This week's top stories on Adrants caused us to ponder whether or not Kraft's choice of Ted Williams was right for the brand, get excited about the lowly bus shelter, laugh at sharks, admire the T-Mobile babe mock AT&T and Verizon, engage in a bit of voyeurism, revisit childhood with Audi's use of "Goodnight Moon," look at lingerie once again, watch advertising get Cheezberger'd, revisit Kim Kardashian's cleavage and wonder how the hell that family got so famous and, finally, once again, listen to yet another researcher tell us using celebrities in advertising is a waste of money.
- Katie Holmes is the new face of Ann Taylor.
- Katy Perry is heading to Palo Alto to visit Facebook. Who knows why and who really cares. But if you do, tune in to Facebook Live January 19 at 2:30PM PST to see what it's all about.
- Need interns? Well, that's what Twitter is for according to Campbell Mithun.
- The backstory on why Carmax bought two spots in the Super Bowl.
- An ARG. For a feature film. Coming out in early 2011. Check it out. If you care.
- GoDaddy plans to unveil a new GoDaddy girl in one of their Super Bowl commercials. CEO Bob Parsons claims it will be a big surprise to all. We wait with baited breath.
Branding consultant Rob Frankel isn't a fan of Crispin Porter + Bogusky's use of Ted Williams for its client Kraft. If you recall, Ted Williams was the homeless man who found fame when, earlier this month, it was discovered he had the perfect announcer voice in a Columbia Dispatch video.
While the new Kraft Macaroni & Cheese commercial has received 933,000 views since it hit YouTube January 7, Frankel thinks the whole thing is just another opportunistic agency ploy, telling Mashable, "It's clearly another one of those opportunistic stunts by creatively bankrupt agencies who jump on any trend they think can take them to the top of a Twitter trend."
Sears? Sears? Either Sears is desperate or the Kardashians will do anything for a buck. Oh wait. On both counts. Which, we suppose, is why we're not surprised the retailer has signed a deal with the sisters to carry a new fashion line dubbed the Kardashian Kollection.
Of the sister's choice of getting into bed with Sears, Khloe Kardashian said, "Not only do they have locations nationwide but we recognize that Sears will allow us to reach multigenerations of fans and people who are interested in fabulous clothing at affordable prices."
Affordable prices, yes. But fabulous clothing? At Sears? Really?
Oh those Jersey Shore characters. They're just everywhere these days aren't they? While Snooki seems to get most of the press, we can't forget about Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola. And what with every last celebrity launching their own fragrance line, you can just guess where this is going. Yes, Giancola is launching a fragrance developed by Dangerous which will hit stores just in time for summer.
Giancola, who appeared on Good Morning America this morning to tout the new season of Jersey Shore as well as to hype the fragrance, will shoot a commercial next week to promote the launch.
TBWA\Chiat\Day connected with Eminem for a series of commercials promoting the 53rd Grammy Awards on MTV. In the first ad which debuts today, a voiceover accompanies images from Eminen's troubled life including the death of friends, his drug addiction and his divorce. Accompanying the ad is Eminem's new single, Not Afraid.
Of the work, TBWA\Chiat\Day Creative Director said, "The camera kind of literally walks through his life. It was important to capture his struggle."
We admit it. We've watched Gossip Girl in the past. And why not? Who doesn't love a weekly dose of eye candy? Blake Lively. Leighton Meester. Taylor Momsen. That's some serious hotness on one TV show. And that's just the women.
Wait, what? We forgot someone, you say? Jessica Szohr? Ah, yes, the Vanessa Abrams character, blast from Dan Humphrey's past...and present. We never really placed her in the trio of hotness mentioned about but let's not be picky. The women is pretty. And she recently got naked for SoBe Lifewater. So she can't be all bad, right?
Yes, Following last year's casting of Ashley Greene, SoBe Lifewater tapped Szohr to don the Lifewater skinsuit and appear in a Cosat Rican photo shoot, part of a new campaign to promote the brand's Lifewater with electrolytes.
Szohr's photo's will be published as a spread in the upcoming Sport Illustrated Swimsuit Edition out February 15.
It's not anything like this Puma campaign but it's still hot. English pop singer-songwriter, model, actress and dancer Kimberley Walsh is fronting a new campaign for Puma's Bodytrain line of footwear.
Much like Reebok's Reetone, the shoes are somehow suposed to miraculously give a girl the perfect ass...just by wearing them. As idiotic as that sounds, we must remember we live in a world where people are willing to buy products that scream Apply Directly to the Forehead! And pills that will make one's penis huge.
The campaign features Walsh stylized with a 50's look complete with full body coverage jumper/bathing suit. No cleavage here, people. Move right along. Or go here if you want to see more Kimberley fully dressed.
The impossibly cute Bryce Dallas Howard has been signed by Kate Spade to front the brand's spring and fall 2011 ad campaigns. Of the brand's choosing Howard, Kate Spade President and Chief Creative Officer Deborah Lloyd said, "Bryce is playful, gorgeous and multi-talented. She embraces and embodies the spirit of our brand. The moment she puts our clothes on they come to life in a new, spirited way."
Shot by fashion photographer Norman Jean Roy, Howard is the first celebrity the brand has tapped to appear in its advertising.
Who wouldn't jump at the chance to hang with Maria Sharapova? Certainly not Jonny Watson and Dan Harrison from Dare who were offered 90 minutes of the Russian tennis babe's time to come up with a video to promote Google's Search by Voice technology. The resulting video became part of Google's Demo Slam which allows the public to vote for their favorite Google product demo.
Sharapova, being the famous beauty she is, and the pair's Whack A Guy With A Tennis Ball approach has garnered the video 156,000 views and the number four slot in the Demo Slam competition.