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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.
Latifa Azizi is one of the contestants on the popular TV show "Afghan Star", where she's pursuing her dream of becoming a famous singer. But this is ultra-conservative Afghanistan. Being pitch perfect is just one of a multitude of concerns. SOUNDBITE: AFGHAN FEMALE SINGER, LATIFA AZIZI, SAYING (Dari): "I am scared. I received death threats from unknown people after joining this programme. I have many problems and concerns about going back to my home town in Mazar-e-Sharif. If the situation is OK there for me to go, why not? I want to go." Latifa's community in the north said it was un-Islamic for a woman to appear on television. Death threats forced the family to flee to the capital, but the backlash hasn't stopped. Many women in the public eye are harassed. Some are even beaten and killed. Shahla Zaland is one of the judges on Afghan Star. SOUNDBITE: JUDGE AT THE AFGHAN STAR MUSIC PROGRAM, SHAHLA ZALAND, SAYING (Dari): "Afghan women are facing the same problems that they faced 50 years ago. We should be improving day by day but the situation of Afghan women remains backwards. There are still problems for women to perform music. There are conditions that limit them. Music in fact is a nice thing and women should to be able to perform." Some women's rights have been clawed back since the Taliban were overthrown. But many fear an increase in repression as NATO-troops withdraw next year.