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2000 Stories by Robert Wilonsky

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  • Out of the Past

    published September 28, 2000

    They packed into the House of Blues on Sunset Strip, that strip-mall museum with its overpriced booze and overfried food, and held their breath.... More >>

  • Kander, Ebb, and Flow

    published September 21, 2000

    Kander, Ebb, and FlowThere's nothing worse than enduring the second-stringers, the Marilu Henners and Tom Wopats of this world slogging their way... More >>

  • The Devil to Pay

    published September 21, 2000

    In the 1998 documentary The Fear of God: The Making of The Exorcist, made for the BBC and available on The Exorcist 25th-anniversary DVD,... More >>

  • David Bowie

    published September 21, 2000

    David Bowie is the Peter Sellers of rock and roll: He's all blank slate, the chameleon who adapts to his surroundings without actually adopting an... More >>

  • Don't Touch My Jimi!

    published September 14, 2000

    Every so often, the 1973 documentary Jimi Hendrix shows up on the True Stories network, a Starz! offshoot for fact-based tales. The film,... More >>

  • Hook, Line, Stinker

    published September 14, 2000

    It's unfortunate the title Being John Malkovich has already been taken, as it's a far better one than Bait--and far more appropriate... More >>

  • Jimi Hendrix

    published September 14, 2000

    The cynic won't care, the skeptic won't understand, and the true believer will be overwhelmed: Nearly 30 years to the day of Jimi Hendrix's death,... More >>

  • Still Alive!

    published September 14, 2000

    It shouldn't be this easy to get Peter Frampton on the phone, but it is: A publicist for DreamWorks Pictures calls, asks if you're interested in... More >>

  • A Fan's Notes

    published September 14, 2000

    Almost Famous is the movie Cameron Crowe always wanted to make--and the movie he tried to keep from making as long as he could. The... More >>

  • Home Again

    published September 14, 2000

    A year ago, Horace Caraker sat in the bright, sterile visitors' room of a South Texas federal prison and swore to a reporter that he was tired of... More >>

  • Go With Kinky

    published September 7, 2000

    About eight years ago, give or take a couple of days, Kinky Friedman gave me a copy of his first three novels, collected in a single volume by a... More >>

  • Easy Reader

    published September 7, 2000

    It seems like he has always been there, this man whose presence is as inescapable as heat on the sun. He taught the children of the 1970s how to... More >>

  • The Bagmen Cometh

    published September 7, 2000

    This is the beginning of The Way of the Gun you will not see, because it was written but never filmed: Two men, Parker (Ryan Phillippe, sporting a... More >>

  • Folk 'Em

    published September 7, 2000

    Tom Paxton doesn't like to look back too long, for fear of turning to dust that disappears with the slightest gust of hot air. It is OK to glance... More >>

  • School's Out

    published September 7, 2000

    A month ago, R.J. Cutler thought he found a home for his child, one that would coddle and nurture his baby until it was ready to stand on its own... More >>

  • Floats, not like a Butterfly ...

    published August 31, 2000

    Hollywood honors our heroes by making them, and those around them, look like buffoons, clowns, cartoon characters. The entertainment industry,... More >>

  • Out There

    published August 31, 2000

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  • Write and Wrong

    published August 31, 2000

    Success is relative in Hollywood, like a third cousin twice-removed who doesn't recognize you at family reunions, and doesn't care to. Fame is so... More >>

  • Oldfellas

    published August 24, 2000

    Turns out that when goodfellas don't die--when they don't get shot or blown up in a car or beaten to death with a baseball bat--they move to... More >>

  • Critics' Picks

    published August 24, 2000

    The Who said good-bye in 1983, then again in 1989 with a stadium concert that barely escaped tarnishing the legend for good. There was Pete on the... More >>

  • Out There

    published August 24, 2000

    The BandMusic from Big Pink The Band Stage Fright Cahoots More >>

  • The Bit Player

    published August 24, 2000

    "I'm not the celebrity type," says Vincent D'Onofrio, and he does not lie. His is a household name in very few neighborhoods; it appears in film... More >>

  • Trouble in Mind

    published August 17, 2000

    Make no mistake: The Cell is, easily, the most unforgettable film of a pedestrian, forgettable summer. You will walk out of the theater and... More >>

  • Kids Play

    published August 17, 2000

    What you see before you -- two brothers sharing a stage in front of the adoring handful, two boys singing songs about football, their... More >>

  • Hot wheels

    published August 17, 2000

    I have never read The Odyssey, A Tale of Two Cities, Pride and Prejudice, or, for that matter, the Bible. But I have read,... More >>

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