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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.
Deep inside China, near coal mines, factories, and farmland, entrepreneurs are building the country's next growth engine. (SOUNDBITE) (English) REUTERS REPORTER, JANE LANHEE LEE, SAYING: "This is Ruzhou - a city serving about a million people in and around it. It's in Henan a province right in the middle of China known for being poor and for supplying a bulk of China's migrant workers." But what's really surprising is how all the way out here, things are starting to feel like China's other big cities. Ambitious young migrant workers are coming back from big cities like Shanghai and Beijing to start up businesses closer to home - riding a rising tide of consumer spending. Meet Yu Pengfei. After seven years on the factory floor a chance encounter landed him a job in a wine company. In 2009, he came back to open Ruzhou's first wine shop. Yu holds a wine tasting every week. His shop's club already has 150 members, and now he's got plenty of competition. Gao Zhepeng. He was an editor at one of China's biggest Internet portals and decided Ruzhou needed its own. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) FOUNDER OF RUZHOU ONLINE, GAO ZHEPENG, SAYING: "I came back here with all the knowledge I picked up in Beijing - new information, new perspective on the internet - as well as a broader way of thinking." Launched in 2009, the portal is now the city's biggest with thousands of visitors each day. And Song Erjuan. After cutting her teeth as a saleswoman in the big city, she opened two clothing boutiques. The most expensive jacket goes for about 100 U.S. dollars - that's well over half of what the average worker here makes in a month. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CLOTHING SHOP OWNER, SONG ERJUAN, SAYING: "That's not expensive. You think that's expensive? It sells pretty well. Our shoppers here in Ruzhou are doing pretty good." So what's fueling the boom times in small cities like Ruzhou? Retail consultant James Sinclair. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MANAGING PARTNER, INTERCHINA, JAMES SINCLAIR, SAYING: "In addition to salaries, you've got investment income, stocks and shares from property. You also have one-off windfalls that are coming from urbanization - compensation payouts for relocation. And this is all aggregating." Big brands have caught on and are building up fast in small cities as China's next generation of consumers gets ready to show its spending power. ENDS