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McDonald's Sorry for Using Grieving Kid to Sell Filet-O-Fish

Ad has been pulled after outcry

(Newser) - McDonald's is apologizing after one of its commercials that aired in the UK caused an uproar for exploiting childhood grief. The ad shows a young boy asking his mom to describe his late father, and being disappointed at every turn when he doesn't see any similarities between himself... More »

KFC's New Colonel Sanders Is Familiar Face

Actor will be featured in chicken chain's newest round of ads

(Newser) - Part of the fun of watching KFC commercials is figuring out who's underneath all of the makeup in the Harland Sanders costume. Now there's a new colonel in town, the chain announced Friday: Rob Lowe. The 53-year-old Parks and Rec actor will be donning Colonel Sanders' trademark white... More »

Burger King's Invasive Ad Crashes 'Like the Hindenburg'

Ad triggered Google Home—briefly

(Newser) - It was a great idea—until it really, really wasn't. Burger King on Wednesday launched a 15-second ad designed to promote the Whopper in a wholly 2017 way. A man dressed as an employee bemoans the lack of time available to explain what a Whopper is, then leans into... More »

Carl's Jr. Tries Advertising Burgers With Actual Burgers

Fast-food chain trying to expand customer base by ditching sexy commercials

(Newser) - Carl's Jr. and Hardee's are ditching the bikinis and getting back to the burgers, the AP reports. The chains are famous for advertisements featuring models and celebrities like Paris Hilton, Kate Upton, and Emily Ratajkowski munching on burgers while scantily clad. A new commercial for the chains shows... More »

Zoo Sues, Says Racy Ad Traumatized Its Raccoon

Lawsuit complains of 'erotica' over topless model

(Newser) - A Moscow zoo is suing an advertising company for misuse of one of its animals. The bizarre claim? That the company used a raccoon from the zoo in an "erotic" ad and traumatized it. Officials at the Animals Aren't Toys zoo say Tomas the raccoon returned from the... More »

Budweiser's Super Bowl Ad Touches Chord on Immigration

Spot highlights journey of Anheuser-Busch co-founder Adolphus Busch

(Newser) - If you're hoping to watch the Super Bowl to escape from politics, at least one commercial will bring you right back to current events. Budweiser's homage to its co-founder, Adolphus Busch, is certainly "relevant," as Ad Age notes. The 60-second spot, called "Born the Hard... More »

Indians Scratching Heads Over Trump's Ad in Hindi

Trump uses a Narendra Modi slogan, with his name swapped in, in 30-second spot

(Newser) - Less than a fortnight remains before Election Day, and Donald Trump is attempting an 11th-hour outreach to an entirely new demographic: Indian-Americans, reports the Washington Post . And so he's released a TV ad in which he attempts to speak Hindi (with a New York accent, the Post notes),... More »

'Can You Hear Me Now' Guy Is Back—but Not for Verizon

Paul Marcarelli is now doing ads for Sprint

(Newser) - Sprint's newest ads feature a familiar face—and the company is hoping that consumers hear what he's saying loud and clear. "Hey, I'm Paul, and I used to ask, 'If you could hear me now with Verizon?' Not anymore," former pitchman Paul Marcarelli says... More »

Man Behind World's 'Most Famous Ad' Dead at 89

Bill Backer known for Coca-Cola commercial, among many others

(Newser) - If you were alive in the early '70s, you knew the ad. Even if you weren't, you probably do: "I'd Like to Buy the World a Coke" was such a hit upon its Feb. 12, 1971, debut that radio DJs were flooded with calls to play... More »

New Barbie Ad Features a Fabulous First

Mattel collaborates with Moschino in latest Barbie release

(Newser) - Barbie, long the at-times controversial dominion of little girls everywhere, looks to be courting another, more unlikely group in Mattel's latest iteration of the doll, a collaboration with luxury Italian fashion house Moschino. The Moschino Barbie sold out in less than an hour when she debuted last week, reports... More »

Hulu Now Offers Commercial-Free Option

For $12 a month

(Newser) - Until today, Hulu's streaming content featured commercials—even if you were a paying subscriber. But as of today, the company announced, you can pay $12 a month for an ad-free version of the streaming service. The move is intended to help Hulu better compete with Netflix and Amazon Prime,... More »

Hundreds Stuck in Beer Commercial

Small town hosts giant party; visitors face delays in leaving

(Newser) - This weekend, a small town in Colorado was transformed into a giant, Bud Light-themed party for the purposes of a commercial. But last night, as shenanigans wound down, about 1,000 people found it difficult to leave—and not because they were having too much fun. The local airport struggled... More »

Arby's Airs a 13-Hour Commercial

Setting a Guinness Record in the process

(Newser) - Norway's 8-hour TV program that featured nothing but wood burning is amateur hour compared to this: a 13-hour, 5 minute, 11-second commercial of brisket smoking. That spot, which aired Saturday, has set a Guinness World Record (the former record-holding commercial, by Nivea, was a measly hour), and the honor... More »

16 Celebs' Pre-Fame Fast Food Commercials

Watch these famous actors hawk pizza, burgers, and tacos

(FOX News Magazine) - Much like the rest of us, Hollywood's hottest celebrities spent their formative years stuffing their faces with flame-broiled beef, Enchiritos, and double-cheeseburger pizza. Unlike us, however, those celebrities were stuffing their soon-to-be-recognizable faces for the good of their careers. Before they hit it big, beloved actors such as Michael... More »

20 Celebs Who've Starred in Obscure Commercials

These A-listers don't mind making a buck, shilling products overseas

(FOX News Magazine) - With a few rare exceptions, Hollywood's biggest stars rarely slum in American television commercials. The closest they come is the occasional L'Oreal or Chanel spot, or those long-form ProActiv ads on late-night TV. (We're looking at you, Katy Perry and Adam Levine.) On the other hand,... More »

Liza Minnelli Had Breakdown Over Throat Drops Ad

Martha Stewart to the rescue, says report

(Newser) - If you watched the Golden Globes, you may have noticed Martha Stewart shilling for Pine Brothers Softish Throat Drops in a rare ad appearance. But Liza Minnelli was originally intended to star in the commercial, according to a crazy New York Post story that claims Minnelli initially insisted on a... More »

Grey Poupon's 'Pardon Me' Ad Back From Grave

Will air during Oscars after 16-year hiatus

(Newser) - Grey Poupon's famous "Pardon Me" TV commercial is returning for a moment of Oscar glory. After a 16-year hiatus, the mustard that mocked its own stuffy image in one of TV's most famous commercials will once again take to the airwaves during Sunday's Academy Awards. The... More »

Starting Today, TV Ads Can't Blare Anymore

FCC implements rule toning down volume of commercials

(Newser) - TV viewing could soon sound a little calmer. The CALM Act, which limits the volume of TV commercials, goes into effect today. CALM stands for Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation. The act is designed to prevent TV commercials from blaring at louder volumes than the program content they accompany, and it... More »

The Best Nike Ad of the Games?

Nathan Sorrell, 12, stars in inspiring 'find your greatness' ad

(Newser) - A Nike Olympic ad that asks us to "find our greatness" has highlighted its unlikely star: 12-year-old Nathan Sorrell. He's the hefty boy who's jogging—or perhaps chugging—in from the horizon as a voiceover tells us that "greatness is no more unique to us than... More »

Fox Refuses Ads for Service to, Well, Kill Ads

Dish Network's Hopper can automatically skip commercials

(Newser) - How awesome would it be if your DVR automatically skipped commercials on shows recorded off the major networks? Probably not very awesome if you were one of those same networks, which is why they're outraged over the Dish Network's upcoming "Hopper," which, Dish announced last week,... More »

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