August 17, 2007 |
"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.
August 17, 2007 |
"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.
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.
April 17, 2016
Of all the family members who won't stay still for a photo, our dogs are often the most uncooperative. They jerk their heads, turn, or run away, especially in gorgeous outdoor environs rich with sniff appeal. Ah, but wave a brightly colored tennis ball, and you have their attention. That's the principle behind the Pooch Selfie, a smartphone attachment that plays on dogs' attraction to throw toys. Slide the plastic clasp over the top of your cellphone (or tablet), and snap the orange and green ball into the raised grips.
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.
June 18, 2013 |
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.
October 26, 2004 |
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.
January 31, 2013 |
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.
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.
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.