Dos Equis Challenges New Yorkers to Eat Strange Tacos

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- If you're into tongue, cricket and veal brain tacos, you need to hunt down the Dos Equis Feats of the Brave taco truck currently touring the streets of New York.

- A new trade association made up of media-auditing firms has formed to establish ethics and best practices for this niche of the advertising world.

- "Talk to the Bird" is a campaign for Gigaset, a German phone manufacturer, which shows the bird talking to callers from around the world. Why? We have no idea.

- DeVito/Verdi has created a caption contest for Duane Reade called New York's Least Pretentious Caption Contest. Each week New Yorkers will have the chance to enter and vote for their favorite captions. Then on June 1st, 2011, a final vote will determine the best caption among all finalists.

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by Steve Hall    May- 4-11    
Topic: Agencies, Cause, Celebrity, Commercials, Guerilla, Promotions, Social, Tools



Hugh Jackman + Inception + Flashmob = Cheesy Lipton Ad

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Seriously? Seriously? Who asks a chair to dance while at the beach? When do beach attendants open umbrellas in unison? When do complete strangers decide to join in and dance along? And when does it all suddenly turn into a scene from Inception, fast becoming the most tiresome and overused element in today's advertising?

When it's a silly commercial for Lipton Ice Tea...with Hugh Jackman who, by the way, actually, can dance. And because as we all know flash mob-like behavior is totally normal in advertising.

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by Steve Hall    May- 3-11    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials, Strange



Angie Harmon Drinks Milk, OOO Ad Examples, More Doug Puppet

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- Behind the Scenes of Angie Harmon's New "Got Milk?" Ad

- Don't blame your lazy neighbor for rising medical care costs. BCBS North Carolina wants to have a big 'ol social media-style conversation about the issue.

- Meet BMW's M Gladiators, part of a new campaign in China for the brand.

- Not to belittle but yet another domestic abuse concept which travels down the "afraid to tell" path. This one riffs on YouTube's "removed by user" screen.

- A humorous look at what the world of Out of Office email advertising could look like.

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by Steve Hall    May- 2-11    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Celebrity, Commercials, Video



Uma Thurman Says Schweppes is Better Than Sex

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In a goofy, French subtitled French commercial for Schweppes, Uma Thurman, dressed in some kind of futuristic flapper garb, coos seductively from a couch to an interviewer who thinks she wants to have sex with him. Chock this up to yet another one of those Japander-style ads where Hollywood stars go over seas to make extra money.

Thurman is beginning to sound a lot like Kathleen Turner and that's not a good thing.

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by Steve Hall    May- 2-11    
Topic: Celebrity



Paltrow Does Coach, R/GA Copied, Dick Travels

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- As part of its 70th anniversary celebrations, Coach has tapped Gwyneth Paltrow as the face of its Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 international campaigns.

- The cheesiest lingerie ad you will ever see.

- R/GA thinks it's been ripped off by StarGroup. What do you think?

- Nautica is hyping its summer Nautica Concert Series with all manner of social media including a presence on Facebook.

- Mullen is out with new work for the Barnes & Noble Nook Color.

- Traveling dick urges us to have safe sex.

- Ogilvy has some fun with the Royal Wedding.

by Steve Hall    Apr-27-11    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials, Social, Strange



Louis Vuitton Hooks Up With Angelina Jolie

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For the cool sum of $10 million, Angelina Jolie has signed a deal with Louis Vuitton to front a new global campaign for the fashion brand. The campaign, shot by Annie Liebowitz, will break this summer in print.

Jolie follows in the footsteps of Madonna, Scarlett Johansson, Keith Richards, Uma Thurman and Jennifer Lopez, all of whom have fronted the brand in the past.

by Steve Hall    Apr-25-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity



Pepsi Allows Sophia Vergara's Boobs Out to Play

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Perhaps in reaction to an initial ad Pepsi did with Sophia Vergara for the brand's Diet Pepsi Skinny Can in which her curvaceousness was no where to be found, the brand decided, afterall, to share Vergara's good with us.

In a new ad, she appears along with David Beckham on a beach. While laying on the beach in her bathing suit she suddenly realizes she'd love a Diet Pepsi. Too bad the concession stand line is so long. Her solution? she tweets that she saw Beckham at the pier. Of course, all the ladies run to see Beckham leaving the concession stand empty so Vergara doesn't have to wait in line for her Diet Pepsi.

But there's an additional bonus for Vergara. Beckham isn't actually at the pier.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-20-11    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials



Chrysler Continues Celebrity Fetish With Dr. Dre

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Chrysler continues to get its hip on, this time with the addition of music mogul Dr. Dre who will appear in a new campaign - debuting May 4 - for Chrysler's 300 sedan. Joining Dre in the campaign will be Detroit Lions football player Ndamukong Suh and fashion designer John Varvatos.

Of the new campaign, Chrysler CEO Olivier Francious said, "This will be a breakthrough in terms of how you speak about luxury in this country. It doesn't speak about luxury in terms of just aesthetic, but about luxury in terms of the spirit. This is a departure from traditional advertising. I want to be at least as visible as my competitors even without having the same resources."

Dr. Dre follows Eminem's "epic" commercial and ode to Detroit which appeared during the Super Bowl the star did for the brand's 200.

by Steve Hall    Apr-20-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity



Charlie Sheen + Church = Winning!

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Remember Charlie Sheen? Wait, you don't? Yea, we know things die quickly in this fast moving culture of blithering Hollywood idiots but Sheen's antics are far too crazy for you to have already forgotten.

Northridge Church in Plymouth Michigan is hoping you still remember some of Sheen's antics. The church has erected a billboard with the headline "Northridge + Easter = "Winning!" which, of course, plays off Sheen's perpetual saying that all he does in life is win.

Apparently, Northridge Church thinks church is an important part of everyone's ability to win in life.

by Steve Hall    Apr-19-11    
Topic: Celebrity, Outdoor



Kate Moss Does Donnie Darko

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In new commercial for Chilean fashion brand Basement, Kate Moos gets it on with a very Donnie Darko-like rabbit. But, much like the movie, it's all a kind of dream. Or is it? When Moss wakes up, she's surrounded by baby rabbits. Just what did she and Donnie Darko Bunny do in that dream?

Oh and that giant phallic symbol of a building at the beginning of the commercial? That didn't go unnoticed. Just in time for Easter.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-19-11    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials, Strange










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