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2001 Stories by Robert Wilonsky

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  • Are You In or Out?

    published December 27, 2001

    It's almost easier to pick the year's worst than its finest. Leading the pack is I Am Sam, in which Sean Penn does his retard dance for... More >>

  • Sly Foxx

    published December 27, 2001

    When he first auditioned for Any Given Sunday director Oliver Stone to play quarterback Willie Beamen, an embittered bench-warmer prone to... More >>

  • Talkin' Tolkien

    published December 20, 2001

    David Salo's colleagues and classmates at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have absolutely no idea how he spends his free time. It's not that... More >>

  • Eyes Half Open

    published December 13, 2001

    Beneath the hazy, mystifying layers of Vanilla Sky lies a remarkable Tom Cruise performance -- one that, to a large extent, takes place... More >>

  • American Why?

    published December 13, 2001

    It took five men to concoct the hackneyed plot and conceive the brainless jokes that constitute Not Another Teen Movie, meaning that right... More >>

  • Dark Victory

    published December 13, 2001

    It is December 5, the day AOL Time Warner-owned DC Comics has been anxiously awaiting for almost 15 years--the day writer-illustrator Frank Miller... More >>

  • Hunger Strike

    published December 6, 2001

    "Mr. Human Rights," they once called him, and though his was never the most famous name on the bill--that was Bono or Bruce Springsteen, Sting or... More >>

  • Flaming Wreck

    published November 29, 2001

    Though Behind Enemy Lines, set in Bosnia, was originally due for release next year, already it feels antiquated; that conflict is already a... More >>

  • War on War Books

    published November 22, 2001

    Only a couple of months ago, it looked as though Donald Miller had a publishing home run on his hands--a thoughtful, exhilarating, inclusive book... More >>

  • A New Tune

    published November 8, 2001

    Natalie Merchant finished recording her third solo album, Motherland, on September 9, so by no means should anyone listen to the disc's... More >>

  • Hell of a Long Day

    published November 1, 2001

    There cannot be man, woman, child or beast alive who does not know that on November 6, Fox will debut its new series 24. Long before the... More >>

  • Emmy or Not to Emmy?

    published October 25, 2001

    On November 4, some 1,800 television personalities--actors, writers, producers, show-runners, network executives--will, finally, parade into a Los... More >>

  • Reel War

    published October 18, 2001

    Two weeks ago, it would have been possible to use the name of the man interviewed below; indeed, it would have been expected, as he is no mere... More >>

  • Arabian Knight

    published October 11, 2001

    On October 3, there appeared in The New York Times an article about how movie studios are struggling to find new villains in a... More >>

  • Bandits

    published October 11, 2001

    Plot aside -- way aside, as it's almost a nonissue in a film that telegraphs its final scenes during its opening moments -- Bandits... More >>

  • The Brave & the Bold

    published October 4, 2001

    Before he was editor in chief at Marvel Comics--which, by all rights, makes him the man who tells Spider-Man what he can do with himself and the... More >>

  • Say Nothing

    published October 4, 2001

    Serendipity already feels archaic, like some dusty relic that's been unearthed from an antiques store's attic and polished for display. It... More >>

  • Stand By Them

    published September 27, 2001

    The cynic may notice only how Hearts in Atlantis plays like a Stephen King best-of compilation, a reheating of familiar stories and... More >>

  • Law & Disorder

    published September 27, 2001

    Rene Balcer, like you and everyone you know, can't stop talking about what we now refer to simply as The Attack. We may resume our lives, fall... More >>

  • Amused to Death

    published September 20, 2001

    On September 13, at 11:30 a.m., Bryce Zabel was to have met with USA Network executives about a miniseries he was pitching to the cable outlet.... More >>

  • Feel His Pain

    published September 13, 2001

    The cold-bloodedness of some entertainment journalists is a thing to be admired; they've balls for brains, which gets you far in this profession.... More >>

  • Metal Meltdown

    published September 6, 2001

    A year after Cameron Crowe climbed back aboard the tour bus for one last spin through rock's golden days of giddy hedonism and phony heroism comes... 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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • 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 film... More >>

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