Media: Things we like

Breaking Bad on FX

While The Wire has sadly come to an end, FX continues to bring us the best of US TV with Breaking Bad. Right from the off, this tale of a science teacher with terminal lung cancer refuses to pander to primetime TV conventions. The always-brilliant Bryan Cranston, from Malcolm In The Middle, hits the perfect balance of pathos and psychosis as the ill-fated 50-year-old who turns to cooking up crystal meth to provide for his family.

Volkswagen's Picturehouse spots

With Orange's Gold Spots appearing to be of increasingly variable quality of late, there is still some fun to be had at the cinema. Created by DDB London, Volkswagen's highly creative spots at Picturehouse cinemas might also be a bit inconsistent but the best ones are superb. Witness "employees" in the film industry offer their unique insights on classic cinema, including an usher who views Toy Story as "a meditation on the trials of puberty and sexuality", or the projectionist who thinks Ghostbusters is a warning about America's "obesity crisis".

IPC's InStyle redesign

The November issue of IPC's InStyle showcases a smart new look for the fashion title. The redesign features a new-style cover with a bigger masthead and new features including a fashion news section at the front of the magazine called "Style Candy". Other fashionable additions include shopping sections "The List" and "Your Look" and a feature called "What's in your Handbag?", which takes a good old snoop through celebrities' bags.

Facebook's London party

While there might be portents of recession all around us, Facebook shows every sign of going from strength to strength - its UK party, held at The Hospital in London last week to celebrate it hitting 100 million users worldwide, was extremely well attended. Key members of Facebook's commercial team, including the commercial director, Blake Chandlee, and the sales director, Stephen Haines, led from the front with some solid drinking and dodgy dancing. It was good to see so many "virtual" friends in one place.


The rebranding of Pizza Hut

Whoever came up with the idea of rebranding Pizza Hut as Pasta Hut (and let's hope it wasn't its agency, Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO) has clearly got a screw loose. If the object was to get some press coverage, then it's succeeded, but if it's trying to attract new customers, it's a big mistake. People aren't stupid - a fast-food pizza chain is still a fast-food pizza chain, and fiddling with the brand by inserting "pasta" into the name isn't going to fool anyone.

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