Linda Holmes

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The Great 'Parks And Rec' Clip War Of 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

My friend Alan Sepinwall and I have both written in the past about our affection for Parks And Recreation, the NBC comedy that is not only about to end, but is about to end in a burst of weekly back-to-back episodes that will have it over ...

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Climate Sticking Point: Who Cuts And By How Much?

Friday, December 12, 2014

U.N. talks on global warming are wrapping up in Peru, but a divide between rich and poor countries and how to divvy up targets to reduce greenhouse gases is a key sticking point that has remained unresolved.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has acknowledged that the issue is ...

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Live From Sixth And I

Friday, December 12, 2014

On Tuesday night, December 9, we gathered at the historic Sixth & I synagogue in Washington for our biggest live show yet. Along with our great friend Barrie Hardymon, Stephen, Glen and I talked about some of our takeaways from the year, from podcasts to great books to the music ...

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A Surprisingly Effective Trailer For 'The Last Five Years'

Monday, December 08, 2014

I very much liked the musical The Last Five Years when I saw it in Toronto in September. It features Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan in the story of a marriage that begins as the marriage is ending, leaps back to the beginning, and then follows the story ...

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Holiday Encores Edition

Friday, December 05, 2014

Here at PCHH HQ (PCHHQ?), we are hard at work preparing for our December 9th live show at Sixth and I in Washington. For that reason, we decided to bring you a couple of encore segments from past holiday editions of the show.

The first comes from only ...

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Blood And Bone: The Surprising Sight Of Dead Animals On A Meat Show

Monday, December 01, 2014

The Nat Geo show Eric Greenspan Is Hungry is certainly not the first food show to get gritty about the origins and transformations of food; Anthony Bourdain, in particular, has been doing that for years and years. Still, it feels unusual in its pure focus on an established chef/personality — ...

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Kid Stuff And Leftover Outtakes

Friday, November 28, 2014

It's a holiday weekend for many of us, but we've still got a fresh episode — and a sparkly new panelist in the fourth chair: Guy Raz, host of NPR's TED Radio Hour. When we asked Guy about coming on the show, we learned that pop-culture-wise, he — like our ...

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Christmas Bells Are Ringing, And Cable Holiday Movies Are Unrelenting

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Christmas cable movies are a genre unto themselves. We take a look at some of the Hallmark (and other) romances that are surprisingly big business this time of year.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Foxcatcher' And The Art Of The Trailer

Friday, November 21, 2014

We're getting into the thick of Oscar movie season, and one of the interesting and curious entries is Foxcatcher, starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo in a film fairly loosely based on a true story out of Delaware in the mid-'90s. (Details here; to the degree ...

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Mike Nichols: Remembering The Ellipses After The Story Ends

Thursday, November 20, 2014

[At the top of this post, you'll find a discussion from me and my Pop Culture Happy Hour colleague Stephen Thompson about Mike Nichols and his work. Stephen tells a great family story about the impact of Nichols' comedy — give it a listen.]

Separated by 21 years and joined ...

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What Happens When You Make A Podcast About Podcasts About A Podcast?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Serial, from the This American Life family, is a hit — to the point where it's now got spinoff podcasts at both Slate and The A.V. Club, the latter of which calls its Serial recap podcast the Serial Serial.

The air is getting pretty thin up ...

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'Grape Salad' Is Not Minnesotan, And Other Lessons In Cultural Mapmaking

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

I was not raised in Minnesota, but I earned my stripes there during 10 winters as a resident, scraping my windshield through a fog of existential despair. Not every portrayal of the Midwest is based in reality, but this still speaks to a profound piece of my soul. I have ...

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'MasterChef Junior': The Secret Ingredients Are Moppets And Empathy

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

It's not necessarily intuitive that Gordon Ramsay, who once told a Hell's Kitchen contestant that a poorly cooked piece of fish resembled "Gandhi's flip-flop," would be good with children. It's surprising, then, that MasterChef Junior, a kid-centered spin-off of his Fox show MasterChef, is one of the most warmly reviewed ...

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A Painful Hollywood Portrait Makes For Great TV On 'The Comeback'

Monday, November 17, 2014

In 2005, Lisa Kudrow starred in a little HBO show called The Comeback, a show styled as — get ready for this — the raw footage for a (fictional) reality show about a (fictional) actress named Valerie Cherish, getting her big chance to come back in the (fictional) sitcom Room ...

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'Dumb And Dumber To' A Surprise Hit At The Box Office

Monday, November 17, 2014

This weekend's box office winner was Dumb And Dumber To, starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in a sequel to their 1994 hit. NPR pop culture blogger Linda Holmes says laziness isn't t...

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'State Of Affairs': Television From The Precise Middle Of The Barrel

Monday, November 17, 2014

The best and worst thing I can say about the new NBC drama State Of Affairs is the bottom line: if this is the kind of show you like, you might like this show.

Formally conventional in every way — if you watch it with the sound off, it's the ...

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Revived Properties And Cultural Dichotomies

Friday, November 14, 2014

We chose not to assign ourselves Dumb And Dumber To this week. Call it the shortness of life, call it the urgency of busy schedules, call it limited tolerance for catheter jokes — we declined. We did, however, get talking about whether this film, and others that come many years ...

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A Great Director — Who's Also A Woman — Might Direct 'Wonder Woman'

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Michelle MacLaren is a familiar name, or at least a familiar creator, to fans of high-end television: She directed episodes of Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and other series, she's worked extensively as a producer (including on Breaking Bad), and she's one of a handful of television ...

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'New Girl' And The Optics Of Breast Whispering

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Like a lot of comedies — and almost all good ones — Fox's New Girl has tweaked its dynamics quite a lot since it debuted in the fall of 2011. Originally built around the idea that Jess (Zooey Deschanel) was childlike and unable to get a date, it has made ...

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Don't Leave Me Hanging: On Difference, High-Fives, And Podcasts

Monday, November 10, 2014

I've been listening to Startup — the podcast started by Planet Money alum Alex Blumberg to talk about the establishment of his company, Gimlet Media — since it debuted in early September. It appears every other Monday, so they posted their seventh episode this morning.

I'm surprised it took me ...

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