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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11:01pm

Fri April 13, 2012
Monkey See

The Fourth Stooge: Memories Of 'Uncle Shemp'

Originally published on Mon April 16, 2012 9:02 am

This weekend, the Farrelly Brothers' version of The Three Stooges arrives in theaters. You'll see plenty of Larry, Moe and Curly. But who won't you see? Shemp. Or, as NPR's Sue Goodwin calls him, "Uncle Shemp."

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3:57pm

Sun April 8, 2012
Monkey See

Lena Dunham's 'Girls': Still Sex, Still The City, Different Show

Originally published on Mon April 9, 2012 7:15 am

Lena Dunham stars in HBO's new series, Girls, premiering April 15.
Jojo Whilden HBO

Lena Dunham's new series Girls debuts on HBO on April 15. Dunham, who got quite a bit of attention for being the star, director and writer of the 2010 indie film Tiny Furniture, fills the same three roles in this ensemble show about four young women in New York.

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2:45pm

Thu April 5, 2012
Monkey See

Kerry Washington On Bringing Washington 'Scandal' To TV

Originally published on Thu April 5, 2012 4:58 pm

Kerry Washington plays Olivia Pope on ABC's new drama, Scandal.
Danny Feld ABC

Kerry Washington knows that her new drama, Scandal, will inevitably be compared to another drama about D.C.: The West Wing. Scandal tells Audie Cornish on today's All Things Considered that it even has Josh Malina, a West Wing cast member, for a little of what she calls "secret D.C. credibility."

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11:01pm

Thu March 22, 2012
Monkey See

'Mad Men' Returns On Sunday, To The Delight Of Its Excitable Fans

Jon Hamm plays Don Draper on Mad Men, which returns this Sunday night.
Frank Ockenfels AMC

On Friday's Morning Edition, Elizabeth Blair investigates one of television's pressing questions: Why has Mad Men been off the air so long? It's returning this Sunday night with a two-hour season premiere, but it's still puzzled some viewers that it has been off for such a long time.

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3:00pm

Thu March 22, 2012
Monkey See

Spiders And Fighting And Trees, Oh My: Filming 'The Hunger Games'

Originally published on Fri March 23, 2012 11:24 am

Jennifer Lawrence on the set of The Hunger Games.
Murray Close Lionsgate

There's a movie freshly out this weekend — perhaps you've heard of it.

The Hunger Games?

On Friday's Morning Edition, director Gary Ross and star Jennifer Lawrence talk to NPR's David Greene about the film.

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11:09am

Wed March 21, 2012
Monkey See

Tebow, Tailgating, And Team Loyalty: Why The NFL Needs Nice Guys More Than Ever

Originally published on Wed March 21, 2012 12:08 pm

Tim Tebow of the Denver Broncos kneels and prays with teammates and members of the New England Patriots after the Patriots won 45-10 during their AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 14, 2012.
Al Bello Getty Images

[UPDATE: It's now being reported that the New York Jets have acquired Tim Tebow. More chatter about that will undoubtedly follow.]

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7:24am

Tue March 20, 2012
Monkey See

Cheaper Clothes And Shorter Stories: On Soaps, Strange 'Days' Indeed

Peter Reckell as Bo Brady and Kristian Alfonso as Hope Williams Brady: still at it after all these years.
Mitchell Haaseth NBC Universal

It's not easy being one of the last soaps standing, as Neda Ulaby reports on today's Morning Edition. For fans, the shuttering of iconic shows like All My Children and Guiding Light has upended routines that, for some, date back to childhood. When I was in high school, my soap of choice was Days Of Our Lives, which Neda says has changed a lot since that era — well, it's changed and it hasn't.

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1:00pm

Fri March 2, 2012
Monkey See

Kristin Chenoweth On God, Comedy, And Dolly Parton

Originally published on Sat March 3, 2012 2:00 pm

Kristen Chenoweth stars in the new ABC series GCB.
Karen Neal ABC

Kristin Chenoweth talks to Jacki Lyden on today's Weekends on All Things Considered, and if the only thing you got from the interview was Chenoweth warbling a bit of the first solo she ever did in church, it would be well worth it.

The Emmy-winning actress stars on ABC's new GCB, a sort of Desperate-Housewives-ish dishy, soapy comedy-drama premiering Sunday night at 10. She's come quite a long way since, as she explains, her father negotiated her first contract.

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11:42pm

Sun February 26, 2012
Monkey See

'Artist' Comes Out On Top As Oscars Regroup, Reminisce

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:00 am

Jean Dujardin accepts the Oscar for best actor in a leading role for The Artist during the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday.
Mark J. Terrill AP

It's perhaps fitting that during a year when Hollywood made even more films than usual about the love of film itself, the two big winners at the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday night were the movies most overtly about cinephilia: The Artist, a silent black-and-white film about silent black-and-white films, and Hugo, the story of a boy who meets a reclusive filmmaker and helps him rediscover his love of his art.

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9:01am

Tue January 24, 2012
Monkey See

The Oscars: 'Hugo' Leads, But Expect An 'Extremely Loud' Outcry

Originally published on Tue January 24, 2012 11:12 am

Thomas Horn stars as a grieving boy in Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close — dismissed by many critics but nominated for Best Picture.
David Lee Warner Bros. Pictures

In the end, there were nine nominees for Best Picture announced on Tuesday morning, and eight of them were entirely predictable: The Artist, The Descendants, The Help, Hugo, Midnight In Paris, War Horse, The Tree Of Life, and Moneyball.

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3:00pm

Mon January 23, 2012
Monkey See

'I'd Rather Be A Mystery': John Hawkes On Keeping His Hat Pulled Down

Originally published on Mon January 23, 2012 5:25 pm

John Hawkes and Elizabeth Olsen in 2011's Martha Marcy May Marlene.
Fox Searchlight

John Hawkes' conversation with Melissa Block on today's All Things Considered begins as many of his conversations might: with her noting that when she told people she was coming to talk to him and rattled off his credits, she got a response that he undoubtedly gets a lot: "Ohhh, he's that guy."

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11:01pm

Thu December 29, 2011
Monkey See

A Complex 'Separation' In Iran

Leila Hatami as Simin in Asghar Farhadi's A Separation.
Habib Madjidi Sony Pictures Classics

The Iranian drama A Separation has popped up on more than a few critics' lists of the best films of 2011, despite little exposure in the U.S. thus far. It will open in limited release December 30, and as Howie Movshovitz of Colorado Public Radio reports on Friday's Morning Edition, it serves as both a family drama and a piece of social observation about life in Iran.

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3:00pm

Fri December 23, 2011
Monkey See

For 'Downton' Fans, A New Season And A New Book

Originally published on Thu December 29, 2011 7:08 am

Brendan Coyle is John Bates and Joanne Froggatt is Anna Smith in Downton Abbey, which returns January 8 to PBS.
Nick Briggs PBS/Masterpiece

It's almost here. And by "it," we mean the new season of Downton Abbey, the UK-produced drama about the Crawley family and their servants that PBS imported for Masterpiece Classic with great success. Series two has already run in the UK, but if you've been good and patient and resisted the urge to obtain it by illicit means, your wait is nearly over: the new season begins on PBS on January 8th.

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11:34am

Thu December 22, 2011
Monkey See

Holiday Greetings From The World Of Politics: Dogs, Churches, And Plaid Shirts

Mitt Romney's holiday card for 2011 shows his entire large family.

12:55pm

Wed December 21, 2011
Monkey See

Callin' Oates: The Hotline You Don't Need (But Might Call Anyway)

Originally published on Thu December 29, 2011 5:08 pm

John Oates (left) and Daryl Hall (right) of pop duo Hall & Oates, seen here in 1987. These days, they're available on your phone.
Dave Hogan Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Is it pure whimsy that makes something like "Callin' Oates" appealing?

If you pick up your phone and call 719-26-OATES — at least as of this writing — you'll get a computerized woman's voice telling you what numbers to press to hear one of four Hall & Oates songs.

The question, of course, is ... why?

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