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LeBron Kicks Back with Family, Friends for Samsung Galaxy

We are now in the season of LeBron James commercials. He’s like Victor Cruz, only taller, better, richer, and not a Time Warner Cable lackey. If you happened to watch the opening night of the NBA season, you saw three different LeBron endorsements, including a new two-minute Samsung spot (:60 version with just the family after the jump) that gives viewers a glimpse into the family life of the best basketball player in the world.

If you care about such things, you may remember last year’s Samsung/LBJ launch, which also premiered on opening night as the Miami Heat were getting their first set of rings. That 2012 spot was more about LeBron and his friends ruling Miami in barber shops and ice cream trucks. This year’s version is all about LeBron and his family: his sons hanging out in the pool or on a driveway basketball court as his wife films from a Samsung Galaxy. ”The Next Big Thing is Here” flashes on the screen as LeBron’s son celebrates after swishing a jump shot. We get it, but it’s still fairly interesting to let two little boys take some of the spotlight away from the real star.

The spot is an easy watch, a relaxing tone that rubs off on the viewer. Life is good for LeBron, and even though I typically prefer product-focused ads to lifestyle ads, when the spokesman is one of the most famous people on the planet, customers may take notice. Smiles all around and credits after the jump.

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McGarryBowen Shows Off Verizon’s Tech Solutions with a Little Help from Philip Glass

We’ve been told by those in the know that this new effort from McGarryBowen NY for Verizon called “Powerful Answers” actually marks the wireless carrier’s first ever corporate branding campaign. Set to the sounds of legendary composer Philip Glass, Verizon veers from the usual Wireless and/or FiOS promotion to, according to parties involved, “showcase tech solutions that no one knew they did.” As you can see in the spot directed by Park Pictures’ Lance Acord above as well as the anthem clip below, some Verizon folks are lab rats whose tech prowess translates into solutions for medical emergencies just as easily as they could the classroom. We didn’t know there was side to them, but hey, you learn something new every day. Exhaustive list of credits after the jump.

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AICP Show Names Chair, Calls for Entries

It seems like only yesterday we were busy posting AICP Show promotional videos created by the students at the VCU Brandcenter. Alas, it’s already been a year since the school taught us surprising lessons about advertising history’s most famous artistic endeavors. Did you know that Leonardo da Vinci was the Richard Simmons of his time? What about the fact that the Eiffel Tower was actually constructed to represent a giant, metal dong? If these tales didn’t inspire us to “change the world” as advertisers, at least they doubled as awkward icebreakers at an industry networking event.

This time around, the AICP Show is once again calling that those clever scamps at the Brandcenter to continue the “All Art is Advertising” campaign, a nod to that fact that all award honorees get their independently produced commercials into the Museum of Modern Art’s Department of Film Collection. Above, we see how creativity has (or hasn’t) changed through history, from the Egyptians to the present day art director and copywriter duo. AICP also announced that the chairperson for the 21st installment of the awards show is Jackie Kelman Bisbee, founding partner and co-owner of  the venerable production company, Park Pictures.

Those interested in submitting their work can do so on AICP’s Show and Next Awards website from now through March 2. One more short, entry categories, and credits follow after the jump.

 

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Nike Unleashes a Horse on a Golf Course

The Nike 20XI: It’s a horse of a golf ball. Contrary to what this latest spot from W+K may look like, the ball is not actually black. So, if you’re a golfer (I’m not) and wondering what makes this ball so special, read the Golf.com review here and make up your own mind as to whether or not it’s blowing open the doors on golfing technology. As every golf accessory has claimed to do this since the game was invented, I’m guessing it’s not going to make much of a difference.

Now to this ad. Directed by Ellen Kuras, it definitely looks really cool. But, with Nike Golf’s biggest superstar still not quite back to form (despite an impressive showing at the Masters), instead of seeing a Tiger, we’re seeing a horse…a horse that runs around and destroys a golf course. That’s really all there is to it. The horse and the 20XI are one in the same, you see. They will destroy everything in their path. And, as we see in a spot called “Aftermath,” this doomsday device rolls just wide of the hole, leaving divots in its wake. Credits and “Aftermath” after the jump.

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Men Trampled by Women for Shoes, QuikTrip Sandwiches

The confusing thing about this spot from the Richards Group and Park Pictures director and Oscar-winner Joachim Back is which of the groups in question needs to buy a sandwich from QuikTrip?

Is is the men, attempting to console each other before they are trampled to death by women with a hunger for cheap shoes, that don’t have time to take a long lunch break lest their store fall into even greater disrepair? Or is the women, driven mad by the siren call of discounted footwear, that are forced hit up the local convenience store for nourishment before trampling the poor shoe stores employees? Either way, someone in this town devoid of Subway or Quiznos is getting an Italian sub from QuikTrip, and at least once person is ending up in the hospital.

It’s sexist, it’s silly and all in good fun (on par with that movie Confessions of a Shopaholic), but give a convenience store credit for taking a creative leap with their marketing once in a while. Judging by QuikTrip’s website, the store could be planning for a total image redesign soon, so expect to see a lot more ads like this in the future. Caps lock-addled credits after the jump.

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Steve Nash, Like Others, Sports Awful 90′s Haircut in New NBA Promo

Using the same approach as the Amar’e Stoudemire spot, Park Pictures, Bicoastal/London director Chris Sargent and Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, Worldwide go back to the future, so to speak, to a Canadian gym in 1996. Here, a young Steve Nash shoots hoops with a boy claiming to be from the future. The time traveler tries to convince Nash that he’s a future NBA star by listing what would eventually be the Phoenix Suns guard’s accomplishments. We’re guessing Doc Brown and the delorean are parked right outside. Great Scott! Credits after the jump.

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Kia Best Keep on Dreaming

Now that the Yo Gabba Gabba characters and The Heavy song have been thankfully tucked away in their drawers,   David&Goliath is attempting to open up new doorways for Kia in the spot above called “Sweet Dreams.”

The spot takes us on a journey through a little boy’s imagination as his race car bed turns into a real car, his closet doors open to a magical world and we’re off. Not bad. Nice piece. Midsize sedan, though? Wrong car. Give it up to D&G for trying, though.

Kia decided it was time to elevate the midsize category and show its true potential. The automaker’s goal? Encourage kids to pin up a poster of the 2011 Kia Optima rather than a $250,000 shiny red Ferrari or fancy luxury sedan which is a very tall order if you ask us. This spot fits better for a sports car or luxury sedan, not the Optima. View agency credits after the jump.

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W+K, EA Employ Turtle, Johnny Drama in ‘Need for Speed’ Effort

Seven seasons in, and HBO’s Entourage still seems to have some marketing strength behind it. In one corner, you have EA Games’ Need for Speed, the most successful (and prolific) racing videogame  franchise in history that’s set to have a new installment, Hot Pursuit, released on Nov. 16. In the other corner are a pair actors whose fame comes from portraying two of the most annoying characters in the history of televised fiction. Thanks to Entourage and the inaccurate interpretation of Hollywood douchebaggery as “kind of cool,” we now have the lame spokesbros of what is sure the be one of the most highly rated video games of the year.

Of course, if W+K Amsterdam opted (or had the budget) for Entourage‘s two biggest breakout stars, Adrian Grenier and Jeremy Piven, it would be hard take our “loser by day, hero by night” subjects seriously as valets. Then again, we do know Kevin Dillon as “Johnny Drama,” the untalented brother of a Hollywood star who will take any role he can get. We also know him as Matt Dillon‘s less-talented brother, who has no problem picking up his trademark shades and playing a “renegade cop.” We know Jerry Ferrara only as “Turtle,” the hip-hop speaking fat guy who looks pretty good since dropping the weight. Only through the miracle of videogames could these guys really have a shot at being famous, and even then it would only be their online screen names that people know.

In this sense, W+K has it right: no one would think either of these guys has any sort of rebellious alter ego capable of winning an illegal street race or a high-speed chase. We just wonder if Dillon and Ferrara are wise to the joke.

Credits and two more spots with a bit more acting after the jump:

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Y&R, NHL Done Asking Questions

It’s been quite an offseason for Washington Capitals captain and three-time Ted Lindsay award-winner, Alex Ovechkin. After the #1-ranked Capitals were upset in the first round of the playoffs, Ovechkin had to watch as the Chicago Blackhawks won their first Stanley Cup in 60 years. While he sat at home, Wrigleyville went wild, and for the next week the Stanley Cup traveled around Chicago, getting immensely sticky from all of the different kinds of alcohol that the drunk NHL Champions had poured into the trophy.

So, this year, Ovechkin has something to prove. Much like Y&R, which once told us that there are “no words” that can describe the feeling of winning a Stanley Cup, there are no words needed to describing how much Ovechkin and Montreal’s Mike Cammalleri want another shot at the NHL Championship. This year, they’ll get their shot.

Cammalleri’s spot and credits after the jump.

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