They Call Him Dr. Love. And Guess What He's Drinking!

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In the event you thought you could go one day in ad land without a cheap pun, we're gonna help stop that ludicrous idea right now. Because you know you're gonna scroll down and watch Gene Simmons -- aka Dr. Love -- try his hand at being Dr. Pepper's new spokeslackey.

"Drink it Smooth" (with a KISS of cherry!) starts out slightly less watchable than "Drink it Slow" featuring Dr. J. But it manages to save itself when the over-the-hill rock star gets schooled by his son, a perfect specimen of apathetic offspring in the bloom of youth.

That's right, in this ad and this ad only you get two Simmons for the price of one! Plus, we never get bored watching people get told off by their kids. It's the American way.

Work by Deutsch/LA.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-13-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Commercials, Television



American Idol Top Eight Does Britney Spears

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So tonight on American Idol, Ford and the top eight contestants let unleashed a new commercial for the Ford Mustang GT called Magic Show. In the commercial the remaining eight contestants do their version of Britney Spears' Circus.

Not so bad. Come one, it's American Idol!

by Steve Hall    Apr- 8-09    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials



Inside All of Us is...Poop

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Wait, what? So here's the deal. Everyone knows Spike Jonze has adapted the famed children's book, Where the Wild Things Are, into a movie. What everyone might not know is that another famed children's book, Everyone Poops, is also being made into a feature length film. OK, not really but check out the trailer here.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 8-09    
Topic: Celebrity, Spoofs, Video



Post Office Refuses to Mail 'Obscene' Postcard For Movie

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Adam Rifkin is trying to promote his new movie, Look, an examination of how pervasive video surveillance cameras have become and the sometimes shocking footage they capture. The movie's producers intended to mail postcards with scenes from the movie and the copy "Will you be watching? May 5, 2009" on the back.

One of the postcards carries an image from the movie which shows a man having his way with a woman in a storage closet. Technically, there's no nudity but the Post Office has called the promotional piece "obscene" and won't allow it to be mailed.

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 8-09    
Topic: Celebrity, Direct, Policy, Promotions, Racy



Yawn. Debate Rages Over Britney Spears' Digital Enhancement

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It's been a while since we've had a good healthy debate on the truth and merits of Photoshopping celebrities to wash away the ugliness of their realities and the less than ad-worthy attributes of their physical self.

Thanks to a sneak peak of the new Britney Spears Candie's print campaign, we can all, once again, wonder if Britney Spears is really as hot as she appears to be when she's not shot Paparazzi-style leaving a 7-Eleven.

Oh of course she's digitally altered. What would photographers and graphic designers do all day long if people weren't routinely manipulated to the point of perfection?

This is advertising, after all, right?

by Steve Hall    Apr- 7-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity



Joan and Melissa Rivers Fail Miserably in All Detergent Videos

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WTF? What is wrong with Joan River's face? Could it be any more stretched out? Damn. It looks like it hurts! Whatever. If it weren't for her freakishly manipulated face, there'd be no reason to watch her in this Celebrity Apprentice Guess That Stain video for All detergent. Lame. Lame. Lame.

Daughter Melissa, on the other hand, at least has a real face (well, accept maybe for those lips) in her role as the laundry fairy in a second version All's Rivers & Rivers videos. Still. Lame. Lame. Lame.

Again, just our opinion. You can check them out here and let us know.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 7-09    
Topic: Celebrity, Video, Worst



Kiera Knightley Takes Beating In Women's Aid PSA

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In this PSA for Women's Aid, Kiera Knightley gets together with her Atonement director Joe Wright to create this two minute video about domestic violence. Shot as if a scene within a movie, Knightley, who has just returned home from the set, turns to the camera and says, "Sorry, we didn't agree to that. That wasn't in the script," as she's hit by her boyfriend/husband.

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 3-09    
Topic: Cause, Celebrity, Good, Video



Sheepeye GoDaddies Taxslayer Up in Spec Ad

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Here's a concept that never gets old: getting sex symbols to strip while deluging transfixed watchers with your brand name.

Following in the footsteps of brands like GoDaddy, which is literally milking Danica Patrick for every last pheromone, Taxslayer.com enlisted former Miss Switzerland Nadine Vinzens to undress while pushing the company's merits. (Think Cleo but slightly less seedy. And we say "slightly" with some reservations.)

This gimmick comes stock with a surprise ending. In a moment of irrational compulsion, we looked down at our junk just to make sure we weren't growing anything ... unexpected.

Work by Sheep Eye Productions, which is soliciting ad work in exchange for 25 grand.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr- 2-09    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Consumer Created, Online



Padma Makes Sweet Masticatey Love to Western Bacon Burger

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AdFreak passed us a peek of that Padma Lakshmi Carl's Jr./Hardee's spot, filmed earlier this year.

It'd be tough to find anything better to say about it than "redefines food porn."

It's a modern update on that voyeuristic Cindy Crawford ad from the late '90s, where homegirl's indulging in a burger while geeky office cogs watch her with lust-saturated expressions. Except in this case, it's you playing voyeur, and Padma's making a lot more naughty with that big messy patty.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar-27-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity, Sponsorship, Television



Beyonce to Front Nintendo Rhythm Heaven Campaign

A lover of Super Mario, Beyonce has offered up her fan girlishness to Nintendo and will become the spokesperson for the company's new game, Rhythm Heaven, due to release April 5. Beyonce will appear in television commercial (making of here) as well as print ads and online.

The singer follows Nicole Kidman, America Ferrera, Carrie Underwood, Lisa Kudrow and Liv Tyler as spokesmodels for the brand.

by Steve Hall    Mar-26-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity








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