Kickers, the classic footwear brand is launching Random Bandits, a series of short animated comedy sketches backed by an online campaign created by digital agency Holler.

In a deal with TV comedy show Modern Toss, Kickers has produced a series of three short animated comedy sketches featuring a mix of brand new and classic Modern Toss characters, oversized boots and flies mulling over some very bizarre celeb rituals.

The brand, synonymous with popular British culture, is using digital media to reaffirm itself with its target audience of 19-35 year olds.

Written and illustrated in typical satirical Modern Toss fashion, with guest voice-overs supplied by star of ‘The Office’ and Hollywood swashbuckler Mackenzie Crook, ‘Random Bandits’ will be full of funny sketches and skits that see characters from the films sending-up everything from entertainment, popular culture and even social networks. The campaign will go live on April 6th and run for three months.

The films are set to feature Shoe Horn, a footwear obsessed shopper, Dave Beeline, a rowdy driver who pointblank refuses to accept the existence of any places not recognised by his sat nav, and Flytalk the celebrity-gossiping insects.

To drive word of mouth they will premier exclusively on MySpace at www.myspace.com/KickersUK before being syndicated online. MySpace will be the official hub for all things Random Bandits and the profile will house all content and news about the films as well as information on Kickers products.

Social network spaces across Bebo, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook will also form part of the campaign.

Holler will also be working with a host of third party sites such as NME to run UGC promotions that will give listeners and readers the chance to have their music featured as the sound track to the films in the series.

Further partnerships with Aloud.Com and Nuts will also spread news of the films and drive views.

Exclusive Kickers Modern Toss limited edition Kickers shoes and branded IPods are also be created for promotions.

James Kirkham, managing partner, Holler said: “This campaign taps into Kickers high levels of credibility with both adults and aspiring teens. By creating excitement and offering genuinely meaningful content it should strike a cord”.

From its inception in the 1970s, Kickers now spans men’s, women’s and Kids shoes. The product has evolved to incorporate a heritage collection, infused with the identity of classic Kickers, as well as a fashion-forward collaboration.

With its 40th anniversary rapidly approaching, Kickers has been awarded Superbrand status by the Superbrand’s Council, and voted 2008 Footwear Brand of the Year by Maxim.


Check out the latest highlights video from Red Bull Bedroom Jam’s live webcast last week featuring Attack! Attack! and 13 riots.

Next up the Red Bull Bedroom Jam tour bus heads west to Worcester- home of apples, beef, sauce and, of course, Dan Scotty. Described by some as “a one man electronic emo machine”, 19-year-old Dan Scotty comes to us fresh off the road from his first UK tour, where he got busy turning rock shows into dance parties.

Dan has earned himself a large fanbase thanks to his infectious live shows, and boasts an impressive 300,000 hits on his Myspace page.

Point your browser towards www.redbullbedroomjam.com on Monday, March 16th, where Dan (plus a full band) will be playing live for your listening pleasure.

As ever, Red Bull Bedroom Jam presenters Goldierocks and Richie T will get the party started from Red Bull HQ where they’ll be chatting to the leisure wear-loving Goldie Lookin Chain.

And with a group like that, who knows what’s going to happen, so make sure you tune in at 5pm on Monday – you knows it.

6 February 2008

Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, joined GMTV to discuss a crackdown on under-age drinking in public.

She talked with GMTV’s Fiona Phillips following an interview with a mother who said her 16-year-old was out of control and that parenting contracts “are a complete waste of time and will do nothing to solve the problem.”

Below is the transcript of the Home Secretary’s interview:

FIONA PHILLIPS: You’re a mum of two sons yourself aren’t you, so that poor lady – she sounded like a decent mum – is at her wit’s end. How would parenting contracts, the sort we’re talking about today, stop underage drinking, how would they help her out?

JACQUI SMITH: Parenting is tough Fiona, but it does make a difference. When you’ve got good parenting, it does stop kids from getting into trouble.

FP: She seems to have done all she can, but he’s had community charges, he’s been doing community service, he’s been in trouble with the police – none of it has worked. So how would this measurement make a difference?

JS: Which is why what parenting contract is about is not just saying: “Here are the rules, you’ve got kids stick by it.” But actually: “Here’s a deal: we expect you to keep your child under control. But we know it’s difficult – here’s some parenting support to help you do it. Now we expect you to take that parenting support – to do your bit – but in exchange, you do need to take responsibility for your child.” So there’s help, but there’s also parents living up to their responsibilities. And of course it has to happen early. That’s why I’m saying, for example, if children are being picked up frequently on the streets – drinking when they shouldn’t be – parenting contracts, which have worked in other areas with respect to anti-social behaviour, might be a good answer to actually getting parents to take responsibility, and to stop giving children the drink in the first place.

FP: But parents don’t usually give children the drink…

JS: Well, actually, unfortunately, some of the research that we’ve done suggests that sometimes children are getting drink from their parents. So, all of us have got a responsibility here to make sure that kids aren’t getting the drinks in the first place and aren’t out on the streets causing trouble.

FP: So a parenting contract is to help parents out, like the lady we just spoke who was so scared of her son and friends. She says parenting contracts aren’t worth the paper they’re written on. So what if you had a parent who didn’t want to cooperate?

JS: Well, the first thing to say is I do think you need to step in early with these. I don’t know if that lady has actually had the sort of parenting support that goes alongside a parenting contract. In the end though, I’m not willing to put up with young people on our streets drinking, with then the sort of resultant trouble that that quite often causes. Which is why I’m saying, I think the police need to be able to take alcohol off young people. We had a campaign last year where the police took 6,500 pints worth of alcohol off young people. We’re starting that again in the next few weeks. That’s a very clear message that you shouldn’t be drinking, and you certainly shouldn’t be drinking on the streets and causing worry and concern for neighbourhoods, and potentially getting into trouble.

FP: But we all know that, that’s common sense isn’t it. But how do you physically expect parents to track their teenage children when they go out at night? You can tell them alcohol is bad. You can tell them until you’re blue in the face. But how do you physically stop them?

JS: Well, when they get to 16, you probably can’t physically stop them. But you need earlier on to have had the sort of parenting support that means that you know how to set boundaries – you’re actually setting the right behaviour earlier on. And actually, we also need to make sure that that off-license isn’t selling vodka to an under 18-year-old. And that’s why we’ve done these sort of sting operations, where we send people in to try and test whether or not shops are selling to underage drinkers. We’re actually seeing fewer that are selling to underage drinkers. But where they are, we need to take action against those as well.

FP: But when do you take action, how do you know a child found out on the streets on a Tuesday night – that might be the first time he’s done it – so how do you know? For all we know Tony Blair could well be in the same position – Euan was found flat on his back in Leicester Square at one time. So where do you intervene, how early or how late, how do you do it?

JS: Well what I want to be sure about is that the police, who are probably the people who are night after night potentially, picking up the same young people, have the powers and discretion to be able to use in a way that they think is appropriate. Police officers have said to me, they need to be able to take drink off young people. They need to be able to make sure that where that is happening consistently, parents also are brought into the equation and made to take some responsibility. We need to be confident that the few dodgy off-licences where young people are getting their drink from, there’s action we can take against those. So there’s lots of us who have a responsibility here. I’ve got a responsibility in Government to lead, to be clear about the harm that alcohol can cause. The disruption it can cause to our communities. That’s what I’m setting out today. But all of us I think together can make a difference.

FP: You have a teenage boy – what have you told him? It’s difficult, do you know where he goes out at night?

JS: Parenting is tough. We all know that don’t we? None of us who are parents wants to sit here and say everything about our kid is right, because we know it is difficult. But we also know I think, and I think people have been responding this morning and saying this, is that parents are part of the solution, they do have to be responsible for their children, but where they need help to do that, we’ll provide that as well. It’s that deal – support with your parenting, but you’ve got to take your responsibilities seriously.

FP: All right, thank you very much. I do hope you don’t bring take-away kebabs home to those children because they’re not good for them Jacqui.

JS: You can’t believe everything you read in the newspapers about me.

8 February 2008

Suzanne Shaw let slip on GMTV this morning that she’s been ‘possibly’ practising one of the most daring moves performed on Dancing On Ice – the head banger.

Speaking on Entertainment Today, accident prone Suzanne responded to the head banger hear’say, revealing: “We’ve been practising – possibly – the head banger. I went to see my boyfriend yesterday and he was like, ‘You’ve had so many late nights haven’t you?’ I said ‘No I’ve not, I had a really good night’s sleep’. I looked in the mirror and all my eyes were bloodshot because the momentum of the swinging head banger just makes your eyes go pop.”

Despite a cracked rib and head injury, Suzanne said the excitement of performing live leaves her pain free: “It’s a minute and a half of pure adrenaline – you don’t feel the pain because the adrenaline is just pumping through you so fast.”

She now admits becoming “a bit of a hypochondriac”, following a bug that’s hit fellow Dancing On Ice stars, Gareth Gates and Greg Rusedski.

“Steve started with it last week so he was quarantined off and not allowed near any of us”, said Suzanne. “It was hilarious – he was put into a different room.”

“Apparently, as soon as someone gets it – they’re off to another ice skating rink on the other side of the world. They’re not allowed near us.”

8 February 2008

Alan Carr was reunited with his old school friend Michael Underwood on GMTV this morning.

Reminiscing about their days as cheeky school boys at Weston Favell School, Michael said: “Someone told me there was a picture of me in the corridor that went ‘He went here’. Now there’s motivation.”

“I was told someone drove a car into the computer block,” said Alan. “Is that right? I’m sure it’s not.”

Talking about his new show, Alan Carr’s Celebrity Ding Dong, the comedian admitted he’s found some guests a handful: “Johnny Vegas started having a go at this woman in the front row with no teeth, saying ‘What are you looking at?’ She was even more drunk than he was… it got turned into the Jeremy Kyle show.”

The tables were turned on Alan when he took part in Entertainment Today’s, Alan Carr’s Civilian Dong Ding, in which members of the public asked Alan the questions.

He soon revealed the exciting list of celebs in his phonebook: “I’ve got Amy Winehouse, Jamie Oliver… all the greats!” When asked what he bought with his first pay-cheque, he replied: “Probably some utensils for my kitchen – I’m so boring.”

11 February 2008

ITV today announced that Julia McKenzie has taken over the iconic role of Miss Marple. Julia will begin filming A Pocketful of Rye at the end of this month.

Geraldine McEwan, the last actress to take on the nation’s favourite spinster sleuth, retired last month after three hugely successful series. The hugely popular Emmy Award nominated ITV films have been sold to over 100 territories worldwide and peaked in the ratings at 10 million viewers.

Star of stage and screen, Julia McKenzie most recently appeared in Cranford as Mrs Forrester and the critically acclaimed Notes On A Scandal. Earlier credits include Fresh Fields, Bright Young Things and Blott On The Landscape. On stage Julia recently starred in The Philadelphia Story at the Old Vic, and has many award wins and nominations to her name, both on Broadway and in the West End. She won an Olivier for her performance as Mrs Lovett in the National Theatre production of Sweeny Todd.

Julia McKenzie said: “I’m very excited but also slightly daunted by the enormous responsibility that comes with taking on such an iconic role. Just about everybody in the world knows about Miss Marple and has an opinion of what she should be like, so I’m under no illusions about the size of the task ahead. And I suppose I’ll have to remind myself how to knit.”

Laura Mackie, ITV’s Director of Drama, said: “Although the Miss Marple brand is one of the strongest in British television, the character herself is always open to interpretation. Julia McKenzie will bring another dimension to a classic character, and I hope the public are as excited as I am to see her bring her own unique interpretation to one of fiction’s most well loved detectives.”

Mathew Prichard, grandson of Agatha Christie and Chairman of Agatha Christie Ltd said: “Everyone has their favourite Miss Marple from past series and films, and it would be unfair of me to reveal my own favourite at this time – but I will say that I can imagine Julia McKenzie playing Miss Marple with exactly the right balance of sympathy and intelligence, and I confidently predict that she will become a Miss Marple to rank with the very best.”

Phil Clymer, Executive Producer of Marple, and Chorion’s Director of TV and Film, said: “Julia McKenzie has been the outstanding candidate ever since we learned that Geraldine McEwan felt it was time to step down from the role. For me, Julia McKenzie ticks just about every box when it comes to playing the Marple character, and I’m thrilled that she has agreed to take on this new challenge.”

Rebecca Eaton, Executive Producer, WGBH/Masterpiece Mystery!, said: “We know that Miss Marple is as popular in the USA as anywhere in the world. We are sure that Julia McKenzie will build on this remarkable heritage and bring in a whole new generation of American Marple fans.”

Geraldine McEwan first appeared in Agatha Christie’s Marple in The Body In The Library in 2004. Since then she has appeared in a total of 12 films, 10 of which have been shown on ITV1; Towards Zero and Nemesis are still to be shown. Geraldine was the sixth actress to take on the much-loved character on screen, following in the footsteps of Gracie Fields, Margaret Rutherford, Angela Lansbury, Helen Hayes and Joan Hickson.”

Agatha Christie’s Marple is co-produced by Granada, Agatha Christie Ltd and WGBH Boston. Granada International, who brokered the US co-production deal, holds worldwide distribution rights. Michele Buck; Damien Timmer; Phil Clymer, Chorion’s Director of TV & Film and Rebecca Eaton of WGBH are Executive Producers. American audiences watch the Marple series on Masterpiece Mystery! on PBS.

An all star cast for A Pocketful of Rye will be announced later this month.

11 February 2008

Westlife joined GMTV this morning to talk about why their still together and going strong after 10 years.

Speaking to Lorraine Kelly, Nicky Byrne said, “We’ve been 10 years together this year as a band. I’m pretty happy with that – I never thought we’d make it that long, so this tour is representing and celebrating that.”

Shane Filan said their close friendship was the key to them all getting along. “We have a lot of respect for each other individually. There’s no hidden agendas in Westlife – we’re very honest with each other.”

The band revealed their plan to ‘chill-out’ for a year after spending 9 years working non-stop. Kian Egan said, “We’ve got a bit of break coming up after the tour… probably the biggest we’ve ever taken. We’re going to take a year out and we’re not going to do an album this year.” Shane added, “It’s just to spend time with our families and spend time with our kids, just relax. Do anything but sing maybe for a year.”

The break might be perfect time for Kian to sort out his marriage arrangements. Questioned when the wedding might be, he replied, “We haven’t fully decided when yet – we’re just waiting to find the right location, shall we say. But yes I’m looking forward to it.”

14 February 2008

Myleene Klass joined GMTV this morning to talk about life with her baby Ava.

The former Hear’Say star revealed Ava’s dad, Graham Quinn, has taken a back seat in her life: “He does feel a bit left out sometimes, which I try to avoid. But it’s inevitable, it really is. The first thing that happens when you wake up is you’re looking after the baby. And you want to as well.”

Myleene added Graham’s got the short end of the stick in the bedroom department too.

“We all stay in the same bed. We’re like something out of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. In the morning all our feet are hanging out the bed. And she sleeps like a starfish. Graham definitely has the bad side because she just kicks him in the back!”

She admitted that while pregnant, her hormones left her feeling like a different person: “I forgot everything, including where I lived. I had my keys colour-coded for me. Usually I’m supposed to be able to sit down and play a sonata, and there I am thinking, ‘Should I use the yellow key to get in through the front door, or the green key?’ I couldn’t remember, it was really frustrating.”

The I’m a Celeb star added, “At one point Graham wasn’t even sure I was pregnant. I was just eating a lot and moaning at him. So he just thought it was a normal day at the office.”

12 February 2008

Katie Price joined GMTV this morning and revealed all about her latest book, her recent trip to LA, how she’s coping with bad press, and what she’s planning for Pete this Valentines Day.

Speaking to Fiona Phillips and Ben Shephard, Katie told viewers what they can expect from her third autobiography: “It’s more like a diary isn’t it? There is lots in there, but this book is actually quite a depressing read because, you know, I went through my depression, then my Nan died, then I had the miscarriage, then Harvey had his accident, then Pete’s meningitis, and the cancer thing, and then Princess was born – so at least it ended on a good note. But the reason I do it is to show people, you know, behind all the smiles on the cameras, I was really suffering as well.”

Katie went on to reveal the inspiration behind the character names in her latest book: Katie Price’s Mermaids and Pirates.

“My new one’s Mermaids and Pirates – I’ve named them Katie and Peter, and Katie in it – the mermaid – she’s always having a go at Peter, just like what we’re like in life!”

Addressing the reality of being followed by cameras for television, Katie said: “Sometimes I’m like, ‘Can you just give me five minutes’, because it’s like, I am human as well, and people have got to remember as much as it is reality, when you’re being filmed, you still have got to be careful of what you say. But I do enjoy doing them sometimes.”

Questioned whether she misses her privacy, Katie said: “We do get a lot of privacy. I mean, at home, you know, there are some things people don’t know about me and Pete, but a lot of it is in the open and we don’t mind that. Because if it weren’t for the people out there, we wouldn’t be where we are today.”

When asked if she would miss the attention if it wasn’t there, Katie said: “I don’t know anymore, because I always say to Pete that when it ends, I’m going to go to a country where nobody knows me and just chill. But I enjoy doing it now, I’m only 29, and hopefully there’s a few more years left in me yet.”

On her recent trip to LA, Katie said: “Yeah LA – with the new surgery, even though half of it went wrong – so I wish I never went to America and got it done.

“I had a reduction, but what’s happened is, the surgery – I won’t go on into details, it would bore people at home – but he’s put too much of a small implant in for the pocket I’ve got, so they move about. So I’m going to have to get them redone. My nose is the good thing but I didn’t even really need it doing. It’s just, I asked the doctor ‘If you could change anything, what would you do?’ He said ‘I’d do your nose’. Because I’ve always thought it was a bit wide. So while I was asleep I said ‘OK, do it’.”

When questioned why she had the surgery if she didn’t need it, Katie said, “I asked the doctor, and I thought, instead of buying designer outfits I’d rather have a designer body and look good naked. I’m nuts aren’t I?”

Questioned whether she’d ever stop having surgery, Katie replied: “Definitely. Everyone grows old, everyone gets wrinkles. And when I was in LA they all looked the same. And I definitely don’t want to look like that. I just sort of tweaked it a bit, it’s not as if I majorly needed it. I know some people say, ‘Well why did you get it done then?’ Like I said, I’d rather have a designer nose than a handbag. I do have botox but no, I’m not going to have the face-life and all of that. It’s a bit extreme.”

Katie also spoke of planning to sell her old implants on the internet: “My implants are in the safe and they are going on the internet,” adding she wants them to go for “a million minimum.”

Even her latest implants may go on the internet: “These old ones might go on, they’ve still been in me for about 8 weeks.”

Later on LK Today, Katie spoke to Lorraine Kelly about the recent bad press coverage she’s had: “I’m happy-ish, apart from some of the mags this week saying, ‘Oh look she’s lost weight, she’s gaunt’, and all this, because some nanny done a story on me. But I’ve never had the response I’ve had from that story, from people saying, ‘Oh my God, we want to do a story to say your not like that. But unless you nip it in the bud and sue the newspaper, if it’s not true, then people are always going to do it. We’re taking legal action with them and the nanny because it’s complete lies and is untrue.”

When questioned about magazines saying she’s not a good mum, Katie said: “Then it’s different. Don’t bring my kids into it. But other than that, everything is going well. Pete’s happy, we’re not splitting up, and I haven’t got my wedding rings on, but it doesn’t mean we’re splitting up. They’re in a safe at home and I don’t know how to get them out. I’d just like to clear that up.”

Speaking about her son Harvey’s accident: “He’s fine, he can see a lot more. I’d love to bring him on one of these shows to show people out there that if doctors say things, don’t always believe in it because he knows all these shapes, colours, he can read the words like ‘Mummy’, ‘Daddy’, and I’d love to bring him on. I’m not sure what mood he’d be in, but I’d love to bring him on just to show to people, don’t ever be down, always think for the better.

“His behaviour is – even in the car pack on Saturday a woman came up and said ‘Do you want help?’ Because when he gets in his strops and he’s on the floor, he weighs the same as me now – 8 stone – I can’t lift him. My friend and I were really trying to lift him – his behaviour has got a lot worse. We went to Great Ormond Street and told the doctors. Hopefully he might grow out of it but they reckon he’s going to be 6ft 4. So imagine him at 6ft 4 having a temper? I just feel sorry for anyone in his way. But he is quite hard – his temper at the moment.”

Asked how Harvey gets along with his brothers, Katie said, “He doesn’t really like anyone. We’ve got a tent in the kitchen and that’s where he goes to chill-out. If he wants to know Junior, he will, if he doesn’t, he doesn’t. With the baby he just calls her ‘baby sister’, and might give her a kiss, but he’s not really bothered.”

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, Katie revealed how she might treat Pete: “Maybe I might cook him chicken Kiev, sweet corn and chips!”

12 February 2008

In an exclusive interview with GMTV, Janis Winehouse spoke about her daughter Amy.

Below is the transcript of what Janis said:

“She’s on the road and that’s what it’s about – she’s on the road to recovery.”

“I think she had her back against the wall situation. If you don’t get cleaned up: a) you can’t get the visa, b) you can’t tour, you know everything in place, you know, its like, ‘Wake up Amy!’”

“It was a case of Amy couldn’t get to LA and my feeling was LA came to Amy.”

“I think it would have been too much for her because all of the travelling and flying there, it would be, I mean seeing what the Grammy’s was like, I mean we could see it live from there and I thought if Amy were there, she’d be lost in it, she’d be a little girl lost in it.”

“We all felt, the family, well everyone that saw her felt that’s the best she’s performed definitely.”

“Amy is as she is. There’s no sort of double standards – what you see is how she is. She’s a very very genuine and sincere girl.”

“She was always singing at home – always and we’d have to say ‘Amy be quiet!’ She just did it all the time.”

“I knew she was good, we all knew she was good. But it’s a case of in that world, in the media world, you can be good for five minutes, a month, two, a year, whatever. But Amy just gets better.”

“The thing about the media is if they can get anything tacky about a star they go for it. So it’s almost a case of it’s like watching her in a theatre. She says to me ‘Mum, just ignore it, just carry on.’”

“I was helpless because there was nothing I could do because Amy had to do it for Amy.”

“Where I know about addiction – addiction is something that once it’s got hold of the person, it’s like whoa, you know – very hard to get the off.”

“Meeting the carers last night was lovely. That I could actually say to them, ‘Thank you so much.’”

“She will see a therapist and she will still be getting help because she still wants the help.”

“Well it’s Amy’s coming back, she’s definitely on the road back.”

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