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Was Christina Hendricks Photoshopped in London Fog Ads?

by Ryan McKee, posted Aug 26th 2010 8:00PM
We know the name London Fog is nonsense because Lane explained there is no fog in London during last season's 'Mad Men.' Who says TV turns your brain to mush?

It appears now the classic overcoat company is returning the shout-out favor. They've hired the woman behind everyone's favorite female character, Joan Holloway. Christina Hendricks is the face (and figure) of London Fog's fall ad campaign. This is quite a departure from the label's previous celebrity faces, who include Gisele and Eva Longoria with Tony Parker. People say curves are back and London Fog is taking it seriously. Maybe someone should tell Angelina Jolie?

Or so it seemed the company was taking the curves seriously. Now that the ads are starting to run, grrl-power blog Jezebel has paired the behind-the-scenes photos that ran in OK! magazine with the finished product. It sure seems like London Fog did some slimming of Hendricks' curves in Photoshop. See for for yourself, after the jump ...

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Tina Fey's 1995 Bank Commercial, Plus More Early Celebrity Commercials

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 2nd 2010 4:30PM
Tina FeyLadies and gentlemen, one of Tina Fey's first acting gigs has been unearthed and it's painfully hilarious.

It's straight-up Liz Lemon from '30 Rock' in every way possible. The hair. The clothing. It's wonderful.

Check out Fey's Mutual Savings Bank Commercial that was brought to light by Gawker, then check out Liz's first commercial from '30 Rock' and vote in the poll. I don't know about you guys, but after watching this commercial I'm even more excited for the new season of '30 Rock' (Thurs., Sept. 23 at 8:30PM on NBC).

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The Cottonelle Puppies Through the Years (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jun 21st 2010 1:30PM
Cottonelle Puppy CommercialsIs there anything cuter than puppies? I think not, and that's probably why Cottonelle chose to use puppies in their toilet paper commercials. Let's face it, when you're talking about toilet paper, it's best to distract us as much as possible from the product's actual use.

I've rounded up a few of my favorite Cottonelle puppy ads through the years, but I didn't realize until our own Joel Keller pointed it out that the voice of the puppy is actually Zach Braff from 'Scrubs'!

Watch the videos after the jump.

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An Extended Scene from 'Fringe' -- Oh Wait, It's a Ford Taurus Commercial

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jun 1st 2010 5:15PM
Fringe, Season 2 Finale, Extended SceneImagine my excitement when during the 'Fringe' finale, they ran a promo about an extended scene found on the show's official site. I'll take whatever I can get to tide me over until season 3 premieres.

I raced over there to get my fix, but alas, it wasn't much of an extended scene at all -- it featured Walternate and Peter having a conversation as they sped down an alt-universe road in a peppy little car.

And as a bonus, we got the little Easter egg of Walternate fiddling with the car's media center as the two men discussed the song that was playing: 'Hovercraft Mother' by Violet Sedan Chair, a fake band from the Wired Magazine that J.J. Abrams guest edited.

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The Four Worst Commercials on TV Right Now

by Bob Sassone, posted May 25th 2010 3:27PM
Cisco adI wish I could watch TV commercials with more patience and understanding. I thought that being irritated by TV commercials was something I'd grow out of once I got older and realized things like this just aren't that important.

So why do I find myself more annoyed than ever? Maybe it's because I watch TV for a living and I see a lot of the ads several times a day, but there are many spots that just bug me to the point where I just start clicking random remote buttons. And I'm a guy who actually likes commercials.

After the jump are my thoughts on four commercials that are currently running on your TV set. Watch them here so you don't have to watch them when you're watching television later tonight.

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Gene Wilder Recaptures Childhood in AT&T Commercial

by Jane Boursaw, posted May 22nd 2010 3:46PM
AT&T Rethink Commercial, Gene Wilder, Pure ImaginationLife is hard! It's messy and complicated and nerve-wracking and unpredictable! But ... it's also joyful. Only most of the time, the joy gets overpowered by all the other stuff. Instead, it's hidden in little moments that make you go, yeah, I remember now. Life can be filled with wonder and possibilities and dreams.

That's what the AT&T 'Rethink' commercial does for me. I can be doing a million other things, but when Gene Wilder's voice starts singing 'Pure Imagination' from 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,' I stop whatever I'm doing, look at the TV, and become mesmerized by those child-like drawings springing to life in a busy city. That's exactly what AT&T wants me to do, and it's working, so props to them.

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Nike Writes the Future With New Soccer Ad

by Chris Jordan, posted May 21st 2010 5:08PM
Do you still doubt that soccer is the world's game?

Then you haven't seen the new Nike World Cup-themed ad, a globe-spanning spectacle of action and reaction featuring players Cristiano Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Wayne Rooney and Americans Tim Howard and Landon Donovan along with celebs and fellow athletes Roger Federer, Kobe Bryant and Homer Simpson.

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Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss Hawk Mercedes-Benz, Excedrin (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 29th 2010 11:31AM
Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Mad MenIt wouldn't surprise me if most of the actors on 'Mad Men' ended up in commercials at some point. It's a show about advertising, so you sort of associate them with ads and commercials.

At least two 'Mad Men' actors, Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss, are featured in commercials circulating right now. Hamm is the new voice for Mercedes-Benz, taking the baton from Richard Thomas (John-Boy on 'The Waltons'), who served as the car company's voice-over talent for the past four years.

In a Media Decoder story, Stephen Cannon, vice-president for marketing at Mercedes-Benz USA in Montvale, N.J., calls the new campaign "a nice re-fresh of our voice," adding that Hamm has "a terrific, very resonant voice with a lot of gravitas to it." He also notes that Hamm will help Mercedes-Benz "reach out to a younger, more vibrant audience."

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Shows You Should Be Watching: 'InfoMania'

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 12th 2010 10:00AM
InfoManiaIf you're not familiar with the cable channel Current TV (the one started by Al Gore), you're probably not familiar with the show 'InfoMania'. I would describe it this way: it's 'The Daily Show' meets 'The Soup,' with a dash of 'Best Week Ever.' I know, I know, you're saying to yourself, why do I need to watch yet another show that takes news and entertainment clips and gives them a snarky spin?

Well, that's a great question, person who says things to themselves. You need to watch this because it's a one-stop for all of the things you don't have the time or energy to keep track of and watch.

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Tiger Woods Nike Commercial: Manipulative or Moving?

by Chris Jordan, posted Apr 8th 2010 3:00PM
Why do I feel like I've just been manipulated?

Nike has just released its first post-scandal Tiger Woods commercial and Tiger doesn't say a word. Instead, we hear the voice of his late father, Earl Woods.

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Commercials We Love: The HP Ads With Rhys Darby Playing a Murray-alike

by Jane Murphy, posted Apr 7th 2010 4:15PM
As any 'Flight of the Conchords' fan knows, when you hire Murray Hewitt -- talent manager and occasional New Zealand diplomat -- you get round-the-clock commitment, rabid enthusiasm and an extreme belief in your greatness. But let's not dwell on the negative.

After all, Murray (or someone an awful lot like him) is hanging out these days with real movers and shakers. Fortune 500 techno-giant Hewlett Packard is featuring 'Conchords' comic Rhys Darby in a series of witty ads under the banner "Let's Do Amazing." ('Conchords' duo Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie pulled the plug on the show in December). It's hard to think of another example of a TV character-inspired pitchman, but the move is genius (there was "I'm not a doctor, but I play one on TV." Uh, nah.)

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'Modern Family' Promos: Best Thing About the Oscars?

by Chris Jordan, posted Mar 8th 2010 6:00PM
Last night's Oscar commercials were "cloudy with a chance of the meatballs."

That obscure movie reference and a few others peppered up the 'Modern Family' promos that ran during ABC's Academy Awards broadcast. The promos featured the show's extended family playing charades during an Oscar party. How scene-stealer Gloria (Sofia Vergara) came up with 'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs' from Jay Pritchett's (Ed O'Neill) raised index finger is part of the wacky charm of the year's breakout comedy hit.

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McDonald's Filet-O-Fish Commercial: Annoying or Awesome?

by Ryan McKee, posted Mar 8th 2010 3:30PM
It took a year to get that low-fi, Casio-keyboard jingle out of your head. Big Mouth Billy Bass and floating Filet-O-Fish sandwiches even appeared in your nightmares. Now, just when you thought it was safe to watch commercials again, McDonalds' strikes again.

"Give me back that Filet-O-Fish, give me that fish (oooooo!)"

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Old Spice Ad Is One Commercial We Don't Fast Forward Through (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 4th 2010 4:00PM
Old Spice CommercialIn the era of DVRs and online streaming, it's getting more and more difficult for advertisers to find a way to get viewers to sit through their commercials. One trick that always works is to make a brilliant commercial. Old Spice has managed that in a short spot that almost defies description.

On the air less than a month, we can't even tell you exactly what it is about the commercial that makes it so amazing, but we'll give a lot of the credit to the acting performance by Isaiah Mustafa, the man your man isn't.

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Jay Leno's 'Tonight Show' Promo Gets a Music Makeover

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 24th 2010 9:00AM
NBC has been recycling their 'Jay Leno Show' promos to prep for Leno's return to 'The Tonight Show' slot. Could there be a clearer metaphor?

Anyway, the new promos have been using a cover version of the Beatles' "Get Back" to not-so-subtly greet the host back from prime time hell. But one very clever YouTube user found a much more appropriate song to accompany Jay on his return back to 11:30 p.m.

[via Buzzfeed]

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