Linda Holmes

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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. ...


Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Edge Of Tomorrow' And Noble Flops

Friday, June 13, 2014

If you're looking for a movie to see this weekend, may we recommend a movie you may not have seen last weekend?

After a brief breakdown of the Tony Awards (which underwhelmed us a bit — see what you think of the Music Man bit), the panel — ...


Good News, Glamour-Likers: More 'Miss Fisher' To Come

Friday, June 13, 2014

Let us begin this Friday with some unabashed joy: the Australian show Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, adored by many a fan of glamorous lady detectives, smoldering fellows, sexual freedom and fantastic outfits, will return for a third series, according to the show's Facebook page.

As star Essie Davis ...


Hugh Jackman Jumps; Tony Viewers Say, 'What?'

Monday, June 09, 2014

The Tony Awards are usually the best awards show of the year to watch, but they are also the worst to experience on social media, simply because so much of what you encounter is theater people who are exasperated with every single thing that happens. (It often feels like the ...

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Seeing Books Everywhere And Moments Of Grief

Friday, June 06, 2014

This week's show brings back our friend Petra Mayer of NPR Books. Like me, Petra is fresh off a trip to Book Expo America (a/k/a BEA, FYI), where we both heard about a whole lot of new books. We'll mention some of the titles (though in many cases we haven't ...


The Muscle-Flexing, Mind-Blowing Book Girls Will Inherit The Earth

Thursday, June 05, 2014

The first ever BookCon, planned as an extension of the mega trade show Book Expo America by the same people who do Comic-Con, took place last weekend. It was headlined by, among other things, a robust diversity debate that bloomed on social media around the hashtag #WeNeedDiverseBooks. But it ...


Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Godzilla' And Things That Got Better

Friday, May 23, 2014

First of all: LIVE SHOW TICKETS! (On sale June 2 — that's a week from this coming Monday — at noon Eastern.)

Just wanted to put that up there; we'll get back to it.

This week takes me, Stephen, Glen and our friend Matt Thompson to Godzilla, which ...


'Batman V Superman': A Legal Thriller (We Hope)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

We learned today that the upcoming sequel to Man Of Steel will be called Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice.

This is interesting for several reasons. First of all, "Dawn Of Justice" sounds like a dirty movie about sheriffs. Second of all, "Dawn Of Justice" sounds like it precedes the ...


Be Wary And Bury The Very Scary 'I Wanna Marry Harry'

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Gather round, children, and I will tell you of a dark time. A cruel time.

It was a time when reality dating shows were even worse than they are now.

Little remains of what was once a rich tapestry of such programming, if by "rich" you mean "smelly" and by ...


Entirely Real Photos: Queen Elizabeth Delightfully Takes In A Horse Show

Friday, May 16, 2014

The wonderful thing about this picture is that in it, Queen Elizabeth — who is at the Royal Windsor Horse Show — looks like any other grandma.

I remember watching her rattle by in her ... carriage? coach? ... and thinking about how unreal it was. Even without ...


Pop Culture Happy Hour: Fairy Tales And A Fall TV Quiz

Friday, May 16, 2014

We could not be happier to bring back our friend Barrie Hardymon, who's out in California but still made time to come and chat with us. In recognition that we are soon to see the live-action Maleficent coming from Disney, we chat about fairy tales. "These are stories we tell ...


An Interview With The Alleged Purse Of Solange Knowles

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

This is the third in a very occasional series of posts in which we interview inanimate objects during fever dreams. This particular interview is with the purse that the internet will gleefully tell you was allegedly used by Solange Knowles to allegedly smack Jay-Z, ...


A First Glimpse: Sometimes You're The Batmobile, Sometimes You're The Bat

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Today, Zack Snyder, the director of Batman vs. Superman, due in 2016, tweeted what he said was the first photo of the Batmobile. Beside it is ... Batman! Or, as Snyder put it, "#Batman." Because that's what we do now instead of using our words.

Now before you get all ...


The Comb, The Thrill And The Flop

Monday, May 12, 2014

Saturday at about 10:30 in the morning, as New York took a turn for the muggy in what turned out to be anticipation of rain, I climbed the steps to the Metropolitan Museum Of Art and rented one of the audio guide units that hang around your neck on an ...