The Awful Swagger Dads of Advertising Need to Get Got

It's been well documented (if not well researched): At some point in the 1990s, Ad Dads very suddenly became moronic punchlines. I don't know who was more responsible for this—ad agencies or brands or Homer Simpson—but the tipping point was reached quickly. It was an anti-Mad Men ad movement. It was anti-creative. And… » 8/22/14 11:20am Today 11:20am

These New Mockingjay Promos Paint a Stunning Picture of District 13

Katniss is alive and well and coming to your movie screens this holiday season. But before you can see the movie, Lionsgate is going to tease you until you burst with beautiful promos featuring everyone from Alex Minsky as a worker from the lumber district (not in movie) to Julianne Moore as President Coin. Let the… » 8/07/14 2:20pm 8/07/14 2:20pm

The Season Finale of The Bachelor Means No More Juan Pablo Commercials

Since we last wrote about Bachelor Juan Pablo's foray into local advertising, Juan Pablo has starred in four more commercials for Rochester Appliance, the Rochester, New York based appliance store. The last commercial is a dull but very appropriate way to say goodbye to a man we've grown quite weary of. » 3/10/14 7:00pm 3/10/14 7:00pm

Amy Poehler's Old Navy Ad Outtakes Are Better Than the Ad Itself

Like Backstreet Boys and Boys II Men before her, Amy Poehler has become an official spokesperson for Old Navy. Her ad — which is now airing on television — is charming and funny, much like Poehler herself. That said, is it enough? Of course, it's not and because of that, Old Navy has been nice enough to release the… » 3/07/14 4:15pm 3/07/14 4:15pm

O'Charleys Employs Faux Ron Swanson To Sell You Cowboy Meat

O'Charleys, which, as far as I can tell, is the Cracker Barrel of the Midwest (am I wrong, Midwesterners?) got "creative" with their 30-second TV spots. And by "creative, " I mean they hired a dude from Sitcom Dad central casting and got him to do Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreation. The character's name is "Brock… » 6/15/13 12:00pm 6/15/13 12:00pm