In the latest episode of "The Scoop," Ben & Jerry's sends its taste experts to Copenhagen to find a new ice cream flavour.
Watching two middle-aged men nibble salty licorice and marzipan-infused pastry isn't the funnest thing we've ever done. (Though the brief science lesson on Phish Food made a play at being instructive.) And possibly because the banquette was uninspired and the Danes apparently unoriginal (suggested new flavours of ice cream: "chocolate?" "vanilla?" "caramel...?"), Ben & Jerry's wrapped the video by asking viewers to Do the World a Flavour: turn in your own suggestions for new ice cream mashups at benjerry.com.
Raisanen Creative does its part for the German economy: bringing much-needed international awareness to Scho-Ka-Kola, a chocolate energy product whose campy packaging has begged for spoofage for years without relief.
The mockumentary is particularly good if you happen to enjoy watching square-rimmed spectacle wearers make douchebag noises.
"This guy, whether we like it or not, is the future." So says a very angry Friday Night Lights author Buzz Bissinger of Deadspin Editor Will Lietch in a Gawker Media promotional reel released today.
The reel sums up the company's offerings and, in true form, gleefully highlights (while taunting, of course) its detractors. It's Gawkeriffic. We've been reading Gawker Media's blogs since Elizabeth Spiers made her first post on Gawker back in the day. And we've loved every word.
While micro-blogging (think Twitter), social networks (think Facebook) and social media (think, well, everything else) get all the hype these days, blogs, with an insatiable dagger-like obsession, still rule at razor sharp coverage of specific topical areas like no other media out there. And they do it faster, cheaper and snarkier.
Say hello to "Chromance," a short vid by Superfad for Google's Chrome browser.
Never mind that Chrome's shine faded months ago. A clear storyline and a soft relatable protagonist brings even the rustiest of logos back to race-quality lustre.
Wed the dreamy, slightly disengaged world of Rene Magritte to the youthful warped whimsy of Alice in Wonderland. Add a dash of Little Minx for contemporary production flair and a touch of the feminine. Shake well and lace in cotton candy.
What do you get? "Le Sens Propre," a short film by Blacklist's Cisma for Adobe's "Shortcut to Brilliant" Creative Suite 4 campaign. The work -- created using only Adobe products -- emits a strange fragility that guides wandering eyes from frame to frame on the thinnest of wispy white threads.
Berlin agency Aimaq Rapp Stolle promotes HEAD's new "Speed" racquet with a little extra-extra action from Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic. Apparently Speed makes him so virile that he manages to run into the aisle and spit game at a blonde before the ball even returns to him.
But "spit game" is an understatement; the guy busts out with balloon animals (which would've been enough to impress us), boy band moves, nipple tassles, and seals (both animal and Navy).
- Current.tv's TwitteRFP goes to...
- Chanel No. 5, the film. (Magically delicious. Also see behind-the-scenes action with Audrey Tautou and Jean-Pierre Jeunet.)
- McDonald's does YouTube/McCafe thing.
- For those that tweet from the toilet.
- Sears still sucks, but it's trying not to.
- "I'm sure you were going for 'Guy looks at all of your daily food choices' but this one screams restraining order."
- The magic that is Cleveland -- deux!
- Be better, pledge to succeed.
- The Obama Administration lists all its social media links. And we thought we were whores.
- "4A'S PRESIDENT IS BIG ADSCAM FAN!" o_O
- Apple rejects NIN iPhone app. Three people in the charted universe shit a brick.
- Cell phone sex ed.
- How to pass for J-Lo. On Google.
- Revisiting the sad fate of Dominos' Pasta Dude.
RPA, a52 and Elastic put together this wee whimsical piece to kick off the 10th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival.
It's pretty to look at -- a little like stepping into your childhood nursery, flooded with fairy stories (replaced, in this case, by familiar symbols of film), the atmosphere thick with enigmatic, slightly volatile magic. But it's still markedly less dark than the masters that inspired the work: Terry Gilliam and Tim Burton.
Lovely and only artfully noir (as opposed to forcefully so); we wouldn't mind watching it a few dozen times over the big screen.
"Buy some food that's prepared near the street!"
Just one of the things you can look forward to when you visit Cleveland, according to this hastily made tourist video spoof -- which, incidentally, is generating hundreds of thousands more views than the official Cleveland plug.
Darryl Ohrt at Brand Flakes for Breakfast also points out the video's second in organic results when you search "cleveland, tourism" on Google.