Secret Service Sex Scandal Parodied in Pistacios Spot

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With a not so subtle wink and nod, Paramount Farms' Wonderful Pistacios is out with a new spot that has a little fun with the Secret Service sex scandal which occurred earlier this year. The ad is one of four commercial launched this week

The other three feature 1970s disco phenomenon The Village People; Brobee, the little green monster and drummer from Yo Gabba Gabba! and Sparky and Victor from Tim Burton's animated monster movie Frankenweenie.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-19-12    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Racy



Dior Addict Film Transports You to St. Tropez

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Though set in 2012, this RAF Films-created work for Dior harkens a more 1960's-ish feel. Specifically, the Brigitte Bardot film And God Created Woman. Directed by Jonas Akerland, the work, which was shot on the beaches and streets of St. Tropez, touts Dior's Addict fragrance.

In the film, released in June, a Brigitte Bardot-like model, the very full-lipped 17-year-old Daphne Groenveld, frolics her way around the beach and streets tantalizing onlookers with her exotic looks.

The film doves a wonderful job almost transporting you to St. Tropez and almost making you feel like a woman as beautiful as Groenveld would almost give you the time of day. So that's an accomplishment in and of itself.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-18-12    
Topic: Commercials



Universal Studious Enlists Zombies to Tout Halloween Theme

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Universal Studios tapped David&Goliath to create a super scary ad to promote the theme park's super scary Halloween experience. In the ad, a group of of four saunter down the street until one hears a scream. The stop, look down dark alley and see a guy running towards them screaming to the to "run!" Why? Because he's being chased by...yawn...zombies. And since when could zombies run?

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by Steve Hall    Sep-18-12    
Topic: Commercials



Keith Stone Bags Himself A Burger And A Babe

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Keith Stone is still up to his old antics in this new Keystone commercial which examines the art of flipping a burger and, with a choose your own adventure tactic, how to get the hot girl. As Keith's grillmaster friend attempts to impress the ladies with increasingly impressive burger flips, the viewer is given a choice of direction as the burger is in flight.

Both selections, of course, feature the hot girl, Julin Jean, and more Keith Stone wit. If only impressing girls were this easy in real life.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-18-12    
Topic: Commercials, Racy



Here's What A Farm Run by A Vegetarian Looks Like

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"Oh my cuteness" as someone close to us is fond of saying. This new work from VB&P and animation house LAIKA for vegetarian brand Lightlife is, most certainly, cute. To tout the brand's vegetarian meals, VB&P and LAIKA created Lightlife Vegetable Rach, a farm on which all of the animals are made out of vegetables. As they roam the farm they are accompanied by a voiceover of a small boy singing to the tune of Old Macdonald Had A Farm.

We prefer a good teak from time to time but we have to admit, we like this work.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-13-12    
Topic: Commercials



Google Chrome, Dead Mom Bring Daughter Closer to Father

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Google Creative Lab and BBH New York have added to their long-ish running "The web is what you make of it" campaign which demonstrates how Chrome and other Google products can make life easier. This latest entry takes a look at the relationship between a daughter in college and her father and they both cope with the recent loss of mom. It's playful like other campaign entries but carries a bit of a bittersweet tone that may resonate with some better than others.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-11-12    
Topic: Commercials



Weight Watchers to Steal Jessica Simpson's Amazing Cleavage

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A few months ago when Jessica Simpson tweeted, "Just taking a walk around the block. Street legal?", along with a picture of her pushing her new baby in a stroller, the world was treated to the enormity of her post-pregnancy boobs. Already a DD cup (according to her father, no less), Simpson ballooned to a much larger size, appearing double the size of her pre-pregnancy DDs. Of course, Simpson's breasts weren't the only part of her body that grew in size. Jessica is big all over now which, perhaps, is why she's hooked up with Weight Watchers again and can be seen in a new commercial for the brand.

In the ad, which crops most of Jessica out, Simpson says, "It's working. I'm on my way. And it feels amazing. Really I just want to be a better version of myself." If you ask us, Simpson looks great no matter what size she is.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-11-12    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials



Audi's Dumb Evil Knievel Ad Results in 'YouTube Blue Balls'

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In what has to be the dumbest car stunt advertisement is a very long time, Audi of America, to tout its 450 hp RS 5, has recreated the famed 1974 Evil Knievel Snake River Canyon jump. The jump, across a 4,781 wide section of the Snake River in Idaho, was a failure with Knievel landing in the river bed below.

The three-minute video begins with footage from the famed attempt and with Knievel intoning "Each time I was hurt, they all said that guy is lucky he's not dead. And they were right. But I wanted to get up and try again."

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by Steve Hall    Sep-10-12    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Creative Commentary



Cats Seek World Domination in Wieden + Kennedy' Cravendale Catnapped

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W+K London has returned with its latest work for Cravendale. Bringing back Bertrum Thumbcat, an overlord of the feline underworld, the agency has concocted a humorous story focusing on Bertrum's desire to achieve world domination (and all the Cravendale milk he can get his paws on) by brainwashing milkmen into doing his bidding.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-10-12    
Topic: Commercials



Citroen's Transformer-Style Robots Become Singing Cylons

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My, my, the Citroen robots have become more sophisticated over the years. If you recall, an early effort by Vancouver-based The Embassy had a Citroen do a Transformers-style dance atop a parking garage.

Five years later, working with Paris-based Agency H, The Embassy is out with a, well, more grounded version of the robot. Eschewing the CGI and VFX approach taken with earlier work and commenting on the new work, The Embassy President Winston Helgason said, "The tendency with VFX driven work is to make it as glossy and polished as possible, which often makes it look more fake. This is often reflected in the color grade as well. Overall, we deliberately embraced the imperfections, which in the end added an extra layer of authenticity."

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 6-12    
Topic: Commercials










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