Authentic voices. Remarkable stories. AOL On Originals showcase the passions that make the world a more interesting place.
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.
EDITOR'S NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL. Believe it or not, China does actually have a presidential vote. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHINA EDITOR, REUTERS BREAKINGVIEWS, JOHN FOLEY, SAYING: "About 3000 lawmakers get to cast a ballot to say who they think should be the next president of China." Of course there is really only one choice, which is Xi Jinping. That was decided a very long time ago. But they can vote for him, they can vote against him, or they can abstain - as a few did when Hu Jintao was elected. And if they really think it should be someone else they can cross out his name altogether and write someone else. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHINA EDITOR, REUTERS BREAKINGVIEWS, JOHN FOLEY, SAYING: "But there's been very little doubt since before last year when he was made General Secretary of the party, that the next leader of China would be Xi Jinping. That said, China can legitimately say that it has a democratic system where people do vote for their leader." Xi Jinping's wife Peng Liyuan really is a departure for China. She's an extremely glamorous first lady. She's a famous folk singer. And there is talk that she may make a public appearance when Xi visits Durban shortly. Now this would be a big change, because China is really desperately trying to build soft power overseas to persuade consumers in other countries and politicians in other countries that China has this incredible, attractive culture that they should want to get closer to. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHINA EDITOR, REUTERS BREAKINGVIEWS, JOHN FOLEY, SAYING: "So, putting Peng Liyuan on stage is one way of achieving that. Of course they have got to tread a fine line." Because there are many older people in China who will remember the last time China had a showbiz-related first lady. That was Mao Zedong's wife, Jiang Qing. That didn't end so well. She basically tried to seize power, and died in prison. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHINA EDITOR, REUTERS BREAKINGVIEWS, JOHN FOLEY, SAYING: "So how Peng Liyuan navigates this new role that she's been put into is going to be very interesting to see." Xi has three big tasks over the next five to ten years. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHINA EDITOR, REUTERS BREAKINGVIEWS, JOHN FOLEY, SAYING: "The first one is going to be to ensure that the Communist Party stays in control: that's the biggie. The second thing is going to be to deliver high, sustainable GDP growth - which kind of links into the first thing because without that the Communist Party's rule looks less secure. And the third thing is to persuade leaders in other countries, and voters in other countries, that China can be a credible superpower and can shape the geopolitical scene in a beneficial way." In the short term, Xi has some firefighting to do. For example, there is the hacking dispute with the U.S. President. Obama has come out and said that he thinks that certain attacks on U.S. companies and organizations were sponsored by the Chinese state. So what Xi says about that, and does about it, will be very important. There is also a territorial dispute with Japan in the Diaoyu Islands. How he resolves that is going to be key. And there will be a temptation to come down quite hard on the Diaoyu Islands to build a powerbase at home. And (finally) there is a question of how he pushes China's soft power agenda, whether he can make China's culture attractive to other people, to other countries. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHINA EDITOR, REUTERS BREAKINGVIEWS, JOHN FOLEY, SAYING: "And now Xi's got the mandate to rule. Let's see how he uses it." ENDS