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Connected features the personal stories of six New Yorkers woven together into one of the most intimate series ever. This groundbreaking show changes the nature of storytelling by giving each character a camera to document their lives. The result is a unique format revealing as different as everyone appears to be, we are all universally Connected.
Wake up to your world in 2 minutes.
Jews and Money. Asian Drivers. Polish IQ. CPT… that's racist! But where do these stereotypes come from? Comedian Mike Epps explores the backstories of this humor and how history and fact often distorts into a snide – but sometimes funny – shorthand.
"INSPIRED" features celebrities, visionaries and some of the biggest newsmakers of our generation, recounting the stories behind their biggest, life-changing moments of inspiration.
In a compelling series of verite encounters, Win Win provides unique access into the minds and lives of the world’s most-celebrated entrepreneurs and athletes.
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.”
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.
Comedy is hard, but teaching comedy to children is hilariously difficult. Kevin Nealon is giving the challenge to some world-famous comedians. As these young minds meet with comedy’s best, get ready to learn some valuable comedy lessons, and to laugh!
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.
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.
Executive produced by Zoe Saldana (who will be the subject of one episode), a celebrity travels back to their hometown to pay tribute to the one person from their past (before they were famous) who helped change their life by giving them an over-the-top, heart-felt surprise.
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.
Park Bench is a new kind of "talking show" straight from the mind of born and bred New Yorker and host, Steve Buscemi.
Interviewer: What kind of peoples do you see coming through our door here in SOPA?
Interviewee: We have the young eager childhood decided like you know, I really want to do that, starting at the age of six, and where the parents is like. You know what I think he got something and you have the teenager who wants to do this or our parents were doing it for them get out the shyness.
Then we have the not so cute anymore, stage I call them because when they were younger they were cute and everybody is telling “Yeah! You can do this”, and then they are like “you know what? Maybe I should do this!”
You have people who want to do it professionally, and then you will have, a what, in the past five years. Our people in their late 30’s, and 40’s, and 50’s, and 60’s and 70’s, and 80’s, and even 90’s.
You know what, I always want to do this. This was something, I was in High School and I enjoyed and I dropped out because my parents wanted and I have to, and or you have those people who are pursuing at a younger age. And then they got married and became mommies and daddies and so they come and pursue this again. So I have professionals, I have housewives, teachers, doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, broadcaster, all different kinds of people from different nationalities, from different income that is probably not the right word to use but from all wall walks of the life of the states.
Interviewer: Why do you think it is so appealing this type of business and why do you get so many different types of people?
Interviewee: It is appealing because people, thinks it is very glamorous, it is not glamorous. We get a lot of people wanting to come in when they understand the reality of the business, they are running out.
You know, I mean, I had the students on sat and they are like”Why? I want” so long and “oh my goodness, oh I hate this! I hate this! I hate this!” This was like your in the wrong business you know and you watch entertainment tonight, and you watch the award shows, and they read the inquirer, and you see, all this glamour.
Interviewee: When, and the beauty and the good looking, and everything like that so everybody wants to be a part of that. They want to be one of the beautiful people but the thing is, is that they are part of the beautiful people who—because we are thin.
Interviewee: But it is sort of like you want to be royalty because you see everything that is being done for you; everybody wants to be rich, right? I mean like hey, I like to have people come and clean my house everyday. But, so that is a lot of people getting to it for the wrong reasons and some people do not stick with it because it is not what they wanted. It is not what they expected, they were expecting “whoa geez! I am taking the acting class” so come how agents not coming calling me? Why am I not on TV yet? You know, and then when the real voice it is like hey! It’s not as easy.
Think about how many scams have they have been over the years and still existing today. All right, capitalizing on people’s dreams and ignorance, all right, and people spending thousands, hundreds and thousands of dollars because they are told “yeah, we are going to have some people on the panel, and your going to be an actor.
People jump in to this not knowing what they are getting themselves into.
Interviewee: And then when it does in, it happen, you know, I have a student, he is like “Why I cannot go to L.A.?” ‘This was the second week of the class.
Interviewee: When can I go to L.A.? I want to go to L.A, and he was like. He was not even paying attention to what is going on to the class, you know, it is a very delusional business.