Linda Holmes

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: For Young And Old Alike

Friday, March 15, 2013

While I'm on vacation, I'm stepping in quickly to drop this week's show, for which Stephen and I were lucky enough to be visited by two special guests in Glen and Trey's absence: our producer, Jess Gitner, and one of our mothers, Maggie Thompson. Because there were three generations of ...


Gone Fishin': Monkey See In Repose

Friday, March 08, 2013

What comes after awards season? After the Oscars, after the cold of winter begins to lift, after practically every midseason network show is yanked after fewer episodes than you have fingers? What then?

Well, what happens then is vacation, at least around here. I will be gone the week of ...


Joss Whedon's 'Much Ado About Nothing' Gets A Snazzy Teaser Trailer

Friday, March 08, 2013

Here's how I started my review of Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing, which I saw at the Toronto International Film Festival in September: "It's my position that there are films in the world the highest and greatest purpose of which is to be delightful."

Whedon's (yes) delightful ...


'American Idol' Makes A Play For A Little Variety

Friday, March 08, 2013

Last night, the 10 American Idol finalists were announced, and one thing is for sure: the five-year streak of pleasant-seeming, guitar-playing white dudes (in reverse order: Phillip Phillips, Scotty McCreery, Lee DeWyze, Kris Allen, and David Cook) is over.

Those who have lamented this streak — who often call it ...


Are Romantic Comedies Dead?

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

The March issue of The Atlantic features an essay from Christopher Orr called "Why Are Romantic Comedies So Bad?"* In it, Orr asserts that romantic comedies have been "lackluster for decades." Decades. He goes on to acknowledge that "classics of the genre," in which category he includes Annie ...


Pop Culture Happy Hour: Jingle Madness And Oscar Gold

Friday, March 01, 2013

If last week's Oscars-themed Pop Culture Happy Hour was unusually meaty and structured, this week's post-Oscars podcast is about as loose and goofy as we get, thanks to a lack of sleep, the awards season hangover, and the fact that panelist Stephen Thompson is elbow-deep (probably neck-deep by ...


Sundance 2013: Who Cares About Ashton Kutcher? Bring On Jesse And Celine!

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Sundance announced its premieres yesterday, and while many are very excited about the facial hair on Ashton Kutcher, others anxiously await the return of a movie couple almost 20 years into their relationship.


PBS Remixes 'Reading Rainbow,' Delights Map And Book Nerds Everywhere

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

PBS remixes another of its iconic shows, and this time, it's all about books.


Damian Lewis On The Conflicts And Complexities Of 'Homeland'

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Damian Lewis is a newly minted Emmy winner for his role as Nicholas Brody on Showtime's tense spy thriller Homeland.


A Dull Night At The Emmys, But A Big One For 'Homeland' And 'Modern Family'

Monday, September 24, 2012

A night of mostly expected winners and lackluster production made for a boring Emmys telecast.

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'American Idol' Picks New Judges And Makes A Surprising Grab For Relevance

Monday, September 17, 2012

American Idol announced its new judges, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban, and showed some new interest in actually connecting with existing music fans.


On Already Missing The Angry, Passionate Writing Of David Rakoff

Friday, August 10, 2012

Writer David Rakoff, who has died at the age of 47, left both writing and audio appearances on shows like This American Life that illustrate a worldview that was dark, but deeply human.

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Mariah Carey Is Joining 'American Idol' As A Judge

Monday, July 23, 2012

Mariah Carey has been announced as the newest American Idol judge, in the wake of the departures of Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez.

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Emmy Nominations Are Tomorrow, So Let's Overanalyze Our Favorites

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Tomorrow morning are the Emmy nominations, and we've already given them way too much thought.


Your New 'American Idol' Is (Surprise!) A Laid-Back Dude With An Acoustic Guitar

Thursday, May 24, 2012

American Idol crowned another guy last night who's an awful lot like the guys they've been crowning for the last four seasons.

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'Saturday Night Live' Shows Its Heart On Kristen Wiig's Last Night

Monday, May 21, 2012

On this weekend's Saturday Night Live, Kristen Wiig got an emotional send-off.


Aaron Sorkin's 'The Newsroom': The Ten Most Sorkin Things In The Trailer

Monday, April 02, 2012

HBO has released a trailer for the new drama series The Newsroom, Aaron Sorkin's behind-the-scenes show about cable news. Sorkin has an uneven history in television, having created two well-regarded shows, one a hit (The West Wing) and one not (Sports Night), as well as one that had a great ...

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Tebow, Tailgating, And Team Loyalty: Why The NFL Needs Nice Guys More Than Ever

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Tim Tebow and Peyton Manning have two things in common: they're guys who inspire a lot of personal loyalty from fans who have increasingly complicated relationships with NFL teams.


Kristin Chenoweth On God, Comedy And Dolly Parton

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Kristin Chenoweth talks to Jacki Lyden on today's Weekends on All Things Considered, and if the only thing you got from the interview was Chenoweth warbling a bit of the first solo she ever did in church, it would be well worth it.

The Emmy-winning actress stars on ABC's new ...


'Artist' Comes Out On Top As Oscars Regroup, Reminisce

Monday, February 27, 2012

It's perhaps fitting that during a year when Hollywood made even more films than usual about the love of film itself, the two big winners at the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday night were the movies most overtly about cinephilia: The Artist, a silent black-and-white film about silent black-and-white films, ...