The screenplay is as sclerotic and slow moving as its two punch drunk leads
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Friday 11 December 2009
The first thing in Todd Phillips's comedy's favour is the fact that Judd Apatow and his particular brand of puerile antics (The Hangover's still puerile, though) are not involved at all.
Friday 13 November 2009
Police are investigating conflicting accounts of an airport scuffle between Mike Tyson and a photographer that resulted in both men being questioned and released on suspicion of battery.
Thursday 12 November 2009
Police are investigating conflicting accounts of an airport scuffle between Mike Tyson and a photographer that resulted in both men being booked and released on suspicion of misdemeanor battery.
Tuesday 10 November 2009
Saturday 07 November 2009
Sunday 01 November 2009
There are 999 days to the start of the London Olympics and 397 to the moment when we will know whether the 2018 football World Cup is to be played in England. Which means that Baron Coe of Ranmore is going to be an exceptionally busy man. The fact that, despite its detractors and the recession, London 2012 arguably is further ahead of schedule than any post-war Olympic city is a tribute to Coe and his team. Now, as the countdown quickens, he will have even more on his packed agenda, as it seems likely the World Cup bid could be looking to him to provide the same persuasive oratory to sway Fifa that he used to convince the International Olympic Committee. With FA chairman Lord Triesman recognising that personality will be a key factor to delivering on the day, and with the ideally-suited Gary Lineker ruling himself out as any sort of figurehead as he is "not a political animal", Coe, who is already well connected within Fifa, seems an obvious candidate to be pressed into service on 2 December next year. Of course, his first priority will always be 2012, but football fan Coe is famously efficient at utilising his time and would hardly turn down the opportunity to strike up front for England. A 2018 bid spokesman says it is too early to say who will be involved on the platform, "but it will be a selection designed to get across all the strengths of the 2018 bid. Lord Coe's role as a board member means he is and will continue to have a key role in the campaign". Suggest you get working on that speech, Seb.
Saturday 10 October 2009
One night back in the 20th century the famous American boxing referee Mills Lane formed such a dismal view of the future of sport he reached for a microphone and made an impassioned speech.
Friday 02 October 2009
Audley Harrison won a gold medal, Danny Williams ruined Mike Tyson, Scott Belshaw was knocked out by Tyson Fury in his last fight and tonight they will fight for the £32,000 prize and the Prizefighter Cup at the ExCel Arena in London's Docklands.
Sunday 13 September 2009
Football managers are not alone in questioning the competence of the men in the middle. Boxing promoter Frank Maloney is fighting mad over the decision that saw his heavyweight John McDermott lose his English title to the young giant Tyson Fury in Brentwood on Friday night. Yesterday he called for the referee who made it, Terry O'Connor, to be banned. He claimed not only was O'Connor "incompetent" but also suggested his judgement could have been influenced because as a boxer he had himself been knocked out in a fight with McDemott's father, Stan, a one-time heavyweight contender, 32 years ago. "I think when he saw Stan in John's corner he got flashbacks to the night he was beaten by him," he said. It did seem an outrageously bad decision – the portly O'Connor, from Birmingham, awarded McDermott only two rounds (98-92) to the disbelief of ringsiders and Sky pundits. I made McDermott a clear winner by four rounds. Fury's own corner even told him before the last round that he needed a KO to win. "No wonder people who do not follow boxing ask me if it is fixed," said Maloney, "It isn't, but decisions like this will turn people away from the sport." Maloney is wrong to infer skulduggery – at worst it was poor judgement by a referee whose officiating has been called into question before. The promoter expects to be hauled before the Board of Control (who are likely to order a re-match) over his comments but they must also seek an explanation from O'Connor for his scorecard.
Saturday 12 September 2009
Tyson Fury found out that there is no substitute in the boxing business for rounds when he was declared a controversial winner of the English heavyweight title against John McDermott last night at Brentwood Leisure Centre.
Friday 17 July 2009
Ramzan Kadyrov's first response to his father's assassination in May 2004 was to travel to the Kremlin to meet Vladimir Putin. In bizarre televised images at the end of the tête-è-tête, Mr Putin offered the young, ginger-bearded Chechen – the first person ever to turn up to the Kremlin in a sky-blue tracksuit – his condolences and squeezed his hand.
Saturday 20 June 2009
It has been an unprecedented six weeks in boxing with four big fights being scrapped and Ruslan Chagaev will benefit from the chaos when he fights Wladimir Klitschko for a trio of heavyweight belts in front of 60,000 tonight at the Veltins Arena, here in Gelsenkirchen.
Friday 12 June 2009
Those experiencing Judd Apatow/Seth Rogen fatigue (include me here) may want to avoid another film about a bachelor weekend in Vegas that goes horribly wrong.
Wednesday 10 June 2009
Mike Tyson has married for a third time, two weeks after his four-year-old daughter died in a tragic treadmill accident, it emerged today.
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