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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.
High-end British brands like Burberry and Mulberry have been dressing Asian fashionistas for years. Now UK retailer Cath Kidston wants to kit out Asian shoppers and their homes with its traditional British fabrics and designs. SOUNDBITE: Kenny Wilson, CEO of Cath Kidston, saying (English): "This season we've got a number of new prints that we've introduced to the collection. This print here "Trains" has been extremely successful for us around the world. Another great seasonal print that we've got is "Cottage". Again this is the prints that we would bring in, have them in the range for six months and then move on to something different. Whereas every season we always have classic prints." 2013 should be a big year for CEO Kenny Wilson - as the brand celebrates its 20th anniversary. Cath opened her first store selling home furnishings in London in 1993. And the products continue to sell well in their home market - defying high street troubles and racking up a 24% increase in sales before Christmas. PTC Cath Kidston's best known for its colourful prints. The brand says its cheerful and witty designs have easily made themselves at home in Asia. And by the end of the year, Cath Kidston will have more stores in the region than in the UK. Two recent openings in Shanghai are just the beginning. SOUNDBITE: Kenny Wilson, CEO of Cath Kidston, saying (English): "Key markets that we're going to be looking at across Asia are Japan, Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong and obviously a major focus on China. I'd envisage that we're going to try and open in excess of 30 stores in Asia this year." The accessories and homewares have been a hit in Japan for some time - it's the company's number two market. The products are a cultural fit too says Neil Saunders from retail research agency Conlumino. SOUNDBITE: Neil Saunders, Managing Director, Conlumino, saying (English): "It's very differentiated. It provides a very distinct and very unique, well-designed product, that people buy into. Now in the UK it goes down very well, but of course in Asia it has the added cachet of being that British heritage brand and Asian consumers, especially the rising middle class, really buy into that kind of style." Cath Kidston's not immune from the fast turnaround demanded from the fashion world. To keep the range fresh, they introduce around 70 new prints every 6 months. For now, their designs and Asian expansion are coming up roses.