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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.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is worried about the economy, specifically high unemployment. He's digging in the Fed's pockets to spend $85 billion a month to buy government and mortgage debt. All this buying will keep-on until the jobless rate falls below 6-1/2 percent. SOUNDBITE: FEDERAL RESERVE CHAIRMAN BEN BERNANKE (ENGLISH) SAYING: "We expect to continue asset purchases until we see a substantial improvement in the outlook for the labor market in a context of price stability. In assessing the extent of progress, the committee will be evaluating a range of labor market indicators including the unemployment rate, payroll employment, hours worked, and labor force participation among others. Because increase in demand and production are normally precursors to improvement in labor market conditions, we'll also be looking carefully at the pace of economic activity more broadly." Price stability for the Fed means an inflation rate no hotter than 2-1/2 percent. This is the first time the Fed has been so clear in signaling a trigger for policy response. And while transparency may be a good thing, it can also be a hazard. A drop in unemployment could mask underlying weakness in the economy, when it comes and the "when" could also be a risk, warns Brian Jacobsen of Wells Fargo Advantage Funds. SOUNDBITE: BRIAN JACOBSEN, CHIEF PORTFOLIO STRATEGIST, WELLS FARGO ADVANTAGE FUNDS (ENGLISH): "The unemployment rate can change rather quickly, so right now we are at 7.7 percent, I think that we could actually get to 6.5 percent probably by the middle of 2014, which is actually a full year before the Fed thinks we can get there." But guideposts aside, the Fed still thinks the economy is weak enough to warrant near-zero interest rates for the foreseeable future. SOUNDBITE: BRIAN JACOBSEN, CHIEF PORTFOLIO STRATEGIST, WELLS FARGO ADVANTAGE FUNDS (ENGLISH): "They are attempting to do everything they can, which might not be much, but think about what has happened in terms of the automotive industry, a lot of automobile purchases are financed on credit and really if you look at the cost of credit, the cost of financing is very low and the Fed had played a rather important part for the comeback of the auto industry and they are trying to do the same thing now for the housing industry." And with Bernanke admitting there's not much he can do if the economy goes over the fiscal cliff, he's trying to do what he can, as that fiscal cliff casts a darker shadow on the economy.