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Wrath of Cannes Lives to See its Second Year

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Cannes season is back, and along for the ride come self-promotional horrors like the Wrath of Cannes. The pros: no fee for entry, no professional floor (you can be an INTERN! or a GED HOLDER!). The cons: that Grand Coney is one ugly statue, and "the venue" is interchangeable with "the freakshow."

The awards show takes place June 19 on Coney Island. The Wrath of Cannes is brought to you by Woods Witt Dealy & Sons, which hopes to turn some of this nonsense into agency clout.

by Angela Natividad    May-18-08    
Topic: Agencies, Events, Spoofs



John Mayer Gets Bold, Bus Shelters Get A/C, Man Pees to Save Earth

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- As the rest of the world goes green, Dubai sets its sights on air-conditioned bus shelters. Groovy Green is not amused.

- Chuck McCarthy has produced a PSA that encourages men to save water by wizzing in the sink. Beware of hazardous ass action. McCarthy was also responsible for this York Peppermint Patty spoof.

- I realize this Turkcell spot is over a year old, but you have to appreciate that charming kid with the Turkcell "noid" antennae.

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by Angela Natividad    May-18-08    
Topic: Cause, Celebrity, Commercials, Outdoor, Promotions, Spoofs, Video



Nokia Helps Magician Reappear, Young Guns Opens

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- A less than mildly amusing commercial touts the ability of the Nokia N95 8GB's GPS abilities to help a hapless magician find his way home after he makes himself disappear.

- Adidas and Diesel have hooked up for a brand mashup that encourages..."83 ways to successfully waste your time.

-The Art Directors Club has opened the call for entries for its Young Guns 6 Awards.

- Jim Beam's got a new campaign called The Stuff Inside. There's a new site and print ads will roll out mid-June.

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by Steve Hall    May-16-08    
Topic: Industry Events



Red Tettemer Honors Miley Cyrus With Website Makeover

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AdFreak's Tim Nudd stumbled upon a recent incarnation of the Red Tettemer website and found the agency has redesigned the site in an ode to the drama surrounding Miley Cyrus and her recent Vanity Fair shoot. On the site, Red Tettemer Creative Media Strategist Rachel Timmerman is posing just like Miley did for for that famous Annie Liebovitz shot of her in a sheet.

Any ad agency employee that's willing to out themselves out there like that gets a gold star from Adrants.

by Steve Hall    May-16-08    
Topic: Agencies, Good



Reason #246 to Never Move to Cleveland: Vermin-Infested Home Games

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It's hard to imagine an ad like this would compel you to buy seats to an Indians game. But you have to admire the players' focus despite such uninviting conditions. (The Yankees, in contrast, look flustered and pitiable.)

Alternatively, the bugs may just be flocking because the team never bathes, in which case it's easy to imagine the Indians are so "focused" because the bugs are part of who they are. Remember Pig-Pen?

Anyway, this spot is part of the Indians' "Are you in the Tribe?" campaign. The idea is to instill a sense of territorial pride in Clevelanders -- kind of an offshoot of MLB's Baseball Country effort.

by Angela Natividad    May-16-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television



Industry Suffers From Adbesity. Visit to Outhouse Cures All Ills

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There was a wee bit of excitement when first visiting OvercomeAdbesity and that excitement was warranted. The site asks, "Am I Adbese?" and proceeds to analyze all the pitfalls of an industry that has gone from mostly independent, free thinking agencies with defined styles and characteristics to faceless conglomerates with the personality of that weird guest star on Boston Legal.

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by Steve Hall    May-16-08    
Topic: Agencies, Good



Mischief NYC Invites Ad Industry to Rock Band Night

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At Adrants, we love a good party so that's why we're hooking up with Mischief NYC, a group of New York ad people - Fuel Industries' Sean MacPhedran, Oddcasts's Emily Twomey and Desedo's Michael Hastings, who will be hosting a Rock Band Night the 3rd Wednesday of each month throughout the summer. The first event takes place next Wednesday, May 21 from 8-11P at 197 East 4th Street, the home of the President of Oddcast. Future parties will be held in actual bars but this apartment, which used to be a nightclub, is huge so there will be room for everyone.

The will be free beer courtesy of Newcastle, free mixed drinks courtesy of the host's expense account and free music courtesy of your very own Rockband skills. Check out the details on the blog and the invite here. You must RSVP to attend.

by Steve Hall    May-16-08    
Topic: Industry Events



Who Needs to Win A D&AD When YOU Can Buy One

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Hmm. Apparently we don't need awards shows any more. This "spycam" video catches famed UK creatives BBH's Rosie Arnold, TBWA's Steve Henry, BBH's Sir John Hegarty, M&C Saatchi's Tiger Savage and others shopping the Berwick Street Market in Soho, London for their own D&AD Pencils. Ah ha. So that's how so many awards find their way to the shelves of creative's offices the world over.

by Steve Hall    May-16-08    
Topic: Industry Events, Strange, Video



That's Most Definitely a %$*#ing Saturn, All Right!

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Back in September 2006, Saturn ran a Goodby, Silverstein & Partners - created ad in which people, amazed by the new models exclaimed, "That's a Saturn?" It was pretty mundane. So mundane we only got around to covering it on Adrants this past March. Likely bored out of their minds shooting the spot, the creatives, crew and actors decided to spice things up by offering up a version in which the exclamations more closely match the ones real people might utter when something suddenly changes.

Obviously, the commercial never aired. And you'll only see it here. That is until everyone grabs the embed code and places it on their site. Enjoy.

by Steve Hall    May-16-08    
Topic: Brands, Commercials



'Hairy Lollipop Smoke. Don't Breathe This.'

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This Dibs commercial depicts the giant lollipop's fall from grace. It starts out a snack food, becomes a hair remover, and ultimately ends life as blender fodder. Its sad descent is meant to highlight Dibs' desirability.

The ad also includes guest appearances from the "Will It Blend?" guy and some dude from ER.

Steve loves likes this spot (albeit under the gentle influence of vodka and caffeine). I feel sort of nauseous: I'm at a cafe, and there are blenders, and something in the air really does smell like hairy lollipop smoke. But maybe that's just burnt coffee.

by Angela Natividad    May-16-08    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Strange, Television



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