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Peter Dinklage-Morgan Freeman rap battle among most popular Super Bowl ads

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By Michael Dobuski

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — This year’s Super Bowl faceoff between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles was an historic one for sports lovers, but for others the night was only about one thing: the commercials.

The ads are always big budget, shocking or hilarious, and they usually feature our favorite celebrities. This year was no exception.

Here’s a round-up of some of the most-talked-about Super Bowl commercials from Sunday’s national broadcast:


Former “Friends” star David Schwimmer stars in a Skittles’ Super Bowl commercial. The ad claims that Skittles created a Super Bowl commercial that only one person can view: a California teenager named Marcos Menendez.

Doritos Blaze and Mountain Dew Ice

The snack-food giant tapped two Hollywood heavy hitters, Peter Dinklage and Morgan Freeman, for a commercial that has them battling in a rap competition that showcases Doritos Blaze and Mountain Dew Ice. Of course, Missy Elliott and Busta Rhymes helped the two prepare.


In Amazon’s second commercial to promote Alexa, the intelligent personal assistant loses her voice. To help her, the company tapped a few replacements — chef Gordon Ramsey, rapper Cardi B. and actress Rebel Wilson.


This year, the beer brand released a 1-minute commercial titled, “Stand by You.” The brand takes us inside its factories where water — not beer — was being packaged to help local communities. Skylar Grey’s rendition of Ben E. King’s classic hit, “Stand by Me,” plays in the background. In a caption on YouTube, Budweiser said the commercial showcases how “our employees have helped provide more than 79 million cans of water to cities across the U.S. that were impacted by natural disasters.”


The telephone company’s minute-long commercial features Evelyn, a hyper-intelligent robot. Of course, Evelyn tells her co-worker about how he’s making a big mistake by not having Sprint as his telephone provider.


When actress Tiffany Haddish stopped by “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and recounted how she took Will and Jada Pinkett Smith on a Groupon swamp tour, the world took notice. So of course the discount e-commerce company tapped the stand-up comedian for a 30-second Super Bowl spot.

Universal Parks & Resorts

Super Bowl winner Peyton Manning plays himself in Universal Orlando Resort’s Super Bowl commercial, taking families around the park and helping them step up their vacation game.

Rookwood Pottery

Fiona the hippo, who’s likely the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s most famous resident, stars in Rookwood Pottery’s Super Bowl commercial.

NBC Sports’ Winter Olympics

The Olympics are coming, and NBC Sports doesn’t want you to forget while watching the Big Game. The network tapped Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn for a Super Bowl commercial, showing not only her childhood videos and past runs on the slopes, but how she’s preparing for her own big game. Alicia Keys’ “Girl On Fire” plays in the background.

Michelob ULTRA

Chris Pratt stars in this beer company’s 1-minute Super Bowl commercial. In the commercial, he says he’s preparing for a “big role.” But of course when he shows up, he’s pointed to an area that reads, “Extras.”

Kia Motors America

Rockstar Steven Tyler stars in Kia’s commercial for its new 2018 Kia Stinger, where he gets in the car and is transported to a younger place and time.


The Internet company’s commercial titled, “Make It With Keanu Reeves,” has the star standing atop a motorcycle as it speeds down the highway. Will Powers’ “Adventures in Success” plays in the background.


The soda company’s 30-second Super Bowl commercial, “This is the Pepsi,” shows how Pepsi has spanned generations. Kesha’s 2017 song, “Boogie Feet,” featuring the Eagles of Death Metal, plays as Pepsi takes us back in time. Be on the lookout for celebrity cameos such as Cindy Crawford, Britney Spears and even Michael Jackson. (No one can forget that Pepsi commercial.)


Danny DeVito stars in the candy company’s ad titled “Human.” DeVito becomes a human M&M and asks random strangers and passersby, “Do you want to eat me?”


Cowboy Troy helps the Texas grocery store in its 1-minute Super Bowl commercial. As he sings, many Texans show how they prepare for tailgates.

Jack in the Box

Martha Stewart stars as herself in Jack in the Box’s 1-minute Super Bowl Commercial. She’s on the set of her fictional talk show, “Martha Stewart Live,” and goes head-to-head with a real-life Jack in the Box for the best sandwich. Spoiler alert: Martha wins … for now.


The car company teamed up with the highly-anticipated Marvel film, “Black Panther,” for its 1-minute Super Bowl commercial. The stars, including Chadwick Boseman, who plays Black Panther, race in Lexus vehicles. Marvel, like ABC News, is owned by Disney.


The soda company’s 1-minute Super Bowl commercial is titled, “The Wonder of Us.” And it showcases different people — from cheerleaders to skateboarders to beachgoers — simply enjoying a Coke.


Actor James Cromwell stars as a priest in the animal advocacy group’s Super Bowl commercial, “Redemption.” He listens to a person confess his sins when it comes to animals.


The chip company’s 30-second Super Bowl commercial, “Wow,” features three guys who are easily fascinated by stacking Pringles to create new flavor combinations.


David Harbour stars in Tide’s 30-second Super Bowl commercial, but the only problem is no one told last year’s star, Terry Bradshaw.


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The first teaser for "Solo: A Star Wars Story" debuts during Super Bowl LII

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By Stephen Iervolino

Disney(MINNESOTA) — It wasn’t all touchdowns and tackles Sunday night during the Super Bowl — a teaser from a galaxy far, far away also delighted fans around the globe.

The first teaser for Solo: A Star Wars Story, the highly-anticipated Han Solo film from the Star Wars universe, aired during the game.

In the clip we see the full cast of characters in all their Star Wars glory for the first time.

We also see a young Han asked what he wants to be.

“I’m gonna be a pilot,” he tells an Imperial recruiter, adding he’ll be “the best in the galaxy.”

The short clip is the first fans have seen from the film that stars Alden Ehrenreich as a young Solo, Donald Glover as his suave frenemy Lando Calrissian, along with other A-listers like Woody Harrelson and Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke.

“The movie will explore the duo’s [Han and Chewbacca] adventures before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, including their early encounters with that other card-playing rogue from a galaxy far, far away, Lando Calrissian,” an official release from last year revealed about the film that will tell the origin stories of the characters Harrison Ford, Billy Dee Williams and Peter Mayhew made famous almost four decades ago.

The full 2-minute trailer will debut exclusively on Good Morning America Monday morning.

Solo hits theaters on May 25.

Lucasfilm and ABC are both owned by Disney.

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Stars, sweets and a civil rights icon highlight this year's Super Bowl ads

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By Stephen Iervolino

Courtesy of Michelob ULTRA(LOS ANGELES) — Everyone will be talking about the Super Bowl Monday morning — the game and the ads.

Here are some of the commercial highlights:

Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World star Chris Pratt makes no secret of his love for beer and in a Michelob commercial, he trains vigorously to become the new spokesman and will talk to anyone who will listen about how proud and excited he is. The payoff is that after all of his efforts, he’s relegated to work as an extra.

Game of Thrones‘ Peter Dinklage and Morgan Freeman appeared in a spot for Doritos and Mountain Dew, engaging in a rap battle lip syncing raps from Busta Rhymes and Missy Elliott.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos made an appearance in a commercial for Amazon’s Echo device, which revolved around Alexa losing her voice and a range of celebrities — from Gordan Ramsay and Cardi B to Rebel Wilson and Anthony Hopkins — subbing, with less than optimal results for users.

Danny DeVito appeared in a M&M’s commercial playing a red M&M candy that becomes human thanks to a lucky penny. He hasn’t quite adjusted to his new look, asking strangers on the street if they want to eat him.

David Harbour of Stranger Things appeared in a string of ads spoofing various types of ads –one appearing to hawk a car, another beer, another a home cleaning fomula. Ultimately, we learn that the entire commercial production is dedicated to Tide and clean clothes.

An ad for RAM trucks using a Martin Luther King, Jr. drew criticism on social media for using the words of the civil rights leader to hawk a product.

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In "Saturday Night Live" sketch, a stressed-out Melania Trump seeks advice from former first ladies

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By Stephen Iervolino

NBC/Will Heath(NEW YORK) — Alec Baldwin reprised his role as President Donald Trump during the Saturday Night Live cold open once again this weekend.

And SNL cast member Cecily Strong did double duty, playing White House communications director Hope Hicks during the cold open, and then a few sketches later, as first lady Melania Trump.

Guest host Natalie Portman, playing late first lady Jackie Kennedy, visited Strong’s Melania as she prepared to attend the State of the Union.

During the sketch, the first lady is also visited by other former first ladies — who imparted words of wisdom to a stressed-out Mrs. Trump — including Michelle Obama, played by Leslie Jones; Hillary Clinton, played by Kate McKinnon; and Martha Washington, played by Aidy Bryant.

“Come on, Melania, practice your happy face,” Strong’s Melania told herself before pouting into the mirror. “Oh, I don’t belong as first lady. I wish I could talk to someone who’s been through this whole mess before.”

Portman’s Kennedy then appeared from a cloud of smoke: “Hello, Melania, it is me, Jackie Kennedy,” she said. “I have come to you in your hour of need, because I know how trying being first lady can be. All first ladies have a platform. Yours is bullying, mine was little hats.”

McKinnon’s Clinton also appeared, and told Strong’s first lady, “Melania, I feel your pain, but you married him. And like America you had a choice, so don’t choose to eat 7-11 sushi and then come to me saying, ‘Something’s wrong!'”

Leslie Jones’s Michelle Obama appeared, and said, “Look, Barack and I have a perfect relationship. It’s like The Notebook, but black and rich.”

When McKinnon’s Clinton said that those words aren’t helpful, Jones’ Obama responded, “Whatever, my arms rule, I love vegetables and I can be president whenever I want.”

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See if you can spot Sam Hunt's brother in Luke Bryan's "All My Friends Say" video

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ABC/Mark LevineThis summer, Sam Hunt will join Luke Bryan for the stadium dates on his What Makes You Country Tour. Already this year, Sam traveled to the Caribbean to play Luke’s annual Crash My Playa getaway vacation.

But there’s another member of Sam’s family who goes back even further with the four-time Entertainer of the Year.

“I discovered Luke’s music several years ago when I was in college,” Sam explains. “I came home one weekend and walked in the house, and everybody was gathered around the TV. My mom said, ‘Hey, come over here, come over here! Your brother’s in a country music video.’ And it was an artist named Luke Bryan. He had a song called ‘All My Friends Say’ and they recorded this video at my brother’s fraternity house.”

“All My Friends Say” was Luke’s debut single, back in 2007.

“We were all wound up and excited, because we got to see 2.5 seconds of the back of my brother’s head in this Luke Bryan video,” Sam continues. “So, needless to say, myself and all the folks back home are excited about this tour.”

Hunt’s road trip with Bryan on the 13-city What Makes You Country Tour: Stadium Sized trek kicks off May 31 in Toronto. Prior to that, the “Body Like a Back Road” hitmaker will headline both nights of his inaugural The Nashional Music Festival April 20 and 21 in Music City.

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