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.
August 10, 2011
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Anything worth having is worth working for. Today, you'll rectify an unfair situation in keeping with this theme. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You will be well equipped to meet the demands of your current social environment. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You will be free of the limitations that come with self-consciousness. Other people are not evaluating you, as they are too concerned with their own personal dramas to care. CANCER (June 22-July 22). You put family first, partially because you're a responsible individual and partly because you love to feel that swell of inner confidence that comes from contribution.
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.
May 11, 2016
ARIES (March 21-April 19). The fear of travel, called "hodophobia," is common among homebodies and adventurers alike. The only difference is that the adventurers who suffer from this phobia decide to go places in spite of their fear. That's your category now. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). It is easier to be patient with the faults and imperfections of others when you recognize that you have your own set and would benefit greatly from such courtesy. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Those who cannot distinguish need from greed are dangerous influences on everything and each person around.
April 15, 2016
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Certain people who know the facts may exaggerate and distort them for their own entertainment. If you take it too seriously, it's confusing. If you don't, it's fun. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You strive to leave the world better than you found it. Your commitment to add good cheer wherever you go will be the side project that becomes a main part of your legacy. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Your leisure time is too precious to spend on entertainment you're not that into.
April 19, 1995 |
Life ain't the only thing that's like a box of chocolates. Theater is another area where you never know what you're going to get. Take, for example, "Old Aunt Dinah's Sure Guide to Dreams and Lucky Numbers," the larger piece currently nestled at Plays & Players, and "The Bones of Love," the smaller production that precedes it on the bill. Much ado has been made about the high-tech nature of the former - including the use of intellabeams, MIDI (musical instrument digital interface)
June 18, 1986 |
Anyone who believes in astrology is a dope. Anyone who acts in accordance with astrological forecasts is worse - a double dope, the kind of jerk who eats with his toes. Anyone who rejects the theory of evolution is a triple dope. Gadzooks, you might as well believe in UFOs - you know, those 10-million-mile-an-hour high- tech Frisbees toting the green people with three eyes. And if you don't have a clear understanding of what a molecule is, or DNA, or radiation, well, just forget it, pal. You don't have enough brains upstairs to fill an eye- dropper.