Mariah Carey Hologram'd, Ten Best Ads of 2011


- Mariah Carey hologram appears in five countries to celebrate Christmas courtesy of T-Mobile.

- Ouch!

- AdWeek's list of the ten best commercials of 2011.

- Amtrack WiFi campaign combines iconic regional route symbols with WiFi symbol.

- Yawn.

by Steve Hall    Nov-28-11    
Topic: Celebrity

Gordon Ramsey, Bette Midler Go Overboard For Acura


Continuing its three year long Season of Reason campaign, Acura, with help from RPA's rp&, has enlisted Gordon Ramsey ("It's raw!!!") and Bette Midler to illustrate just how easy (well, at least in ads that attempt to parenthetically represent the real world) it is to go overboard during the holiday season. In each of two ads, Ramsey and Midler do their signature over-the-top routines which are contrasted with Acura's sensible approach to saving money...and your sanity...during the holiday season

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by Steve Hall    Nov-22-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity

CP+B Copywriter Goes After Demi Moore


Crispin Porter + Bogusky copywriter James is angling for the love and affection of Demi Moore following her breakup with Ashton Kutcher. Yes, it's yet another trivial attempt at goofy publicity but can you blame a guy for going after Demi?

James, 29, is 20 years Moore's junior but that seems to be the way she likes her men. But can James truly appreciate all that Demi has to offer? After all, he was likely still in diapers when she made her splash on General Hospital (yes, youngin's, she was on a soap) or her brilliant depiction of the coked up Jules in St. Elmos Fire?

No. It's time Demi chose a more seasoned man for her life partner. A man with whom she has more in common. Stop playing with the children, Demi and get yourself a real man!

And, James, go easy with those close ups, man.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-22-11    
Topic: Agencies, Celebrity

BOA Gets OWS'd, Student Ads Get Found, Grown Men Scream


- Be sure to take a look at some Bank of America signage that got spoofed with Occupy Wall Street messaging.

- Check out Student Ad Finds, a site on which student work is highlighted and celebrated.

- Really? As if grown men would give a shit about Justin Bieber, let alone know who he is.

- Check out DraftFCB's Movember work.

Catch a glimpse of raccoon eyes...uh Taylor Momsen in this Japanese hand bag ad.

by Steve Hall    Nov-21-11    
Topic: Agencies, Celebrity

Obama Kisses, Damon Swears, Situation Sues, Altoids Explains


- President Obama kisses China's Hu Jinto all in the name of Benneton's campaign urging the end of hate.

- See Matt Damon talk shit.

- Remember when Abercrombie & Fitch offered to pay The Situation if he would stop wearing their clothing? Well A&F may end up paying big as The Situation just filed a law suit against the brand.

- Here's Ubisoft's Tom Clancy Ghost Recon Future Soldier promotional video.

- Curious about the curious nature of Altoids? Check out the brand's Hall of Curiosity from Energy BBDO.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-17-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Policy, Video

William Shatner Urges Turkey Fryer Safety


Back in 1969 or thereabouts when the original Star Trek hit the airwaves, we wonder if William
Shatner, or anyone else for that matter, had any clue as to just how long his career and relevancy would last. And just how iconic he would become allowing him, of course, to become an uber spokesman for several brands. His latest stint comes from State Farm which produced a turkey frying safety video in which Shatner decides not to play it safe at all.

"Dammit, Bill, that's too much oil!"


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by Steve Hall    Nov-17-11    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Strange

H&M Lets Donatella Versace Get Weird For New Clothing Line


In this wacky Johan Renck-directed video, the unbelievably freaky looking Donatella Versace has her way with a collection of automaton hotties, played by Lindsey Wixson and Daphne Groeneveld, who Versace controls with stings and levers. Appropriately gap-toothed and puffy-lipped, the pair are guided through the machinations of Versace's inner freakishness as they model fashions for the brand's new line of affordable clothing.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-15-11    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials, Strange

Kevin Spacey Says American Airlines Will Treat You Like An Individual


In an effort highlight its "celebrated brand philosophy of understanding the individual flyer," American Airlines tapped Kevin Spacey to play three roles as well as himself in a new commercial. In the UK ad we see three different versions of Kevin getting ready for a flight. Once the Kevins arrive at the airport, Kevin provides a voice over that touches upon the importance of understanding everyone is an individual, a notion Spacey says every good actor understands but, unfortunately, not every airline...except, of course, American Airlines.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-14-11    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials

Pink-Dressed Carly Foulkes Rings In T-Mobile Holiday Cheer


Thanks to Who Is That Hot Ad Girl who has a thing or T-Mobile Girl, Carly Foulkes, we checked out the new T-Mobile Holiday commercial in which Ms. Foulkes introduces us to T-Mobile's 4G Wonderland. And this being a T-Mobile commercial, all the elves sport pink hair...just like Carly's dress. You can check out the commercial below and a behind the scenes video over at Who Is That Hot Ad Girl.

We hope Carly sticks around as long as Catherine Zeta-Jones did.

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by Steve Hall    Nov- 4-11    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials

Laura Vandervoort the Latest Nude PETA Celebrity


Are you a fan of Smallville? Or V? Or just love any chance you can get to stare at Laura Vandervoort? Well, now you can stare more as PETA, otherwise known as celebrity porn for a cause, is out with a new animal rights ad. In the ad, Vandervoort is naked and painted to look like a reptile. The ad's tagline asks, "Whose Skin Are You In?" Of course, the ad is aimed at urging people to "leave wildlife out of your wardrobe."

In a short PSA, Vandervoort says, "I want to make people aware that if you want a high end python bag or crocodile... Three or four alligators have to die for each purse. It's just ridiculous. A lot of people think that reptiles don't feel, but they do."

And she should know. She played one on TV.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-24-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Celebrity

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