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This Year's Most Talked About Super Bowl Ads

Mr. Peanut is apparently alive

(Newser) - This year's Super Bowl featured dueling ads from President Trump and Michael Bloomberg—but there was a lot more buzz around Mr. Peanut. In a commercial that features in numerous lists of both the best and worst ads from the big game, mourners, including fellow mascots Mr. Clean and... More »

Planters' Mr. Peanut Dead at 104

His funeral will be held in the form of a Super Bowl ad

(Newser) - "It is with heavy hearts that we confirm that Mr. Peanut has died at 104. In the ultimate selfless act, he sacrificed himself to save his friends when they needed him most. Please pay your respects with #RIPeanut." That's the official word from the Twitter account of... More »

CBS Refuses to Air Medical Pot Ad During Super Bowl

Says current network broadcast standards do not allow it

(Newser) - Even John Boehner's backing apparently wasn't enough to convince CBS to accept a medical marijuana ad during the Super Bowl. Acreage Holdings, the cannabis company for which the former House speaker is a board member , says it sent the network a rough outline of the proposed commercial and... More »

Melissa McCarthy's Hilarious Super Bowl Ad Debuts

Kia ad features actress trying to save the world

(Newser) - Melissa McCarthy's efforts to save the planet don't go over so well (for her, at least) in a new Super Bowl ad from Kia. The spot, which USA Today reports is promoting Kia's eco-friendly 2017 Niro crossover, features McCarthy trying to save the whales, the trees, the... More »

Anchor Goofs on Samuel L. Jackson's Identity

While interviewing Jackson. Awkward.

(Newser) - Things got a bit uncomfortable yesterday when KTLA anchor Sam Rubin, interviewing Samuel L. Jackson, got the actor mixed up with Laurence Fishburne. "Did you get a lot of reaction from that Super Bowl commercial?" Rubin asked Jackson, apparently referring to a Fishburne-starring, Matrix-themed Kia commercial. "What Super... More »

Conservatives Erupt Over Coke's Multicultural Ad

Responses to Super Bowl commercial ring out

(Newser) - Hoo boy. Coca-Cola ran a Super Bowl commercial featuring "America the Beautiful" being sung in English, Arabic, Spanish, and other languages, and not everyone is pleased:
  • The song is "a deeply Christian patriotic anthem whose theme is unity," writes Michael Patrick Leahy for Breitbart , pointing out that
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ScarJo Splits With Oxfam Over Super Bowl Ad

Humanitarian organization not cool with SodaStream commercial

(Newser) - Oxfam International says Scarlett Johansson's support of an Israeli company operating in the West Bank was incompatible with her role as an Oxfam Global Ambassador. Oxfam's statement followed Johansson's announcement yesterday that she was resigning her Oxfam role, which she held for 8 years , because of a... More »

Happy 30th Birthday, Apple's '1984' Commercial*

*Unless you count the airing in Idaho a few weeks earlier

(Newser) - This time of year, it's not unusual for someone to bring up Apple's Super Bowl ad from 1984, usually with the word "iconic" attached. But this year—today, in fact—the attention is especially appropriate, because it's the 30th anniversary, notes the Huffington Post . Well, mostly,... More »

Farmer Ad Was a YouTube Remake

And more fallout from last night's Super Bowl ads

(Newser) - People are still talking about the ads that aired during last night's Super Bowl. Here are some of the stories that caught our eye:
  • Dodge's show-stopping "God Made a Farmer" looked awfully familiar to David Haglund at Slate : It's nearly identical to a Farms.com ad
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GM Won't Buy Ads in Next Super Bowl

It's too expensive, says marketing chief

(Newser) - Maybe Facebook shouldn't feel too bad that GM is dropping its paid ads from the site: The automaker isn't buying any Super Bowl spots next year, either, reports the Wall Street Journal . GM, usually a heavy presence in the big game, says the price of the ads—currently... More »

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