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January 29, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko
It's okay to admit they both made you choke up, but the question is: Which one is better?  Budweiser released their 2014 Super Bowl commercial featuring its iconic Clydesdales, and this year, there are puppies. Specifically, one puppy who bonds with a horse, and despite being adopted into a forever home, keeps finding his way back to the stable to meet his equine friend. It's BAWW-worthy for sure, but the question remains: Does it top last year's ad, featuring a similar theme of a bond between a horse and his handler?
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February 26, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Non-Greeks needn't apply.  A Craigslist ad that surfaced Wednesday seeks a roommate in Roscoe Village. A very specific kind of roommate actually: A "Full House"-era John Stamos to act like Jesse Katsopolis.  The bizarre ad, posted by "two 30-year-old dudes", lists a $500 a month, 5,200 square foot apartment on Belmont Avenue to anyone resembling the "Full House" uncle.  " My fellow heterosexual friend and I are looking for a...
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February 13, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko
It's one hot political statement.  A Norwegian sports company has released "Airport Love," a sexy advertisement that looks to be a bold statement against Russia's strict anti-gay legislation, which has become a hot button issue during the Sochi Olympics.  In it, male athletes eye an attractive woman as she walks through an airport, each doing their best sports feats to impress her. She's got a different goal in mind, however, as she meets...
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February 13, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko
It's one hot political statement.  A Norwegian sports company has released "Airport Love," a sexy advertisement that looks to be a bold statement against Russia's strict anti-gay legislation, which has become a hot button issue during the Sochi Olympics.  In it, male athletes eye an attractive woman as she walks through an airport, each doing their best sports feats to impress her. She's got a different goal in mind, however, as she meets...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
For the record, I love “Ferris Bueller's Day Off.” Not every scene--does anyone really watch the Principal Rooney shenanigans without impatiently waiting to return to the Ferris stuff?--but as a whole, the 1986 John Hughes classic is a blast. So on some level, it's fun to revisit the Chicago-set movie's rebellious mayhem thanks to Honda's upcoming Super Bowl ad, in which “Ferris” star Matthew Broderick blows off a movie shoot to entertain himself around a city that's definitely not Chicago.
NEWS
October 11, 2011 | By Ernest Wilkins, RedEye
Wow! Who knew America could get so hard core about a soft drink. Unless you missed it, let me fill you in. Dr Pepper launched an ad campaign this week for its new diet drink, Dr Pepper Ten, and the whole thing's been about as well-received as Crystal Pepsi. The public outcry isn't over the product - which is only 10 calories! - but for the all-male everything approach to the ads, which feature aliens and G.I. Joe-style laser guns and the super-subtle tagline "It's not for women. " There's even a companion Facebook app that allows users to exclude women.
NEWS
February 26, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Non-Greeks needn't apply.  A Craigslist ad that surfaced Wednesday seeks a roommate in Roscoe Village. A very specific kind of roommate actually: A "Full House"-era John Stamos to act like Jesse Katsopolis.  The bizarre ad, posted by "two 30-year-old dudes", lists a $500 a month, 5,200 square foot apartment on Belmont Avenue to anyone resembling the "Full House" uncle.  " My fellow heterosexual friend and I are looking for a...
NEWS
April 3, 2013 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
Last year, Rich Seng launched a crowd-sourcing advertising competition, 30 Seconds Over Chicago, that he hoped would bring together local creative forces with Wicker Park businesses. The latter would submit a creative brief to Seng's website and the former would scour the briefs for one that matched their skillset, submit a proposal, and the result was supposed to be a commercial for the business. Unfortunately, with just a couple days left in the competition, the 39-year-old Seng had just 40 submissions--20 of which were dummy pitches that he...
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October 2, 2012 | By Erin Vogel and For RedEye
After waiting for an hour and a half at a Logan Square intersection, the police still hadn't shown up--so Shirley Tang, a 24-year-old Chicago Public Schools art teacher living in Ukrainian Village--decided to do it herself. Tang called the guy's number, told him she was nearby, and then she and her boyfriend waited. "The whole time I was panicking, thinking it was gone," Tang said. But 15 minutes later, he walked up with the bike. It had a green frame, straight handlebars with worn rubber grips and thin black wheels...
ENTERTAINMENT
November 26, 2012 | Elliott Serrano, For RedEye
It's probably my favorite commercial on television right now. And you have to admit that it's a brilliant piece of marketing. A man is about to leave on a business trip and is saying goodbye to his wife and two daughters. The wife holds up her Galaxy S3 phone to share a video with her husband - one that the children have made for him to "watch on the plane. " Cute, right? It's a pretty straightforward way to show how the phone can share videos instantly. But that's not the good part.
NEWS
January 29, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko
It's okay to admit they both made you choke up, but the question is: Which one is better?  Budweiser released their 2014 Super Bowl commercial featuring its iconic Clydesdales, and this year, there are puppies. Specifically, one puppy who bonds with a horse, and despite being adopted into a forever home, keeps finding his way back to the stable to meet his equine friend. It's BAWW-worthy for sure, but the question remains: Does it top last year's ad, featuring a similar theme of a bond between a horse and his handler?
SPORTS
January 22, 2014 | RedEye
Uncle Jesse isn't the only one who can play this game. With the news that the men of "Full House" have reassembled for a Super Bowl commercial, we've got some powerhouse '90s reunion ideas of our own. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" When you think vampires, you think blood. Or better yet, bloody marys. Which is where Mike Ditka and his signature Kickass mix come in. It's vampires, it's football - it works on so many levels! "Hang Time" As the stars get older, all those hours on the court are tough on the body.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
"The Bible" is getting a sequel. NBC will air a 12-hour miniseries called "A.D. " from "The Bible" creators Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. "A.D. " will most likely air in spring 2015, because unlike Earth, a miniseries can't be created in one day. But NBC wants to cash in on the success of "The Bible," which debuted March 3 on History Channel and averaged 13.2 million viewers when including live and DVR viewing within seven days of the premiere. It became the third most-watched cable TV series or miniseries in 2013, and had huge DVD sales.
NEWS
December 10, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Christmas comes early every year for Bridgid Defranceschi of Lakeview. On Saturday morning, she'll do as she always does - wake up energized after a long night's sleep, prepare eggs and toast for her friends and family and don her best Christmas outfit - to go boozing for 12 hours. For the past five years, Defranceschi has partied in a thousands-strong, daylong 12 Bars of Christmas (TBOX) pub crawl in Wrigleyville that features costumes, stickers and enough cereal to make Grape Nuts lovers, uh, go nuts.
NEWS
July 11, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Fixie single: Look like Lincoln Park. Ride like Wicker Park - $300 (Bucktown). That was the title of the Craigslist ad Skip Tramontana wrote in five minutes while eating breakfast at the Bongo Room on Tuesday. It was one of many ads the single dad put up trying to sell some extra stuff to pay the nanny. Two days later, not only did the bike sell after sparking a bidding war, but he has also gotten multiple job inquiries, six offers for dates and tons of emails from offended bros and hipsters.
NEWS
April 3, 2013 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
Last year, Rich Seng launched a crowd-sourcing advertising competition, 30 Seconds Over Chicago, that he hoped would bring together local creative forces with Wicker Park businesses. The latter would submit a creative brief to Seng's website and the former would scour the briefs for one that matched their skillset, submit a proposal, and the result was supposed to be a commercial for the business. Unfortunately, with just a couple days left in the competition, the 39-year-old Seng had just 40 submissions--20 of which were dummy pitches that he...
NEWS
November 17, 2011 | By Jessica Cantarelli, RedEye
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery? More like, try again, copycats. A controversial new ad campaign from the Benetton group was making the rounds online this week. It's on par with the fashion house's past attempts at using their ads to communicate a wider, more "wordly" message, and it is certainly hard to miss. The ad, which is a slideshow of various international politicians shown engaged in faux lip locks, has a message of "Unhate" attached. Scrolling through smooches between opposing political leaders is bound to attract attention the company is seeking, no doubt, but exactly...
NEWS
August 14, 2012 | By Matt Kuttan, For RedEye
When I first heard "Starry Eyed Surprise" by Paul Oakenfold in a Diet Coke commercial, I fell in love, and the song made it onto my wedding soundtrack. Later, I ran across Black Sheep's "This or That" in a Kia commercial and was compelled to dust off some of my favorite old hip-hop records. There may be few of us who admit it, but the truth is many of us discover - or rediscover - some of our favorite bands and songs through advertising. As a creative director for an ad agency, maybe I'm just more likely to notice - or more likely to cop to it. That's why I was so...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2013 | By Matt Pais and RedEye Sound Board
And with that, ladies and gentlemen, the Pitchfork 2013 lineup is complete. Today the festival announced that artists including M.I.A., Solange, Lil B, Low, Yo La Tengo and Toro Y Moi would join previously announced acts like R. Kelly, Bjork, Belle and Sebastian and Joanna Newsom at this year's bash (July 19-21 at Union Park). The final batch of artists isn't quite as exciting as some of the previously announced artists (El-P, Killer Mike, Chairlift, Sky Ferreira, Tree), but Autre Ne Veut and Phosphorescent are particularly strong additions, and overall Pitchfork 2013 is a step...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2013 | By Dana Moran and RedEye
Did you think guesting on a Limp Bizkit song was the biggest thing Lil Wayne would do this week? Hah! Weezy dropped "I Am Not A Human Being II" on Tuesday, his second release in six months. We carefully weeded through the lyrics on "I Am Not a Human Being II" (seriously, so few of them are printable in a family publication), to give you this challenge: Lil Wayne lyric or Craigslist personal ad excerpt. The results may have some of these dudes searching for a record deal. damoran@tribune.com | @redeyedana 1 -- "I've had to put them across my lap. I've...
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