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(The Consumerist)   Celebrities, told by corporate execs to continually mention products in their shows, finally admit: "It's hard to make that sh*t sound natural"   (consumerist.com ) divider line
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2013-06-26 09:45:58 AM  
Considering that the editing of Top Chef makes it painfully obvious that Padma never EVER gets it right on the first take, this is the least surprising thing I've heard all day.
 
2013-06-26 09:46:10 AM  
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2013-06-26 10:18:12 AM  

Diogenes: [www.ericrosenbergdesign.com image 375x517]


You know what bugged me about that movie?  The scene where Truman freaks out because his wife is still doing the product placement during an emotional breakdown doesn't make sense if you think about it.  All Truman has ever known is people doing product placement.  It should seem perfectly normal to him for his wife to mention the brand and quaility of a product when offering him cocao because he's stressed.  Offering a hot beverage is perfectly normal when someone is upset and the product placement is just part of the world he's always known.
 
2013-06-26 10:36:27 AM  
I'm surprised they don't do more Sorpranos like shows.... I think every episode they were selling something....
 
2013-06-26 10:43:11 AM  

gund goat: Diogenes: [www.ericrosenbergdesign.com image 375x517]

You know what bugged me about that movie?  The scene where Truman freaks out because his wife is still doing the product placement during an emotional breakdown doesn't make sense if you think about it.  All Truman has ever known is people doing product placement.  It should seem perfectly normal to him for his wife to mention the brand and quaility of a product when offering him cocao because he's stressed.  Offering a hot beverage is perfectly normal when someone is upset and the product placement is just part of the world he's always known.


His eyes were being opened.  Plus, his life was perfect and controlled and he probably never really experienced deep unhappiness or existential crises like that before.  What would have previously been normal would now seem peculiar.
 
2013-06-26 10:43:21 AM  

FullMetalPanda: I'm surprised they don't do more Sorpranos like shows.... I think every episode they were selling something....


The USA Network shows (BURN NOTICE, PSYCH, etc) are loaded with product placement.  Some of the
shows handle it better than others, though:  I happened to watch NECESSARY ROUGHNESS last night
(my wife watches it and I was just in the room, I swear) and they managed to have a character who was
playing a football player do a whole lot of product placements by trying to pitch himself as a commercial
pitchman to get an entre to the sports management agency the main character (who was his shrink in the
previous season) now worked for.  It was a helluva lot more entertaining and subtle than the plugs for the
Ford cars that they do on WHITE COLLAR, anyway.
 
2013-06-26 11:27:49 AM  

Diogenes: gund goat: Diogenes: [www.ericrosenbergdesign.com image 375x517]

You know what bugged me about that movie?  The scene where Truman freaks out because his wife is still doing the product placement during an emotional breakdown doesn't make sense if you think about it.  All Truman has ever known is people doing product placement.  It should seem perfectly normal to him for his wife to mention the brand and quaility of a product when offering him cocao because he's stressed.  Offering a hot beverage is perfectly normal when someone is upset and the product placement is just part of the world he's always known.

His eyes were being opened.  Plus, his life was perfect and controlled and he probably never really experienced deep unhappiness or existential crises like that before.  What would have previously been normal would now seem peculiar.


That's what I got from it too.  She's giving him an entire speech on cocoa that sounds exactly like a commercial just at a time when he's beginning to worry his entire life is a fraud.
 
2013-06-26 11:30:33 AM  
best product placement is in Comedians riding in Cars getting Coffee.

second would be the show seifeld

might as well make a joke out of it.
 
2013-06-26 11:41:56 AM  

Elandriel: Diogenes: gund goat: Diogenes: [www.ericrosenbergdesign.com image 375x517]

You know what bugged me about that movie?  The scene where Truman freaks out because his wife is still doing the product placement during an emotional breakdown doesn't make sense if you think about it.  All Truman has ever known is people doing product placement.  It should seem perfectly normal to him for his wife to mention the brand and quaility of a product when offering him cocao because he's stressed.  Offering a hot beverage is perfectly normal when someone is upset and the product placement is just part of the world he's always known.

His eyes were being opened.  Plus, his life was perfect and controlled and he probably never really experienced deep unhappiness or existential crises like that before.  What would have previously been normal would now seem peculiar.

That's what I got from it too.  She's giving him an entire speech on cocoa that sounds exactly like a commercial just at a time when he's beginning to worry his entire life is a fraud.


Yup.  I think it's the moment that he realizes that his "normal" life is anything but.
 
2013-06-26 01:25:21 PM  
Diogenes:

Done in two
 
2013-06-26 01:27:59 PM  
Wasn't this addressed in a show a few times?

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2013-06-26 02:22:23 PM  
You can write this shiat, George, but you sure as hell can't say it.
 
2013-06-26 02:31:05 PM  
Anything's got to be better than that damn car on Bones.

"It's easy to find the murder scene with this great nav system!"
"Don't drive too fast.  I want to luxuriate in this comfortable seat!"
 
2013-06-26 03:04:22 PM  
I'll never buy a Ford car again. The product placement in the last season of House killed a number of episodes for me.
 
2013-06-26 03:26:21 PM  

Phony_Soldier: I'll never buy a Ford car again. The product placement in the last season of House killed a number of episodes for me.


Hehe. Oddly germane, as the fiancé and I watched "One Crazy Summer" recently, and I was mentioning the product placement in the movie.

/ah the 80s, when product placement meant something
//you could always tell the biggest sponsor by what branded product showed up first
 
2013-06-26 04:06:24 PM  

Peki: Phony_Soldier: I'll never buy a Ford car again. The product placement in the last season of House killed a number of episodes for me.

Hehe. Oddly germane, as the fiancé and I watched "One Crazy Summer" recently, and I was mentioning the product placement in the movie.

/ah the 80s, when product placement meant something
//you could always tell the biggest sponsor by what branded product showed up first


What?  The Lobster Restaurant?  Or maybe the canned chili?

I'll have to watch it again to see the product placement.  I'm sure that it's there, but I didn't really notice it before.
 
2013-06-26 06:03:11 PM  
this article is what a list of shows i've never seen and never will looks like.
 
2013-06-26 08:02:38 PM  

Phony_Soldier: I'll never buy a Ford car again. The product placement in the last season of House killed a number of episodes for me.


They've been doing that to Amazing Race for years. I can't stand when a whole challenge is based around using their freaking technology.

I notice product placement the most, however, when a character on a show drives a car you know they'd never drive.
 
2013-06-26 08:16:00 PM  
It's all the Oracle stuff in the Avengers movies that gets to me... because Oracle is a bunch of asshats (the people making the business decisions anyways).
 
2013-06-26 09:23:18 PM  
I don't see what the big deal about product placement in competitive realty shows (Survivor, Top Chef, Amazing Race, etc.) is. After all, they're not really "realty shows" as much as fancy, season-long game shows. And the whole point of game shows is product placement.

/Selected members of the Fark studio audience will receive Rice-a-Roni. Rice-a-Roni, the San Francisco treat.
//My wardrobe is supplied by Botany 500
 
2013-06-27 04:02:13 AM  
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2013-06-27 06:53:11 AM  
Always makes me think of State and Main

We don't have the money.

Find the money.

If you do the product placement-

It's a computer company.

Bazoomer Com?!

Bazoomer dot com.

I can't put a computer in a film shot in 1895!

You want to tell me how to do that?

The art department had some ideas.

No no no no! Just pay her off!
 
2013-06-27 08:52:29 AM  

DjangoStonereaver: FullMetalPanda: I'm surprised they don't do more Sorpranos like shows.... I think every episode they were selling something....

The USA Network shows (BURN NOTICE, PSYCH, etc) are loaded with product placement.  Some of the
shows handle it better than others, though:  I happened to watch NECESSARY ROUGHNESS last night
(my wife watches it and I was just in the room, I swear) and they managed to have a character who was
playing a football player do a whole lot of product placements by trying to pitch himself as a commercial
pitchman to get an entre to the sports management agency the main character (who was his shrink in the
previous season) now worked for.  It was a helluva lot more entertaining and subtle than the plugs for the
Ford cars that they do on WHITE COLLAR, anyway.


That's exactly what came to my mind too - James Roday talking about Snyder's of Hanover pretzels. To me, it's more amusing to watch them blatantly push the product like they do on Psych and other USA original shows than to watch people try (and fail) to subtly and awkwardly fit it in.
 
2013-06-27 01:17:06 PM  
The best product placement ever...I guess it was product placement or just an advertisement for the show themes band, was on smallville. They were at a dance and Remy zero was playing the dance. Pete walks up to Clark and goes "wow! This band is great!" And he goes "yeah, its Remy zero!" And then there is an overhead shot of a Remy zero CD on a table and Clark slides the CD over to Pete. Couldn't stop laughing.
 
2013-06-27 03:43:09 PM  

Phony_Soldier: I'll never buy a Ford car again. The product placement in the last season of House killed a number of episodes for me.


I think I heard Alias once say "Quick!  Get in the Ford F-150 supercab!"
 
2013-06-27 03:48:02 PM  

hervatski: The best product placement ever...I guess it was product placement or just an advertisement for the show themes band, was on smallville. They were at a dance and Remy zero was playing the dance. Pete walks up to Clark and goes "wow! This band is great!" And he goes "yeah, its Remy zero!" And then there is an overhead shot of a Remy zero CD on a table and Clark slides the CD over to Pete. Couldn't stop laughing.


Why would you remind me of that?  I've spent years trying to pretend I have never seen an episode of Smallville.

If only someone who had ever actually, y'know, lived in the midwest were involved in the show.   The worst: The scene where a girl hits a deer in her early aughts SUV, killing it but miraculously leaving the intact carcass in front of her intact vehicle.  Reality: an enormous blood slick on the road, deer parts for 70 ft and quite likely her car flipped into the ditch and her bleeding profusely from the head.
Second worst: The tornado season finale.  They used stock storm footage and incredibly bad CGI to imagine a storm.  No stillness, no green sky, just a writer's idea of what a tornado looks like.
 
2013-06-27 04:09:53 PM  
I've got you beat. In the final season Clark was talking to Chloe in the watchtower. They have a little argument and Clark turns around to walk away but runs into a table, visibly and quite clearly MOVING the table a foot, yet no one yelled cut. He just walked around it and the scene went on. I love that show. You have enough money to make hawkman fly but not enough to redo a 30 second scene haha
 
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