Introducing Hard Core Casual Dining

Luxist: Hot on the heels of Hooters’ announced foray into the hotel and casino business, Larry Flynt, whose Hustler empire already includes casinos and retail outlets, has announced plans to move into the restaurant business. Hustler Bar & Grille, a casual themed restaurant with a menu featuring steaks, fish, rotisserie chicken, baby back pork ribs, […]

Dial Up Is A Dead End

USA Today: America Online is laying off more than 700 employees, mainly in call centers, as its base of dial-up subscribers continues to slump. AOL is closing its Orlando call center and laying off the 450 employees that work there, spokesman Nicholas Graham said Wednesday. It is also cutting positions in centers in Jacksonville, Fla., […]


Gawker takes a look at H&M’s print work sans Kate Moss. As found in the latest issue of Paper, the interim ad in all of its empty, purple glory. It’s amazing how they perfectly articulated that “fuck, Kate’s on coke and we gotta pull her at the last minute” sensibility.

Please No Nintendo At The Counter

The New York Times: Nintendo of America will offer free wireless Internet access for its Nintendo DS portable game system at McDonald’s restaurants. Customers will be able to play select DS games with other players around the world. McDonald’s offers wireless Internet, or Wi-Fi, access to laptop users for a fee in 6,000 restaurants nationwide, […]

Online Ad Sales Red Hot

USA Today: Internet giant Yahoo — locked in battle with Google and Microsoft over who will dominate the Web — said Tuesday that the red-hot online advertising market helped boost its quarterly revenue 47% over last year. “The results highlight the power of our brand,” Yahoo CEO Terry Semel said in a conference call with […]

Gemmell Pulls A Jarvis

Dean Gemmell is having trouble with his Brother printer. Brother isn’t helping matters. Surprise, surprise. No matter what we tried, this printer spat out pages only when the spirit moved it. Despite our best efforts, made in a spirit of cooperation with the HL-1440, this cantankerous little bastard would not cede control. Yo Brother, ever […]

Bacardi Is For Members Only

USA Today: The 1980s are back, and they’ve landed smack dab in the middle of a Bacardi Rum ad. As moviemakers rush to revisit the days of oversized hair and shoulder pads with remakes of 1980s TV hits, the spirits marketer spoofs the era in TV ads. Why wait until next year for Universal Pictures’ […]

Chase Cases Chicago

Lewis Lazare: Hello! We’ll be hearing the aforementioned sweet and simple greeting a lot in various contexts over the next two weeks as financial services giant JPMorgan Chase & Co. launches a “Hello”-themed ad campaign to herald the formal rebranding of some 330 Bank One outlets in the Chicago area — as well as many […]