Linda Holmes

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About The Time Shonda Rhimes Gave Me A Christmas Cat Intervention

Monday, November 10, 2014

People who have been reading the blog for a while — let alone following me on Twitter for a while — know that I have this thing about Hallmark movies.

I'm not proud of it, but I'm also not particularly embarrassed by it; it is my white noise, ...

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'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Hits A Home Run With The Stupendous Andre Braugher

Monday, November 10, 2014

The Fox comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine was a tiny bit uneven in its first few episodes last year, but it was always clear that it had the goods. Since then, it's become one of the most reliably funny, sharp, and — in the tradition of shows like Parks & Recreation, which ...

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Interstellar' And Other Space Movies

Friday, November 07, 2014

Interstellar, directed by Christopher Nolan, is the live-action behemoth arriving in theaters this weekend, and we brought in our pal Chris Klimek to chat about its highs and lows, its big sound (literally) and gorgeous visuals. You'll find that we had mixed reactions once you count the emotional beats, technical ...

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Documents, Not Institutions: On 'Benched' And Not Sweating The Future

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Eliza Coupe is one of the most precise comedic actresses you will ever see. Every muscle is at work on comedy, all the time. She has the kind of face that tempts you to say she has a great face, but that makes it seem like luck, and it's not ...

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What Is An Ending? 'Serial' And The Ongoing Story Of Wanting Too Much

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Part of the hook of the fine podcast Serial, spun off from This American Life and hosted by Sarah Koenig, is that it feels exactly like the grungy, procedurally exacting, multi-episode stories that are so popular right now on television. It feels so much like a great series ...

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The Luxury Of Solitude

Monday, November 03, 2014

There are people who have no idea what they would do with themselves if they had a little under two weeks with no commitments, a car, a duffel bag, and a series of motel reservations making a loop around New England with a spur up into Maine.

I am not ...

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On Vacation, See You Soon

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Just a brief administrative note to say we'll be back soon.

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Halloween-Thanksgiving-Hanukkah-Christmas-New-Year Buying Begins

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

At any big-box store, you can find the annual holiday mash-up now on garish display: Halloween costumes are stacked next to the decorative turkey napkins and pre-lit Christmas trees.

It's time to celebrate the Halloween-Thanksgiving-Hanukkah-Christmas-New-Year season!

This year, most merchants are optimistic, predicting strong sales throughout the peak shopping period. ...

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Transparent' And Pop Culture Debuts

Friday, October 17, 2014

For a couple of lovely weeks in October, our dear pal Ari Shapiro — who has long since forgiven us for making him watch the VMAs and Olympus Has Fallen for a prior episode — was back at NPR HQ to host Weekend Edition. While we had him ...

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With Few Stages Left To Conquer, Neil Patrick Harris Goes To The Oscars

Thursday, October 16, 2014

It was an announcement of an old-school job that played out in a new media landscape: Yesterday, Variety reported that Neil Patrick Harris would host the Oscars, which they tweeted at 4:49 P.M. Harris himself tweeted a little video of himself crossing "Host the Oscars" off his bucket list — ...

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Pop Culture Happy Hour, Small Batch: A Report From New York Comic-Con

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Friend Of PCHH and NPR Books editor Petra Mayer recently returned from New York Comic-Con, so we asked her to talk a little about what she did while she was up there. As it happens, she kept herself very busy, moderating a panel full of authors she admires ...

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HBO Without Cable, Coming In 2015

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

HBO has built a robust and popular online presence over the past couple of years with its app, HBO GO. But to get it — as is the case with many streaming services that offer television over the Internet — you've needed a cable subscription. In other words, HBO GO ...

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'Marry Me' Throws Plenty Of Jokes (And Its Lead Actress) At The Wall

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

I'm not sure I've ever seen a comedy use an opening scene to put a main character in a hole as deep as the one Marry Me digs for Annie, played by Casey Wilson. We meet her as she and her longtime boyfriend Jake (Ken Marino) return from a vacation ...

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Gone Girl' And What Pop Culture Can Teach

Friday, October 10, 2014

You've had a week now since the release of David Fincher's Gone Girl, the adaptation of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, so we hope that the most fervently excited of you have already seen it. But if you haven't, we hope you'll still get a lot out of our chat with ...

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Pop Culture Happy Hour, Small Batch: 'Twin Peaks' Returns

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Regular PCHH listeners know that our own Glen Weldon is a big fan of Twin Peaks, so we knew that he would be excited to sit down and talk about the big news that it's returning to Showtime for nine new episodes, picking up the story 25 years later.

He ...

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Cameron Esposito And The Comedy Of Confidence

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

The opening track on Cameron Esposito's new album, Same Sex Symbol, is an accelerating and elegant display of something often in short supply in great comedy: confidence.

As indicated by its title, the album does spend a fair amount of time on the matter of being a lesbian, ...

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'The Flash' Winks At History And Keeps Its Superhero Tone Light

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

The most telling feature of the CW's new superhero drama The Flash is the casting of John Wesley Shipp as the tragically and wrongfully imprisoned father of Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), who in the opening hour becomes The Flash.

Shipp played Barry Allen himself in the short-lived CBS version of ...

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Pop Culture Happy Hour, Small Batch: 'House Hunters International'

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Do you fantasize about living in Hong Kong or Paris or on an Australian beach? And do you wonder whether you could fit it into your budget? And do you wonder how you would resolve petty little conflicts with your spouse or partner or roommate about being near work versus ...

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Please Don't Judge John Mulaney By 'Mulaney'

Friday, October 03, 2014

John Mulaney is probably my favorite stand-up comic currently working. Here's one of my favorite of his pieces, about Law & Order: SVU and the thespian stylings of one Ice-T.

Unlike a lot of stand-ups, Mulaney doesn't come on stage as a kind of person, and he doesn't talk very ...

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Denzel Washington And 'Gilligan's Island'

Friday, October 03, 2014

The Equalizer, starring Denzel Washington in the kind of role (the "Sad Jedi," as our own Chris Klimek put it in his terrific review) that Liam Neeson has been specializing in for several years, hit theaters last weekend. It made a lot of money, and that got us ...

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