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Resurrecting the Champ
Several morality plays vie for attention in this story about a workmanlike sportswriter who latches on to a tale told by a homeless alcoholic as his ticket out of palookaville.
"...Several morality plays vie for attention in Resurrecting the Champ, a story about a Denver sportswriter, Erik Kernan (Hartnett),..."

Aug. 24, 2007 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Wizard World: Five Reasons Why CM Punk Should Stay Champ
(or at least remain in the WWE title hunt)
"...professional wrestler in the world. He's also the WWE champion. Tonight he defends that title against rising challenger Ryback,..."

Oct. 28, 2012 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

James Kirkland Has the Look of a Champ
" his prime, but compares favorably to the ex champ in terms of physique and approach in the ring...."

Aug. 19, 2008 Sports Post by Christopher Bond

Cindy Stowell Is a Jeopardy! Champ and Champion for Cancer Research
Austinite who passed away in December pledged her winnings to research

Dec. 21, 2016 Screens Post by Kimberley Jones

The Return of the Champ
Mick Foley swaps the wrestling ring for spoken word
"...and the Japanese death match, a former WWE world champion. He's also a respected stand-up storyteller, a multiple New..."

July 12, 2014 Arts Post by Richard Whittaker

SXSW: The Champ Is Here
WWE superstar John Cena muscles into Interactive

March 9, 2013 SXSW Post by Richard Whittaker

Phillies Trade Kendrick for Hot-Dog Champ

Feb. 19, 2008 Sports Post by Mark Fagan

Joey Chestnut Becomes Hot-Dog-Eating World Champ
"...winner Kobayashi Wednesday during the annual Nathan's Famous Hot-Dog-Eating Championship on Coney Island, finishing with 66 hot dogs to..."

July 6, 2007 Sports Post by Audra Schroeder

Borg vs McEnroe
Tennis' greatest feud re-evaluated as an inner battle.
"...recognized that in each other. Borg, the four-time Wimbledon champ, was a furious young man (played at first with..."

April 13, 2018 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

The California Highway Patrol rides again
"...memorably on NBC’s Parenthood). As a washed-up former Motocross champ, Shepard’s Jon Baker is starting a new career as..."

March 31, 2017 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Bleed for This
A boxer returns to the ring in this conventional drama
"...Devil), the real-life boxer from Rhode Island who won championship belts in three different weight classes. Overall, Bleed for..."

Nov. 18, 2016 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Ron Burgundy is back – and the legend continues, at least in his own mind.
" team – disco-licious Brian Fantana (Rudd), racist sportscaster Champ Kind (Koechner), and just plain nuts weatherman Brick Tamland..."

Dec. 20, 2013 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Air Guitar Nation
What other international competition awards points for general "airiness"? This fun documentary celebrates the weirdness but never mocks the participants.
"...time. Following the inception of the U.S. Air Guitar Championships (founded by Cedric Devitt and Kriston Rucker) through the..."

April 13, 2007 Movie Review by Toddy Burton

Roll Bounce
Hot-wiring a penchant for sports film truisms to some seriously spot-on Seventies nostalgia, this Bow Wow vehicle is an easygoing portrayal of teenage camaraderie and its attendant difficulties.
"...(but not L’il) Bow Wow plays Southside Chicago rollerskating champ X (short for Xavier), who, along with his trusty..."

Sept. 23, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Longest Yard
Sandler and Rock keep the ball in play for this old prison football gem, although they fail to score any new points.
"...the scrawny, overtly menschy Sandler as a former NFL champ. That’s admittedly a bit of a stretch, but to..."

May 27, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

"...there. Bradford is Ben Cronin, a high school swim champ with a few skeletons in the closet -- he..."

Sept. 13, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Mann's film, which has some terrific moments, hits the highlights only. Will Smith, layered in subtle facial prosthetics in order to resemble Ali, does no disservice to the memory of the Greatest, but the best thing here is Jon Voight, who loses himself thoroughly in the role of sportscaster Howard Cosell.
"...and ends with the two biggest bouts in the champ's life. When we are first brought on board, to..."

Dec. 28, 2001 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

When We Were Kings
This documentary Oscar winner is a vivid retelling of the "Rumble in the Jungle," in which Muhammad Ali bested George Foreman in a storied boxing match in Kinshasa, Zaire.
"...and thirtyish Ali squared off with the awesome young champ George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire. The stunning vitality and..."

March 28, 1997 Movie Review by Russell Smith

Space Jam
Dexterously mixing live action and animation, Space Jam tosses NBA champ Michael Jordan onto the 2-D court with the entire Looney Tunes gang and the opposing Monstar team of cartoon characters from another planet.
"...mixing live action and animation, the movie tosses NBA champ Michael Jordan onto the 2-D court with the entire..."

Nov. 15, 1996 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Great White Hype
" find a white guy to fight his heavyweight champ, “The Grim Reaper” Roper (Wayans). Like the scorpion-in-the-road homage..."

May 10, 1996 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

High Risk
"...a living as a reckless stuntman, doubling for box-office champ Frankie Chan (pop-singer-cum-actor Jacky Cheung, playing a broad stereotype..."

Nov. 3, 1995 Movie Review by Joey O'Bryan

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
"...what children really need is to be protected and championed by the adults in their lives. Home Alone's adults..."

Nov. 20, 1992 Movie Review by Hollis Chacona

Double Impact
"...orphanage. The merc raised his to be a karate champ at a health club in L.A. The accent? “We..."

Aug. 16, 1991 Movie Review by Kathleen Maher

Brain Teaser
Author and legendary 'Jeopardy!' champ Ken Jennings comes to the Texas Book Festival
"...volume on Saturday, with author (and also recent Jeopardy! champ) Neal Pollack moderating. We chatted briefly with the gregarious..."

Oct. 25, 2013 Books Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Our readers talk back.
"...Missing Champ Hood..."

Nov. 23, 2001 Column

Our readers talk back.
"...Show Champ Respect..."

Nov. 30, 2001 Column

Dead Dogs Don't Lie
If your pet escapes, pray for Animal Control
"...similar to Butter's, Philip Redmon's American pit bull terrier Champ was shot to death by a Travis County Sheriff's..."

July 4, 2008 News Feature by Laurel Chesky

Fallen Star
"...Champ Hood was, I truly believe, one of the pre-eminent..."

Nov. 9, 2001 Music Feature by Jimmie Dale Gilmore

King Tears
A decade after the ValuJet crash claimed Walter Hyatt's life, his posthumous archive celebrates his tender abilities once again
"...Alongside David Ball and the late Champ Hood, Hyatt founded Uncle Walt's Band, one of Austin's..."

Feb. 22, 2008 Music Feature by Doug Freeman

Dancing About Architecture
Champ Hood takes his fiddle to heaven.
"...Champ's Final Bell..."

Nov. 9, 2001 Music Column by Ken Lieck

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