Showbiz Sandbox 238: Movies With Subtitles – Cinéma Internationale est Morte

June 2, 2014


Even though subtitles appear more often in mainstream movies like “Avatar”, “Inglorious Basterds” and “Slumdog Millionaire”, North American audiences aren’t any more comfortable with them than they had been historically. In a detailed piece for Indiewire, Anthony Kaufman reports that foreign language films are struggling at both the U.S. box office and in ancillary distribution channels. Kaufman joins us for an in-depth discussion about the endangered state of world cinema.

We’ve just returned from this year’s Book Expo America, the largest annual book trade show in the U.S. The good news is that the publishing industry is actively engaging in digital instead of being frightened by out. Unfortunately, everyone was concerned that an ongoing contract dispute between publishing giant Hachette and online book retailer Amazon is a sign of a contentious future.

Meanwhile the Tony Awards will be held next weekend honoring the best productions and brightest talent to emerge from Broadway over the past year. Hugh Jackman is hosting the ceremony which will feature performances from Neil Patrick Harris, Idina Menzel and even Sting. The real money however, will be earned by whoever takes home the trophies for Best Musical and Best Musical Revival.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including a movie poster that’s a little too risqué for the MPAA, director James Cameron teams up with Cirque du Soleil and the record price NBC is charging for a 30-second ad during next year’s Super Bowl.


‘Brady Bunch’ Star Ann B. Davis Dead at 88

‘Maleficent’ Rules With $70 Mil, ‘Million Ways’ Stumbles

‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Hits Franchise Best $500M

Adam Sandler on Why He Won’t Host ‘SNL’: ‘Why Should I?’

Malcolm Gladwell ‘Surprised’ to Become an Amazon Bargaining Chip

James Patterson: ‘If Amazon Is the New American Way, Then Maybe It Has to Be Changed’

The Big Books of BookExpo America 2014

Tony Awards 2014: Who Will Win?

‘Arsenio Hall Show’ Cancelled After One Season

Amazon Prime To Offer Music Streaming Service — With 6-Month-Old Songs

“Sin City” Poster Too Graphic For MPAA’s Advertising Administration

NBC Seeks Record $4.5M For Super Bowl Ads

Queen to Release New Album With Unreleased Freddie Mercury Songs

Apple Buys Beats Electronics For $3B

Kevin Reilly, Head of Fox’s Programming, Is Stepping Down

Fox’s Outgoing Chairman Kevin Reilly on His Next Steps, Rumors, Pilot Season’s Future

MGM, Warner Bros. Launching ‘Stargate’ Trilogy With Roland Emmerich to Direct

‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ Sequel in the Works

James Cameron Developing ‘Avatar’ Live Show with Cirque du Soleil

Sony Imageworks Moving HQ to Vancouver

The Lonely Subtitle: Here’s Why U.S. Audiences Are Abandoning Foreign-Language Films

Anthony Kaufman’s ReelPolitik on Indiewire