Chris Tucker Goes Hollywood on MoveOn


Rush Hour star Chris Tucker who had agreed to do a PSA, along with Tim Robbins and John Cusack, for non-profit, seems to have thrown a Hollywood hissy and bailed out on the taping session. Tucker postponed the 3PM recording session, moving it back to 5:30PM costing MoveOn needless extra studio costs, then, upon arriving in a limo, paid for by, sat inside the limo talking on his cell phone. After 25 minutes of cell phone babble, Tucker drove off in the limo, never getting out to record the PSA claiming he was felling ill. Later,'s Matthew Bautista said Tucker, who had returned to his hotel, asked the limo driver to take him out on the town. Bautista squashed the request telling the limo driver to head home. Fame really does make fat heads.

by Steve Hall    Sep- 8-05    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials

Motorola Pays Madonna $8 Million For Ad


The New York Daily News has been informed Madonna was paid $8 million by Motorola for appearing in an ad for the company's new Rokr phone. For the $8 million, which Motorola paid because it was rumored Motorola was fearful Madonna would back out, the star spent ten hours filming the ad last week in London. That's a pretty good hourly rate.

by Steve Hall    Sep- 8-05    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Commercials

Songwriter Writes 'Just Do It,' Hopes Nike Will Just Buy It

Twelve-year-old Khristiana "Tia" Parchman has written, arranged and produced a song called "Just Do It" which she, along with her co-producer father, hopes Nike will consider using in upcoming ad campaigns. We're no talent scout but we think this tune certainly has possibilities. There are no lyrics (yet) other than "do it" repeated during portions of the song. You Wieden + Kennedy folks should give it a listen. Here.

by Steve Hall    Sep- 7-05    
Topic: Commercials

Beer Fights: Not Just For Humans


LAVA Communications, the company that recently created the Ban the Tongue Mocumentary, has seeded a humorous beer ad, created by Australia's BMF Advertising, for beer brewer Tooheys which eschews the traditional fights between humans over the great taste of beer and places the fight squarely where the action is: the refrigerator. And the vacuum cleaner. And the washing machine - which gets really pissed. And, the pool cleaner. Go figure. Watch it. It's different...which, in advertising, is a very good thing.

by Steve Hall    Sep- 6-05    
Topic: Commercials

Coke Relents, Spec Spot OK...With Disclaimer


Following a post to the WhereSpot discussion group and a story here on Adrants, Coke has called off its lawyers, who had threatened photographer Paul Papanek with legal action over a couple of spec spots he had created, and said it's fine the spots remain in existence as long as Papanek disclaims them as unaffiliated with Coke. It all seems very logical. A creative is allowed to express himself. A brand gets additional exposure without spending a cent. Everyone's happy. Except the lawyers. After three threatening letters, Coke's legal army was, apparently, called off and sent back to the dungeon to dream up other methods of charging Coke a fortune just to type up a few simple letter.

Writing in the WheresSpot discussion group, Papanek gleefully reports Coke representative Ms. Perlstein told him "everyone at Coke is talking about it" and even the brand managers are checking the spots out. Oh, and the lawyers? They're not all bad. They contacted Papanek directly and had amicable conversations.

Next time, perhaps, Coke will realize the value of consumer created media and leave well enough alone. Or, at least, approach the situation with less legal stiffness. Unless of course the work harms the brand which, clearly, Papanek's work did not.

by Steve Hall    Sep- 6-05    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Policy

Summer's Over, Advertising Hasn't Changed


On this first day following the U.S. Labor Day holiday and to remind us all advertising hasn't changed one bit, we bring you this commercial from GameStop, featured in this week's Ad Age TV Spots of the Week, in which video game hotties come to life and battle the fantasizing psyche of male gamers. Creative strategy: brain-dead, video game-addled men. Hot, ass-kicking women. Done, shoot it. Let's do lunch.

In other new spots this week, HP brings back its Frame Up ads. Catholic Charities rivets with a simple but brilliantly well-executed call for donations. The Chinese government goes to elaborate lengths to get citizens to floss their teeth. Cadbury does its false teeth thing that we've seen before. Wendy's uses a tooth to sell a ranch burger. Kia trys to make its cars seem as important is winning some sort of important sporting event. And, yes, America Express helps Andy get his Mojo back.

by Steve Hall    Sep- 6-05    
Topic: Commercials

Kicking Hamster in Ad OK'd


Finally, common sense has prevailed and humor may be reborn. Adland points to an ad for UK Powerleague which shows a woman playing with a hamster in a ball until her boyfriend comes in, does some soccer moves and boots the ball out the window with the hamster still inside was not banned by the UK's Advertising Standards Authority. While one complainant said the ad could encourage animal cruelty, the ASA said it was all done in fun and is clearly not condoning animal cruelty. Humor people. It's called humor.

by Steve Hall    Aug-31-05    
Topic: Commercials, Policy

Legalities of Brand Usage in Spec Spots Questioned


Television commercial director and photographer Paul Papanek who, a few years ago, directed a couple of spec spots recently received several letters from Coke's in-house and out-of-house legal councils informing him he used Coke's logo without permission. His spots have been featured on his websites as well as on The Spec Spot and Boards Magazine. Each of the three letters Papanek received were increasingly threatening with the last one, dated August 15, informing him he must remove the spots from all the sites within 14 days or suffer nastier legal ramifications.

While Coke is well within their rights to protect their logo and brand, Papanek, writing in the WheresSpot Yahoo news group, wonders about the implications of Coke's request. Papanek cites the common practice of directors and production companies producing spec spots to promote their businesses, build their freelance careers or to pitch new business and wonders how this might affect spec creative. We wonder if new businesses pitches and creative reels will now be required to have logos digitized out. The two spots in question can be seen here and here. Papanek has commented and posted Coke's letters here.

by Steve Hall    Aug-30-05    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Policy

Godzilla Has A Hummer


In a new Modernista commercial for Hummer's H3, a rampaging, Godzilla-like creative tears through a city until she meets up with a robot-like creature. The two fall in love, Godzilla gets pregnant and pumps out a Hummer H3. Sweet. Other commercials in this week's Ad Age TV Spots of the Week include a long form commercial for Bon Jovi's new album, "Have A Nice Day," a Champ Sports/Adidas commercial that promotes the "flight control" of a sneaker with an in-sneaker pilot crew, Fat Joe becomes a pet psychologist for Boost Mobile, a Cadbury Schweppes commercial that portray Dr. Pepper as addictive as drugs, a NASCAR Nextel commercial that doesn't say much, Elmer's Glue "empowers creativity" similar to the way the current Windows campaign, humorously, "empowers" your life, an HP commercial that appears to glorify goofing off over paying attention in class and a Target commercial that, well, sells a lot of stuff Target-style.

by Steve Hall    Aug-29-05    
Topic: Commercials

Milwaukee Drill Powers Helicopter


In this commercial which involves drills and helicopters, the power of the new cordless Milwaukee V28, lithium ion-powered drill is clearly and humorously displayed.

by Steve Hall    Aug-11-05    
Topic: Commercials