Linda Holmes

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Adam Sandler Signs Up With Netflix For 4 New Movies

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Netflix has thus far found its highest-profile successes in original content by competing with award-ready premium television with Orange Is the New Black and House of Cards.

But there's more to running a network than winning awards, and the reminder of that came this morning with an announcement that Netflix ...

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'Stalker' And Saying No To Second Chances

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

One of the luxuries of cultural abundance is the wonderful freedom of saying, "I could wait and see, but I don't have any reason to wait and see, because life is short, good things are plentiful, and your pilot makes me feel like I have food poisoning."

CBS has constructed ...

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The Strange, Split 'Selfie' Pilot

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The pilot of the ABC show Selfie, starring Karen Gillan and John Cho in a Pygmalion update built on the notion that being obsessed with Twitter is the new Flawed But Fixable Personality Problem, is only about 22 minutes long — a little less. Given that pilots always have to ...

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'Gone Girl,' Take Two: The Very, Very Spoiled Edition

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Please understand that this post contains information about the plot of Gone Girl that has the capacity to rob it of many of its best and most delicious surprises for anyone not already aware of them. It's most appropriate for people who have already either read the book or seen ...

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'Gone Girl': A Missing Wife And A Cloud Of Suspicion

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

At the opening of Gone Girl, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) is literally a man on the street. Standing by his trashcans in the half-light of an early morning at his gorgeous Missouri home in a T-shirt and sweatpants, he is what might be mistaken for "comfortable," but he is painfully, ...

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25 Humble Suggestions For 'The Equalizer' Brand Extensions

Friday, September 26, 2014

Our pal Chris Klimek has a fine review of the film The Equalizer, in which Denzel Washington plays a man who gets revenge on all manner of bad guys, and maybe annoying people, and maybe just other people? Anyway, it seems inevitable that if the movie comes back, ...

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Fall Books And Great Detectives

Friday, September 26, 2014

When we learned that our treasured friends Barrie Hardymon and Margaret "Hulahoop" Willison (thus named for her actual middle initial, H, as well as her whimsical and irresistible delightfulness) were both going to be in town when we taped this episode, there was only one thing to do: fire Stephen.

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The Importance Of What's Close: Beauty And Being Careful

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Writer Kara Brown recently reacted to an L.A. Times story about cornrows with one simple thought: "Friends, readers, ladyfolk, I believe we are being trolled."

She was referring not just to the cornrows piece — which went on and on about cornrows without mentioning a single black woman, ...

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Bill Simmons' NFL Talk Gets Him Three Weeks On The Sidelines

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Bill Simmons, the ESPN commentator whose Twitter bio reads in part "Grantland boss + columnist, @30for30 co-creator, NBA Countdown co-host, BS Report host," will not be doing most of those jobs for three weeks after using the last of them — host of the podcast The BS Report — ...

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Making The Case 'Against Football'

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Steve Almond's blistering book Against Football: One Fan's Reluctant Manifesto is exactly what it advertises itself to be: an exasperated, frustrated, wide-ranging argument that the time has come to abandon football — particularly but not exclusively the NFL — as a sport built on violence, racism, economic exploitation of poor ...

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'Black-ish' And The Color Of Money

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

"When brothers start getting a little money, stuff starts getting a little weird."

That's one of the opening lines of the pilot of ABC's Black-ish, which follows the Johnson family, led by ad executive Andre (Anthony Anderson, whose line that is) and doctor Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross), who live with ...

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Look Out Look Out Look Out: The Dark YA Fiction Of The Shangri-Las

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

In the wake of the premiere of Fox's Red Band Society, there's been lots of talk — not unreasonably — about how it's just The Fault In Our Stars crossed with Glee, which it sort of is, and about how it's just a variation on what I've heard called "sick ...

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The Keepers And Sleepers Of Fall TV, From Romances To Murder

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The problem with being slow on the draw with your fall TV picks is that there aren't so many recommend-able new shows that you can make an entire B-team out of them. Yesterday's post from NPR's Eric Deggans named most of the shows I would have named on ...

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The Only One: A Talk With Shonda Rhimes

Monday, September 22, 2014

I saw Shonda Rhimes at a panel presentation at the Television Critics Association press tour this summer where she helped introduce How to Get Away with Murder, the new ABC drama she helps produce but did not create. I found her pleasantly (and a little amusingly) transparent in not loving ...

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'This Is Where I Leave You' Makes A Family Story Too Ordinary

Friday, September 19, 2014

Ordinariness is a quality in movies that likely bothers critics and enthusiasts more than it does other people. The more films you see, the more the enemy becomes not just poor quality but familiarity, simply because even an inoffensive cliche becomes a cinematic earworm after a while — something that ...

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: A Fall Films Preview And Betting On New Television

Friday, September 19, 2014

We've had a lively summer on PCHH, full of live events and quizzes and special guests and even Stephen hosting episodes (!) (kidding!), but this week, we've got our pal Bob Mondello in the studio for some good old-fashioned movie and TV chatter.

Bob and I recently returned from the ...

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'Red Band Society': The Gooey Teen Drama Every Generation Deserves

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

When Fox presented its new drama Red Band Society to critics over the summer, creator Margaret Nagle stressed that it was not a derivative of any particular story of sick teenagers that has perhaps permeated the culture in the last five years. Instead, it was inspired by the ...

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'Mindy' And 'New Girl' Navigate Their Worlds Of Crazy Love

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

[This post contains information about where main characters stand relative to each other at the opening of the new seasons of The Mindy Project and New Girl. Be advised.]

Fox's Tuesday comedy hour of New Girl and The Mindy Project is made up of two shows by and about women ...

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More Sparkles! More Fake Tans! More Dancing And Stars, Kind Of!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Well, it's that time again: Monday night brings the premiere of the 19th season — NINETEENTH SEASON — of ABC's Dancing With The Stars, a show that has had some ratings struggles in recent years but has managed to keep on plugging for ... well, 19 seasons. That's 19 seasons ...

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Kids, Pants, Booze, Music: Trouble In River City And Always

Monday, September 15, 2014

Perhaps the most static conversation in American culture is the one about its constant decline. Today's music, today's actors, today's movies, today's media, today's food, today's habits, today's language — it's all going to hell, all of it, and it's taking us with it, no matter when today is.

Well, ...

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