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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.
Lots of familiar faces at this year's Toy Fair. Classic dolls like Barbie continue to add digital elements. And blockbuster ...
apps like Angry Birds expand their presence off line. And superheroes- well they are just everywhere. But more than ever- almost every product has an app element. At Mattel this Imaginext Fortress has a spot for an iPad and Disney Princess Castle works interactively with the iPad. Mattel's Lisa McKnight:
Lots of familiar faces at this year's Toy Fair. Classic dolls like Barbie continue to add digital elements. And blockbuster apps like Angry Birds expand their presence off line. And superheroes- well they are just everywhere. But more than ever- almost every product has an app element. At Mattel this Imaginext Fortress has a spot for an iPad and Disney Princess Castle works interactively with the iPad. Mattel's Lisa McKnight: SOUNDBITE: LISA MCKNIGHT, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, MARKETING, MATTEL (ENGLISH) SAYING: "Lot of connectivity with technology. We are amplifying play we are connecting to apps." At Hasbro - it's Nerf Cyberhoops and their new Nerf Rebelle line aimed at girls. REPORTER BRIDGE: BOBBI REBELL, REUTERS REPORTER (ENGLISH) SAYING: "Toy makers take their cue from what is actually selling in the stores and right now that is classic toys. So here at Hasbro they are promoting the Easy Bake Oven which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary" Adrienne Appell follows trends for the Toy Industry Association: SOUNDBITE: ADRIENNE APPELL, TREND EXPERT, TOY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION (ENGLISH) SAYING: "Retro and classic is also another huge trend so you are seeing toys from my childhood and my parents, my grandparents childhood which is a great way to engage families in intergenerational play so there is really something out there for everybody." The show is a big deal for the industry- holiday sales were lackluster and sales at top toy makers have been disappointing. That has toy makers expanding their marketing platforms as much as their toys lines: John Frascotti is the Chief Marketing Officer at Hasbro: SOUNDBITE: JOHN FRASCOTTI, CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER, HASBRO (ENGLISH) SAYING: "We are also using digital marketing more actively and we are finding that the best way to talk about your brand is to have brand advocates out there in the world. So when you look at a brand like My Little Pony for example we have this incredible base of consumers who are blogging about it talking about it tweeting about it." And reaching kids and parents where they tweet, not just where they meet, could be the best connection of all.