With Scion Handy, Biz Markie Wanders Old Haunts

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"Stomping Grounds" is a half-hour romp through the childhood of Biz Markie. Crawling the streets in a Scion, Biz explores his apartment in Harlem, favourite restaurants, old friends, and the place where he first started recording.

We like it. Oddly though, it made us nostalgic for Cribs. Maybe it's the exit scene.

The vid was produced by Inform Ventures, which promised the tour would lend an "authentic perspective into the artist's back-story."

Well, "Stomping Grounds" is definitely more authentic than the Nelly storybook for Panraven.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-27-08    
Topic: Celebrity, Good, Product Placement, Sponsorship, Video



Got 7 Minutes to Blow on a Cigar Ad?

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Neither do we. But this one -- for CAO Cigars -- has subtitles and guys that could be samurais in down season. That is, if you go by the clothes and otherwise fail to observe that they bitch about smoking all day and sleep sitting up.

The spot has something to do with CAO guys fighting a smoking ban so they can attend Chicago's Big Smoke in April.

Whenever you're finished trying to laugh at that, see Hitler Gets Banned for some quality subtitled commercial appropriation.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-26-08    
Topic: Bad, Events, Online, Video



Jack Makes A Sandwich, Simmons Tape A Stunt

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- Freakishly weird Jack in the Box has a new website, Make Jack a Sandwich, which AdFreak's David Kiefaber says, "revels in the kind of exaggerated 1970s sleaze I've only seen a thousand times before."

- Copyranter tells us that Gene Simmons tape was just a publicity stunt. Hmm. We never saw that coming.

- Make the Logo Bigger tells us this MasterCard should have run during the 80th Academy Awards as opposed to the dreck that did.

- It's One Show Week!! Yes. From May 5-9, The One Club will host its One Show, One Show Interactive and One Show Design events

by Steve Hall    Feb-25-08    
Topic: Celebrity, Online, Video



Delta Highlights 'Force for Global Good' in Video

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It's very easy to sometimes call out and make fun of the sappiness most cause-related marketing efforts are so fond of employing but if you bypass the urge to toss them off as manipulative tear jerkers, you come to realize these efforts are important and do very good things for fellow human beings. That's the case with Delta's Force for Global Good, a humanitarian effort which support Habitat for Humanity, The Conservation Fund and pink ribbon breast cancer efforts.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-20-08    
Topic: Cause, Good, Video



T-Shirts Sold Without 'Advertising BS'

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Um...huh? All of this just to promote a "lame" t-shirt? Seems like a lot of effort to us but when you set an artist and a filmmaker free, unhinged by those nasty account executive types, this is what you get. All to promote a Love is Lame t-shirt.

We're not sure we actually agree that love is, in fact, lame but we do like the quirky effort this piece of creative exudes in a effort to at least get us to buy a t-shirt that argues the point. Of course, because the work is so quirky, it could be flying over our head and, in fact, be endorsing love. More likely, it's reflective of someone's less than successful travels on the path to love.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-20-08    
Topic: Strange, Video



More Obama Musical Speech Mash-Ups!

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Hey, look. It's another one of those Obama speeches flanked by music and enhanced by the magic of grayscale. This one, produced by Tom Dunlap and seeded by Feed Company, is called "Hope Changes Everything."

See the previous Obama-rama pop effort, "Yes We Can."

Think all the jingling will distract from the "iconic phrase" ripping?

by Angela Natividad    Feb-20-08    
Topic: Online, Political, Video



Indiana Jones Cranks Up With Teaser Trailer

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Bruce Willis did it. Sylvester Stallone did it...twice. And, as we've all been anticipating, Harrison Ford will attempt it May 22. Check into a nursing home? No way! These "old" dudes are still making films and people are still watching them. OK, so maybe not as many people as back in the day but still.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-19-08    
Topic: Celebrity, Video



Study Finds Mac Users Self-Centered, Validation-Needy, Etc.

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"Are you self-centered, arrogant or conceited? Do you have a strong need for recognition? You must have a Mac, according to new research."

The above video says people with an open personality (eh?) are 60 percent more likely to own a Mac.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-18-08    
Topic: Brands, Trends and Culture, Video



Why Not Use Moving Steps to Illustrate Variety?

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Fresh Creation sent us this neat take on escalator advertising, a model that's been hurtin' for creativity pretty much since its inception.

The ad is for Juice Salon. Each descending step reflects how a different hairstyle can change your appearance. Neato.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-18-08    
Topic: Good, Guerilla, Promotions, Video



More Squirrel Pity with an Eco Tint

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Because we all love a dire-straits squirrel (1, 2, 3), consider how you're robbing one of house and home the next time you get a paper bank statement.

Yeah, that's right. THIS DISMAL ALTERNATIVE FUTURE IS TOTALLY YOUR FAULT.

Anyway, the video was produced by Flow Creative, which felt compelled to do more green stuff with its spare time besides twist fluorescent bulbs into the break room.

Great, guys. Good to know you didn't waste your man-hours doing something silly like planting trees, saving the wetlands or collecting cans. We'll be sure to spread the message far and wide.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-18-08    
Topic: Agencies, Cause, Online, Video








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