That Louis Vuitton ad featuring Mikhail Gorbachev sitting in the back of a car next to a Louis Vuitton bag while staring out the window at what's left of the Berlin Wall seems, on closer examination, to contain a political message. New York Magazine features a segment of the ad blow up which appears to be a book or magazine with a title that reads (translated), "Litvinenko's Murder - They Wanted to Give Up a Suspect for $7,000."
Interesting. The person referred to, Litvinenko, was the Russian spy whose death was attributed to Putin's henchman. New York Magazine wonders whether or not ads are the new method of worldwide communication between politicos and spies. We just think it's an art director's or photographer Annie Leibovitz's idea of witty political commentary
We were going to make some sort of "more whimper than bang!" type joke right about hereish, but all we can really hear right now is the endless sound of sucking.
That's because Dan Fielding's Domestic God sponsor is the one and only Electrolux. The big news was revealed on the snarling comedian's MySpace after a three-month scavenger hunt for the sponsor in which you had to consume almost as much Dan Fielding propaganda as the guy himself does.
According to this video, Dan Fielding is a comic book character sponsored by Electrolux. Per the plot, his girlfriend leaves him because of his mess. No big shocker there.
Fielding also goes to lengths to highlight how his favorite books, authors and movies -- listed on MySpace -- all have to do with identity deception.
Yeah, because the inclusion of JT LeRoy didn't give that one away.
We've been slipped an exclusive look into why Dentsu may not have admitted Toyo Shigeta did anything wrong as claimed in Steve Biegel's lawsuit. Apparently, it seems visits to brothels, double-teaming and crotch shots are required of Dentsu employees as revealed in this leaked Dentsu Guide to Better Management. Proper business etiquette and rewarding employees for a job well done are covered along with a better replacement for the passe handshake. Even the CEO of an agency has to follow the rules, right?
Alongside agency Wieden + Kennedy, Nike put together this two-part print campaign featuring LeBron James. Part I is at left; Part II is right here.
Ahh. Nike is never too pushy. In this spread you've got all the force and drama of a Jay-Z song, except the neighbors won't complain.
In support of her new fragrance, Can Can, Paris Hilton will appear atop Times Square on the Jumbotron in a 30-second commercial which will run 2,700 times beginning November 5 and running over the course of eight weeks. The video, part of a recently launched $5 million campaign, will feature scenes from the print campaign photo shoot.
Video of the shoot is already floating around here and here if you're interested in a peek.
Page Six tells us Vicent Gallo of Brown Bunny and Buffalo 66 fame will be shot by Terry Richardson for the new Belvedere Vodka ad campaign. Gallo has hawked Levis in the past and will now bring his signature messiness to the premium vodka. We're not quite sure this is a good move but hey, what do we know? We just write about this stuff.
Well here's a powerful one from the Helen Bamber Foundation. It features Emma Thompson playing the part of a woman with two very different lives. One, a normal woman and the other, a sex trafficked prostitute. The graphic nature of the commercial hits home hard with the message women who are traffiked for sex lose much more than just their names. Powerful stuff.
Adverganza picks up on a story about a former Dentsu employee, Steve Biegel, who while employed as a creative director for the agency in its New York office claims he was sexually harassed and has sued the agency. The suit claims Biegel's boss, Toyo Shigeta who heads Dentu's US operations "forced him into visiting brothels, distributed lewd pictures of, among other females, tennis star Maria Sharapova (specifically of her crotch), which Shigeta took on a Canon shoot in October 2004 and also insisted that Biegel and others hang out nude in a hot tub with him."
Aside from the fact that sounds like every day, normal behavior for a horny Japanese dude (OK, any dude), excepting, perhaps, the hot tub thing, Biegel says the events left him humiliated and degraded. Biegel complained, got fired and unleashed the legal eagles on Dentsu.
Aww. Miami Heat player Dwyane Wade's letter to basketball reads like an earnest, and early, version of Common's "I Used to Love Her," a love letter to hip-hop.
But unlike hip-hop, the game doesn't start turning tricks in adulthood.
The letter is the inspiration for a Converse promotion by Anomaly. The spot, "From Robbins, Illinois," started airing on October 28th. Around that time, the Wade 3 signature basketball shoe was also released.
See the spot and behind-the-scenes footage here. The :60 piece does a good job of capturing a moment that apparently meant a lot to him.
Also, Wade is really into triangles.
For client Garanti Bankasy -- an online bank in Turkey -- agency Rabarba created this site that we can't even begin to pronounce, so we aren't even going to try: Yazik Degil Mi Carlos'a.
The slogan: "Sending the fastest left back on the planet to the bank takes at least 40 minutes, doing it online takes 1." Playing on that, soccer star Roberto Carlos runs a series of user-selected errands while trying to navigate Istanbul.
We weren't really sure what was happening most of the time but we liked the dismayed look that flashed across Roberto's eyes when we picked a new task. (Strangely, watching him accomplish them never actually revealed to us what we set him off to do.)