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Pointlessness Is The Point of Monty Python 'Silly Walk Generator'

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This is just weird and pointless. But, then again, that's the whole point when it comes to Mony Python. Oh, the thing is supposed to promote Monty Python's Personal Best DVD release.

by Steve Hall    Mar-10-06    
Topic: Online, Strange



'The Simpsons' Opening Mimicked By Human Actors For UK Broadcaster

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Everyone's jumping on this like a Puma Spoof ad so we will to. Clickz's Pamela Parker points to a viral video that mimics The Simpsons opening montage but with actual human actors. It's all done to promote UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB's airing of The Simpsons. Really nice work.

by Steve Hall    Mar- 9-06    
Topic: Good, Viral



HBO Continues Wedding-Themed Promotion For 'Big Love'

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To promote it spolygamy-themed new show, Big Love, HBO headed down the wedding-theme promotional road placing figurines atop actual wedding cakes in actual bakeries. Now, it's sending out direct mail wedding invitations which point to a website for the Henrickson wedding, Bill Paxton's surname in the series.

by Steve Hall    Mar- 9-06    
Topic: Cable, Direct, Good, Guerilla



Sex Dolls Used to Stop Mexican Men Treating Women Like Sex Dolls

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John Brock points us to a story about a recently launched Mexican television campaign from the National Women's Institute which portrays blow up sex dolls as office workers to somehow get men to stop treating women like sex dolls. Somehow, we just think this reinforces the stereotype.

by Steve Hall    Mar- 9-06    
Topic: Bad, Campaigns, Creative Commentary, Strange



Philips' :15 Pre-Movie Ad Turned Down, View It Here

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Unfortunately, the theater industry was too stupid to take Philips' money and run. As you may have heard Philips, through Carat USA, tried to buy four minutes worth of pre-movie ad time in Boston and Minneapolis movie theaters from Screenvision and run only a :15. Predictably, Screenvision declined viewing it as a cannibalization of its annoying business model. Screenvision must be run by the same idiots that run Starz who insist upon placing idiotic skits and mini-programs in front of all of its on-demand movies. While you've read about this Philips thing everywhere, you haven't seen the actual commercial Philips wanted to run. We have it for you here. Granted, it's not creatively earth shattering but that's the point - a:15 and your done. On with the show.

by Steve Hall    Mar- 9-06    
Topic: Commercials



'America's Top Model' Gets Product Vision Spoof Treatment

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Just as they did with Survivor and The Apprentice, anti-product placement group Product Vision has created another spoof called Top Model For Sale which pokes fun at UPN's America's Top Model product placements. As usual, product placements are blatantly made fun of. Give it a look if only to see a bunch of scantily-clad women prance about.

by Steve Hall    Mar- 9-06    
Topic: Product Placement, Spoofs



Reebok UK Signs Teen Boxer For Marketing Deal

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Reebok UK is signing an endorsement partnership with British boxer Amir Khan. He becomes the first ever boxer to be signed by Reebok and joins existing sport and music icons such as Manchester United's Ryan Giggs and Streets front man Mike Skinner. The ad, which breaks March 12, is part of the "I Am What I Am" campaign created by New York agency Mcgarrybowen.

by Steve Hall    Mar- 9-06    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Magazine



Nude French Magazine Cover Catches Eye of Visiting New Yorker

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Bucky Turco tells us New Yorker Heron Preston Johnson, attending Parsons School of Design in Paris is suffering from culture shock. Coming from America where all our thoughts of nudity and sex are bottled up, capped and stored on a shelf, Johnson was a bit overwhelmed by the openess the French and many other European nations have about sex and sexual imagery. Apparently, while walking down the street, he was a bit shocked by this ad poster for a French fashion magazine. Se the full image here.

by Steve Hall    Mar- 9-06    
Topic: Magazine, Outdoor, Trends and Culture



Clio Awards Announces Content & Contact, Design Jury

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The 006 Clio Awards has announced two jury panels. The Clio Content & Contact category is led by jury chairman Paul Woolmington, founding partner of Naked Communications, New York. Woolmington was on the founding C&C jury in 2003, and one of the first media executives to serve as a Clio juror. The other C&C jury members are Guy Seese, creative director, Goodby, Silverstein & Partners in San Francisco, California; Rodrigo Figueroa Reyes, president/executive creative director, FiRe Advertainment in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Richard Beaven, executive vice president/managing director, MediaVest USA in New York, and Robert Rasmussen, creative director, JWT in New York.

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by Steve Hall    Mar- 9-06    
Topic: Industry Events



Glamour Stiletto Run Held This Morning

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In mid-February, we reported BSUR Concepting, to promote the Dutch launch of Glamour, would host the Glamour Stiletto Run, a race during which women wearing heels will run a 75 meter sprint to win 10,000 Euros. Today, that event occurred and you can view it here. If anyone has a less epileptic video of the event, we'd love to see it.

See more images of the event here.

by Steve Hall    Mar- 9-06    
Topic: Good, Guerilla, Magazine



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