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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2:03pm

Fri September 7, 2012
Monkey See

TIFF '12: 'Children Of Sarajevo' Spotlights A Sister And Brother Hanging On

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 6:32 pm

Marija Pikic plays Rahima, who's trying to keep her brother safe in Children Of Sarajevo.
Toronto International Film Festival

Rarely will you see a film that spends as much time looking at the back of its lead's head as Children Of Sarajevo, which won a special award from the jury at Cannes earlier this year.

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12:03pm

Fri September 7, 2012
Monkey See

TIFF '12: 'On The Road' Presents The Young Writer And His Travels

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 6:32 pm

Sam Riley plays Sal in the new adaptation of Jack Kerouac's On The Road.
Toronto International Film Festival

It's perhaps a testament to my resistance to this material that I've never felt moved to read Jack Kerouac's On The Road, but I have to suspect it's better than this disappointing adaptation, or at least more interesting.

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9:03am

Fri September 7, 2012
Monkey See

TIFF '12: 'West Of Memphis' Finds New Spaces In Well-Covered Territory

Lorri Davis, the wife of Damien Echols, looks at a map of the neighborhood where the "West Memphis Three" were accused of killing three boys in 1993.
Toronto International Film Festival

The story of the Arkansas murder trials of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley — the men known as the "West Memphis Three" — has already been the topic of the three well-known documentaries in the Paradise Lost series made for HBO by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky. Those films, in fact, helped the case come to the attention of many of the people whose work ultimately resulted in the three defendants' release from prison in 2011.

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7:03am

Fri September 7, 2012
Monkey See

TIFF '12: 'Rust And Bone,' A Gorgeous Meditation On The Physical Body

Matthias Schoenaerts and Marion Cotillard star in Rust & Bone.
Toronto International Film Festival

[Monkey See will be at the Toronto International Film Festival through the middle of next week. We'll be bringing you our takes on films both large and small, from people both well-known and not.]

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10:54am

Fri August 31, 2012
Monkey See

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Dog Days And Classic Film Talk

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When you can't beat the slowness of late summer as an entertainment season, you can at least embrace it, and that's what we did this week. Dog days of summer winding down, you say? We say it's time to talk about pop culture dogs. Not dogs in the "lousy product" sense, but dogs in the sense of literal, actual dogs. Faithful, friendly, silly, whether the size of an ottoman or the size of a wallet.

Among the little treasures, Stephen is fond of this slightly obscure dog — at least these eight minutes of him.

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12:03pm

Wed August 29, 2012
Monkey See

Entirely Real Photos: Model Or Headless Disney Mascot?

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 12:49 pm

A model walks down the runway during the Maria Sofia Bahlner S/S 2013 Fashion Show from the Swedish School of Textiles during the Mercedes-Benz Stockholm Fashion Week.
Andreas Rentz Getty Images

This is a model walking during a Maria Sofia Bahlner fashion show from what I am told is the "Swedish School Of Textiles," during Mercedes-Benz Stockholm Fashion Week.

This is undoubtedly an example of avant-garde design, fashion as art, exploration of textile possibilities ... I have no doubt, it is artistically driven.

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12:12pm

Tue August 28, 2012
Monkey See

Nobody, Not Even Your Mom, Has Such Small Hands: 10 Other Products 'For Her'

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 4:04 am

iStockphoto.com

Okay, so Bic has been taking a lot of flack for selling this pen "for her." (As it says on its web site, it is "a ball pen essentially for women," although that seems to invite a caveat, such as, "although there may be certain men to whom it appeals and we don't judge.")

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5:12pm

Sat August 25, 2012
Monkey See

Alan Ball On Leaving 'True Blood' Behind

Originally published on Sun August 26, 2012 9:00 am

Writer Alan Ball arrives at the premiere of the fifth season of HBO's True Blood in May. Ball is leaving the series at the end of this season.
Frazer Harrison Getty Images

Nothing panics the fans of a show quite like the departure of the creator. That's just what's happening at True Blood, where creator Alan Ball is leaving after five seasons, but the show goes on. As he tells Laura Sullivan on weekends on All Things Considered, he feels some nostalgia, but he's ready.

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2:27pm

Fri August 24, 2012
Monkey See

'Project Runway' And The Designer Who Looked Even Worse Than His Clothes

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 5:04 pm

Designer Ven Budhu, seen here on a previous episode, got in big trouble on last night's Project Runway.
Lifetime

[Contains information about last night's episode.]

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12:17pm

Fri August 24, 2012
Monkey See

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Sidekicks, Holograms, And PCHH 101

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On this week's show, it's time to talk about the supporting characters who are getting their own stories — just like Judd Apatow is doing for Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann's characters in This Is 40. If you can't get behind Glen's spin-off idea from the world's most studly franchise, then I just don't know what to say to you, because frankly, it's brilliant.

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