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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
SHOTLIST:AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY New York - 27 December 20131.Tight tracking shot of workers installing crystal triangles in the Time Square New Year's Eve Ball. 2. SOUNDBITE: Jeffrey Straus, President of Countdown Entertainment, Co-organizer of Times Square New Year's Eve:"The countdown is actually beginning today for New Year's Eve. We're installing the Waterford crystal triangles. We're replacing all of the crystal triangles this year with a new pattern called, 'the gift of imagination,' and one of those triangles is actually designed by a young girl who was at St. Jude's hospital and it's a beautiful rose that sort of represents a positive message of beauty and hope for 2014."3. Pan from view of Times Square from roof of One Times Square to New Year's Eve Ball4 SOUNDBITE: Jeffrey Straus, President of Countdown Entertainment, Co-organizer of Times Square New Year's Eve:"NYPD does an amazing job every year of making Times Square safe, fun and friendly for all of us so that when midnight comes and over a 100 million Americans are counting down to the New Year, joined by over a billion people around the world, they're getting a great message of hope for the New Year."5. Zoom in of workers installing triangle panels. 6. Zoom out of New Year's Eve Ball7. Tight worker screwing in place triangles6. SOUNDBITE: Jeffrey Straus, President of Countdown Entertainment, Co-organizer of Times Square New Year's Eve:"we've got a great show this year. We have a Chinese cultural performance straight from Shandong, China, the home of Confucius and kung fu with a colorful fan dance and we're following that up with country music star, Rodney Atkins, with Melissa Etheridge, an icon of rock and roll, Miley Cyrus, Macklemore, Blondie, El Dasa, Jencarlos Carnela. You have all this entertainment from all over the world, right here in Times Square, the global celebration, but the big part is, you've got all this entertainment but everybody's waiting fort this Waterford crystal ball to drop at midnight as we count down the final seconds of the New Year together. 7. Wide of Times Square Ball STORYLINE:Electricians working atop a New York City skyscraper on Friday installed the last of the 2,688 crystal triangles that give the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball its shimmer, including a panel dreamt up by a 12-year-old former cancer patient.Each year, the intricate Waterford crystals that make up the skin of the huge orb are replaced with new pieces of glass.This year's design features a kaleidoscopic pattern that will refract light in a splash of 16 million colors as the ball drops down a flagpole at the stroke of midnight. The ball is lit from within by 32,256 powerful diodes.One crystal panel stands out from the rest. It was crafted from a drawing submitted by Coraliz Martinez, who was treated for bone cancer at St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., in 2011.Waterford executives said they asked the hospital if they had a patient who could give them a design representing "the gift of imagination." The girl's colored-pencil drawing featured a single rose bloom, which Waterford's master sculptor, Fred Curtis, traced into the glass and cut with a diamond wheel.Coraliz, who lives in Alabama, is now cancer-free, the hospital said.(****END****)