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Theatre Ticket Site Brings Broadway to You!

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Did you ever watch the musical episode of Buffy? The one where people randomly leap into choreographed song-and-dance, betraying all their innermost thoughts and secrets, before bursting into flames?

This is kind of like that. Except there aren't any random combustion deaths, and bystanders are offered 50 percent off theatre tickets at LastMinute.com.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun-12-08    
Topic: Good, Guerilla, Promotions



Master Casters Bring Extreme Element to Fishing

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Here's something I've never seen before. For client Take Me Fishing, Colle + McVoy launched the Mastercasters, a site where you can watch some intense-looking guys do stuff like hit clay pigeons with their lures. Oh, and here's one where a dude shoots pyramids of empty cans by casting at them.

If master casting is the recreational activity for you (and how could it not be?), absorb some anglers' legacy and explore the available fishing and boating resources. Oh, I think I saw a Fishopedia somewhere.

by Angela Natividad    Jun-12-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Online, Promotions, Strange



Facebook Profiles (And Their Friends) Auctioned on eBay

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It's unclear whether or not this is a joke but someone has placed ten Facebook profiles for sale on eBaby. The profiles, created by the same person but reflective of ten different types of people, are said to each have a minimum of 200 friends. Each profile was then actively integrated into the Facebook community through forums, events, networks, groups and all the other spider legs Facebook has to offer.

The seller is offering control of these profiles to marketers, writing, "Under the right conditions and for a fair price you will receive full control of these personas, as well as associated emails."

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by Steve Hall    Jun-12-08    
Topic: Social, Strange, Worst



Crest Makes Even Playground Destruction Seem Pleasant

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Hmm. Nothing like a good tube of Crest to gloss over the travesty of modernization at the cost of childhood play. Yes, Crest can, in fact, make even the destruction of a playground in favor of a power plant seem, well, pleasant.

Here's another. This one makes even lice seem like a good thing.

by Steve Hall    Jun-12-08    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Strange



Creative Circus Students Win Future Lions, Host Bake Sales to Fund Travel

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What's a group of poor, starving Creative Circus students to do when they find out they've just won Cannes Future Lions and really, really need to get to France by Monday? They host a bake sale, of course, selling cookies for $500 a pop.

So if there are any altruistic types out there with a spare $6,000 or so laying around to help these winners make their way to Cannes, get in touch with them here. Oh, and if you have any cash left over after than, feel free to send the Adrants crew as well.

by Steve Hall    Jun-12-08    
Topic: Guerilla, Industry Events



Microsoft Angles for the Favor of Procrastinators

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To promote its MSN toolbar -- "Jet fuel for procrastinators!" -- Microsoft launched Start Procrastinating. You can either upload videos of yourself, flicking rubber bands around while putting off your creative brief, or watch three really stupid videos of a couple of dudes surf balling, folding shirts and sharpshooting.

Actually, the surf balling video's all right.

Start Procrastinating's no Clearification, which was appealing but a promotional flop for Microsoft. And avid procrastinators download StumbleUpon, not MSN. Sorry, champs.

Speaking of StumbleUpon, look what it found me! Free range workers. Yum.

by Angela Natividad    Jun-12-08    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Campaigns, Online



Bikinis Wanted For Mischief NYC Party at Grace Hotel

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Mischief NYC, a group of New York ad people - Fuel Industries' Sean MacPhedran, Oddcasts's Emily Twomey, Desedo's Michael Hastings and media mouthpiece Adrants, has announced its second monthly summer bash. The party, an informal gathering, will be held Wednesday, June 18 from 7PM until close at the Grace Hotel pool, 125 West 45th Street.

As Sean says, "bust out your water wings and wander over for a drink after work next Wednesday." Bikinis welcome. Speedos, not so much. See you there. There's no formal RSVP. Just show up.

by Steve Hall    Jun-12-08    
Topic: Industry Events



Cannes Fringe is Back!

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If you're looking for...um...less traditional coverage of next week's Cannes Festival, Cannes Fringe, which offered up all manner of video oddity last year is back to provide us even more goodies this year. Cannes Fringe will cover the Leo Burnett Party, Shots Party and Rushes BBQ and will have interviews with people from Coca Cola, the judge of the Cannes Lions Titanium award and all kinds or party and awards coverage.

Again, I wish I was there but some year, no doubt, it will happen. For now, there's Cannes Fringe.

by Steve Hall    Jun-12-08    




Panasonic Gives Us Worldwide Olympic Wave

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Oh look. You can do the virtual wave courtesy of Panasonic as if you were going to be at the Beijing Olympics this summer. Called the World Wide Wave, the site (accessed by clicking World Wide Wave on the lower left hand corner of the Panasonic site) lets people upload their image and become part of a virtual crowd wave.

It's consumer-generated media, you know, according to Hisato Tsugita from Panasonic's corporate communications department. Yea. CGM. It's sweeping the globe like an Al Gore-sensationalized ozone layer hole. Who knew?

by Steve Hall    Jun-12-08    
Topic: Brands, Consumer Created, Online



McCain Gets Hulking Girl to Do Battle With Obama Girl

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The latest from Barely Political, home of Obama Girl, is The Incredible McCain Girl, a poor girl who gets angry...like McCain, apparently does, and does battle with Obama Girl who tries to hottie-dance, unsuccessfully, against MCain Girl's "hulking" presence. Catch it this summer at a theater near you. Or here on YouTube.

by Steve Hall    Jun-12-08    
Topic: Political, Racy, Strange, Video



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