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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8:57am

Fri April 11, 2014
Monkey See

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Fargo, A Farewell, And Pop Culture Breadcrumbs

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This week's show opens on a wistful note for us: our pal Trey Graham, a founding member of the PCHH family, has taken his leave from NPR, and thus from us. He checks in with a message about his plans, we all thank him for his profound effects on our personal and professional lives, and Glen points out what is, indeed, "the Trey-Graham-iest mic drop" that could ever be.

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5:50pm

Thu April 10, 2014
Monkey See

After The Horror Of War, What About Forgiveness?

Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman as Eric and Patti Lomax, the couple at the center of The Railway Man.
Jaap Buitendijk The Weinstein Company

Telling a story about forgiveness in the presence of love is easy. Telling a story about forgiveness in the absence of love is hard.

Forgiveness in the presence of love is done all the time — it's every story about relationships broken by mistakes, repaired by apologies and righted by the making of amends. It's every story that ends, "I'm so sorry, baby." The crack is plastered and sanded; it's a restoration.

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10:14am

Wed April 9, 2014
Monkey See

Silence And 'Godzilla'

Aaron Taylor-Johnson looks with dread at something. What is it? Well, the movie is called Godzilla, so that might be a hint.
Kimberley French Warner Brothers Pictures

1:17pm

Fri April 4, 2014
Monkey See

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Captain America' And The Pitiless March Of Time

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 2:11 pm

Chris Evans is Captain America. But who's Captain America?
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On this week's show, Matt Thompson sits in as we talk about Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Were we overwhelmed? Underwhelmed? Merely whelmed? How hard can I get myself thinking about the shots out the window of the Triskelion? (The answer to that last one is: entirely too hard, I know.) For more about the windows, the postcard views and more, don't miss my review from earlier this week.

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8:57am

Fri April 4, 2014
Monkey See

David Letterman's Meticulously Unchoreographed Exit

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 12:32 pm

David Letterman announced his retirement on Thursday night, but Twitter got to it first.
Jeffrey R. Staab CBS

5:00pm

Thu April 3, 2014
Monkey See

An Interview With A Hypothetical Super-Independent Athlete Baby

A very independent baby.
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It might have seemed like an unsurprising thing to do when Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy took three entire days off to tend to his newborn child, but if you listen to sports commentary, you know that it was not without controversy.

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11:03am

Tue April 1, 2014
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Captain America On The Potomac

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 11:33 am

Chris Evans as Captain America.
Zade Rosenthal Marvel

A genre film – one about superheroes, for instance – holds certain variables constant and allows others to change. The visual style can move, the dialogue style can move, and the force to be battled can move: what fans of Buffy The Vampire Slayer call the "Big Bad."

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9:18am

Tue April 1, 2014
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Oh, 'Mother': An Awful End To A Long Love Story

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 2:55 pm

Josh Radnor and Cristin Milioti, as Ted and the mother, deserved better on the series finale.
Ron P. Jaffe CBS

[WARNING: If you haven't seen the series finale of How I Met Your Mother, don't watch it. Just kidding! Sort of. This piece, at any rate, contains plot details from that finale.]

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9:50am

Mon March 31, 2014
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Essie Davis: On Playing A Sexually Liberated 'Superhero' Without Apology

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 10:11 am

Essie Davis has read about how Phryne is a "hussy." She doesn't mind.
Ben King Acorn.TV

In the first-ever episode of the Australian series Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, the central figure, Phryne Fisher, has to explain to her young, extremely Catholic new maid Dot what exactly is in the round, plastic case that Dot is holding in her hands. "Family planning," she says casually.

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7:55am

Sat March 29, 2014
Monkey See

Sex And The Greater 'Good Wife': Archie Panjabi On Keeping That Big Secret

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 4:15 pm

Archie Panjabi plays Kalinda Sharma on CBS's The Good Wife.
Jeffrey Neira CBS

Archie Panjabi is part of the cast of CBS's The Good Wife, which has spent much of this week hearing an earful about a major plot development on last Sunday's episode. (They discuss her feelings about the reaction, but do not specify what the development was.)

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