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2001 Stories by Robert Wilonsky

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  • God's Gift

    published August 30, 2001

    There is perhaps no explanation for why the soundtrack to Joel and Ethan Coen's O Brother, Where Art Thou?, crammed full of bluegrass... More >>

  • Dig A Hole

    published August 30, 2001

    In March, the four members of the Toadies--Todd Lewis, Lisa Umbarger, Clark Vogeler and Mark Reznicek--sat around a table at a Lakewood... More >>

  • Back to School

    published August 30, 2001

    Judd Apatow tries not to think of what became of Sam and Lindsay Weir, Neal Schweiber, Bill Haverchuck, Daniel Desario, Nick Andopolis and the... More >>

  • White Dopes on Dope

    published August 23, 2001

    Beware the filmmaker who looks through the camera's lens and sees only himself on the other side, blowing kisses. He's the fool who confuses... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published August 23, 2001

    Townes Van Zandt died January 1, 1997, his heart betraying him as he lay in the Tennessee night recovering from back surgery. Only the... More >>

  • Hell Freezes Over

    published August 23, 2001

    The rumors have been floating around since late July, but now they can be confirmed: The Toadies have broken up. Singer-guitarist Todd... More >>

  • End of the Road

    published August 23, 2001

    Far too often, those who work in the music industry are so concerned with making a living they often forget they're capable, at their best, of... More >>

  • Race Baiting

    published August 16, 2001

    There is one joke in Rat Race, aka Cannonball Run IV, so stunning--most of all, because it's the one joke in the film... More >>

  • Chomsky

    published August 16, 2001

    Irv Karwelis, Idol Records' honcho, sent over the Onward Quirky Soldiers advance along with sale figures for the first single off said... More >>

  • The Rebel's Waltz

    published August 16, 2001

    On May 25, 2001, there stood on a single London stage Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon--all told, "a fucking gorgeous... More >>

  • Last Call?

    published August 16, 2001

    There are almost never employee meetings at the Lounge, the 19-year-old bar nestled within the lobby of the Inwood Theater. There has... More >>

  • Mohr or Less

    published August 9, 2001

    Jay Mohr's been around long enough to be taken for granted, yet he's not quite stuck in the pop-culture consciousness; he always seems... More >>

  • Get a Piece

    published August 9, 2001

    For a few moments, American Pie 2 tastes every bit as stale as junk food left out on the countertop for two years. "Just like... More >>

  • Deep Throat

    published August 9, 2001

    During this cinematic Summer of Dumb, it would be all too easy to celebrate half-assed clever as a virtue, especially when proffered by Bobby... More >>

  • Out & About

    published August 9, 2001

    There, on one corner of Sixth Street and Congress Avenue, stood Ray Davies, hiding behind don't-fuck-with-me shades. Just across the street... More >>

  • Dust to Dust

    published August 9, 2001

    Ten years ago, Robert Harris picked up the phone to find on the other end a relative stranger bearing extraordinary news. This man was at a... More >>

  • Giant Among Myths

    published August 2, 2001

    There are those who would insist the best thing to have ever happened to James Dean was his death--at an early age, in a violent car wreck,... More >>

  • Fly By Night

    published August 2, 2001

    The most telling scene in Rush Hour 2 comes during the closing-credits montage of outtakes, which have become the most enjoyable... More >>

  • Money Men

    published August 2, 2001

    There is only one reason Jon Favreau's new film is called Made. Not too long ago, his old friend and co-star Vince Vaughn called him up... More >>

  • Enchanted Evenings

    published July 26, 2001

    For months, I've had in my possession a video cassette of Kirikou and the Sorceress, a 1998 French-made gem that only received its... More >>

  • Ape Escape

    published July 26, 2001

    There are scenes in Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes redo so hysterical they drown out minutes' worth of dialogue that follow,... More >>

  • It Happens

    published July 26, 2001

    Matt Stone has little time to talk. It's Tuesday, July 17, 1 p.m. in Los Angeles, yet Stone and Trey Parker have yet to finish a television... More >>

  • Death Become Him

    published July 26, 2001

    Mark Brandon Read was 17 when he entered prison for the first time. A young man, yes, but one who had never really been a child. His father had... More >>

  • Nothing Hill

    published July 19, 2001

    A year ago, John Cusack was smarting over his breakup with Catherine Zeta-Jones, who, he lamented, was "out of my class--too smart, too... More >>

  • Klinky Sex

    published July 19, 2001

    Robert Scott Crane insists he had no idea that people would be so fascinated with his famous father's penis (or is that his father's famous... More >>

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