The best of the U.S. in 2002
Los Angeles Times
|Nathan Lane, left, and Matthew Broderick hit it big in "The Producers."
Advertiser library photo May 21, 2002
Movie: "Spider-Man," tormented comic-book hero scores big.
Hardcover books: Fiction: "The Summons," a John Grisham mystery; nonfiction: "Self Matters Creating Your Life From the Inside Out," advice from "Oprah" regular Dr. Phillip C. McGraw; Christian "The Remnant: On the Brink of Armageddon," post-apocalyptic visions by Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins.
Plays: Broadway: "The Producers," Mel Brooks redux; regional theaters: "Proof," David Auburn's numbers game.
TV show: "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," the dead speak.
Albums: Overall sales: "The Eminem Show," Eminem, rants and raves; country: "Drive," Alan Jackson, down-home truths and patriotic musings; hard rock: "Weathered," Creed, pop metal with a messianic front man; classical: "Sentimento," Andrea Bocelli, love songs.
Singles: Overall sales: "Before Your Love," Kelly Clarkson, pop bonbons; R&B: "Uh Huh," B2K, seductive harmonies; rap: "Lights Camera Action," Mr. Cheeks, sexual braggadocio with a beat.
Video game: "Grand Theft Auto 3"/"Grand Theft Auto: Vice City" Western civilization's low end.
Wheels: Passenger car: Toyota Camry, dependability for the masses; light passenger vehicle: Ford F-Series pickup, a perennial.
Art show: "Van Gogh and Gauguin: The Studio of the South," Art Institute of Chicago.
Toy: LeapPad Books, interactive electronic library for tots.
Video: "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"
Sources: Variety; Publishers Weekly; Christian Booksellers Association; Nielsen Media Research; Nielsen SoundScan; Nielsen VideoScan; Autodata Corp; League of American Theatres and Producers Inc.; Theatre Communications Group; the Art Newspaper; Money magazine; NPD Group Inc.