As is his yearly tradition, Will Ferrell filmed a Super Bowl commercial for Old Milwaukee beer that aired only in select markets. This year’s extra-tasty-kissy spot rivals GoDaddy’s Bar Refaeli-smooching-a-nerd ad for sure — instead of zeroing in too heavily on a ’70s-esque, tank-topped Ferrell macking on a stranger on a bus, the camera graciously pans out to highlight some of America’s finest canned brew. Watch it below. READ FULL STORY
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Yeah. It’s Super Bowl Sunday, America. And the finest, splashiest, nacho-cheesiest string of advertising in all the land’s about to begin. You can follow along with the hottest action of the day (not football) in the video player below — it’ll update after each quarter with the latest ads. And here’s a great guide to the commercials we already know we’ll see. In the meantime, let’s all chat in the comments here about which ones we love and which we loathe.
According to our scientific poll*, at the time of publishing, 41 percent of you are watching the Super Bowl for the commercials. (The other 60 percent is split between the football and Beyonce’s halftime show, with a slight edge to the actual game.) So here is a list of the commercials we know you will see while you’re watching the 49ers and the Ravens throw the pigskin around. READ FULL STORY
He’s played Jesus – now he’s playing the Devil. A 2013 Super Bowl ad is giving Willem Dafoe the chance to play Satan, in a promo for Mercedes-Benz.
In the commercial’s Faustian tale (backed by – what else? – the Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil”), Dafoe’s Devil tempts an impressionable young man to make a deal in exchange for Mercedes’ new CLA-Class – and all that comes with it (because everyone knows that owning a sleek car = scoring invites to red carpet events, getting your photo on the front of magazines and being chased by hoards of screaming girls).
Usher and model Kate Upton also appear in the ad. Check it out below: READ FULL STORY
Do you realize that Hyundai’s buzziest Super Bowl ad — which features a brand-new song by The Flaming Lips, written specifically for the commercial — is already online?
The 102-second spot features the psychadelic rockers playing their new tune, “Sun Blows Up Today,” as well as a family experiencing what might be the best day ever — complete with an enormous stack of pancakes, extreme skateboarding, shenanigans at a natural history museum, a scary group of bikers, a giant hamster ball/bubble (naturally), and a pair of fighting robots, though Yoshimi seems to be nowhere in sight. They also ride around in a Hyundai a lot because, well, you know. Here’s “Epic Playdate”: READ FULL STORY
If Volkswagen’s “The Force” commercial is the original Star Wars and last year’s “The Dog Strikes Back” spot is The Empire Strikes Back, then logically, a Return of the Jedi-style ad should have wrapped up the trilogy this year. Instead, the company elected to go in an entirely different direction with their 2013 Super Bowl offering… though the new spot does carry a whiff of The Phantom Menace.
The ad features a smiley white dude named Dave who tries to cheer up his dour coworkers by spouting “don’t worry, be happy”-esque platitudes in a thick Jamaican accent. Why’s Dave so happy? Because he drives a VW, of course — which gives him “a different take on life,” according to Volkswagen America marketing officer Tim Mahoney.
Shortly after playing a clip of the ad, CNN’s Soledad O’Brien asked Mahoney whether the company worried about how people would react to a non-Jamaican person speaking like Dave does — even noting that the commercial immediately made her think of the much-maligned Caribbean stereotype Jar Jar Binks. READ FULL STORY
Will downing George Clooney’s just-released Casamigos tequila make you sexier?
Si, according to this first ad for the drink, filmed at one of Clooney’s homes — which finds the actor and his business partner Rande Gerber swapping significant others (Clooney’s girlfriend, Stacy Keibler and Gerber’s wife, Cindy Crawford) after some responsible, Casamigos-fueled partying. And opposite-sex couples aren’t the only ones that end up in bed together. This is definitely a step up from Cindy’s Raymour & Flanigan ads.
Check out George & Stacy & Rande & Cindy here:
When you think “artist,” what immediately comes to mind? Georges Seurat, meticulously dabbing paint onto a canvas for two solid years to create A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte?
Or maybe Pepsi?
The New York Times writes that the soft drink giant has signed a massive, $50 million deal with Beyoncé, a “hybrid project” that will go beyond advertising. Specifically: The campaign includes “a multimillion-dollar fund to support the singer’s chosen creative projects.” So… more documentaries about Beyoncé? Well, maybe — according to the Times, these collaborations could include “live events, videos, ‘a cool photo shoot’ or almost anything else.”
It doesn’t make you a Grinch to hate Christmas commercials — those annual 30-second guilt-trips that prey on our insecure sense of obligation and expectation. But your heart has to be two sizes too small if this Dick’s Sporting Goods commercial doesn’t make you want to rescue that sleigh full of floofloovers, trumtookas, and — yes – baseball gloves before dumping it off the peak of Mount Crimpet.
Watch it below, before I say too much. READ FULL STORY
Again with the famous people dressing as other famous people for Halloween! Avril Lavigne’s ex did it; Emma Roberts did it; and now we’ve learned that Chord Overstreet, a.k.a. Glee‘s Sam “Trouty Mouth” Evans, did it too. He hit a Halloween party this weekend dressed as Brad Pitt in those unintentionally hilarious Chanel No. 5 ads — and even made a video parody of the commercials for good measure.
Worth noting: Roberts and Overstreet used to date. Pitt and Aunt Julia also starred together in 2001′s The Mexican. We’re not sure how Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger fit in, but this must have something to do with the full moon.
Check out a full color photo of Overstreet’s over-the-top Brad getup at People, and watch a teaser for his black-and-white Pitt parody below. No wonder his Glee character prides himself on his impressions; he’s pretty good at imitating Pitt’s drawl.