Linda Holmes http://ktep.org en Press Tour Day 1: Paper Airplanes, Daniel Radcliffe, And Christmas http://ktep.org/post/press-tour-day-1-paper-airplanes-daniel-radcliffe-and-christmas <em>For the next couple of weeks, I'm out in California covering the Television Critics Association press tour. Not familiar? <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2014/07/08/329783475/whats-happening-in-television-its-press-tour-time-again" target="_blank">Here's</a> an introduction.</em><p>Day 1 of summer press tour began with hammering and ended with a giant Christmas tree.<p>Let's back up.<p>We started Tuesday with a presentation from the Nielsen ratings people about their upcoming efforts to incorporate "cross-platform" viewing into ratings. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:28:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 44308 at http://ktep.org Press Tour Day 1: Paper Airplanes, Daniel Radcliffe, And Christmas What's Happening In Television: It's Press Tour Time Again http://ktep.org/post/whats-happening-television-its-press-tour-time-again It's that time again.<p>For the next couple of weeks, I'll be writing from the Television Critics Association Press Tour, where a couple hundred critics convene in a giant hotel ballroom to question producers, writers, network executives, actors, and sometimes other folks about what's coming up on TV. It can bring out both the punchy and the grumpy in many folks you know who write about all this: Tim Goodman at <em>The Hollywood Reporter</em> calls it the Death March With Cocktails. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:08:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 44226 at http://ktep.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: Too Old For Youth Culture And Toys http://ktep.org/post/pop-culture-happy-hour-too-old-youth-culture-and-toys Stephen Thompson and I are joined this week by our blog siblings Gene Demby and Kat Chow of <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/" target="_blank">NPR's Code Switch</a>, which always puts us in an upbeat and playful mood. Fittingly, we take a couple of listener questions this week about youth and play.<p>First, is it possible to be too old for youth culture? We approach this from a couple of angles: can you be too old for the content itself? Can you be too old for the experience of swooning over cultural experiences the way you did when you were younger? Fri, 04 Jul 2014 11:49:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 44027 at http://ktep.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: Too Old For Youth Culture And Toys 'They Came Together' Is Less Than The Sum Of Its Parts http://ktep.org/post/they-came-together-less-sum-its-parts Writer-director David Wain is at the center of a loose comedy collective that's been working together (and cross-pollinating with other similar unofficial collectives) since <em>The State</em>, which was the name of both the original comedy troupe and the MTV sketch comedy show they held down from 1993 to 1995. The stars included Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, Thomas Lennon, Joe Lo Truglio, and Ken Marino. Much of that team got back together in 2001 for the summer-camp-movie parody Wain directed and co-wrote with Showalter called <em>Wet Hot American Summer. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:17:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 43571 at http://ktep.org 'They Came Together' Is Less Than The Sum Of Its Parts Pop Culture Happy Hour: Wild Cards And More Regrettable Television http://ktep.org/post/pop-culture-happy-hour-wild-cards-and-more-regrettable-television First, a huge thank-you to everyone who came to our live show this past week, and especially to our many special guests who helped us out on stage. We had a great time, and you'll be hearing the two shows we taped that night in a couple of weeks.<p>But first! Our pal Gene Demby is on deck this week as we take on a listener suggestion and talk about wild cards. By this, we mean the artists who sometimes delight us and sometimes frustrate us. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:35:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 43561 at http://ktep.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: Wild Cards And More Regrettable Television Building The 'Issue' Documentary: On Surveillance And South Africa http://ktep.org/post/building-issue-documentary-surveillance-and-south-africa What used to be Silverdocs, the week-long documentary festival in downtown Silver Spring, Md., is now AFI DOCS, a four-day festival split between Silver Spring and a variety of D.C. venues. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 13:07:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 43238 at http://ktep.org Building The 'Issue' Documentary: On Surveillance And South Africa Pop Culture Happy Hour: Buddy Movies And First Impressions http://ktep.org/post/pop-culture-happy-hour-buddy-movies-and-first-impressions This week, the recent opening of <em>22 Jump Street</em> — among many others — gets us talking about the buddy film. Not just the buddy-cop movie, but the buddy-frat movie, the depressingly rare female-buddy movie, and whatever else they come up with to create what Glen calls "the background noise of American popular culture." We talk about whether the straight-man/comic dynamic is going away, the long history of buddies, and the "bromance" idea with which not all of us are entirely comfortable.<p>Then we move on to a second topic about first impressions. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 13:45:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 43077 at http://ktep.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: Buddy Movies And First Impressions The Spoiler-Free 'Game Of Thrones' Twitter Translator http://ktep.org/post/spoiler-free-game-thrones-twitter-translator Despite watching a great deal of television — highbrow, lowbrow, middlebrow — I don't watch <em>Game of Thrones</em>. I have never been a fantasy fan, I can't tolerate extensive world-building without nodding off, I don't gravitate toward stories about epic wars, and I'm not particularly drawn by either nudity or innard-splattering. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 12:58:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 42776 at http://ktep.org The Spoiler-Free 'Game Of Thrones' Twitter Translator Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Edge Of Tomorrow' And Noble Flops http://ktep.org/post/pop-culture-happy-hour-edge-tomorrow-and-noble-flops If you're looking for a movie to see this weekend, may we recommend a movie you may not have seen last weekend?<p>After a brief breakdown of the Tony Awards (which underwhelmed us a bit — see what you think of <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sG5yJXOyKIc" target="_blank">the <em>Music Man</em> bit</a>), the panel — including guest Chris Klimek — gets on to the business of giving a pretty hearty thumbs-up to the Tom Cruise action thriller <em>Edge Of Tomorrow</em>, co-starring a very fine Emily Blunt and a bunch of aliens. And time travel and/or eternal life! Fri, 13 Jun 2014 12:48:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 42614 at http://ktep.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Edge Of Tomorrow' And Noble Flops Good News, Glamour-Likers: More 'Miss Fisher' To Come http://ktep.org/post/good-news-glamour-likers-more-miss-fisher-come Let us begin this Friday with some unabashed joy: the Australian show <em>Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries</em>, adored by many a fan of glamorous lady detectives, smoldering fellows, sexual freedom and fantastic outfits, will return for a third series, according to <a href="https://www.facebook.com/phrynefisher" target="_blank">the show's Facebook page</a>.<p>As star Essie Davis <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2014/03/31/297126077/essie-davis-on-playing-a-sexually-liberated-superhero-without-apology" target="_blank">told me</a> earlier this year, Phryne Fisher is a superhero, very d Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:54:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 42609 at http://ktep.org Good News, Glamour-Likers: More 'Miss Fisher' To Come Hugh Jackman Jumps; Tony Viewers Say, 'What?' http://ktep.org/post/hugh-jackman-jumps-tony-viewers-say-what <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtlHjso3LHA</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 13:34:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 42301 at http://ktep.org Hugh Jackman Jumps; Tony Viewers Say, 'What?' Pop Culture Happy Hour: Seeing Books Everywhere And Moments Of Grief http://ktep.org/post/pop-culture-happy-hour-seeing-books-everywhere-and-moments-grief This week's show brings back our friend Petra Mayer of NPR Books. Like me, Petra is fresh off a trip to Book Expo America (a/k/a BEA, FYI), where we both heard about a whole lot of new books. We'll mention some of the titles (though in many cases we haven't actually received the books yet), and we'll try to give you a sense of how this enormous trade show followed by a fan event actually works. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 13:21:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 42173 at http://ktep.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: Seeing Books Everywhere And Moments Of Grief The Muscle-Flexing, Mind-Blowing Book Girls Will Inherit The Earth http://ktep.org/post/muscle-flexing-mind-blowing-book-girls-will-inherit-earth The first ever BookCon, planned as an extension of the mega trade show Book Expo America by the same people who do Comic-Con, took place last weekend. It was headlined by, among other things, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/06/02/318098926/-weneeddiversebooks-campaign-comes-to-inaugural-bookcon">a robust diversity debate</a> that bloomed on social media around the hashtag #WeNeedDiverseBooks. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 13:40:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 42087 at http://ktep.org The Muscle-Flexing, Mind-Blowing Book Girls Will Inherit The Earth Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Godzilla' And Things That Got Better http://ktep.org/post/pop-culture-happy-hour-godzilla-and-things-got-better First of all: <a href="http://pchh200.bpt.me/" target="_blank">LIVE SHOW TICKETS!</a> (On sale June 2 — that's a week from this coming Monday — at noon Eastern.)<p>Just wanted to put that up there; we'll get back to it.<p>This week takes me, Stephen, Glen and our friend Matt Thompson to <em>Godzilla</em>, which gets the same mixed review from us that it's gotten in general: better at monsters than at humans, better at looks than plot, but very appealing to a certain piece of (particularly) Glen's soul. Fri, 23 May 2014 12:31:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 41251 at http://ktep.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Godzilla' And Things That Got Better 'Batman V Superman': A Legal Thriller (We Hope) http://ktep.org/post/batman-v-superman-legal-thriller-we-hope We learned today that the upcoming sequel to <em>Man Of Steel</em> will be called <em>Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice</em>.<p>This is interesting for several reasons. First of all, "Dawn Of Justice" sounds like a dirty movie about sheriffs. Wed, 21 May 2014 18:40:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 41108 at http://ktep.org 'Batman V Superman': A Legal Thriller (We Hope) Be Wary And Bury The Very Scary 'I Wanna Marry Harry' http://ktep.org/post/be-wary-and-bury-very-scary-i-wanna-marry-harry Gather round, children, and I will tell you of a dark time. A cruel time.<p>It was a time when reality dating shows were even worse than they are now.<p>Little remains of what was once a rich tapestry of such programming, if by "rich" you mean "smelly" and by "tapestry" you mean "garbage heap." Back in the day, <em>Joe Millionaire</em> featured a poor guy posing as a rich guy. <em>Married By America </em>resulted in nobody getting married. Monica Lewinsky hosted a show called <em>Mr. Personality</em> where the guys wore masks. Tue, 20 May 2014 16:02:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 41020 at http://ktep.org Be Wary And Bury The Very Scary 'I Wanna Marry Harry' Pop Culture Happy Hour: Fairy Tales And A Fall TV Quiz http://ktep.org/post/pop-culture-happy-hour-fairy-tales-and-fall-tv-quiz We could not be happier to bring back our friend Barrie Hardymon, who's out in California but still made time to come and chat with us. In recognition that we are soon to see the live-action <em>Maleficent </em>coming from Disney, we chat about fairy tales. "These are stories we tell our kids to get them to abandon us," Glen says. "We're giving them the psychic armor, the psychic tools, to say goodbye." We talk about old fairy tales, Disney-fied versions, and Glen's recognition that Germany hasn't had an easy time of it with their own versions. Fri, 16 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 40772 at http://ktep.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: Fairy Tales And A Fall TV Quiz An Interview With The Alleged Purse Of Solange Knowles http://ktep.org/post/interview-alleged-purse-solange-knowles This is the third in a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2013/02/06/171275227/do-not-pass-go-do-not-get-severance-interview-with-an-iron" target="_blank">very occasional series</a> of <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2014/02/10/274707066/an-interview-with-the-bag-on-shia-labeoufs-head" target="_blank">posts</a> in which we interview inanimate objects during fever dreams. Wed, 14 May 2014 14:19:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 40618 at http://ktep.org An Interview With The Alleged Purse Of Solange Knowles A First Glimpse: Sometimes You're The Batmobile, Sometimes You're The Bat http://ktep.org/post/first-glimpse-sometimes-youre-batmobile-sometimes-youre-bat Today, Zack Snyder, the director of <em>Batman vs. Superman</em>, due in 2016, tweeted what he said was the first photo of the Batmobile. Beside it is ... Batman! Or, as Snyder put it, "#Batman." Because that's what we do now instead of using our words.<p>Now before you get all bent out of shape that this looks at least 10 percent more unrelentingly gray than Snyder's <em>Man Of Steel</em> last year, keep in mind that this is no Instagram quickie created with a phone. Tue, 13 May 2014 17:57:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 40555 at http://ktep.org The Comb, The Thrill And The Flop http://ktep.org/post/comb-thrill-and-flop Saturday at about 10:30 in the morning, as New York took a turn for the muggy in what turned out to be anticipation of rain, I climbed the steps to the Metropolitan Museum Of Art and rented one of the audio guide units that hang around your neck on an orange strap. I stayed about five hours, wearing out the battery on the audio unit and turning it in for another, wandering from the Egyptian art into the Temple of Dendur, through European sculptures to Arms and Armor and the American Wing, through Oceania, Africa and the Americas. Mon, 12 May 2014 13:51:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 40468 at http://ktep.org The Comb, The Thrill And The Flop Daniel Radcliffe And The Blood And Breath Of Live Theater http://ktep.org/post/daniel-radcliffe-and-blood-and-breath-live-theater There is a strong crossover between your Daniel Radcliffe People and your Harry Potter People, for obvious reasons. Next to me at Broadway's Cort Theater on Thursday night, watching Radcliffe in Martin McDonagh's comedy <em>The Cripple Of Inishmaan</em> (a production that's Tony-nominated for Best Revival Of A Play) were three young women. Their first priority: finding out where to await him when the show was over, and strategically how to get a good spot. Fri, 09 May 2014 15:41:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 40314 at http://ktep.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Star Wars,' 'Louie' And Other Phenomena http://ktep.org/post/pop-culture-happy-hour-star-wars-louie-and-other-phenomena We're joined this week by the lovely Petra Mayer of NPR Books, who brings her serious sci-fi and fandom chops to our opening chat about the big <em>Star Wars</em> news. Fri, 09 May 2014 14:19:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 40310 at http://ktep.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Star Wars,' 'Louie' And Other Phenomena Once More Into The Jaws Of The TV Dinosaur Known As Upfrontasaurus http://ktep.org/post/once-more-jaws-tv-dinosaur-known-upfrontasaurus Next week, the broadcast networks — ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and the CW — will make their upfront presentations in New York. (There are some scattered cable ones too, like ESPN and TNT/TBS.) This is where they present their new shows, in the form of clips and sizzle reels, to advertisers. From a business perspective, it's really important in the same way that any sales pitch is really important: they sell ads, they make money, and when they get the advertising people excited, a show becomes a presumed frontrunner before it even premieres. Wed, 07 May 2014 13:19:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 40162 at http://ktep.org Once More Into The Jaws Of The TV Dinosaur Known As Upfrontasaurus Pop Culture Happy Hour: Posthumous Projects And People We're Pulling For http://ktep.org/post/pop-culture-happy-hour-posthumous-projects-and-people-were-pulling This week's show finds us chatting with our pal Gene Demby of NPR's Code Switch about, among other things, posthumous projects. There are still films coming out from Paul Walker and Philip Seymour Hoffman, there's an upcoming release of Michael Jackson recordings, and life after death for musicians is practically a tradition. We talk about Kafka, J Dilla, David Foster Wallace, and the ethics of piecing together work that was unfinished or perhaps even abandoned when the artist is no longer around to say yes or no. Fri, 02 May 2014 13:09:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 39859 at http://ktep.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: Posthumous Projects And People We're Pulling For Pop Culture Happy Hour: Comedy, The News And A Bat Quiz http://ktep.org/post/pop-culture-happy-hour-comedy-news-and-bat-quiz <em>All Things Considered</em> host Audie Cornish joins us this week for an episode full of tough questions, comedy theory, and some really surprising information about all the ways that Batman has gotten weird over the last 75 years.<p>We begin by noting the premiere this weekend of John Oliver's <em>Last Week Tonight</em>, which has sold itself in part by embracing what could be its biggest hurdle: getting around to news jokes several days after the news breaks. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 12:07:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 39397 at http://ktep.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: Comedy, The News And A Bat Quiz A Punching Movie That Packs A Punch For People Who Like Punching http://ktep.org/post/punching-movie-packs-punch-people-who-punching It is never not awkward to talk about a film after one of the stars has died. That's perhaps never any more true than it is in the case of <em>Brick Mansions</em>, one of the last films of Paul Walker. Walker died in November of last year after a career that included a lot of movies like this one: silly, hyper action thrillers that often included, as this one does, moments in which everybody in the theater chortled at their insane, cartoonish brutality.<p>There is no way to make there be anything elegiac about <em>Brick Mansions</em>, or out of the experience of seeing it. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:33:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 39335 at http://ktep.org A Punching Movie That Packs A Punch For People Who Like Punching 'The Other Woman': When Terrible Movies Happen To Funny Actresses http://ktep.org/post/other-woman-when-terrible-movies-happen-funny-actresses There is a moment in <em>The Other Woman </em>in which Leslie Mann and Cameron Diaz, playing a wife and her husband's former mistress — now friends — fall into a hedge together. When they're spotted, there's a little bit of physical business that's legitimately funny. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:58:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 39321 at http://ktep.org 'The Other Woman': When Terrible Movies Happen To Funny Actresses What Do 'The Simpsons' Look Like In Lego? http://ktep.org/post/what-do-simpsons-look-lego Fox has started to release images of the Simpsons from the upcoming episode "Brick Like Me," which is — get this — the 550th episode. That means you could watch a different episode of <em>The Simpsons </em>every day for roughly a year and a half, weekends and weekdays, before you ran out of new ones.<p>The images look a lot like familiar Lego images from the many games, movies, TV projects, and everything else that's been rendered in little plastic bricks, up to and including the very successful <em>Lego Movie </em>from earlier this year. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:47:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 39224 at http://ktep.org What Do 'The Simpsons' Look Like In Lego? Shirley, This Is The Dawn Of A New 'Mad Men' http://ktep.org/post/shirley-dawn-new-mad-men [<em>This post discusses the plot of Sunday night's episode.</em>]<p>Once <em>Mad Men </em>moved into the early-middle part of the 1960s, people began to ask an increasingly urgent question: Where was the civil rights movement? Where were the black people? Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:22:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 39076 at http://ktep.org Shirley, This Is The Dawn Of A New 'Mad Men' From 'Field Of Dreams' To 'Draft Day': Who Cares About The Front Office? http://ktep.org/post/field-dreams-draft-day-who-cares-about-front-office Sports movies were powerful once. In the '80s and '90s, there were hits about football, baseball, basketball, hockey, boxing, karate – and they were movies about teams and players and coaches, not scouts and executives.<p>Things seem to have taken a turn. <em>Moneyball</em>, which received a Best Picture nomination, is about the people who have jobs in sports more than the people who play sports. <em>Draft Day</em>, which will not receive a Best Picture nomination, is too. So is the upcoming <em>Million Dollar Arm</em>. So was <em>Trouble With The Curve</em>. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:11:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 39037 at http://ktep.org From 'Field Of Dreams' To 'Draft Day': Who Cares About The Front Office?