Banned Pregnant Nun Ad Takes Aim at Pope Benedict

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Antonio Federici ice cream, which had its pregnant nun ad banned by the UK's Advertising Standards authority for making a mockery of Roman Catholic beliefs isn't taking the ban laying down. The company plans to continue with the same theme and, in addition, make a point of targeting Pope Benedict with the campaign during his four day visit to the UK which begins today.

An Antonio Federici spokeswoman said, "We intend to defy the ASA's ban and will publish another ad from the series before the Pope's visit later this week. We are also in the process of securing billboards close to and along the planned route of the Pope's cavalcade around Westminster Cathedral."

The ad carries the tagline, "Immaculately Conceived ... Ice cream is our religion."

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by Steve Hall    Sep-16-10    
Topic: Campaigns, Opinion, Policy, Political



X Factor's Lucie Jones Lends Her Breasts to Wonderbra

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And on the heels of Brazilian model Sabraine Banando's traffic stopping billboard appearance for Wonderbra's Full Effect Bra, 19-year-old X Factor contestant Lucie Jones has been selected to front a new campaign for the line.

Which makes perfect sense because Jones has always wanted bigger boobs. In an interview with MailOnline, she said, "Sometimes I really want to wear a specific dress and I just have nothing to fill the top half of it." Well now you can bust right out of that dress, Lucie because your breasts will be enormous thanks to the miraculous Full Effect Bra!

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by Steve Hall    Sep-14-10    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity, Racy



FedEx Prevents Airport Security From Sleeping on the Job

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BBDO is out with some new work for FedEx. Four commercials highlight...wait a minute. What the hell is there to explain about FedEx that everyone doesn't already know? Nothing. Why does the brand still advertise? We have no idea. Oh wait, yea, we do. Because people are so fickle that if you don't slap them upside the head with your message 3,000 times a day, they'll defect to your competition.

Now that we have that out of the way, our favorite spot is called Airport Security. While the PowerPoint joke has been done to death, this one still gets a laugh. "I'm yawning. I'm still yawning. ZZZZZ." Hey, it's pretty basic but, much like a fart joke, some things just stay funny.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-13-10    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Good



YouTuber Says Shards O' Glass Popsicles Look Yummy

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So remember that Shards O' Glass Truth commercial that came out back in June? It's the one where a company makes freeze pops with shards of glass in them and says they're for adults only. Well according to kat62296 on YouTube the approach may have backfired a bit.

In a video, she takes a look at the commercial and comes to the conclusion that, with a little adjustment, those freeze pops could be really tasty. Hmm. Not exactly the message Truth was going for.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-10-10    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Video



Kia Drives Change, Improves People's Lives

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A woman and child with congenital heart disease. An inner city parking lot in need of a community overhaul. A city garden in need of attention. Kia Canada, as part of it's new David & Goliath-created Drive Change campaign rose to these challenges and lent a helping hand.

The brand donated time, money and product to meet these challenges and help people and communities that really needed it. The campaign tells these stories.

Explaining the approach to the campaign, David & Goliath ECD Israel Diaz said,
"Naturally, if 'Drive Change' is what we are preaching, our approach to how we advertised Kia vehicles had to change as well. This thinking took us down a different road and, when we thought about the changes Kia is making to their vehicles, it made sense to use them as 'vehicles of change'. Our aim is to always bring the new positioning to life of 'Drive Change' (in a tangible and real way) to consumers."

View the work below.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 9-10    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Campaigns



MINI No Match For Grandma in Parking Space Race

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MINI is out with a new campaign to tout its model updates for Convertible, Clubman and hatch. A TV commercial has the trio speeding through a parking garage in a race for the last space only to be beaten by, well, an entirely different sort of motor vehicle.

Supporting the campaign is a print effort.

We love the MINI and racing through parking lots but, seriously? Cool as this car is and it loses to an old lady? That's just not right! Just not right!

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 8-10    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials



Keira Knightey Mounts Ducati For Chanel

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Keira Knightley, who some thought needed a digital boob job for her appearance on the movie poster for King Arthur doesn't need enhancement of any kind when she plants her ass on the seat of a Ducati for a Chanel photo shoot.

Clad in a beige suede jumpsuit, the Pirates of the Caribbean beauty spent this past Sunday afternoon at Concorde Place in Paris for the shoot. Previously for Chanel, Knightley stripped off all her clothing and posed with nothing but a top hat over her breasts and a shirt over her lap.

by Steve Hall    Sep- 7-10    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity



Let's Dig Toilets, Not Graves

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London agency Kitcatt Nohr Alexander Shaw is out with a new television commercial for WaterAid. Directed by Susannah Hayes, the ad features the popular playground song "Diarrhea Diarrhea". During the first half of the ad, shot at a primary school in Hackney, British children smile and giggle as they sing the song which, of course, is totally normal because, well, diarrhea is funny what with all the farting and squirting that accompanies it.

But all that farting and squirting isn't so funny when it's rampant in countries like Zambia ans the commercial touches on that by cutting to a boy who not so happily sings, "When it's just killed your sister and you're really going to miss her, diarrhea, diarrhea."

The campaign advocates the building of sanitary pit toilets which can help stop the spread of diarrhea.

Along with the ad which will air on Sky One, Discovery, Bravo, More 4 and SkySports, PR, email, inserts, videos and online ads are part of the campaign.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-29-10    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause



Dree Hemingway Fronts A.Y. Not Dead Spring 2011 Campaign

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Model Dree Hemingway, daughter of Mariel Hemingway and Stephen Crisman, is fronting a new campaign for Spanish fashion label A.Y. Not Dead. Shot by photographer Sebastian Faena, Dree sports a pair of very tiny denim cut offs matched with an equally tiny crop T. The look is strikingly reminiscent of a look her mother, Mariel, donned for a scene in the 1985 movie Creator.

Dree also models some patchwork jeans, leather pants, a denim shirt and a cropped tweed jacket. See it all here.

by Steve Hall    Aug-25-10    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity



Mad Men's Christina Hendricks Dons Trenchcoat For London Fog

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Curvaceous bombshell Christina Hendricks, who stars on AMC's Mad Men, will appear in an upcoming London Fog ad campaign. As you may recall, London Fog was a client of Sterling Cooper on the series last year. Apparently, London Fog was more enamored with Hendricks than the office's network of good 'ol boys.

Shot by photographer Nino Munoz in LA, the campaign will break in October issues of fashion magazines such as Elle, Cosmopolitan and InStyle as well as on outdoor boards and online.

Of the campaign, Hendricks, who was recently named Best Looking Woman in America by Esquire, said, "London Fog is a classic brand, which I love. It also ties in to Mad Men, we used London Fog in the show and this was a nice way to tie everything together. The trench is such an iconic shape for men and women. It works for anyone - it worked in the 1960s and it works now."

by Steve Hall    Aug-25-10    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity