Maria Sharapova Tapped For Google Demo Slam

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Who wouldn't jump at the chance to hang with Maria Sharapova? Certainly not Jonny Watson and Dan Harrison from Dare who were offered 90 minutes of the Russian tennis babe's time to come up with a video to promote Google's Search by Voice technology. The resulting video became part of Google's Demo Slam which allows the public to vote for their favorite Google product demo.

Sharapova, being the famous beauty she is, and the pair's Whack A Guy With A Tennis Ball approach has garnered the video 156,000 views and the number four slot in the Demo Slam competition.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-23-10    
Topic: Celebrity, Tools, Video



Taylor Momsen Frolics in Lingerie For John Galliano Fragrance

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How the super cute Little Jenny became the rebellious, sexed-up Taylor Momsen is a mystery we may never solve but John Galliano is happy that's the direction in which things are headed. He's tapped the 17 year old Gossip Girl to appear in a new ad campaign for his Parlez moi d'amour fragrance.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-23-10    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Racy, Video



Snoop Dogg Delivers 'A Christmas Story'

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Sitting beside a fire with the Pepsi delivery guy, Snoop Dogg shares with us his version of A Christmas story. It's an interesting story, indeed. The dude gets around. He just did a promotion with Ford for the brand's 2011 Explorer.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-21-10    
Topic: Celebrity, Video



Male Copywriter Celebrates Christmas All Year Long

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You've got to hand it to Lawson Clarke. The dude has absolutely no fear of putting himself out for ridicule. Who the hell is Lawson Clarke? He's the dude who, last year, paid homage to the famed Burt Reynolds spread as part of his job search. If you thought that was creepy enough, wait until you see him in this Funny or Die video in which he celebrates Christmas every day for an entire year. The ending is not pretty.

We've also got to hand it to his wife who co-stars in the film. Any woman who can allow herself to be associated with a man like Lawson is an amazing woman in our book!

Happy holidays, Clarkes.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-14-10    
Topic: Strange, Video



Two Examples of Gifts That Save Lives

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Like cats? Hate war? Then you'll love this quirky new work from john st. for War Child Gifts, an organization that allows people to purchase gifts for children of war-torn families. It's not the most direct sell approach we've seen but it is one of the oddest. And we like odd. Because odd is different. Odd is good. And saying the word odd over and over and over again makes a paragraph long enough to wrap around the image that accompanies this story because, well, there isn't much else to say about this campiagn other than, well, it's odd. And we like odd. And...OK...we'll stop now.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-14-10    
Topic: Strange, Video



Marion Cotillard Helps Crippled Ian McKellen Walk

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In what some would consider to be cinematic excellence, director John Cameron Mitchell orchestrates an eight minute film for Christian Dior's Lady Dior during which Marion Cotillard offers inspiration to a crippled Ian McKellen and an artistically stifled painter, Russell Tovey. It's quite touching actually.

The film, called Lady Grey London, has Cotillard performing in front of a spellbound audience and driving men mad with desire. She invites one of her onlookers, a wheelchair-bound Ian McKellen to her dressing room where she works magic on his legs. She then visits the painter and imbues him with intense creativity. Both McKellen and the painter reap the benefits of Cotillard's touch.

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 9-10    
Topic: Best, Brands, Celebrity, Video



HBO Programming Crowdsourced

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BBDO New York, along with Biscuit Filmworks, is out with a new campaign for HBO which has people making their own episodes of their love one's favorite shows to promote DVD releases. There's one for True Blood, one for Entourage and one for Eastbound and Mom. All are terrible.

Oh wait. Let us clarify. The ads aren't terrible. It's the episodes the people are trying to create for their loved ones that are so terrible. Like, really bad. Sort of funny though and, we guess, anyone who's a fan of one of these shows would probably see the humor in them. Even those who've grown to hate True Blood's Rescue Sookie of the Week approach to drama.

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 8-10    
Topic: Video



Dr. Ashley is Not the Man You Wish You Could Smell Like

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Not anywhere near as successful as Old Spice's customized video campaign, Axciom is out with a video campaign for Dell featuring a Dr. Ashley, P.D.A. (hahaha) who asks viewers to tweet him on Twitter at @AskDrAshley to, well, thumb wrestle him.

It's all to promote Dell's Streak. And it's lame. Very, very lame. But that's just our opinion, of course. You may feel otherwise. Not everyone aspires to be The Man You Wish Your Man Could Smell Like. No. Some people aspire to become an argyle sock-wearing geek with bad hair. To each their own.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 8-10    
Topic: Social, Video



Grolsch Puts Musical Instruments Out of Work

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Pity the poor musical instrument. It gets the short end of the stick in advertising. Honda put some instruments out of business when it hired humans to imitate the sound of its vehicles. Now, Grolsch has hired...um...bottles to create orchestral sounds of the season. What's a poor musical instrument to do in the face of all this prejudicial treatment?

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 8-10    
Topic: Video



Hip Hop Hotties Hype Bavarian-Themed Tourist Destination

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Miss us? Yea, it's been quiet here for a few days. But it was for good reason., We were at a conference called SocialFresh and it was held on a cruise ship with seriously limited internet access. More on that later. For now, let's talk about Woody Goomsba and Leavenworth Washington. Never heard of it? Well, you will have after you've viewed this video promoting the Bavarian-themed destination.

Unlike your average tourism video which barfs up transitional imagery of a destination's supposed beauty, Leavenworth takes a different approach. it's not a new approach but it works. The strategy? Hot women dressed in sexed-up Dirndle wear who hang with crackin' nutcracker Woody Goomsba and gyrate to the sounds of some beat heavy hip hop rap.

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 7-10    
Topic: Racy, Video, Viral








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