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2002 Stories by Robert Wilonsky

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  • Catcher in the Sky

    published December 26, 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 26, 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 >>

  • Schmidt Happens

    published December 19, 2002

    It's easy to presume About Schmidt isn't much of a movie since its protagonist, Warren Schmidt, isn't much of anything. He's portrayed by... More >>

  • Jenny from the Crock

    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 self-help... More >>

  • 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 >>

  • What Was Going On

    published November 28, 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 >>

  • Richter's Scale

    published November 28, 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 >>

  • Mr. One-Man Show

    published November 21, 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 >>

  • See, Hear

    published November 7, 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 >>

  • Ho Ho Huh?

    published October 31, 2002

    The Santa Clause, released at the height of Home Improvement's popularity, played like a Very Special Holiday Episode of that... More >>

  • Paul Faaaaag!

    published October 31, 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 >>

  • Charlie's Angles

    published October 24, 2002

    Once more, it all boils down to the stamps -- which, if you've seen Stanley Donen's 1963 comic-thriller Charade, nearly ruins the last ten... More >>

  • True Dat

    published October 24, 2002

    CHARACTERS Russell 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 >>

  • School Daze

    published October 10, 2002

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

  • Out of Focus?

    published October 10, 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 3, 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 >>

  • Dropped in the Reese

    published September 26, 2002

    No 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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • Catcher in the Wry

    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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • Simulation Number One

    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 >>

  • Deaf and Dope

    published August 22, 2002

    The fascinating and heretofore unexamined theory put forth by Read My Lips (Sur mes lèvres): Being deaf offers its estimable... 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 as much out of desperation as out of hubris. It cried out, "Damn it, look at me...please?"... More >>

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