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Top 10 Commercials of the Week: Aug. 31- Sept. 7

This week, a tablet computer came to life, a douchey date on a boat got soaked, and a pup with a taste for car keys learned a lesson.  Many of the hundreds of TV commercials aired each day are just...

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Pitchfork, Pandora Execs Among Virgin America's New Ad Stars

Now boarding at Gate 11: geeks and nerds! Adland's recent trend of using Silicon Valley stars instead of Hollywood heavyweights and pro athletes—think Best Buy and J. Crew—continues in an interactive...

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Mike's Hard Lemonade Winners Relentlessly Harassed by Bear

It sounded great. A trip for two to Miami to soak up the sun on South Beach, cruise on a private boat, dine at the finest restaurants, and dance with some of the most limber Brazilians. Yes, Mike's...

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'The Walking Dead' Hungers for Its 10 Million Facebook Fans

AMC zombie show The Walking Dead just topped 10 million Facebook fans, and is celebrating the only way it knows how—by confirming that it would attack, kill, and consume every last one of them if it...

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Ad of the Day: Ally Bank

This week's honors for least likely endorser in a commercial go to Thomas Sargent, winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Economics, who, for whatever reason, agreed to shoot one of the new Ally Bank spots...

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Denis Leary Once Again Strongly Suggests You Buy a Ford F-150

For anyone still stinging over Denis Leary's violent and untimely death at the hands of a giant half-lizard guy in the latest Spider-Man flick (oh sorry, were you waiting for the DVD?), you can catch...

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Meet Adam Reposa: Lawyer, Patriot, Champion, Maker of Insane Ads

Witness this ludicrous commercial for Texas lawyer Adam Reposa titled "Lawyer, Patriot, Champion," wherein he rams his giant Chevy into a Chrysler Cirrus, kicks in the window and repeatedly yells, "I...

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Preparing for the Political Ad Push

Between now and Nov. 6, there will be nowhere to hide from the onslaught of political advertising set to hit more than $3.3 billion on TV. Behind the scenes at TV stations, traffic managers are...

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Acceptance Speech Tips for Emmy Winners, by Parker Posey

If only the Emmy winners this Sunday night would take a cue from Parker Posey, who plays a ridiculously affected and over-the-top acting coach in this parody video about how to accept an award. Man,...

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Secret Service in the Line of Fire in New Pistachios Spot

A hooker sex scandal involving the Secret Service? Delicious! An ad for pistachios poking fun at the situation? Fairly amusing, especially when you let your mind wander to all the potential bad puns...

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Cosmetics Company Tries Insulting Customers With Acerbic Makeup Cop

Benefit Cosmetics, a California beauty brand, is trying to market makeup through humor. In its new spot by Portal A, Sarah Colonna, a comedian from Chelsea Lately, bops about on a Segway in a police...

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Webcomic Xkcd Draws a 46-Foot-Wide Interactive Masterpiece

Sometimes, something comes along that’s so brilliant and creative, you don’t even feel guilty letting it suck away an hour (or more) of your workday. Today, that prize goes to the popular webcomic...

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Jennifer Aniston Reveals All, Including Huge Triplets-Filled Belly, in...

This is better from Smartwater. The Glacéau water brand has used Jennifer Aniston for some time—finally they've produced a piece of content together that feels somewhat fresh. Once again, the premise...

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Ad of the Day: Honda

Good-deed advertising is frequently a hard sell, but this is an adorable spot from RPA for Honda, showing the automaker secretly booking very, very indie band Monsters Calling Home on Jimmy Kimmel...

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Laying It on Thick

Most dairy brands engaged in the day-to-day battle for survival in the refrigerated section only wish they had the problems that Philadelphia Cream Cheese has. After all, the soft white brick of...

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Samsung Punches Apple Again, and It Hurts So Good

Samsung's ads are suddenly cooler than Apple's. There, with tears in my eyes and fingers trembling on my Mac keyboard, I wrote the words I never thought I'd write. Seriously, I've warmed to...

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Warby Parker Has Its Eye on You With First-Ever TV Spot

Online eyewear shop Warby Parker has built a loyal online audience in recent years through its stylish vibe, low prices and clean, minimalist site design—and surely won some new fans with its 2011...

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Ad of the Day: Volkswagen

You know what's really freaking cute? Laughing babies. You know what's also cute? Laughing old people. You know what's not quite as cute, but still pretty heartwarming? Laughing anyone. And that's...

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Intelligent Popcorn Launcher Lobs Pieces Right Into Your Mouth

Oh, look—a voice-activated machine that pinpoints the exact location of your mouth, and then automatically lobs a piece of popcorn right into your gaping pie hole. It was invented so you can enjoy a...

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Ad of the Day: Smithsonian

The Smithsonian Institution is known primarily for housing historic artifacts—everything from George Washington's sword to Dorothy's ruby slippers. But that's a musty legacy—nothing feels new or...

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