Koch Talks, Julia Jokes, Hilton Goes Mad, Halo Extends

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- Former Mayor Ed Koch tells us why New York's Presbyterian Hospital should be considered a national treasure and funded as such. Munn Rabot created and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer David Hume Kennerly directed.

- Tired of annoying acronyms and abbreviations brought on by the pop culture of cell phones and instant messaging? So is Jul3ia. Irritated with social networking sites taking over your life? So is Jul3ia. Don't remember the last time you actually saw the sky or went outside? Neither does Jul3ia. (Go easy. It's a friend's daughter.)

- Hilton HHonors is offering members a Live Like a Mad Man Sweepstakes to win a trip to New York to be wined and dined, made over by the show's stylist, as well as receive their very own autographed script by booking the "Mad Men" rate at any Hilton hotel.

- The extended Halo 3 trailer.

by Steve Hall    Sep-28-09    
Topic: Cause, Promotions, Social, Spoofs, Video



'Generation A' Baits Hook with the Mundane, the Insane, and Shreds of Divine Comedy

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Crush/Toronto, a master at taking a book's soul and turning it into pop art, drew us into the bosom of Douglas Coupland's The Gum Thief in 2007.

This year it's doing the same for Coupland's latest novel, Generation A. The approach is different: more existential, with some Tarantino pulp thrown in.

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by Angela Natividad    Sep-25-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Promotions, Trends and Culture, Video



Help Quique the Debauched Argentinian Head Find a Body.

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Yours might very well do.

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by Angela Natividad    Sep-25-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Strange, Video



Doomed New Beverage Goes Out to UN General Assembly

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RelaxZen, a beverage that promises to both relax and focus you, decided to put itself to the test by sending cases of product to the 192 leaders meeting at the United Nations General Assembly.

RelaxZen is outfitted much like other doomed drinks that came and went in the early 2000s. It has zero calories and sugar, is non-drowsy and provides "100% focused relaxation."

Check out their Open Letter to the UN, which is doing a molassessy circuit of YouTube as we speak. It sports a cheap potshot of Ahmadinejad, which is supposed to be a funny illustration of how some people need to mellow out, but it just came across as feeble and sad.

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by Angela Natividad    Sep-24-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Guerilla, Political, Video



Dude Takes Viagra Before Commercial Shoot

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We're not really in love with this second outing for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and Unplanned Parenthood in which a Viagra commercial shoot is spoofed. It's just not that funny. Maybe it's because it's Advertising Week and we're expecting greatness. Oh wait. Advertising greatness? The two words don't even belong in the same sentence. Sorry about that.

Well anyway. Here it is.

by Steve Hall    Sep-21-09    
Topic: Cause, Strange, Video



Creatives Get Sacked. Memorialize the Experience on Video

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Not that a lot of us don't already know but if you've somehow managed to escape periods of jobless during your career in advertising, you really ought to exercise your empathy gene by watching The Sack. It's a video series which follows the travails of two out of work creatives from Melbourne. The series takes a look at what the pair went through from the point of sacking to (they fully intend) re-employment.

It's cheeky. It's fun. Give it a watch. And maybe even hire these guys.

by Steve Hall    Sep-21-09    
Topic: Agencies, Video



Relationship Retards Bare Warts, Lapsed STD Checks and All

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Love in the Dumps has the unlikely, and possibly masochistic, ambition of becoming the non-dating site of dating sites. The homepage makes a show of highlighting everything we hate about romantic relations: a section titled Date Dispatch headlines a manifesto on white guys that date Asian girls, Pop Goes the Culture reviews "Hud" 46 years late, and Featured Impersonals showcase various users by antidepressent stats, among other things.

We like the Dr. Damage and Bitch Whispers sections best.

AAAAANYwho, to promote the site, a series of videos are hitting YouTube under the cheerful premise relationship retard. Witness a bunch of for-the-most-part dateable people proclaim, with glee, all the ways in which they'll ruin your life after a couple of months' nesting-time. One will smash you with sarcasm; another vows he'll probably leave you for the neighbour.

If only you could gauge that stuff beforehand. But, given that you can't, might as well admit that you, too, are prone to some retarded relationship shit.

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by Angela Natividad    Sep-18-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Promotions, Video



'Dude, We Made That Thinkpad Fly!'

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Dude! Dude! Dude! Thinkpad! Dude! Bees! Dude! Thinkpad! Fly! It's moving! Dude! It's lifting! Dude! Whoa! Dude! Oh My God! Dude! Dude! Dude! Thinkpad! Dude! Fly! Bees! Dude! Dude! Dude!

Oh please.

by Steve Hall    Sep-17-09    
Topic: Video, Worst



Two Untamed Unveil New MINIs

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Oh wow. Way to introduce a new car! To hype the new MINI convertible and coupe, two twins who are referred to as Two Untamed prep us for the vehicles, unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The pair have done several other videos leading up to this one which tease and don't show the vehicles. This last one shows us the goods. Sweet ride.

by Steve Hall    Sep-16-09    
Topic: Brands, Good, Video



Real Life Interferes With Latest Viral Debacle

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This is what you get for deciding to enjoy the weekend as opposed to spending it obsessed with Twitter. While we were right on top of the Motrin Moms Fiasco a few months back, we completely missed this past weekend's Denmark Karen Debacle which involved a video of a woman seeking the father of her newborn baby. Turns out the whole thing was for Visit Denmark.

In the video, which was created by Grey Denmark, "Karen" holds her baby and speaks into the camera. She talks about how she met the father of her baby a year and a half ago in a bar and how they proceeded to have sex at a place call the Custom House bar. She doesn't remember where he's from or what his name is but she does manage to mention a few tidbits about Denmark in the video.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-15-09    
Topic: Video, Viral










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