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The Cider House Rules

Director:Lasse HallstromWriter:John IrvingMiramax Films; PG-13; 125 minutesRelease:12/99Cast:Tobey Maguire, Charlize Theron, Michael Caine, Erykah Badu Novelist John Irving adapted his popular…

House Rules

NBCMonday 8:30–9:00 p.m.Cast: Maria Pitillo, David Newsom and Bradley White Three friends in Denver share an apartment and generational angst about work and love. Romance and career sati…

Ja Rule

Name at birth: Jeffrey AtkinsJa Rule's 1999 solo debut album, Venni, Vetti, Vecci, launched the hit single "Holla Holla" and made the 23-year-old a hot new icon of "thug rap" style. Born Jeffrey Atki…

Rules of Engagement

Director:William FriedkinWriter:Stephen GaghanParamount Pictures; R; 123 minutesRelease:4/00Cast:Tommy Lee Jones, Samuel L. Jackson, Guy Pearce I was unimpressed by The Exorcist, never made it…

The Rules Governing Roman Numerals

The Question: In a recent academic competition, the students raised a question about Roman numerals. I immediately referred to the 1998 Information Please Almanac, and then to …

Rules That Needed to be Broken

Rule changes this century that shaped the way players play and fans talk about sports today. by John Gettings Could last summer's amazing home run totals in Major League Bas…

Brewer's: Rule of the Road

(The). The rule of the road's an anomaly quite, In riding or driving along: If you go to the left you are sure to go right, If you go to the right you go wrong. It is not so in France. So…

Brewer's: Rule of Thumb

(The). A rough guess-work measure. Measuring lengths by the thumb. In some places the heat required in brewing is determined by dipping the thumb into the vat. Rule of thumb. In the legend…

Brewer's: Rule the Roost

(To). The cock rules which of the hens is to have the honour of roosting nearest him. (See under Roast.) “Geate you nowe up into your pulpittes like bragginge cocks on the rowst, flap…