Linda Holmes

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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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The Overworked 'Bad Judge' Still Doesn't Work

Thursday, October 02, 2014

The bummer about Bad Judge, a comedy premiering Thursday night on NBC, is that Kate Walsh is funny. There's a particular moment when she decides to sing something she's just said, and just in that brief moment, she's legitimately funny.

But boy, she is stuck in a stinker here, a ...

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'A To Z': Not A Great Romantic Comedy Yet, But Give It A Letter Or Two

Thursday, October 02, 2014

We've been over this point before: particularly with comedy, it can be hard to tell from a pilot what the show is going to be like. But when you've seen a few, you can sometimes tell the difference between fundamentally misbegotten projects, like the ABC romantic comedy Manhattan Love Story, ...

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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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