February 20, 2004 |
The words "inspired by the life of" can cover a multitude of on-screen sins, and most of them are on display in the Meg Ryan-starring boxing drama "Against the Ropes." It's not that there's anything wrong with filmmakers working from the premise articulated by producer Robert W. Cort, who says in the press notes that "we all knew this was not going to be a biographical film.... We didn't want that."
February 13, 1993 |
Fight manager stereotyping: Cigar, bad breath, talks too loud, awful clothes, shameless liar, terrible table manners, drinks too much and always uses pronoun "we" when referring to his boxer's fights. Then there is the manager of James Toney, who will fight Iran Barkley tonight at Caesars Palace. And one of the first thoughts that occurs is: "Hey, someone should make a movie about these two."
March 21, 2003 |
Paramount Pictures is delaying the April 25 release of its Meg Ryan drama "Against the Ropes," citing concerns about its ability to promote a hard-to-sell movie as war breaks out. "The environment right now is not conducive to publicity and advertising exposure while people's focus is elsewhere," said studio motion picture group Vice Chairman Robert Friedman.
April 9, 1997
Boxer Bernard Harris, who collapsed after being stopped by junior lightweight Carlos Hernandez of Bellflower in the eighth round of Monday's main event fight at the Pond, was released Tuesday afternoon from UCI Medical Center in Orange, according to hospital representative Pat Jacobs. Harris, who is from Detroit, lost for the first time in 12 professional bouts, when his manager, Jackie Kallen, threw in the towel midway through the eighth round.
June 29, 1991 |
James Toney will defend his International Boxing Federation middleweight championship for the first time today at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel. Toney was a 17-1 underdog May 10 when he knocked out champion Michael Nunn in a baseball park at Davenport, Iowa. Toney's first defense will be against Reggie Johnson of Long Beach, a Forum regular who spent most of the last 18 months hoping for a fight with Nunn. Toney, of Ann Arbor, Mich., is 26-0-1.
August 3, 1996 |
Presumably right in line with these cash-and-carry Olympics, professional promoters, trainers and managers have been given full access and are swarming the floor of Alexander Memorial Coliseum to hug, mingle with and otherwise try to lure high-profile boxers to their stables.