Linda Holmes

Linda Holmes appears in the following:

'Sharknado 2': Winner And Still Chomp

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

I personally was responsible for emotionally bullying at least two of my critic friends into attending the poolside screening of Sharknado 2 that took place at the hotel where press tour happened a couple of weeks ago. I make this confession because we must establish the basic understanding that I ...


On Dipping An Introverted Toe In The Comic-Con Ocean

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The first time I took one of the online Myers-Briggs inventories and it spit out that I was an introvert, one of my friends questioned the results. Specifically, he said, "Are you sure you weren't holding the test upside-down?"

I wasn't, though. Crowds challenge me, as do bustling ...


Sex And The Single Churl: Another 'Bachelorette' Finale Gets Weird

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

After the fact that it's a blatant and ridiculous fraud (in that it almost never gets anybody married), the first thing you might notice about The Bachelor(ette) franchise is its prim, Victorian attitudes about sex. For a show that encourages 14-person dates and the temporary negotiation of a lifestyle that ...


'Audience Measurement': How Networks And Critics Are Wrestling With Numbers

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

If the Television Critics Association press tour of 2014, wrapping up Tuesday and Wednesday with presentations from PBS, has had a catchphrase, it's "audience measurement."

Critics heard an extended presentation from Nielsen on the very first day of tour about the company's plans to begin measuring viewership on mobile devices ...


Television Critics Give Big Awards To 'Breaking Bad,' 'Orange Is The New Black'

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Television Critics Association is a funny animal. Its challenge, as well as its strength, is that it includes people with massively different jobs: longtime print critics (both nationally and locally oriented) who have been coming to the annual press tour for decades, reporters who cover the television industry, cultural ...


At This Summer's TV Press Tour, A Resounding Sense Of 'Meh'

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

There's a widespread belief that critics hate everything, revel in hating everything, and cannot be pleased. It's widespread and wrong, though.

That fact has never been clearer to me than at this year's summer press tour, where — while I certainly can't speak for everyone — it seems like there's ...


Thanks For The ... Spatula: The Promotional Stuff Of Press Tour

Friday, July 11, 2014

One of the stranger aspects of press tour is the stuff. Labeled with names of shows and networks, it comes in two basic forms.

The first is the desk stuff. That's the stuff that is either at your desk when you come to a panel or handed out while you're ...


Press Tour Day 1: Paper Airplanes, Daniel Radcliffe, And Christmas

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

For the next couple of weeks, I'm out in California covering the Television Critics Association press tour. Not familiar? Here's an introduction.

Day 1 of summer press tour began with hammering and ended with a giant Christmas tree.

Let's back up.

We started Tuesday with a presentation from ...


Ex-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Gets 10 Years In Corruption Case

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Updated at 11:20 a.m. ET

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for bribery, money laundering and other crimes.

He was convicted Feb. 12 of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks. The indictment included 21 counts.

As ...


What's Happening In Television: It's Press Tour Time Again

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

It's that time again.

For the next couple of weeks, I'll be writing from the Television Critics Association Press Tour, where a couple hundred critics convene in a giant hotel ballroom to question producers, writers, network executives, actors, and sometimes other folks about what's coming up on TV. It can ...


Pop Culture Happy Hour: Too Old For Youth Culture And Toys

Friday, July 04, 2014

Stephen Thompson and I are joined this week by our blog siblings Gene Demby and Kat Chow of NPR's Code Switch, which always puts us in an upbeat and playful mood. Fittingly, we take a couple of listener questions this week about youth and play.

First, is it ...


'A Machine That Generates Empathy': Roger Ebert Gets His Own Documentary

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Making a documentary about Roger Ebert is, in some ways, a little like opening a new restaurant to honor the memory of Julia Child. It's likely to feel like a venture but also a ritual; part work and part wake; thoughtful and raucous; grieving and grateful.

So, as it happens, ...


Lab Rats, One And All: That Unsettling Facebook Experiment

Monday, June 30, 2014

I've always been the shrugging type when it comes to lots of things that Facebook does that make people crazy. They change the layout, they mess with the feed — even making you noodle with your privacy settings has always seemed to me like the craven doing of business, and ...


'They Came Together' Is Less Than The Sum Of Its Parts

Friday, June 27, 2014

Writer-director David Wain is at the center of a loose comedy collective that's been working together (and cross-pollinating with other similar unofficial collectives) since The State, which was the name of both the original comedy troupe and the MTV sketch comedy show they held down from 1993 to 1995. The ...


Pop Culture Happy Hour: Wild Cards And More Regrettable Television

Friday, June 27, 2014

First, a huge thank-you to everyone who came to our live show this past week, and especially to our many special guests who helped us out on stage. We had a great time, and you'll be hearing the two shows we taped that night in a couple of weeks.

But ...


Building The 'Issue' Documentary: On Surveillance And South Africa

Monday, June 23, 2014

What used to be Silverdocs, the week-long documentary festival in downtown Silver Spring, Md., is now AFI DOCS, a four-day festival split between Silver Spring and a variety of D.C. venues. There's a fuller explanation of the festival's change and history in a piece Andrew Lapin recently wrote for ...


Pop Culture Happy Hour: Buddy Movies And First Impressions

Friday, June 20, 2014

This week, the recent opening of 22 Jump Street — among many others — gets us talking about the buddy film. Not just the buddy-cop movie, but the buddy-frat movie, the depressingly rare female-buddy movie, and whatever else they come up with to create what Glen calls "the background noise ...


The Work Of The Devil

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

[This piece about the first season of the TV show Fargo will discuss events that took place on the first season of the TV show Fargo.]

The biggest difference between the movie Fargo and the TV show Fargo (which ended its first season Tuesday night) is the devil. One of ...


The Spoiler-Free 'Game Of Thrones' Twitter Translator

Monday, June 16, 2014

Despite watching a great deal of television — highbrow, lowbrow, middlebrow — I don't watch Game of Thrones. I have never been a fantasy fan, I can't tolerate extensive world-building without nodding off, I don't gravitate toward stories about epic wars, and I'm not particularly drawn by either nudity or ...


Christopher Walken Tells Jon Stewart About Tap Dance Cops ... Again

Friday, June 13, 2014

On Thursday night, Christopher Walken told Jon Stewart that he's from Queens, and where he grew up, it's common for police officers to send their kids to tap school. You'll hear the story at the 5:40 mark.

This story sounded awfully familiar, despite how shocked and delighted Jon Stewart seemed. ...