Driverside Pays Parking Tickets, Cars Go Zen, Actresses Put Brand Icons Out of Work, Gary Busey Becomes GotVMail Mascot

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- Jezebel compiled a list of the top 10 female product advertising icons -- and the actresses that could replace them. That Mrs. Butterworth's/Queen Latifah one is hella funny. Now you: go forth and laugh.

- Driverside.com, which sends reminders for auto maintenance and calculates repair estimates in your area, is paying parking tickets off for 100 San Francisco inhabitants. Register at the above link and check back July 25th to see if you're among the scott-free parking violators.

- Gary Busey's objectively bananas, and here's proof. If you're planning to argue, I've got three words for you: stupid, misfortunate placenta.

- Neat water campaigns: submerged-society ones for Australian brand Insight, quiet dreamscape ones for Diesel.

- BooneOakley is behind State Farm's "Experience Peace of Drive" car wash campaign. (Apparently you also get a free massage.) More from the effort: bathing car, car and yoga, car and cucumber, car and candles, car and acupuncture. (Kinda cool. I had a fat friend whose mom made him visit an acupuncturist to induce weight loss. It didn't work, but he kept telling her it did because he found the needles soothing.)



Joss Whedon's Dr. Horrible Could Make Profitable New Model for Online Serials

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If you were a fan of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer or its slightly traumatizing spin-off Angel, you might get teary with glee over Acts I and II of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, an effort by creator Joss Whedon to raise crowdsourced funding for a web-only show. (See trailer!)

Dr. Horrible, played by Neil Patrick Harris, is a singing supervillain. He uses the blog to share his dreams of dominating the world and joining an elite frat, the Evil League of Evil, whose membership he'll probably never earn unless he defects for a series that takes itself more seriously, like True Blood.

"If you're gonna get into the Evil League of Evil you have to have a memorable laugh," insists Dr. Horrible, who looks like a cross between Doogie Howser, MD and Butters masquerading as Professor Chaos.

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by Angela Natividad    Jul-17-08    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Good, Online, Promotions



Mochila Uses Obama Girl to Make Play for Political Gen-Y 'Net Users

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Amber Lee Ettinger -- better known as Obama Girl -- is seriously amazing. She didn't just shake her ass for politics; she turned that ass-shaking into a recognized brand.

Mochila is partnering with Barely Political, Obama Girl's parent, to promote online political coverage of the 2008 Presidential campaign. The pair will sponsor NetRoots Nation 2008 in Austin from July 17-20.

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by Angela Natividad    Jul-17-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Online, Political, Sponsorship



Google -- Yes, Google -- Premiers Radiohead's 'House of Cards'

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Aside from being the first-ever music video to debut courtesy of your friendly neighborhood search and ad giant, it is also the first video ever to be shot without cameras. Only lasers and scanners were used, which is why Thom Yorke looks kind of like a sonogram.

Watch House of Cards -- better yet, "interact" with it on Google. There's also a making-of video that talks about Geometric Informatics and Velodyne LIDAR, the technology used to capture all the imagery in 3D.

Directed by James Frost of Zoo Films.

by Angela Natividad    Jul-15-08    
Topic: Celebrity, Online, Video



Mr. T Eradicates World of Goofy Speedwalkers

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Uh oh. The cause group for...speedwalkers is going to get their jockstraps in a twist over this new AMV BBDO-created Get Some Nuts commercial (higher quality Quicktime here) for Snickers in which Mr. T, atop a Mad Max-style pick up truck, shoots Snicker bars at a speedwalker using a Gatling gun. While hurling bars at the walker, Mr. T lets lose his usual "I pity the fool" tirade telling the walker he's a "disgrace to the man race" and that it's time to "run like a real man."

While most would prefer to rid the streets of these goofy walkers for fear they will unduly influence their children into adopting the goofiness that is speedwalking, it won't be surprising if some speedwalking fanatics make their way to Mars headquarters and slingshot, en mass, their jockstraps at the building pummeling executives into submission.

by Steve Hall    Jul-14-08    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials, Good, Strange



Hottie Carrie Underwood Makes Men Want to be Small

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The men in this Vitamin Water commercial featuring country singer Carrie Underwood are so enamored with her ability to horse whisper sweet nothings to small things, they all want to be...miniature. Not exactly the way most men think but for those not so fortunate men who are on the miniature side of things, they are, no doubt, plenty pleased the very desirable Carrie Underwood has a thing for...small things.

by Steve Hall    Jul-14-08    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials



Virginia Madsen Fronts Allergen's Botox. Nikki Cox Should Rethink Use

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So Botox. Many Hollywood actors use the stuff but most won't admit to it. Not Virginia Madsen who openly admits using the stuff and has been the spokesperson for Allergen's Botox and Juvederm since last year. Continuing in her roles as spokesperson for the brand, Madsen will front a new campaign for an anti-wrinkle treatment for Botox Cosmetic which will include broadcast, magazine and online.

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Madsen appears to be one of the few people who don't go overboard plumping up their lips or other facial features to obscene proportions. Perhaps Madsen should have a conversation with Nikki Cox who appeared in an episode of Jennifer Love Hewitt's Ghost Whisperer with lips so shocking inflated, it was near impossible to look at anything but her lips when she was onscreen.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-12-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity



Vivienne Tam Gets Into Nuddies to Serve Whims of Would-Be Fashionistas

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Vivienne Tam and fashionista/paper doll site Stardoll have partnered to bring virtual couture to a seething throng of 9-17-year-old girls. (17? Really?)

Feening to put some clothes on her? Go yonder. There are plenty of options but I personally dig the bouffant-and-knee-high look. It's daring.

by Angela Natividad    Jul-11-08    
Topic: Celebrity, Good, Online, Strange



Eddie Heads, Interns Boinked, Monkey's Advertise, Ketel One Hated

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- Eddie Murphy's head traverses the country in search of viewers for his new movie, Meet Dave.

- This...is just gross.

- If you don't want people to make fun of your goofy in-house video, don't send bloggers email attacking them for posting it. That's just dumb.

- Oops. Atlanta agency guy boinks college interns and gets home late for dinner. Accusatory emails ensue.

- Beyond Madison Avenue analyzes the theory of using monkeys in advertising.

- Writing for Animal, Copyranter continues his hatred for the Ketel One campaign and identifies a recent ad as one of the most annoying ads ever created.

by Steve Hall    Jul- 8-08    
Topic: Agencies, Celebrity, Guerilla



Doogie Howser Endorses Old Spice

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In the classic style of the make-believe doctor-style ad, former make-believe doctor Doogie Howser a.k.a. Neil Patrick Harris vamps soap opera-style for Old Spice Pro Strength Anti-Perspirant. In the commercial, he plays up the fact he used to be a fake doctor and that, combined with the fact one does not need a prescription for Old Spice, makes it prfectly OK for him to recommend it.

It's one of the better spoof-style commercial that's come along. Created by Wieden + Kennedy, the commercial is accompanied by print.

by Steve Hall    Jul- 8-08    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Commercials, Strange










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