Coca-Cola's 'Share a Coke' Campaign Gets Festive With Holiday Names on Bottles Santa, his reindeer and more

Coca-Cola isn't releasing a new Christmas commercial for the U.S. market this year, choosing instead to recycle the "Make Someone Happy" spot from last year. But to make up for it, the soda giant is rolling out some festive packaging—putting holiday-themed names on bottles as an extension of its popular "Share a Coke" campaign.

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November 24, 2015, 2:05 PM EST

Why Amazon Plastered This NYC Subway Train With Nazi and Imperial Japanese Imagery Some riders object to ads for an alternate history show

Photos courtesy of Ann Toback

UPDATE: Amazon is pulling these ads, reports Variety. See our original post below: 

Amazon's advertising for its latest original series, The Man in the High Castle, includes symbols of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan posted all over a Shuttle train in New York City's subway. The campaign, which runs from Nov. 15 through Dec. 14, has some consumers alarmed. 

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November 24, 2015, 1:19 PM EST

Creator of Beanie Babies Just Made Its First-Ever TV Spot, for This Brand-New Product Meet the Peek-A-Boos

Beanie Babies, introduced in 1991, were once the hottest toys in the world. Yet they managed to get so popular without benefiting from a single TV commercial (aside from a McDonald's Happy Meals tie-in).

But now, Beanie Babies maker Ty Inc. is launching a new line of plush animals, with a uniquely modern twist—and has hired Leo Burnett to promote the line with the company's first-ever TV spot, beginning with Black Friday this week.

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November 24, 2015, 11:46 AM EST

This Ad With People Reciting the Lord's Prayer Is Blocked From Screenings of Star Wars The Church of England fights back

An ad for the Church of England, featuring people from all walks of life reciting the Lord's Prayer, won't be screened in theaters before the new Star Wars film, according to the Digital Cinema Media agency.

The DCM, which regulates film advertising for major British cinema chains, says the 60-second ad might offend "those of differing faiths and indeed of no faith," pointing to its policy of denying overly religious or political ad content on principle. Given recent events, we can see how this ad would run afoul of both guidelines. 

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November 24, 2015, 10:54 AM EST

Katy Perry Is a Nutcracker, a Fairy Godmother and More in H&M's Loony Holiday Extravaganza A whole season packed into two minutes

H&M has hired the perfect celebrity endorser for its over-the-top, candy-coated holiday spectacular: Katy Perry. 

The pop star and walking acid flashback anchors a new two-minute commercial for the clothing chain, grinning and prancing through every imaginable Christmas trope while her new single, "Every Day Is a Holiday," plays in the background.

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November 24, 2015, 10:09 AM EST

Samantha Bee Just Made the Most Comically Violent Star Wars Ad of the Season Wreaking Jedi havoc at the cantina

Hold on, Samantha Bee is a Jedi?

Fans of The Daily Show already know Bee, of Jon Stewart's dear departed Best F#@king News Team, as an intellectual badass. But now she's laying waste to an entire bar full of space aliens in a parody of the Star Wars cantina scene. 

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November 24, 2015, 9:30 AM EST

Stove Top's Millennial Hipster Pilgrim Implores You to Eat Stuffing All Day Every Day Or at least, not just on Thanksgiving

It must be frustrating to be a brand whose product is so closely associated with a single holiday that it seems odd to have it any other time. Stove Top stuffing is in that boat, but it tends to take out its frustrations through comedy—including a raft of new spots starring the "Artisanal Hipster Pilgrim," a millennial character who defies his Pilgrim forebears by encouraging rather than forbidding the eating of stuffing on days other than Thanksgiving.

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November 23, 2015, 1:50 PM EST

Sorry, Britain, but This Lovely Christmas Ad From Spain Is the One to Watch This Year Leo Burnett's short lottery film

Britain was the country that turned Christmas into an advertising showcase. But this year, a Spanish ad from Leo Burnett Madrid might just beat anything the U.K. turns out.

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November 23, 2015, 12:30 PM EST

This Bike Maker Wants Videos of the Parts of Cities You Can Explore Only on Two Wheels Rack up the Likes, grab Guy Ritchie's attention

Foldable bike brand Brompton Bikes has launched #MyUnseenCity, a worldwide effort to commission videos exploring the hidden parts of people's cities. Created for the launch of its limited-edition Brompton Black Edition, of which only 5,000 will be made, the competition draws inspiration from moments you can experience only on the seat of a two-wheeler. 

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November 23, 2015, 11:45 AM EST

HBO's New Teaser Poster for Game of Thrones Has Fans Absolutely Freaking Out Could it mean what it seems to mean? (Possible spoilers)

If you watched the most recent Game of Thrones finale, you're probably going to be a bit shocked to see the poster for next season.

(I'm not really sure how to avoid potential spoilers here, so if you're not caught up on the series, you might want to go find something else to read about for a bit.)

In the poster, Jon Snow's not looking great, but he's also not looking ... very dead. Since HBO's version of the series has now caught up with George R.R. Martin's books, even die-hard fans of the novels aren't sure what to expect from the next season, so this poster is quite a bold way to market the next season.

Oh, and that season is five months away. So you've got plenty of time to wonder, theorize and throw around words like "skinchanger."

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November 23, 2015, 11:30 AM EST


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