Friday, February 01, 2008

Pepsi for those who think Superbowl

So that the Superbowl commercials don't have to all run back-to-back they have this football game to show in between them.

Here's a preview of a GREAT spot for Pepsi featuring Justin Timberlake.

Let's hope he has a better fate than a certain other Superbowl Pepsi spokesperson....(although this is a fantastic commercial).


Anonymous said...

OMG, Pepsi. My life just passed before my eyes. And it looked so much better than it really was!

Anonymous said...

I remember that Britney one. It's a shame what's happened with her. Did anyone notice that both Spears girls are in it at about :51?

Anthony Strand said...

I didn't think that Timberlake spot was funny until he said "Hey to you", which made me laugh out loud for reasons I can't quite define.

Well played, commercial makers and/or Mr. Timberlake.

TCinLA said...

So, Ken, you're not going to show us at least a picture of a guy with a pleased smile at reading in today's LA Times that the set of a certain show you wrote for is being re-established as a state museum in a state park? I mean, outside of Garrison Keillor, how many writers can say they wrote for a National Treasure?

For those of you out-of-towners, I refer to the announcement in today's Los Angeles Times that the M.A.S.H. set is being rebuilt as part of a tribute to the show in Malibu State Park, site of the remote location set. There will be a ceremony on February 23 with cast and "crew" (a term that in Hollywood does include writers) to dedicate the recreation. The original set was burned down in a brush fire at the time of filming the final episode and became part of the story.

The article (you can read it at points out that the park was the site of the Scottish highlands in "Annie Laurie," starring Lillian Gish, the backdrop for "How Green Was My Valley", "Shangri-La", and "Planet of the Apes," and the site where Butch and Sundance leaped into the river to get away from the posse in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" - among many otehrs since 1927, but the vast majority of visitors come to see the M.A.S.H. set.

Myself, I like to take visitors to a certain cornfield about 12 miles east of the M.A.S.H. site, where Cary Grant was once chased by a cropduster. Yes, the cornfield still grows corn.

By Ken Levine said...


I plan on doing a whole post about it next week, complete with details, and personal recollections.

So don't worry. When it comes to MASH stories I'm always on it.

Rob said...

Rob said...

Ooops, I meant to say that I youtubed some of this years commercials.

Here are some of my thoughts.

Anonymous said...

But the mailbox -- his groin! It works on so many levels!

Max Clarke said...

Since I haven't had a tv since 1990, these two commercials were completely new. The Justin Timberlake ad was clever. The mystery force that pulls him through the city keeps you watching to see what's going on, and the line, "Hey to you," is the sort Indiana Jones would have said just before something came out of left field to knock him over.

The Pepsi ad was like something Coca Cola has done, covering their old songs, and I finally got to see Britney Spears perform. Well-done.

Anonymous said...

I liked the one a couple of years back where Justin reaches for the Pepsi and accidentally grabs her boob.

I'll put a request into our Salty Snack Division here up in Plano.

Jim said... the name of that particular football game, you will not find a prefix meaning "over" or "above"; you will find an adjective meaning "excellent" or "awesome" or "ridiculously overhyped."

Which means it's "Super Bowl." Two words. Similar to "Rose Bowl" or "Orange Bowl" or "Poulan/WeedEater Independence Bowl" or "cereal bowl."

Alto2 said...

Now what? Does Justin go wacko and end up involuntarily committed to psych rehab like Britney? The funnier Pepsi commercial was the send-up of that SNL skit "What is love?" featuring Chris Kattan.