Linda Holmes

Linda Holmes writes and edits NPR's entertainment and pop-culture blog, Monkey See. She has several elaborate theories involving pop culture and monkeys, all of which are available on request.

Holmes began her professional life as an attorney. In time, however, her affection for writing, popular culture and the online universe eclipsed her legal ambitions. She shoved her law degree in the back of the closet, gave its living-room space to DVD sets of The Wire and never looked back.

Holmes was a writer and editor at Television Without Pity, where she recapped several hundred hours of programming — including both High School Musical movies, for which she did not receive hazard pay. Since 2003, she has been a contributor to MSNBC.com, where she has written about books, movies, television and pop-culture miscellany.

Holmes' work has also appeared on Vulture (New York magazine's entertainment blog), in TV Guide and in many, many legal documents.

Pages

8:57am

Mon June 16, 2014
Monkey See

The Spoiler-Free 'Game Of Thrones' Twitter Translator

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 10:55 am

Emilia Clarke as this beautiful blonde lady who may or may not one day be murdered on HBO's Game of Thrones. If she is, Twitter will tell you.
Helen Sloan HBO

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 innard-splattering. I watched more than half of the first season, I think, but I eventually reached a point in which my brain emphatically said, "This is not going to get better for us."

Read more

8:48am

Fri June 13, 2014
Monkey See

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

NPR
  • Listen to Pop Culture Happy Hour

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

Read more

7:54am

Fri June 13, 2014
Monkey See

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

Good to see you, Miss: Phryne Fisher will return for a third series of her Australian detective show.
Ben King Acorn

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.

Read more

9:34am

Mon June 9, 2014
Monkey See

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

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 3:43 pm

Hugh Jackman gave it all he had at Sunday night's Tony Awards.
Heather Wines CBS

9:40am

Thu June 5, 2014
Monkey See

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

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 10:14 am

iStockphoto

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 also functioned as an impressive, invigorating show of force for one of the most important nascent cultural interest groups we have: the Book Girls.

Read more

8:31am

Fri May 23, 2014
Monkey See

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

NPR
  • Listen to Pop Culture Happy Hour

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.

Read more

2:14pm

Wed May 21, 2014
Monkey See

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

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 2:52 pm

Henry Cavill played Superman in Man Of Steel and will return to go to court with Batman (we hope) next year.
Clay Enos Warner Bros. Pictures

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 Morning Of Reckoning, the Afternoon Of Relief, the Dusk Of Regret, the Evening Of Resignation, and the Hot Muggy Midnight Of History Repeating Itself, all leading up to Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice: The Next Day.

Read more

12:02pm

Tue May 20, 2014
Monkey See

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

This is Matt. He looks slightly more like Prince Harry than you do.
Chris Raphael Fox

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.

Read more

9:00am

Fri May 16, 2014
Monkey See

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

A drawing of a snoozing Sleeping Beauty.
iStockphoto.com
  • Listen to Pop Culture Happy Hour

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 our kids to get them to abandon us," Glen says. "We're giving them the psychic armor, the psychic tools, to say goodbye." We talk about old fairy tales, Disney-fied versions, and Glen's recognition that Germany hasn't had an easy time of it with their own versions.

Read more

10:19am

Wed May 14, 2014
Monkey See

An Interview With The Alleged Purse Of Solange Knowles

Solange Knowles attends the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5.
Larry Busacca Getty Images

This is the third in a very occasional series of posts in which we interview inanimate objects during fever dreams.

Read more

Pages