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February 21, 2004 | Hank Rosenfeld, Special to The Times
A 57-year-old grandmother of two the subject of a movie about boxing? Sounds rather lightweight, maybe, until you figure this in: Jackie Kallen was the manager of four world champion boxers. Jackie Kallen, a.k.a. "The First Lady of Boxing," has guided the careers of renowned ringmeisters such as Thomas "Hit Man" Hearns and James "Lights Out" Toney. Now her own life and craft for 25 years, or a version thereof, take center ring in "Against the Ropes," starring Meg Ryan, which opened Friday.
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February 21, 2004 | Hank Rosenfeld, Special to The Times
A 57-year-old grandmother of two the subject of a movie about boxing? Sounds rather lightweight, maybe, until you figure this in: Jackie Kallen was the manager of four world champion boxers. Jackie Kallen, a.k.a. "The First Lady of Boxing," has guided the careers of renowned ringmeisters such as Thomas "Hit Man" Hearns and James "Lights Out" Toney. Now her own life and craft for 25 years, or a version thereof, take center ring in "Against the Ropes," starring Meg Ryan, which opened Friday.
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December 10, 1997 | DUANE NORIYUKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The sounds of boxing haven't changed much over the years. There's still the rhythmic flutter of jump ropes tapping the floor, the rattle of speed bags and steady thud of padded fists pounding the guts of a heavy leather bag. The boxing gym remains a place of bruises and dreams, spit and blood. There is tradition--not all of it good--and there is reverence for a sport that some say doesn't deserve it.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2004 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
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."
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2004 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
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."
SPORTS
February 13, 1993 | EARL GUSTKEY
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."
BUSINESS
March 21, 2003 | Claudia Eller
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
June 29, 1991 | EARL GUSTKEY
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.
NEWS
August 3, 1996 | TIM KAWAKAMI
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.
NEWS
December 10, 1997 | DUANE NORIYUKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The sounds of boxing haven't changed much over the years. There's still the rhythmic flutter of jump ropes tapping the floor, the rattle of speed bags and steady thud of padded fists pounding the guts of a heavy leather bag. The boxing gym remains a place of bruises and dreams, spit and blood. There is tradition--not all of it good--and there is reverence for a sport that some say doesn't deserve it.
SPORTS
February 13, 1993 | EARL GUSTKEY
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."
SPORTS
April 8, 1997 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Junior lightweight Carlos Hernandez of Bellflower gave an overmatched and inexperienced Bernard Harris of Detroit a beating before stopping him in the eighth round, eventually knocking him unconscious Monday night at the Pond. The fight was finally stopped at 2 minutes 26 seconds of the eighth round by Harris' manager, Jackie Kallen, who formerly managed world champion James Toney. "He's a strong-minded kid," Kallen said. "He'd fight till his last breath.
SPORTS
July 13, 2001
A sampling of L.A. Nielsen ratings for July 7-8. SATURDAY *--* Over-the-air Ch. Rt Sh Auto Racing: NASCAR Pepsi 400 4 4.4 10 Tennis: Wimbledon, men's semifinals 4 4.1 14 Golf: PGA Advil Western Open 7 3.1 9 Baseball: Seattle at Dodgers 11 3.0 8 Golf: American Century Celebrity Championship 4 2.1 6 *--* *--* Cable Network Rating Share Boxing: Hector Camacho Jr. vs. Jesse James Leija HBO 2.0 5 Baseball: Atlanta at Boston FX 0.6 2 Auto racing: NHRA Nationals at Pomona ESPN2 0.
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