Megan Fox Reminds the Rest of Us How Ugly We Are

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Like a Stepford wife crossed with a daydreaming porn star, Megan Fox peers longingly into the camera...in slow motion, of course...in an attempt to get us to buy Giorgia Armani Beauty products. This work follows a commercial called The tip Fox previously did during which she tantalized a waiter by getting dressed in front of him. It was far hotter than this current work which insist upon going in an over-stylized direction that doesn't so much sell cosmetics as it does hit us over the head with a stick once again issuing the painful reminder most of us are not and never will be as hot as Megan Fox.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-21-10    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Creative Commentary



Paris Hilton Dons T-Mobile Hot Chick's Skin Tight Body Suit

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By now most of you have probably seen the T-Mobile myTouch 4G commercial called New Ride which apes Apple's I'm A Mac campaign. It's the one where the Hot Chick (naturally) tells the doofus (naturally) on a scooter her network is faster than his.

What you probably don't know, or don't care about...let's be honest here, is Paris Hilton was seen a couple of days ago at a photo shoot sporting a near exact replica of the skin tight body suit the T-Mobile Hot Chick wears in the commercial. The only difference, as compared to the more buttoned up T-Mobile Hot Chick, being the enormous quantity of visible cleavage bursting forth from within the confines of Hilton's suit as it strains to contain her bulging dirigibles

Fluke? Subliminal stealth marketing? Lucky break for T-Mobile? We can only wish. But, no. She's reportedly launching a motorcycle racing team.

And, yes. You would stare too.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-20-10    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Strange



Elisa Sednauui to Front Georgio Armani Spring Campaign

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Never heard of Elisa Sednaoui? Neither had we until we learned she'd been signed by Georgio Armani to appear in the brand's Spring 2011 ad campaign. She's an Italian model and actress and is best known for her cheekbones and smile according to New York Fashion. To us she's just hot and that's all that really matters. The campaign will be shot by Nick Knight.

Previously, Sednaoui appeared in campaigns for Diane Von Furstenberg and Chanel Eyewear.

by Steve Hall    Dec-20-10    
Topic: Brands



Footlocker Gets Twisted For Christmas

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Here's a couple of twisted holiday spots SapientNitro created for Footlocker. In one, a son, who looks way too old to still be living at home, is holding one of Santa's reindeers for ransom unless he gets his favorite pair of kicks from Footlocker. In another, Sanata is chastised for lusting after a pair of sneakers under the tree. He's asked to leave without getting his milk and cookies.

Both spots are a welcome distraction from the cutely overloaded annual pantheon of sicky sweet advertising we see each year.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-15-10    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Strange



Walmart Celebrates Wonder of Christmas

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Remember when you were a kid and you couldn't wait for your parents to wake Christmas morning so you could rip open all your presents? Or how about when you had kids who used to jump on you in the morning in an attempt to get you to wake up so you could witness their happiness while still half asleep?

This new commercial from Walmart captures all that happiness in one :30.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-14-10    
Topic: Brands, Commercials



Marion Cotillard Helps Crippled Ian McKellen Walk

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In what some would consider to be cinematic excellence, director John Cameron Mitchell orchestrates an eight minute film for Christian Dior's Lady Dior during which Marion Cotillard offers inspiration to a crippled Ian McKellen and an artistically stifled painter, Russell Tovey. It's quite touching actually.

The film, called Lady Grey London, has Cotillard performing in front of a spellbound audience and driving men mad with desire. She invites one of her onlookers, a wheelchair-bound Ian McKellen to her dressing room where she works magic on his legs. She then visits the painter and imbues him with intense creativity. Both McKellen and the painter reap the benefits of Cotillard's touch.

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 9-10    
Topic: Best, Brands, Celebrity, Video



AT&T Has the Fastest Mobile Broadband. Um....Hahahahahaha!

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Given AT&T's service woes (perceived or otherwise), this new campaign from BBDO will make you laugh...in more ways than one. In an attempt to reinforce the notion (perceived or otherwise) AT&T has the fastest mobile broadband network, humor and awkwardness are used to demonstrate the benefits of receiving mobile broadband information fast and first. Otherwise, you're left out of the joke. Or you look like an idiot.

But, really. Who will be laughing at who...and about what in these commercials? AT&T isn't exactly the poster child for fast and reliable mobile phone service. In fact, it was just rated the worst cell phone provider by Consumer reports.

To be fair, an honest comparison between AT&T and Verizon can't really be done until the iPhone is on Verizon as AT&T claims it's the bandwidth hungry iPhone that drags its service down. It might drag Verizon down too but we won't know that until Verizon gets the iPhone sometime next year.

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 9-10    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials



Google Instant Destroys Brands, Holiday eCommerce to Hit $38.5M

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- How Google Instant can destroy your brand's reputation. And the steps you can take to avoid this from happening.

- Royal Caribbean has teamed up with Starbucks and DreamWorks with a brand partnership for its newest ship, Allure of the Seas.

- Sarah Jessica Parker has hooked up with Barnes 7 Noble to hype the retailer's NookColor eReader in a series of commercials which broke this week.

- eMarketer reports holiday ecommerce will hit $38.5 billion this year, up 14.3 percent from 2009.

- Seven things you didn't know display ads could do.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-24-10    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Racy, Research



Beyonce Bares Bootyliciousness For Christmas Campaign

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Just in time to take the heat off her...um...Heat, Beyonce is coming out with a new campaign shot by British photographer Matt Jones for fashion retailer C&A, a brand with which Beyonce has worked with before.

The campaign, which breaks November 23, will include a commercial directed by Adria Petty in which music from her I am...Sasha Fierce album will be featured.

by Steve Hall    Nov-22-10    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity



Consumer Reports Makes Naughty and Nice List

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Just in time for the holidays, Consumer Reports has created a Naughty and Nice list. On the list are brands which have nice customer service policies and brands with not so nice customer service policies. Take a look.

Nice:

1 Southwest. Two pieces of checked luggage, no charge. And that includes bulky freight such as golf clubs and skis.

2 L.L.Bean. 100 percent product satisfaction guarantee. Return anything at any time for any reason.

3 Zappos.com. Free shipping and free returns, including prepaid return label.

4 Costco. Open-ended return policy for virtually everything the warehouse retailer sells minus some home electronics, which come with a still-generous 90-day return period.

5 U.S. Cellular. While the FCC is proposing that cell carriers alert consumers who are about to exceed their plans' monthly minutes allotment, which could lead to significant overage charges, this company is already practicing due diligence and giving its customers a heads up.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-22-10    
Topic: Brands










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