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Robert Downey Jr. and Friends Blow Stuff Up for Newest ‘Call of Duty’ Title

What better time to talk about violent dystopian survival techniques than when most of the East Coast is about to be plunged underwater? Yes, for all of you who still have access to Internet, it’s probably better you watch this new spot for Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 from Activision and 72andSunny then read some silly rag like the New York Times, despite the latter’s recent removal of its paywall.

Directed by Guy Ritchie, the same Brit who gave us such modern action movie classics as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, and, uh, Swept Away, this trailer finds us in a post-apocalyptic Times Square defended by Ironman himself, Robert Downey Jr. Known for defeating villains like Loki and drug addiction, Downey and Internet celebs  “iJustine” and “FPSRussia” band together to fight against the zombie uprising.

The spot serves as a continuation of the “There’s a Solider in All of Us” campaign that 72andSunny used during the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. If you’ll recall, that series of spots utilized a cavalcade of celebrities on TV, with appearances from the likes of Jonah Hill, Kobe Bryant and Sam Worthington. As COD:BO 2 approaches its mid-November release date, it’s probably a safe bet to assume we’ll be seeing a lot more of Hollywood with future trailers. Credits after the jump.

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Goodby Welcomes Back NBA with ‘Countdown’

Ah yes, the 2012-13 NBA regular season is almost upon us and to get things warmed up, Goodby Silverstein & Partners has unveiled the spot above called “Countdown,” which is part of the agency’s larger, ongoing campaign for the Association dubbed “BIG.” The tick-tock syncs up well with the rituals of several players including Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant and Andre Iguodala, leaving us hyped enough for the Kia tip-off next week. Still, it remains to be seen if every hoopster in this cast will be healthy enough for opening night. Credits after the jump.

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What Do Kobe Bryant, a Peanut Character and Elephants Have in Common? Still Not Sure

Now, here’s a little story all about how Kobe Bryant‘s life got flipped, turned upside-down. Here’s the next phase of the Lakers superstar’s overseas campaign for Smart car, which comes to us from BBDO’s Beijing branch. While he couldn’t play savior in the last two NBA playoffs, the Black Mamba does help out a young lad dressed as a peanut who’s being chased by an elephant.

According to L.A.-based prodco A3 Entertainment, Kobe shot his portion of the shoot  in green screen at the Raleigh Studios in Manhattan Beach, CA, while the making of a 45-second ad involved 75+ extras. You can view the full spot here, but we’ll give you behind-the-scenes since we’re lost in translation for the time being.

Wednesday Morning Stir

–Tribal DDB Amsterdam won in the Music category at the SXSWi Interactive Awards for its Philips “Obsessed with Sound” work.

-ZenithOptimedia’s latest forecast predicts global ad expenditure will grow 4.8 percent in 2012, reaching $489 billion by the end of the year. link

-”Director-driven workshop” Tendril joined the roster of animation prodco Blacklist for U.S. commercial representation.

-Momentum alum Christophe Cauvy joined JWT’s London office as European head of digital & innovation.

-Just in time for March Madness, BBDO NY/Atlanta and AT&T have teamed up to launch a Facebook effort called “Brackets by Six Year Olds.” link

-Zambezi created the Kobe Bryant/LeBron James-starring spot for the Sprite “Uncontainable Game” campaign (above). The two superstars are apparently recruiting players from around the world to join their “teams” at next year’s NBA All-Star game.

 

Google, TNT Welcome Back the NBA with New Spots

On Christmas Day, the NBA returned after a 5-month lockout put the entire 2011-2012 season in jeopardy. The league’s shortened 66-game season kicked off with some very exciting games on Sunday which included a Chicago Bulls last-second come-from-behind win at the L.A. Lakers, perennial losers the L.A. Clippers looking unstoppable with the addition of point guard Chris Paul, and the Miami Heat avenging last season’s championship series by drowning the Dallas Mavericks. Also, we had Kevin Durant‘s disgusting shoes for some reason.

Of course, advertisers couldn’t be happier that America’s second most-popular professional sports league is back. Aside from media buyers rejoicing that prime time sports will continue well into 2012 after the NFL season comes to a close, creative types are giving a nod to the NBA. Above, NBA commentators Bill Walton, Steve Kerr, Kenny Smith, Spero Dedes and Jon Berry star in a new spot for Google+ from GS+P. The spot is one of three highlighting Google+’s “Hangouts” feature (the other two were created internally by Google Creative Labs), a critically adored but oft-ignored feature of the social network that has lost considerable buzz since its launch five months ago. Aside from the “Big Red-Head” and his buddies doing a very nice job commenting on an backyard game of hoops, the campaign features a spot that uses “Hangouts” to watch the Muppets rock out to David Bowie and Queen’s classic collaboration, “Under Pressure.” Like The Muppets (currently in theaters), it’s well-worth a viewing.

Also, we would be remiss not to give some mention to TNT’s epic opening day promo, “Forever,” which was directed by Sedna Films’ Drew Watkins. The above spot delighted NBA fans across the county (Kiran and I included) by pairing today’s superstars with legends of the game. Above, you’ll see the impossible become a reality, including Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant running out on court together, Brandon Jennings playing alongside Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Michael Jordan fist-bumping Derrick Rose to Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors’ track “Live Forever.” Considering how upset and jaded NBA fans got over the course of the lockout, it’s stunning that TNT of all things was able to remind us why we love this game so much.

Hill & Worthington: Your New ‘Call of Duty’ Action Heroes

Three months after snagging Call of Duty duties from TBWA\Chiat\Day LA, 72andSunny has rolled out its new work for the Activision franchise, which from the looks of it, doesn’t drift too far from the gonzo, celebrity-driven approach employed by Chiat for Black Ops. But instead of Jimmy Kimmel and Kobe Bryant, this time we have Avatar‘s Sam Worthington and a slimmed-down, unlikely hero in Jonah Hill, who play vet and noob, respectively, as well as Superman himself, Dwight Howard. The spot, directed by Peter Berg and featuring the rather appropriate “Shoot to Thrill” from AC/DC, is just as over-the-top as the game play itself and dominated commercial breaks during yesterday’s NFL coverage. It’s something Michael Bay would surely approve of, but where does 72andSunny’s Call of Duty debut rank when it comes to video game ad of the year? Modern Warfare 3, by the way, hits shelves tomorrow.

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Thursday Odds and Ends

-It was only inevitable that Kobe Bryant (joined by some fellow Lakers) would make a PSA about acceptance (above). link

-Organic nabbed digital AOR duties for Kimberly-Clark’s Pull-Ups brand. link

-The New York Times lured 100,000 paywall subscribers in Q1. link

-U.K. trade Creative Review shows some love for W+K (like they needed it). link

-Blitz retained digital AOR status for FX Networks.

-Who’s been fed by the CLIOs cupcake truck? link

-Yahoo is having some problems moving ads to Microsoft’s platform. link

-Kia is looking for a new agency to handle its pan-Euro account. link

Kobe Bryant Fights Crime with Smart Car, Basketball

Like it or not, Kobe Bryant is now the international ambassador of basketball. He’s probably not as recognizable overseas as Michael Jordan, but if he completes his second NBA championship three-peat this year, the comparisons between Kobe and “His Airness” will go on for decades.

While not quite suited to make a major motion picture with cartoons like Jordan (due to, you know, those rape allegations that happened a few years back), Los Angeles’ large market and Kobe’s 14+ years in the league make him much larger of a presence overseas than say, Lebron James. This Smart Car ad follows Kobe’s appearance in a controversial Turkish Airlines spot that aired earlier this month.

While Smart Cars look as those they would explode if ever in any sort of fender bender, Kobe’s driving and basketball-throwing skills save the day and an apparently priceless, ugly piece of art. I wouldn’t doubt Kobe keeps a basketball in his glove compartment should international art thieves try to ruin someone’s day. The most surprising factor? At 6’6″, Kobe can actually fit in one of those cars. Looks like Smart Cars are trying to position themselves as Mini Coopers did during car chase scenes from The Bourne Identity a decade ago. Pardon us if we’re a little skeptical about this.

Kobe’s Controversial Turkish Airlines Ad Debuts

We’re not sure if Kobe Bryant needed the paycheck, but the Lakers star nonetheless struck a two-year endorsement deal a couple of months back with Turkish Airlines, a decision that has since angered the Armenian community and especially the hundreds of thousands of those living in California. For those of you who have never opened up a history book, over a century ago, 1.5 million Armenians were murdered at the hands of the Turkish government, and since that time, Armenians have been trying to convince said government as well as the U.S. Congress to recognize the mass murder as genocide.

When Kobe’s deal to serve as “global brand ambassador” was originally struck back in December, the Los Angeles Times reported that outraged fans took to social media outlets and radio to protest the deal and even boycotted Lakers games and Bryant merchandise. The Black Mamba, who we think may not be suited to be the spokesman for social justice, seemed to be unaware of the implications, simply stating to CNBC back in December, “I’ve never been to Turkey. But all the guys on the team in the league who have been keep saying it’s one of the hottest places to go to … and it obviously makes sense with [Turkish Airlines] starting flights from L.A.”

Kobe’s ad will likely only increase his enormous global fanbase, but at what cost? Bigger question, was the ad above even worth all the hype/publicity? We think not, but whatever the case,  we’ll lay off Mamba for a bit as he can’t seem to please anyone as of late. Check out a behind-the-scenes clip after the jump.

via Ball Don’t Lie

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W+K Unveils Full ‘Black Mamba’ Film

After weeks of teasing with Twitter/online components and pretty over-the-top TV spots, Wieden + Kennedy finally pulled back the curtain over the weekend on its full “Black Mamba” film, which promotes Kobe Bryant‘s new Nike Zoom Kobe VI shoe.

Clocking in at nearly six minutes, the Robert Rodriguez-directed flick features all the players from the teaser spots including Bruce Willis, Danny Trejo, Kayne West, and Kobe (of course). The short film basically consists of a pitch meeting between Rodriguez and Bryant, with the two going back-and-forth with ideas on characters, etc. Kobe needn’t stretch himself much acting-wise (and he doesn’t) as the supporting cast carries the weight and the Zoom Kobe’s take center stage throughout. It’s about as silly as you’d expect, but a decent enough diversion from the work day.

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