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July 19, 2010 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Such is the seductive nature of the lottery that after watching "Lucky," an HBO documentary chronicling the many, and often sobering, effects winning a big jackpot can have on a person, it is difficult to resist the temptation to rush out and buy a ticket. Never mind that statistically, one is almost as likely to win the lottery without buying a ticket or that most of the winners that director Jeffrey Blitz ("Spellbound," "The Office") chose to follow experienced at best mixed reactions to sudden wealth or that he includes, mercifully, the story of a woman who has spent a hundred bucks a day on tickets for 30 years with no big win. The idea that one's life can be made perfect with a large infusion of cash is a difficult one to dispel.
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July 19, 2010 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Such is the seductive nature of the lottery that after watching "Lucky," an HBO documentary chronicling the many, and often sobering, effects winning a big jackpot can have on a person, it is difficult to resist the temptation to rush out and buy a ticket. Never mind that statistically, one is almost as likely to win the lottery without buying a ticket or that most of the winners that director Jeffrey Blitz ("Spellbound," "The Office") chose to follow experienced at best mixed reactions to sudden wealth or that he includes, mercifully, the story of a woman who has spent a hundred bucks a day on tickets for 30 years with no big win. The idea that one's life can be made perfect with a large infusion of cash is a difficult one to dispel.
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August 5, 2007 | Gina Piccalo, Times Staff Writer
WRITER-director Jeffrey Blitz stuttered terribly in high school, surviving the pitfalls of adolescence -- literally -- by his wits. Each time he got stuck on a word, he'd turn the sentence every which way in his head, casting about for a good punch line or a synonym that might harness the thought without the stutter. That struggle gave him a killer vocabulary, a great sense of humor and a lot of pent-up drive that eventually drove Blitz to become the high school debate champ of New Jersey.
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August 10, 2007 | Carina Chocano, Times Staff Writer
Fluent, technically accomplished, inarguably clever but oddly passionless, Jeffrey Blitz's debut feature, "Rocket Science," is not unlike one of the propositions argued by the members of the movie's Plainsboro High School debate team. Just because you get talked into something doesn't mean you believe it.
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August 10, 2007 | Carina Chocano, Times Staff Writer
Fluent, technically accomplished, inarguably clever but oddly passionless, Jeffrey Blitz's debut feature, "Rocket Science," is not unlike one of the propositions argued by the members of the movie's Plainsboro High School debate team. Just because you get talked into something doesn't mean you believe it.
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July 1, 2002 | KEVIN CRUST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The IFP/West-Los Angeles Film Festival wrapped its 10-day run Saturday with an awards luncheon and a closing night gala featuring Miguel Arteta's dark comedy "The Good Girl," starring Jennifer Aniston. Przemyslaw Reut received the Target Filmmaker award for best narrative feature for "Paradox Lake," his exploration of the world of autism. Reut's $50,000 prize is the largest monetary award given by a major U.S. festival.
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December 5, 2002 | From Associated Press
A police officer accused of suffocating his wife last year was cleared Wednesday after medical experts determined that the woman died of a rare heart ailment. "How could I be any happier? Now, we can do what we should have been able to do from day one, which is mourn the passing of my wife," Officer James Andros III said. Andros, 34, found the body of his wife, Ellen, 31, when he came home from a night of drinking with friends. "The people who did this to me, may God forgive them," he said.
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July 19, 2010
MONDAY'S HIGHLIGHTS SERIES Lie to Me: Torres' half sister is incarcerated in a juvenile corrections facility in this new episode (8 p.m. Fox). Behind the Music: Usher is profiled in this new episode (8 p.m. VH1). True Beauty: Judges Vanessa Minnillo, Carson Kressley and Beth Ostrosky Stern let the remaining contestants in on the secret of the competition and reveal which one of them is the most beautiful on the outside and inside in the season finale (10 p.m. ABC)
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November 30, 2006 | Mark Olsen, Special to The Times
THE debut feature from Zoe Cassavetes, documentaries about a long-term extramarital relationship and Abu Ghraib, and an as-yet untitled Dakota Fanning movie provide only a mere taste of the wide variety of competition entries for the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, which runs Jan. 18 to 28 in Park City, Salt Lake City and Ogden, Utah. A selection of 122 feature films will be shown out of 3,287 that were submitted. This year's lineup includes 82 world premieres and films from 25 countries.
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August 5, 2007 | Gina Piccalo, Times Staff Writer
WRITER-director Jeffrey Blitz stuttered terribly in high school, surviving the pitfalls of adolescence -- literally -- by his wits. Each time he got stuck on a word, he'd turn the sentence every which way in his head, casting about for a good punch line or a synonym that might harness the thought without the stutter. That struggle gave him a killer vocabulary, a great sense of humor and a lot of pent-up drive that eventually drove Blitz to become the high school debate champ of New Jersey.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 28, 2010
SERIES Paul McCartney: In Performance at the White House: The former Beatle accepts the prestigious Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in a music-filled special hosted by President and Mrs. Barack Obama. The program includes performances by the former Beatle, as well as Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello, Herbie Hancock, Corinne Bailey Rae, Dave Grohl, the Jonas Brothers, Faith Hill, Emmylou Harris, Lang Lang and Jack White (8 and 9:30 p.m. KCET). Plain Jane: British fashion expert Louise Roe hosts this new unscripted series in which women receive head-to-toe makeovers (9 p.m. KTLA)
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February 1, 2008 | Jen Chaney, Washington Post
2007 was a big year for quirky teen-movie heroes. Characters like the squeaky-voiced McLovin of "Superbad" and the winningly sarcastic Juno McGuff of the Oscar-nominated "Juno" joined the ranks of Napoleon Dynamite and "Rushmore's" Max Fischer in the Offbeat High Schooler Hall of Fame. Unfortunately, the buzz surrounding those high-profile personalities caused another equally unconventional adolescent to slip through the cracks.
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