Authentic voices. Remarkable stories. AOL On Originals showcase the passions that make the world a more interesting place.
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.
(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) REUTERS REPORTER, TARA JOSEPH, SAYING: "You know Robyn, it's obvious, it's been a very hot for the Internet sector in China. But if you look at the money trail and what's fuelling all of these new apps, it's American dollars and American venture capitalists." (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) COLUMNIST, REUTERS BREAKINGVIEWS, ROBYN MAK, SAYING: "That's right Tara, so China's tech companies are super hot right now, but they do have U.S. dollars to thank for that. And we at Breakingviews think that this will continue. So foreign currency funds in China raised about 5 billion dollars (USD) in the first have of this year, and that's three times as much as what the local funds have raised. And so we think that there are two reasons that can explain this." (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) REUTERS REPORTER, TARA JOSEPH, SAYING: "Alright, tell me the two reasons then." (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) COLUMNIST, REUTERS BREAKINGVIEWS, ROBYN MAK, SAYING: "So the first is that for investors there are higher returns for overseas exits. So already this year we've seen two very lucrative IPO's in New York. One from an online cosmetics company, Jumei, and the second from JD.Com, which is China's second largest e-commerce group. And they raised about 1.8 billion dollars. So for early backers, that's a very high return. The second reason is that in China, a lot of the venture capitalists, they don't have an adequate funding pool. So in the U.S. it is mainly institutions that are investing in private equity. So you have pension funds in universities. In China, it's mainly wealthy individuals and families, but they don't invest that much in terms of the amount." (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) REUTERS REPORTER, TARA JOSEPH, SAYING: "You do think though there must be some new turbo-charged tech guys in China, maybe from those wealthy families, who will be building a pipeline of products. I think of Jack Ma of Alibaba in particular. He's buying everything in sight." (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) COLUMNIST, REUTERS BREAKINGVIEWS, ROBYN MAK, SAYING: "That's right. So there is an emerging crop of venture capitalists that are grabbing headlines and attentions. So one example is handset maker Xiaomi, the CEO Lei Jun, he's a very active venture capitalist and he's been, he's proven to be very good at identifying high-growth companies within China." (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) REUTERS REPORTER, TARA JOSEPH, SAYING: "Venture capitalists, when we use that word, if we place it in China or in Asia, maybe it will have a different meaning just because of the different culture of being an entrepreneur in Asia." (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) COLUMNIST, REUTERS BREAKINGVIEWS, ROBYN MAK, SAYING: "That's right. So a lot of this foreign money coming into China, it's quite passive. So a lot of companies they accept foreign funding but in terms of just the day-to-day operations it's mostly from China." (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) REUTERS REPORTER, TARA JOSEPH, SAYING: "We're going to leave it on that note, Robyn, thanks very much." ENDS