PBS to Air Restored Version of ‘The Civil War’ in September

PBS says it will air a newly restored version of Ken Burns’ “The Civil War” this fall, 25 years after the documentary’s debut.

The high-definition “Civil War” will air on five consecutive nights in September, PBS said Thursday.

Viewers will be able to see more details in the film’s images, according to Daniel J. White, who handled the restoration. In a statement, filmmaker Burns called the new version “truly remarkable.”

“The Civil War” proved a blockbuster when it debuted in September 1990, drawing an audience of nearly 39 million. It remains the highest-rated PBS series broadcast to date, according to the TV network.

The announcement of the film’s rebroadcast coincides with the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s April 14, 1865, assassination, and the end of the Civil War. (AP)

‘GoodFellas’ Cast to Reunite at Tribeca Film Festival

The cast of Martin Scorsese’s “GoodFellas” will reunite for the film’s 25th anniversary at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The festival announced Wednesday that a re-mastered version of the gangster film classic will close the 14th annual Tribeca Film Festival on April 25. Following the screening at New York’s Beacon Theatre, Jon Stewart will host a conversation with Scorsese and the cast, including Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Ray Liotta and Paul Sorvino.

De Niro, who co-founded the Tribeca Film Festival, said in a statement: “I was most proud of this film 25 years ago and equally proud of it now.”

The festival runs April 15-26.  (AP)

Nielsen: Oscars Viewership Down 16%

An estimated 36.6 million people watched the Academy Awards telecast on ABC, a drop of 16 percent from 2014.

The Nielsen company said Monday that the Oscars viewership was its lowest since 2009, when “Slumdog Millionaire” was named best picture and 36.3 million people watched.

Last year’s Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, reached 43.7 million and had the biggest audience for the annual awards show since 2000.

This year’s show, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, featured a number of movies that were not big box-office winners and faced controversy over lack of ethnic diversity among its nominees. (AP)

‘SNL’ 40th Anniversary Bash Watched by 23 Million Viewers

The Nielsen ratings company says NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” 40th anniversary bash has drummed up a huge audience. Preliminary figures indicate Sunday’s retrospective special was seen by 23.1 million viewers.

That makes it NBC’s most-watched prime-time entertainment special since May 2004, when the network aired a “Friends” clips show the night of its series finale.

It’s NBC’s most-watched prime-time entertainment broadcast overall, excluding post-Super Bowl programs, since May 2004, for an episode of “ER” the night of the “Frasier” series finale.

The 3 1/2-hour special looked back on the comedy series’ four-decade run and featured more than 80 guest stars.

Nielsen says the preceding one-hour red carpet special was seen by 11.1 million viewers. (AP)

Live From Tribeca: ‘SNL’ Documentary to Open Festival

The 14th annual Tribeca Film Festival will kick off with a documentary on another New York institution: “Saturday Night Live.”

The festival announced Thursday that “Live From New York!” will be its opening-night film. Directed by Bao Nguyen, the documentary focuses on the show’s early years and was made with Lorne Michaels’ cooperation.

Tribeca co-founder Jane Rosenthal called it “the story of a creative journey from pilot to institution.”

The film adds to an already robust celebration of “SNL,” which is airing a 40th-anniversary special Sunday.

“Live From New York!” isn’t the first documentary on “SNL” to debut at Tribeca. In 2010, James Franco premiered his “Saturday Night,” which depicted a week in the life of the show.

This year’s Tribeca Film Festival runs April 15-26.   (AP)

‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’ Sweeps Sundance Awards

Sundance breakout “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” about a pair of high school filmmakers who befriend a girl with cancer, won both the U.S. dramatic audience award and the grand jury prize at the 31st Sundance Film Festival awards, announced Saturday.

Thomas Mann, R.J. Cyler, and Olivia Cooke lead the cast of the idiosyncratic tearjerker from Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, who dedicated the award to all the filmmakers and artists in his hometown of Laredo, Texas. Nick Offerman, Connie Britton, and Molly Shannon also star.

“The Wolfpack,” Crystal Moselle’s documentary about six movie-loving teenage boys isolated from society won the grand jury prize for best documentary.

Comedian Tig Notaro, whose film “Tig” premiered at the Festival, hosted the ceremony.

The 31st Sundance Film Festival wrapped up on Sunday.  (AP)

Golden Globes Winners

List of winners of the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards, announced Sunday in Beverly Hills, California, by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association:

–Picture, Drama: “Boyhood.”
–Picture, Musical or Comedy: “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”
–Actor, Drama: Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”
–Actress, Drama: Julianne Moore, “Still Alice.”
–Director: Richard Linklater, “Boyhood.
–Actor, Musical or Comedy: Michael Keaton, “Birdman.”
–Actress, Musical or Comedy: Amy Adams, “Big Eyes.”
–Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash.”
–Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood.”
–Foreign Language: “Leviathan.”
–Animated Film: “How to Train Your Dragon 2.”
–Screenplay: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo, “Birdman.”
–Original Score: Johann Johannsson, “The Theory of Everything.”
–Original Song: “Glory” (music by John Legend, Common), “Selma.”
–Series, Drama: “The Affair.”
–Actor, Drama: Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards.”
–Actress, Drama: Ruth Wilson, “The Affair.”
–Series, Musical or Comedy: “Transparent.”
–Actress, Musical or Comedy: Gina Rodriguez, “Jane the Virgin.”
–Actor, Musical or Comedy: Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent.”
–Miniseries or Movie: “Fargo.”
–Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Honorable Woman.”
–Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Billy Bob Thornton, “Fargo.”
–Supporting Actress, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey.”
–Supporting Actor, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Matt Bomer, “The Normal Heart.”
Previously announced:
Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award: George Clooney.


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