’t have a specific “type,” its casting chief says, which means that blondes and brunettes and redheads of a decent range of ages, shapes and sizes all get a shot at appearing in print, on TV or online…

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Off Center Festival brings offbeat culture to O.C.

posted by By PAUL HODGINS @ 7:42 PM
Friday, January 6, 2012

Ever since he became president of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in April 2006, Terry Dwyer has nurtured a vision: to make the place more accessible, affordable and, above all, hip. He wants his temple of culture to be a destination for people…

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Jeremy Renner attacked in Thailand bar

posted by By LANDON HALL @ 11:43 AM
Thursday, January 5, 2012

Somebody put a hurt on “The Hurt Locker” star Jeremy Renner.
The actor, acclaimed for his Oscar-winning role in “Locker” as well as Ben Affleck’s “The Town,” was in Phuket, Thailand, with a group of people bar-hopping when apparently there was an…

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Orange County history in pictures, part 3

posted by By TOM BERG @ 4:05 PM
Wednesday, January 4, 2012

We are a county of entrepreneurs. Always have been. Always will be.
In Part 3 of “Orange County History in Pictures,” we see this more than ever:
Carl Karcher turns a hot-dog stand into a fast-food empire. Robert Schuller turns a drive-in theater…

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Meet Angelina Jolie, film director

posted by By BARRY KOLTNOW @ 7:45 AM
Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Angelina Jolie has no problem handling the incessant intrusions on her privacy by throngs of tabloid journalists and paparazzi who swarm around her and Brad Pitt whenever they make a public appearance.
She handles with ease the pressure of traveling…

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2012 OC Music Awards nominations announced

posted by BY KELLI SKYE FADROSKI @ 2:05 PM
Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The academy has spoken and the nominees are in for the 2012 OC Music Awards. The annual ceremony celebrates the best in local music and this year the nominees include a few past winners as well as some fresh talent. The area’s biggest…

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O.C. sees big restaurant boom

posted by By NANCY LUNA @ 9:12 AM
Tuesday, January 3, 2012

For the second consecutive year, the number of restaurants in Orange County is on the rise as a legion of hipster food concepts have lined up to replace stale eateries that have closed their doors.
Orange County dining establishments increased to…

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Tips for enjoying the Rose Parade

posted by By SCOTT BROWN @ 11:30 AM
Monday, January 2, 2012

Parking, regulations and what to look for at the 2012 Rose Parade.

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Some 2012 celebrity resolutions we’d like to see

posted by By PAUL HODGINS @ 11:00 AM
Sunday, January 1, 2012

We’ve been enduring certain celebrities’ annoying faults and foibles for far too long. Others just need to re-think their situation. Here’s a list of New Year’s resolutions we’d love to see them sign on to.
 
Contact the writer: 714-796-7979 or…

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The 10 worst movies of 2011

posted by By RICK BENTLEY @ 1:00 PM
Friday, December 30, 2011

So many bad movies, so little space. This year’s collection of stinkers proves Adam Sandler can be counted on to make at least one monumentally bad film, not all comic book movies are good and there are times when there’s nothing funny about a…

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Bob Seger shows he’s still got the same soul

posted by By GEORGE A. PAUL @ 1:30 PM
Thursday, December 29, 2011

When Bob Seger sang “today’s music ain’t got the same soul” during his signature 1978 tune “Old Time Rock and Roll” early on Wednesday night at Staples Center, the lyric rang especially true.
While Seger initially wrote it (but didn’t take credit)…

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Find a place to party on New Year’s Eve

posted by COMPILED BY THE REGISTER STAFF @ 11:45 AM
Wednesday, December 28, 2011

If a quiet New Year’s Eve at home just isn’t your thing, there are plenty of local party options for the kickoff party of the year. Whether you’re looking for something to do with the family, an elegant dinner with a Champagne toast at midnight or an…

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20 celebrity questions that must be answered in 2012

posted by By BARRY KOLTNOW @ 7:40 AM
Wednesday, December 28, 2011

I promise that I have compiled my last list of anything remotely associated with 2011.
But I never promised anything about 2012.
Following that logic, I have compiled my first list of the new year. I’m taking a wild guess that it won’t be my last….

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Some incredibly huge divorce payouts

posted by By LANDON HALL @ 4:59 PM
Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Late last week a judge finalized the divorce of Mel Gibson and his wife of more than 31 years, Robyn Denise Gibson. She gets half his fortune, estimated at $850 million. What are the largest divorce settlements of all time? Ones paid by Gibson, Sir…

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Van Halen will tour in 2012 with Roth

posted by By PAUL HODGINS @ 4:15 PM
Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Put this on your 2012 “Reasons to Live” sticky note: Van Halen will tour next year.
Tickets will go on sale Jan. 10, according to announcement made earlier this week on the band’s Website.
A video accompanying the announcement caused some…

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Nothing compared 2 him. For a little weeks.
In a bizarre, rambling post on her website, Sinead O’Connor announced she was divorcing husband Barry Herridge — after just 18 days. The couple seemed over-the-moon happy when they tied the knot Dec. 8…

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AfterWork: Best of 2011

posted by By BARRY KOLTNOW @ 9:25 AM
Tuesday, December 27, 2011

What does a former Real Orange County Housewife, two San Diego Chargers cheerleaders and the Naked Sushi Girl have in common?
They were featured in AfterWork in 2011.
And we have brought them back for an encore in our year-end slide show. The photos…

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Get movie times at your local theater for the big movies opening this holiday weekend.

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O.C.’s Rebecca Black conquers the world in 2011

posted by By PETER LARSEN @ 4:31 PM
Friday, December 23, 2011

Rebecca Black walks down the hallway of a Los Angeles TV studio, a small entourage trailing her leopard-print stiletto heels, when suddenly the sound of “Friday” — the song that turned this Orange County teen into the Internet sensation of 2011 –…

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The 20 best albums of 2011

posted by By BEN WENER @ 3:20 PM
Friday, December 23, 2011

If you want an authoritative list, grab Mojo’s, stuff all of it in your Spotify and count it down over Christmas break from 50 to 1.
That will educate you on the overwhelming wealth of great music this year that barely sold (compared to Adele,…

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Who are the most famous mistresses?

posted by By LANDON HALL @ 12:50 PM
Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The lesson here is: Don’t mess with the NBA Wives’ Club.
The Internet has been aflame with news that Kobe Bryant is getting divorced from his wife of 10 years, Vanessa Bryant. Several websites reported that Vanessa, who stuck by Bryant even after he…

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A roundup of celeb breakups from 2011

posted by By LANDON HALL and SAMANTHA GOWEN @ 12:50 PM
Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Here’s a switch: Actress Debra Messing and her husband of 10 years, producer-writer Daniel Zelman, are separating. But they’re continuing to live under the same roof for the benefit of 7-year-old son Roman.
That’s a refreshing bit of selflessness on…

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20 top food trucks at New Year’s Eve event

posted by By NANCY LUNA @ 11:22 AM
Wednesday, December 21, 2011

So far, 20 food trucks are lined up to feed the masses at this year’s OC Fair New Year’s Eve Block Party.
Organizers of the event, held at the fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, snapped up some of Southern California’s hottest gourmet food trucks to ring in…

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‘Real Housewives of O.C.’ premiering Feb. 7

posted by By RICHARD CHANG @ 7:41 PM
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Just when you thought America may have had enough, Bravo has announced that season 7 of “The Real Housewives of Orange County” is premiering Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 9 p.m.
Perhaps the biggest news of the reality TV series is something we’ve reported…

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Jon Bon Jovi, NOT dead, other oops obituaries

posted by By SAMANTHA GOWEN @ 12:10 PM
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Who died today and is it really true?
Obituaries rank as some of the highest read articles published by newspapers and news sources around the world.
Click the photo above to see accidental obituaries …
It might come as a surprise to some, but the…

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By the numbers: War ends in Iraq

posted by By SAMANTHA GOWEN @ 12:10 PM
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The last 500 troops stationed in Iraq left the country quietly Sunday, ending nearly nine years of war.
President Barack Obama stopped short of calling the U.S. effort in Iraq a victory.
“I would describe our troops as having succeeded in the mission…

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Kobe Bryant’s alleged mistresses outed

posted by By TIMOTHY MANGAN @ 8:12 AM
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Vanessa Bryant filed for divorce from Kobe Bryant on Friday, of course, but the real fun began on the internet Monday, when every website seemed to be licking its chops.She didn’t do it without reasons. Hmm, what could those reasons be? “Let’s…

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AfterWork: The hostesses

posted by By BARRY KOLTNOW @ 9:55 AM
Monday, December 19, 2011

A restaurant hostess is not just another pretty face.
In fact, restaurant hostesses have an important job – they make first impressions.
If they make a good first impression, the customer is likely to have a favorable experience. If they make a bad…

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It’s been a wild couple of years for Huntington Beach metal quintet Avenged Sevenfold.
As vocalist M. Shadows noted during their set Saturday night in Ontario, this particular run began with tragedy when the band’s anchor, James “The Rev”…

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Island Cinema brings luxury theater to Newport Beach

posted by By RICHARD CHANG @ 6:40 PM
Friday, December 16, 2011

There’s a new movie house in town, and its name is Island Cinema.
The high-end, luxury theater, which opened Friday, is located at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. It’s in the same second-level area near Nordstrom where Edwards Island Cinemas and Red…

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What’s all red and all over? Gloria Allred!

posted by By SAMANTHA GOWEN @ 11:20 AM
Friday, December 16, 2011

What do Herman Cain, Scott Peterson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tiger Woods, Michael Jackson, O.J. Simpson and Roman Polanski have in common?
How about a lawyer who has a nose for scandal and celebrity? See a headline with “sex,” “discrimination” or…

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Will Ferrell reigns as god of wine

posted by By TIMOTHY MANGAN @ 5:31 PM
Thursday, December 15, 2011

Comedian Will Ferrell has been named the god of wine for next year’s Mardi Gras in New Orleans.The Bacchus krewe of the popular Carnival season parade announced the choice Thursday.Ferrell rose to fame on “Saturday Night Live” and has had a…

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Howard Stern signs up for ‘America’s Got Talent’

posted by By TIMOTHY MANGAN @ 4:18 PM
Thursday, December 15, 2011

Howard Stern will be joining the judges’ panel on “America’s Got Talent,” and the NBC summer talent show will uproot itself from Los Angeles to accommodate the New York-based shock jock, the network said Thursday.
NBC confirmed weeks-old rumors…

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O.C.’s Rebecca Black on Google’s top search list for 2011

posted by By PETER LARSEN @ 1:11 PM
Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Google Zeitgeist tracks what’s hottest on the Internet by how much a person, place or thing is searched for on Google, and how quickly those search terms start to soar. You can check it daily — hourly,  even — but the end of the year always…

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BEVERLY HILLS — Silent film is taking over Hollywood’s awards scene. The silent-era tale “The Artist” heads the Golden Globes with six nominations, among them best comedy or musical and acting honors for its French stars, Jean Dujardin and Berenice…

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Photos: child stars, all grown up

posted by By LANDON HALL @ 3:18 PM
Wednesday, December 14, 2011

We admit it: The idea for a “where are they now?” gallery of former child actors came to us when we saw photos of Anna Chlumsky at the premiere of “The Iron Lady” on Tuesday night.
Chlumsky became a star opposite Macaulay Culkin in “My Girl” in 1991…

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Lindsay Lohan praised in court

posted by By TIMOTHY MANGAN @ 3:13 PM
Wednesday, December 14, 2011

This qualifies as news: Lindsay Lohan praised by a judge in court.
Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner said Wednesday the actress was doing well under strict new terms of her probation and urged her to keep up the good work.
The starlet has…

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Evil and awesome: 25 really smart movie villains

posted by By BARRY KOLTNOW @ 7:30 AM
Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Long before Hannibal Lecter ate that poor census taker’s liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti in “The Silence of the Lambs,” there was Professor Moriarty.
Long before Hans Gruber posed as a terrorist in “Die Hard” in an attempt to steal $640…

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LOS ANGELES — The Deep South drama “The Help” leads the Screen Actors Guild Awards with four nominations, among them honors for Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer.
The adaptation of the best-selling novel also was nominated Wednesday…

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Tony-winning opera and Broadway star sings cabaret in O.C.

posted by By PAUL HODGINS @ 3:33 PM
Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Paulo Szot is a rarity in the opera world. The 42-year-old Brazilian baritone owns a magic combination of breathtaking voice, movie star looks and electrifying stage presence.
And unlike most of his colleagues, Szot is comfortable and successful in…

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Odom goes to Mavericks, so does Khloe

posted by By TIMOTHY MANGAN @ 9:10 AM
Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Lakers utility man Lamar Odom was traded to the Dallas Mavericks over the weekend and, as predicted here, a Kardashian was thrown in to sweeten the deal.Khloe Kardashian, Odom’s wife, not only said she would go with Odom wherever he went, but now…

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For the sixth consecutive year, Fullerton’s Maverick Theater has unfurled its signature Christmas show, a parody of the 1964 B-movie “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.” While most seasonal stage productions are meant to warm the heart, this staging…

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Where are they now? Chelsea, all the presidents’ kids

posted by By SAMANTHA GOWEN @ 3:15 PM
Monday, December 12, 2011

Chelsea Clinton has come a long way from her curly-haired days in the White House.
The only child of former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will shuck her privacy for a part-time gig on “Rock Center,” where she’ll be a…

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AfterWork: The servers

posted by By BARRY KOLTNOW @ 7:35 AM
Monday, December 12, 2011

A few weeks ago, we honored the men and women who make our drinks. Now we are tipping our hats to the men and women who bring those drinks to our tables. Not to mention the food.
They usually do so with smiles on their faces, infinite patience and…

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Who should be Time’s person of the year?

posted by By SAMANTHA GOWEN @ 5:15 PM
Saturday, December 10, 2011

Since 1927, venerable news magazine Time has named a man, person, woman or thing of the year based on events that changed the world in one way or another.
Candidates for the title are spread across a spectrum of bad to good. Did they captivate,…

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Who got snubbed by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

posted by By LANDON HALL @ 3:40 PM
Friday, December 9, 2011

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s class of 2012 will include Guns N’ Roses, the Beastie Boys, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Laura Nyro, Donovan, the Faces (regular and Small), and bluesman Freddie King. Which omissions are the most glaring? Click on the…

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Did Kardashians jinx Lakers deal?

posted by By SAMANTHA GOWEN @ 3:39 PM
Friday, December 9, 2011

Did a Kardashian jinx kill the Lakers trade?
It seems we can’t turn left or right without hearing the ubiquitous Kardashian name.
As the Lakers’ dream of a refreshed squad crumbles under the NBA Commisioner David Stern’s big fist, those of us who…

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Incubus cancels Acoustic Christmas appearance

posted by By BEN WENER @ 11:39 AM
Thursday, December 8, 2011

It doesn’t happen very often that a band has to bow out of a scheduled set at KROQ’s much-anticipated Almost Acoustic Christmas shows. Spots on those bills are so coveted, even long-established acts relish the opportunity to take part.
But this time…

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Alec Baldwin and other celeb air rage cases

posted by By LANDON HALL @ 2:40 PM
Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Alec Baldwin is never going to win the public-relations battle over an incident like this. He simply has too much baggage.
Baldwin was booted from an American Airlines flight at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday night after he refused to…

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Actor Harry Morgan, star of ‘M*A*S*H,’ dies at 96

posted by By PETER LARSEN @ 1:50 PM
Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Actor Harry Morgan, who starred in dozens of TV and movie roles in a career that spanned six decades, died Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 96.
His career started in the ’40s, often playing bad guys and gangsters, characters with names…

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It’s always dangerous to rethink a classic, especially if it’s associated with Christmas. Most people take a dim view of artists who alter their sacred Yuletide traditions.
But actor James Leaming has been living with “It’s a Wonderful Life” for many…

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New albums: Amy Winehouse, Black Keys, Korn and more

posted by By BEN WENER @ 3:40 PM
Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Wait a second: Isn’t this December? Isn’t this when the record biz typically slows to a crawl, tosses all their hottest talents at radio festivals and prepares for an extended holiday vacation?
Apparently not this year. We always know to expect a…

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Larry King, other celebs who want to be frozen

posted by By LANDON HALL @ 3:00 PM
Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Think, for a moment, about the future and all the wonders that lie ahead.
Now think about our descendants being able to enjoy the talents of Larry King, Paris Hilton and Simon Cowell. Don’t you envy them? While the rest of us are six feet under,…

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Orange County history in pictures, Part 2

posted by By TOM BERG @ 9:21 AM
Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Orange County has proven to be a place for reinvention.
In the late 1800s, Irvine was a sheep farm. Anaheim was wine capital of California. And Newport Beach was a shipping mecca.
By the 1900s, that all changed.
Today we bring you Part 2 of our…

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Musicians who should never play the Super Bowl

posted by By LANDON HALL @ 3:00 PM
Monday, December 5, 2011

Already the talk on the Internet is about which songs Madonna should sing during halftime of the Super Bowl on Feb. 5. Wait, we’re not done mocking the choice of Madonna in the first place!
Madonna, 53, is the latest selection for the show who is in…

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Top 10 most shoplifted goods

posted by By SAMANTHA GOWEN @ 1:55 PM
Monday, December 5, 2011

Next time you’re out shopping for Christmas, consider this: There is likely a thief walking the aisles with you.
Adweek has teamed up with the National Association of Shoplifting Prevention to compile a Top 10 list of most shoplifted items for 2011….

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Lady Gaga lights up KIIS-FM’s Jingle Ball

posted by By MARTHA RAMIREZ @ 12:09 PM
Monday, December 5, 2011

What do hip-hop, house and dance music have in common? Plenty, of course, but Saturday night at Nokia Theatre what bonded them was how all three were celebrated during KIIS-FM’s annual Jingle Ball. Fans enjoyed an eclectic night of sounds, from…

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One of the films generating significant buzz as awards and Oscars season approaches is “The Artist” – a silent, black-and-white film written and directed by French auteur Michel Hazanavicius.
The movie – set in late-1920s Hollywood – follows…

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Every year, the rhythms of the season kick in around Thanksgiving: The malls are suddenly bedecked with Christmas displays; communities stage their tree-lighting ceremonies; Santas take their place on public thrones.
Orange County’s performing arts…

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O.C. woman crowned KROQ’s Miss Double D-cember

posted by BY KELLI SKYE FADROSKI @ 4:25 PM
Friday, December 2, 2011

Joanna, a 26-year-old from Huntington Beach, enjoyed her crowning moment on stage during KROQ’s annual Kevin & Bean Miss Double D-cember 2012 pageant held Friday morning at the Slidebar Rock-N-Roll Kitchen in downtown Fullerton.
“I just turned 26 and…

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Orange County history in pictures

posted by By TOM BERG @ 2:00 PM
Friday, December 2, 2011

The history of Orange County teaches us an important lesson. Things change.
Irvine was once a sheep farm.
Anaheim was once the wine capital of California.
Newport Beach was a shipping mecca.
Beachfront property was disdained – until trains came….

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Notable deaths of 2011

posted by Compiled by KATE LUCAS @ 8:00 AM
Friday, December 2, 2011

A child star who grew up to become Hollywood royalty, earning Academy Awards for her acting while attracting even more attention for her multiple marriages.
A high-tech visionary who co-founded a business in a garage that would go on to revolutionize…

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Actors who look just like their characters

posted by By LANDON HALL @ 4:10 PM
Thursday, December 1, 2011

At first, we were thinking that @UVAMichael could have at least gotten Daniel Day-Lewis to look at the camera (or phone) when taking the actor’s picture at a restaurant. Then we’d really get a good look at how eerily he resembles the slain 16th…

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Two young O.C. actors scare the Dickens out of Scrooge

posted by By PAUL HODGINS @ 3:00 PM
Thursday, December 1, 2011

Two young, aspiring Orange County actors are having the time of their lives this month in South Coast Repertory’s production of “A Christmas Carol.” The show is a holiday tradition now in its 32nd year, but each production features a new crop of…

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The 10 Most Annoying Celebrities of 2011

posted by By BARRY KOLTNOW @ 9:40 AM
Thursday, December 1, 2011

If you look up the word “annoy” in the dictionary, you will find: “to bother or irritate; to behave in an annoying manner.”
There is no truth to the rumor that Kim Kardashian’s photo is included with the definition – at least not in my dictionary….

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Arsenic in juice, other gnarly food additives

posted by By SAMANTHA GOWEN @ 8:52 AM
Thursday, December 1, 2011

Are your children at risk of arsenic poisoning thanks to their favorite juice?
Consumer Reports is joining TV talk-show host and heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz in a campaign to change what the government considers acceptable levels of arsenic in…

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Adele, Kanye West lead surprising Grammy nominations

posted by By BEN WENER @ 7:55 AM
Thursday, December 1, 2011

You almost had me for a moment there, Grammys. I was just about to finally admit that your blue-ribbon panel really can get everything right.
To some degree, they had it easy this time. Adele landing in all the key spots – album, record and song of…

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Victoria’s Secret supermodels host O.C. fashion party

posted by By PETER LARSEN @ 1:28 PM
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Victoria’s Secret needed a little help relaunching its South Coast Plaza store, so to the rescue flew three Angels, the name the lingerie line uses for its very best supermodels. Given that the annual “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” aired on CBS on…

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$2.5 million Victoria’s Secret bra comes to O.C.

posted by By TIMOTHY MANGAN @ 6:37 PM
Tuesday, November 29, 2011

It was a great time to be a boob, or the lover of same, Tuesday afternoon in South Coast Plaza.
A brassiere worth $2.5 million went on display inside the Victoria’s Secret shop. Unfortunately, Miranda Kerr, the Victoria’s Secret model who dons…

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O.C.’s Kina Grannis crashes the spotlight again

posted by By RICHARD CHANG @ 3:36 PM
Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Take 288,000 jelly beans, 22 months, 2,460 still frames and one Kina Grannis. What do you get?
A video that has been viewed more than 3.4 million times on YouTube, and has catapulted Grannis – who grew up in Mission Viejo and graduated from…

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Web Advertising’s Future Format: Branded Entertainment

posted by Luigi_M_Scollo @ 8:00 AM
Thursday, July 29, 2010

Web Advertising’s Future Format: Branded Entertainment

How do you deliver a marketing message to a Web-audience that
hates advertising? A few years back I proposed a solution based
on short-form television-style programs: the “120 Second
Solution,” two minute brand-story commercials formatted in a
mini three act Web-video presentation. Today this concept is
called Branded Entertainment: a two to seven minute commercial
that combines content, advertising, and entertainment in a brand
story format designed to attract and hold an audience’s
attention while delivering a memorable core marketing message.

The concept has been a hard sell as it flies in the face of a
lot of conventional wisdom about advertising formats, attention
spans, and content credibility. Like most good ideas it seems
that branded entertainment’s time has finally come. Various
marketing blogs are all a twitter about Orbit Gum’s new
campaign called “Dirty Shorts” featuring its first branded
entertainment effort, a 5:17 minute branded video from Jason
Bateman and Will Arnett. It seems these well-known actors have
enough faith in this advertising format that they’ve formed
DumbDumb, a branded video production company. Their first
effort, “The Prom Date,” was viewed 110,000 times in just
three days.

(http://videos.sitepronews.com/video/2278/The-Prom-Date)

Commitment To A Core Message

Of course not everyone has the deep pockets required to hire
Jason Bateman, but with proper planning and implementation a
branded entertainment video campaign is within reach of most
successful small and medium sized companies.

The single biggest obstacle in implementing this kind of
campaign is not the cost, but rather, the commitment to a style
and format most business owners find hard to swallow: the need
to focus on a single core reason why customers should buy your
product or service and to deliver that message in some bold or
offbeat manner.

All too often entrepreneurs think of advertising in conventional
terms like display, banner, and classified (e.g. Adwords). Even
Web video has been pushed, prodded and crammed into pre-roll and
post-roll television style spots. The Web isn’t television; it
requires a whole new way of thinking when it comes to marketing
presentations.

The Web is by nature an unconventional arena that demands bold
content. You can say and do a lot of things on the Web, but the
one thing that won’t be tolerated is boring your audience. Add
to that the fact that we live in a product placement world where
the line between advertising and content has been permanently
erased and you have an advertising environment that demands
something different.

You must stop thinking of your website as a digital brochure and
start thinking of it as a total immersive multimedia advertising
environment that connects to a target audience using standout,
break-through communication techniques. The goal is quality
engagements not shotgun traffic.

The Goal Is Quality Engagement NOT Traffic

For the average Web business it is important to remember that
huge viral numbers don’t come from clever campaigns alone, but
rather, are the result of great campaigns plus advertising
support, extensive PR, and paid-blog placement. That is not to
say that small and medium-sized companies shouldn’t pursue this
approach but rather, the goal of these campaigns should be
quality engagement not quantity traffic – a far more affordable
and productive objective.

How To Deliver Break-Through Advertising

There are various ways to achieve what ad agencies call
break-through advertising, but in every case those methods call
for content that stands out from the crowd, be it humorous,
offbeat, alarming or just plain entertaining, if it doesn’t
standout it won’t make a connection, and your website
presentation will be instantly forgotten.

The best and most complete example of branded entertainment that
I have seen was the brilliant Shredded Wheat “The Palace of
Light” campaign. It was very funny while delivering a powerful
marketing message. Unfortunately the campaign is no longer
running, but if you can find some of the videos on the Web, they
are definitely worth seeing. They are great examples of how to
turn advertising into content, and content into a memorable
experience.

In a speech about break-through advertising, Chuck Porter,
co-founder of Crispin Porter + Bogusky states the average person
sees conservatively 1600 to 3000 marketing messages a day.
That’s a lot of advertising. If your marketing communication
doesn’t standout in some way, you are probably wasting your
advertising budget.

Two Kinds of Advertising

In response to a question asking whether advertising was
technology and data driven, or creatively driven, Porter
explained that there are basically two types of advertising.

The tech-data driven ad is all about finding that person who
needs what you sell at a time when he or she wants to buy it and
then delivering the message to them. This is the reason why so
much of what you see, hear, and read in marketing journals and
blogs is filled with statistics and analysis of who is doing
what and where. All of which is perfectly fine if the only
customer you want is the one that needs what you sell instantly
or who is motivated by impulse.

This kind of advertising is all about immediacy; the customer
needs or impulsively wants what you offer right now. The key is
instant access. If customers don’t have instant access, chances
are the impulse to purchase will fade, or the prospect will find
it more convenient to get the product elsewhere. In this type of
advertising, timing and immediacy is paramount. The downside is
no long-term relationship is established.

Digital products that can be downloaded instantly seem to be
most appropriate for this approach, however that must be
qualified by the level of cost and sophistication associated
with the product or service: the higher the cost and the more
complex or advanced the offering, the less impulsive the
decision, and the more a client must be wooed. Advertising
theory commonly suggests it takes seven engagements in order to
win over a client.

The other kind of advertising is creative-based; it’s
advertising built around brand awareness and identity. This is
the kind of advertising that creates customers, and establishes
long-term loyalty. This is the kind of advertising that can
benefit from implementing a branded entertainment campaign.

Why Branded Entertainment Works

If branded entertainment is done right, it engages an audience,
it informs and enlightens, it entertains and amuses, it’s
meaningful and memorable and potentially viral. Branded
entertainment is more than advertising, it’s marketing, and it
is designed to influence attitudes, change perceptions, and
prompt action.

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