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‘The Vietnam War’ Premiere Is the Best Performing PBS Episode Since ‘Downton Abbey’ Series Finale

‘The Vietnam War’ Premiere Is the Best Performing PBS Episode Since ‘Downton Abbey’ Series Finale
Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s “The Vietnam War” is arguably one of the most important television events of the year, and viewership has backed that up. In particular, its first episode has garnered record numbers, and the 10-part series continues to air and be streamed throughout the country as well as in Vietnam.

On the telecast side, the premiere of “The Vietnam War,” which aired on Sunday, Sept. 17, drew an audience of 9.6 million viewers with a 6.0 household rating, according to a report released by PBS. That makes it PBS’ highest-rated telecast for the season and best-performing telecast since the series finale of “Downton Abbey” in March 2016. It’s also one of the highest-rated episodes of all time for a Ken Burns/Lynn Novick series, far above their acclaimed “Prohibition,” “The War,” and “Jazz.” That 6.0 household rating also means that “The Vietnam War” is more than 300 greater than PBS’ average primetime rating.
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‘The Vietnam War’ Premiere Is the Best Performing PBS Episode Since ‘Downton Abbey’ Series Finale

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‘The Vietnam War’ Premiere Is the Best Performing PBS Episode Since ‘Downton Abbey’ Series Finale
Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s “The Vietnam War” is arguably one of the most important television events of the year, and viewership has backed that up. In particular, its first episode has garnered record numbers, and the 10-part series continues to air and be streamed throughout the country as well as in Vietnam.

On the telecast side, the premiere of “The Vietnam War,” which aired on Sunday, Sept. 17, drew an audience of 9.6 million viewers with a 6.0 household rating, according to a report released by PBS. That makes it PBS’ highest-rated telecast for the season and best-performing telecast since the series finale of “Downton Abbey” in March 2016. It’s also one of the highest-rated episodes of all time for a Ken Burns/Lynn Novick series, far above their acclaimed “Prohibition,” “The War,” and “Jazz.” That 6.0 household rating also means that “The Vietnam War” is more than 300 greater than PBS’ average primetime rating.
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Ken Burns Video Essay Breaks Down the ‘Tremendous Public Value’ of the ‘Vietnam War’ Director’s Approach — Watch

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Ken Burns Video Essay Breaks Down the ‘Tremendous Public Value’ of the ‘Vietnam War’ Director’s Approach — Watch
The Vietnam War,” which began airing on PBS last weekend, is very much a Ken Burns documentary: It’s 18 hours long, covers one of the most significant events in American history, and takes an exhaustive look at its subject. Burns’ films on everything from baseball and jazz to Prohibition and the Central Park Five have earned him many admirers, to be sure, but detractors as well. A new video essay makes a case for the nonfiction stalwart by arguing in favor of his approach to covering history.

Read More:‘The Vietnam War’: Ken Burns Reveals Why John McCain Wasn’t Interviewed for the Pow Section of the Documentary

“Even though I’m not American, I have always admired Ken Burns and the way he captures American history,” intones the narrator. He singles out the filmmaker’s use of still photography and individual stories and defends Burns against the accusations
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International Newswire: Discovery’s David Zaslav Named as Mipcom Personality of the Year

  • Variety - TV News
In today’s International Newswire, TV conference Mipcom honors Discovery chief David Zaslav; London Film Festival unveils its Industry Program; Amazon adds PBS shows and classical music to its U.K. channels service; and PBS and the BBC unveil the cast of “Press,” Mike Bartlett’s series about two rival newspapers.

Following in the footsteps of Leslie Moonves, Jeffrey Katzenberg and, last year, Shonda Rhimes, Discovery Communications’ president-ceo David Zaslav will be honored at October’s Mipcom trade fair and conference, where he will also deliver a Media Mastermind keynote address on Oct. 18.

Zaslav will join other speakers such as HBO chairman-ceo Richard Plepler, who will receive the Variety Vanguard Award, chef-tv host Gordon Ramsay, and National Geographic’s Courteney Monroe, Domingo Corral at Spain’s Movistar+, and Facebook’s Ricky Van Even.

Few will be able to talk across such a broad agenda as Zaslav, however. If one of his achievements at Discovery, where
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International Newswire: Discovery’s David Zaslav Named as Mipcom Personality of the Year

In today’s International Newswire, TV conference Mipcom honors Discovery chief David Zaslav; London Film Festival unveils its Industry Program; Amazon adds PBS shows and classical music to its U.K. channels service; and PBS and the BBC unveil the cast of “Press,” Mike Bartlett’s series about two rival newspapers.

Following in the footsteps of Leslie Moonves, Jeffrey Katzenberg and, last year, Shonda Rhimes, Discovery Communications’ president-ceo David Zaslav will be honored at October’s Mipcom trade fair and conference, where he will also deliver a Media Mastermind keynote address on Oct. 18.

Zaslav will join other speakers such as HBO chairman-ceo Richard Plepler, who will receive the Variety Vanguard Award, chef-tv host Gordon Ramsay, and National Geographic’s Courteney Monroe, Domingo Corral at Spain’s Movistar+, and Facebook’s Ricky Van Even.

Few will be able to talk across such a broad agenda as Zaslav, however. If one of his achievements at Discovery, where
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Interview: Ice-t on Playing a Vampire in Bloodrunners, Body Count’s New Album & More

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For years, Ice-t has helped uphold the law as Odafin Tutuola, but in the new horror film Bloodrunners, the renowned actor and musician plays jazz club owner—and vampire—Chesterfield, who is looking to bootleg a little booze and a whole lot of blood during the Prohibition era. With Bloodrunners out now on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD, I had the great pleasure of speaking with Ice-t about sinking his teeth into the juicy role, his band Body Count's upcoming album Bloodlust, and much more.

Congratulations on the film, Ice-t. I haven't had this much with a vampire movie in a while, and it was so unique, too, with the Prohibition setting, so hats off you and the entire team for putting this together.

Ice-t: Me and Mike Harvey work on Law & Order [Special Victims Unit] together, and he's the makeup and special effects guy from this film. So he was
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Lucifer and Chloe Just Shared Their Best Moments — Until That Happened

If you’re among those who’d been clamoring for more Lucifer/Chloe interaction in Season 2 of the Fox drama, recent episodes — including this week’s — certainly delivered.

At least up until that happened. (And, even worse, with that seemed poised to happen!)

RelatedFox’s Lucifer Snags Full Season 2 Pickup

To backtrack a bit….

In one of the episode title’s multiple interpretations, this hour found Lucifer facing eviction, when the real estate tycoon with whom he made a lipstick-on-thong deal to lease Lux turned up dead. Was this a ploy by Mum, to deprive Lucifer of the new home
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Oscars: Two Top-Tier Choices Buoy Best Actor Category

Oscars: Two Top-Tier Choices Buoy Best Actor Category
Beyond Casey Affleck’s emotional smolder in “Manchester by the Sea” and Denzel Washington’s yet-to-be-seen reprisal of the “Fences” role that won him a Tony six years ago, it’s an uncharacteristically thin year for lead-actor Oscar contenders. But that just makes for an exciting race that leaves things wide open on the rest of the ballot. So let’s poke around…

Biopics are a good place to look for standout performances. The strongest of the real-life character roles could be Andrew Garfield’s Desmond Doss, the conscientious World War II objector in Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge.” It’s Garfield’s most powerful work to date — but it may be bested by his turn later this year in Martin Scorsese’s “Silence.”

There are plenty of other contenders from biopics. And variety, too: from musicians (Don Cheadle as Miles Davis in “Miles Ahead,” Ethan Hawke as Chet Baker
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Christmas 2016: the major movies heading to cinemas

Rob Leane Oct 28, 2016

Looking ahead to the movies heading to cinemas in time for Christmas...

The festive season is a great time to go to the pictures. There’s nothing quite like taking solace when it’s cold outside by cramming in with some like-minded folk to see a (hopefully) great movie.

Unsurprisingly, Hollywood studios have cottoned on to this. Year on year, there seems to more and more choice at the cinema come Christmas time. It’s almost like a second summer season, in terms of the sheer volume of major movies on offer. This isn’t likely to change any time soon, especially when you look at the cash banked by Star Wars: The Force Awakens last Christmas. And that's not to mention the festive season's nearness to the Oscar race, which means that the major movies keep coming well into January.

There are many movies rocking around the multiplex during this Yuletide,
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Box Office: Ben Affleck’s ‘The Accountant’ Dominates With $24.7 Million

Box Office: Ben Affleck’s ‘The Accountant’ Dominates With $24.7 Million
Underlining Ben Affleck’s star power, “The Accountant” dominated moviegoing with a solid $24.7 million opening weekend at 3,222 North American sites.

Sunday’s estimate came in significantly above expectations, which had ranged from $18 million to $20 million at the start of the weekend.

Comedy concert film “Kevin Hart: What Now?” delivered about half of “The Accountant’s” total with $12 million at 2,568 locations. But the debut of sci-fi adventure “Max Steel” was ignored by moviegoers with $2.2 million at 2,034 screens for a dismal $1,064 per-screen average.

Warner Bros.’ “The Accountant” took in $200,000 more than last weekend’s winner, “The Girl on the Train,” which opened with $24.5 million. The Emily Blunt thriller, produced by DreamWorks, finished in a tie for second with “Kevin Hart: What Now?” Universal is distributing both “Kevin Hart” and “The Girl on the Train.”

The Accountant” carries a moderate $40 million price tag with Affleck portraying an autistic math savant and
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Watch The Original Star Wars Trilogy, As If It Were An Epic Documentary

History can be chock full of details that get glossed over in any sort of theatrical adaptation. With "The Galactic Civil War," we get a glimpse at what a Ken Burns style documentary covering the events of the original Star Wars trilogy would look like, and you can see that video below. While we've seen scientific analysis on the Battle Of Endor, and the economic analysis of the Galactic Empire's building of two Death Stars, we haven't seen anything as comprehensive as this documentary. And we can thank The Washington Post for this little taste of the extremely expansive approach that documentarian Burns has taken on such subjects as Jazz, Baseball, Prohibition, and, of course, the actual Civil War. While the facts haven't changed, the different approach to the original trilogy's story does make it seem all the greater to watch. Han Solo's character arc of going from a carefree
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The top 20 underappreciated films of 1984

  • Den of Geek
The year that gave us Gremlins, Ghostbusters and The Temple Of Doom also gave us these 20 underappreciated movies...

It's been said that 1984 was a vintage year for movies, and looking back, it's easy to see why. The likes of Ghostbusters and Gremlins served up comedy, action and the macabre in equal measure. James Cameron's The Terminator cemented Arnold Schwarzenegger's star status and gave us one of the greatest sci-fi action movies of the decade.

This was also the year where the Coen brothers made their screen debut with the stunning thriller Blood Simple, and when the Zucker brothers followed up Airplane! with the equally hilarious Top Secret! And we still haven't even mentioned Beverly Hills Cop, This Is Spinal Tap, The Karate Kid, Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom and the unexpectedly successful romantic comedy, Splash. Then there was Milos Forman's sumptuous period drama Amadeus, which
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DVD/Blu-Ray Deals: Marilyn Monroe, Ken Burns Documentaries, Marvel, HBO Gift Sets, and More

  • Collider.com
Amazon has a number of great DVD/Blu-ray deals and I’ve grabbed the highlights and linked them below. As always, only limited quantities available so act fast. Details below. Marilyn Monroe: Classic 9 Film Collection [Blu-Ray] - $34.99 (83% off) - The eight film collection includes Bus Stop, Niagara, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, River of No Return, There's No Business Like Show Business, The Seven Year Itch, Some Like it Hot and The Misfits. Up to 70% Off Ken Burns Documentaries like Prohibition, The War, Jazz, The Central Park Five, Baseball, and many more Up to 60% Off HBO Gift Sets like Deadwood, Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, and more Get Smart - The Complete Series Gift Set - $49.99 (60% off) Breaking Bad: The Complete Series – $70.99 (56% off) Seinfeld: The Complete Series – $59.49 (60% off) Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One – Avengers Assembled (10-Disc Limited Edition Six-Movie Collector’s Set) [Blu-ray] – $119.99 (45% off) The Godfather Collection
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DVD/Blu-Ray Deals: Marilyn Monroe, Ken Burns Documentaries, Marvel, HBO Gift Sets, and More

  • Collider.com
Amazon has a number of great DVD/Blu-ray deals and I’ve grabbed the highlights and linked them below. As always, only limited quantities available so act fast. Details below. Marilyn Monroe: Classic 9 Film Collection [Blu-Ray] - $34.99 (83% off) - The eight film collection includes Bus Stop, Niagara, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, River of No Return, There's No Business Like Show Business, The Seven Year Itch, Some Like it Hot and The Misfits. Up to 70% Off Ken Burns Documentaries like Prohibition, The War, Jazz, The Central Park Five, Baseball, and many more Up to 60% Off HBO Gift Sets like Deadwood, Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, and more Get Smart - The Complete Series Gift Set - $49.99 (60% off) Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) – $9.99 (76% off) Breaking Bad: The Complete Series – $70.99 (56% off) Seinfeld: The Complete Series – $59.49 (60% off) Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One – Avengers Assembled (10-Disc
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Netflix Renews PBS Deal for Multiple Series and Specials (Exclusive)

Netflix Renews PBS Deal for Multiple Series and Specials (Exclusive)
Netflix will continue streaming multiple PBS kids’ series, Ken Burns documentaries and other fare under an extension with the pubcaster covering subscribers in the U.S.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The PBS content had been slated to expire from Netflix’s streaming service in the U.S. effective June 30.

The shows covered under the renewal include: “Wild Kratts” season one (along with the addition of season two), “Dinosaur Train” season two, “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” season one, “Martha Speaks” season one and “Caillou” season five.

Under the renewal, Netflix also will add PBS’s “Peg + Cat” (pictured above), which won the 2014 Daytime Emmy award for outstanding preschool children’s animated program.

Also covered under the Netflix deal with PBS are Ken Burns documentaries including “The Civil War,” “The Central Park Five,” “The War,” “The Dust Bowl,” “Prohibition,” “The West,” “Baseball” and “Jazz.” The renewal also gives Netflix
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Film on Tap: Repeal, Cinema Six and A Very Bad Santa

  • Slackerwood
Film on Tap is a column about the many ways that beer (or sometimes booze) and cinema intersect in Austin.

The 80th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition was marked earlier this month with special events at local bars and brewpubs. Local PBS station Klru re-aired the 2011 Ken Burns three-part documentary Prohibition. Directed by Burns and Lynn Novick, this fascinating series documents the contributing factors of Victorian-age morality and events that led to the passage of the 18th Amendment that prohibited alcohol.

If you missed the rebroadcast of Prohibition, you can watch this well-crafted documentary on Netflix or iTunes. Prohibition is also available to rent at both locations of Vulcan Video.

Rogness Brewing Company offers a monthly film event at the brewery, and the featured film on Saturday, December 21 is indie comedy Cinema Six, which was filmed in Central Texas. Mark Potts wrote and directed this humorous film, and I'm
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The top 25 underappreciated films of 1996

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Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 31 Oct 2013 - 07:01

We train our sights on the year 1996, and the 25 underappreciated films it has to offer...

Independence Day managed to revive both the alien invasion movie and the disaster flick in 1996, and just about every other mainstream picture released that year lived in its saucer-shaped shadow.

Yet beyond the aerial battles of Independence Day, the flying cows in Twister, and the high-wire antics of Tom Cruise in Brian De Palma's Mission: Impossible, there sat an entire library of lesser-known and underappreciated movies.

As part of our attempts to highlight the unsung greats of the 90s, here's our selection of 25 such films from 1996 - the year chess champion Garry Kasparov lost to the might of the computer Deep Blue, and the year comedy star Jim Carrey starred in an unexpectedly dark tale of obsession...

25. The Cable Guy

We can't sit here and
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Sound on Sight Announces Most Anticipated Films of the 51st New York Film Festival

  • SoundOnSight
The 51st New York Film Festival, running September 30th – October 13th, is coming up quickly and the full lineup is well under wraps. As Sound on Sight gets pumped up for the New York hospitality, here are our picks for the most anticipated films of the 51st Nyff, along with their official synopsis and trailer.

Captain Phillips

Paul Greengrass, 2013

USA | 134 minutes

“In April 2009, four Somali teenage pirates in a stolen Taiwanese fishing vessel seized the Maersk Alabama, a cargo ship bound for Mombasa. When the crew resisted, the pirates left with the Captain, Richard Phillips, and tried to make it ashore in the ship’s high speed lifeboat. What followed was a tense stand-off that was closely watched by the entire planet. Paul Greengrass, one of the incontestable masters of reality-based fictional filmmaking, and writer Billy Ray have crafted a film (based on Phillips’ account of the incident) that is
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How to Differentiate Movies With the Same Title

  • NextMovie
It's a horror story that any movie fan can relate to, Twi-Hard or not: You're watching TV and you see the name of your favorite movie listed on your channel guide, only to flip over and discover that the "Twilight" they're showing doesn't have Edward and Jacob battling for the love of Bella — but instead Gene Hackman and Paul Newman fighting over Susan Sarandon.

You were just punked by Same Name Syndrome. (Hey, at least it also includes a topless Reese Witherspoon.)

It happens often. In fact, just this week, "The Butler" hits theaters ... except it's officially titled "Lee Daniels' The Butler," 'cause the rights to the title "The Butler" belong to a 1916 silent short film that no one's ever seen (yes, really). Read all about that silly saga here.

Anyway, here's our guide on How to Differentiate Movies With the Same Title (That Are Not Remakes).

'Savages' (2012) vs.
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Netflix Extends PBS Pact, Scoring Two Exclusives

The rivalry between Netflix and Amazon.com for online streaming content has been a boon to TV programmers, as the two are motivated buyers eager to one-up each other.

One week after Amazon.com touted PBS deal, Netflix is announcing an expansion of its multiyear pact with the pubcaster for a range of series and specials for streaming subscribers in the U.S. and Canada.

Netflix’s re-up includes two exclusive gets: Beginning this fall, streaming company will exclusively offer “The Bletchley Circle,” a British murder mystery miniseries produced by London-based World Prods. In 2014, Netflix will become the exclusive subscription video home of “Super Why!,” the PBS Kids preschool series aimed at helping tykes build literacy skills.

Amazon, for its part, is paying PBS for exclusive streaming rights starting later this year on all seasons of “Downton Abbey.”

Also continuing to be available on Netflix will be nonexclusive PBS content,
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