October 27, 2000 |
The wacky comedy "Lucky Numbers," inspired by the 1980 Pennsylvania lotto scandal, seems designed to help John Travolta bounce back from the disaster of "Battlefield: Earth. " Alas, this new film is wacky without being particularly good. As fair warning to its prospective audience, it should probably be titled "Battlefield: Harrisburg. " Travolta stars as an unctuous weatherman, Russ Richards, toiling at a small station in our state capital, where his notoriety gives him his own table at the city's "trendiest restaurant.
March 2, 2002 |
The pleasant after-Chinese-dinner experience of cracking open a cookie and getting lucky is just about gone, friends. Now you're fortunate if you receive a fortune. The bulk of today's cookies contain bad advice, pithy sayings, disingenuous praise, or just plain nonsense. "You have tasted the bitterness as well as the sweetness of coffee" was one "fortune" I got recently. What does that mean? The fortune has diminished in quality from actual predictions of the future (my definition)
January 8, 1997 |
It was nearly five years, but must have seemed longer. Rutgers-Camden beat visiting Bloomfield College, 77-72, last night, snapping an NCAA-record 117-game losing streak that stretched almost five seasons. "We're on a one-game winning streak," freshman Dawan Boxley said. "It's just the beginning. We've been through some tough times," said coach Ray Pace, in his first full season coaching the Division III Pioneers. "I knew it was just a matter of time, and I don't want any credit for this.
June 3, 1994 |
Are you kiddin'? (Big toothy grin). Thirty five million bucks? (Eyebrows arch). What would I do with that much cash? (Eyes glaze). "The Dream," said an obviously frantic Vincent DeFedelto yesterday, "is Hawaii. Of course I'd take care of my kids first - a college education and a trust fund. "But then back to Hawaii. " The dreamers were out in full force yesterday afternoon as the New Jersey Pick-6 lottery jackpot climbed higher and higher. At 1:30 p.m., more than 17,000 number combinations were being purchased every minute.
July 30, 2011
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Pretending is fun, especially when everyone understands that you are playing a game. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Someone will be favorably impressed by you. Refrain from negating this impression by uttering words of self-deprecation or deflection. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You don't care a bit how someone measures up on paper; you are headed for a paperless existence. It's more "green" to feel your way through. CANCER (June 22-July 22). Don't worry about being modest.
May 7, 2013
ARIES (March 21-April 19). You're on a mission to find a good fit. Mutual benefits are the only benefits that interest you. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You'll never know exactly what the other person thinks and feels. It is likely that what is displayed is only the tip of the iceberg. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Your playfulness knows no bounds today. You'll see most of your interactions as opportunities to spread warmth and silliness. CANCER (June 22-July 22). You'll get some odd questions today, and you'll feel perfectly comfortable expressing who you are. LEO (July 23-Aug.
October 27, 2000 |
The dictionary definition of a schlimazel, that ultimate unlucky fellow, is a guy who sells candles where the sun never sets. In Lucky Numbers, a schlimazel comedy inspired by the 1980 rigging scandal that rocked the Pennsylvania Lottery, John Travolta is a TV weatherman who mortgages his future in a snowmobile franchise. This during a winter where the temperature never dips below 60 degrees. Facing financial ruin, he and his lowball Lotto-gal pal (Lisa Kudrow) devise a way to fix the Pick Six. The premise is promising.
April 14, 2013
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Mercury joins the conglomerate of astral influences in your sign, lending you the gift of gab at a level usually reserved for rappers and auctioneers. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Victorian Taurus poet Robert Browning said, "A minute's success pays the failure of years. " This peculiar math will make sense to you today. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). With your guiding planet, Mercury, on the move, you'll be in the mood to collaborate even more than usual. Choose your partners carefully.