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2002 Stories by Robert Wilonsky

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  • End of the Road

    published December 12, 2002

    Notes from a network executive's forthcoming biography, pilfered from the desk of an editor at a major publishing house. This was hard to read, as... More >>

  • How J.Lo Can You Go?

    published December 12, 2002

    Maid in Manhattan, in which Jennifer Lopez goes from pauper to princess, comes not from a screenplay, but from a handful of... More >>

  • What Was Going On

    published November 21, 2002

    The tragedy is that even those who should have known better didn't know at all. How could they? The people whose names they sought weren't listed;... More >>

  • Run, Rabbit

    published November 7, 2002

    Three years on, the besieged phenomenon (the scourge, the Antichrist, the Vanilla Ice of the '90s -- take your pick) has been rendered beloved.... More >>

  • Rye Commentary

    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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • Say Cheese

    published August 15, 2002

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

  • 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 >>

  • After M*A*S*H

    published July 18, 2002

    At this very moment, members of the Television Critics Association are gathered at the Ritz-Carlton in Pasadena, California, to preview this... More >>

  • Fight Club

    published July 11, 2002

    A pal asked last week, "Who you writing about?" Told him, "Art Linson," which screwed his face into a big ol' question mark. "He's a movie... More >>

  • Ice Ice Maybe

    published July 4, 2002

    They stream in and out, all day and all night, one after the other: band members, producers, business associates, friends, family, strangers,... More >>

  • Duh Press

    published June 20, 2002

    Shouldn't have said yes, couldn't say no. The deal was simple, and those who chose to accept it had made their own private pact with the... More >>

  • Mixed Report

    published June 20, 2002

    Steven Spielberg just might turn into a great director -- if only he'd stop sabotaging his movies. For the second time in as many films, he... More >>

  • Smoking Rock

    published June 6, 2002

    So this is what it's come to: another week, another terrorist-with-a-suitcase-nuke movie. Last Friday, it was up to Ben Affleck to save the world... More >>

  • Dr. Strange

    published May 30, 2002

    When this column began at the beginning of 2000, readers and editors scoffed at its occasional subject matter, the comic book. Kids' stuff,... More >>

  • Hugh Fidelity

    published May 16, 2002

    It's appropriate that Universal would debut About a Boy against the latest installment in the George Lucas juggernaut. Certainly... More >>

  • The Pitch

    published March 28, 2002

    Before he died of congestive heart failure in March 1992, Richard Brooks, director of The Blackboard Jungle and In Cold Blood, used... More >>

  • Bang to Hype

    published March 28, 2002

    For many of the performers who shlep down to Austin for the South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival each year in search of that elusive... More >>

  • Slight Club

    published March 28, 2002

    With Panic Room, about the night Meg Altman (Jodie Foster) and her teenage daughter Sarah (Kristen Stewart) are home-invaded by a... More >>

  • Lipstick Traces

    published March 14, 2002

    Kissing Jessica Stein ends several times -- a likely explanation of why a film with so short a running time, 94 minutes, feels as... More >>

  • Deep Freeze

    published March 14, 2002

    Ice Age poses a heretofore unfathomable question: Is it possible for computer-generated characters to go through the motions?... More >>

  • Hell on Earth

    published February 28, 2002

    If We Were Soldiers smells at all familiar, perhaps you're confusing it with the stench emanating from a nearby theater screening... More >>

  • Net Loss

    published February 14, 2002

    Maybe this won't seem like such a big deal to you, since you don't watch The Education of Max Bickford--which is on CBS Sunday nights. Or... More >>

  • Hart of Glass

    published February 14, 2002

    Hart's War is little more than a movie about the movies, which is the case with most mediocre films. Set in a POW camp during the... More >>

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