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Linda Holmes

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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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Toronto, Day 6: Jennifer Aniston, Jon Stewart And Earnestness

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Cake: Jennifer Aniston plays Claire, a woman we first meet as she's shocking her chronic pain support group with her barbed reactions to the recent suicide of a group member named Nina. Claire's face and body are crisscrossed with scars, and she moves uncomfortably at every moment — which is ...

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Toronto, Day 5: A Different Steve Carell And The Sad Tale Of Alan Turing

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Steve Carell is not unrecognizable in Foxcatcher, from director Bennett Miller (who also made Moneyball and Capote) but it's instantly clear that his transformation is meant to be substantial. Carell plays the very rich and very strange (and very real) John du Pont, who in 1996 killed Dave Schultz (played ...

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Oscar Buzz Builds At Toronto Film Fest

Monday, September 08, 2014

The Toronto International Film Festival, the largest film festival in North America, is in full swing. Movie critic Bob Mondello and Monkey See blogger Linda Holmes talk about some of the highlights so far.

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Toronto, Day 4: Pop Stars, Chess Prodigies And Battling Science

Monday, September 08, 2014

Beyond the Lights: Gina Prince-Bythewood wrote and directed the terrific 2000 romance Love & Basketball, and here, she looks at the intersection of love and celebrity. Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is a rapidly rising pop star whose hard-driving mother (Minnie Driver) has been pushing her hard all her life. Career-wise, she's ...

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Toronto, Day 3: Reitman, Costner, Kendrick, Race, Gender And Euthanasia

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Men, Women & Children: If you can't get enough alarmist local news segments about how all the kids are sexting and everyone is giving up their families for free online pornography that's infected with malware, you'll love Jason Reitman's Men, Women & Children, a cautionary tale about fighting the real ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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."

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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.

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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 ...

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