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Video: Toyota ad starring Terry Crews and the Muppets.
The Super Bowl is Sunday, and we know many of you just watch the show for the commercials, some of the funniest or fanciest that the ad industry creates all year.
Advertisers pay $4 million for a 30-second commercial during the Fox broadcast, expected to draw up to 100 million viewers in the United States. But you can see them many of them for free right here, days before the game itself. (Plus a couple you won't see.)
Companies looking to jump the gun and take advantage of Super Bowl advance hype to hype their own products have posted a number of ads already — though the game itself will likely have some big ads we don’t get to see until they hit the airwaves. Los Angeles is home to the shoots for a number of these ads, so keep an eye out for any locations you recognize.
1. Budweiser: “Puppy Love”
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Jay Leno talks about his relationship with his soon-to-be-former employer, NBC, with "60 Minutes."
Jay Leno is retiring from late night after leaving "The Tonight Show." Really this time, according to a new interview he gave to "60 Minutes," despite saying previously that he was considering his options and speculation that he could jump to another network.
Leno says in the interview that he can't recreate the "Tonight Show" with a new show, the Associated Press reports, so he'll be leaving late night to successor Jimmy Fallon.
He tried once before. Leno faced a backlash after staying on the NBC airwaves after he left "The Tonight Show" in 2009 with "The Jay Leno Show," before returning to "Tonight" at 11:35 p.m. and ousting his attempted successor, Conan O'Brien.
Leno tells "60 Minutes" that he was "blindsided" by being told by NBC that he was out and would be replaced by O'Brien, and that it felt like having a girlfriend break up with him.
Sunday night, the Grammy Awards hit the Staples Center, with the record industry honoring the best music of the past year — at least the best music that sold records.
Ratings for the event's CBS broadcast were down last year, from 40 million to 28 million viewers, but that seems largely due to 2012 drawing a huge number following Whitney Houston's death. Last year still had almost 2 million more viewers than in 2011.
Still, the show can be polarizing, with those who aren't as into the current music scene feeling disconnected from the show — many of the commenters who posted about the Grammys on KPCC's Facebook page noted how little interest they had in the program. Here are the things worth watching the show for.
1. Memorable duets
The Grammys serve as a place for performers to duet, often in surprising combinations, to deliver one-of-a-kind team-ups. Elton John played a part in two of the most famous, performing alongside Eminem following Em being criticized for being anti-gay:
The popular "Jordan, Jesse, Go!" podcast, hosted by NPR "Bullseye" host Jesse Thorn and comedian Jordan Morris, is taping a live show this Saturday here in Los Angeles. Lots of podcasts do that, but Jordan and Jesse are upping the stakes by recording the show from inside the historic USS Iowa battleship.
Thorn explained to KPCC in an email how this event on the high (docked) seas came into being.
"We had a listener email us about something completely unrelated, and at the end of the email, he said 'and incidentally, I'm the events director of a battleship, so if you ever want to do something...' And we ignored everything else he was emailing about and just honed right in on the battleship part," Thorn wrote.
Tickets are $20, or $35 if you want a tour of the ship, with the proceeds going to Swords To Plowshares. It's a non-profit, founded in 1974, that benefits veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area. According to the organization, they serve 2,000 veterans every year.
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Egging houses has long been a rite of passage for many young people, but egging can come at a cost, especially in a ritzy neighborhood — Justin Bieber's neighbor, whose house Bieber allegedly egged, may have suffered $20,000 worth of damage, according to the Sheriff's Department.
The damage from just one egg can be significant, according to Popular Mechanics. Cleaning off egg can be difficult and even cause more damage.
Pat Curtis, a professor at Auburn University and director of the National Egg Processing Center, tells Popular Mechanics that it's important to use warm water to clean egged surfaces.
Other important points when cleaning an egged home, as reported by Popular Mechanics:
- Remove the egg as quickly as possible
- Wet the siding below the egged area
- Spray the siding above the egg to flush it off with a sheet of water
- Use a high-alkaline detergent — higher than common household detergents