VW Supports Independent Film With Movie Riffs

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DDB UK is out with new work for VW's See Film Differently campaign which supports independent cinema. Each of three spots opens with "Some of the most famous moments in cinema were never scripted. They then veer off in three direction that riff on Taxi Driver, Silence of the Lambs and Jaws.

Stink produced the videos which were directed by Ivan Zacharias. The videos will run in 196 independent cinemas across the UK from May 25 and are the latest stage in Volkswagen's seven-year support of independent cinema.

Funny how the films chosen for this campaign are far from independent.

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by Steve Hall    May-25-12    
Topic: Brands



John Malkovich Gets Deep With Siri

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Continuing what appears to be a current fixation with celebrity, Apple is out with two new Siri commercials featuring John Malkovich created by TBWAMedia Arts Lab. In one, he asks the usual questions such as the weather, what his evening looks like, where he can get linquicia and for Siri to tell him a joke. In another, Malkovich seeks the meaning of life. Siri has a boatload of advice including "don't get fat."

Malkovich follows previous star-studded work with Samuel L. Jackson and Zooey Deschanel.

Some have debated the "upscaling" of this campaign. We just find it amusing. Seeing celebrities asking Siri things they, in real life, probably just ask their assistants.

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by Steve Hall    May-24-12    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity



Ben Kingsley Gets Intimate With Prada

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In this three and a half minute Roman Polanksi film, Helena Bonham Carter, playing patient to Ben Kingsley's psychiatrist, prattles on endlessly about drivel so mind-numbing that Kingsley can't help but become distracted by Bonham's Prada coat...which he dons leading us to believe he, too, needs therapy.

With the tagline, Prada Suits everyone, the fashion brand is having a bit of fun with itself lightening its stuffiness in a manner that doesn't detract from its elegance. Well done.

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by Steve Hall    May-24-12    
Topic: Brands, Video



Go Ahead. Hate the Kardashians. But They Are Way Hotter Than You!

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It seems not a day goes by the Kardashian trio isn't in the news for one thing or another. Lately, though, they've been in advertising news quite a bit with their Sears Kardashin Kollection action. And, really, what's not to love? Khloe has deliciously curvaceous hips. Kim has gigantic, mouthwatering breasts. And Kourtney is just mezmerizingly hot beyond belief. It's enough to make a guy want to...oops...sorry...this is a business site. We keep things in our pants around here.

Anyway, the Kardashian sisters can be seen bursting out of their lingerie in a new ad for their Kollection. Enjoy.

by Steve Hall    May-22-12    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity



Marissa Miller Attempts to Sex Up Buick Enclave

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Sports Illustrated model Marissa Miller has been tapped by Buick to lend a bit of sexiness to its Enclave. This behind the scenes look at the creation of the commercial gives us a glance at what Buick is going for. It's all about the distracting qualities of beauty. Although, if the commercial is to be taken literally, the Enclave is destined to cause disaster wherever it is seen.

What we love most about this behind the scenes look is the ceaseless verbal analogies the ad's creators spew likening the hotness of Miller to the hotness of the car. Of course their comments are politely couched and devoid of any tongue wagging that might normally coincide with the description of a supermodel.

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by Steve Hall    May-10-12    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Commercials, Racy



Visa Invites You to Cheer For Your Olympic Hopeful

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Today Visa, with help from TBWA\Chiat\Day, has launched a new campaign that invites people around the world to cheer for their favorite Olympic athlete. Well, as long as they're one of the brand's Team Visa Olympic hopefuls. Fans can create and submit a "cheer" in the form of a post, photo or video on Visa's Facebook page.

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by Steve Hall    May- 8-12    
Topic: Brands



Pepsi Lets You Stop Time And Teleport to A Nicki Minaj Concert

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As pundits and critics argue whether or not social media is reason Pepsi recently lost market share, the brand is out with a new, global campaign that, well, leads one to believe Pepsi now causes hallucinations, stops time, allows for teleportation or just plain fucks with your mind. What other conclusion could one come to after viewing this :90 from TBWA\Chiat\Day?

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by Steve Hall    May- 8-12    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Strange



Zales Helps People Pin Mother's Day Gifts on Pinterest

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This Mother's Day, Zales is launching "Celebrate Your SuperMom" campaign. Through Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, TV, in-store and catalog efforts, Zales, with help from GSD&M, will invite users to share why their mom is a SuperMom for the opportunity to win a $2,500 Zales shopping spree.

Using a Pinterest board, the campaign will ask users to pin SuperMom - worthy gift ideas as well as other cool things to celebrate SuperMoms everywhere.

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by Steve Hall    May- 8-12    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Promotions, Social, Video



Stolen Concept Syndrome Still Alive And Well

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And here we go with yet another copycat scenario. This time it comes from Anna Echiverri who, when a student at SVA, created some work for Nike which you can see here. It's a bench without a seat to encourage runners to keep running.

Now we see work from F/Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi for Nike displayed on Creativity Online that's, well, identical in concept to Echiverri's original work. Her work may have been noticed by the agency as it won a Bronze student award at CLIO 2009 and an ANDY Gold in 2009.

Of course it's entirely possible this same idea originated separately, on its own at two separate times. After all, it's not a stretch to conceptualize the removal of a place to sit as a motivator to keep running.

by Steve Hall    May- 8-12    
Topic: Brands



Women's Privates 'Locked,' Dior Meets Depeche Mode

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- Paddy Power protects the English mens soccer team from feminine distraction by outfitting Polish and Ukrainian women with "goal line technology" for their vaginas.

- The top 100 digital marketing-related boards on Pinterest.

- Dior meets Depeche Mode. 11,649,743 views since May 3. Impressive.

- B-Reel created the game Battle For Everything for Coke Zero as part of its sponsorship of the movie Battleship.

- Marks & Spencer signs Rosie Huntington-Whitley...and undresses her just as Burberry did last year.

- The Swedish Armed Forces looked for recruits...by locking a guy in a box. Interesting story.

by Steve Hall    May- 7-12    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Games, Guerilla, Racy, Social










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