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.
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.
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 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.
January 15, 2004 |
Once more, McNabb's Fabs are a win away from a Super Bowl. Will the third time be the charm? Makes you wonder about lucky numbers. Like 4th-and-26. Add up the digits of that now-famous play and you get 12, then add the digits 1 and 2, and you get 3. Coincidence? Consider these threes: The team needs three playoff wins to be NFL champ. First was on Sunday, 1/11. Those figures total 3. So do the digits in 2/1, date of the Super Bowl. Third receiver Freddie Mitchell, who snagged that cannonball on fourth down with 26 yards to go, is in his third season.
October 27, 2000 |
As dreams go, few are bigger than winning the state lottery. Or better still, fixing it to guarantee that you'll win. That is exactly what happened on April 24, 1980, as 6 million viewers tuned in to watch Pittsburgh television personality Nick Perry draw 666 for a then-record $3.5 million Pennsylvania daily number payout. The infamous "666 Fix," as it quickly became known, has now inspired "Lucky Numbers," a dismal new comedy starring John Travolta and Lisa Kudrow. But while the movie may be bad and has only incidental resemblance to the 666 Fix, the real-life scandal itself was sensational.