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The Walking Dead zombie invasion "infects" Boston tomorrow

The Walking Dead zombie invasion "infects" Boston tomorrow


The Walking Dead trailerOkay, everybody, gather up your battle shovels and cans of baked beans. You know that impending zombie apocalypse the past 75 years...
By Steve Miller  |  October 25, 2010
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Pols and blowhards beware: PolitiFact is coming

The Providence Journal , facing the newspaper industry's twin demons of declining circulation and plummeting advertising revenue, is in an intense period of reinvention.
As the ProJo turns
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 11, 2010

Poor WGME

As the gubernatorial primary date inches closer, we’re starting to see more and more TV ads showing would-be governors touting themselves and their qualifications for the job.
Press Releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  May 07, 2010
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The World's Worst Web Ads

Unkempt Hairy Dude's De-Lousing Secret
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  March 05, 2010
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Through a glass darkly

Predicting a Super Bowl winner doesn't make you a genius: after all, given a pool of 32 teams, one of them is bound to capture the trophy. But predicting the future for an industry that's been buffeted by new technologies and economic vicissitudes, and
Forecasting the media year to come
By ADAM REILLY  |  January 08, 2010
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Caprio's ad campaign quietly goes dark

A month-and-a-half ago, Treasurer Frank T. Caprio erased any doubt that he was running for governor with a splashy, front-page announcement of his candidacy and the launch of a $100,000-per-month advertising campaign.
Off the Air
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 25, 2009


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Will Caprio’s early ad spree work?

A couple of weeks ago, political insiders were beginning to wonder if Treasurer Frank Caprio would run for governor after all.
Is a $100,000-per-month advertising campaign a wise use of campaign cash at this early stage?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 27, 2009
AUDIO: Ad agency Modernista, let Mel Blanc ease your sufferin' succotash

AUDIO: Ad agency Modernista, let Mel Blanc ease your sufferin' succotash


Oof, tough luck, Modernista -- getting dumped by Cadillac must hurt like hell. While you're wallowing in post-breakup misery, ruminating on the fickle nature of...
By Shaula Clark  |  October 12, 2009
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Hammer swings through Harvard

When he was known as MC Hammer, the man born Stanley Burrell famously sold consumers Rick James samples and parachute pants.
Ad lib department
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 04, 2009
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Brave New Advertorial

This week's reminder that journalism isn't in Kansas anymore comes via a funky advertising concept showcased at  nytimes.com/magazine  — where, as you'd expect, the contents of the New York Times Magazine are available for Web readers.
When is a news story not a news story? When it becomes a Starbucks ad.
By ADAM REILLY  |  August 14, 2009
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Places that are gone

It wasn't until the 1970s that O. Winston Link got noticed by the art world. The New Yorker had been a professional photographer since the 1930s, shooting publicity shots for an advertising firm before World War II and doing freelance commercial photog
O. Winston Link and Carmel Vitullo document an era
By GREG COOK  |  August 07, 2009


Nice to meet you(1)

Rich Connor, the mercurial new co-owner and editor/publisher of the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram , the Waterville-based Morning Sentinel , and the Augusta-based Kennebec Journal, is a curious figure, who himself seems a good candida
A few scenes from Rich Connor's first couple weeks at the  Portland Press Herald
By JEFF INGLIS  |  July 03, 2009

New advertising business model? Modernista ad scripts going for $35 on eBay


We pity ad copywriters generally, but we pity them even more today. The trailblazing Boston ad agenc...
By Carly Carioli  |  July 01, 2009
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Review: Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

In the three years since last he was on screen, Ben Stiller's bored night guard, Larry Daley, has become a well-to-do hawker of infomercial crap, but he's still not in the right place.
Dusting off the same old display cases
By TOM MEEK  |  May 22, 2009
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Review: Big Fan

"He's another Martin Scorsese!" crows mom when her son screens an awful ad for his ambulance-chasing law firm in this unimpressive debut from Robert Siegel.
Run-of-the-mill, cheap laughs
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 17, 2009

Fold or float

How to save the Portland Press Herald
How to save the Portland Press Herald
By JEFF INGLIS  |  April 01, 2009


Judd Apatow and Friends

Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen, and Jonah Hill are questionable enough to begin with on their physical merits, but they make our list mainly because we're completely sick of getting inundated with their advertisements. Apatow gets bonus Unsexy points for the ri
Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen, and Jonah Hill are questionable enough to begin with on their physical merits, but they make our list mainly because we're completely sick of getting inundated with their advertisements. Apatow gets bonus Unsexy points for the right-wing current bubbling beneath his films; and while James Franco, Paul Rudd, and Jason Segel seem like great dudes, they're unsexy by association.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009
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Firing back

"Yogurt is the official food of women." Or so enthuses TV writer Sarah Haskins in her sarcastic three-minute video "Target Women: Yogurt Edition."
A girl's best friend is her yogurt
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  March 25, 2009
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Review: In a Dream

If you find yourself groaning through the first five minutes of Jeremiah Zagar's Academy Award-shortlisted feature documentary about his artist father Isaiah, you might just be its target audience.
Personal collapse in impressive structure
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  February 11, 2009

As the Pro Jo turns

A full-page advertisement that ran on page A7 of Monday's ProJo featured an illustration depicting a workshop of flinty Amish craftsmen busily building what the headline called an "Amish mantle and miracle invention" that helps "home heat bills hit r
In tough times, newspapers get ad money where they can
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 08, 2009
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Review: Yes Man

Once the one-note joke's been established, everything else follows with plodding, mechanical predictability.
The correct answer is "No"
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 16, 2008


The little station that could . . . and did

I love WFNX. I suppose I might be expected to say that, but that is really how I feel.
WFNX could have been a country station. A message from the kid who voted new wave.
By BRAD MINDICH  |  December 01, 2008
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Radio days

Will C was born 20 years too late and four skin tones too light.
Will C.’s beyond-fresh Down the Dial comp
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 24, 2008
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The Big Hurt: Rotten butter


John Lydon spreads it on thick. Plus, intrusive devices and CGI pissoirs
By DAVID THORPE  |  October 08, 2008
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They do like Mondays

Monday is a hard sell.
ESPN defends its AstroTurf
By JASON O'BRYAN  |  September 03, 2008
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Over and out for Opie

Jim "Opie" Hummel has been among the handful of local wild and crazy reporters who consistently come up with solid, aggressively pursued, and flashy stories.
Newsman takes a walk rather than embrace tabloid lexicon
By PHILIPPE + JORGE  |  August 06, 2008


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O's got a TV eye on you

With his decision to forgo public funding, Barack Obama can raise as much as he wants, giving him a huge financial advantage in the fall campaign.
The era of TV advertising in presidential general elections is over
By STEVEN STARK  |  June 25, 2008
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A tale of two TV stories

Bill Rappleye, of WJAR-TV, was pursuing the adversarial relationship between reporters and elected officials when he asked Governor Carcieri to explain why he isn’t violating the state’s anti-nepotism law.
Hidden influence can be a bigger concern than aggressive reporters
By IAN DONNIS  |  June 18, 2008
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Top 10 questions for Maine voters

Here are the top 10 stories and storylines shaping Maine's primary season.
The issues that define the primary campaign
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 28, 2008

Bad words and warnings

And now, a few positive words about negative advertising.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  May 28, 2008