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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6:30pm

Tue June 16, 2015
Books

The Heat Is On With These Summer Romance Novels

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 5:16 pm

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10:00am

Mon May 11, 2015
Monkey See

The End Of 'American Idol'

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 2:23 pm

Ryan Seacrest (from left), Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban
Matthias Vriens-McGrath Fox

[Note: Listen to the audio above to hear a conversation I had with Pop Culture Happy Hour team member Stephen Thompson about the end of the show.]

Ahead of its fall programming presentation to advertisers in the afternoon, Fox announced Monday that the 15th season of American Idol, which will begin in January 2016, will be the last.

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10:31am

Mon March 30, 2015
Monkey See

5 Thoughts On Trevor Noah Taking Over 'The Daily Show'

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 12:03 pm

Seen here in 2012, Trevor Noah was announced Monday as the new host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central.
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6:21pm

Fri March 27, 2015
Movies

'The Breakfast Club' At 30: '80s Classic Still Relatable Today

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 8:07 pm

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(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "THE BREAKFAST CLUB")

ANTHONY MICHAEL HALL: (As Brian Johnson) You see us as a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal.

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12:58pm

Tue March 24, 2015
Monkey See

Here Comes 'The X-Files,' Back For More Mulder, More Scully, And More

Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny will reprise their roles as Dana Scully and Fox Mulder in The X-Files limited series.
Fox Broadcasting Getty Images

Everything old really is new again. Even aliens.

Fox announced today that The X-Files, which ran on television from 1993 until 2002 and was accompanied by feature films in 1998 and 2008, will be back as a six-episode "event series," with production beginning this summer. Creator and Executive Producer Chris Carter will be in charge once again, and yes, Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) will be, too.

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12:53am

Mon February 23, 2015
Monkey See

'Birdman' Wins Big On A Soggy Night At The Oscars

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 9:53 am

Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu accepts the Academy Award for best picture for Birdman.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

The rain that fell on Hollywood as the hours of red-carpet coverage wore on may have provided one of the evening's best visuals: actual people running around wearing plastic bags as they guided famous people out of limos, under umbrellas and to the waiting microphones of interviewers who wanted to know who made the dress, the shoes, the jewelry. It was literally the packing up and encasing of humanity to keep reality out: What could be more Oscars than that?

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11:01am

Sun February 22, 2015
Monkey See

Watch The Oscars With Us

Preparations continue for the 87th Annual Academy Awards at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, CA.
Gabriel Olsen Getty Images

The nominees are in, the arguments have been had, and the ceremony is all that's left of Oscar season. (Well, and the griping over what should have won.)

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8:53pm

Tue February 10, 2015
Monkey See

After 16 Years, Jon Stewart Is Leaving 'The Daily Show'

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 9:58 am

Comedy Central announced today that Jon Stewart will be leaving The Daily Show later this year.
Comedy Central

A presidential election cycle looms, but one of the men most associated with covering presidential politics since the first election of George W. Bush won't be sitting in his usual spot: Comedy Central confirmed on Tuesday that Jon Stewart is stepping down later this year from his post at The Daily Show.

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3:07pm

Mon February 2, 2015
Monkey See

The Super Bowl, Shark Attacks And Monday Morning Quarterbacks

Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 3:37 pm

Katy Perry dances with a couple of sharks during the Super Bowl halftime show.
Christopher Polk Getty Images Sport

As longtime PCHH listeners know, Stephen Thompson hosts a Super Bowl party every year that keeps him hopping and keeps us from discussing the game in real time as we otherwise would. Therefore, we sat down Monday morning to catch up about the game, including the phenomenon of concluding you've witnessed an inexplicable play call from someone who knows much, much more about football than you do. We also talk about the Katy Perry halftime show, the surprisingly sentimental ads and lots more.

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10:08am

Mon February 2, 2015
Monkey See

Watch The Super Bowl Or We'll Kick This Dog: The Saddest Ads Ever

Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 11:12 am

A stranded puppy sits in the rain. Don't worry, though: He's saved by horses.
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9:38am

Thu January 15, 2015
Monkey See

At The Oscar Nominations, It's A Good Year To Be An Idiosyncratic Man

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 1:26 pm

In Birdman, Michael Keaton (a real-life former Batman) plays a former movie superhero who's trying to get a grasp on his career.
Atsushi Nishijima/ Fox Searchlight

[At the top of this post, you'll find a discussion I had with Stephen Thompson, my Pop Culture Happy Hour co-panelist, about the Oscar nominations. Tomorrow's full PCHH episode more fully covers the film Selma.]

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5:38pm

Thu December 18, 2014
Monkey See

Sarah Koenig On Serial: 'I Think Something Went Wrong With This Case'

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 6:32 pm

Adnan Syed
Courtesy of Serial

It's hard to believe that not only was there no Serial six months ago, there was no Serial three months ago. The hugely popular podcast, a spinoff production of This American Life, didn't even premiere until early October, but since then, it has made its way with great speed into worlds from Sesame Street to Funny Or Die.

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12:28pm

Wed October 15, 2014
Monkey See

HBO Without Cable, Coming In 2015

Lena Dunham and Allison Williams star in Girls, one of several popular HBO shows that stand-alone streaming could include.
Mark Schafer HBO

HBO has built a robust and popular online presence over the past couple of years with its app, HBO GO. But to get it — as is the case with many streaming services that offer television over the Internet — you've needed a cable subscription. In other words, HBO GO was an add-on for people who already had HBO, not an alternative way of getting shows for people who didn't.

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4:16pm

Mon September 8, 2014
Movies

Oscar Buzz Builds At Toronto Film Fest

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 6:40 pm

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8:12am

Sat April 19, 2014
Movie Reviews

'Say Anything,' Still Full Of Guileless Affection

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 11:44 am

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Twenty-five years ago, Lloyd Dobler raised a boombox over his head and changed the world of movie boyfriends forever.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "IN YOUR EYES")

PETER GABRIEL: (Singing) All my instincts, they return...

GOODWYN: Linda Holmes, of our pop culture blog "Monkey See," was a teenager when she first saw the film "Say Anything..." She says all these years later, she has a new appreciation of it.

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