'Behind every detail ... there's a detail.'

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In "House of Cards," Lexus showcases its buttery engine and vibration absorbing capabilities with not one but many houses -- and towers and turrets and a single Parthenon -- of cards.

The mini-monuments are built over and around a jet-black Lexus, with final flourishes added by a concentric figure in jeans and wavy hair -- the kind of guy you'd expect might know something about cardplay -- just to prove the work is legitimately fragile.

As the narrator sets the stage ("What happens when you take one of the smoothest engines anywhere ... and add 88 separate measures to absorb vibrations?"), the engine starts, underscoring the punchline: "Absolutely nothing."

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by Angela Natividad    Feb- 3-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television



See (Almost) All the Super Bowl Commercials Before They Air

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Yes. Yes. We have them all for you. Well, almost all and, to be clear, it's not really us that has them for you just pretend it it is, OK? Courtesy of Cast TV, most of what you'll see Sunday during the Super Bowl can be seen right here right now. Yes, some are teasers and all the Anheiser-Busch spots are missing but, hey, it's a pretty good collection.

Our favorite? The Doritos Power of Crunch commercial.

by Steve Hall    Jan-30-09    
Topic: Commercials, Super Bowl 2009



Canada Says No to Toronto-Based Adultery Dating Service

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Ashley Madison Agency, the company that openly promotes having an extramarital affair and has created a dating service specifically for interested adulterers, is making a spot buy during the Super Bowl. Sadly for Ashley Madison, the spot will not air in the company's home country, Canada, because CTV has dubbed the commercial inappropriate. It will, however air in several U.S. spot markets.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-30-09    
Topic: Commercials, Policy, Super Bowl 2009



SoBe Unleashes Its 3D Lizard Lake Commercial

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SoBe has released the 3D version of it's Lizard Lake Super Bowl commercial. If you have your 3D glasses, check the commercial out here.

by Steve Hall    Jan-30-09    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Super Bowl 2009



Anheiser-Busch Will Do OK During Super Bowl

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Budweiser has released previews of the five commercial it will debut during the Super Bowl tomorrow. In a departure from the past, most (three) of the commercials feature the Clydesdales which, in my opinion, rarely disappoint. In fact, one of the spots, Clydesdales Circus is likely to bring a tear to the eye. Perhaps not the downpour the post-9/11 Clysdesdales commercial did but this one looks like it will be sweet.

Other spots will feature Conan O'Brien doing that Japander thing where he gets convinced he shouldn't worry about anyone seeing his ad becasue it will only air in Sweden and a brainstorming session which involves a radical solution to cutting the budget: don't serve Bud Light at every meeting.

They all show promise. Anheuser-Busch usually does fairly well during the game in terms of commercial likability and this year will likely be the same.

by Steve Hall    Jan-30-09    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good, Super Bowl 2009



Erotic Threesome Turns Us On to Calvin Klein Jeans

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Not since the eighties when Brooke Shields cooed seductively into the camera have we seen a television commercial (partial nudity) for Calvin Klein Jeans. With the release of a new menage-a-trois themed commercial featuring models Natasha Poly, Anna Selezneva andAnna Jagodzinska, the once racy Shields commercial will now be filed under "tame and innocent."

The commercial, shot by Steven Meisel, will air in Europe while an edited version will air in the U.S. The unedited version run on the Calvin Klein Jeans website.

Along with the television spot, the campaign will be supported by magazine, billboards and LED boards.

by Steve Hall    Jan-30-09    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good, Racy



A Girl. A Guy. A Horse. A Boat. A Whip. A Chain. Yea, It's Diesel

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The girl is hot. The guy is not. Shades of Twin Peaks. A nod to Planet of the Apes. A hint of S&M. A dash of whack. A little sex and some quivering legs.

Yes, it's a weird-ass Diesel commercial that looks like a scene out of Lost Highway.

Thanks, Bill, for distracting us from other unfortunate matters, today.

by Steve Hall    Jan-29-09    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



Direct Response Advertising to Visit Super Bowl

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Up for Ed Mcmahon hawking you the latest must-have late night TV style? How about an update on what's going on with old school hip-hop star MC Hammer.? Well, you're going to get both whether or not you like in in a new commercial from Cash4Gold.

Billed as the first direct response commercial to air on a Super Bowl, the commercial will feature McMahon and Hammer hyping Cash4Gold's model of converting precious metals to cash. Both McMahon and Hammer know. first hand, the need for options when it comes to obtaining cash.

Created by Euro RSCG Edge along with Arnold Worldwide and directed by Bryan Buckley who directed GoDaddy's "Broadcast Hearing", E*Trade's "Monkey" & "Money out the Wazoo" and Monster.com's "When I Grow Up", was shot in McMahon's Beverly Hills home and explains Cash4Gold's "satisfaction-guaranteed" service.

If you think MC Hammer is old, wait until you see McMahon in this commercial. We'll have it for you the second it airs during the Super Bowl on Sunday. Yes, strange as it seems, we honor embargoes.

by Steve Hall    Jan-29-09    
Topic: Commercials, Super Bowl 2009



House of Cards Demonstrates Lexus ES Smoothness

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We're fond of commercials that involve the display of people's skills such as the Mentos/Diet Coke geysers, the Nissan Rogue ad where the guy drives the car through New York while managing to successfully move that ball through the maze game and...a guy who can build a cardstack with 108,864 cards to demonstrate the smoothness of a Lexus ES.

Bryan Berg took 18 days to build his masterpiece only to have it come crashing down for the finale of the commercial. Cruel? Brilliant? Both?

by Steve Hall    Jan-29-09    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Coke Super Bowl Spot, Surveillance Beetles, Ingestible Syke

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- Creatives Chris Yi and Jesse Epstein spent a month and $2000 producing three spots for that Doritos Super Bowl ad contest. Obviously they didn't make the cut, but hey, can you ever have too much material to compare your own to?

- AOL to cut 10% and forgo merit pay increases in '09. Join the club, guys.

- Coca-Cola's contribution to the Super Bowl: Heist. 'Tis cute.

- Print and TV ad tropes invade the online contextual ad space, and this is the kind of crap we get.

- Hey ambitious marketers, here's a radio controlled live beetle. Use it for something magical ... like whispering jingles into the ears of impressionable window-shoppers, Jiminy-Cricket style.

- One reason to spend $9, plus the popcorn fees.

- New energy drink! Syke. No, seriously though.










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