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New York Post from Post House

Editorial company Crew Cuts has started the New York Post tabloid spoof, which much like Adweak is The onion for adnerds. (wow, enough cross referencing there yathink?)

In it they carry stories like Nike Swoosh on the moon, which reminds us about that stunt Cunning Works (formerly Cunningstunts) are said to have pulled when they projected J-Los butt on the moon. You can see that stunt on Cunning Works website (scroll down). Everyone who thinks they actually mooned the moon raise their hand, I have a bridge you might be interested in....

For those keeping tabs back home, yes the "advertising on the moon" gag was probably first done in Franquin's 1959-60 comic book masterpiece "Z comme Zorglub" (Or if you speak Swedish, "Z som i Zafir") where Zorglub sends rockets to the moon to spell out "Coca-Cola". His mistake though, was that all his little helpers spoke backwards and had thus spelled the brand name "Aloc-acoC". Brilliant. In fact Zorglub/Zafir is such a great over the top bad guy I wouldn't be suprised if Dr No was modeled on him. ;)


Celebrity Scoop from Legendary Larry Grobel on The Advertising Show

Larry Grobel has been a freelance writer and biographer for more than thirty years for publications like Rolling Stone, New York Times, Entertainment Weekly and many others. Larry has also been a contributing editor at Playboy since 1980 conducting over fifty interviews. On the show, Larry talks about his renown interviews and friendships with Marlon Brando, Truman Capote, Al Pacino, Rodney Dangerfield, and more. His new book, "The Art of the Interview", which is also a class at UCLA, delves into his celebrity journalism techniques. Larry's next upcoming project is to be the first to interview Martha Stewart after her sentence. Watch out Barbara Walters!

Miramax without the Weinsteins? Hear a special appearance from Alex Ben Block, editor of Television Week Magazine. Alex foresees how Miramax won't survive without Bob and Harvey Weinstein and gives a firsthand report on Microsoft's newest operating system for entertainment. Alex has extensive experience on both radio and TV as a commentator and panelist. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed book, "OUTFOXED: The Inside Story of America's Fourth Television Network," and the global bestseller, "The Legend Of Bruce Lee."
Tune in Saturday 8-10 p.m. CET (2-4 p.m. EST) to The Advertising Show for their live webcast. Or check out their commercial free archives.


Is Stoli admitting to ghost ads at the last Cannes?

While doing my daily search through the news for interesting things to post I came across a press release from Stoli for their new multi-million dollar "Frozen" campaign starting this month, created by Publicis NYC. The campaign aims to inform people that Stoli vodka is best served ice cold.

The odd thing about the press release is that it states that the ads were previewed at Cannes this year- and won Bronze Lions in the outdoor/out of home category. But how were these ads eligible for a Lion if they ads are just breaking now?


Grrrgame sells Honda Diesel

Somehow a cute fluffy rabbit game created by w+k for Honda UK is supposed to sell diesel engines. Search me how, as I just wasted all my billable hours on this.


Would you like an old joke with your coffee?

Coffee should be black as hell, strong as death, and sweet as love.
Coffee has the same effect be it hot or cold. In the US or Sweden. Close dupliclaims in the ideas, very different in execution, Super Adgrunts watch these two coffee jokes sink in.


It's The Font, Stupid

An op-ed piece in The New York Times (registration required) examines the design and typography of the U.S. presidential candidates' logos. A few letters dispute the conclusions, but I'm afraid he makes a good case.

Credit for this posting's title goes to my dad.


New way to pitch for new business? (UPDATED)

A rogue Molson Canadian ad aired over the weekend in Toronto and Montreal, Canada.

Apparently it was a part of a pitch by Toronto agency Vaughn Whelan & Partners. The ad was just one part of the pitch campaign, which also included emails and directing people key to the Molson pitch to Project Hijack.


McDonald's replaces golden arches with ?

Yes, I'm serious, McDonald's is dropping the Golden Arches icon from UK advertising in a new campaign to convince consumers of its healthy eating. It's McD advertising, Jim, but not as we know it.
Instead of the golden arches, they'll use a golden question mark and the tagline "McDonald's. But not as you know it".