November 30, 2012 |
LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. - How a team reacts to winning is often more a measure of its possibilities than how it plays after a loss. La Salle finally beat Villanova Sunday after losing 10 straight to the Wildcats. Mediocre teams spend too much time celebrating a big win. Good teams use that feeling and play even better. La Salle could not have much better in the first 12 minutes Thursday night at Rider. The Explorers scored 30 points on 20 possessions, opened up an 18-point lead and held it to the finish line, winning wire-to-wire, 63-52.
March 23, 2012 |
CHILLS, BOUTS of depression, loss of appetite: These are all symptoms of "The Hunger Games" hangover. After devouring Suzanne Collins' kid-killing trilogy and checking out the long-anticipated film adaptation, we understand if you are left wanting - nay! - needing more. Here's how to get your "Hunger" fix while you wait for the film's second installment, "Catching Fire," which is expected November 2013. Literature "The Giver": While many would point to William Golding's Lord of the Flies as the obvious antecedent to The Hunger Games, we see more in common with Lois Lowry's classic about a society that is so devoid of free will that people can't even see colors.
March 2, 2012 |
LAST WEEK, critics worried that "Act of Valor" might be a Navy recruitment video, luring young people into a life of (gasp!) military service. Not to worry. After that one-week blip, Hollywood is back to business as usual, pandering to a young male demo with a movie that celebrates self-indulgence, status-seeking, substance abuse, vulgarity and the headlong quest for "fine bitches," preferably drunk ones. It's called "Project X" and has all the earmarks of a commercial success.
December 29, 2011
WHEN YOU load up the cooler this week for your New Year's Eve soaking, take a moment to think about what you're going to drink on the morning after. Ah, yes, the hair of the dog that bit you. Hard-earned experience has taught us that the best hangover cure is prevention: Go easy on the bubbles and drink plenty of water. An aspirin before bedtime works wonders, too. But preparing for the worst is my motto, so here goes. The phrase "hair of the dog" is traced to the ancient Hippocratic philosophy of similia similibus curantur ("like cures like")
November 8, 2011 |
BRADLEY COOPER stopped to pet a dachshund being walked by an attractive blonde on Kelly Drive Saturday afternoon. The Rydal-native "Hangover" star, in town shooting "The Silver Linings Playbook," was jogging when he stopped, introduced himself as "Brad" and played with the dog for a few minutes before being picked up by a driver. The young woman tells friends she wishes that Cooper had pet her instead! On Sunday, we hear, Cooper was photographed for People 's Sexiest Man Alive issue at the Fort Washington estate of Advanta chief executive Dennis Alter . Alter, whose home is for sale for $30 million, is said to be a friend of Cooper's; he didn't return a request for comment yesterday.
July 29, 2011
SHE HAD a God-given talent. That's trite, and it's overused, but it fits. Amy Winehouse had a glorious voice. Now it will be heard only in replay, captured in musical amber. Because, as everyone now knows, drug addict Winehouse is dead. We'll never be sure if it was intentional since she didn't leave a note. But with her history, you can probably chalk it up to recklessness, at the very least. Winehouse must have known that continuing to dine on heroin, pills and whatever other controlled substances she could get her hands on would end up badly.
June 24, 2011
GIMME FIVE Thanks to "Hangover 2," Ed Helms now has five feature movie roles. In order of box office receipts: 1. "The Hangover," $277 million. 2. "Hangover 2," $235 million. 3. "The Goods: Live Hard Sell Hard," $15 million. 4. "Meet Dave," $11 million. 5. "Cedar Rapids," $6 million.
June 10, 2011 |
HONG KONG - Oscar-winning director Ang Lee played an important role in "The Hangover Part II" - at least offscreen. He is the father of one of the actors. The filmmaker's younger son, Mason Lee, plays Teddy, the teenager the lead characters try to rescue as they struggle to piece together what happened during a crazy night in Bangkok. Ang Lee was clearly a proud dad speaking to reporters after catching a showing with his younger brother and mother earlier this week in Taiwan, his home country.
May 31, 2011
"The Bridesmaids" has been called "The Hangover" for women, and they're both among the most commercially successful R-rated comedies of all time. Now, with the opening of "The Hangover 2," we compare the two blockbusters, "Hangover" and "Bridesmaids. " Box office opening weekend $44 million / $26 million Who's getting married? Justin Bartha / Maya Rudolph Who has the creepy boyfriend/girlfriend they need to ditch? Ed Helms / Kristen Wiig Who is the kooky, stocky misfit?
May 30, 2011 |
It's like that asteroid hurtling right at us. Can't get out of the way. Of Hangover 2 , we mean. The film touched down Thursday and blew the roof off the world, according to distributor estimates. Opening night, it made $31.6 million (a record for a comedy), $30 mil on Friday and $29.7 mil on Saturday, beating the three-day comedy record of Bruce Almighty on Memorial Day weekend in 2003. At $118 mil as of Sunday, it could top $140 mil by Monday COB. The R-rater record is Matrix: Reloaded , which in 2003 made $144 mil its first five days.