Ellin Stein at the Indepedent asks "To subtitle or not to subtitle?" when it comes to thick UK accents. We’ve never had a problem understanding English/Scottish/Irish accents, but we do recall walking out of "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" and hearing the couple behind us bickering over whose idea it was to see a movie they "couldn’t understand a word of."
What went wrong with "Cinderella Man"? It seemed perfectly calculated to be a solid grown-up hit across the country and possible Oscar whatever, but two weeks in it’s stalled out at a mere $34.6 million, after costing a reported $88 million to make, not to mention heavily market. "There are hardly words to describe how we all feel. I feel like crying," producer Brian Grazer tells Sharon Waxman at the New York Times. The piece is a general shrug (of Hollywood exec sadness), so we’d like to bring up some theories being thrown around as to the film’s failure: Russell Crowe Did It (telephone throwing incident ignited the outrage of a nation, led to unspoken boycott); It’s the Downloaders’ Fault (why not continue to demonize?); and It Just Looks as Dull as Depression -Era Dishwater. At the Hot Button, David Poland has a far more numbers- and industry-driven analysis of the film’s failure.
And some interviews: There’s a particularly interesting and funny one with Mark Ruffalo that covers the many bumps in his road to stardom. Check this:
One night in 2001 he dreamed that he had a brain tumour, and the dream was so unusual in its atmosphere and clarity that he went
to the doctor. It turned out that he did have a brain tumour. "It
wasn’t like divine intervention in any way, though that’s how some
people explained it to me. I tell you, I was so desperate to get better
after my surgery that I tried everything – energy healers, acupuncture,
craniosacral therapy, everything, everything. There was nothing I
wouldn’t have tried."
That was right after 2000’s "You Can Count On Me," his breakthrough after years of slogging it out in L.A. Anyway, IFC News’ Andrea Meyer has a Q & A with Miranda July, and Alastair McKay in the London Times talks to Kelly MacDonald, who had quite the breakthrough of her own back in 1996, with her film debut as Ewan McGregor‘s underaged hookup Diane in "Trainspotting."
+ Trailer: The Brothers Grimm (Moviefone)
+ Trailer: MirrorMask (Yahoo)
+ Scottish and Northern Irish characters beware (Independent)
+ Universal Rethinks Boxing Film Plan (NY Times)
+ June 15, 2005 (The Hot Button)
+ Out of the traps (Guardian)
+ Miranda July on "Me and You and Everyone We Know" (IFC News)
+ Kelly Macdonald (Times)