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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.
(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) REUTERS REPORTER, TARA JOSEPH, SAYING: "The gambling haven of Macau, Peter, a seemingly endless pot of profit thanks Chinese gamblers, but we're starting to see some cracks appear there, finally." (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) ASIA EDITOR, REUTERS BREAKINGVIEWS, PETER THAL LARSEN, SAYING: "Yes we are beginning to see some cracks and I think what's interesting for us is that we really don't know quite how big these cracks are. But what is clear is that any kind of - anything that challenges the very rosy assumptions that investors have made about the valuations of these casino stocks is immediately reflected in the share prices. And even before the latest stories we have seen about a crackdown involving UnionPay, the Chinese payment card operator, even before that had happened, the stocks of these Macau - the casino operators, had already been coming down. And so we've been saying for awhile now that these stocks are really priced to perfection. That people are assuming kind of unbroken growth continuing; new casinos opening, new hotels opening, more tables and so forth. And really, what we're seeing here is that any kind of vulnerability to that growth scenario is reflected in lower share prices." (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) REUTERS REPORTER, TARA JOSEPH, SAYING: "That's right, and thinking it through there's got to be some vulnerabilities, ok we're talking about UnionPay and the crackdown on how money is leaving China via UnionPay to get to Macau. There's also more casinos going up, but there's also a crackdown on luxurious consumption and spending by China's government so that's got to be hurting too at the time that casinos continue to expand. So you got to question this when you look at share prices." (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) ASIA EDITOR, REUTERS BREAKINGVIEWS, PETER THAL LARSEN, SAYING: "I think that's right, and we don't really know how significant this latest crackdown is. I mean the specific issue is that there are mobile payment terminals which appear to have gone across the border from China to Macau and allow people to swipe their UnionPay cards and then basically get cash which they can then gamble in the casinos. And that is a sort of loophole that the authorities seem to be worried about. It's pretty clear - it seems pretty clear that there is money crossing the border in that way. Some analysts at Nomura have done some numbers and they reckon that UnionPay transactions in Macau are something in the order of 45 billion dollars a year but retails sales in Macau are only 30 billion dollars a year, so that leaves an extra 15 billion dollars that is unaccounted for somehow." (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) REUTERS REPORTER, TARA JOSEPH, SAYING: "There's some magic calculations there." (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) ASIA EDITOR, REUTERS BREAKINGVIEWS, PETER THAL LARSEN, SAYING: "So there is an issue there, but I think we don't - I think it's too early to say really whether this is part of some broader crackdown and whether the government is trying to restrict, you know, or is going to start trying to restrict the number of people going to Macau or anything like that. But, what it really reinforces for us is - to come back to our point, which is really the way in which these stocks had been valued, and to a certain extent are still valued even after an 18 percent sell-off in the last few months, doesn't leave a lot of room for any kind of vulnerabilities or any kind of changes to that rosy growth scenario that people have been buying into for so long." (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) REUTERS REPORTER, TARA JOSEPH, SAYING: "Macau's had a spectacular rise, both in terms of casinos and their stocks. But could cracks be starting to appear?" ENDS