Dakota Fanning Blooms, Cannes Comes, Ram Gets Guts

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- Dakota Fanning has lent her face...and other body parts...to a new Marc Jacobs campaign, "Oh, Lola." Nice placement of the flower. Wonder what the double entendre is there.

- AdWeek has put together a list of five can't-miss sessions to attend during Cannes next week.

- Be sure to check out Cannes Predictions, Leo Burnett's odds-,aking site which is taking a look at all the work leading up to Cannes.

- Creative opinion is in the eye of the beholder.

- HP is sponsoring the 2011 Cannes Lion International Festival of Creativity Young Lions Competition.

- Catch Angeline Jolie barefoot in a new Louis Vuitton campaign.

- Tobey Maguire is the new face of Prada menswear.

Chrysler Ram Truck brand has a new tagline. Guts. Glory. Ram. Whatever that means.

- Naked cyclist bare their breasts in opposition to, well, we really don't know what.

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by Steve Hall    Jun-15-11    
Topic: Celebrity, Industry Events



You'll Never Guess What This Girl Has Between Her Legs

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We guarantee you absolutely will not foresee how this ad ends. We can say this with absolute certitude. Along the way you may wonder if its an ad for a feminine hygiene product or, perhaps, a contraception product or maybe even an ad calling attention to teen pregnancy or rape.

But you will never guess how it ends. Until it ends. And then you will just scratch your head and curse the creative for creating this just because it was "creative."

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by Steve Hall    Jun-15-11    
Topic: Racy, Strange, Video



Cause Group's Cash-Laden Booty Ad Labeled Racist, Sexist

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A recent internet video ad created by Ladd Ehlinger for political action group Turn Right which features plenty of booty dancing and controversial statements has been labelled by some the most racist and sexist ad ever. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a statement condemning the ad which points its sights at Democratic candidate Janice Hahn who is running in a special election for retired California state representative Jane Harman's seat.

The ad, which likens Hahn to a stripper's ass, addresses Hahn's alleged use of government funds to hire former gang members to become gang intervention specialists, part of an effort to reduce crime.

Both Hahn and her Republican opponent have condemned the ad.

Racist? Probably. Sexist? Probably. Just plan bad? Definitely.

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by Steve Hall    Jun-15-11    
Topic: Cause, Political, Racy



Candie's Hits Hotness of Hudgens One More Time

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Continuing her work with Candie's, High School Musical star and one-time nude internet celebrity, Vanessa Hudgens is fronting the brand's Candies's only at Kohl's campaign which will consist of print and television. The campaign will highlight "Candie-isms," trite little girly statements such as "Candie's girls believe you can do anything in heels," "Candie's girls know sprinkles are a food group" and "Candie's girls never forget to treat themselves."

Of her work on the campaign, Hudgens said, "I love Candie's because they have so many great pieces you can mix into your wardrobe. My style is very similar to the Candie's girl style in a sense where we just want to have fun."

And, of course, not leaving out the social element, brand fans can vote for one of three commercials which will air in late July.

Check out the full on hotness of Hudgens on this campaign highlight page.

by Steve Hall    Jun-15-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Racy



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Does Sex Sell to Monkeys?

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It's an interesting question and one that's created much debate in the advertising industry; does the use of sexual imagery and sexual overtones really make advertising more effective? That very subject has been tackled by the Yale Department of Psychology and the findings of their study will be presented at a panel during Cannes Saturday, June 25.

To be clear, the study examined whether or not monkeys, not humans, respond to sexually-laced advertising but that isn't stopping Lawson Clark, aka @malecopywriter, from drawing his own conclusions during the panel. No doubt, it will be quite amusing

by Steve Hall    Jun-15-11    
Topic: Industry Events



Agency Selects Top 100 Car Commercials

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If you're into automotive advertising - and by that we mean automotive brand advertising not cheesy car dealer advertising - then you just might like this YouTube channel created by Athens agency XL Advertising. The agency has selected what it thinks are the best 100 car commercials and posted them all on the channel complete with credits.

The agency selected Volkswagen's Night Drive as the top commercial followed by Honda Cog and Peugeot Sculptor.

by Steve Hall    Jun-15-11    
Topic: Commercials



Pigs Can't Fly But They Can Dance

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They've always said pigs can't fly, but who knew they could dance? Piggly Wiggly Carolina Co. asked its Facebook Likers to vote for which music video "moves" they wanted to see mascot Mr. Pig perform to celebrate reaching 25,000 Likers.

Choosing from Macarena, Mr. Roboto, Cha Cha Slide, Thriller, Cotton Eye Joe and Single Ladies, Single Ladies garnered the most votes and Mr. Pig took to the dance floor to show his moves. Rawle Murdy created the contest for Piggly Wiggly Carolina Co.

by Steve Hall    Jun-15-11    
Topic: Social



Father's Day Brings Yet Another Contextual Goof

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We love a good contextual advertising screw up. We've seen more serious bloopers than this one but the placement of a Father's Day ad within a long article about domestic abuse probably isn't the best placement The Mirror could have chosen for this ad.

by Steve Hall    Jun-15-11    
Topic: Newspaper









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