What happens when a fast food marketing gimmick goes awry? New York writer Adam Chandler found out when Taco Bell sent him a promotional phone that never stopped ringing with other people’s problems, good news and investment opportunities. Read it.
Taco Bell Doritos Los Taco Review
Funny photo of an AT-AT relieving himself on a street light.
A lot of people don’t know this, but it takes months to house train your AT-AT, what with all the lasers and imperial firepower.
Via George Takei
This generic brand video is the most generic brand video ever.
“This Is a Generic Brand Video” was written by Kendra Eash for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. It’s made entirely with stock footage. It will make you believe again. In something or other.
Oren Kaplan and Ross Marquand team up on the very funny House of Thrones for Quizno’s.
Wow. This original Game of Thrones/House of Cards mashup “House of Thrones” actually manages to entertain AND sneak in the product placement that funded the whole endeavor. If you’ve watched as many bad sponsored videos as I have, you know that’s tough to do.
Much credit goes to director Oren Kaplan and actor Ross Marquand, both of whom are friends. (And my pal Kara Luiz makes a scene-stealing turn as Joffrey.) Obviously, these folks are talented, and I think they should be in every movie and on every TV show.
But I also–not to steal your thunder, Oren and Ross and Kara–think Quizno’s deserves some credit here. Not only did it pay for this very funny and very well-executed video, but it also had the patience not to put a Turkey Bacon Guacamole in the opening shot. The reveal that it’s an advertisement comes much later, after the viewer is totally invested. THIS IS HOW IT’S DONE, LARGE CORPORATIONS THAT WANT TO MAKE ONLINE CONTENT.
Sorry. I get a little emotional about product placement.
This video is great.
Why does Coldplay singer Chris Martin have a perpetual case of the sads?
Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin and actress Gwyneth Paltrow have split. A few years back I pondered Martin’s music, wondering why “the British Charlie Brown” has a perpetual case of the sads.