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Connected features the personal stories of six New Yorkers woven together into one of the most intimate series ever. This groundbreaking show changes the nature of storytelling by giving each character a camera to document their lives. The result is a unique format revealing as different as everyone appears to be, we are all universally Connected.
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Jews and Money. Asian Drivers. Polish IQ. CPT… that's racist! But where do these stereotypes come from? Comedian Mike Epps explores the backstories of this humor and how history and fact often distorts into a snide – but sometimes funny – shorthand.
"INSPIRED" features celebrities, visionaries and some of the biggest newsmakers of our generation, recounting the stories behind their biggest, life-changing moments of inspiration.
In a compelling series of verite encounters, Win Win provides unique access into the minds and lives of the world’s most-celebrated entrepreneurs and athletes.
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.”
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.
Comedy is hard, but teaching comedy to children is hilariously difficult. Kevin Nealon is giving the challenge to some world-famous comedians. As these young minds meet with comedy’s best, get ready to learn some valuable comedy lessons, and to laugh!
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.
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.
Executive produced by Zoe Saldana (who will be the subject of one episode), a celebrity travels back to their hometown to pay tribute to the one person from their past (before they were famous) who helped change their life by giving them an over-the-top, heart-felt surprise.
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.
Park Bench is a new kind of "talking show" straight from the mind of born and bred New Yorker and host, Steve Buscemi.
With a growing number of high profile arrests, including a man in a Cookie Monster costume who allegedly shoved a 2-year-old ...
child, the Associated Press takes a look at the life of New York's famous street characters. (April 9)
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STEVEN CRASS USED TO WORK IN CONSTRUCTION....THAT'S HIM IN THE TRANSFORMERS COSTUME....AFTER HIS BUSINESS WENT UNDER, HE BUILT A COSTUME OUT OF PLASTIC PANELS AND JOINED THE CAST OF CHARACTERS WHO WALK THE NEW YORK STREETS BEGGING FOR TIPS(UPSOUND: "Common in")ON A GOOD DAY HE'S MADE AS MUCH AS 280 DOLLARS....ON HIS WORST, A MERE 17 BUCKS(SOUNDBITE: STEVE CRASS/DRESSES IN TRANSFORMERS COSTUME)"It's easy to say 'oh yeah these guys make 300 a day' yeah sure on that one day. And the next time you saw them they're begging for lunch money, which is what I'm doing now. I'm currently trying to money to pay back the money I borrowed for lunch."AS THE NUMEROUS ELMO'S AND COOKIE MONSTERS WALK THE STREETS FIGHTING FOR THE SAME TIPS THINGS CAN AND DO GET UGLY...RECENTLY A MAN DRESSED AS COOKIE MONSTER ALLEGEDLY PUSHED A 2-YEAR-OLD AFTER HIS PARENTS DIDN'T TIP....A MAN DRESSED AS SUPER MARIO WAS CHARGED WITH GROPING A WOMAN BACK IN DECEMBER...WHILE THE MAN IN THIS VIDEO DRESSED AS ELMO WAS BUSTED LAST SUMMER FOR SHOUTING ANTI-SEMITIC SLURSCourtesy -- Ciall Kennett(UPSOUND "Don't use Michael Milken's international Jewish toy Leap Frog. It's made by that filthy international Jew Michael Milken")(SOUNDBITE: STEVE CRASS/DRESSES IN TRANSFORMERS COSTUME)"Some of the costume characters are a little too aggressive. It's just how it is.""These guys can't see anything, especially when it's in the shade, especially when there's a big crowd on top of them. The visibility out of them is like this (gesturing). I mean I literally cannot see anything. And that's what the accusations all are, "oh Elmo groped me, Spider Man punched me, so-and-so pushed down my kid. I'm sorry I just don't believe that."AND THOSE NEW YORKERS WHO STOP TO POSE AGREE..THE BAD BEHAVIOR MAY JUST BE ISOLATED INCIDENTS AND WELCOME THE HUGGABLE ATTRACTIONS(SOUNDBITE: LILLIANA ALVAREZ/NEW YORKER)"It brings more kids to Times Square since they know that these characters are here."AS LONG AS THEIR PARENTS REMEMBER TO TIP....IN NEW YORK BONNY GHOSH ASSOCIATED PRESS.