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Rooster Outpunches James Franco…Sort of

I’m the Rooster guy apparently and I’m back to cover some more irreverent Rooster shenanigans. The above video, “How to Take a Punch,” epitomizes what a side project should be: easily digestible, fun to watch, and humorous. A slow-mo gif of James Franco taking a punch to the face has been making the blogging rounds before his Comedy Central roast airs on Labor Day. Vice co-founder/Rooster boss Gavin McInnes decided to join in on the slow-mo fun and take a harder punch to the face. The result is a side-by-side 13-second video comparison of the punches that is probably too stupid for its own good. Something makes me think Rooster likes that. These guys seem to have fun in the office.

After the jump, you can watch a longer video of people getting punched in the face slowed down to 1000 frames per second. It’s violently elegant and directed by Cody Kern, a man who has no relation to Rooster. As you watch, feel free to let the catharsis of watching others get walloped improve your day. Jiggling jowls have the affect on people.

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‘Bloom’: A New Film From an Old Ad Man

Ted Mccagg describes himself as “a recovering ad man.” You may recognize him from the 2011 book Paper Doll Orgy, where Mccagg compiled doodles and drawings from his freelance time at places like Y&R and McCann (not to mention some juicy agency potshots in the book’s acknowledgements). Mccagg is back, now with a new film, Bloom, a John Hughes homage about two girls planning to lose their virginity the night before high school graduation.

While the film’s narrative covers standard ground in the teen-sex narrative, Mccagg has gone all out on the social media publicity front, briefly slipping back on his advertising hat. And all out might be an understatement. The movie’s promotional website includes detailed Proust questionnaires (28 questions) for the 10 main characters in their respective voices. There’s also a link to a blog where anyone can vote on who is more “V-Worthy” in head-to-head matchups. In addition to the site’s material, Mccagg has worked up an expansive world supplemental to the film: a character’s Tumblr dedicated to Neil Degrasse Tyson, another character’s book actually available for purchase on Amazon, etc. Once the movie premieres, Mccagg may want to look into a James Franco impersonation job.

Bloom will be released on August 5th.

Wednesday Morning Stir

-According to the IAB’s latest report, internet advertising revenues in the U.S. reached $9.26 billion for Q3 of 2012, making the quarter the biggest on record. link

-Since James Franco got a pretty good lathering from Creativity yesterday, we hesitated to post but, eh, why the hell not. Here’s the actor/director/multitasker/classroom sleeper‘s latest work with SXM and Samsung to promote the Galaxy camera. That’s so Franco. Just hope our own Bob Marshall likes this one more than the last.

-Ogilvy Chicago acquired 10-year-old hometown digital agency, The Royal Order of Experience Design. Effective immediately, the team members will become part of Ogilvy Chicago.

-Cheil U.K. turns to Pinterest to wish you a merry Xmas. link

-Not to be outdone by yesterday’s “Facetivus” festivities, iris Miami has brought some GIF-heavy warmth for the holidays. link

-London/NY/LA-based Finger Music & Sound Design has hired Mario Davis as head of film & TV music.

James Franco Multitasks, Is a Condescending Prick About it For the Samsung Galaxy Note

Not since Spider-Man 3 has James Franco come off as so unlikable (Kiran tells me he was the exact opposite in Rise of the Planet of the Apes). Generally, having a celeb brag about his accomplishments without a hint of irony doesn’t exactly go over too well in advertising.

We get it: Franco has a beautiful house, is able to make tons of money from a variety of sources, has four attractive young women hanging out in his house at all times, and can tell mathematicians they’re wrong and buy their love by giving them blazers. But, does he have to be such a conceited ass about it? Is agency Cheil USA trying to market the Samsung Galaxy Note to the annoying pretentious crowd? Sure, I guess an iPad will make you look like a conformist, albeit a hip one. But, is saying the Samsung Galaxy Note will turn you into a smug celeb that much more of a draw?

The thing is, even when Franco is called upon to play a prick, he has the talent to do so without sacrificing his charm and remaining tongue-in-cheek (see teen rom-com Whatever it Takes for proof). I don’t know if it’s the writing or what, but this spot just makes want to punch him in his pretty little face. Of course, that’s how I react to most people who talk incessantly about their ability to multitask. Credits after the jump.

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The Best Ad-Related Videos of the Week

Everyone! It’s Friday and you’re at work. For this, we deeply apologize. In our weekly attempt to distract you from your actual to-do list, here’s the best videos we could scrounge up this week.

6. Robot Cops are pretty elfin scary, amiright? When you give them the finger, they give you a laser to the face. Here’s some “marketing materials” from Omnicorp, the company behind the technology that keeps our future streets clean.

5. Ironic that James Franco is going to be in a movie called Oz? Not at all. He’s going to play the wizard, before he was the wizard.

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