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Over the last year, the Pop Secret Labs have been brainstorming new ways to eat popcorn. There was Pop Search, a browser add-on that searched the web to find the best place to watch a movie online; a Rotten Tomatoes partnership to help viewers find like-minded critics; and an app to prevent your popcorn from ever burning again.
But this might top them all.
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It seems you can't get away from Ron Burgundy this week. He hosted a newscast in North Dakota. He's starred in Dodge (Yodge) Durango commercials. Ben & Jerry's released the new "Scotchy, Scotch, Scotch" ice cream. This week on ESPN, he interview Payton Manning. And the week isn't over yet...
When it comes to promoting their movie, no one does a better job of Will Ferrell. Whether you think he's the funniest SNL Member of ALL Time or Not, you have to respect his ability to own the media when his movies come out. Even the bad ones...
The new Ron Burgundy-branded Scotch called "Great Odin's Raven Special Reserve" is the best product tie into a movie character ever. For $25 a bottle, the marketer in an online newsletter described the brand as "a great opportunity to sell a high-quality product and embrace a promotional wave spearheaded by one of the funniest characters to hit the big screen in decades." Orders from stores will be shipped with stand-up displays of Ron Burgundy. Classic!
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Netflix is back with a pretty cool Christmas commercial that stars a long suffering tree topper with a very familiar voice… see if you can guess who she is. If not, scroll down for the answer.
It's Sopranos actress Lorraine Bracco!
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Scented candles are awesome… when they don't smell like food. I love walking into a room that smells like Christmas Trees to find a Yankee Candle burning on a nearby table. Personally, the "Storm Watch" scent is my favorite but when they discontinued it, I moved on to "Fresh Linen."
Scented candles cross the line in my book when they smell like food. No one wants to come home hungry with a "Christmas Cookie" candle burning in the room. I can't tell you how many times I got up to blow that candle out at my house late at night to fight the urge to grab a snack!
For those who like the obscure scents like "Fresh Cut Grass," you'll enjoy the new scent of Fried Chicken that is being made by Kentucky for Kentucky. They go on sale this Friday… no word if the candlemakers will share their secret recipe.
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What? Foot Locker has Mike Tyson apologizing to Evander Holyfield (for the ear bitting incident), Brett Favre "walking away," and Dennis Rodman buying a one-way ticket.
K-Mart has struck comedy gold again! Remember their hilarious "Ship My Pants" commercials from this summer? Well, they have taken it up a notch for the Holiday Shopping season with a behind the scenes look on the limits and restrictions set for layaway with this new ad. Enjoy!
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I've seen this Samsung Galaxy Gear commercial so much that I'm starting to see it in my dreams.
Last night, I dreamt that I got the Samsung Galaxy Gear, the new "smart" watch that connects to a Samsung phone. But in my dream it didn't look like a throwback to Inspector Gadget's calculator style watch… no mine was a cool G-Shock watch in black (hint, hint to any Mike The Web Guy Family members who might be wondering what to get me this year). In my dream I was opening my Christmas gift, surprised that I was the new owner of a COOL G-Shock Black watch when a voice said, "it's also a cell phone." At that point my current Timex Ironman alarm went off at 6:30AM to get me up for the gym.
While brushing my teeth, I was thinking, "how cool would it be to have a cell phone watch? Could you text with it?" I guess I wouldn't need all of the apps or extras that come with a smartphone when I also have an iPad mini. I could do all of my "important" computing on my tablet. Or if it was work related, fire up my Mac. Yeah, the simplicity of going back to making and receiving JUST phone calls appealed to me until I came into work and did a little research on the Samsung Galaxy Gear. A couple drawbacks: the price (it costs $300) and it ONLY WORKS with Samsung smartphones (which I would also have to buy). And unlike my Ironman or possible future G-Shock wristwatch, it's not waterproof, shock proof, and has to be charged every day.
I think I can wait a few years.
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Today is Veteran's Day. My kids asked me if I had the day off, like schools do today, to which I said, "No." My son asked me, "is that because you aren't a soldier, Dad?" I just smiled and said, "Yes."
I was thinking about my veterans' this morning, as I do every Veterans and Memorial Day, during my drive into work. One thought that stuck with me while staring at the red brake lights on the Twin Bridges this morning was the image of American Flags that lined the middle of the street where my Grandparents lived in San Diego. Twice a year the town would put those flags out. When I was about my sons age, I asked my father about them and he told me they were to remember the brave soldiers who fought for our country.
I guess when we are younger, we think of veterans being older men. I remember the watching the WWII vets wave from their float as they passed the crowd during the Veterans Day parade in my hometown of Yuma, Arizona. The smiles on their faces. Their hats read: "WWII", "KOREA", and "VIETNAM." Through history class, we learn of the wars and conflicts our Country has fought in over the years and the men and women who served to protect our freedom.
In high school maybe you had a friend or two that enlisted. The idea of vet starts to change from that old man wearing a hat in the parade to a classmate or friend. I know it seemed very surreal for me when my sister joined the Army, served in Iraq (twice) and Afghanistan, and came home with pictures and stories of her time in combat.
For those of us who have led a civilian life, we may feel uncomfortable today, not sure what to say to veteran. I used to struggle with the right words. I found five that are genuine and when you say them with a handshake, I guarantee you'll get a smile back.
To all those who have served, their to their families and loved ones, thank you for your service.
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I can't wait for Jimmy Fallon to take over the Tonight Show. He may not have the funny monologue jokes like Conan… but no one can beat him when it comes to interacting with guests. Especially hard core action stars like Jason Statham…