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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.
SHOTLIST:AP Television - AP Television Clients onlyWashington - April 14, 20141. Wide, Washington Post exterior2. Wide, Washington Post news tickerAP Television - AP Television Clients onlyNew York - April 14, 20143. SOUNDBITE (English) Sig Gissler, Administrator of Pulitzer Prizes"The Guardian US and the Washington Post. We should note that they are cited for revealing widespread secret surveillance by the National Security Agency and helping to stir public discussion of the balance between security and privacy."AP Television - AP Television Clients onlyWashington - April 14, 20144. Wide, Washington Post news tickerAP Television - AP Television Clients onlyNew York - April 14, 20145. Wide, Poitras and MacAskill at computer6. SOUNDBITE (English) Laura Poitras, Independent filmmaker"When the award came over I was online with (Edward) Snowden to congratulate him and he said theat he was very happy for everyone that risked so much to do this reporting."AP Television - AP Television Clients onlyNew York - April 11, 20147. Tracking shot, Glenn Greenwald, journalistThe Guardian / Glenn Greenwald / Laura Poitras - mandatory on-screen credit Hong Kong - June 24, 20138. SOUNDBITE (English) Edward Snowden Interview:"I think that the public is owed an explanation."AP Television - AP Television Clients onlyNew York - April 14, 20149. SOUNDBITE (English) Ewen MacAskill, The Guardian"We also thanked him and recognized his courage. Without Edward Snowden there wouldn't be any story. Without Edward Snowden there wouldn't be any debate in America and around the world about the balance between security and privacy."10. Wide, Poitras and MacAskill talking11. SOUNDBITE (English) Laura Poitras, Independent filmmaker"This award really goes to Edward Snowden and his decision to sacrifice his life to make information available to the public."NSA Handout - AP Television Clients onlyFort Meade, Maryland - date unknown12. Various, National Security Agency headquartersSTORYLINE:The Washington Post and The Guardian won the Pulitzer Prize in public service Monday for revealing the U.S. government's sweeping surveillance efforts in stories based on thousands of secret documents handed over by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden."When the award came over I was online with (Edward) Snowden to congratulate him and he said theat he was very happy for everyone that risked so much to do this reporting," said independent filmmaker Laura Poitras who worked with Snowden and the Guardian.The disclosures touched off a furious debate in the U.S. over privacy versus security and led President Barack Obama to impose limits on the surveillance. The winning entries about the NSA's spy programs revealed that the government has collected information about millions of Americans' phone calls and emails based on its classified interpretation of laws passed after the Sept. 11 attacks.The stories were written by Barton Gellman at The Washington Post and Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Ewen MacAskill, whose work was published by The Guardian US, the British newspaper's American operation, based in New York."When the award came over I was online with Snowden to congratulate him and he said theat he was very happy for everyone that risked so much to do this reporting, " said Poitras.Snowden, a former contract employee at the NSA, has been charged with espionage and other offense in the U.S. and could get 30 years in prison if convicted. He has received asylum in Russia.