Posted by Shirley Brady on November 7, 2011 07:01 PM
Michael Jackson's personal physician, Conrad Murray, found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.
Republican presidential wannabe Herman Cain slapped with more charges of sexual harassment.
U.S. district judge sides with tobacco companies and finds FDA's proposed graphic cigarette packages unconstitutional.
Bank of America must pay $410 million to settle debit card overdraft class action suit.
Coca-Cola named Ad Age's marketer of the year.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg tells Charlie Rose that Steve Jobs was an advisor (but says Apple didn't attempt to buy him out).
Google's head lobbyist steps down.
National Geographic Channels names new U.S. president and CMO.
New York Times top digital exec announces retirement.
& Zynga reportedly plans post-Thanksgiving IPO, on Nov. 24.
Posted by Michael Waltzer on October 25, 2011 05:30 PM
"We've run a campaign like nobody's ever seen," says Herman Cain's Chief of Staff Mark Block in the above campaign video. It's certainly a campaign ad that nobody's ever seen, unless taking a drag of a cigarette after a few inspirational words is the norm for campaign advertising. That's right. He's puffing on a cigarette.
In times where the healthcare crisis is top of the political agenda, as people grow more conscious of obesity and setting a good example for kids (witness Michelle Obama's Let's Move! campaign), not to mention the FDA's initiative to help people STOP smoking, why in God's name would you include a shot of someone smoking, let alone your Chief of Staff, in your promotional video if you are running for the highest position possible in the United States of America?
"The message behind the ad was to our supporters that we're on a roll," Block told Fox News. "We're excited about what's happening." He added that "a lot of the people on the staff said, 'Just let Block be Block.' That's what it was all about."
It's all about keeping the common touch, he added. "I'm not the only one that smokes in America for God's sake," he told Fox. "It was a choice I made and it was at the end of the ad. The real message that we're trying to get through was the Cain train is on a roll." So if the political hack develops a hacking cough, now you know why.Continue reading...
Posted by Michael Waltzer on May 23, 2011 05:45 PM
It's time to play the music, It's time to light the lights, It's time to meet the Muppets, On the Muppet Show tonight!
Starring (and conceived by) Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and costarring fellow comics Amy Adams and Zach Galifianakis, Disney's upcoming The Muppets Movie is in postproduction but whetting fans' appetites with a mock trailer for Green With Envy, the film's movie-within-a-move, which is trending on YouTube ahead of the real movie's scheduled Thanksgiving (November 23rd) release date. There's even a Facebook page for Green With Envy, while the Muppets' official site offers other goodies such as video shorts and games.
Below, more videos climbing YouTube's most-shared and most-watched charts, including a small camera store promo with Hollywood chutzpah.Continue reading...