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Lincoln Mercury Returns to Webisodes

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Lincoln Mercury, which previously launched a serial Internet-based movie called Meet The Lucky Ones, is launching two new webisodes featuring the Mercury Milan mid-size sedan and the new Zephyr, Lincoln's first entry-luxury sedan. The first installments of the five-week Web series debut today at LovelyBySurprise.com and TheNeverything.com, bringing together stars from Oscar-winning movies and hit television series, including "Grey's Anatomy," "A Beautiful Mind," "Amistad" and "Walk the Line." Written and directed by Kirt Gunn, they tell the story of an author whose fiction overtakes her real life. The two sides of the story are presented on two separate Web sites - one by Lincoln, the other by Mercury.

Our brief review of the work interests us. This isn't your standard web video stuff. This is stuff you'd expect to see on TV or in the movie theater. If this is truly where advertising is going, we're all for it.

by Steve Hall    Mar-13-06    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good, Online



'Lost' Star Evangeline Lilly Loves Rugs, Does Carpet Ads

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AdJab points out 'Lost' cast member Evangeline Lilly is appearing in a series of print ads for carpet maker Karastan. Ads break this month in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, Traditional Home among others. In an interview on the Karastan site, Lilly tells us she just wanted to be mediocre and was not looking to be anything special. She also gushes about how she loves to decorate.

by Steve Hall    Mar-13-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity, Magazine



Decapitation Ad Sells...Something

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This is just one of those ads that would cause so many complaints in America that, well, it's not running in America. It's running in China. To say this ad attracts attention is an understatement. See more "executions" here.

by Steve Hall    Mar-13-06    
Topic: Good, Outdoor



Outdoor Razor Ad Shaves Grass

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Here's an interesting ad for BIC found by Creative Criminal. You don't see outdoor ads like this very often but you should. It's definitely attention-getting.

by Steve Hall    Mar-13-06    
Topic: Good, Magazine, Outdoor



Nelly, Daddy Yankee Join Reebok' 'I Am What I Am' Campaign

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Joining Reebok's rap-tastic "I Am What I Am," campaign, which we still think they stole from popeye, are Nelly and Daddy Yankee. In April, Reebok will introduce a Nelly-inspired line of sneakers, t-shirts and hats. Daddy Yanke will join the party May23 with a line of sneakers. The two will become part of Reebok's $50 million campaign.

by Steve Hall    Mar-13-06    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity



E! News Takes Over Page Six

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What may once have been a one off is now a bonafide ad unit. Late last year, the New York Post emblazoned its Page Size with a Sex and the City watermark. Today, E! News is all over Page Six. We liked the ad unit back then and we still like it. Bucky Turco spotted this one for us.

by Steve Hall    Mar-13-06    
Topic: Good, Online



There's Nothing Sexual About This Ad

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Here's one of those ads you can lay on the table in front of the client with complete confidence you've done nothing too scurrilous. When the client's facial expressions turns to one of shock and embarrassment, you can feign innocence and ask, "What? It's just a mouse on a piece of paper." And with a wicked glimmer, add, "Why? What do you see?"

by Steve Hall    Mar-12-06    
Topic: Good



Abracadabra, It's Bra Ad

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Ideas for bra ad concepts are as endless as Peter North's "product." There's no end to the way you can manipulate society's obsession with breasts into an ad campaign. While these concepts aren't rocket science, most good concepts aren't. They work because they are simple. And these ads for Wonderbra are very simple. One is playful. The other pokes fun at the relationship between breasts and shirt buttons. What more can really be said about a bra that hasn't a;ready been said?

by Steve Hall    Mar-12-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Creative Commentary, Good



HBO's 'Big Love' Campaign Hits Newspaper Wedding Pages

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CitySpecific points out an ad for HBO's polygamy-themed Big Love placed in the New York Times wedding announcement section. The ad shows Big Love star Bill Paxton in three separate wedding announcements with his three brides played by Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloe Sevigny and Ginnifer Goodwin. CitySpecific questions the Times acceptance of this ad but we think it's just another inevitable sign of things to come.

by Steve Hall    Mar-12-06    
Topic: Cable, Good, Newspaper, Opinion



Screw the Mustache, Asian Women Sell Milk Albums

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We're just gonna say it. Asian women are hot! Asian women in ads are really hot. Asian women in ads for milk, well, we'll leave that little fantasy to your own private machinations. We're not gonna share our every dirty little thought with you now. We know you have plenty of your own. So who would you buy milk from? This girl or some Hollywood star with a milk mustache? See a bigger image here and a second image here.

UPDATE: We're totally wrong. Well, sort of., It is an ad but not for milk. It's for a new album from Kodi Kumi, a popular Japanese singer. Asian women are still hot though.

by Steve Hall    Mar-11-06    
Topic: Good, Outdoor



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