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2002 Stories by Robert Wilonsky

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  • Catcher in the Sky

    published December 25, 2002

    Everything about Catch Me If You Can, the loosely based-on-fact tale of a teenager who swindled millions while posing as, among... More >>

  • Fear Factor

    published December 25, 2002

    The biggest event to happen to television this year took place at the multiplex this summer: My Big Fat Greek Wedding, a one-woman show... More >>

  • Jenny From the Crock

    published December 11, 2002

    Maid in Manhattan, in which Jennifer Lopez goes from pauper to princess, comes not from a screenplay but from self-help books and... More >>

  • End of the Road

    published December 11, 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 >>

  • Richter's Scale

    published December 4, 2002

    Andy Richter, the man who for seven years proved himself the rare late-night television sidekick worthy of being labeled equal partner, is not... More >>

  • What Was Going On

    published November 27, 2002

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

  • Ahoy, Oh Boy

    published November 27, 2002

    It's doubtful that Robert Louis Stevenson imagined his Treasure Island populated by cyborgs and scored to Goo Goo Dolls outtakes, and one has to... More >>

  • Number One With a Bullet

    published November 27, 2002

    Late last month, Interscope Records at long last released Nirvana, a fourteen-song best-of that features not only tracks from... More >>

  • Mr. One-Man Show

    published November 20, 2002

    This is the story of David Cross as told only by David Cross, since no one else contacted for this story, this oral history, would comment on... More >>

  • Run, Rabbit, Run

    published November 6, 2002

    Three years on, the besieged phenomenon -- the scourge, Antichrist or Vanilla Ice of the '90s, pick one -- has been rendered beloved; when they,... More >>

  • See, Hear

    published November 6, 2002

    The best thing about turning 80, insists the maestro who has been making music for movies for half of the medium's lifetime, is that you no longer... More >>

  • Paul Faaaaag!

    published October 30, 2002

    Paul Feig remembers everything about his childhood you want to forget about yours--the ass-kickings, the name-calling, the overwhelming smell of a... More >>

  • True Dat

    published October 23, 2002

    CHARACTERSRussell Simmons: He is 45, wears a white baseball cap, a T-shirt with the words "40 Acres and a Bentley" on the back and a sweat... More >>

  • Dead Bored

    published October 9, 2002

    Roger Avary's screenplay for The Rules of Attraction is a remarkable work of literature: the disassembly and reconstruction of an... More >>

  • Marianne Faithfull

    published October 9, 2002

    The one-time Rolling Stones sleeping bag best known for a handful of cult releases and a stint on the street with a needle in her arm returns with... More >>

  • Out of Focus?

    published October 9, 2002

    No one denies that a man's head was smashed in, most likely with a camera tripod, on June 29, 1978, in an Arizona hotel room. No one denies that... More >>

  • Dawson's Crossing

    published October 2, 2002

    This is not how he's supposed to talk. These are not things he's supposed to say. These are not things he's supposed to do. Not the Teen People... More >>

  • Dead On

    published September 25, 2002

    It is a decade ago, and Neil Burger has trekked from New York to the small Texas town of Fredericksburg, where Admiral Chester Nimitz was born,... More >>

  • Burr, Not Chilly

    published September 18, 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 >>

  • Aimee Mann

    published September 18, 2002

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

  • New Order World

    published September 11, 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 >>

  • Do the Math

    published September 4, 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 very... More >>

  • Live Long, Prosper

    published September 4, 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 >>

  • Team G-Attica

    published August 21, 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 >>

  • Fallon Fast

    published August 21, 2002

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

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