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
9:25 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Entirely Real Photos: There Can Never Be Too Many Weird Reproductions Of Royals

A special cake re-enacting the scene of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge's wedding in 2011 where he drove the car with his wife the Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, as he attends a reception prior to the annual October Club dinner in aid of the St Giles Trust on Wednesday night.
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Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 4:54 pm

I admit that it's hard for me to turn down a strange-looking depiction of Prince William and the Duchess Formerly Known As Kate Middleton. In this case, they are a cake. She looks very happy!

He looks a little sad, though. I'm not sure why, since this wedding-themed cake doesn't even have tiers. TIERS! [Taps microphone.] Is this on?

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Monkey See
8:48 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Morning Shots: George Takei, 'Moby-Dick,' And Magical Realism In Film

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Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 10:49 am

I don't know when we decided to start celebrating the 161st anniversaries of things, but it's the 161st anniversary of the publication of Moby-Dick, and there's a Google Doodle to celebrate. [The Telegraph]

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Monkey See
5:03 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Culture Yourself: October 17, 2012

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Each afternoon, we encourage you to put your feet up, relax, and check out some of the cultural coverage that might have slipped by during the day.

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Monkey See
4:13 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Sometimes A Friend Is Just A Cigar: Why Not Everybody Needs To Kiss At The End

David Duchovny, left, and Gillian Anderson in the film The X-Files: I Want to Believe.
Diyah Pera AP

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 4:51 pm

This week at Monkey See, we're looking at friendship in pop culture.

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Monkey See
2:03 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Well Hello There: A Look At Our New Design

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So you may have noticed that Monkey See now looks a little different. Bigger photos! Black text instead of gray! Less stuff in the right-hand column!

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Monkey See
11:42 am
Wed October 17, 2012

See A Clip From The Outstanding 'Brooklyn Castle,' A Film About Chess And Life

The I.S. 318 chess team, featured in Brooklyn Castle.
BrooklynCastle.com

Brooklyn Castle, which I originally saw at the South By Southwest Film Festival in March, is one of my favorite movies of the year. And starting this week, it's coming to theaters in select cities. (See a list of theaters here.)

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Monkey See
10:45 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Two Very Different Working Women At The Movies, 25 Years Ago This Week

Diane Keaton in Baby Boom.
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Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 4:36 pm

How long is 25 years?

Well, October 1987 was the month Baby Jessica McClure fell down the well. It was the month when Robert Bork was not confirmed for the United States Supreme Court. It was the month that included Black Monday, October 19, when the Dow Jones had its worst percentage drop ... ever.

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Monkey See
9:44 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Entirely Real Photos: It Is Possible That Jennifer Lopez Needs Less Wind Machine

Jennifer Lopez performs in Paris on Tuesday night.
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I'm sure Jennifer Lopez knows exactly how much wind is flattering, far more than I do. I'm sure she has a Flattering Wind consultant, and possibly even a Flattering Wind Consultant Handler. ("Assistant To The Flattering Wind Consultant Handler: Coco Maribou. Assistant to Ms. Maribou...")

But honestly, I might have gone with 20 percent less gale force here.

Monkey See
8:37 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Morning Shots: Robocop Is Delayed, And People Just Keep Coughing In Theaters

Have you seen the Breaking Bad art that Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul visited in London Monday night? You really should. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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Monkey See
5:42 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Culture Yourself: October 16, 2012

It's only a minute long, but if you don't listen to the Morning Edition story about Snoop Dogg [Lion] hyping Hot Pockets, I don't know why we even bother knowing each other.

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Monkey See
4:23 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

'We Killed': Women In Comedy, From Stand-Ups To Sitcoms

Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 5:09 pm

We Killed: The Rise Of Women In American Comedy is a sprawling oral history that grew out of a Marie Claire piece. It has the loose structure of most similar books (of which there are more and more), though the introduction unfortunately ties it to the tired "women aren't funny" assertions that apparently we're not through talking about yet.

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Monkey See
1:00 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Judd Apatow And Lena Dunham Talk About Comedy On 'Iconoclasts'

Lena Dunham and Judd Apatow appear on tonight's episode of Iconoclasts on the Sundance Channel.
Sundance Channel

Tuesday night, the Sundance Channel series Iconoclasts pairs Lena Dunham with Judd Apatow for an interesting conversation about comedy.

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Monkey See
12:48 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Entirely Real Photos: Alan Cumming's Suit Is Why Suits Were Invented

Alan Cumming attends the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 11th Annual An Enduring Vision Benefit on Monday night.
Dimitrios Kambouris Getty Images

"Hi, this is Alan Cumming's Suit. No, I'm not one of those obnoxious inanimate objects with a Twitter feed. I'm just a suit. Just one brightly colored suit against the world. Sometimes, Alan Cumming's Hair and I get together on Skype and talk about what kind of look we're going for, but sometimes, we just show up and see what happens.

I am Alan Cumming's Suit. That is all."

Monkey See
11:44 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Best Friends And Broken Hearts

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 4:43 pm

This week at Monkey See, we're looking at friendship in pop culture.

In the 1997 film My Best Friend's Wedding, Julianne (Julia Roberts) rushes to stop the wedding of her best friend Michael (Dermot Mulroney) to the adorable Kimmy (Cameron Diaz). (Spoilers follow, so if you haven't been paying attention to cable for the last 15 years, take heed.)

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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
2:45 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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