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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.
Just months after the last bout of industrial action and there's more brewing. South Africa's biggest mining union, the AMCU, has voted to strike for better pay. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ASSOCIATION OF MINEWORKERS AND CONSTRUCTION UNION (AMCU) PRESIDENT, JOSEPH MATHUNJWA SAYING: "As per the mandate the strike will commence on the first shift of Thursday." The move could hit half the world's platinum output as those affected include Amplats, Lonmin and Impala Platinum. That's a cost South Africa's finance minister says the country can ill afford. Bernard Dahdah from Natixis agrees. SOUNDBITE: Bernard Dahdah, Precious Metals Analyst, Natixis, saying (English): "You have 70% of the world's production coming from South Africa, mainly concentrated by those top three producers. In terms of costs they're starting to suffer quite a bit. Current prices is close to the cash cost of production so producers at the levels below the levels of 14,000 rand an ounce are loss making and we've seen that level hitting a few times." Last year a wave of strikes - many violent and some deadly - pushed economic growth down to just 2 percent. That triggered downgrades from the three main credit rating agencies. And disrupted President Jacob Zuma's efforts to create jobs ahead of this year's elections. His African National Congress had promised to pull millions of blacks out of poverty. But companies say they can't afford to pay higher wages when they're battling soaring energy costs and depressed platinum prices. SOUNDBITE: Bernard Dahdah, Precious Metals Analyst, Natixis, saying (English): "Europe was the biggest source of demand for platinum. Most of that platinum was going into European cars autocatalysts. More than 50% of cars run on diesel and cars that run on diesel require a hire content of platinum so with the economic crisis in Europe over the last 2 or 3 years, we've seen a slump in demand." Simultaneous stoppages at the country's big three producers would certainly hit platinum exports. And the AMCU is also urging gold companies to walk out too. It couldn't come at a worse time for South Africa. New data shows it could have its crown as the continent's biggest economy snatched by oil-rich Nigeria.