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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.
Zimbabwe's very own rust belt. The abandoned and decaying remains of what was once the country's economic backbone, manufacturing. It's hard to imagine now, but thanks to these factories, manufacturing used to account for a quarter of Zimbabwe's economy. Today it's just two percent. Economist Eric Bloch explains. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ERIC BLOCH, ECONOMIST SAYING: "In 2008 Zimbabwe underwent the greatest hyper-inflation ever experienced anywhere in the world at any time, and as a result, by the end of 2008 businesses needed trillions percent more capital, just to carry the same amount of stock, the same work in progress, and their operating costs had gone up by trillions, trillions percent." That inflation, and the economic crisis, has been blamed on the ZANU-PF party of Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe, in particular the seizure of commercial farms owned by whites. Mining companies are also under pressure to sell majority stakes to black Zimbabweans, in what are known as economic empowerment deals. Francis Nhema is a Zimbabwean government minister. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ZIMBABWE YOUTH, ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT AND INDIGENISATION MINISTER, FRANCIS NHEMA, SAYING: "There's no letting up because we are now moving in a broad based economic empowerment policy which involves everyone from the gardner up to the chief executive. So everyone has to be involved in the economic empowerment and the creation of wealth. So government is not letting up. In actual fact, government is even saying let all companies take care and know that all people are involved in the economy of the country." Zimbabwe's economy was once among the largest in Africa, but it's shrunk dramatically. An election in 2009 saw Mugabe forced to share power with arch-rival Morgan Tsvangirai. That helped the economy recovery a little, but business confidence has fallen once more, since Mugabe was reelected alone in July. But at businesses like this fridge factory, there's optimism. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ENTREPRENEUR, CALISTO JOKONYA, SAYING: "I am sure big things are coming, but that's a beginning, we were also on a sliding scale, but we have just turned a corner." Another glimmer of hope lies in tobacco farming. Production is expected to hit 200,000 tonnes a year, more than four times the level in 2008 at the height of the crisis. The mining of diamonds is also seen as a massive untapped resource, but only if Zimbabwe's governmentis able to address concerns over the industry.