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August 17, 2007 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
"Rocket Science" is so redolent of other people's work, it's easy to lose sight of what's new and best about it. Because it arrives in the era of deadpan eccentricity, for instance, it's bound to be compared with the work of Mike White, Jared Hess and Wes Anderson. It borrows a character from "Election," and its visual sense of place (suburban, middle-class New Jersey) from Todd Solondz. Writer-director Jeffrey Blitz even borrows an idea from one of his own movies, the documentary "Spellbound.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 17, 2007 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
"Rocket Science" and "Spellbound" director Jeffrey Blitz would like to keep switching from documentary to drama, but he can't. "My agents aren't crazy about it, because you make a lot more money in fiction film," said Blitz, who also has directed several episodes of TV's "The Office. " Blitz is best known for the brilliant spelling-bee doc "Spellbound. " His first drama is "Rocket Science," the funny story of Hal Hefner, a smart, shy, New Jersey boy who attempts to overcome his speech impediment by joining the debate team.
NEWS
December 19, 2008
I HAVE never smoked a cigarette in my entire life, but take it from me, I know how hard it is to quit. The more you smoke the more receptors in the brain develop to keep you addicted (look it up, it's not rocket science). I watched my mother kill herself slowly over 40 years of smoking three to four packs of unfiltered cigarettes daily, and I have an older sister right now who is doing the same. If President-elect Obama's only transgression is to sneak a cigarette here and there, I will bet you dollars to doughnuts that nobody cares.
NEWS
August 4, 1993
The balance of trade tilted a little more, and the Eagles stunk out the joint. Those are the obvious products of this year's National Football League Japan excursion. Media outlets who save money by never sending anybody as far as Trenton had representatives on the other side of the earth to watch exhibition football, pouring gazillions of dollars into the Japanese economy in the process. Maybe that was the point for the Japanese, a people who understand about exports vs. imports.
SPORTS
June 18, 2013 | Associated Press
BOSTON - Tyler Seguin knew that something had to be said, and he was pretty sure it wouldn't be fit for public consumption. The Chicago Blackhawks badly outplayed Boston in the first period of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals Saturday night, outshooting the Bruins by 19-4. Afterward, the Boston forward ditched the microphone he had been wearing as part of the telecast. Then he headed back into the dressing room so the team could hash out its problems in peace. "It was really a mix of everybody saying something," Seguin said.
SPORTS
October 26, 2004 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Willie Randolph interviewed for the New York Mets' managerial job yesterday, and stressed that his many years nearby with the Yankees will serve him well if he gets a chance to run a team that proved a big flop in the second half of the season. "I'm a winner. I know about winning," he said during a conference call. "That's what you have to rely on. It's not rocket science. " Randolph, who grew up in New York, is a former star second baseman with the Yankees in the 1970s and 1980s.
NEWS
January 31, 2013 | By Sam Kim, Associated Press
SEOUL, South Korea - A South Korean satellite was working normally and transmitting data on its orbit, officials said Thursday, a day after a launch that marked an advance in the country's space program at a time of high tensions over archrival North Korea's recent threat to test a third nuclear device. The South Korean rocket blasted off from a launch pad Wednesday in the southwestern coastal village of Goheung. Science officials told cheering spectators minutes later that the rocket delivered an observational satellite into orbit.
NEWS
April 17, 2013
YOU KNOW THE saying "It's not rocket science. " Well, today's retirement planning is rocket science. It's often confusing and overly complex. There's so much you need to know. Let me put you to the test. How much do you know about the following? *  When to take your Social Security. Securian Financial Group surveyed baby boomers age 50 to 65 about their plans for claiming Social Security retirement benefits. Only 18 percent knew how or when to go onto Social Security.
SPORTS
November 9, 2007
Coach: Fran Dunphy (12-18 in one season at school, 322-181 in 18 seasons overall) Last season: 12-18, 6-10 Atlantic 10 Postseason: Lost to Saint Joseph's in first round of A-10 Tournament, 66-62 Last league title: 2001 Last NCAA berth: 2001 PROJECTED STARTERS Yr.Pts.Reb. G: Dionte ChristmasJr.20.04.2 G: Mark TyndaleSr.19.46.7 G: Semaj IngeJr.4.52.1 C: Sergio OlmosJr.2.82.4 F: Lavoy AllenFr.13.09.6 KEY RESERVES G: Ryan BrooksSo.
SPORTS
October 26, 1999 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Veteran NHL forward Joe Juneau, who had been idled as a free agent since the start of the season, predicts he may be ready with his new team, the Ottawa Senators, as early as Thursday. Juneau, 31, practiced with the Senators, who had been his top choice, for the first time yesterday after coming to terms with the club as an unrestricted free agent on Sunday. The deal reportedly will pay him $1.7 million this season. Incentives could boost the contract by another $550,000, while the team is believed to hold a $2.5 million option for next season.
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June 18, 2013 | Associated Press
BOSTON - Tyler Seguin knew that something had to be said, and he was pretty sure it wouldn't be fit for public consumption. The Chicago Blackhawks badly outplayed Boston in the first period of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals Saturday night, outshooting the Bruins by 19-4. Afterward, the Boston forward ditched the microphone he had been wearing as part of the telecast. Then he headed back into the dressing room so the team could hash out its problems in peace. "It was really a mix of everybody saying something," Seguin said.
NEWS
April 17, 2013
YOU KNOW THE saying "It's not rocket science. " Well, today's retirement planning is rocket science. It's often confusing and overly complex. There's so much you need to know. Let me put you to the test. How much do you know about the following? *  When to take your Social Security. Securian Financial Group surveyed baby boomers age 50 to 65 about their plans for claiming Social Security retirement benefits. Only 18 percent knew how or when to go onto Social Security.
NEWS
January 31, 2013 | By Sam Kim, Associated Press
SEOUL, South Korea - A South Korean satellite was working normally and transmitting data on its orbit, officials said Thursday, a day after a launch that marked an advance in the country's space program at a time of high tensions over archrival North Korea's recent threat to test a third nuclear device. The South Korean rocket blasted off from a launch pad Wednesday in the southwestern coastal village of Goheung. Science officials told cheering spectators minutes later that the rocket delivered an observational satellite into orbit.
REAL_ESTATE
August 7, 2011 | By Al Heavens, Inquirer Columnist
After another disappointing home-sales report, I talked with real estate agents a few weeks back about the spring market, which in the old days was the best time to sell a house. For years, the season ran from March 1, when the snow was likely to have melted even in the northern and western suburbs, to June 30, when school was over and vacations were under way. As the down market of the early to mid-1990s plodded along into recovery and boom, "spring" was backed up a few weeks, to the weekend after Super Bowl Sunday.
NEWS
June 23, 2009 | By Rita Giordano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Oh, the rigors of the end of school. Exams to take. Papers to write. Rockets to fly. "Are you ready to do this?" boomed teacher Ross Reger one recent afternoon as his class fanned out on an athletic field at Triton Regional High School in Runnemede. At his feet was a foot-long blue rocket. "Three!" Reger called out. "Two, one, blast off!" Fourteen heads jerked skyward as the rocket took off and zoomed into the clouds to the clatter of applause from its student ground crew.
SPORTS
January 7, 2009 | By Kate Fagan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With a smile on his face, Lou Williams said the way to keep 76ers rookie Marreese Speights interested is to feed him a dunk. In last night's 104-96 win over the Houston Rockets at the Wachovia Center, Williams and Speights combined for more than just tongue-in-cheek banter. They teamed up for 30 points. "You've got to keep Marreese interested," Williams said of his rookie teammate. "And the way you do that is get him a dunk. After you do that, he'll block shots and he'll rebound.
NEWS
December 19, 2008
I HAVE never smoked a cigarette in my entire life, but take it from me, I know how hard it is to quit. The more you smoke the more receptors in the brain develop to keep you addicted (look it up, it's not rocket science). I watched my mother kill herself slowly over 40 years of smoking three to four packs of unfiltered cigarettes daily, and I have an older sister right now who is doing the same. If President-elect Obama's only transgression is to sneak a cigarette here and there, I will bet you dollars to doughnuts that nobody cares.
SPORTS
November 9, 2007
Coach: Fran Dunphy (12-18 in one season at school, 322-181 in 18 seasons overall) Last season: 12-18, 6-10 Atlantic 10 Postseason: Lost to Saint Joseph's in first round of A-10 Tournament, 66-62 Last league title: 2001 Last NCAA berth: 2001 PROJECTED STARTERS Yr.Pts.Reb. G: Dionte ChristmasJr.20.04.2 G: Mark TyndaleSr.19.46.7 G: Semaj IngeJr.4.52.1 C: Sergio OlmosJr.2.82.4 F: Lavoy AllenFr.13.09.6 KEY RESERVES G: Ryan BrooksSo.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 17, 2007 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
It could have been a cheap joke: a stuttering teen trying out for the debate team. But in Jeffrey Blitz's smartly comic Rocket Science, the painful predicament of high schooler Hal Hefner (Reece Thompson) becomes something more - a poignant, absurdist take on adolescent angst, suburban dysphoria, and first love. Yes, there are echoes of other films - the misfit youth in Thumbsucker, the recent U.K. coming-of-age entry Starter for 10, and the deadpan, left-of-center goofiness of Wes Anderson - but Rocket Science has a voice and tone of its own. Blitz, whose Oscar-nominated 2002 spelling-bee documentary Spellbound detailed the intense pressures parents put on their kids (and that kids put on themselves)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 17, 2007 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
"Rocket Science" is so redolent of other people's work, it's easy to lose sight of what's new and best about it. Because it arrives in the era of deadpan eccentricity, for instance, it's bound to be compared with the work of Mike White, Jared Hess and Wes Anderson. It borrows a character from "Election," and its visual sense of place (suburban, middle-class New Jersey) from Todd Solondz. Writer-director Jeffrey Blitz even borrows an idea from one of his own movies, the documentary "Spellbound.
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