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Matthew McConaughey and his son Levi at the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Houston Astros at Fenway Park on August 17, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Matthew McConaughey signs advertising deal with Lincoln Motor Company and joins host of A-list actors selling cars

‘The Lincoln Lawyer’ star is continuing a recent Hollywood tradition

IPG: Are fresh faces turning things around for advertising's least exciting company?

Traditionally faceless marketing group is looking rather interesting

An advert for Pantene ad showing how men and women are judged differently

Adverts for women: The gender agenda

A new marketing campaign by Always is the latest to stress the importance of a woman's appearance. Natalie Haynes looks at whether this is a positive strategy – or exploitative

The Media Column: British Mad Men shine amid tension in Cannes

British newspapers have long had a snooty attitude towards this country’s £20bn-a-year advertising industry. Better to avoid mentioning it all than bite the hand that feeds, might be a summary of how most editors feel, despite the fact that advertising is something the Brits are good at.

The bookmaker Paddy Power shared this image after receiving hundreds of messages from people angered by its latest stunt

Paddy Power World Cup rainforest stunt was faked ‘to raise awareness of deforestation’

Bookmaker received a furious backlash on Twitter over 'disgraceful' stunt - but says images were elaborate computer-generated fakes

A shot from the Church of Scientology advert shown on ITV on Monday 12 May

Church of Scientology advert played on ITV prompts complaints from viewers

Viewers were worried the advert was targeting vulnerable people

The Yves Saint Laurent campaign that sparked Shannon Bradley-Colleary's petition

Should Yves Saint Laurent be using 'seemingly malnourished' models? Over 45,000 signatures say 'No'

Shannon Bradley-Colleary, a blogger who writes about body image issues, has started an E-petition to convince Yves Saint Laurent’s CEO Francesca Bellettini to stop using “seemingly malnourished” models in the brand’s advertisements.

Wonga is Britain’s most-profitable payday lender

Wonga payday loan ad banned for implying 5853% rate was 'irrelevant'

Advertising Standards Authority said TV campaign created confusion and was misleading

Sonic boom: Advertising is increasingly making use of tiny tunes to catch our attention

'Mmm, Danone." As I watch another Gok Wan-fronted advert for Activia yogurt, I know what's coming. It's always there, right at the end. "Mmm, Danone." It's a sound that usually washes over me, but I suddenly became intrigued by this pseudo-sexy appreciation of a multinational food corporation. How did it come about? Who wrote that three-note melody? How long did it take them? Do they get paid whenever it's broadcast? And if so, how much?

Kiefer Sutherland returns as Jack Bauer

Fox to charge $500,000 for 30-second advertising slot during debut of new 24 series

For Jack Bauer, the grizzled US secret agent, 24 hours is only just enough time to save the world from disaster. But even he might blanch at the value set on just 30 seconds for the new season of Fox’s cult series 24.

Last year's KFC Christmas advert pokes fun of the festive season

Colonel Sanders isn't anti-Christian! KFC advert cleared of offending Christians after 30 people complain campaign 'mocked religion'

The complainants argued that it mocked a key element of Christian worship

Gambling Bill threatened by concerns over surge in pre-watershed adverts seen by children

Concerns that a generation of children are being schooled in gambling by an explosion in television betting advertisements before the 9pm watershed have led to plans in the House of Lords to derail the Government’s Gambling Bill.

The ASA branded the Payday Pig website as 'irresponsible'

ASA bans 'Payday Pig' advert for irresponsibly trivialising borrowing

Using a cartoon pink pig to encourage you to “treat yourself and a loved one to a weekend away or a slap-up meal” is not a responsible way to flog payday loans, the Advertising Standards Authority has ruled.

Sexually suggestive e-cigarette advert banished to the late-night TV hinterlands after more than 100 viewers complain

An innuendo-laced advertisement for e-cigarettes can only be shown after 11pm because of its apparent reference to oral sex, watchdogs have ruled.

The Nude Scanner 3D app has been banned from broadcasting by the ASA

Advert for 'nude photo scanner app' banned after being shown during Hollyoaks

The app's developer, Jamster, has been forced to remove the advert from broadcasting after a number of complaints

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Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

By Reason of Insanity

Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public
'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Vince Cable interview

'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor