Coco Chanel Visits Gabrielle Chanel's Apartment With Keira Knightley

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Extending their campaign with Keira Knightley, which began in August with a print campaign and an interactive storefront in early September, Coco Chanel has released a new film (oh God, did we just call it that?), called Coco Mademoiselle, and behind the scenes videos featuring Keira and the famed Paris apartment of Gabrielle Chanel. It's an art director's wet dream and we mean that in a positive sense this time. The work is beautiful. Very fitting for a brand such as Chanel. And who better, with her stunning beauty, to represent it than the beautiful Keira Knightley?

The new film, which you can view here, as well as on the site but you have to slowly wade through the apartment as the camera makes love to it, will be shown on movie screens and television. Joss Stone sang "L.O.V.E" for the film.

by Steve Hall    Sep-20-07    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials, Good



Oh Look! It's Happiness Factory Inside Someone's Head

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What do you get when you cross a nasal spray ad with Coke's Happiness Factory ad? An ad for the Irish energy drink Lucozade, of course. Created by Ogilvy & Mather in Dublin and directed by Shilo, the spot gives us a look at what happens inside a person's brain when they decide to consume Lucozade Alert. We just wish it were actually true.

by Steve Hall    Sep-19-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Geeks, Freaks And Beautiful People Get Foamed

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This hotties versus geeks Guinness spot is making the rounds and we kind of like it. If you're one of those people who are so perfect looking and look like you could be in any commercial or movie or if you are one of those people who, well, sat on the sidelines most you life while action passed you by, this commercial is for you. Well sort of. It makes the beautiful ones all elegant and suave and the not so beautiful ones frumpy and clumsy. Oh well. It gets the point across.

Called "At Last," the spec spot was written and directed by Max Guitierrez of Ringleader Productions.

by Steve Hall    Sep-19-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Adrants Likes Fallon's NYSE Commercial. Are we Right Or Are We Ill?

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Now there are some out there who would trash this latest work from Fallon for the NYSE as mindless blather but we like it. Perhaps it's the nifty animation from Stardust. Perhaps it's the metaphors that refer to areas of the NYSE. Perhaps. it's the soothing, baritone voice of the announcer. Perhaps it's that Fallon simply caught is in the rare state of a good mood. Whatever it is, we like this spot. Watch it and let us know what you think.

by Steve Hall    Sep-18-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Mazda Still Makes Cars? Well, It Sure as Hell Can't Make Ads

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Imagine the music you'd hear at a gay strip club. Is your pelvis gyrating yet? Good. Add graphics from Japanese ninja porn. Toss in a green car for good measure.

You know what you get?

This ad for Mazda - which, to be frank, has given us (arguably) worse ads in the past. We can't think of a slogan that beats "Fitness comes as standard," though. If you can, congratulations.

JWT Dusseldorf, why have you forsaken us?

by Angela Natividad    Sep-17-07    
Topic: Bad, Commercials



ACS Turns Everyday Struggle into Public Plea for Aid

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This ad is for the American Cancer Society. It tells the story of Kathy, a woman who's come across some hard knocks, not least because she was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

Yup.

The voice over adds, "This is what a health care crisis looks like to the American Cancer Society. People with cancer, but without insurance. Countless others with insurance, just not enough to cover something as devastating as cancer."

Sounds like an economics problem that, well, isn't uncommon. Good to know the ACS is looking out.

Yup.

by Angela Natividad    Sep-17-07    
Topic: Cause, Commercials, Television



Hummer Goes Hydrogen With National Geographic

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Here's a new commercial from GM Desedo Film's Raafi Rivero promoting the company's Hummer H3H Hydrogen vehicle which is supposedly set to arrive in Spring 2008. In the commercial the Hummer traverses across National Geographic and National Geographic-like vistas. The Hummer is being branded the National Geographic Edition. Teenage boys (from the seventies and eighties, of course, as one commenter bashes us for daring to make a joke that's relevant to anyone over the age of 30) world over are now wondering if the truck comes equipped with leather seats emblazoned with images of naked African and Aborigine tribeswomen for their viewing pleasure.

by Steve Hall    Sep-17-07    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good, Promotions



Cobras, Ice Cream Won't Convince Us the Zune's About Sharing

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72andSunny and Goldfrapp give us Meltdown for the Zune. It takes place in the desert with an ice cream cone and two cobras, which share the sweet instead of fighting for it. At some point their scales get all disco fever, and shortly thereafter, a shitload of other ice cream cones fall out of the sky.

The ad vibes like something off Cartoon Network with the '80s sex music and gyrating cobras and whatnot. We also can't help but wonder, are the ice cream cones metaphors for the now-ubiquitous iPod?

According to the press release, the ad is supposed to illustrate sharing (as in, filesharing) between the cobras, which is rewarded by all those other ice creams falling from the sky.

Wait - is this the same Zune that actually discourages sharing by restricting users to the Windows platform? Half the time it doesn't even play music purchased from the MSN music store. Don't give us this schlock about sharing.

Neat ad, though. Weird, but neat.

by Angela Natividad    Sep-17-07    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Strange



P. Diddy's 'Unforgivable' is Unforgivable

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Every once in a while a piece of work comes along that clearly looks like it's trying way too hard to accomplish what it set out to do. Courtesy of P. Diddy's Unforgivable fragrance, this is such a piece of work. For 2:58, we are subjected to repetitive images of Diddy mentally drooling for hottie Jessica Gomez, whom he ultimately beds in the final seconds of the video. It's styled like a quick cut video from the eighties and the music swells as if the creators of the video are circle jerking themselves to mutual orgasm.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-15-07    
Topic: Bad, Celebrity, Commercials, Video



Kittery Outfits Hunters with Adequate Animal Calls

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It's probably every hunter's conceit that he's outfitted with a 'horse whisperer' gene that draws the animals near, like mice (or was it children?) to the Pied Piper.

Kittery Trading Post exploits that sad delusion with this ad by Rattle, which promises to outfit wilderness buffs with both gear and the right kinds of nature calls, so they won't embarrass their dogs.

Thanks for thinking about the dogs, Kittery. But is there any way you can help save the women?

by Angela Natividad    Sep-14-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good










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