Linda Holmes

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Toronto, Day 2: Franco And Faulkner, Love, And A Steely Patricia Clarkson

Saturday, September 06, 2014

The idea of a James Franco-directed adaptation of William Faulkner's The Sound And The Fury sounds like the setup for a bit on Funny Or Die, or maybe for the thing you'd have someone mention offhand in our satire about Hollywood. Franco does so many different things that he's ...


Toronto, Day 1: David Cronenberg, Drumming, 'The Judge' And Serendipity

Friday, September 05, 2014

Critics all have our idiosyncratic ways of handling the scheduling of a film festival like Toronto. There are planners, improvisers, pragmatists and poll-takers, all counting on some combination of research, serendipity, instinct, word of mouth and logistics to put them in the right rooms at the right times to see ...


It's That Time Again: The Toronto International Film Festival

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

It's that time again, and by "that time," I mean "Canadian time." Because beginning Thursday, NPR's own Bob Mondello and I, along with Bilal Qureshi of All Things Considered,, will be spending a week seeing movies at the Toronto International Film Festival, which your movie-nerd friends call "TIFF."



Pop Culture Happy Hour: Live From The Bell House, Part 2

Friday, August 29, 2014

Last week, we brought you the first half of the live show we recently held at the Bell House in Brooklyn, featuring producer emeritus Mike Katzif and a conversation about what we'll take away from this summer and what's to come this fall. This week, we have the ...


Lifetime Promises To Bring Out The 'Strong Black Woman' In White Women

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Lifetime's new show Girlfriend Intervention is not subtle about its message. Its premise is four black women giving a makeover to a white woman on the theory that, as they put it, "Trapped inside of every white girl is a strong black woman ready to bust out."

They don't even ...


Small Batch Edition: Undressing 'Project Runway'

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

On this Small Batch Edition of NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast, Glen and I are always up for a little chat about fashion and people's skill and lack of skill at the making of sick burns, so we sat down for a catch-up chat about Project Runway, which is ...


The Emmys: Past Winners Trump New Shows; 'Breaking Bad' Takes A Bow

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Emmys are known for one thing more than any other, and that's repetition. Shows winning four times, actors winning three times — the most likely Emmy winner is always the guy who's already won.

And indeed, the first Emmy of the night on Monday, for supporting actor in a ...


5 Things To Watch For On Monday's Emmy Awards

Monday, August 25, 2014

Sure, some of the coverage so far has been about the fear that holding the Emmys on a Monday — and forcing the attendees to compete with weekday traffic — will create havoc. But one way or another, Seth Meyers is hosting the Emmy Awards on Monday night, and there ...


At The VMAs, Beyonce And Nicki Minaj Play With Personas

Monday, August 25, 2014

Sunday night, women gave the most memorable performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, and Stephen Thompson and I got together to chat about the provocations of Nicki Minaj, the royal Beyonce and more.

You can check out the video of all the performances for yourself, from the ...


The Emmys Grapple With New Formats And A Move To Monday

Sunday, August 24, 2014

I sat down with Linda Wertheimer this morning on Weekend Edition to talk about the Emmys, which will be on Monday night this year, rather than the usual Sunday, so you've got an extra 24 hours to ponder the blurry lines between categories that become more noticeable by the year.



Pop Culture Happy Hour: Live From The Bell House

Friday, August 22, 2014

We had an absolutely fantastic time Tuesday night at the Bell House in Brooklyn doing the first-ever Pop Culture Happy Hour from New York. Everyone was wonderful, everyone was hugely supportive, and we were joined by our producer emeritus Mike Katzif for our roundtable discussion of the things we've loved ...


'Let's Be Cops,' But Then What?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

[This piece contains plot details from Let's Be Cops. It is not a movie about its plot details, but there you have it.]

The word is out on the buddy comedy Let's Be Cops, starring Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson — both enormously charming actors on Fox's New Girl. ...


Pop Culture Happy Hour: Rating The Ratings And Whither The Weather Movie

Friday, August 15, 2014

When Stephen and I talked about Boyhood, one of our side conversations was about our bafflement that it was rated R, and this week, joined by Code Switch's Kat Chow, we dig a little deeper into that question. Are ratings really information for parents, or are they still ...


Lauren Bacall And The 'Sex? What Sex?' Kind Of Movie Sex

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

It's almost unreal how impeccable Lauren Bacall was in her first couple of scenes in her screen debut, To Have and Have Not. Not just beautiful; impeccable. She is slouched in a doorway, asking for a match, held at a distance from the camera. Humphrey Bogart throws her a pack ...


Remembering The Big-Hearted Comedy Of Robin Williams

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Stephen Thompson and I took a few minutes today to talk about the comedic work of Robin Williams, who passed away Monday (preliminary reports suggest suicide, though the investigation is ongoing) and whose TV comedies, standup specials and movie roles we have watched and loved for many years.

Williams went ...


Robin Williams, A Stand-up Act — On Stage, On Set And In Life

Monday, August 11, 2014

For NPR's film and TV critic Linda Holmes, a long-time love of Robin Williams began with his stand-up show A Night at the Met. Despite lauded dramatic turns, Williams always displayed humor and charm.


What Can You Say? Folks Love Turtles

Monday, August 11, 2014

There's a run on turtle puns and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle references this morning as we settle into a reality where a new adaptation of the old franchise took in $65 million in domestic box office this weekend. Although it's nowhere near Guardians Of The Galaxy's opening a week ago ...


Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' And So Bad It's Good

Friday, August 08, 2014

We're settling back into our regular schedule post-lots of travel and post-Comic-Con, and we find ourselves in the studio this week with Chris Klimek to talk about the runaway success of Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy. We talk about the movie's shaggy charms, its savvy development, and why it gives ...


When All Your Steaks Have Hot Sauce: A Case Against 'Nebraska' In Color

Thursday, August 07, 2014

The latest indignity seemingly imposed by commerce upon art is the news that the cable movie channel Epix would air, in addition to the original black-and-white version, a color version of Alexander Payne's Nebraska, which was nominated for Best Picture earlier this year and stars Bruce Dern and ...


Brand Extension Theater Presents: 'Top Chef Duels'

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Have you ever heard a cheerleading squad do one of those call-and-response bits where they say, "Seniors yell it!", and then the seniors yell, "Fight! Fight", and then they say, "Juniors yell it!", and so forth? Top Chef brand extensions are kind of like that: All-Stars yell it! Dessert chefs ...