Better late than never say never, or something like that.: Ad Age says a marketing watchdog group finally got around to complaining about the marketing of the Bieber movie. Paramount's "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" may have become a $73 million hit for the studio this winter, but the ad industry's self-regulatory group decided the film's marketing might trick some fans into thinking the pop star himself might turn up at their screening. The Children's Advertising Review Unit, a division of the Council of Better Business Bureau, recommended that Paramount Pictures modify or discontinue a 60-second TV spot that featured a surprise appearance from the singer at a Los Angeles movie theater, accompanied by the statement, "This could happen in your theater." The studio said it disagreed, alss noting it had no intention of running the ad again, so nyah nyah. Anyway, the line was used in 1% of the ads, which means someone in marketing must have looked at the ad and though better of … [Read more...] about Did Bieber movie mislead its audience?
Working dog at an airport Someone had tipped off federal agents that a California man with a large quantity of drug money would soon be boarding a flight from Minnesota to Arizona. They spotted him at gate H-7 in the Humphrey Terminal of Minneapolis-St. Paul International and let loose a "certified narcotics dog." The dog showed strong olfactory interest in two of the man's three pieces of luggage. So the feds seized those two bags and let the man get on the plane to Phoenix. They knew what they might find in the two bags because the man had already told them that he had a large quantity of cash from his bingo business. The feds found no drugs, but $138,121 that - literally - smelled like marijuana, according to court records. Last week, U.S. Chief District Judge Michael Davis entered a default judgment that allows the federal government to keep the money through forfeiture. The man from whom it was seized that day in January 2013 did not make a claim for it. Nor … [Read more...] about The cash smelled like pot, so the feds kept it
Money well spent: Zsa Zsa Gabor's husband is saying happy anniversary in a big way. Frederic Von Anhalt has taken out a billboard on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles to celebrate the couple's 25th wedding anniversary. Beside the couple's wedding photo, it reads, "Prince Frederic & Princess Zsa Zsa 25 years and counting." It also includes Von Anhalt's website. He said the billboard is an anniversary gift for his ailing 94-year-old wife, who smiled when she saw a picture of it on TV. Von Anhalt said he spent his "life savings" on the $68,000 billboard, which will be up for one month. "The billboard was very expensive," said the 68-year-old, who says he is a German prince. "I just put my life savings in it. I said forget about tomorrow. I want to do it today. I want to do it for her." According to his own website, they’re out of money, and have to auction off everything - including the house - to make ends meet. If he applies for public assistance, I think the state might have a … [Read more...] about Zsa zsa husband blows it all on a billboard
After a wild and wooly start with all kinds of flooding, things have settled down on the mainline roads. We currently have no crashes. We do have a couple stalls that are slowing traffic. You'll find them on eastbound Hwy. 494 approaching Xerxes Avenue in Bloomington and northbound Hwy. 100 at Hwy. 55. Congestion is the main reason for slow traffic on eastbound Hwy. 10 from Thurston Avenue over to Hanson Blvd. in Anoka and Coon Rapids. Southbound Hwy. 100 creeps along from I-94 down to Hwy. 7. That is 20 minutes or more. Northbound 169 has few pockets of congestion leading to a 13-mintue trip from Canterbury Road up to 494. Surprisingly, southbound 35E from Little Canada Road to downtown St. Paul has held up fairly well, despite the storms and road work that has taken out a lane. It's only 16 minutes from County 96 to Pennsylvania Avenue. Hwy. 169 in the Belle Plaine area has lane closures due to flooding. Be aware of rapidly changing conditions along Hwy. 169 from … [Read more...] about 7:30 a.m. update: Wet, but it could be worse
Despite what you may have heard, Wabasha is not under water. Pictured: Downtown Wabasha Monday morning, unflooded. Torrential rains soaked this Mississippi River town last week, just like everywhere else in Minnesota. But when the sun came out this weekend, the tourists stayed away, alarmed by reports on the Weather Channel and in the papers that warned that the river was above flood stage and rising. That's true -- the Mississippi is a foot above flood stage and won't crest until later this week. "Above flood stage" isn't the same as "flooded," but still, people canceled weekend plans in Wabasha and Bald Eagle Day at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha attracted far fewer visitors than expected, said Cheri Wright, executive director of the Wabasha-Kellogg Chamber of Commerce. The swollen Mississippi rolls by, but not over, downtown Wabasha. "Flooding? No, and where?" said Wright, who drove to the Twin Cities this weekend without hitting any high water. "I'm on Main … [Read more...] about Wabasha wants you to know it’s not flooded