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Coco Gets Quiet with Karl Lagerfeld

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Tomorrow Chanel.com debuts Coco Avant Chanel, a 10-minute silent film celebrating the legend of Mademoiselle Coco -- pre-dating her existence as a brand demi-god.

The film was directed by Karl Lagerfeld, the only person alive who can make a safety vest look chic. Leaving us to salivate with nary but film stills and a trailer so pitch-perfect it makes smoking sexy again, Lagerfeld haughtily confided his distaste of movie extras.

"They don't know how to touch the clothes," he whispered coolly before toasting us* -- an action that made chills travel from glass to torso.

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by Angela Natividad    Dec- 4-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Good, Online, Video



Schick Slips Lemondrop Ladies Branded Content

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Schick Wilkinson-Sword teamed with AOL's Platform-A to launch branded content sponsorship on AOL's female lifestyle site, Lemondrop which boasts 16.4 million monthly unique visitors and 477 million monthly page views.

The campaign, called "Stocking Stuffers," will have Lemondrop editors create original content for the Schick's brand, with posts such as "Best & Worst Guy Gifts," "Dating Survival Tips During the Holidays," and "Genius Gifts from the Drugstore." The program launched on November 25 and will run through December 26, 2008.

So go have yourself some of that new fangled sponsored content

by Steve Hall    Dec- 4-08    
Topic: Online, Product Placement



Oh Look! Another Holiday-Themed Time Waster!

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It really shouldn't be a surprise. After all, it's December and that's when the flood gates open for holiday-themed timewasters, agency Christmas cards, silly videos and Elf Yourself. Yes, it's December and this December brings us Sprint's The Gingerbread Man With Everything, a dress the gingerbread cookie make which OF COURSE you can, YES, send to your friend.

So stop screwing around on Twitter. Stop updating your Facebook page. Finish Digging stories. Stop tagging photos on flickr. And for the love of God, quit hanging out on AdGabber! OK, maybe not so much the last one.

Goodby Silverstein & Partners and Ted Perez created.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 4-08    
Topic: Games, Good



Yawn. Oh Wait, Not Yawn! It's Time For Another Sony Commercial!

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Balls! Paint! Play-Doh! Foam! Zoetrope! Zoetrope? Say what? Yes, it's time for another grand scale Sony commercial and it's being shot right now in Northern Italy. The ad will feature Brazilian footballer Kaka and the the world's largest zoetrope as vetted by the Guinness Book of Records. The zoetrope, a device invented in 1834 by William Horner which creates short films out of static images, measures 30 meters in circumference and 10 meters in diameter.

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 4-08    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Social, Weblogs



Dog With Cracked Chest Explores Dangers of Cocaine Use

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Drug use is a serious issue. Drug PSAs are usually hard-hitting, in your face, depressing and emotionally draining. Apparently the UK-based national drug information service FRANK didn't get the memo when they had their new campaign created.

The campaign centers on a dog called Pablo who is a drug mule. In a commercial, Pablo mixes and mingles with drug dealers and users all while his chest is cut open because he was a mule.

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 4-08    
Topic: Cause, Commercials, Strange



Dogs Get Pop Up 'Hotel For Dogs' Store to Promote Movie

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Because foster parents are mean and don't let you keep your dog, kids sometimes have to take matters into their own hands and build a Hotel For Dogs. That's the premise and the name of a new Dreamworks/Nickelodeon movie starring Emma Roberts.

To help promote the movie, BigHeads created a pop up store - a converted Ann Taylor space at Westfield Century mall in Los Angeles - called Hotel For Dogs. Throughout the holidays, people can take their dogs to the "hotel" and have their furry ones doggy sat for free while they go shopping.

Check out some more shots of the hotel here.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 4-08    
Topic: Good, Outdoor, Point of Purchase, Promotions



Making Sense of Suicide as Sales Strat.



by Angela Natividad    Dec- 4-08    
Topic: Opinion, Trends and Culture



Every Can of Pepsi Max Drives an Anxious Calorie to Suicide

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These ads are causing a bit of a stink. Variants -- with titles generously supplied by me -- include The Bullet or the Noose? and Puddles of Inferno!.

Are they really that bad?

According to Meredith Corp., 56% of women worry more about weight than disease, so you know there's enough hate surrounding muffin-tops to happily fuel many millions of sordid calorie suicides.

And come on. Who didn't enjoy the Garbage Pail Kids? Or Sin City? Or, hell, the Road Runner cartoons?

That was pure sadism. And what did you do? Shovel in another mouthful of Froot-Loops, that's what.

by Angela Natividad    Dec- 3-08    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Campaigns, Magazine, Poster



Get Bucked and Get Lucky at the Lucky Buck-Off!

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Last month we made it pretty clear we weren't keen on wearing bikinis and riding bulls, but Lucky Brand Jeans thought it'd try us anyway.

Introducing the Lucky Buck-Off. After uploading your face onto the body of an elf, use your keyboard to get, well, bucked by a reindeer. (Why is his nose glowing green? Is he sick?)

Get a discount upon completion. Rumour has it the discount rises if your bucking abilities improve. (I faired rottenly! -- and still got 20% off.) Coupons and codes are valid until December 31.

By kirshenbaum bond + partners.

by Angela Natividad    Dec- 3-08    
Topic: Brands, Online, Promotions



ATTENTION: ALL CANADIAN AGENCY EMPLOYEES

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If you don't attend Canada's first-ever Ad Week, you'll top off your creative career hustling gold watches. Or zazzing tourists over three-card monty. Or as one of those silver guys that move really, really slowly.

(Okay, probably not really, but think of the fun you could have snickering at the too-cool creative douchebags that all seem to get their retro glasses and sneakers at the same off-Broadway boutique.)

Positively charming guerrilla and print work by Bos/Toronto and Trevor//Peter Communications.

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by Angela Natividad    Dec- 3-08    
Topic: Events, Good, Guerilla, Industry Events



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