Gossip Girl's Serena Vanderwoodsen Wants to Pick You Up

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In a new pro-Obama commercial from MoveOn.org which plays out like a drug PSA, Gossip Girl Upper East Sider Serena Vanderwoodsen feels so strongly about Obama she says, "if you're ever out somewhere and considering about voting McCain, just call me. I'll pick you up. No questions asked."

While it centers on the not so correct assumption all McCain supporters are old and all Obama supporters are young, it does do an effective job spoofing a genre that has become ingrained in the minds of the younger generation, many of whom would love nothing more than to have Serena not ask any questions while picking them up.

by Steve Hall    Oct-15-08    
Topic: Cause, Celebrity, Political, Video



'Goddess of Money' Throws Weight Behind White Collar Lunch Hour

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This may sound improbable, but "goddess of money" Ivanka Trump (don't you love PR people?) gives a damn what you have for lunch at work every day. Enough to blog about it, even.

She's partnering with ConAgra for something called the Lunch Trade. I'm not sure what it entails (Handi-Snacks but bigger? City-wide buffets? Mass sandwich-swap? Anything goes!) but it'll reportedly "impact" 15,000 employees across NYC and Chicago.

Wow. Sounds almost like genocide. Keep reading her blog for more details.

by Angela Natividad    Oct-15-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity, Events, Guerilla, Promotions



Hayden Panettiere: Voting for McCain Will Probably Kill Us All

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Hayden Panettiere, the tortured chick on Heroes who can never die, joins an assembly line of celebrities hoping to affect your vote.

"There are three things think I all citizens should do: smoke cigarettes, vote for John McCain, and don't wear a seatbelt," she says with vigor, tossing in a few wild "FUCKs" for shock value.

You get the gist. Thank Funny or Die, creators of this and that high-larious Paris Hilton for President video -- another effort that makes Obama look incidentally good by making McCain look old and out of touch.

by Angela Natividad    Oct-15-08    
Topic: Celebrity, Online, Political



Luhrmann Promotes 'Australia' by Promoting Australia

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You probably know Baz Luhrmann by reputation, if not by name. He directed Strictly Ballroom, a tribute to the art of dance; Romeo + Juliet, his altar to the written word; and Moulin Rouge!, a garish but dazzling musical homage to pop culture.

He's just completed his latest film, Australia. I don't know much about it, but -- here's an interesting twist -- he's promoting it through a tourism gig.

DDB Worldwide -- which represents Tourism Australia -- tapped Lurhmann for its "Come Walkabout" campaign, which is technically for Australia but also for Australia. In the debut spot, a mystical (and naked?) little boy encourages a stressed woman to defect from her unraveling life.

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by Angela Natividad    Oct-13-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Good, Online, Promotions



Friday Spoof: Erectile Dysfunction Spoof Has Unhappy Ending

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June 10, 2007: We never thought we'd tire of the millions of erectile dysfunction spoofs that have found there way to us but we finally have. It's just not that much fun anymore to listen to a fake voice over drone on about 36 hour erections while a dude walks around with a big dick prop sticking out of hin his pants. Except, of course, when that dick prop and closing elevator doors are in the same scene and the spoof stars Cuba Gooding Jr.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 9-08    
Topic: Celebrity, Spoofs



This Campaign is So Gay

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There once was a time when it was perfectly fine to use the word gay to describe something other than a person of the homosexual persuasion. In fact, my grandmother used to use the word all the time in a perfectly harmless manner to describe a joyous occasion. The use of the word gay in that manner, while not incorrect in terms of its definition, isn't all that culturally acceptable any longer. Just like titling the chapter of a Hardy Boys book "The Big Boner" (as in blunder or error) wouldn't go over so well in today's publishing world.

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 8-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Celebrity



Sean Connery Bonds With Louis Vuitton

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If you've been wondering where the original James Bond, Sean Connery, has been hiding out, we can't answer that question for you but we can tell you he's come out of hiding to appear in an Annie Leibowitz-shot Louis Vuitton ad campaign. Yes, the 78 year old hottie (come on, he's still hot, right?), can be seen in the ad lounging on a beach and enjoying life.

It's the new math. 40 is the new 30. 50 is the new 40. 60 is the new 50. And 78 is the new...60...which makes James Bond 30, right? After all, the dude hasn't aged since 1962.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 8-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity



Joe Namath (Or Not) Hypes New Jets Coaches Club

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Back in the day, there was a football player named Joe Namath. Perhaps you've heard of him? No? Well, he was the man back when men were men and football was football. Anyway, he "stars" in a new commercial hyping the New York Jets Coaches Club and the new Jets stadium which is set to open in Fall 2010.

Watch closely. Looks like Namath got a new haircut.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 8-08    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials



Sometimes We Have to Get Lost to Find Ourselves

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Sometimes we have to get lost to find ourselves. Sometimes we have to push away life's mundane, trivial, unimportant and, in the greater scheme of things, entirely pointless aspects of daily life in order to truly appreciate life and all the beautiful things in it. To treasure what really matters. To rediscover what first enthralled you with the people in your life. To understand there is much more to life than work.

These are the stunningly beautiful messages within Baz Luhrmann's new commercials (Kate, Lee Ming) for Australia's tourism campaign. The work does a spectacular job of making Australia a far more interesting place then the previous "Where the bloody hell are you?" campaign ever could.

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 8-08    
Topic: Best, Campaigns, Celebrity, Commercials



Word Is, Fine Fabric Should Get You High

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In IBD Brand's "Make Me High" for J. Hampstead Fabrics, Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra does a sensual, ribbony wind dance with her bedsheets.

They convey her into the air before she alights angelically upon some faceless dude, strokes his shoulder and croons, "I've never felt so close to my man."

Cheesy, so cheesy, and there doesn't appear to be any connection with the fabric and the love interest at all. Did he precipitate the wind dance? Or did fine fabric save their fraying relationship? One commenter was all, "I was hoping the fabric was connected to his suit as workers were still stitching it."

That would've been fun to watch. This rang more like a parody for an early-'90s perfume ad: it felt loaded with banal effects (hot actress, out-of-body experience, a thin stab at love) but lacked sublimity.

by Angela Natividad    Oct- 8-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Commercials, Television










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