For reasons having mainly to do with the writers strike, which is slowly sucking all the life and vigor out of TV (even online TV!), we ended up watching The Breakfast Club on Hulu last night.
We're not really sure what in hell Hulu is doing. We heard somewhere that they're trying to make their ads more intuitive and more in line with the online viewing experience. So tell us why the entire fucking film was jam-packed with the same mind-numbing ad for Chevy hybrid SUVs.
In said ad, unfortunate users witness the creation of an ice cream sundae. And it's ugly and horrifying. Everything from the elevator music, to the pallid vanilla, to the badly-poured chocolate, to the artificial whipping cream, filled us with glorious disdain for everything Chevy. (Especially the Lumina.) And, somehow, John Hughes, too.
Sex sells everything, from knit stockings to cheese to deodorant.
So why not 3D avatars, too?
Hey Heinz, remind all the women in Pittsburgh why football fills them with resentment, why don't you.
This spot was created by Garrison Hughes, Pittsburgh for the Heinz History Center. Its purpose is to generate traffic for the Heinz History Center's Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum.
Here's another spot from the same campaign. We don't feel super turned-on by them, but maybe we'd feel differently if we saw the spots from the Jumbotron in Heinz field, which is one of the places these ads will be airing.
We do love a broken record.
Seriously though, this spot is for World AIDS Day '07, which happens tomorrow. It reminded us of candles being lit in a church -- nice mental contrast.
The VP at Blattner Brunner assures us thus, and we thought we'd use it to assure you too:
"33,200,000 cases. Represented by one shot/one second. 86400 seconds in a day. Don't worry, though, the thing is only a minute long."
Far cry from the King of Condoms approach.
Did anyone really think they'd get away with plastering people's images alongside ads as mini-endorsements? 50,000 people didn't and signed a petition forcing the company to change is Beacon system so people have control over whether or not they participate in it.
Why, in the first place, they thought everyone would willingly become a buzz agent is mystifying. Is there a social network out there that can can the right mix of human interaction and capitalistic commerce?
We're crazy about these new spots for 42Below vodka. Mainly because they feel the same way we do about slavery. ("And MACHINES!")
See Good Thought, Canada, Bestest, Wallaby (flippin' awesome), Feijoa (New Zealand's claim to fame?), and Cows (a message about drinking responsibly).
If we didn't already have a vodka to snuggle close to us at night, we'd pick you, 42.
Catch Sweet Child O' Mine, episode two of Insurance.com's Reality Rejects. Here, hypothetical rejects from reality TV separate candy colors at the request of a girl with big-ass hair.
Observing that there's nothing interesting about insurance (besides maudlin statistics, uptight salesman and these ads), Insurance.com decided instead to start an online series loaded with mediocre characters, catty comebacks and competitive fervor.
In other words, it's everything we love about modern TV, minus the flying boy.
Of course you know exactly what's going to happen in this Keta Keta-created video for James Allen Jeweler five seconds into it but there's nothing like a mixture of snow, piss and a marriage proposal to bring at least half a chuckle to your morning. And there's nothing really new about a contest that asks people to submit videos of marriage proposal ideas because, after all, absolutely everything that has to do with getting married is fodder for endless idiocy, wackiness and humor. So if you plan to make a marriage proposal soon why not at least enter the contest for a chance to win a $3,000 diamond engagement ring. After all, you're cheap and you know it.
The online advertising company Etology has announced it will cease to serve ads to BitTorrent sites on December 1 claiming the sites pose a risk to their advertisers. In a letter to their customers, Etology wrote, "Due to the legal implications involved with sponsoring torrent sites, our management team has made the decision to remove from our network torrent sites that promote copyrighted content."
At issue is advertiser association with sites that host/deliver/enable the sharing of copyrighted material and the potential lawsuits that might arise from such associations. The whole file sharing/borrowing/streaming/downloading thing is certainly a slippery slope and one that will likely see moves like this occur from time to time.
This ad is for UbiSoft's RayMan. For reasons we don't understand, a burping bunny invades the real world and gets lazy couch-welded human beings to get off their asses and pour shaken carbonated drinks into their mouths.
It was on the front page of YouTube and we've watched it at least eight times already. This does not bode well for the future of the world.