Quicken Loans Does YouTube Etch-A-Sketch Lebron James Thing


Quicken Loans and the Cleveland Cavaliers have partnered with George Vlosich who claims to be the "world's greatest etch-a-sketch artist" to produce a video in which Vlosich creates an Etch-A-Sketch portrait of LeBron James. It took Vlosich five hours to create the drawing but don't worry, the video is presented in time-lapse so you can witness the wonder in just three minutes.

by Steve Hall    Jun-12-07    
Topic: Celebrity, Consumer Created, Social, Video

Cold Stone Creamery Takes on Paris Hilton Jail Debate


Cold Stone Creamery has timed its new Paris Hilton-like "will she?/won't she?" commercial perfectly with the real life Paris Hilton's "will she?/won't she" jail debate. Complete with paparazzi, tiny dogs and competing heiresses, this wacky commercial is just plain fun.

by Steve Hall    Jun-12-07    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials, Good

Jennifer Aniston Doesn't Excite in Glaceau Water Campaign


We simply can not put our finger on it but we haven't thought of Jennifer Anniston as attractive or sexy since back in the Friends days when, it seemed, nothing she wore could cover her permanently erect nipples. And even though she's doing the naked pretzel thing in this new ad campaign for Glacea Smartwatter, we're still not feeling it the way we did back then. It's very nice photography but it's just not exciting us that much about the product. Which, of course, is just fine because who really wants to get that excited about a bottle of water?

by Steve Hall    Jun-12-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity

Moroch Partners, Joan Rivers Are Apparently Bone-Friendly


Dallas-based Moroch Partners was just crowned Agency of Record by the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Interestingly, Moroch is responsible for quirky McDonalds fare (predating their "we're healthy we swear to God!" phase) like the excuse generator and the dolphin v. man face-off.

How best to respond to the designation? Moroch Partners considers. Then, in trademark style, it releases a gossipy Joan Rivers PSA where she examines the bones of red carpet stars. Rivers is also the National Osteoporosis Foundation spokeswoman.

The PSA could have been funnier but at least it wasn't a dolphin v. man or excuse generator revisit. Anything involving Joan Rivers triggers a reflexive wince, a little like preparing for a mental and emotional pummeling.

We're welcome to being wrong, and maybe it's the X-ray effect, but for the first time in our short lives we wondered if she's smarter than she looks. Maybe we grow more sympathetic as the likelihood of getting osteoporosis increases.

by Angela Natividad    Jun-11-07    
Topic: Agencies, Cause, Celebrity

50 Cent Bastardizes Orchestra in Name of Vitamin Water


In theory we have nothing against 50 Cent. All he has to do is not steal things from us and not replace symphony members with DJ Whoo Kid in order to weave "In Da Club" into classical fare.

He breaks the latter rule here. Thanks bunches, Vitamin Water.

And thanks Shedwa for the heads-up. You should probably also check out this Vitamin Water ad where Kelly Clarkson charms a snake. It reminds us of this, except less funny.

by Angela Natividad    Jun-11-07    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Commercials, Television

Erectile Dysfunction Spoof Has Unhappy Ending


We never thought we'd tire of the millions of erectile dysfunction spoofs that have found there way to us but we finally have. It's just not that much fun anymore to listen to a fake voice over drone on about 36 hour erections while a dude walks around with a big dick prop sticking out of hin his pants. Except, of course, when that dick prop and closing elevator doors are in the same scene and the spoof stars Cuba Gooding Jr.

by Steve Hall    Jun-10-07    
Topic: Celebrity, Spoofs

FX's 'Rescue Me' Returns,' Leary Slams Celebrity Hypocrisy


The FX series Rescue Me is returning for a fourth season this summer and Complex has some words from the show's star Dennis Leary concerning the special treatment celebrities get and the true effect people's complaints have on the the success of the very thing about which they are complaining. What's that old saying with which Mom use to admonish? Ah, yes. "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." Of course, that never stopped us or most other media, 90 percent of which wouldn't exist if all we did was say nice things.

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by Steve Hall    Jun- 8-07    
Topic: Cable, Celebrity

Between Films, Scorsese Works for AmEx


Voila: an American Express ad for The Members Project, resulting from a collabo between Lost Planet and Martin Scorsese, via Ogilvy. It is surprisingly likable.

Poking fun at self-satisfied cause-whoring like Gap (red) and Kenneth Cole's Are You Putting Us On?, the spot includes Ellen, Andre Agassi and Sheryl Crow, sitting against a generic backdrop and admonishing the sympathetic to go forth and make a difference.

For those whose ears automatically perked up at Scorsese's name, there's no gunning-down for the cause. But amid the usual vagaries about doing your part, a casually-dressed guy (Tim from the office next door!) suddenly walks across the shot and points out the importance of keeping Lake Winnipesakee clean.

This sparks confusion between the stars and a general, if hesitant, admission that Lake Winnipesakee is probably worth keeping clean.

The spot ends with an empty stool and the usual closing jibjab about submitting your idea to website X. The winning entry gets not $10,000 (the going idea rate) but a whopping $5 million, which may mean this contest is actually worth someone's while.

by Angela Natividad    Jun- 4-07    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Commercials, Promotions, Television

Eva Longoria Moonlights As Nightclub Model


We wonder whether or not Eva Longoria's handlers will be happy when they see this Tonic Night Club Latin Seduction Fridays poster sent to us by Sanj the Toronto nightclub has currently placed around the city. Celebs must always walk that fine line between underexposure and overexposure but we don't think this is exactly what the Eva Longoria camp had in mind. We'll make easy for you, lawyer. The club's number is 416-204-9200.

Of course, this whole thing could just be part of an elaborately masterminded underexposure campaign. The image on the poster originates from this earlier image of Longoria.

by Steve Hall    May-29-07    
Topic: Celebrity, Poster

Hillary Explores Theme Song Options, Almost Smiles Once or Twice


Hillary, who for the 2008 presidential campaign is pushing viral in a big way, recently invited would-be voters to help her pick a campaign song.

Here she discusses the results and even sort of invites people to laugh at her, except with Hillary one never feels comfortable laughing about anything.

If we were Hillary we'd play the Darth Vader theme everywhere we went and act really pompous (think Xerxes, 300).

Hit the Hillary Clinton website to find out which song won. It probably wasn't the Darth Vader theme, but that would have cost way too much anyway. Sanjaya's looking for a gig, though.

by Angela Natividad    May-25-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity, Good, Trends and Culture

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