June 2, 2000 |
Whassup? "I'm not happy, Frank," says cranky Louie the Lizard in a new TV spot for Budweiser. "They stole my tongue thing. " Can you believe it? Now that wretched reptile is picking on our guys. In a series of ads to air on NBC during the upcoming National Basketball Association finals, Louie actually claims that the four friends from Philadelphia featured in the popular "Whassup" commercials stole their routine from him. In one of the new spots, Louie appears on one side of a split screen with his tongue out. On the other side is Charles Stone III saying "whazzzzahhh" into a telephone with his tongue out. An on-screen question asks: "Coincidence?"
May 21, 2016
Because advertising is a barometer that often accurately measures America's psychological atmosphere, attention must be paid to this: From Monday through the presidential election, Budweiser beer will bear a different name. Eager to do its bit to make America great again, the brewer will replace the name Budweiser with America on its 12-ounce bottles and cans. The Financial Times says this is "a bid to capitalize on U.S. election fever. " (Before the Chicago Cubs bestrode the world like a colossus, T-shirts proclaimed "Cubs Fever: Catch it - and die. ")
December 30, 1993 |
A 42-year-old man was arrested after authorities said he used a gun to commandeer a Budweiser beer truck and drive it home, later telling police: "I was just getting some beer. " David Vaiz of Mission Hills, was arrested yesterday outside his home when an officer saw him with two beer cases in hand and the beer truck parked nearby.
September 30, 1989 |
Rural Lancaster County used to be solid Budweiser country, where the "King of Beers" was the brew of choice for working men and women who patronize the roadside bars around New Holland and Ephrata. But as summer becomes fall this year, die-hard Bud drinkers are turning to Rolling Rock and Coors. Barkeeps are refusing to stock Budweiser, and are selling baseball caps and T-shirts urging their customers to join the "great Bud boycott" of 1989. "This is a matter of principle and of business," said Ken Bondarchuk, owner of the Blue Ball Hotel, one of 25 taverns where beer is now steeped in political overtones as Budweiser has become Goliath, with the bar owners cast as David.
September 25, 1995 |
It's not news that sex is a major theme of modern advertising. It's used in everything from peddling jeans, as in the kiddie porn of Calvin Klein, to gorgeous women flashing long limbs as they get out of sleek cars. But recently, the Budweiser beer people came up with one of the most peculiar sexually suggestive ads I've ever seen. As most TV viewers know, the current Budweiser ads feature frogs. In one commercial, three frogs make croaking sounds. And eventually, the three sounds come together to form "Budweiser.
March 8, 2013
BY NOW it's obvious that the highly publicized, $5 million class-action lawsuit charging Budweiser with overstating its alcohol content is pure B.S. The plaintiffs, including two Montgomery County brothers, say that Anheuser-Busch deliberately waters down its beer, and that its alcohol content is "significantly" overstated on its labels. But the lawsuit provides no evidence to back up that claim. It cites no scientific-based data, or even how much Bud drinkers are being shortchanged.
June 9, 2004 |
Since March, partisans of President Bush and Sen. John Kerry have poured about $151 million into TV ads that have aired approximately 140,000 times. Madison Avenue has deemed the commercials dull. Where's the buzz? What's the word at the watercooler? Try traveshamockery - a fake word sputtered by a mock candidate during a faux presidential debate in an ad for beer. "This whole thing is a travesty and a sham and a mockery! It's a traveshamockery!" yells comedian Bob Odenkirk, of the '90s HBO cult hit The Show.
January 26, 1990 |
If the Super Bowl were a cartoon, the San Francisco 49ers would be riding a giant steam roller, methodically and mercilessly flattening the non-charging Denver Broncos. And the extravagantly expensive commercials would feature Pee-wee's Kinder, Gentler Nation, where everyone is happy, hugging, singing, laughing, dancing and shaving. For the paradox of Super Bowl XXIV (Sunday on Channel 10 at 5 p.m.) is that American business will be using nurturing men, liberated women and the hopes for world peace to sell products to millions of viewers who embrace the concept that violence can be fun. Never mind.
July 29, 2011 |
JENNA FISCHER talks directly to the camera in early scenes in "A Little Help. " She lets us see the life that's overwhelming her, the bitterness that threatens to swallow her whole and the irritation she's trying her darnedest to hide. As Laura, a woman unhappy with work - she's a dental hygienist - unhappily married (Chris O'Donnell plays the husband always "in a meeting") and failing at keeping the upper hand with her rude 12-year-old son (Daniel Yelsky), Fischer has the perfect big-screen role to fit her TV-perfected ("The Office")
October 17, 2014 |
NICHOLAS Sparks, known for his weepy, florid stories of romance, is also preoccupied with class. His heroes are invariably young men from the wrong side of the tracks, muscular strivers who attract the attention of well-to-do young women. The most recent version in Sparks' "The Best of Me" is Dawson, a smart kid from a family of moonshiners, a clan run by an abusive redneck who looks like he's on leave from one of those old Joe Don Baker "Walking Tall" movies. Dawson (Luke Bracey, a name Sparks might have come up with)