Linda Holmes http://hppr.org en 'Say Anything,' Still Full Of Guileless Affection http://hppr.org/post/say-anything-still-full-guileless-affection Transcript <p>WADE GOODWYN, HOST: <p>You're listening to WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. Twenty-five years ago, Lloyd Dobler raised a boombox over his head and changed the world of movie boyfriends forever.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "IN YOUR EYES")<p>PETER GABRIEL: (Singing) All my instincts, they return.<p>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.<p>LINDA HOLMES, BYLINE: Lloyd Dobler is played by John Cusack. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:12:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 30686 at http://hppr.org 'Mad Men' Returns, Full Of Footnotes http://hppr.org/post/mad-men-returns-full-footnotes Imagine a scene in which a man is sitting on a park bench reading a book. A woman comes up and sits beside him. He looks up at her. She hands him a letter. "It's over," she says.<p>If you were to see this scene in a film, completely out of context, you might look for a variety of clues to figure out what's going on. Some are straightforward: How are the people behaving? What's her tone of voice? What do their faces look like? How close are they sitting? If you've spent some time thinking about filmmaking, you might consider other things: How are they framed? What's the angle of the shot? Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:34:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 30415 at http://hppr.org 'Mad Men' Returns, Full Of Footnotes Oscars 2014: Low On Laughs, But A Great Speech Or Two http://hppr.org/post/oscars-2014-low-laughs-great-speech-or-two The big winner was <em>12 Years a Slave</em>, but there was quite a bit of love to go around at Sunday night's Oscars. What there wasn't, as usual, was a lot of riveting television.<p>Sure, there was John Travolta squinting at the teleprompter and introducing Idina Menzel (to sing the Oscar-winning Best Original Song "Let It Go," from <em>Frozen</em>) as — no kidding — "Adele Dazeem." And there was a fun dance number featuring Pharrell Williams and his own Oscar-nominated "Happy," which he wore a formal black version of his Grammys hat to perform.<p>But on the whole? It was a little flat. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 06:36:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 28595 at http://hppr.org Oscars 2014: Low On Laughs, But A Great Speech Or Two The Beatles, As America First Loved Them http://hppr.org/post/beatles-america-first-loved-them It's been 50 years since The Beatles first appeared on Ed Sullivan, to an audience of screaming, hair-pulling, ecstatic (in the classic sense) teenage girls. Cutes in suits, you might call them, like (and, of course, nothing like) countless other bands of the time that wore skinny ties and shared microphones and said "oh" and "yeah" and "baby."<p>Later, they'd get weird; experimental, rebellious, more transparently and transcendentally <em>high</em> than maybe any band ever, at least to hear the music tell it. They became legends, they became celebrities and movie stars. Sun, 09 Feb 2014 16:52:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 27798 at http://hppr.org The Golden Globes Share The Wealth, Such As It Is http://hppr.org/post/golden-globes-share-wealth-such-it Let us say this first: The Golden Globes are Hollywood culture at its most purely self-perpetuating. Given out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a small group of journalists so gleefully obscure that there is usually a joke about how gleefully obscure they are, the Globes lack the gravitas of the Oscars, which is really saying something, given the fact that the Oscars lack the gravitas of the Tonys and the Tonys lack the gravitas of a halfway decent episode of <em>Law & Order: SVU</em>.<p>That's why having Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host works out so well. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 15:14:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 26688 at http://hppr.org The Golden Globes Share The Wealth, Such As It Is A Toronto Film Chat, From Two Jake Gyllenhaals To Three Daniel Radcliffes http://hppr.org/post/toronto-film-chat-two-jake-gyllenhaals-three-daniel-radcliffes Bob Mondello and I took a break from our time at the Toronto International Film Festival today for a chat withAll Things Consideredand host Audie Cornish. Mon, 09 Sep 2013 20:31:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 21372 at http://hppr.org A Toronto Film Chat, From Two Jake Gyllenhaals To Three Daniel Radcliffes Toronto International Film Festival, Days One And Two http://hppr.org/post/toronto-international-film-festival-days-one-and-two Two days into the Toronto International Film Festival, I'm 10 films in. We'll talk more about all of these later, but it seemed only fair to share some basic impressions, since I'm certainly logging the seat time to earn them. So here are the 10 I've seen so far.<p><em>Closed Curtain </em>(directed by Jafar Panahi and Kambozia Partovi; screenplay by Panahi): Iranian director Panahi is still under house arrest and banned from filmmaking for producing "propaganda" — just as he was when he released the 2011 documentary <em>This Is Not A Film</em>, which chronicled his life under arrest. Sat, 07 Sep 2013 12:09:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 21298 at http://hppr.org Toronto International Film Festival, Days One And Two 20 Really Great Royal Baby Titles For Classy Parents http://hppr.org/post/20-really-great-royal-baby-titles-classy-parents Look, it's possible that I don't completely understand how British titles work. But it's 100 percent true that Prince William is also called Baron Carrickfergus. (You may Google that. I'll wait.)<p>Now that we have verified that Prince William, who is also Duke of Cambridge and Earl of Strathearn, was made Baron Carrickfergus <em>as a gift</em>, we understand that naming a royal person is a little different from naming a regular person. Mon, 22 Jul 2013 12:20:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 19141 at http://hppr.org 20 Really Great Royal Baby Titles For Classy Parents Why Paula Deen Can't Be A 'Food Network Star' http://hppr.org/post/why-paula-deen-cant-be-food-network-star It's not the least bit surprising that Paula Deen lost her gig on The Food Network — and you don't have to believe she's a terrible person to know it. All you have to do is watch <em>Food Network Star</em>, the competition show that seeks a new network personality and sometimes finds one.<p>That's where they got Aarti Sequeira, who now hosts the Indian food show <em>Aarti Party</em>. It's where they got Aaron McCargo, Jr., who hosts <em>Big Daddy's House</em>. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 15:12:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 17993 at http://hppr.org Why Paula Deen Can't Be A 'Food Network Star' In Slight Defense Of Miss Utah USA, A Little Bit, With Reservations http://hppr.org/post/slight-defense-miss-utah-usa-little-bit-reservations <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tx7TE7fCkrk</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 15:36:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 17532 at http://hppr.org In Slight Defense Of Miss Utah USA, A Little Bit, With Reservations When Your Data Is Currency, What Does Your Privacy Cost? http://hppr.org/post/when-your-data-your-currency-what-does-your-privacy-cost There was considerable mouth-dropping from publications such as <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/07/opinion/president-obamas-dragnet.html?_r=0"><em>The New York Times</em></a> at initial reports this week that NSA programs are gathering both telephone records and information gleaned from large tech companies like Google and Microsoft. Sun, 09 Jun 2013 11:03:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 17164 at http://hppr.org When Your Data Is Currency, What Does Your Privacy Cost? Comikaze: Not Just The Other Comic Convention http://hppr.org/post/comikaze-not-just-other-comic-convention You may be familiar with the San Diego Comic-Con, a constantly expanding convention for fans that started as a niche event for comic-book nerds and is now a sprawling pop-culture event.<p>You may not be familiar with Comikaze. The brainchild of Regina Carpinelli, a fan who was unhappy with the cost, ticket scarcity, and changing focus of Comic-Con, Comikaze is a smaller festival that costs $30 for the weekend, rather than Comic-Con's $150 four-day passes. Tue, 28 May 2013 21:15:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 16613 at http://hppr.org Comikaze: Not Just The Other Comic Convention Why Angelina Jolie's Op-Ed Matters http://hppr.org/post/why-angelina-jolies-op-ed-matters Pop culture does not mean celebrity culture; I have perhaps said this more often than anyone you're going to meet. Who dates, who gets a divorce, who has a tantrum, who has surreptitious photos snapped of him by mangy, grim opportunists — these things are not culture of any kind, popular or otherwise, unless there is something else at stake. They are curiosities, and given that we are curious creatures, their pull is not surprising, nor is it new, nor was it invented by the internet, or television, or Americans. Tue, 14 May 2013 16:28:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 15982 at http://hppr.org Why Angelina Jolie's Op-Ed Matters Boston's Art Museums Offer Free Admission To Provide A 'Place Of Respite' http://hppr.org/post/bostons-art-museums-offer-free-admission-provide-place-respite <em>UPDATE, 4:08 p.m.: In addition to the institutions mentioned below, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum <a href="https://twitter.com/gardnermuseum/status/324243859926315008" target="_blank">has announced</a> that admission will be free on Wednesday, April 17. </em><p>At least two art museums in Boston, the Museum Of Fine Arts and the Institute of Contemporary Art, have announced that admission on Tuesday will be free as a service to a city still dealing with the trauma of the explosions Monday at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Tue, 16 Apr 2013 17:29:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 14795 at http://hppr.org Boston's Art Museums Offer Free Admission To Provide A 'Place Of Respite' Big Hair, Big Shoulders And Big Money: Linda Evans On '80s Excess http://hppr.org/post/big-hair-big-shoulders-and-big-money-linda-evans-80s-excess You may find a hint to the era in which you were born (as well as your taste in entertainment) in Linda Wertheimer's clarification that on the '80s nighttime soap <em>Dynasty</em>, actress Linda Evans played Krystle Carrington — Krystle with a K, that is. Mon, 15 Apr 2013 06:16:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 14710 at http://hppr.org Big Hair, Big Shoulders And Big Money: Linda Evans On '80s Excess Thank G-O-O-D-N-E-S-S: The National Spelling Bee Adds Meaning http://hppr.org/post/thank-g-o-o-d-n-e-s-s-national-spelling-bee-adds-meaning As Eyder Peralta <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/04/09/176723940/new-rule-spelling-bee-will-now-include-definitions-test" target="_blank">reported</a> last night, the National Spelling Bee has made a big change to its rules.<p>For the first time, the written (or computerized) test students use to qualify for the semifinals and championship finals will include vocabulary questions requiring them to know the meanings of words, not just the spelling. Wed, 10 Apr 2013 14:51:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 14535 at http://hppr.org Thank G-O-O-D-N-E-S-S: The National Spelling Bee Adds Meaning Viewer Discretion: Deciding When To Look Away http://hppr.org/post/viewer-discretion-deciding-when-look-away I was out of the house, as it happens, for most of the first half of <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/04/01/175901141/louisville-players-surgery-a-success-leg-break-shouldnt-end-his-career">yesterday's Louisville-Duke game</a>, and when I got home and looked at Twitter, before I turned on the TV, there was a huge stack of stuff to read, and the first thing that caught my attention about the game was <a href="https://twitter.com/d_fienberg/status/318478027883433985" target="_blank">this</a>.<p>That's Dan Fienberg of Hitfix, tweeting about the grisly broken leg suffered by Louis Mon, 01 Apr 2013 16:17:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 14181 at http://hppr.org Viewer Discretion: Deciding When To Look Away Here We Go Again: Leno, Fallon, And Why The Late-Night Wars Are So Boring http://hppr.org/post/here-we-go-again-leno-fallon-and-why-late-night-wars-are-so-boring <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYzVdv6V5Vs</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXnh4tYpA-U</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hq-URl9F17Y</p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 15:48:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 13778 at http://hppr.org Here We Go Again: Leno, Fallon, And Why The Late-Night Wars Are So Boring The Oscars Broadcast, Zooming Way Past Cheeky To Land Squarely On Crass http://hppr.org/post/oscars-broadcast-zooming-way-past-cheeky-land-squarely-crass If you like <em>Argo</em> (which won Best Picture), the movie <em>Chicago</em> (which made a couple of appearances) and jokes about women (which just kept coming), you probably had a substantially better night than the average viewer, who was subjected to Seth MacFarlane's delivery of one of the worst hosting performances in Oscar history.<p>In fact, David Letterman is writing Seth MacFarlane notes of gratitude right now for taking all the pressure off of "Uma, Oprah, Oprah, Uma," the most famous bomb of 1995, and more recent troubled hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway are feeling a little l Mon, 25 Feb 2013 07:33:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 12735 at http://hppr.org The Oscars Broadcast, Zooming Way Past Cheeky To Land Squarely On Crass Rubio's Water Bottle And The Authenticity Craving http://hppr.org/post/rubios-water-bottle-and-authenticity-craving <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7w2A0qsgurU</p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 17:59:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 12306 at http://hppr.org Rubio's Water Bottle And The Authenticity Craving Ten Clues That The Zombie Outbreak Being Announced On Your Television Is Not A Hoax http://hppr.org/post/ten-clues-zombie-outbreak-being-announced-your-television-not-hoax <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/02/12/171782346/montana-tv-station-warns-of-attacking-zombies" target="_blank">As reported on Tuesday's <em>Morning Edition</em></a>, KRTV in Great Falls, Mont., was apparently the victim of hackers who broke in and broadcast a warning of attacking zombies. The station now says that it was a hoax, <em>fortunately</em>.<p>But in the future, how can a viewer at home identify a similar alert that really requires immediate action to avoid a very real zombie horde? Tue, 12 Feb 2013 16:08:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 12239 at http://hppr.org Ten Clues That The Zombie Outbreak Being Announced On Your Television Is Not A Hoax Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Get Severance: Interview With An Iron http://hppr.org/post/do-not-pass-go-do-not-get-severance-interview-iron Wednesday, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/02/06/171265745/the-iron-is-out-a-cat-is-in-as-monopoly-changes-game-pieces" target="_blank">Hasbro announced</a> that it was welcoming a new member of the Monopoly-token family. And because it asked the Internet, it wound up with a cat. (For whatever reason, the Internet was not offered Gotye or a bacon cupcake.)<p>Unfortunately, "rightsizing" the Monopoly token collection meant that as one new token was introduced, one old token had to be ushered out the door, and by popular vote, it was the iron. Wed, 06 Feb 2013 15:55:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 11999 at http://hppr.org Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Get Severance: Interview With An Iron That Was A Great Blackout Last Night http://hppr.org/post/was-great-blackout-last-night Great blackout last night, right?<p>It's been clear for some time that substantially more people watch the Super Bowl than have the slightest interest in watching the actual football game. That's why there's such hubbub over the halftime show and the commercials — it gives non-football types something to pay attention to instead of football.<p>But this year, Beyonce put on a perfectly polished but in no way surprising show at the half. Mon, 04 Feb 2013 13:56:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 11887 at http://hppr.org That Was A Great Blackout Last Night Choosing Sides: How To Pick Between The Ravens And The 49ers http://hppr.org/post/choosing-sides-how-pick-between-ravens-and-49ers Headlines were circulating last week about how, as <em>Slate</em> put it, <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2013/01/29/super_bowl_facebook_data_show_who_s_rooting_for_49ers_over_ravens.html" target="_blank">"almost everybody" is rooting for the San Francisco 49ers</a> over the Baltimore Ravens in Sunday's Super Bowl. Sun, 03 Feb 2013 13:23:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 11860 at http://hppr.org Choosing Sides: How To Pick Between The Ravens And The 49ers Lance Armstrong And The Cheapening Of Indignation http://hppr.org/post/lance-armstrong-and-cheapening-indignation <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zad68VOxr8g</p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 17:13:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 11127 at http://hppr.org Lance Armstrong And The Cheapening Of Indignation Oscar Nominees Announced: 'Lincoln' Leads With 12 http://hppr.org/post/oscar-nominees-announced-lincoln-leads-12 Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>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.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "LINCOLN")<p>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.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "LIFE OF PI")<p>SURAJ SHARMA: (as Pi) My name is Pi Patel. I have been in a shipwreck. Thu, 10 Jan 2013 17:11:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 10952 at http://hppr.org In NFL Football, As In Hollywood, Does Anybody Know Anything? http://hppr.org/post/nfl-football-hollywood-does-anybody-know-anything Baseball: The San Francisco Giants, in winning the 2012 World Series, participated in 16 playoff games — and they'd have had more, had they not swept Detroit 4-0 in the World Series itself.<p>Football: The San Francisco 49ers played 16 games in their entire regular season. Three more wins would make them Super Bowl champions.<p>This is not to make football sound inadequately grueling, but to make a purely statistical point: The sample size for football games is much, much smaller than the sample size for baseball games. Fri, 04 Jan 2013 13:56:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 10733 at http://hppr.org In NFL Football, As In Hollywood, Does Anybody Know Anything? 2012 In Review: 50 Wonderful Things From The Year In Pop Culture http://hppr.org/post/2012-review-50-wonderful-things-year-pop-culture <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JREkqCvLzSo</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldqjM7x6NhE</p> Tue, 01 Jan 2013 15:08:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 10623 at http://hppr.org 2012 In Review: 50 Wonderful Things From The Year In Pop Culture The 'Calm Act' Will Quiet Down Commercials, So What Should Congress Do Next? http://hppr.org/post/calm-act-will-quiet-down-commercials-so-what-should-congress-do-next COME RIGHT DOWN RIGHT NOW BUY SOME FURNITURE EVERYTHING MUST GO WE ARE LIQUIDATING MERCHANDISE FOR THE THIRD TIME SINCE LAST FEBRUARY AND THIS TIME WE REALLY MEAN IT WE ARE GOING OUT OF BUSINESS ANY REASONABLE OFFER WILL BE ACCEPTED OR MY NAME ISN'T CRAZYPANTS MCGILLICUDDY.*<p>If this is what television commercials sound like to you, Congress has you covered. Thu, 13 Dec 2012 16:04:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 9960 at http://hppr.org The 'Calm Act' Will Quiet Down Commercials, So What Should Congress Do Next? PBS Remixes 'Reading Rainbow,' Delights Map And Book Nerds Everywhere http://hppr.org/post/pbs-remixes-reading-rainbow-delights-map-and-book-nerds-everywhere <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FD1K8OvVCs</p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 21:07:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 9573 at http://hppr.org PBS Remixes 'Reading Rainbow,' Delights Map And Book Nerds Everywhere