Bruni in the Buff Goes for $91,000 at Auction

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A naked photo of Carla Bruni, the current First Lady of France, just sold at a Christie's auction for about $91,000 after expectations it would raise $4K at most.

The picture was taken in '93, when Bruni was a model. Not to say she's shed those winning ways. This month she appears nude in GQ, following accusations that she used a diplomatic visit with the Queen to plug her latest CD.

Gotta love a quasi-political figure who knows how to play her PR cards. Malkin and Coulter, are you paying attention?

See the $91,000 image.

by Angela Natividad    Apr-11-08    
Topic: Celebrity, Political, Promotions, Strange



Loose Neo-Con Ladies: All Yours for $7 S&H

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Make the Logo Bigger says wouldn't it be funny if neo-con blog divas came in cereal boxes? They don't, but you can get one for $7 shipping and handling. Choose between dimply Michelle Malkin and icy blonde Ann Coulter. (Something for the whole family!)

Cock-or-two jokes aside, if I were a spokeswoman, having "Luce ladies" over my head would piss me off to the nth. But hey. Others have died for their politics.

The Luce Lady posters, which promote the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, are currently heavily advertised on Malkin and Coulter's websites. Act now before they're gone forever.

by Angela Natividad    Apr-11-08    
Topic: Political, Poster, Strange



Justice 'The Optimizer' Mitchell Harnesses Power of Interwebs

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Any video that ends with "We'll cram our YouTube right into your Facebook," has to at least get shared a little bit. Agency Luckie & Company create a video and an accompanying site, Demand Justice, to celebrate the hiring of a new head of interactive and to poke fun at others (hey, that's what agencies do) who just don't get online marketing.

Created to resemble any one of the millions of cheesy lawyer ads you see on TV during fringe, late night and overnight, the ad features Justice "The Optimizer" Mitchell who confidently promises to "improve whatever crap you're doing online by...some sort of metric." Now that's the sort of honesty we love in an ad agency!

by Steve Hall    Apr-10-08    
Topic: Agencies, Good, Spoofs, Strange, Video



News Corp. and AOL Pick Sides in MicroHoo Drama

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Big day for Yahoo yesterday. In addition to tentatively agreeing to serve Google ads on its search pages, Yahoo's apparently in talks with Time Warner to fold AOL into itself, in exchange for 20 percent ownership. Time Warner will pay in cash.

Microsoft, always one to take a crappy bluff, is now in talks with News Corp. to lob a joint bid at the company anyway.

Good life lesson here: if you can't pick just one, take the whole plate.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-10-08    
Topic: Brands, Online, Strange, Trends and Culture



Chirping Birds, Aerial Beauty Shots Soothe, Confuse

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So sometimes you'll be sitting on the couch all relaxed watching your favorite TV show and an ad comes on that is so soothing and intriguing that you don't hit the fast forward button. Rather, you drink in its beauty, allowing it to slowly build to what you will assume to be some powerful, feel-good message.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-10-08    
Topic: Strange



Don't Stop at Shaking Your Ass. SHAKE TA LIFE.

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Viacom is the parent company behind a covert French mobile phone promotion called Shake Ta Life (probably the most wince-worthy Franglais EVAR), where, with one quick shake, phones do all kinds of wild and wonderful things to improve the lives of their MTV-enslaved owners.

An on-site phone customizing doohickey lets you select what you want a phone to do (make you sexier, make a kebab) and how you'd like it to look (girly, glamrock, gothic, geeky).

I put together a geeky kebab-making phone. That's the thing at left. It probably smells nice.

The brand behind the madness will be revealed on April 16th. Try not to stay up fretting over it. Instead, ponder on this: wouldn't it be cool if your phone had a foosball table?

by Angela Natividad    Apr- 9-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Mobile/Wireless, Online, Strange, Video



Flickr Users Protest Video, iJustine Says Quit Being A Btchr

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What the hell? Flickr decides to make it possible for users to upload videos along with their photos and what do some people do? That's right. They bitch, complaining Flickr is only for photos as if people who take and look at pictures NEVER, EVER, EVER take or watch videos. WTF? Justine tells all the video mimbys to quit being Bitchrs.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 9-08    
Topic: Social, Strange, Video



Coffee, Tea ... or Richard Kirshenbaum?

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Sassy Richard of kirshenbaum + bond is launching a show on Plum called Creative Lunch. Think Oprah, except people will be picking at food while weighing in on almighty Creativity. Slated guests include Martha Stewart, Matt Lauer, and David and Dylan Lauren.

We've seen Richard talk before. He's mesmerizing, especially when he does that swishy thing with his hair. Also, he never ever capitalizes anything.

Hurry for self-fellating agency heads. Now here is a promotional image of Richard barefoot. (The PR company sent it to us, except 34098343908 times bigger.)

No word yet on the debut of a "k" magazine, featuring Richard on the cover in various states of simper, following the success of the talk show. We're sure they're working on it though.

by Angela Natividad    Apr- 9-08    
Topic: Agencies, Online, Strange, Television



Scott's Knows 'All in One' is the Way to Go For Guys

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It's true. All guys are like this. We want simplicity in our lives. We want everything at our fingertips. We want to be coddled in luxury. We want it all. All at once. We want...All in One. Actually, truth be told, we're just lazy. So if we can cut the lawn while simultaneously barbecuing and watching the game, that's what we'll do. And we love that Scott's appreciates that.

MDC Partner agency zig created the spot, it's first work for the brand since winning the account last year. The spot is running in Canada.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 9-08    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



Ladies. You Only Have One Beaver so Take Care Down There

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Camp Beaver Lake. Camp Beaver. Camp Beaver Fork. Beaver Cross Camp. Beaver Creek Youth Camp. Beaver lake nature Center Camp. Friendly Beaver Camp Ground. Beaver Cove Camp. camp Beaver View. The list goes on. And on and on and on. And you know you can't come across a list like this without cracking a smile. You know it.

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 9-08    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange










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