Hillary Clinton Is the Most Interesting Woman in the World in James Franco's Fun, Silly Endorsement Dos Equis spoof includes sharable memes

When trying to get the necessary dank-meme-millennial vote, you have to pull out all the stops. And you may not know it yet, but the perfect conduit to that vote is a moustachioed celebrity who may or may not be stoned at all times.

Thus, the obvious choice is, ahem, Professor James Franco.

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October 28, 2016, 10:55 AM EDT

Makers of the Famous 'Dear Brother' Johnnie Walker Spec Ad Just Made a Volvo Ad to Die For Also spec, but the automaker gave the green light

Death becomes them.

Filmmakers Daniel Titz and Dorian Lebherz came to prominence last year with the breathtaking "Dear Brother" spec ad for Johnnie Walker. That spot, with 7 million views across all platforms, put an evocative spin on the concepts on brotherly love, freedom and the ties that bind this world to the next.

Now, the creative duo, students at the Film Academy of Baden-Württemberg in Germany, return with another stylish meditation on matters of life and death. Unlike their Johnnie Walker ad, with its ethereal, poetic vibe, this new spot traffics in stylish black humor to play up the safety advantages of Volvo's Autonomous Driving system.

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October 27, 2016, 2:45 PM EDT

Dos Equis' Most Interesting Man May Be Different, but the Ads Aren't So Much First full spot from Havas rolls out

Dos Equis is out with its first full commercial featuring its new Most Interesting Man in the World. And he looks, perhaps unsurprisingly, like a rugged twist on a dazzling young Heineken guy.

The famous brand character, now played by French actor Augustin Legrand, is still an impossibly suave sportsman. But the silvered wisdom of his predecessor in the role, Jonathan Goldsmith, has given way to a thrill-hungry roguishness that unfolds on camera, as he races airboats, spars in samurai armor, and punts coconuts through goal posts formed by giraffes.

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October 27, 2016, 2:09 PM EDT

Denmark Rolls Its Eyes at the U.S. Election With This Hilarious Anti-Trump Bus Ad An appeal to expats to vote

The anti-Trump outdoor advertising rolls on—even overseas.

We've seen a ton of Donald-bashing outdoor ads in the U.S. (from the Nuisance Committee to Wieden + Kennedy to those rogue NYC bus-shelter ads), and it seems that Europe is getting into the spirit as well. That's judging by a clever bus ad from Denmark that pleads with American expats to vote—lest the unhinged Trump find his way to the White House.

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October 27, 2016, 12:20 PM EDT

Documentary Follows an Agency Copywriter Into the Wild, With Only Client Products to Survive Lee Kimball learns nature's brutality, and the true value of beer

Remember that time Roundhouse sent a copywriter into the wilderness for a week, with nothing but client brands to keep him alive? Well, the Portland, Ore., agency just released the documentary. In "Living Off the Brands," witness how Lee Kimball ate, slept, bartered and battled the elements over the course of five long days.

The docu's got an Into the Wild thing going on, with narration from Kimball about nature and, of course, what it means to "live your clients' brands."

"I yearned to understand that casual claim and make it my credo," he says. "It was my desire to exist … persist … and persevere in the wilderness armed with only my body, my mind and the products of Roundhouse's clients." 

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October 27, 2016, 11:46 AM EDT

This Remarkable VR Film About Going Blind Is Hailed as the Format's Most Empathetic Yet The backstory of Notes on Blindness

This summer, the Sundance Film Festival hosted the premiere of Notes on Blindness. It's a film about John Hull, a theologian who spent 16 years chronicling his degenerative blindness in an audio journal before total darkness fell in 1983. 

Alongside the film, Agat Films/Ex Nihilo and Audiogaming released "Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness," an immersive VR project that builds on that audio odyssey, and both supplements and promotes the original work. Funded by ARTE, the studios used binaural audio and real-time 3D animation to give people the sense of going blind alongside Hull—a neat juxtaposition to how the National MS Society used VR to help MS patients "relive" certain passions.

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October 27, 2016, 10:25 AM EDT

Burger King Dressed Up as the Ghost of McDonald's in This Scary Good Halloween Prank Queens trick is a real treat

Now this is a flame-broiled burn.

A Burger King location in Queens, New York, has a lock on best restaurant Halloween costume of 2016 after it dressed up as the ghost of McDonald's—covering itself in billowing white sheets and trolling its rival with a special sign that read: "Booooooo! Just kidding, we still flame grill our burgers. Happy Halloween." 

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October 27, 2016, 9:38 AM EDT

The Story Behind These Very Strange Anti-Trump Ads That Popped Up in NYC Today Cautionary tales indeed

Out-of-home has been a great venue for anti-Trump advertising this year, from the Nuisance Committee's clever billboards to Wieden + Kennedy's baloney-fixated food truck. Now, we can add an unpaid guerrilla campaign to that list, as some strikingly weird Donald-bashing posters suddenly popped up Wednesday on bus shelters in New York City.

There are five executions in all. Each poster is based on a fictional story—Dr. Strangelove, Dumb & Dumber, Humpty Dumpty, Thelma & Louise and The Shining.

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October 26, 2016, 4:13 PM EDT

Teams From Deutsch and Grey Won the First YouTube Creative Hack With These 6-Second Ads Video site's contest promotes new short ad format

Seven hours might not seem like much time for two people to conceive and produce three video ads of anything resembling decent strategic quality. But if the spots are short enough, and the creatives are good enough, it's plenty doable.

That's the gist of a YouTube victory lap, after a handful of U.S. creatives won the top prizes in a special competition at the Spikes Asia advertising awards show in Singapore—creating zippy 6-second ads for the country's tourism board on unusually short notice, in honor of the video site's new so-called "bumper" ad format.

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October 26, 2016, 1:59 PM EDT

The North Face Surprises Shoppers With a Free Jacket, but They Have to Zipline for It Brand's latest fun Korean stunt

The North Face is all about fun stunts in Korea, where it regularly gives shoppers unexpected surprises—and films them for videos that, as often as not, go viral.

The most famous one was in 2014, when the brand created a pop-up store whose floor disappeared, forcing the startled shoppers to have to engage in some athletic activity by climbing the walls. Another stunt had shoppers try out a VR experience that turned out to be way more real than they expected.

Now, agency Innored is back with its latest caper.

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October 26, 2016, 11:30 AM EDT


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