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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:ABC POOL - AP CLIENTS ONLYWashington - January 17, 20141. Wide shot of President entering, walking to podium with applause and 'thank you'2. SOUNDBITE (English) President Barack Obama"'The men and women of the intelligence community including the NSA consistently follow protocols designed to protect the privacy of ordinary people -- they're not abusing authorities in order to listen to your private phone calls or read your emails."3. SOUNDBITE (English) President Barack Obama"Given the fact of an open investigation, I'm not going to dwell on mr snowden's actions or his motivations I will say our nation's security depends in part on the individuals entrusted with those secrets"4. SOUNDBITE (English) President Barack Obama"We have to make some important decisions about how to protect ourselves and sustain our leadership i the world while upholding the privacy protections that our ideals and constitution require."5. SOUNDBITE (English) President Barack Obama"We will reform programs and procedures in place to provide greater transparecy to our surveillance activities and fortify the safeguards that protect the privacy of US persons."6. SOUNDBITE (English) President Barack Obama"I'm also calling on congress to authorize the establishment of a panel of advocates from outside govt to proivde an independent voice in matters before the surveillance court."7. SOUNDBITE (English) President Barack Obama"I'm asking the attorney general and DNI to insitute reforms that place adiditonal restrictions on govt's ability to retain search and use in criminal cases communications between americans and foreign citizens incidentally collected over section 702"STORYLINE: Seeking to calm a furor over U.S. surveillance, President Barack Obama on Friday called for ending the government's control of phone data from hundreds of millions of Americans and immediately ordered intelligence agencies to get a secretive court's permission before accessing such records. Still, he defended the nation's spying apparatus as a whole, saying the intelligence community was not "cavalier about the civil liberties of our fellow citizens." The president also directed America's intelligence agencies to stop spying on friendly international leaders and called for extending some privacy protections to foreign citizens whose communications are scooped up by the U.S.