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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 other... More >>

  • Adapt This

    published December 19, 2002

    Adaptation is the most overrated movie of the year (of all time?) by people who should know better. Film critics have either been suckered... 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 books,... 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 >>

  • U2

    published December 5, 2002

    The acolyte will deride the obvious misses amid this collection of hits; the casual fan won't even notice, since the casual fan skipped most of... More >>

  • Ahoy, Oh Boy

    published November 28, 2002

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

  • Fallon Fast

    published November 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 >>

  • The South Falls, Again

    published September 26, 2002

    So there's no confusion, the star of Sweet Home Alabama is Reese Witherspoon, who graces the film's poster in full-body pout and appears on... More >>

  • Burr, Not Chilly

    published September 19, 2002

    Among the more preposterous rumors spread by Harry Knowles, whose Ain't It Cool News movie-biz-gossip Website garners undue attention from studios... More >>

  • Public Enemy

    published September 5, 2002

    At this late date -- 15 years since its inception, or a century in hip-hop years -- Public Enemy's only competition is its own past. Chuck D knows... More >>

  • Marianne Faithfull

    published September 5, 2002

    We paid import price for this -- it was out in the U.K. in January, released here last month -- and still, it was a bargain. The onetime Rolling... 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 >>

  • Say Cheese

    published August 29, 2002

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

  • Team G-Attica

    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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • Happy Ending

    published August 1, 2002

    Like George Clooney says in Ocean's Eleven, do the math: four Canon XL1 digital cameras, one dual 800 MHz Power Mac G4, a copy of editing... More >>

  • Robert Plant

    published August 1, 2002

    Every teenage male I know swears by Led Zep, which makes a certain kind of sense: Theirs was an immortal bombast, a melodic rumble far more... 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 >>

  • Graphic, Novel

    published July 11, 2002

    Joe Versus the Volcano ran on cable last week. Contained within that misguided, unmemorable film was a small scene that only now resonates.... 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 >>

  • David Bowie

    published July 11, 2002

    It's too easy to write him off, though the temptation's there; has been for damned near two decades, since he asked us to dance and promptly... 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 >>

  • Dirty Deeds

    published June 27, 2002

    Talk about trading down: Adam Sandler now stands in for Gary Cooper, Winona Ryder for Jean Arthur, screenwriter Tim Herlihy (The Waterboy,... More >>

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