Fantastic new English-language commercial for M&Ms, starring William Levy and Ms. Brown (aka Vanessa Williams)! *
Despite hailing from the South, I’ve never understood the reasoning behind any individual wanting or needing to own a gun. What good is ever going to come from it? I was taken aback to find this advert in the August/September 2012 issue of Garden & Gun magazine… which is kind-of sort-of like a modern-generation Southern Living.
The pub’s title is meant to be ironic and it’s a fine periodical about food & travel and such… but seeing this ad on page 9 in the current issue is jarring, if not wholly disturbing: “Childhood Dreams Can Come True.” The idea that passing your giant killer rifle down from generation to generation… and teaching your kids to be proud of ownership is more like a nightmare, if you ask me.
This may be the only time that I actually agree with NYC Mayor Bloomberg, who has always been an opponent of semi-automatic weapons, and is renewing his call for a nationwide ban. *
Caesars Palace has released a commercial promoting Shania Twain’s upcoming Las Vegas residency, along with the posh new Nobu Hotel tower (that Celine Dion’s ongoing residency no doubt bankrolled). Shania’s “Still the One” show is set to launch at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace December 1. She’ll rotate with Celine, Elton John and Rod Stewart.
Obviously, the hotel recognizes that its reputation as a world-class live concert mecca has everything to do with Celine’s persistent sell-out concert presence… and thus she appears in the spot. Man, oh man, Celine looks beautiful.
Meanwhile, here’s a news flash: Apparently, Ne-Yo is collaborating with Celine Dion on her upcoming English album Water and a Flame. He shared on his Instagram page a pic of the pair hugging during a late-night studio session, writing, “The incomparable Celine Dion!! In the studio doing something epic. God is good. Music is good, all the time.”
This isn’t the first time that Ne-Yo and Celine have worked together: He wrote the wonderfully intense “I Got Nothing Left” for her previous album Taking Chances. *
William Levy is inviting America to “have a fling with flavor” with the launch of two new Pepsi tastes. Available only this summer, Pepsi Cherry Vanilla and Paradise Mango flavors were revealed by Will at The Americana at Brand in Glendale, Calif. Sounds utterly revolting, doesn’t it?
Levy says (but, of course, didn’t really say) via a press release: “Summer is the perfect time to dial up the flavor in your life, from adventures to what you eat and drink, which is why I’m excited to help Pepsi launch two new flavored colas inspired by my favorite season. I’ve been a Pepsi drinker all my life.” Yeah, yeah, just smile for the camera, my beautiful man. *
Our very favorite athlete (I can assure you those are three words I have never uttered in my life) Tom Daley is gaining the attention of advertisers as the cute-as-a-whip 18-year-old Brit Olympic diver garners his first endorsement deal. Take a look at his commercial for Adidas… which is sadly, rather uninspired. But at least it opens the door for more—like print campaigns. In Speedos! Daley will, of course, be competing at the London games this summer. I might actually watch… sports. Ha ha… can you imagine? *adidas Men’s Marathon 10 Running Shoe – Dark Grey/Red
William Levy‘s series of Spanish-language commercials for Lays Potato Chips (a la Papas Sabritas) continue their forward-moving storyline, as our man heads to the beach—thankfully shirtless (although his turquoise bathing suit is way too conservative)… only to be followed by the chip-munching cop who continues to swipe Will’s chips.
Cleverly, there’s even a lil’ dance move here, an obvious allusion to his recent star-making appearance on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. Quite a subtle vibe of eroticism here… but then again, we are talking about Willy, the Sexiest Man Alive. *
James Franco sure scrubs up nice & handsome for his ongoing Gucci Made to Measure ad campaign, which launched last fall. The 33-year-old actor posed for French photographer Nathaniel Goldberg in Rome for the shoot, which features James in a film studio donning classic elegance. Indeed. *
Rufskin Denim, whose fashion lines are designed to shine, has just released its Spring 2012 swimwear campaign, featuring Rodiney Santiago. At last, some new pics of our boy, who has been busying himself with silly VH1 series Couples Therapy. Rod is shown here wearing Rufskin’s Paraggi, Palermo, Surf, Portofino Roma and Capri lines of swimwear in addition to various tops and accessories. For so much more, visit the clothiers webbie at www.rufskin.com. Its daily blog is here.And a few more nuggets from the Spring campaign. Below is our old pal Michael Barre, a runner-up for The Smoking Nun’s Sexiest Man of the Year in 2011.
Filming for a New York Lottery commercial overtook Brooklyn Heights Tuesday March 20, along the neighborhood’s main shopping drag of Montague Street. This morning, the action was focused on a vehicle with smashed windshield and a felled lamp-post. Ouch!
By mid-afternoon, the storyboard had evolved to a crowd of zombies collected around a newspaper vendor site (with a car now completely overturned), apparently consumed with deadly desire to purchase NYC lottery tix. Meanwhile, a mob of ghoulish extras sat along the corner of Henry Street in front of NY Kids Club—there’s something deliciously ironic there—waiting their turn as the action progressed. I can only hope they chewed up a misbehaved precocious child or two.