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This Short Film Is a Gripping Take on the NYPD’s Stop-and-Frisk Policy

Stop, a short film shot over two nights in Red Hook, Brooklyn, is a tense, minimalist statement on New York City's controversial stop-and-frisk policy.

Natalie Portman, a Runaway Bride, Gets a Helicopter Rescue in Miss Dior Ad

In this attractive new Miss Dior spot, Natalie Portman outdoes Julia Roberts' runaway bride by nabbing a helicopter after she ditches her groom at the altar. Portman's escape, soundtracked by Janis Joplin's epic "Piece of My Heart," has the actress running barefoot and shedding her handmade gown.  Director Anton Corbijn, known for A Most Wanted Man, tells People magazine that his vision of Miss Dior was a feminist one.

Lee Clow Says Steve Jobs Was Even More Demanding Than Jay Chiat

TBWA's Lee Clow thought he had met the toughest, most uncompromising leader in Jay Chiat, the former CEO of Chiat/Day—that is, until he met Steve Jobs.

Watch Wes Anderson’s Lovely New Short Film for Prada

Wes Anderson is a guy who loves his vintage fashion (remember the Louis Vuitton suitcases in The Darjeeling Limited?) and the affection appears to be mutual.

The Studio Behind Chipotle’s Smash Hit ‘The Scarecrow’

Specs Who (From left) Lampton Enochs, managing partner; Brandon Oldenburg, creative partner; and William Joyce, creative partner What Production and animation studio

CP+B Creative Director Makes Short Film About Kiss Song ‘Beth’ From Her Point of View

A classic rock ballad, "Beth" by Kiss, that inspired a thought balloon—"Wouldn't it be funny to hear Beth's  side of the story?"—is now a short film. The four-and-a-half-minute piece from Bob Winter, executive creative director at Crispin Porter + Bogusky in Miami, centers around a 1970s-era phone call between Beth and an actor portraying Peter Criss, the band's original drummer and co-writer of the song. Beth is home, cooking meat loaf and wondering when Peter will get home. Peter is in the studio, unable to commit to a time (he keeps repeating a refrain in the song, "What can I do?") and anxious to get back to recording. He and his bandmates are inexplicably dressed in full costume and face paint, despite being nowhere near a concert hall. Ah, but hey, what says Kiss more than makeup and platform boots? The back and forth turns hostile when Peter, who said he'd be home in a few hours, shifts to another line in the song: "I hope you'll be all right 'cause me and the boys will be playing all night." "What?" Beth replies, stunned. "Peter, you just said you were going to be a couple of hours. I made dinner. It took me all afternoon to make. You know what? … I might as well just throw it into the garbage." Rather than reply, Peter sighs, leaves the phone cord hanging and returns to the boys, sits down behind a piano and belts out the song. Beth doesn't hear it, though. She glumly hangs up and sits down to eat with her two children. Directed by Brian Billow of Anonymous Content, the film feels part Behind the Music and part Saturday Night Live, with just enough '70s home décor (beige stone, dull wood cabinets, toaster oven) to make you yearn for The Brady Bunch. Winter first got the idea for the spoof when he was chief creative officer at Young & Rubicam in Chicago. As he told Adweek previously, "I was thinking that it might be fun to create a series that's like the made-up stories behind real songs." Asked this week what's next, Winter replied, "Maybe the next song is 'Jump' by Van Halen, and it turns out it was really about one band member helping another band member avoid stepping in dog poop. Something serious like that."