Philips to Debut Ambilight Film. No, Commercial. No, Film!

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Look! Look! It's another film! Yes, a film. Not a commercial. No siree, you naysayers, but an actual film that, well, sells Philips Ambilight TV. Nope. Nope. Just because the film is selling something doesn't mean it's a commercial We've been through that debate before. We think we lost.

Anyway, here's a teaser for upcoming Wong Kar Wai directed film which was, according to the press release, "inspired by the concept of seduction by light." The final film will premiere at IFA in Berlin August 30 and be shown on Ambilight TVs. Additionally, it will debut on Philips' Seduction by Light site.

by Steve Hall    Aug-23-07    
Topic: Commercials



You Mean Ad Guys Can Make Music Videos? For 'Stronger,' Kanye Says Yes

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Our favorite prima donna and McFly activist, Kan the Louis Vuitton Don, slated rhinofx to help create his music video for "Stronger," a song with a -- what? -- Daft Punk sample.

We usually roll our eyes when traditionally ad-oriented firms get into music videos or movies - mainly because these arenas seem like every self-deluded creative's wet dream - but the result for "Stronger" is a neat mash-up of Asian pop, hip-hop culture, sci-fi and animation. Say anything you want about Kanye, he always shoots for an interesting angle in his videos. Good call on rhinofx.

by Angela Natividad    Aug-23-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Online, Video



Car Salesman Gets Shut Down in Ad But Keeps Camera Rolling

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This one's been making the rounds this week. If you're sick of screaming car salesman ads, you'll love this "Top Gun Motors" commercial with Ted "The Iceman" Jackson screaming insanely as car dealers do until...well, just watch the video.

by Steve Hall    Aug-22-07    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



German Engineers Wish They'd Built the Subaru Imprezza

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Subaru makes good cars. At least that's what Consumer Reports says year after year. But why do most their cars look, well, so pedestrian. While that's one person's opinion, it seems, according to a recently launched campaign for the Impreza (which does actually look better than past models) created by DB Canada, German engineers are jealous of Subaru's performance.

The campaign consists of an onslaught of television, out-of-home, online, print, direct and cinema. The cinema ad broke late July and the rest is coming soon to Canadians country-wide.

The cinema ad, which you can view here, features four German engineers out for a joy ride in the Imprezza. They cruise the test track to the tune of Falco's Amadeus until they are met with the disapproving eyes of their senior engineer who mutters disgust in German.

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And Philips Gives us RoboSkin, the Future in Subservient Technology

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So this is completely not creepy at all. < / sarcasm > Having teased us into near-apathy with this 5th Element-esque ad that, it turned out, was only pushing the latest in razor technology, AdFreak points us to the complete spot for Philips' razor of the future.

What we find is a housebot that slides an ordinary-looking electric shaver into her wrist and meets Mr Morning Breath in the shower, where they experience a sci-fi moment of intimacy - she trimming his fuzz, he writhing in Best-Part-of-Waking-Up ecstasy - and finally, he parts with her, rubbing his chin with quiet glee.

Meanwhilst, our electric friend (the robot, not the razor) remains, staring at her magical wrist in awe.

Has she become self-aware? The next episode, where presumably she either hacks master into pieces or does other sexy tricks with her wrist, will tell us for sure.

Dude. What would the fembots say about this? Madame would not be pleased.

by Angela Natividad    Aug-21-07    
Topic: Commercials, Television



Clearasil Puts Mrs. Robinson Lovin' Back into Juvie Fantasies

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Three new ads by Clearasil give us chills, mainly because we think the old school brand is taking a huge positioning risk. But the effort is welcome - we were sick of all those Neutrogena-type spots where Jennifer Love Hewitt tries winning her career back in a towel. (Oh wait, she's since moved up to underwear.)

In this spot, a pubescent boy makes a clear (and wince-worthy) pass at his friend's mom. Here, a girl comes onto a guy while her mom shows him baby pictures. And here, a guy stands up in the middle of an auditorium and tells a speaker it's okay to picture him naked.

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by Angela Natividad    Aug-20-07    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good, Television



Christian Slater's Job is to Save Ellis Island

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While it might be callous to say Christian Slater has nothing better to do than appear in...oh...we're just going to say it: the once great Christian Slater has nothing better to do than appear in a save Ellis Island campaign - along with other celebrities - called We Are Ellis Island. The campaign goal is to build support for saving the island and its crumbling architecture.

Callousness aside, the campaign is a nice effort at calling attention to a place through which millions of soon-to-be Americans passed and the legacy it left for the decedents of those who did pass through. Sponsored by Arrow and featuring Katharine McPhee, Joe Montana, Kristin Cavallari, Christian Slater, Richard Belzer, Elliot Gould, cast members of The Sopranos and others, two commercials, a print campaign and individual videos bring Ellis Island stories to life.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-20-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity, Commercials, Good, Magazine, Television



Greenpeace Fights Cape Wind Foes With New Campaign

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Greenpeace has launched a new pro-wind power campaign aimed at Cape Cod NIMBY's and other opponents to the Cape Wind project which aims to build wind turbines off the shore in Nantucket Sound off the shore of Cape Cod. Apparently, 80 percent of Massachusetts resident (likely all those living inland where the turbines will not be visible) favor the construction of the wind farm but Massachusetts Representative William Delahunt and Senator Edward Kennedy oppose the project.

The $40,000 campaign, which counters a recent anti-Cape Wind radio campaign, breaks this week for two weeks and then the week of September 10

by Steve Hall    Aug-20-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Commercials



Nike Crosses Line, Makes Man into Beastie

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It's a visceral pleasure to watch a good Nike ad. Few companies can consistently pair graceful victory alongside the carnality of sport (remember the gypsy ad?).

Anywho, Wieden+Kennedy, Portland put together this piece called The Line for Nike and Dick's Sporting Goods. We wouldn't call it the best spot we've seen, but it's got a nightmarish werewolf-under-the-moon aspect, which, while not deeply moving, meets expectations if nothing else.

W+K: what did we say about an ad not being a film?

by Angela Natividad    Aug-20-07    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Television



PPL: Electronic Bill-Zapping Makes You a Hero of Fern Gully Caliber

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Remember when Fern Gully came out and you were like, "Holy shit, trees ooze blood!" Well, now you can redeem every instance in which you carved your initials into one.

In a manner most harmonious, PPL Electric encourages customers to go paperless in this pretty piece by production company MassMarket, in tangent with agency McCaffery Gottlieb Lane.

The crunchy noise of trees coming back to life is deliciously satisfying, like going slightly out of your way to step on a leaf. And the ad's whimsical animation style brings a fairy tale quality to an otherwise mundane message.

by Angela Natividad    Aug-19-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Television










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