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.

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2:45pm

Fri January 18, 2013
Monkey See

I've Heard That Somewhere: 'Glee' Covers 'Baby Got Back,' And It Sounds ... Familiar

The cast of Glee, which is in its fourth season on Fox.
Kwaku Alston Fox

11:44am

Thu January 17, 2013
Monkey See

Chicken With Gatorade: The Oddball Pleasures Of 'Chopped'

Ted Allen addresses the chefs competing on the Chopped Holiday Special.
David Lang Food Network

There's no shortage of food shows on television, from serene instructional content to tourist eye candy to kooky competitions where chefs cook in the desert. There's also The Great Food Truck Race, which is mostly about the finer points of where you should park a food truck.

But while my favorite was once Bravo's Top Chef, with its clearly skilled chefs and terrific judging panels, my new favorite is the Food Network competition Chopped.

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2:48pm

Wed January 16, 2013
Monkey See

Fans Gather To Remember Huell Howser

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 3:26 pm

Seen here in 2005, Huell Howser was remembered by hundreds of fans on Tuesday.
AP

On today's Morning Edition, Shereen Marisol Meraji had a great piece about the memorial of Southern California public-television staple Huell Howser, who died of cancer earlier this month.

On Tuesday, hundreds of people turned out to remember him. As Meraji says, for these fans, Howser was "a man who took them to places they never knew they wanted to go and introduced them to people they never knew they wanted to meet."

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11:20am

Wed January 16, 2013
Monkey See

What Music Makes A Distilled Good Mood?

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 12:19 pm

iStockphoto.com

On October 24, 2011, I had a bad day.

I honestly forget why. It was a Monday; that should be enough.

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12:13pm

Tue January 15, 2013
Monkey See

Lance Armstrong And The Cheapening Of Indignation

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 1:22 pm

Cyclist Lance Armstrong addresses participants at a Livestrong event in October.
Tom Pennington Getty Images

7:29am

Sun January 13, 2013
Monkey See

Watch The Golden Globes With Us, Where The Drinks Are Optional

Originally published on Sun January 13, 2013 6:24 pm

Seen here in January 2012, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are the hosts of Sunday night's Golden Globes.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

The Golden Globes have a well-deserved reputation for being both goofy and pretty much meaningless. They've made it into the news the last few years largely by convincing people that Ricky Gervais' Hugh Hefner jokes were dangerous and daring. (They weren't.)

This year, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has actually done something very promising by lining up Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to host together. Now that — that -- seems like it might be good.

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11:49am

Fri January 11, 2013
Monkey See

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Downton Abbey' And The Right Of Redemption

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It's taken over 100 episodes, but we're finally digging deeply into Downton Abbey this week, and because Stephen isn't big into the genre of ladies in hats, we called in someone who is: our friend and yours, Barrie Hardymon. (Yes, you Barrie people can jump around with excitement now. We'll only cry a little with jealousy.) We'll talk about the first episode of the new season, what does and doesn't work about the show overall, and Maggie Smith (and yes, this causes Glen to break out his Maggie Smith impression, and what's better than that?).

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12:11pm

Thu January 10, 2013
Movies

Oscar Nominees Announced: 'Lincoln' Leads With 12

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 3:04 pm

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And this morning here in Los Angeles the nominations for the 85th Academy Awards were announced. The movie with the most nominations: Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," with 12 nods.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "LINCOLN")

DANIEL DAY-LEWIS: (as Lincoln) Euclid's first common notion is this: Things which are equal to the same thing are equal to each other. That's a rule of mathematical reasoning. It's true because it works.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "LIFE OF PI")

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10:56am

Thu January 10, 2013
Monkey See

Oscar Nominations: 'Lincoln' Leads The Pack, But Where Is Kathryn Bigelow?

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 3:14 pm

Daniel Day-Lewis stars as President Abraham Lincoln in director Steven Spielberg's drama Lincoln.
Twentieth Century Fox

It turns out that if you ask the Academy at large who are the best directors, you get a very different answer from the one you get if you ask the Directors Guild of America (DGA). The DGA nominations a couple of days ago went to Ben Affleck for Argo, Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty, Tom Hooper for Les Miserables, Ang Lee for Life Of Pi, and Steven Spielberg for Lincoln.

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11:08am

Mon January 7, 2013
Monkey See

Why 'Amour' Is Sad, But Not Depressing

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 3:29 pm

Emmanuelle Riva in Michael Haneke's Amour.
Sony Pictures Classics

The first voices I heard about Michael Haneke's Amour were essentially in complete agreement: beautiful, brilliant, almost unbearably depressing. Having seen it, I'm not sure I agree with that last part.

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