Skeletal Nicole Ritchie to Pimp Diet Dr. Pepper Valentine's Day in New York

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AdFreak points to a release that announces skin-on-bones celebrity Nicole Ritchie will, on Valentine's Day in New York, hand out flyers for, humorously, Diet Dr. Pepper. While one wonders if Dr. Pepper isn't trying to kill the poor girl surrounding her with all this diet pressure, AdFreak properly asks, in reaction the company's claim there's nothing diet about Diet Dr. Pepper, "If you don't want people thinking diet, why hire a skeleton?"

by Steve Hall    Feb- 9-06    
Topic: Celebrity, Promotions, Strange



Rolling Stones Half Time Show Kinda, Sorta OK

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Perhaps making the most insightful comment about their appearance during the Half Time show, Mick Jagger said, "We could have done Super Bowl One but everything comes to he who waits." They might be old but they are good. And for all you youngsters out there who might think Mick could have sounded better, that's what actual, non-lip synched stadium singing sounded like back in the day. That said, it was not the most stellar of Half Time shows. Maybe Bob Garfield was on to something after all.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 5-06    
Topic: Celebrity, Super Bowl 2006, Television



Jessica Simpson's Breasts Are Pizza Hut Bites

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Is it just us or are the creative folks behind the Jessica Simpson Pizza Hut ad pulling one over on us? The copy, "These bites are gonna pop right into you" uttered by Simpson as she lears into the eyes of that horned up kid just can't help is feel there's some sort of sexual overtone going on here. Just what bites is she talking about putting into his mouth?

by Steve Hall    Feb- 5-06    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials, Super Bowl 2006, Television



Pizza Hut Promotes Cheesy Bites With Jessica Simpson Remix

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As if Jessica Simpson and Miss Piggy weren't enough to convince you to buy a Pizza Hut Cheesy Bites pizza, Atmosphere BBDO developed an extension of Pizza Hut's Super Bowl promotion with Jessica Simpson creating a site that allows consumers to literally play with their food. The Pizza Hut Cheesy Bites site allows visitors to remix their own version of the Jessica Simpson Pizza Hut song, "These Bites Are Made for Poppin'". With 28 musical tracks and 40 sound effects to choose from, people can watch and share their version of the song played along with the television commercial and see Jessica singing along to their creation.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 4-06    
Topic: Celebrity, Online, Super Bowl 2006



Bob Garfield Wrong About 'Rolling Stones' Half Time Show

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While we've been in the ad biz since before Loyd Dobler held that radio over his head in Say Anything, we don't pretend to have the knowledge or insight Ad Age Editor Hoag Levins or black-turtlenecked Ad Age Man-At-Large Bob Garfield possess, except, perhaps when it comes to Garfield's commentary on why the Rolling Stones are bad choice as a Half Time Super Bowl act. Calling the Stones "114 year olds" who have "been around since the early Jurassic period," Garfield can't seem to understand why the Stones are still relevant cavalierly claiming they "have one foot in the grave," their appearance in the Super Bowl is a "last surrender to commercialism" and they're on their way to "Hollywood Squares." Calling them a "commercialized pop act," Garfield is so out of touch with culture, he, in perhaps an apparent attempt to appear hip, can't seem to grasp that fact the Stones still are "hip."

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by Steve Hall    Feb- 3-06    
Topic: Celebrity, Opinion, Super Bowl 2006, Television



Beacher's Madhouse Goes to Miami With 'Ocean Drive' Magazine

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South Florida lifestyle magazine, Ocean Drive, according to MediaBuyerPlanner, has partnered with Vegas' celebu-bash Beacher's Madhouse hosting their appearance February 13 at Miami's Mansion nightclub. The mag will also celebrate their anniversary with a Grey Goose, Just Like Me by Parris Hilton and PURE nightclub-sponsored invitation-only party at the St. Regis Bal Harbour. Someone please invite us.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 3-06    
Topic: Celebrity, Events, Magazine, Sponsorship



Religious Right Uppity Over Britney Spears' 'Will & Grace' Appearance

Not realizing it was lack of advertisers instead of their religious whinings that caused NBC to cancel its Book of Daniel, The American Family Association is all hot and bothered again over Britney Spears' appearance on the NBC sitcom Will & Grace in which she plays a co-host during a new cooking segment called "Cruci-fixin's" on the show's fictitious TV network, recently purchased by a Christian TV network.

AFA Special Projects Director Randy Sharp blathered, "They would not be making fun of Mohammed or Buddha. It's almost sacrilegious. I wonder who is at the helm of NBC that they are not getting the message. NBC doesn't seem concerned that they are tanking because they are offending their viewers and running them off." Though it's in its last season, Will & Grace is hardly tanking.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 2-06    
Topic: Celebrity, Television, Worst



Animals Audition For Spike Jonze Miller Commercials

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In the works since last Summer, Miller, along with Spike Jonze and Y&R Chicago, has created six commercials featuring talking animals that mock all the animals Budweiser has used in its ads over the years. The "auditions" for the ads, which feature animals babbling on frustrated actor-style, can be viewed here. Who knows. Perhaps they'll appear in the Super Bowl.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 2-06    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials, Television



Escape From Room Game Promotes Harrison Ford Movie

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To promote its new Harrison Ford family-man-in-peril (does he do no other?) movie, Firewall, Warner Brothers has launched Inside the Firewall, a site created by Pod Digital which introducs a game in which the player has to find his way out of a room using available clues. Apparently, the game's getting alot of buzzz in forums with players exchanging clues and hints. Us? We're just going to go see the movie to see how Harrison gets out of yet another one of his messes.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 2-06    
Topic: Celebrity, Games, Good, Online



Pherotones Slaps Campaign All Over Gawker

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Perhaps we're just noticing it or perhaps it just occurred but those silly folks over at Pherotones have, apparently, kicked off a roadblock buy on Gawker, slapping their ad banners all over the front page of the gossip site. McKinney Silver is behind the campaign and some have opined it may have to do with their client Qwest or maybe Tom Cruise has just them to create an offshoot of Scientology. (Bertram, that's a joke)

by Steve Hall    Feb- 2-06    
Topic: Celebrity, Online, Weblogs








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