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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.
Wake up to your world in 2 minutes.
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.
Jason Bateman: Well, we’ve had a bit of a stale point or so we think in our relationship and we’re very close to getting a divorce. But we think, maybe we found the fix in this tropical island that specializes in sort of a couples therapy. But we can’t afford it but we can afford to participate in the couples’ rate or sort of the group rate called the Pelican Package. So we asked our friends to come along with us and they find out that therapy is not really optional.
Malin Ackerman: We’re sort of that couple that—it is pretty much. We have a pretty good relationship. I think it’s just that life comes at you pretty fast and you forget to take a moment to breathe and look at each other and go, “Oh. Hi. There you are.” And I think that really is our biggest problem which is easily mended which we figured out throughout the course of our trip here in this beautiful paradise that it’s just that we’ve forgotten to take time with each other.
Vince Vaughn: A lot of people kind of let you work so hard to try and provide stuff. And then when you have kids, that really becomes your priority. People won’t even look in the mirror and see themselves for a year when first having kids. And your partner is like, you may not agree on like the discipline ways or parenting. So I think our couple feels like they’re succeeding in life and they don’t talk through their problem and the leave and go. And then when they got to this, they start to realize where the relationship is between the two of them. They haven’t really been taking care of that.
John Favreau: We’re a couple that is on their last leg. They’re about to get a divorce. They got pregnant on prom night. The kids are about to go to college. They held their breathe and knuckle under for whatever it was, 18 or 20 years. They have not made love to one another. They don’t talk to each other and they’re on the brink of collapse. And the fun part I think on the movie is to show that even a couple where everything is worse than any couple out there, if those two people want to make it work, there’s a way.
Kristin Davis: It was really just a complete departure and fun to be in their world. You know, John and Vince obviously were together and Jason and—they’re a whole group. But for me, it’s totally different in my world.
Faison Love: My guy is just separated from his wife. He was basically divorced. The worst ink is fresh and then he needs, right here. Foot locker, he’s like something fresh and new, you know, guys love fresh and new that’s why I buy cars every year because of that smell. It’s my thing, it’s a new car.
Kali Hawk: Wow. Thank you. My character Trudy, she’s a young girl. She works at the foot locker and she meets this guy, he probably helped him to buy a pair of sneakers and she realizes maybe he’s a little different than guys than she has dated. A little bit more secure, more stable and just a synchronized guy. And she is interested in kind of bringing some of that point and freshness into his life because she can tell that he kind of need a little excitement.
Malin Ackerman: For me, it was very exciting to be invited into this crew. I couldn’t believe that I still kind of can’t believe it.
Jason Bateman: You’re not going to believe it when you see the movie because we cut her completely out. You’re still going to get paid, still full same money.
Vince Vaughn: It’s funny because everyone was like, “Yeah, I see myself as that relationship, kind of like more like the other relationship.” I think you all see yourself more as that but we all have our sides to it. That’s the fun. It’s like, the movie is not just a relationship movie for one relationship, it is about the group dynamic. It’s about couples. The couples that you know and have dinner or they’ll come over just to have a barbecue. So that’s the fun. You have different archetype dynamics, relatable problems that all people deal with.
Faizon Love: To me, it was very—I mean, you ride your bike as you say. It was—you’re here, you’re working. It wasn’t like a working environment like ___. You know, we don’t have to get on the 4 or 5, you know go to the set and go in Lancaster and all that stuff. You got up, you were here.