Colonel Sandrs Goes to the UN, Sigourney Snakes, Bond Bombs

- And, yea, there was that whole KFC Colonel Sanders thing at the UN. Everyone's freaking out over the supposed security lapse. Or the stupidity of security guards who must have thought the Colonel was an actual delegate of some country called KFC.

- Something about a snake and Sigourney Weaver.

- This is kind of sad. Sometimes you just want to remember someone in their prime. Not when they should really be sitting on a porch somewhere peacefully enjoying the fact they had a good run.

by Steve Hall    Oct-28-09    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials, Guerilla



Universal Healthcare is Hot, Blond and Curvaceous

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When Heather Graham hit the scene in Drugstore Cowboy and then again on Twin Peaks, we were, well, peaked. While we're not quite sure what appearing in a MoveOn commercial hyping a public health insurance option will do for her career, we are very sure she - and all of her hot, blond curvaceousness - has caught the eye of the very bloated, for-profit insurance companies.

As they all stand at the starting line of a race in which they don't need to compete (after all, why exert any energy when complacency works just fine), Heather, and all of her hot, blond curvaceousness, approaches the starting line as a representative of the public health insurance option and gets set to beat the crap out of all the other bloated insurance companies.

All while Peter Coyote (President on Flash Forward!) pleads for us all to contact congress and tell our representatives we need that public health insurance option.

by Steve Hall    Oct-26-09    
Topic: Cause, Celebrity, Commercials



Carnie Wilson Wants to Know What You Sound Like in Bed

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For those of you who always wanted to ask your boss a personal question or two, this isn't the way to do it. For everybody else that loves a double entendre or three, these Filter Advertising-created ads (one, two, three) for Carnie Wilson's The Newlywed Game are for you. Hoping to bring back the original show's bedroom humor in full force a la Bob "making whoopee" Eubanks, Wilson will ask young, newly married, babes in the woods questions that will make their mother-in-law's toes curl.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-20-09    
Topic: Cable, Celebrity, Commercials, Good



French Vogue Paints White Model Black ... and Itself into a Corner

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French Vogue's set off the sensitivity meter with its decision to paint Dutch model Lara Stone black for the October issue.

Another thing that bears mentioning, if only for its strangeness: after painting Stone brown, the makeup artist painted parts of her white again for some shots.

This is racking up the usual stink about racism in advertising (Birth of a Nation comes, unbeckoned, to mind). Commentary ranges from "Why not just use an African model?!!" to arguments that the move is a statement on the complexity of race and identity. Some people also think this is a knee-jerk reaction; one user observed that the rag once dressed a woman up as a man, and nobody complained.

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by Angela Natividad    Oct-15-09    
Topic: Celebrity, Magazine, Trends and Culture



BEP Does 'Flashmob'-Esque Thing for Oprah's Season 24

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Black Eyed Peas partnered with Oprah to celebrate the 24th season of her show, which sought to drum up viewership with big kick-off fetes on Michigan Ave.

The pop band sang I Gotta Feeling onstage while a humongous crowd performed a flashmob dance routine on the floor.

We watched with polite interest, having been forced to watch many a flashmob over the past coupla months (especially since the death of MJ), and were left with three as-yet-unanswered questions.

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by Angela Natividad    Oct- 1-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Social, Trends and Culture



Geek Genes and Victorious Spirit Meld in Nike/Evra Spot

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For Nike, Manchester U soccer player Patrice Evra unzips his AW 77 hoodie and bares a vintage-style tee that reads EVRA THE GAME.

This marks the opening for a pixellated retro-gamer race to the finish, with Evra as Player 1 and each match a daunting new level. You've got the occasional zombies and giant men, but ultimately Evra defeats all and surpasses even the France level, at which point you're met with the campaign heading: THE GAME IS NEVER OVER.

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by Angela Natividad    Oct- 1-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Good, Social, Video



It's Not A Fart Joke But It'll Do

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Well this is kind of funny. It's not like any of the jokes are new or anything but, sort of like fart jokes, when Aunt Flo comes to visit every month, there's always a bit of a chuckle. No matter how old and tired the jokes are, they still get a laugh.

And that's what's going on in this new Serena Williams commercial for Tampax. The tennis star squares off against Mother Nature on the court and at a press conference. Not sure who wins but there's a lot of balls involved. Oh wait, that's an entirely different category of joke. Sorry.

by Steve Hall    Sep-29-09    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials



At Least They're Not Pretending to Be Saving Hip-Hop Anymore.*

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Alongside the Black Eyed Peas Peapod Foundation, the Adobe Foundation kicks off "Plant and Inspire" -- a campaign that encourages digital literacy among youth.

The site, linked above, solicits your inspiration and invites you to share creations across socnets. You can also build a snazzy digital flower out of media, sounds and other stuff. Here's a PSA in which will.i.am from Black Eyed Peas sows one out of mean urban earth.

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by Angela Natividad    Sep-25-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Cause, Celebrity



Russell Simmons Wants YOU to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

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Sure, having one of the plushest icons in hip-hop list ways to reduce your negative impact on the environment -- under the amber light of his posh leather-and-mahogany office -- might be effective. But really, is it more effective than this?

Probably.

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by Angela Natividad    Sep-25-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Celebrity, Commercials



Crest Grabs Seacrest. Results Less Than Believable

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Is it just us or was it a really, really poor choice for Crest to hook up with Ryan Seacrest to pimp its new Crest Extra-White plus Scope Outlast? In two new commercials, Secreast uses the product and ends up attracting throngs of hotties like an Axe commercial. The dude just doesn't strike us as a lady's man. Don't know what it is but this isn't working for us.

Oh wait. Crest. Seacrest. Yea, that was too easy to pass up.

by Steve Hall    Sep-21-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity, Commercials










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