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TD Bank Gets Absurdly Cinematic to Show Off Its Drama-Free Banking Tierney goes big in this trio of fun spots

You expect big-budget, slam-bang drama from Hollywood action movies. But doing simple banking chores like depositing checks shouldn't make you feel like you're trapped in an out-of-control Michael Bay production.

Ad agency Tierney develops that fun storyline in a trio of spots, using familiar cinematic tropes to illustrate how TD Bank provides a better experience for its customers.

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July 28, 2015, 2:13 PM EDT

Freshpet Tricks People Into Eating Its Dog Food, and It's Pretty Hilarious ShareAbility's gotcha vid with a twist

Tricking someone into eating something disgusting—tarantulas, worms, insects in general—is nothing new. Some game shows have whole segments based around that look of horror that comes over someone's face when they realize what they've just swallowed.

Usually it's only fun for the audience. But in this new video from ShareAbility, pet food company Freshpet found a way to make it somewhat enjoyable for the victims, too—or at least, not as gross as it sounds.

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July 28, 2015, 12:37 PM EDT

This French Drink Brand Took 7 Days to Post the World's Slowest Facebook Status The laziest one-liner ever

Pulco, a French drink brand owned by Orangina Schweppes, is a default summer drink. (Because when else would you have a cool citrus-lemon beverage?) And amid an epic heat wave recently, it capitalized on that positioning with #LaParesseADuBon. Roughly translated to "Laziness can be good," it encouraged people to relax and go slow—because what else is there to do when you see mirages while crossing the street?

Earlier this month, with help from agency Fred & Farid, it illustrated that premise by taking seven days to finish posting a single-line Facebook status update. The post unfolded word by word, and eventually read, "It's too hot to work."

And while it's too late to watch it as it happened, you can see the painfully slow progression when you click on the post's "Edited" button:

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July 28, 2015, 11:58 AM EDT

Harrowing Ad About Kids in War Puts a Girl at the Center of a First-Person Shooter War Child reminds you it isn't a game

Anyone who's ever played a war-themed video game like Call of Duty has effectively imagined what it might be like to be a soldier. But it's far less common for people to imagine themselves as children victimized by military conflict.

A potent new PSA from nonprofit humanitarian group War Child U.K. invites viewers to do just that by adapting the camera angle of first-person shooter computer and console games, and making the protagonist a girl named Nima who gets caught in the crossfire.

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July 28, 2015, 11:22 AM EDT

Foster's Embraces a Male Rugby Cheerleader and the Tagline 'Why the Hell Not?' New ad from adam&eveDDB

Adam&eveDDB and Glue Society director Gary Freedman made this British spot for Australia's Foster's beer about, of all things, a male rugby cheerleader. The ad is part of a growing trend of faux-documentary ads about people with quirky jobs, though it's also a throwback to '80s- and '90s-style beer ads. (The beer commercial may be the last safe-ish haven for gender jokes like this.)

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July 27, 2015, 1:45 PM EDT

Why Two Billboards in Massachusetts Were Made to Look Like They're Not Even There Brian Kane's 'Healing Tool'

There are lots of ways to make billboards more appealing. You can turn them into art. You can make them into homes or playgrounds. You can get them to help the environment. Or you can just completely white them out.

The latest response to billboard blight? Seamlessly blending them into their surroundings.

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July 27, 2015, 12:46 PM EDT

Don't Get Too Excited About the Steamy Curves in Carl's Jr.'s 'Natural Beauties' Ad Left turn coming a mile away

If you were looking forward to drooling over whatever hot, near-naked model would grace Carl's Jr.'s notoriously lascivious advertising next, you're in for a disappointment.

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July 27, 2015, 11:32 AM EDT

Man Shaves Beard Off After 14 Years, and Family Reacts in Shock, in Remarkable Razor Ad Almost a spiritual cleansing

"Maybe it's a new chapter in my life."

That's how Amit (aka, "Mook"), a 44-year-old dude who's had a thick beard for 14 years, describes the experience of shaving it off in "My New Face," a three-minute online film by Israeli agency BBR Saatchi & Saatchi for Super-Pharm's private label line of Life M6 razor blades.

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July 27, 2015, 11:04 AM EDT

Moms Are Bugging Out About This Bugaboo Ad With a Model Jogging in a Bikini Seriously, though, you run in that?

It was just one Facebook/Instagram post among many, but Bugaboo's pairing of a running stroller and a bikini-clad fashion model has sparked plenty of laughter and derision from its target market.

In the photo, 23-year-old Dutch model Ymre Stiekema is seen running with her 2-year-old daughter while wearing what appears to be a black-and-white bikini—you know, the sort of thing moms always wear to run in the neighborhood.

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July 27, 2015, 10:14 AM EDT

Sorry, USA. It's Jamaica in the Gold Cup Final, and They're Celebrating With This Ad FCB Garfinkel work for Tourist Board

Fans of the U.S. Men's National Team are still reeling from the team's shocking semifinal loss to Jamaica in soccer's Gold Cup. But you can't stay mad at Jamaica for long. And this ad from FCB Garfinkel for the Jamaica Tourist Board, created on the fly to cheer on the team, is simple and fun and reminds you of Jamaica's remarkable achievement—the island nation is the first Caribbean country to reach a Gold Cup final. The match against Mexico will be broadcast tonight on Fox Sports 1 and Univision beginning at 7:30 p.m.

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July 26, 2015, 4:13 PM EDT

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