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Snickers Wins the Super Bowl!

posted by Nell Minow

The real competition at the Super Bowl is for the commercials, right? This Snickers ad is a hoot.

Super Bowl Commercials 2015: Highlights and Previews

posted by Nell Minow

Which one are you looking forward to?

Before They Were Stars: Television Commercials With Brad Pitt, Keanu Reeves, and More

posted by Nell Minow

Phil Hall has a delightful collection of “before they were stars” television ads featuring Brad Pitt, Keanu Reeves, James Dean, Morgan Freeman, Matt LeBlanc, Steve Carell, and more. Here’s one I love that he left out, with pre-“Laverne and Shirley” […]

Honey Maid Graham Crackers and Beta Brands Decide to Put Real People in Ads

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Jezebel for highlighting these great new ads.  Honey Grahams emphasize their wholesomeness with an ad that pays tribute to a range of happy, loving families. And Betabrand has women with PhDs modeling its line of “smart fashions.”  This […]

FCC Tells Advertisers To Stop Yelling

posted by Nell Minow

The Federal Communications Commission is announcing new rules today to address one of the most frequent viewer complaints — the volume of commercials.  If it feels like the commercials are louder than the programs, that is because they are.  Last […]

Tide Commercial Gets It Wrong About Moms, Daughters, and Gender Roles

posted by Nell Minow

I try to maintain a sense of humor about ads, but I really do not like the new series of commercials for Tide with people explaining how they get their clothes dirty.  I know they are intended to be funny […]

Darth Vader Loves Volkswagen

posted by Nell Minow

I love this commercial! Thanks to my friend Sammie Young for sharing this with me.

Quiz: Mr. Blue Sky

posted by Nell Minow

I would never have guessed that the delightful ELO song “Mr. Blue Sky” would be used in so many different movies. While you enjoy this video with ELO performing “Mr. Blue Sky” and look forward to seeing it in the […]

Guess that Voiceover!

posted by Nell Minow has a quiz to see if you can identify celebrity voices in commercials. And if you have not taken the one I posted earlier from Slate, give that a try, too. Whose voice is that? » Quiz Question Maker

Is Target the New Scrooge?

posted by Nell Minow

Is anyone as bothered by the Target Christmas commercials as I am? They have a series of commercials reflecting tighter economic times by emphasizing their low prices. Great, I’m on board with that. But these commercials would be sour and […]

The ‘Traitor’ Commercial Gives Too Much Away

posted by Nell Minow

It infuriates me when trailers and ads give away too much of the movie. This often happens when all the best jokes or special effects are strung together to get you to buy a ticket but once in a while […]

Previous Posts

Carolyn Hax on the Toughest Media Question Parents Face
I am a huge fan of advice columnist Carolyn Hax, whose compassionate and insightful responses are always illuminating and often very funny. And I love the witty meta-commentary in the accompanying illustrations from Nick Galifianakis. Today, ...

posted 10:54:14am Oct. 06, 2015 | read full post »

Trailer: Martin Sheen and Rooney Mara in "Trash"
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posted 8:00:26am Oct. 06, 2015 | read full post »

John Hanlon Interviews Beth Kushnick on Designing for "The Good Wife"
"The Good Wife" has one of the best production design teams on television, so I was especially interested to read the interview my friend John Hanlon did with Beth Kushnick, set designer Beth Kushnick for The Credits. I loved the way she ...

posted 2:58:59pm Oct. 05, 2015 | read full post »

Trailer: "Back in Time" -- Documentary About the Making of "Back to the Future"
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posted 8:00:15am Oct. 05, 2015 | read full post »

Trailer: A Bigger Splash with Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, and Dakota Johnson
[youtube][/youtube] The lives of a famous rock star and a filmmaker, (Tilda Swinton and Matthias Schoenaerts) vacationing on the idyllic sun-drenched and remote Italian island of Pantelleria are ...

posted 8:00:25am Oct. 03, 2015 | read full post »


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