Old Crooner Laments Inability to Charm Hotel Vixen


We suppose there was a time back in pre-internet times when scoring reduced price hotel room or an upgrade depended a bit more on one's personality and charm than on one's mouse clicking skills. Sadly, those days are gone as the old crooner in this Barton F. Graf 9000-created Kayak ad laments.

Thankfully, there is Kayak. But, sadly, our crooner wants nothing to do with advanced technology preferring to further wallow in depression with drink in hand.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 5-12    
Topic: Commercials

Is This A Shoe Commercial or an Audi Commercial?


We're not sure what we're supposed to be paying attention to in this new Venebles Bell & Partners Audi commercial which touts the new 2013 S8 sedan. The 60-second spot, entitled Suspect and scheduled to air during the Giants vs. Cowboys season opener on NBC Sept. 5 game, takes cues from heist films.

As the ad progresses, we are left to decide whether a robbery has transpired or if the scene was purely a figment of the driver's imagination. Personally, we wonder what the women in the red pumps is going to look like when she is finally revealed.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 5-12    
Topic: Commercials

Paddy Power Hires Jesus, Cravendale Cats Are Back


- There's nothing fake about Katy Perry's...Chips.

- Check out these NSFW ads for Spanish lingerie brand Jane Pain that aren't actually NSFW.

- Paddy Power has enlisted Jesus to help the brand launch in Italy.

- A McDonald's billboard targeting Hmong people in St. Louis got its grammar wrong.

- The Barbarian Group's Benjamin Palmer discusses the internet's biggest changes over the past ten years and what the future holds.

- Not really sure what's being sold here but the video does have three women in lingerie bouncing around on big jumpy balls.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 4-12    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Industry Events

'Da Bears' Fans Help Old Navy Sell NFL Gear


CP+B is out with its latest for Old Navy. Entitled "Da Bears," the spot features (an unrecognizable...at least to us) George Wendt, Bears play-by-play announcer Jeff Joniak and retired Bears and sports announcer Tom Waddle. The spot touts Old Navy's NFL gear. Mike Ditka shows up to give his stamp of approval.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-30-12    
Topic: Commercials

Carlton Draught Pokes Fun at Hollywood Car Chases


Clemenger BBDO Melbourne has crafted a with new commercial for Carlton Draught that pokes fun at every car chase cliche you have ever seen. From the cops who always crash to the plate glass window scenario to the hill jump to the waterway chase to the roadblock that never works to the drawbridge jump, the commercial leaves no 80's cop film stone unturned.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-30-12    
Topic: Commercials

Kia Hamsters Return in Epic Period Piece


The Kia Hamsters have come a long way. In a new, epic 1:30, the Hamsters find themselves on stage in an 18th century opera house livening things up. Entitled "Bringing Down the House" and set to "In My Mind" (remixed by Axwell), the hamsters take over an ornate theater with a shocking (to stuffy 18th century, wig wearing patrons) display of modern music, high-energy dance moves, a laser light show and a balcony stage dive that gets the audience on their feet and digging the futuristic vibe.

The commercial will debut in 18,000 movie theaters inside National CineMedia's FirstLook pre-show program on August 31. Television will follow during the MTV Music Awards on September 6.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-30-12    
Topic: Agencies, Best, Brands, Commercials, Creative Commentary

UK Shopping Center A Rotating Island of Cool


London ad agency isobel along with Aardman Animations have created an interesting, new campaign for Bullring - one of the UK's biggest shopping centers.

Leveraging the brand's Life's Even More Exciting at The Centre positioning, the new campaign features a very cool, four-tier revolving mechanical model, said to be a quirky, playful interpretation of Bullring and Birmingham. A collection of products including lipsticks, illuminated ladles, cheese graters and perfume sit alongside a number of recognizable (to those in the UK) architectural landmarks.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-28-12    
Topic: Commercials

Exploding Gas Station Not an Obstacle for Toyota Corolla


Monica is cute. Monica has decided to make a quick pitstop for gas. Monica is cute. Monica will have to find another gas station because the one she just stopped at blew up. Monica is cute. Good thing her Corolla has legendary MPG to getting there won't be a problem. Monica is cute.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-27-12    
Topic: Commercials, Strange

Ladies, Would You Jump Hurdles to Get Your Axe-Wearing Man?


This one's no where near as good as its sister ad, Hot Putt, nor is the woman in this second ad as hot as the woman in the first. But, hey, there's only so many times BBH can create "hot" ads for Axe before they strike out once in a while. OK, OK. She has a really great ass. Satisfied?

The second ad, High Street Hurdles just doesn't have the same oomph and lustful determination of the the first ad. In each ad, a woman is drawn to a man wearing Axe but the woman in the Hot Putt ad goes to greater lengths to get her man. And, unlike the woman going after the construction worker in the second ad, the woman in the first ad actually gets to full on have her way with the lucky guy.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-26-12    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials

Beyonce Fronts House of Deron Campaign, Big Ad Gig Calls


- Beyonce can be seen in a new ad campaign modeling the latest from her fashion brand House of Deron. Not deliciously bootylicious as her Crazy in Love Pepsi commercial but we're not complaining.

- Check out Leonardo DiCaprio's hot girlfriend, Erin Heatherton, fronting a new collection of ads for Victoria's Secret.

- Want to watch an hour of Japanese McDonald's commercials? Go right ahead!

- The Big Ad Gig, sort of an American Idol for the ad world, would like the industry to know its call for entries closes August 27.

- YouTube has extended its ads you can skip feature to mobile.

- Tostitos wants us to know its always at the center of the party. Even political parties.

- Paul Rudd and Ray Lewis battle for superiority in new Madden NFL 13 ads.

by Steve Hall    Aug-23-12    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials, Industry Events

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