While commenting most Converse Chucks "can twist an ankle worse then that bitches head in the Exorcist," Bucky Turco thinks the recent hook up of jackass Johny Knoxville is a good move for the marketer. Timed with the release of Knoxville's next movie, Jackass 2 in September, the shoes will adorned with skull and crutch crossbones.
Copyranter thinks Gwyneth Paltrow is far too white for this Keep A Child Alive ad in which she dons African apparel above the headline "I Am African." And just so we're sure we understand his opinion, he writes, "Cheers to you that you support a very worthy cause. BUT, allow someone else to do the ads. You'd survive about 10 minutes in African bush. And, you just look completely and utterly ridiculous."
We're a week behind on this but Supermodel Heidi Klum has signed a deal with Victoria's Secret to lend her nickname, "The Body," to a new bra the retailer is introducing which will be called, yes, "The Body." Klum tells us "this is probably one bra that every woman wants to have because it is so comfortable. It comes in eight different colors, it has no seams, no stitches. It is not the super sexy, lacy bra, but this is something functional that you want to have every day that is super comfortable and just great." The ad began airing nationally last week.
In her recently released book, Danika:Crossing the Line, IRL racer Danika Patrick offers up this truism about her work in advertising, writing, "Here's the upshot. Sponsors such as Honda, Peak Antifreeze, and Secret deodorant have stepped up and are using a sexy woman racecar driver as a unique marketing tool. Let's face it, guys don't sell antifreeze quite the same way I do."
Danika approaches the whole notion of sex symbol with a refreshing nonchalance, saying, " Why not use whatever assets I have? I'm confident in myself as a driver. It's obvious I'm a girl, so why not use it as a tool?" Her statement does, though, open up the age old debate about whether one should use their sexual assets to get ahead in life. But is being a hot looking girl or guy really any different than being the best major league pitcher or the most famous Hollywood actor in terms of using those qualities to further one's life? All of us have various assets in our arsenal and we all use them to achieve our goals in life. Why should the asset of physical beauty be looked upon with less favor as if being beautiful automatically makes one dumb, desperate and lacking in higher intelligence?
To help spread the word about celebrity blog portal ChatWithAStar.com, a "Blogmobile" will travel throughout New York City today including Bryant Park, Union Square, Madison Square Park, Columbus Circle, etc. allowing fans to stop in and blog with their favorite celebs or pro-athlete on their way to work, during lunch or on the way home.
For the Blogmobile's launch, several New York Mets will be on hand to launch the Blogmobile, including pitcher Billy Wagner (a partner in the Chat With A Star venture), First-baseman Carlos Delgado, Shortstop Jose Reyes, Center-fielder Carlos Beltran, pitcher Tom Glavine, Manager Omar Minaya, as will Boxer Gerry Cooney, The Amazing Kreskin, Dominic Chianese, Steve Schirripa, Julia Styles, Venessa Minnillo, Carolina Bermudez, Mocean Worker, former NYC Mayor David Dinkins and supermodel Beverly Johnson.
One tipster wonders if the timing is a might bit too coincidental between the announcement of Bruce Willis' return in Die Hard IV with the release of Die Hard by the band Guyz Nite. We do too. The song and the accompanying video take us though the trilogy with energetic choruses like "We're gonna die, die, die, die hard" and the classic "yippee kayay motherfucker." It's hilarious. And we wouldn't be the least bit surprised if, in the process of making this video, a few dollar fell out of 20th Century Fox's pocket and into the pockets of Guyz Nite band members. Great marketing, 20th Century.
Carmen Elektra seems to be very busy these days. Perhaps she really can't find any work and has to turn to advertisers for her paycheck. Not too long after she signed with Ritz Camera to be its spokesmodel, the actress has also signed with NV, "the world's first beauty-enhancing weight loss pill." Whatever that is. This ought to be fun to watch. Carmen takes the pill. Carmen lose weight. Carmen gets skinny. Carmen's fake boobs stay huge.
AdFreak tells us Carmen Elektra, perhaps in a nod to her waning viability as...well...anything, has signed with Ritz Camera to be the retailer's spokesmodel for its family of stores. Though Elektra's youth and hipness are questionable, Ritz wants her to appeal to the young and the hip. In any case, it will certainly be a step up from the Ritz dude who always appears in the Sunday inserts. The campaign will promote the chain's picture development services and its new picture sizes.
Not that featuring a product in a music video is anything new but HP reportedly paid $200,000 to place products in Jessica Simpson's candy-coated, new video A Public Affair as part of its "The Computer Is Personal" campaign. In the video, Simpson raps with Christina Applegate, Christina Milian and Eva Longoria about how cool it is to be famous then the girls hit the roller skating rink and offer up more bubble-headed tripe. Towards the end of the video, comedian Andy Dick reaches into his pants as if he's misplaced his last name and pulls out an HP Ipaq emblazoned with the campaign's hand imagery. A laptop and a TV/monitor make an appearance as well.
UPDATE: HP's PR agency, Porter Novelli contacted us to correct a couple of facts we and the New York Post had incorrect.
"While we can not share the exact figure, the $200K quoted for HP's product placement in the Jessica Simpson video is incorrect. The Jessica Simpson video product placement is not an extension of 'The Computer is Personal Again' campaign. HP has an on-going product placement program and this deal was part of an existing relationship."
While Reebok and Scarlett Johansson would not appear to be two names normally mentioned in the same sentence, Reebok has signed a deal with the actress to front a new footwear and apparel fashion line called "Scarlett Hearts Rbk" which will launched in Spring 2007. Of course, no one's revealing how much coin Reebok will part with to secure Johansson but New York agency Mcgarrybowen will create a campiagn which will include television, print, Internet and outdoor.