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Linda Holmes

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Trainwreck' And 'Ant-Man'

Friday, July 24, 2015

This week brings two summer movies into our field of vision: an unconventional romantic comedy and a shrunken (in the good way) superhero adventure.

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Too Good To Be True: TV Reporter Was In On Magicians' Photobomb

Friday, July 24, 2015

It had all the elements of an Internet hit: Two magicians hijack a TV news update, performing in the background behind an oblivious reporter. The video quickly went viral in Britain — but then it emerged that the Sky News team was in on the joke.

Both Sky News and ...

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'I Really Like You': Amy Schumer Makes A Fine 'Trainwreck'

Friday, July 17, 2015

The comedy Trainwreck, written by Amy Schumer and directed by Judd Apatow, takes a few risks with the romantic comedy formula on which it ultimately relies. Plus: LeBron James!

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'BoJack Horseman' And People We're Pulling For

Friday, July 17, 2015

This week's show brings back into the studio — well, remotely anyway — our original producer and music director Mike Katzif, now ensconced in New York working for the lovely people at NPR's Ask Me Another. Mike joins us for a talk about the Netflix comedy BoJack Horseman, ...

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'Sex And Drugs' And Boredom In The Golden Age

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The new FX comedy Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll* stars Denis Leary as the decaying former singer of a briefly scorching New York band whose speedy self-immolation was brought about by debauchery and betrayal. The band was called The Heathens, because they were heathens. The singer is named ...

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Key And Peele' And Crowds Of Critters

Friday, July 10, 2015

This week's show features our great friend Gene Demby of NPR's Code Switch and opens with a discussion of Key & Peele, the Comedy Central sketch show that's just come back for its fifth season. We look at some of what's to come in the early part of season five, ...

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A Very Silly '7 Days In Hell'

Friday, July 10, 2015

Where new levels of quality go, new levels of parody are sure to follow. So it makes sense that a strong run of historical sports documentaries, particularly from ESPN's 30 For 30 series, would give rise to a spot-on mock-documentary like HBO's 7 Days In Hell, airing Saturday night.

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The Happiest Strippers In Film History Dance Through 'Magic Mike XXL'

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Pinpointing the most important conversation in Magic Mike XXL is, admittedly, a little like pinpointing the most important zoological computer model in Jurassic World, but let's do it anyway.

The most important conversation in Magic Mike XXL, a joyfully raucous follow-up to 2012's moodier, indie-er Magic Mike, takes place between ...

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'Zoo': Welcome, Crazypants Television Of Summer!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I want to own up to something right away: I was predisposed to laugh at CBS's summer action/drama/kookoopants series Zoo. I find the idea of a menace-driven show called Zoo inherently hilarious, in part because "zoo" is a word made up of exactly two sounds, both of which are naturally ...

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Pop Culture Happy Hour, Small Batch Edition: Audiobooks

Monday, June 29, 2015

During our recent time with charming Bostonian librarian Margaret Willison, we managed to sit her down for a chat about audiobooks. We discovered that while I am a frequent listener to a variety of kinds of books (as I wrote about recently), Margaret uses them in a very ...

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Judy Blume's New Book And Lifetime's 'UnREAL'

Friday, June 26, 2015

This week's show finds us cracking open Judy Blume's new adult novel In The Unlikely Event (it's an adult novel as in a-novel-for-adults, not an adult novel as in "too sexy for polite company). Joined by our friend and librarian-in-chief Margaret Willison, we talk about the structure of the book, ...

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The Weird — Weirder? — Thing About The Ferrell-Wiig Lifetime Movie

Friday, June 19, 2015

Back on April 1 of this year, The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig had secretly filmed a Lifetime movie called A Deadly Adoption. This was kind of confusing, because ... it was April 1, after all. Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig are ...

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Why The Key Character In 'Inside Out' Is The One Who Isn't There

Friday, June 19, 2015

Villains are staples of stories for kids. Making them bigger, meaner, madder, more impossible to defeat — that's how you build the ideas of fear and then, inevitably, of courage. A small person faces a giant, or a witch, or a wolf, or Jafar, or Cruella De Vil, or the ...

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Inside Out' And Moms And Dads In Love

Friday, June 19, 2015

I'm just going to tell you right off the bat, you guys: we really liked Inside Out. This does not exactly make us outliers in the critical landscape, but we sit down this week with the great Kat Chow of NPR's Code Switch team to talk about the film. It's ...

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The Heat Is On With These Summer Romance Novels

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

NPR Books is focusing on romance novels this summer. And our recommendations are not so-called "bodice rippers" or historical romances — they're contemporary.

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'Modern Romance' And The Emerging Audiobook

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Audiobooks have traditionally been tricky to get right and even harder to make special. Very often, they're literally just books read aloud, to the best of the ability of a single, usually highly skilled reader. In fiction, you get readers who are asked to provide voices for however many characters ...

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Pop Culture Happy Hour, Small Batch Edition: 'Jurassic World'

Monday, June 15, 2015

You may have heard that Jurassic World made more than $500 million worldwide in its opening weekend. That's $500 million, 5-0-0. Its nearly $209 million weekend in the U.S. alone makes it the highest-grossing U.S. opening weekend ever. That's ever, e-ver.

So how's the movie? It's fine. Does it justify ...

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How 'Silicon Valley' Tells Broad Truths From An Insular World

Friday, June 12, 2015

HBO's Silicon Valley ends its second season Sunday night with a finale I have seen and will warn you is so tense that I actually skipped forward a little bit at one point. That's how suspenseful I found it. And remember: it's a comedy.

Created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler ...

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Spy' And Other Director-Actor Pairings

Friday, June 12, 2015

This week, we're lucky enough to welcome our pal Audie Cornish back to the panel for a discussion of Spy, the latest comedy (after The Heat and Bridesmaids) to team Melissa McCarthy with director Paul Feig. (If you're nostalgic, you can listen to our affectionate review of The Heat

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WATCH: 11-Year-Old Sydney Lucas Destroys At The Tony Awards

Monday, June 08, 2015

Sydney Lucas didn't happen to win the Tony Award she was nominated for on Sunday night, but it took nothing away from the fact that she was the highlight of the entire broadcast. Lucas plays Small Alison in Fun Home, the musical adaptation of Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir about her ...

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