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Super-breaking news: Kate Beckinsale and Zooey Deschanel in Absolut Vodka ads shot by Ellen Von Unwerth

December 3, 2009

There is nothing about putting this post together that I don’t like. Ellen Von Unwerth photographed Kate Beckinsale and Zooey Deschanel for the new Absolut Vodka campaign. Pics debuted yesterday. First look at what I can find of the ads so far, three photos of Kate Beckinsale have been released with drink recipes so far and one of Zooey D, will keep you updated if I find more as this story unfolds! Quotes below the ads are overwrought blurbs from the press release.


Kate Beckinsale photographed by Ellen Von Unwerth for Absolut vodka.

• Beckinsale channels the 1980s as she is inspired by the lime garnish that can work in many lightly-mixed drinks in the ABSOLUT Tonic Twist ad. A second look at the ad reveals details that the swirls initially hide and the turn table and records give a musical theme to the ambience.


Kate Beckinsale photographed by Ellen Von Unwerth for Absolut vodka.

• In the ABSOLUT Crush ad, Beckinsale is larger than life, walking through a Miami-like city, home of sunshine and oranges. “Crush” is another way of saying “squeeze,” for fresh-squeezed juice.

By the way, once I saved these for myself from various official channels, I edited and scaled them to be extra-large for you, so click through to save the big versions.


Zooey Deschanel photographed by Ellen Von Unwerth for Absolut vodka.

• In the ABSOLUT Cosmo ad, Deschanel adds a science-fiction flair to the traditional ABSOLUT® CITRON cocktail in a retro-hip yet modern lounge as she plays the role of a “cosmo”-naut.


Kate Beckinsale photographed by Ellen Von Unwerth for Absolut vodka.

• There are many versions of the Bloody Mary legend with all of them involving calling Mary’s ghost while chanting into a mirror. In the ABSOLUT Bloody ad, Beckinsale brings the character to life as a stylish and mischievous temptress – one who won’t be contained.

Man. Two of my favorite actresses, shot by my favorite photographer, advertising a beverage which gets you one of my favorite things (*whisper*: d-r-u-n-k).

This is truly a red letter day!

Holy mother effing heck

October 8, 2009

I am calling the mayor with both hands! Everything in this joint is nutella-related. It is both a restaurant and a store. There are locations in Italy (Bologna), Frankfurt, and that’s all I can find so far but I’ll keep you posted….. I’m wiping away tears of joy that such a thing exists. It’s like Our Lady just reached down and kissed my forehead, I swar to gar.

the Cappy: it is a glimpse of heaven
Christopher Rouxbin: heaven does exist!
Jonohs: That’s a lot of hazelnut.

Way to kill the spiritual mood, Jonohs.

If you’re not a godless heathen and would like to know more, here is an Italian PDF telling you all about the Bolognese location. There are also locations in Frankfurt and in the works for altre citte. Check it out on the official UK and U.S. Ferrero websites.



Photo by Jordan Smith of He Cooks, She Cooks, who modified Giada de Laurentiis’ Chocolate-Hazelnut Ravioli to make Nutella Wontons for Valentine’s.

Perhaps you are all like, “What’s nutella?” Oh, my heavens, I swan. Exactly what the fuck is wrong with you?! You just fall out of a tree to earth?? Quick history.

Nutella® spread, in its earliest form, was created in the 1940s by Mr. Pietro Ferrero, a pastry maker and founder of the Ferrero company. At the time, there was very little chocolate because cocoa was in short supply due to World War II rationing.

So Mr. Ferrero used hazelnuts, which are plentiful in the Piedmont region of Italy (northwest), to extend the chocolate supply.

Mmm… just … I need some time to myself now. Excuse me. Carry on!