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Battle of the Ad Bands Returns During Advertising Week

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For the last two years, McCann Erikson's More Fucking Cowbell has won the annual Advertising Week Battle of the Ad Bands. And rightly so. They rock. But just how long can a dynasty like this last? After all, whatever happened to Whitesnake? Poison? Iron Maiden?

On Tuesday September 28 at the Highline Ballroom beginning at 8PM, you'll all have the chance to see whether or not McCann can keep its title. Or, if you're so inclined, see if you can beat them. If you work in an agency and you have a band, submit your entry here (PDF).

Otherwise, just go. It's a lot of fun.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 4-10    
Topic: Industry Events



Lindsay Lohan Plays 'Digital Muse' For Marc Ecko

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So there was all this talk in June about Lindsay Lohan appearing nude in an ad campaign for her line of handbags. It seems that never happened but she did hook up with Marc Ecko for a series of ads promoting the designer's Cut & Sew Fall 2010 campaign.She'll appear in several videos for the brand as well.

Explaining the campaign, Ecko said he decided to use Lohan as a digital muse for the campaign which, among other things, he says is an homage to old James Bond posters.

The photoshoot took place May 7. TMZ images from the campaign.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 4-10    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity



Patrizia Pepe's Oddity, Old Spice's Voice Mail Generator

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- And for some really screwed up fashion advertising, look no further than Patrizia Pepe's Fall/Winter campaign.

- Can't get enough Old Spice? Check out the Old Spice Voice Mail Generator.

- If you're a fan of the MINI and you just can't get enough of their commercials, well, now there's an app for that.

- PSFK is out with its Future of Health report. It will be used together with a brief presented to teams of creatives to develop a new UNICEF design.

- Here's the story behind that Paul Arden New Directors Showcase presentation in Cannes.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 3-10    
Topic: Campaigns, Industry Events, Mobile/Wireless, Online, Research



Art Director's Club Announces 2010 Hall of Famers

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The ADC, at a benefit dinner November 4 at the ADC Gallery will celebrate this years' Hall of fame inductees. This year's crop include:

Fabien Baron, creative director; currently editorial director, Interview magazine
Matthew Carter, typographer
William Drenttel and Jessica Helfand, founders of Winterhouse
Philip Hays (posthumous), illustrator, educator
Brigitte Lacombe, portrait, film and travel photographer
George Nelson (posthumous), designer, author
Christoph Niemann, illustrator
Dan Wieden, cofounder, Wieden+Kennedy

It's all right here.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 3-10    
Topic: Industry Events



Malibu Rum Introduces Porta Party Pro

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Convenience just got a new friend. Oh yes, my friends. Backyard parties and all the work it takes to prepare them are now simplified with Malibu Rum's Porta Party Pro, a backpack designed to make drinks. And that's not all!

There's also the Shaker Shaper, an electrified cocktail shaker that resembles a kind of shock treatment. And then there's Mike Morgan on the Hey Sunrise show demonstrating all the Malibu Rum party goodies.

Great Works is the agency behind the work.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 3-10    
Topic: Video



Old Navy Will Read Your Booty

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Yea well anything called Booty Reader is destined to receive a ton of press so hats off again to Crispin Porter + Bugusky who came up with this little booty analyzer for Old Navy. Madame Eva will read your cards, take a look at your butt, determine your bootiliciousness and then match you to the proper pair of jeans.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 3-10    
Topic: Online



I Breast Feed Because...

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Now that's just what we need to distract us from our daily duties; a site, I Breastfeed Because, on which women can discuss why they breastfeed and upload videos. It's all to "give moms a voice on the importance of breastfeeding" during World Breast Feeding Week August 1-7. Who comes up with celebratory weeks for stuff like this?

Breast feeding, along with the rest of the crap that is thrown in our face on a daily basis, used to be a private matter. Not any more. Oh no. Got cancer? Tell the world. Too fat? Go on a TV show. Think your daughter dresses too skanky? Don't bother educating her about proper dress. Go on Jenny Jones and make a fool out of the both of you. Want to whip your tits out in public and feed your baby? Go right ahead. There's a web site just for you.

more »

by Steve Hall    Aug- 3-10    
Topic: Online



Andy Griffith, Liv Tyler, Sarah McLachlan Pimp, Paris Nughty

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- Medicare spokesman Andy Griffith appears in a new commercial touting the health care reform law and outlining some of its benefits.

- Liv Tyler will appear in an upcoming Fall/Winter campaign for G Star Raw jeans.

- Sunday night, Sarah McLachlan performed at JetBlue's JFk terminal, part of the brand's Live from T5 concert series.

- It's invite only but ClickBooth wil be hosting a party at pulse360 August 16 at 9PM during Affiliate Summit

- Volvo experiment concludes Paris is the Naughty Capital of the World.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 2-10    
Topic: Celebrity, Industry Events, Video



Quarterback Drew Brees Gives Away Madden NFL in Times Square

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EA Sports is prepping fans for the launch of Madden NFL on August 11. The campaign features six scenarios with NFL pros surprising fans with game delivery, and play. The campaign, which broke yesterday, was created by San Francisco advertising agency Heat.

The :30 and :60 both begin and end with Super Bowl winning quarterback Drew Brees in Times Square, where among crowds and cheerleaders, he challenges passers-by to "a quick game of Madden," played on a giant, 40' x 40' Spectacolor screen, then tosses free games to the fans. A total of 2000 games were given out while filming the campaign.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 2-10    
Topic: Commercials



Kardashian Half Sister Kylie to Front Sears 'Crush Your Style' Campaign

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Just how many Kardashian sisters are there? Well, it depends on which last name you want to go with because there's Jenners and there's Kardashians. But that's not what we're talking about. No. We're just letting you know 12-year-old Kylie Jenner will appear in an upcoming series of Sears commercials to promote the retailer's Crush Your Style - The Search for America's Top Style Crush contest. See Kylie explain it here.

And then if you want to switch gears a bit, check out her 14-year-old sister, Kendall, who, following her much older sisters, exposes plenty of cleavage in a photo shoot she did with photographer Nick Saglimbeni.

Does this sort of thing perpetuate the trend of kids growing up too quickly? Debate.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 2-10    
Topic: Celebrity



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