Town Changes Name From Speed to Speed Kills

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- When Naomi Campbell travels to Moscow she stays at The Legend of Tsvetnoy apartment complex, conveniently owned by her billionair boyfriend Vladamir Doronin.

- Here's a really terrible spoof pimping an eighty-blade razor from Gillette.

- Oh and here's an equally bad ad. This is the Jesus Hates Obama ad everyone is talking about.

- Google Co-Founder Larry Page is taking over for Eric Schmidt who is stepping down as CEO of the search giant. Schmidt will stay on as executive chairman.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-24-11    
Topic: Cause, Celebrity, Policy, Political, Spoofs



Missoni Signs Meester, GIFS Given, Vintage Ads Socialized

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- In addition to having just signed a deal with Vera Wang, Leighton Meester will also become the face of fashion label Missoni and front the brand's advertising.

- like Chris Pine? Think Evan Rachel Wood is hot? Then you'll love seeing the two of them together in a Gucci Guilty ad campaign.

- Apparently, online advertising as we know it will end following the proposed Do Not Track list.

- It's not an ad campaign but it is a campaign. A campaign to buy Maggie Gyllenhall a boob job.

- Don't give gifts this year. Give GIFS.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-22-10    
Topic: Agencies, Celebrity, Policy



Italy Unhappy With Lesbian-Themed Car Commercial

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A Publicis Milan-created commercial for the Renault Twingo has some Italians up in arms. Some are not happy with the commercial's lesbian-themed content. Defending the ad, Publicis' Daniele Tranchini said, "We wanted to create an advert that was original, enjoyable and at the same time not vulgar, and I believe we have achieved that. What is clever is that you think the advert is going one way but in the end it goes another - it's great, don't you think?"

Why yes we do, Daniele. Yes we do. And we just don't understand why anyone would have their undies in a bunch over such an ad.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-20-10    
Topic: Policy, Racy



iPad Drinkspirated, Games Socialized, Honda Gets Naughty

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- Absolut is out with an iPad version of its Drinkspiration app.

- To help raise money for the United Way, Colle+McVoy has launched Happy Exchange where everyone is invited to join the effort by posting their smile for just $1.

- Calling McDonald's a "hip hangout" is never a good thing. Especially in a forced product placement.

- Former buy.at executives have launched Performance Horizon Group which is out with new products aimed at improving campaign management for agencies and lead generation for publishers.

- Gossip Girl's Blake Lively has been tapped (not literally, of course...because that would be gross) by Karl Lagerfeld to front his Winter/Spring 2011 Chanel ad campaign.

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Bar's Thanksgiving Ad Campaign Offends American Indians

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Station 280 Sports Bar in St. Paul is catching some heat for a Thanksgiving ad campaign they ran which carried the headline "Drink like an Indian. Party like a Pilgrim." The posters show a cowboy and an American Indian sitting together drunk on the floor along with the image of a curvaceous, leggy woman in Pocahontas-like garb. The ad promoted the bar's Wednesday through Saturday drink specials.

Following a few hundred complaints made to Jessica Nordin, the bar's marketing manager, the posters were taken down. The image was also removed from the bar's Facebook page. Nordin, who too the marketing position after the posters had been approved and produced siad the bar was simply trying to be edgy.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-29-10    
Topic: Campaigns, Policy



Best PSA + Worst Product Placement = Week's Most Read Stories

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Amidst the onslaught of bikinis, celebrities and breasts, it's nice to see a few other subject areas rise to the top of the pile on Adrants this past week. Tops among the non boob-related stories last week was the news that the stunningly beautiful Embrace Life seat belt safety PSA won YouTube's Ad of the Year Award. And on the flip side of that stellar work, we were treated to some of the most horrifically forced product placement ever to grace television. Enjoy reliving the week:

1. Polish Politician Pimps Political Prowess in Bikini 2. Taylor Momsen Didn't Always Wear Black Eye Shadow and Slutty Clothes
3.Law School Shocked Over Racy Diesel Ad Shoot
4. Victoria Justice Joins Photoshop Disasters For Got Milk Campaign
5. Hypocrisy + Idiocy = Candies Safe Sex PSA
6. Facebook Hates Breast Feeding
7. 'Days of Our Lives' Riddled With Horrific Product Placement
8. Beckinsale, Deschanel, Larter Drop, Twist and Bleed For Absolut
9. Infographic Compares Mad Men Era to Today
10. Embrace Life PSA Wins YouTube Ad of the Year

by Steve Hall    Nov-21-10    
Topic: Cause, Celebrity, Policy, Racy



Beyonce Too Sexy For British TV

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Beyonce's commercial, which launched earlier this year, for her fragrance Heat has been banned (during the day) by the UK's Advertising Standards Authority for being "too sexually provocative" and because her dress is continuously "slipping away" during the ad.The ad must air in nighttime dayparts only.

The standards body has a point. Beyonce, with her dress unbuttoned to her waist, her breasts almost fully exposed, her body seductively gyrating, her voice crooning desirously...is basically saying, "I'm hot and you know you want to fuck me."

Not exactly the type of message that's appropriate for everyone.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-17-10    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials, Policy



Government to Gross Out Smokers With Disgusting Imagery

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Seriously? Does anyone think that placing disgusting pictures on a pack of cigarettes will get people to quit? They'll pay attention to those images about as much as they pay attention to ads on TV. They'll just mentally DVR them, open the pack and suck down yet another cancer stick.

The Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services are out with a collection of nasty images they want placed on cigarette packaging. It's the first proposed change in 25 years. There's stoma guy. Smoke in baby's face. Dead guy. Disgusting looking body parts. Gross dental shots.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-12-10    
Topic: Policy



Cosmetic Surgeon Says 'Boob Job' Won't Increase Bust Size

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London Clinic cosmetic surgeon Dalia Nield is facing possible libel charges after publicly doubting Rodial Limited's claims its Boob Job cream can increase breast size up to 8.4 percent. In Daily Mail article, Nield questioned the company's advertising claims saying it was "highly unlikely" the cream would affect a woman's breast size.

Supporting her statement, Nield also said, 'Similar products have not worked in the past. The manufacturers are not giving us any information on tests they have carried out. They are not telling us the exact ingredients in the product and how they increase the size of the breast."

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by Steve Hall    Nov-11-10    
Topic: Policy, Racy



Screw Advertising Standards. Animate Your Unsafe Driving

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Do you work for an agency in Canada? Are you troubled by our country's strict guidelines for advertising which bans the depiction of unsafe driving in television commercials? Hate that rule and want to show whatever the hell you feel like in your car commercials? Then just copy what TBWA Toronto did for the Nissan Juke and turn your commercial depicting unsafe driving into an animated series which, apparently, is just fine with your country's Advertising Standards body.

Showing a hot chick in tight black leather works well too. See more of the campaign here.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-10-10    
Topic: Commercials, Policy








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