Linda Holmes

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'The Good Dinosaur,' Pixar And Second Thoughts

Friday, December 04, 2015

The bad news about the latest from Pixar, The Good Dinosaur, is that it has some story issues that we get into on this week's show (with our friend Kat Chow), which place it lower than we'd have liked on the Grand Scale Of All Things Pixar. The good news, ...


'A Charlie Brown Christmas' At 50

Monday, November 30, 2015

Tonight (Monday), ABC will air a special at 8 p.m. ET called It's Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown, to mark the half-century since A Charlie Brown Christmas first aired in 1965. Then at 9, it will air the special itself.

There's so much about A Charlie Brown Christmas that you'd ...


Pop Culture Happy Hour: A Conversation With Trevor Noah

Friday, November 27, 2015

It's Thanksgiving week, and Team PCHH is enjoying some downtime, which makes it a perfect moment to bring you a special show. On Oct. 31 — a few hours before our live show with Fred Armisen — I sat down for a chat here in Washington with Trevor Noah, who ...


Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Master Of None' And 'Challenger Deep'

Friday, November 20, 2015

This week's show got a fresh news peg when Challenger Deep, the Neal Shusterman YA novel we discuss in our second segment, won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. Our own Glen Weldon had covered the shortlist a couple weeks ago with frequent fourth chair Barrie Hardymon, so ...


'Misery,' 'Misery' And 'Misery,' From Page To Screen To Stage

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

[This piece describes plot elements of Misery stretching back to the novel that was published in 1987. Hopefully, you've read it by now, or maybe seen the movie, which is also quite good and is 25 years old. The age of both will hopefully earn a bit of indulgence when ...


Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' And Things We Meant To Do

Friday, November 06, 2015

Owing to the oddities of taping schedules, this week's show was recorded just before the opening of the World Series, so it's only fitting that we're joined by our former producer, music director, and favorite Kansas City Royals fan, Mike Katzif. As of the taping, Mike was on pins and ...


Pop Culture Happy Hour: Back In Time To 'Empire' And Radio Voices

Friday, October 30, 2015

We've got a big live show this weekend and lots of other stuff brewing, so this week, we're replaying one of our favorite shows of the last year: the show we did with Gene Demby and Tanya Ballard Brown about the Fox show Empire and a discussion of public radio ...


When Everything's Gory, What's Scary?

Friday, October 23, 2015

As Halloween approaches, Pop Culture Happy Hour visits All Things Considered for a talk with hosts Ari Shapiro and Audie Cornish about scary things.


Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Bridge Of Spies' And Lots More Tom Hanks

Friday, October 23, 2015

We're always pleased as punch when Audie Cornish of All Things Considered joins us in historic Studio 44, and this week, she's here for our talk about Bridge Of Spies, the high-class Steven Spielberg drama starring Tom Hanks as an American lawyer who negotiates a complicated Cold-War-era swap of a ...


Trailers, Tickets, Twitter: 'Star Wars' Fans Can't Get Enough

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

We often think of marketing as being about either awareness or persuasion. It seems impossible that Star Wars: The Force Awakens (which opens December 18) needs either one, given its astronomically high profile and the fact that curiosity alone will drive plenty of ticket sales, even for those who will ...


Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Steve Jobs' And More About Moguls

Friday, October 16, 2015

This week, we tackle Steve Jobs, the solid new film about the Apple co-founder, directed by Danny Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin (who also tackled Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network). Together with Gene Demby of NPR's Code Switch, we talk about the dialogue, the interesting structure, the alternatively ...


Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'The Martian' And How-To Stories

Friday, October 09, 2015

We've talked about the novel The Martian on the show a couple of times before, so we rushed out this week to see the new movie (or in my case, to see the movie one more time after Toronto). We talk with our Space Movie And Ronda Rousey And Road ...


'Casual' Takes A Hard Look At A Busted Family

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

If we're agreed that there's too much good television, then Hulu increasing its presence in scripted originals might seem like just another drop in an already overflowing bucket. But with its new comedy-drama/dramatic-comedy Casual, the first two episodes of which are now available with a Hulu subscription, it makes ...


Culture Talks To Culture In 'Slaughterhouse 90210'

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

The title of Maris Kreizman's Slaughterhouse 90210 is, on the one hand, catchy and funny, and it certainly communicates the book's basic conceit: pictures from the world of pop culture paired with quotes from the world of great literature. Based on Kreizman's Tumblr of the same name, the ...


Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Ms. Marvel' And Regrettable Television

Friday, October 02, 2015

This week, we had the pleasure of welcoming Petra Mayer of NPR Books to our fourth chair for a chat about the comic Ms. Marvel. We must admit, we were more in agreement than we often are, so if you like arguing, you won't find all that much: we really ...


Pop Culture Happy Hour: The Toronto International Film Festival And Our Fall TV Pool

Friday, September 25, 2015

On this week's show, two of us (Bob Mondello and I) are freshly back from the Toronto International Film Festival, so we have news on some of what we saw and what you can expect to see in the near weeks and the less near months to come. Is The ...


'The Muppets' Get Good Help From The Live Humans

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

What's most striking about the first two episodes of ABC's new The Muppets, premiering Tuesday night, is that the live celebrities seem to have a better idea of what a Muppet-centered show should feel like than the Muppet characters do.

Framed as a mock documentary following the behind-the-scenes happenings at ...


There's A Story There: Why The Emmys Rocked Even As HBO Rolled

Monday, September 21, 2015

The hard numbers on Sunday night's Primetime Emmy Awards told a story that could look a little dull to the glancing eye.

HBO, representing the old guard of premium television at a time when more players are getting attention than ever, won 14 of the night's trophies, leaving the closest ...


The Ups And Downs Of The Toronto International Film Festival

Thursday, September 17, 2015

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with NPR's film critic Bob Mondello and pop culture blogger Linda Holmes about the films they loved — and didn't — at Toronto International Film Festival.


Matt Damon On Mars: A Toronto Diary, Part 1

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Coming to Toronto for the film festival is like anything else you do that has complex logistics: You get better at it with practice. This is my fourth time, and now I know where things are, how to schedule myself and how not to panic over everything I'm missing. Here's ...