Two (Very) Old Friends Recall the Glories of 1934 in Charming Ads for Steak 'n Shake Percy and Walter's journey through the past

Nothing sells fast food like cranky old people reminiscing and/or bickering with each other.

That's what GSD&M is hoping, because their three new spots for Steak 'n Shake depend on it. The three ads star Percy and Walter, whose recollections of 1934 (the year Steak 'n Shake was founded) are dim at best. All three spots were directed by Joachim Back, who won an Oscar for his short film The New Tenants back in 2010.

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October 21, 2016, 8:44 AM EDT

This Short Documentary Tells the Story of the Great Volkswagen Ads of the '60s Joe Marcantonio's passion project

In his delightful and insightful documentary "Remember Those Great Volkswagen Ads?" British filmmaker Joe Marcantonio explores the transcendent power of advertising to help brands overcome their limitations and—in the case of DDB's groundbreaking 1960s work for the German automaker—establish an enduring, vibrant image in the hearts and minds of consumers.

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October 20, 2016, 12:59 PM EDT

Ken Bone Gets a Second Shot at His 15 Minutes by Telling Americans to Vote in This Izod Ad He and the red sweater tour Washington, D.C.

Ken Bone, America's favorite mustached-man-turned-meme of the 2016 presidential campaign, has teamed up with the very brand that made him famous in the first place—Izod.

The Belleville, Ill., resident became an internet celebrity this month after he asked a question of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at their debate in St. Louis while wearing a bright red half-zip Izod sweater.

The sweater, his mild manner and the sight of him snapping pics with a disposable camera at the debate quickly made him the man of the night. 

A new video begins at Bone's house where he puts on his glasses, grabs one of about a dozen identical red Izod sweaters off its hanger and pins on a button that simply reads, "Vote." Soon, he's posing for selfies outside the U.S. Capitol, using another disposable camera to take photos of the Lincoln Memorial and talking to dozens of fans while spreading the good news of democracy.

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October 20, 2016, 11:27 AM EDT

Guns Don't Kill People. Toddlers With Guns Kill People, Says This PSA From the Brady Campaign Satire, informed by a grim reality

McCann New York is taking a satirically Swiftian approach with its latest PSA for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

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October 20, 2016, 9:47 AM EDT

Virgin America's Snazzy New Sneaker Has All the Amenities of Its First-Class Cabins What, no wingtips?

Virgin America's First Class Shoe isn't just some plain old sneaker.

Hand crafted in Milan, Italy, this snazzy high-top was assembled to reflect the amenities of Virgin's first-class cabins. White leather. Wifi. Mood lighting. Video display. USB phone charger. Stainless-steel airline-style belt buckle. It's all there! (Too bad the shoes can't buckle themselves.)

"We really wanted to give people the chance to experience what it's like to fly Virgin's first class cabin with both feet still on the ground," says Mike McKay, chief creative officer at ad agency Eleven. "We spent almost eight months with Virgin America designing and executing the First Class Shoe. First, we looked at what was currently going on with wearable technology, and there didn't seem to be a shoe that could deliver this level of technology."

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October 20, 2016, 9:18 AM EDT

Jeep Seeks to Unite Americans With These New 'Free to Be' Ads for the Third Debate With split screens and music by Cat Stevens

Viewers tuning in for coverage of the third and final presidential debate on Wednesday night will see both sides working together for the greater good, blazing new trails toward a brighter tomorrow.

Alas, we're not talking about the candidates for our nation's highest office. They'll surely snipe and grouse—and in the case of the GOP's nominee, sneer and leer—as usual. Fiat Chrysler's Jeep brand, however, will seek to bridge the gap by launching new election-themed ads on CNN's pre-debate show and MSNBC's pre- and post-debate coverage. (The debate itself is commercial free. How un-American!)

Developed by mcgarrybowen, a quartet of 15-second spots continue the distinctive split-screen visual style Jeep used in the first patriotic installment of this campaign. That ad ran during coverage of the previous two presidential debates, and will encore tonight in a spiffy 30-second edit.

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October 19, 2016, 3:21 PM EDT

This Most Horrifying PSA Portrays Addiction to One of the World's Deadliest Drugs But is it an ad, or mostly art?

If you've ever wanted to try to climb inside the head of a drug addict willing to shoot up a flesh-rotting, mind-melting opioid, now may be your chance.

A surreal six-minute video from Europe is aiming to battle the use of krokodil—a cheap, easy-to-make heroin alternative infamous for turning the skin of its users into scaly reptilian patches, and their brains into puddles—by imagining the darkest, most self-destructive thoughts of one of the drug's users.

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October 19, 2016, 11:42 AM EDT

Uber Is Putting Ads on Drones and Having Them Taunt Drivers Stuck in Traffic As if being in a traffic jam weren't annoying enough

Uber is doing huge business in Mexico City, to the point where they feel comfortable using drones to taunt people who aren't using their service yet.

A recent ad stunt for UberPOOL saw the company fly drones over gridlocked traffic. The drones carried signs saying things like "Driving by yourself?" and "This is why you can never see the volcanoes." That last one only makes sense if you know how polluted Mexico City is.

The point is to guilt the reader into carpooling with the UberPOOL. (That won't get you anywhere faster, of course. In fact, you might wait just a little longer for your ride.) 

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October 19, 2016, 10:59 AM EDT

Kathy Griffin Just Did a Hilarious R-Rated Remake of Hillary Clinton's 'Mirrors' Ad In which she has a few choice words for Donald Trump

In September, Hillary Clinton released a devastating attack ad on Donald Trump, in which young girls are seen looking at themselves in the mirror while Trump's offensive remarks about women—in particular, their looks—are heard in the background.

The ad, titled "Mirrors," has gotten more than 5 million views on YouTube, and has been hailed by many as one of Clinton's strongest ads of the year.

Barack Obama's 2008 campaign manager, David Plouffe, told Slate last month: "I do think that Clinton will look back, particularly in suburban areas where they will be able to really drive good margins with women, that the ads helped. That ad where they show Trump's words and children listening? That stuff works!"

Now, Kathy Griffin has springboarded off the famous spot with a great parody of it. It's not subtle, but it is hilarious. 

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October 19, 2016, 9:27 AM EDT

Keegan-Michael Key Forecasts the Horrors of a Trump Presidency in Joss Whedon Spot Director's latest effort for his pro-Clinton super PAC

Joss Whedon has directed a few more ads in for his pro-Hillary Clinton Super PAC called Save the Day since this star-studded effort back in September.

In one, released on Oct. 6, a British man still upset over the whole #Brexit thing asks the U.S. to do England a favor and vote for Trump so America will once again be the bigger moron. And in a new spot unveiled this week, Keegan-Michael Key delivers a Welcome to Night Vale style weather report full of civil unrest and nuclear bombs.

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October 18, 2016, 4:44 PM EDT


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