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2001 Stories by Robert Wilonsky

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  • Deep Throat

    published August 9, 2001

    During this cinematic Summer of Dumb, it would be all too easy to celebrate half-assed cleverness as a virtue, especially when proffered by Bobby... More >>

  • Money Men

    published August 2, 2001

    There is only one reason Jon Favreau's new film is called Made. Not too long ago, his old friend and co-star Vince Vaughn called him up and... More >>

  • Fly by Night

    published August 2, 2001

    The most telling scene in Rush Hour 2 comes during the closing-credits montage of outtakes that... More >>

  • It Happens

    published July 26, 2001

    Matt Stone has little time to talk. It's Tuesday, July 17, 1 p.m. in Los Angeles, yet Stone and Trey Parker have yet to finish a television show... More >>

  • Klinky Sex

    published July 19, 2001

    Robert Scott Crane insists he had no idea that people would be so fascinated with his famous father's penis (or is that his father's famous... More >>

  • Totally Bizarro

    published July 5, 2001

    Originally, this was to be a story about how Stan Lee, the industry icon who ran Marvel Comics for decades and co-created Spider-Man and the... More >>

  • Chin Up

    published June 28, 2001

    By his own definition, Bruce Campbell is a "midgrade, kind of hammy actor"--a B-movie star, in other words, a man whose career unfolds, like a... More >>

  • Space Oddity

    published June 28, 2001

    For almost two decades, Stanley Kubrick wanted to make a film based on Brian Aldiss's 1969 short story "Super-Toys Last All Summer Long," about a... More >>

  • Cumming Up

    published June 21, 2001

    Alan Cumming is, in no particular order, the following: an actor, a pop icon, a Renaissance man, a sex symbol, a bon viveur and the boy next door.... More >>

  • Hope Sinks

    published June 14, 2001

    For the next five days, Richard Lewis will seldom leave his North Dallas hotel room, hidden away at the far end of the top floor with a view of... More >>

  • The Great Escape

    published June 7, 2001

    At this moment, Baz Luhrmann, control freak and self-proclaimed ringleader of conspirators "who conspire to something greater than ourselves," is... More >>

  • Old Ghosts

    published June 7, 2001

    When he was in his thirties, Ivan Reitman made comedies like a young man. His early movies, among them Stripes, Meatballs, and... More >>

  • Skip It

    published May 31, 2001

    Tamra Davis is bound by contract not to discuss the film that, at this very moment, she's editing for release next year. "I'm officially not... More >>

  • Look Ahead

    published May 24, 2001

    The publicist asks if I'd like to speak to D.A. Pennebaker to commemorate the 60th birthday of Bob Dylan, which falls on May 24. She asks this... More >>

  • In Cold Blood

    published May 17, 2001

    There are not many stories left buried in James Ellroy's past. In 1996, at the age of 48, he penned his memoirs, in which he paired his life story... More >>

  • Shrek

    published May 17, 2001

    Kids might well be amused by the frenetic pacing of Shrek, the latest computer-animated film from... More >>

  • The Product

    published May 10, 2001

    Heath Ledger, wearing the scowl of the anxious and uneasy, is having trouble standing still. He most certainly would rather be anywhere but here:... More >>

  • Shoot Straight

    published May 3, 2001

    Last thing first. At this very moment, Chris Carter sits behind his desk in the Ten Thirteen Production offices, on the 20th Century Fox lot in... More >>

  • Shearer Delight

    published April 26, 2001

    There is no good place to begin with Harry Shearer, because he doesn't sit still long enough to allow one the chance to focus. He is a blur,... More >>

  • Custody Battle

    published April 19, 2001

    Joe Simon doesn't read comic books anymore, and not because he's an 87-year-old man with far better ways to spend his time. The former and,... More >>

  • The Man Who

    published April 12, 2001

    Paul McGuinness has never thought of himself as a teacher of life lessons, so it comes as a bit of a surprise for him to hear it relayed that... More >>

  • Blowin' Smoke

    published April 5, 2001

    This is how famous Denis Leary is: He begins and ends a story by saying, "To this day, when I see Mick...," and by Mick, he means Mick Jagger.... More >>

  • He Scores

    published March 29, 2001

    Ennio Morricone can tell you stories about each of his 400 children--where they were conceived, what they mean to him, why each one remains so... More >>

  • Up the Academy

    published March 15, 2001

    Gil Cates takes a long, deep breath before answering the question: Is producing the Academy Awards show the ultimate no-win situation? Cates has... More >>

  • Bad Aim

    published March 15, 2001

    To keep it simple, Enemy at the Gates plays like a mix of the PlayStation game... More >>

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