Crowe’s Cinderella

Russell Crowe stirs the first Oscar-talk of the season: “An exquisite ode to a working-class hero, “Cinderella Man” takes the almost impossibly perfect elements of the saga of underdog boxer James J. Braddock and fills it with emotional gravitas, wrenching danger and a panoramic sense of American life during the Great Depression. Oscar winner “A Beautiful Mind” seems a warmup to this main event, in which helmer Ron Howard grasps the full measure of artistry he’s often reached for, and gifted thesp Russell Crowe limns a role he seems born to play. Universal’s summer release strategy seems riskier than Braddock’s final bout, but solid, sustained B.O. boosted by glowing critical response — with a late-round re-release during awards season — could deliver winning results.”


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Behind the Mic with Groundbreaker Rikki Swannell

Behind the Mic with Groundbreaker Rikki Swannell

World Rugby talks to New Zealander Rikki Swannell about becoming the first female lead commentator on the men’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and her life in sports broadcasting. As an experienced…