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James Franco loves movies. He loves watching them, acting in them, directing them, and even writing them. And now, he’s going to take some of his favorite movie scenes from the most famous films of all time, and re-imagine them in ways that only James can.
Go behind the scenes with some of the biggest digital celebrities to see what life is like when the blogging and tweeting stops.
The story of punk rock singer Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! who came out as a woman in 2012, and other members of the trans community whose experiences are woefully underrepresented and misunderstood in the media.
Documentary shorts conceived of and directed by famous actors. Jeff Garlin, Katie Holmes, Alia Shawkat, Judy Greer, and James Purefoy
Park Bench is a new kind of "talking show" straight from the mind of born and bred New Yorker and host, Steve Buscemi.
Digital influencer Justine Ezarik (iJustine) is back. After covering the world of wearable tech last season, iJustine is expanding her coverage this year by profiling the hottest tech trends across the country.
A 12 episode documentary series following 5 startup companies competing in the 2013 San Francisco TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battlefield as they fine tune their products and eventually present in front of a panel of judges in hopes of winning $50,000 in funding.
Enter the graceful but competitive world of ballet through the eyes of executive producer, Sarah Jessica Parker. This behind-the-scenes docudrama reveals what it takes to perform on the ultimate stage, the New York City Ballet. Catch NYCB on stage at Lincoln Center.
Nicole Richie brings her unfiltered sense of humor and unique perspective to life in a new series based on her irreverent twitter feed. The show follows the outspoken celebrity as she shares her perspective on style, parenting, relationships and her journey to adulthood.
Explore what it means to be human as we rush head first into the future through the eyes, creativity, and mind of Tiffany Shlain, acclaimed filmmaker and speaker, founder of The Webby Awards, mother, constant pusher of boundaries and one of Newsweek’s “women shaping the 21st Century.”
Gwyneth Paltrow and Tracy Anderson spend time with women who've overcome hardship, injury, and setbacks to triumph in the face of adversity.
Hank Azaria’s touching, humorous, and often enlightening journey from a man who is not even sure he wants to have kids, to a father going through the joys, trials and tribulations of being a dad.
Investors in banks may soon be asking- where's the money? Earnings season could be a tough one- Wells Fargo stock fell Friday after it reported a 39 percent drop in mortgage revenue. And Gerber Kawasaki CEO Ross Gerber- says that was the best of the bunch: SOUNDBITE: ROSS GERBER, CEO, GERBER KAWASAKI (ENGLISH) SAYING: "I think the trends we are going to see are charges against earnings for settlements, and legal issues. I think we are going to see continued, I would say complaining, from banks over the restrictions put in place from various laws, Dodd Frank, are starting to really affect their performance. So, I think we are going to see a fairly lackluster earnings season. Also because rates continue to stay low hurting those margins and pressuring them." On the calendar: Monday- Citigroup Tuesday- Goldman Sachs; JP Morgan Wednesday- Bank of America And Thursday - Morgan Stanley The big challenge for these guys- making money in businesses that just aren't as lucrative as they used to be - like trading and investment banking. Add to that, increasing regulation and litigation that, despite reassurances to the contrary, they just can't seem to wrap up. Morningstar's Jim Sinegal: SOUNDBITE: JIM SINEGAL, EQUITY ANALYST, MORNINGSTAR (ENGLISH) SAYING: "Fines are getting bigger and bigger, and I think part of the issue is that investment banks have not been public entities for a long time. I think there is a big question as to whether those incentive structures have encouraged wrong doing and whether that is going to continue to escalate. In fact, I think there is a lot that regulators, a lot that prosecutors, a lot that litigants, can go after the big banks for. I don't think we are at the end as far as that goes." And that is just one reason he's concerned about Citigroup: SOUNDBITE: JIM SINEGAL, EQUITY ANALYST, MORNINGSTAR (ENGLISH) SAYING: "I think J.P. Morgan and Bank of America are actually better positioned. They are a little more focused than Citigroup. I think Citigroup, over the long term its international exposure is a good thing, but kind of, as the U.S. economy has recovered, you have seen its effects on Wells in a good way. I think the U.S. is doing a lot better than some parts of the world and you might see that come through in B of A and J.P. Morgan's results compared to Citigroup." But the good news is probably coming further out- things will likely improve, according to Keefe Bruyette and Wood's Fred Cannon: SOUNDBITE; FRED CANNON, DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH, KEEFE AND WOODS (ENGLISH) SAYING: "The financials generally, and banks specifically, the one area of the economy when rates rise it tends to be a good thing, because for most banks loan rates tend to increase before deposit rates increase. That widens the spread on the loans and especially for those banks who have been growing loans rapidly this could set up for very good earnings positive surprises in 2015 and beyond." So while the banks are still not out of the woods- the road ahead will likely be a little less rocky.