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  • Hell of a Long Day

    published November 1, 2001

    There cannot be man, woman, child or beast alive who does not know that on November 6, Fox will debut its new series 24. Long before... More >>

  • Beat the Parents

    published November 1, 2001

    In Domestic Disturbance, John Travolta provides a rare recent performance worthy of his fame, and it arrives bereft of laughable... More >>

  • Boo Who?

    published November 1, 2001

    As the year winds down, breathlessly and apprehensively, the most anxiously awaited releases left on the schedule offer nothing less than... More >>

  • Tori Amos, Rufus Wainwright

    published November 1, 2001

    The most beloved album of 2001--and rarely has a release received so much across-the-board praise, at least one without a $100 bill slipped... More >>

  • Jay Farrar

    published October 25, 2001

    It hardly seems fair, all these years later, to compare and contrast Farrar with ex-Tupelo honey Jeff Tweedy, especially since Tweedy long ago... More >>

  • Emmy or Not to Emmy?

    published October 25, 2001

    On November 4, some 1,800 television personalities--actors, writers, producers, show-runners, network executives--will, finally, parade into a... More >>

  • Batman and Rubbin'

    published October 18, 2001

    The guest list for this Sci-Fi Expo-cum-Bat-Con Comic & Toy Expo (and never has a dorkier phrase sprung from this keyboard) keeps... More >>

  • Stuck in Neutral

    published October 18, 2001

    There exists a devoted audience for whom Beverly Donofrio's 1990 autobiography, Riding in Cars With Boys: Confessions of a Bad Girl Who... More >>

  • Out & About

    published October 18, 2001

    The setting: The El Rey Theatre, Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, spring 1997. The occasion: a record-release shindig for Boz Scaggs' Come... More >>

  • Reel War

    published October 18, 2001

    Two weeks ago, it would have been possible to use the name of the man interviewed below; indeed, it would have been expected, as he is no mere... More >>

  • Hairy Situation

    published October 11, 2001

    Plot aside--way aside, as it's almost a non-issue in a film that telegraphs its final scenes during its opening moments-- Bandits... More >>

  • Arabian Knight

    published October 11, 2001

    On October 3, there appeared in The New York Times an article about how movie studios are struggling to find new villains in a... More >>

  • Say Nothing

    published October 4, 2001

    Serendipity already feels archaic, like some dusty relic that's been unearthed from an antique store's attic and polished off... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published October 4, 2001

    Two tribs, joined at the McCartney: Sir Paul's the subject of one (Listen to What the Man Said) and featured on the other, a loving,... More >>

  • The Brave & the Bold

    published October 4, 2001

    Before he was editor in chief at Marvel Comics--which, by all rights, makes him the man who tells Spider-Man what he can do with himself and... More >>

  • Stand By Them

    published September 27, 2001

    The cynic may notice only how Hearts in Atlantis plays like a Stephen King best-of compilation, a reheating of familiar stories... More >>

  • Law & Disorder

    published September 27, 2001

    Rene Balcer, like you and everyone you know, can't stop talking about what we now refer to simply as The Attack. We may resume our lives, fall... More >>

  • Say It, Don't Sing It

    published September 20, 2001

    Harry Belafonte, speaking to the Dallas Observer only weeks ago, insisted that had he never been an actor, it's unlikely he would have... More >>

  • Amused to Death

    published September 20, 2001

    On September 13, at 11:30 a.m., Bryce Zabel was to have met with USA Network executives about a miniseries he was pitching to the cable... More >>

  • TV or Not TV

    published September 13, 2001

    The forthcoming fall television season, which begins in earnest this week, looks far more promising than most in recent memory; better a saucy... More >>

  • Feel His Pain

    published September 13, 2001

    The cold-bloodedness of some entertainment journalists is a thing to be admired; they've balls for brains, which gets you far in this... More >>

  • The Enemy Within

    published September 6, 2001

    Those celebrities who would bemoan their fame--those penny-ante hack-tors who populate wretched sitcoms and crowd video-store shelves with useless... More >>

  • Metal Meltdown

    published September 6, 2001

    A year after Cameron Crowe climbed back aboard the tour bus for one last spin through rock's golden days of giddy hedonism and phony heroism... More >>

  • Bob Dylan

    published September 6, 2001

    Bob Dylan's last studio album, 1997's Time Out of Mind, was about as much fun as a eulogy. With its songs of remorse and regret, with... More >>

  • Kind of Blue

    published September 6, 2001

    Norah Jones, an unknown for now, came this close to landing a gig on tonight's Late Show with David Letterman and canceling this... More >>

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