While it takes way too much work to get to the payoff, this online game, tipped to us by Sanj and covered by Defamer, for Paul Walker's new movie, Running Scared, let's you play Paul Walker in a Grand Theft Auto-style game with the prize being...yes...to go down on Paul Walker's wife. Trouble is, you have to jump through age verification hoops, use a cheat code and play a bit of the game before you can bring the wife to a screaming orgasm. Not exactly the kind of movie promotion the MPAA will be fond of but the movie's target audience, horned up middle school boys will love it.
Perhaps living up to the notion the trailer's better than the actual movie or, perhaps, we've just been teased so much by the trailer we've detached ourselves from the intended effect, the full length version of Mike Figgis' film for Agent Provocateur, released today, seems to fall short - just an extended version of the trailer. That said, if you haven't seen it yet, find a private, secluded spot and be prepared to be very aroused. The film features two women, shot in a tantalizing black and white noir style (well, we call it that but we don't speak "movie review" very well), having a sultry, sexual encounter in the basement of a lingerie store. Suffice to say, there's lots of soft sexual whimpers, moaning, sexy lingerie, nudity, sliding of fingers over erogenous zones, longing stares and trench coated women as the camera lustfully slobbers over the women quick cut-style. Sadly, there's no real climax.
Joe Jaffe says he heard from a source the reason there were so few URLs in Super Bowl ads was because ABC representatives visited each of the advertisers' sites and if they deemed the content to be too racy, URLs were not allowed in the individual advertiser's ad. While Jaffe states he has not been able to confirm his sources claim, nor have we, it certainly is a plausible explanation for the lack of URLs in ads. Afterall, why wouldn't a marketer want to extend the value of their marketing dollars by driving people to additional marketing messages.
If this turns out to be true, it certainly opens up a very big proverbial can of worms in terms of the power a network has over controlling its advertisers' content. Of course, any network has every right to refuse any ad for any reason they choose but disallowing so many URLs from so many large and trusted brands wreaks of overbearing oversight.
There's always a fine line between humor and brand emaciation and Canada's Rogers Communications thinks Bell stepped over that line with an ad that shows a cartoon cheetah representing Bell eating a cartoon rabbit representing Rogers. Rogers has no problem with competitive and comparative advertising, "but when someone crosses the line and tries to disparage our brand, which is worth billions and billions, enough is enough. We have to do something to stop it," said Rogers Wireless Chief Marketing Officer John Boynton.
While the ad can, no doubt, be seen as a humorous approach to comparative advertising and a nod to eating your competition for lunch, watch the ad yourself and let us know what you think.
If you simply can't get enough Super Bowl advertising post-analysis and can't stop bugging your non-advertising friends about it, slide over to the Adrants Forum on Soflow where kooks like us can't help ourselves from discussing Super Bowl commercials ad nauseam. Just call it therapy. After all, we have the Olympics to get to and then the Oscars so purge yourself of the Super Bowl so you can get ready to obsess about other upcoming advertising orgasms.
Joe Jaffe has posted a ten question Super Bowl ad recall quiz to test how well we can remember what some of the ads were about . It's a quick, fun little quiz. We took it but, frustratingly, don't think we got them all right. You try.
We turn the page, you add an insert. We ban billboards from our state, you fly banners over our beaches. We hang up on your telemarketing, you call back with answer machine message leaving auto-bots. We install an email spam filter, you send spam to weblog comments and trackbacks. We stop reading comment-spammed blogs, you launch spam blogs whose sole purpose is to peddle your crap. We block your pop ups, you fuck with technology to serve them anyway. We stop watching TV to spend more time with online gaming, you plaster our games with advertising. We skip our ads with our DVR, you plaster commercial graphics all over the screen during programming. We become immune to advertising, you launch a hoard of buzz marketers on our ass.
For the 18th time since The American Association of Franchisees & Dealers began surveying the ratio of Super Bowl ads purchased by franchised and non-franchised enterprises, the franchisers continue to dominate - this year by a record margin of 82 to 38. According to AAFD Chairman Robert Purvin, who launched the organization's Advertising Super Bowl survey 19 years ago, "Super Bowl advertising continues to demonstrate the power of franchising. How else can small business owners afford to share their messages with 72 million households at one time?
Gawker has the full details on who and what will get cut from Time Inc.'s Guild Union. Among the cuts are 13 from Time, nine from Fortune, seven from Sports Illustrated, four from Money, seven from Pictures Collection, one from Fortune Small Business and none from People or Life. The full memo detailing Guild cuts can be read here.
You've simply got to love British humor. An ad like this would never be created nor run in the States because groups from the right, the left, the center, PETA and any other of the hundreds of humorless, anti-everything groups would launch whiny, self-serving protests which the media would voraciously eat up to sell a few papers. American political correctness aside, here's a convincing message laced with latex and wit convincing Britains not to litter.