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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Monkey See
10:38 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Let's Rush To Judgment: 'Flight'

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 3:37 pm

The trailer for Flight focuses heavily on footage of the plane going down with Denzel Washington at the controls. Not only do we see it streaking through the sky upside down, but it's implied that he somehow manages to land it mostly safely in spite of a massive engine failure.

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Monkey See
8:33 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Morning Shots: Several Enchanting British People Are Here To Make Your Day

It's always worth reading a good interview with Dame Judi Dench, and checking her out on YouTube singing "Send In The Clowns," if you never have. [The Guardian]

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Monkey See
7:34 am
Tue October 16, 2012

A Judge Dismisses 'The Bachelor' Discrimination Lawsuit, But Not Its Concerns

Seen here in April 2012, Christopher Johnson and Nathaniel Claybrooks sued over the casting of The Bachelor.
Mark Humphrey AP

Yesterday, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by Christopher Johnson and Nathaniel Claybrooks, two black men who had auditioned for The Bachelor, who claimed that the show discriminates against people of color both in choosing the primary bachelor/ette and in choosing the people he or she will have to choose from.

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Monkey See
5:03 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Culture Yourself: October 15, 2012

In the tradition of forgotten features returning from the dead, please welcome back Culture Yourself, an afternoon post wrapping up some of our arts and culture coverage you might have missed.

Today's All Things Considered features an interview with John Hawkes, who was in Winter's Bone and Martha Marcy May Marlene, and whose new movie, The Sessions, is (just my two cents) terrific.

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Monkey See
2:32 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

'Beauty Is Embarrassing': Giant Puppets, Painted Words, And What Art Is All About

A giant LBJ puppet head is one of Wayne White's creations in the documentary Beauty Is Embarrassing.
Beauty Is Embarrassing

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 3:13 pm

I didn't actually know the name "Wayne White" when I went to see the documentary Beauty Is Embarrassing at Silverdocs this summer. But as it turns out, I've certainly seen his work, and even if, like me, you're not visual-arts-oriented enough to know his marvelous word paintings, you may have, too.

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Monkey See
1:40 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Money Is The Object And The Subject In History's 'The Men Who Built America'

History identifies these men in its press materials as "Cornelius Vanderbilt, John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, and J.P. Morgan." They are committing to the bit.
Zach Dilgard History

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Monkey See
12:03 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

You've Got To Have Friends: How Curated Families Shook Up TV Comedy

From Friends: Jennifer Aniston, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry and Courteney Cox. But you knew that.
AP

This week at Monkey See, we're looking at friendship in pop culture. We begin with a consideration of how half-hour comedies shifted away from being almost exclusively family- or work-focused.

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Monkey See
11:18 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Cheapskates And Compulsive Shoppers: Two New Shows About Getting Money Wrong

Heiress Heather, of the new show My Shopping Addiction, really likes to buy purses.
Oxygen

One symptom of profound internal conflict on the part of the American population is the presence of opposing reality shows. No, really. That's why we have shows about the perils of overeating and shows about the beauty of cupcakes; shows about the dangers of hoarding and shows about the thrill of using coupons to accumulate more paper towels than you could use in a lifetime of pouring coffee directly onto your countertop.

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Monkey See
9:24 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Entirely Real Photos: 'Not Too Much. What Are YOU Doing?'

This photo is credit as "general atmosphere" during the 2012 New York Comic Con this weekend. I am fairly sure that is not the name of this character.
Daniel Zuchnik Getty Images

I can't speak to the innermost thoughts of this attendee at New York Comic-Con, but I have to imagine that his conversation goes something like this:

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Monkey See
9:00 am
Mon October 15, 2012

A Day Later, The Space Jump Guy Is OK, But How About The Rest Of Us?

Felix Baumgartner of Austria as he jumps out of the capsule during the final manned flight for Red Bull Stratos on Sunday.
Red Bull Stratos AP

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 9:23 am

More than 7 million people were watching as Felix Baumgartner sat at the edge of his space capsule yesterday 24 miles off the ground and got ready to jump, in what was known as the "Red Bull Stratos" project, better known as the "space jump." I saw it myself; he opened the door, and there was something there that certainly seemed to be space.

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Monkey See
8:30 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Morning Shots: 'Firefly' Never Forgets, And Cookie Monster Turns Up Everywhere

You may know that there's a Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D. show in the works for ABC, but there was some very big news over the weekend about who might take the lead in it. If you've seen The Avengers, you know that this is kind of a surprising development — if you haven't seen it, be cautious about reading about this news quite yet. [Deadline]

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Monkey See
10:30 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Time Travel And The Right Way To Be Pushy

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We all took ourselves to see Looper last weekend, and we've all got opinions. Was it confusing? Full of holes? Exciting? Moving? Too bloody? Not bloody enough? And what about Joseph Gordon-Levitt's prosthetic makeup and that thing that happened to Paul Dano?

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Monkey See
10:01 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Careful, Frustrated 'Glee' People: 'The Break Up' Might Suck You Back In

Emma (Jayma Mays) and Will (Matthew Morrison) are only one of the challenged couples in tonight's Glee.
Jordin Althaus Fox

Every high-school show deals with the same problem — even if with Beverly Hills, 90210-like leisure — if it lasts long enough: What now?

Most often, as on 90210, everyone mysteriously goes off to the same college that doesn't exist. Sometimes, as on Friday Night Lights, the show follows some of the kids further but also toughens up and freshens the cast.

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Monkey See
1:35 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

ESPN's 'Broke' Looks At The Many Ways Athletes Lose Their Money

Andre Rison is one of the athletes who speaks about money in the new ESPN documentary Broke.
ESPN

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 1:49 pm

Broke, the documentary that brings ESPN's outstanding "30 For 30" back tonight, begins with this pair of statistics, courtesy of Sports Illustrated: "By the time they have been retired for two years, 78 percent of former NFL players have gone bankrupt or are under financial stress; within five years of retirement, an estimated 60 percent of former NBA players are broke."

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Monkey See
9:24 am
Tue October 2, 2012

When It Comes To Character Detail, 'Pitch Perfect' Nails It

Anna Kendrick in Pitch Perfect.
Peter Iovino Universal Pictures

Pitch Perfect, the new comedy that opened in some cities last Friday and goes wider this Friday, is set in a world very close to my own heart: college a cappella.

I know, I know — it's dorky, it's silly, you hated those people at your school — I get it. But I loved it when I did it, and even now, I carry around a few of these compilations on my phone.

But as much as I enjoyed all the singing (and I did), it's not how the film won me over. What won me over was Beca's raggedy manicure.

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