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'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 »

Acura Apologizes for 'Not Too Dark' Casting Call

Super Bowl ad guidelines leaked to TMZ

(Newser) - Acura apologized this week over a casting document for its Super Bowl commercial that requested a black actor who is "not too dark." The casting sheet had specified: "Nice Looking, friendly. Not too dark." reports TMZ . An actor angry at being passed over for the commercial,... More »

Sheen Is Back, With 2 Awesome Ads

Charlie shills for Fiat, DirecTV

(Newser) - Charlie Sheen's "episode" really is over : He returns to the small screen in two commercials AdWeek dubs "great," though both of them do poke fun at the "winning" tiger-blood drinker . In the first ad, Sheen touts the fun of house arrest—when you're an... More »

The Super Bowl Ads Are Here

David Beckham, Audi Vampires, and Mr. Quiggly top our list

(Newser) - At $3.5 million for a 30-second slot , they better be brilliant, right? So far so good with Super Bowl ads for 2012: Matthew Broderick's Ferris Bueller revamp for Honda and Jerry Seinfeld's comic turn with the Soup Nazi for Acura have been popular online. Now Super Bowl... More »

The Awesome Ferris Bueller Ad Is Here

Matthew Broderick stars in 'Matthew's Day Off' for Honda

(Newser) - The full-length Ferris Bueller-inspired Super Bowl ad is here, and AdWeek dubs it "awesome." Matthew Broderick stars in "Matthew's Day Off," a Honda ad in which he calls in sick to a film shoot in order to do all sorts of fun stuff in his... More »

Super Bowl Ads Sell Out, and 30 Seconds Cost...

...about $3.5M, up from last year's $3M

(Newser) - Big money, big money, no whammies? When it comes to Super Bowl XLVI, the big money sure has poured in: The commercial slots are officially sold out, at a cost of about $3.5 million for 30 seconds. The no whammies part remains to be seen... The Wall Street Journal ... More »

Celebs Who Hawked McD's Before They Got Famous

These commercials must be seen to be believed

(Newser) - Before there were Oscars or legendary sitcoms, there were apparently McDonald’s commercials for a number of actors. Huffington Post rounds up eight amazing commercials that must be seen to be believed, featuring everyone from Michael J. Fox to (our favorite) Jason Alexander. Watch a selection in the gallery or... More »

Enjoy Your Flight, But Good Luck Escaping Ads

Overhead bins, seat backs, and even safety videos are featuring commercials

(Newser) - Your next flight could feel like being stuck inside a commercial. Various US airlines, desperate for revenue, are beginning to cram advertising into every corner of their planes, including overhead bins, seat backs, napkins, flight attendants' aprons, and even through crew announcements and in-flight safety videos, reports USA Today . Delta,... More »

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