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Transgender Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace talks about her new 'True Trans' series

Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace made headlines in 2012 upon announcing she was transitioning from Tom Gabel to a woman. Now she is ready to share her story and the stories of fellow transgender men and women in her new AOL Originals series True Trans. Grace called into Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) from the road during her current Against Me! tour to discuss her own experience of coming out to friends, family, and bandmates, as well as to explain her new show. And you can hear the entire thing right here on the InsideTV Podcast. READ FULL STORY

James Franco re-enacts film scenes for fun, postmodernism in 'Making a Scene'

AOL Original’s new series Making a Scene with James Franco debuts this Wednesday, and it features James Franco doing what he does best: art-like mini-projects that require more than a sentence to explain. Despite a title that sounds like something dry and conversational and hosted by James Lipton, the 10-episode first season actually showcases Franco & Co. taking a variety of famous scenes from famous movies, mashing them up, and staging the result. The key is that they won’t have total control over what they’ll be enacting.

“The idea was to turn over some of the creative process to the audience and to chance,” says Franco. “We didn’t pick the scenes, we asked people on the internet to send us their favorite scene from any movie. So we just tallied it up and got the most popular ones, things from Titanic, Beetlejuice, When Harry Met Sally…

Franco spins a wheel and away they go, mixing, say, Napoleon Dynamite with Pulp Fiction or putting an obstructionist spin on things by forcing them to re-imagine a scene in a different genre or genres. “For one we picked two genres—horror and porn—and then we spun the wheel and we had to turn it into a scary pornographic movie,” says Franco. Check out the trailer below and see exclusive photos from the series.

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AOL picks up Web series from James Franco, Steve Buscemi

AOL has tapped a diverse lineup of celebrities to contribute to its original programming slate, ordering 12 new Web series from the likes of James Franco, Steve Buscemi, and Zoe Saldana.

At its NewFront presentation Tuesday night in Brooklyn, the company showed a commitment to short-form programming with a roster of 16 mostly unscripted programs with episode lengths of 10 minutes or less. The one exception is Connected, AOL’s first long-form series, which is slated for a 20-episode initial run of half-hour episodes. It follows five seemingly unconnected New Yorkers as their individual stories are woven together.

But star power is the strength of this AOL Originals lineup. New celebrity-focused series include Making a Scene with James Franco, during which the actor and his pals talk about some of their favorite films and re-create iconic scenes; previously announced Park Bench, featuring Buscemi striking up conversations with famous friends — as well as strangers — on the streets of New York City; and My Hero from executive producer Saldana, which allows celebrities to pay a surprise tribute to someone who inspired and changed their lives. READ FULL STORY

Steve Buscemi to star in new AOL original series

Steve Buscemi is looking to trade the boardwalk for a park bench.

AOL announced Wednesday that it will launch a new original series, titled Park Bench, starring New Yorker Steve Buscemi as he gives “a local’s take on the special people, places and spirit of The Big Apple.” And how will he do that? Well, Buscemi will partake in unscripted conversations with fellow New Yorkers (with a few of Buscemi’s famous friends thrown in for good fortune).

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