That’s Entertainment

The New York Times “Sunday Styles” section looks at a disturbing development, or excellent business opportunity, depending on one’s point-of-view regarding consumerism and celebrity worship. Screens big and small are already full of recognizable brands like Coke and Cheerios placed in strategic view, a practice known as explicit product placement. But, until recently, viewers had […]

K-Fed’s “Rappin’ Patty” On Superbowl Sunday

The Wall Street Journal (paid sub. req.), in what may be a first for the paper, is running a piece on K-Fed. Nationwide Mutual Insurance has tapped Kevin Federline, soon-to-be ex-husband of pop star Britney Spears, to star in its 30-second Super Bowl spot, a move that guarantees the insurer acres of free publicity. The […]

Ahm-SAH-leh

Amsale Aberra, a 52-year-old couture wedding gown designer — and a native of Ethiopia — is the new spokesperson for the MKX, Lincoln’s first entry in the compact crossover wagon market. According to The Wall Street Journal (paid sub. req.), Ms. Aberra’s New York-based wedding- and evening-dress house, claims annual sales of about $30 million. […]

Futbol, You Bet

In this spot, a young girl with mad football skills helps market a bank. The audio bed is motivational hip-hop. “I know I can, be what I want to be” is the work hard message. The bank seems to be saying something about long term investments and scouting opportunity. Or maybe this is a new […]

A Screen Is A Screen Is A Screen

The New York Times reports that celebrities appear in 20 percent of TV commercials, up from 10 percent a decade ago. And it’s not just more celebs, it’s better celebs that are finding their way into brand’s mini-productions. Oscar-winning actors like Nicole Kidman, Sally Field, Susan Sarandon, Diane Keaton and Robert De Niro no longer […]

Decorating The Cat

Idolator and FishBowlNY are both reporting that American singer/songwriter Cat Power is the new face of Channel’s jewelry line. She has previously made commercials for GAP and Cingular. Ms. Power, a.k.a. Charlyn “Chan” Marshall is known for her minimalist, often pastoral music, sparse guitar and piano and ethereal, Southern-styled vocals. She’s also known to be […]

Starbury In Your Face

New York Knicks point guard Stephon Marbury has been making dramatic statements on the basketball court since his childhood in Coney Island. Today, he’s making an even bigger statement. He’s saying athletic wear is grossly overpriced and you’re a chump if you pay “the man” $150 for a pair of shoes. Marbury, a two-time NBA […]

You’re My Sunny Day

I heard one of my favorite songs–”Blue Sky” by Allman Brothers Band–on TV last night. Sweet! Right? Not exactly. The song was used to support a menopause drug. Share

Iron City Gets Presidential Endorsement

According to Sporting News President Bush’s sense of humor was intact during a White House visit from western Pennsylvania’s athletic he men. The White House echoed with chants of “Here we go Steelers! Here we go!” on Friday as President Bush recognized the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers. “It sounds like some people have been […]

Ronnie Ate Here

On Oct. 15, 1984, President Reagan stopped at a Northport, Alabama McDonald’s, where he ordered a Big Mac, large fries and sweet tea. Now, Rick Hanna Sr., the new owner of the fast food restaurant, plans to commemorate this historic occasion by installing a bronze bust of the former president, inside a case with a […]