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Posted by CBS Sunday Morning on Sunday, April 25, 2021

Host: Jane Pauley


Moviegoers sit socially-distanced at the AMC Lincoln Square theater on the first day of reopening after being closed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, March 5, 2021, in New York.  Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

COVER STORY: Coming attractions: Movie theaters are primed for a comeback | Watch Video
As we look toward the end of the pandemic, the success of "Godzilla vs. Kong" in movie theaters that had been shuttered for a year has raised prospects for the return of movie exhibition. Correspondent Tracy Smith talks with industry experts who predict that, for movie studios and brick-and-mortar theater owners, happy days may soon be here again.

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George Floyd Officer Trial
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is taken into custody after he was found guilty on all three counts in his trial for the 2020 death of George Floyd, April 20, 2021, at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis. Court TV via AP, Pool

HEADLINES: Lessons from the Derek Chauvin verdict | Watch Video
Correspondent Martha Teichner looks at this week's guilty verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd, and what lies ahead for the racial justice movement.

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MEDIA: Just for you: Personalized videos from the stars (Video)
Fans can get more from Cameo than a celebrity's autographed picture; they can buy a personalized video message – and for actors, athletes and comedians working less nowadays, it's grown from funny money to some serious cash. Correspondent David Pogue reports.

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Russ Tamblyn ("West Side Story") with correspondent Mo Rocca.  CBS News

MOVIES: Russ Tamblyn doesn't have to prove how cool he is | Watch Video
He's an acrobat, dancer, and Oscar-nominated actor who appeared in such memorable films as "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" and "West Side Story" – and the less-memorable "War of the Gargantuas." But for many years, Russ Tamblyn stepped out of the limelight, to pursue a different kind of art. Correspondent Mo Rocca snaps fingers with the 86-year-old Tamblyn, who talks about his film and TV career – and about teaching Elvis Presley how to move.

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PASSAGE: In memoriam (Video)
"Sunday Morning" remembers some of the notable figures who left us this week, including former Vice President Walter Mondale.     

Bernie Madoff plead guilty in 2009 to swindling thousands of clients out of billions of dollars in investments as part of a Ponzi scheme.  CBS News

BOOKS: Bernie Madoff: How he pulled it off | Watch Video
On April 14, 2021, Bernard Madoff, who burned thousands of investors through an epic Ponzi scheme, died in prison while serving a 150-year prison sentence. Correspondent Jim Axelrod talks with journalist Jim Campbell, author of "Madoff Talks," who maintained a years-long correspondence with the disgraced investor and his family, to learn exactly how Madoff pulled off the largest financial fraud in Wall Street history.

READ AN EXCERPT: "Madoff Talks" by Jim Campbell

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  • "Madoff Talks: Uncovering the Untold Story Behind the Most Notorious Ponzi Scheme in History" by Jim Campbell (McGraw-Hill Education), in Hardcover and eBook formats, available April 27 via Amazon and Indiebound
Singer Merry Clayton has recorded a new album, "Beautiful Scars." CBS News

MUSIC: Merry Clayton's inspiring gift to the world | Watch Video
The gospel, rock and soul singer, renowned as a backup artist for some of the world's leading musical acts, got some long-overdue public awareness from the 2013 documentary "20 Feet From Stardom." Now, years after losing both legs in a car accident, Merry Clayton has made a triumphant return to the recording studio for her new album, "Beautiful Scars." Correspondent Lee Cowan reports.

You can stream Merry Clayton's album "Beautiful Scars" by clicking on the embed below (Free Spotify registration required to hear the tracks in full):

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HARTMAN: No-hit wonder (Video)
Seventeen-year-old Walker Smallwood, of Dixie Heights High School in Edgewood, Kentucky, always dreamed of pitching in the pros, until the promising leftie was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer in his leg. Though now in remission, the cancer appears to have ended his baseball career. But not before he got one last chance to pitch in a game. Steve Hartman reports the box score.     

Actor Jon Voight with Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz.  CBS News

MOVIES: Jon Voight: "I have to say my piece" | Watch Video
Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz sits down with Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight, to talk about his celebrated performances in such films as "Midnight Cowboy," "Deliverance" and "Coming Home"; about the controversy that his conservative political views currently attracts; and whether he'd like to be directed by his daughter, actress and filmmaker Angelina Jolie.

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COMMENTARY: Charles M. Blow on Derek Chauvin trial: "This time … history would not be repeated" | Watch Video
The New York Times columnist compares the 1955 trial of Whites accused of lynching Black teenager Emmett Till, and the conviction of a former Minneapolis policeman for murdering George Floyd.

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NATURE: Greater Prairie Chickens in South Dakota (Extended Video)
"Sunday Morning" takes us to the Fort Pierre National Grassland in central South Dakota, where it's courtship season for Greater Prairie Chickens. Videographer: Kevin Kjergaard. 

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