Monday, August 10, 2009

Quick Hits

- Nicole Kidman was in the cowtown on Saturday night. Kidman's hubby, Keith Urban, was headlining at the Sprint Center in Kansas City that evening and Kidman accompanied him on the trip. Taylor Swift opened for Urban--the two played to a sold-out crowd.

- Congratulations to our friends at VML! The latest Forrester Wave ranking of the top U.S. Interactive Agencies has VML first in the Overall Current Offering category. VML is a Kansas City-based agency which is part of the WPP global network.

- In other digital news, Microsoft announced that it has reached agreement with Publicis Groupe to buy Razorfish, the interactive agency that Microsoft has owned since acquiring the agency's parent company, aQuantive, in 2007. Razorfish will continue with its current management as an autonomous unit of VivaKi division of Publicis, according to today's New York Times report.

- The long-awaited documentary, It Might Get Loud, opens this Friday in New York and Los Angeles. This film documents the bringing together of three musicians who changed the face of music for their generation of guitarists and listeners--Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, The Edge of U2 and Jack White of the White Stripes, the Raconteurs and the Dead Weather. Directed by Davis Guggenheim (Inconvenient Truth), the film is about making music--what inspires these three, their musical methods and how music is a universal language.

- AMC has confirmed that this season of Mad Men will pick up in 1963. According to creator Matthew Weiner, the new season will deal with the themes of that year--urban renewal, sexual openness, atomic technology and, likely, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The new season kicks off this Sunday evening.

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