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2002 Stories by Robert Wilonsky

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  • The South Falls, Again

    published September 26, 2002

    So there's no confusion, the star of Sweet Home Alabama is Reese Witherspoon, who graces the film's poster in full-body pout and... More >>

  • LeAnn Rimes

    published September 26, 2002

    So, did she jump, or was she pushed? Six years after singing herself "Blue," the Garland gal goes where everyone's gone before--Shania, Faith,... More >>

  • Jeremy Shorr

    published September 26, 2002

    "It seems I will never sell these She-Hulk vs. Leon Spinks comics. Worst crossover ever!" --Comic Book Guy,... More >>

  • Choice Documentary

    published September 19, 2002

    He's one of Oprah's Angels and an Olympic champ, a published author (of his own autobiography, Harnessing Anger) and, soon enough, the... More >>

  • Burr, Not Chilly

    published September 19, 2002

    Among the more preposterous rumors spread by Harry Knowles, whose Ain't It Cool News movie-biz-gossip Web site garners undue attention from... More >>

  • Almost? Not Even.

    published September 19, 2002

    In The Banger Sisters Goldie Hawn plays Suzette, an aging groupie too stuck in a gloriously seedy past to move into the future. It's... More >>

  • Don't Know How

    published September 19, 2002

    Two months ago, Norah Jones went into the office of Bruce Lundvall, the president of Blue Note Records, and asked of him something no musician has... More >>

  • Multiple Artists

    published September 12, 2002

    A.I., Artificial Intelligence (DreamWorks): Shiny L.A. synth-rockers with Ray Manzarek's kid on keyboards, A.I. faces... More >>

  • Live Long, Prosper

    published September 5, 2002

    One day long ago--or not, because no one except he and a rare few know the precise date--an actor dove into the ocean to save a drowning boy. He... More >>

  • John Doe

    published September 5, 2002

    This is how www.allmusic.com defines John Doe--"Reflective, Humorous, Earthy, Literate, Earnest,... More >>

  • New Order World

    published August 29, 2002

    To misappropriate a choice comment from TV-journalist-turned-music-biz-impresario Tony Wilson, I'll just say "Ian Curtis." If you know what I... More >>

  • Fallon Fast

    published August 22, 2002

    Things you will learn from a forthcoming oral history of Saturday Night Live: Dan Aykroyd slept with, among others, Gilda Radner, Laraine... More >>

  • Ones and Zeros

    published August 22, 2002

    Andrew Niccol keeps making the same movie over and over again and dressing it in slightly different clothes: the sleek charcoal Hugo Boss grays of... More >>

  • Aimee Mann

    published August 22, 2002

    Her reputation as critics' fave well cemented--she writes gloomy and acerbic, sings scornful and angelic, collaborates with Elvis Costello, sleeps... More >>

  • Ghostwerks in the Machine

    published August 15, 2002

    Just returned from the San Diego Comic Convention, the annual gathering of dork knights and wonder women (as in, "I wonder why women go to comic... More >>

  • Joystick Cinema

    published August 15, 2002

    Up to a certain point, Paul Marino's story is a familiar one, especially to any single guy in his 20s who likes playing with his joystick. Four... More >>

  • Print the Legend

    published August 15, 2002

    Robert Evans wrote his autobiography in 1994 as much out of desperation as hubris; it cried out, "Damn it, look at me...please?" He'd... More >>

  • Marianne Faithfull

    published August 15, 2002

    Paid import price for this--it was out in the U.K. in January, released here last week--and, still, it was a bargain. The one-time Rolling Stones... More >>

  • Do the Math

    published August 8, 2002

    A press pass, reporter-turned-novelist Gregory McDonald once said, is good for one thing: It allows the journalist to ask very smart people... More >>

  • Why Kids?

    published August 8, 2002

    Nothing's more disappointing than the sequel that feels forced rather than organic. It was inevitable Spy Kids, so good Miramax's Dimension... More >>

  • Public Enemy

    published August 8, 2002

    At this late date--15 years since its inception, or a century in hip-hop years--Public Enemy's only competition is its own past. Chuck D knows... More >>

  • Happy Ending

    published August 1, 2002

    Like George Clooney says in Ocean's Eleven, do the math: four Canon XL1 digital cameras, one dual 800 MHz Power Mac G4, a copy of editing... More >>

  • Signs of Faith

    published August 1, 2002

    This time around, writer-director M. Night Shyamalan puts the surprise at the beginning of his film, and it's a subtle, shimmering clue--one... More >>

  • Allison Moorer

    published August 1, 2002

    She's country for those who loathe the genre--or, more to the point, those who loathe the pale, limp pop to which it long ago succumbed (say,... More >>

  • Deaf and Dope

    published July 25, 2002

    Read My Lips (Sur Mes Lévres) puts forth the fascinating and heretofore unexamined theory that being deaf offers its estimable... More >>

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