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Film, "The Trials of Muhammad Ali" : A Well-Known Story Well-Told

"The Trials of Muhammad Ali" : A Well-Known Story Well-Told

"Your greatest trial may not be in the ring," Howard Cosell once told Muhammad Ali. "It may be with the American public." The point still stands and is proved again in Bill Siegel's gut-punching new documentary, The Trials of Muhammad…
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News, Sucka Free City The Amazing Stories of Mayoral Candidate Tony Hall

The Amazing Stories of Mayoral Candidate Tony Hall

When interim Mayor Ed Lee said he wasn't interested in running, it appears he was only telling stories. If San Franciscans wish to cast their votes for a storyteller, perhaps it's worth considering a candidate whose stories are, in fact,…
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News, The Snitch Muhammad Ali Takes on Supreme Leader of Iran, Asks Him to Release UC Hikers

Muhammad Ali Takes on Supreme Leader of Iran, Asks Him to Release UC Hikers

Former boxing champ Muhammad Ali has instigated a new fight -- one aimed to get the release of two American hikers who have been held captive in Iran since 2009.Ali, a prominent U.S. Muslim, sent to the Associated Press, a…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Soul Power</i>

Soul Power

Soul Power documents the three-day music festival that accompanied the iconic 1974 Muhammad Ali/George Foreman “Rumble in the Jungle” boxing match in Zaire. Culled by director Jeffrey Levy-Hinte from over 125 hours of footage that was shot by Paul Goldsmith,…
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Film, Documenting an epic concert in Zaire, <i>Soul Power</i> puts on quite a show

Documenting an epic concert in Zaire, Soul Power puts on quite a show

"When you bad," boasts the young and beautiful, piss-and-vinegar–filled Muhammad Ali early in the documentary Soul Power, "you can do what you wanna do." The film, which takes too long to get to the meat of its matter, but captivates…
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Home Entertainment, Game On A Real Knockout

A Real Knockout

Gamers have a derogatory name for people who prize a game's visuals above all: "graphic whores." But sometimes great graphics can enhance game play -- or even provide an experience that couldn't have occurred otherwise. Fight Night Round 3 for…
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Culture, Stuff Sly Foxx

Sly Foxx

When he first auditioned for Any Given Sunday director Oliver Stone to play quarterback Willie Beamen, an embittered bench-warmer prone to fits of vomiting before each snap, Jamie Foxx was sure he'd blown it. Stone, as subtle as an ice…
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The Man Who Would Be Ali

When We Were Kings Directed by Leon Gast. A documentary featuring Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, George Plimpton, James Brown, Norman Mailer, and Miriam Makeba. Opens Friday, Feb. 14, at the Kabuki. Like a black Jay Gatsby with a bulging build,…
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REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): The next 11 months will be anything but bug-free. Judging by the planetary alignments, I expect that bugs will be your constant companions. This doesn't have to be anywhere near as ghastly as it sounds, though.…
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