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.

Linda 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.

Linda 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.

Linda's work has also appeared on Vulture (New York magazine's entertainment blog), in TV Guide and in many, many legal documents.

Linda lives in Takoma Park, Md., where she devotes herself to her nephews, her scruffy friends and perfecting her recipe for iced coffee.

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10:31am

Mon October 3, 2011
Monkey See

ABC News And Yahoo! Open A New Partnership With A Presidential Chat

George Stephanopoulos of ABC News is a big part of the new partnership between ABC and Yahoo!, announced today.

Lou Rocco ABC

ABC News and Yahoo! announced today that they are teaming up in a "strategic online news alliance" they hope will reach 100 million U.S. users a month. And they're not starting small: George Stephanopoulos will interview President Obama at 2:35 this afternoon for a webcast on ABCNews.com and Yahoo.com. The partnership will make ABC News, according to the press release, "the premier news provider on Yahoo! News." The press release says that Yahoo!

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9:00am

Mon October 3, 2011
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Andy Rooney Says Goodbye

Andy Rooney tapes his final segment for 60 Minutes.

AP

Sunday night, 92-year-old Andy Rooney bid farewell to his regular weekly segments on 60 Minutes, explaining that he sees himself as a writer and not a "television personality," and after all, "writers don't retire," but he's no longer going to be talking on television every week about fruit or the post office or whatever other nagging matter has his attention.

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11:16am

Wed September 28, 2011
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Amazon Unveils Its Tablet, The Kindle Fire: Can It Compete?

Originally published on Wed September 28, 2011 4:41 pm

Jeff Bezos, Chairman and CEO of Amazon.com, introduces the Kindle Fire at a news conference, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011.
Mark Lennihan AP

Today, Amazon announced the debut of its 7-inch tablet, the Kindle Fire. Available for $199, the Kindle Fire is being positioned as a device that will deliver Amazon's e-books, MP3s, magazines, web browsing, and streaming video for less than half the price of full-featured tablets like the Apple iPad. The Fire is available for preorder starting today, and will ship November 15.

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8:42am

Wed September 28, 2011
Monkey See

Idris Elba: The Man Who Is Luther, Was Stringer, And Could Be James Bond

Idris Elba as John Luther in Luther, which returns on BBC America Wednesday night.
Kerry Brown BBC America

Idris Elba tells Linda Wertheimer on Wednesday's Morning Edition that he didn't come to the United States from the UK to play "black roles," but merely "roles." And he has: roles like Stringer Bell on HBO's dark drug epic The Wire and John Luther, the central character of Luther, a drama series that returns for a second season tonight on BBC America.

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8:33am

Mon September 19, 2011
Monkey See

Netflix Won't Send You DVDs Anymore; Now They'll Come From 'Qwikster'

Originally published on Mon September 19, 2011 1:37 pm

Say goodbye to the red Netflix envelope, which the company is phasing out in favor of a new DVD delivery service called "Qwikster."
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Netflix has figured out that people are very upset about its decision to split streaming video and DVD delivery — a decision that got it in huge hot water earlier this year. Customers who had previously gotten both streaming and DVDs for a single price would now have to pay separately. If you only use one or the other, you could pay less, but if you still wanted both, you'd pay more.

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8:08am

Mon September 19, 2011
Monkey See

The Emmys: Satisfying Winners Elevate A Sloppy Show

Originally published on Mon September 19, 2011 8:51 am

Melissa McCarthy accepts the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series award onstage with Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Martha Plimpton, Edie Falco, and presenters Rob Lowe and Sofia Vergara.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Watching Sunday night's Emmy Awards was a little bit like going to the very bad wedding of people you really love: the happiness you feel for the people involved almost makes up for how otherwise unremarkable the experience is.

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12:01am

Fri September 16, 2011
Monkey See

Jane Lynch: A Life Of 'Happy Accidents'

Voice

It's a big week for Jane Lynch. Her memoir, Happy Accidents, was released on Tuesday, and this Sunday night, she'll be hosting the Primetime Emmy Awards. And she's a reasonably good bet to pick one up, too: her second in a row for playing the scheming cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester on Fox's Glee. On Friday's Morning Edition, she talks to David Greene about her career, her book, and the difficult process of telling her parents she was gay.

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3:23pm

Tue September 6, 2011
Monkey See

Eddie Murphy Will Host The Oscars

Eddie Murphy will be the host of the Oscars in February 2012.
Dimitrios Kambouris Getty Images

It's been rumored for a few days, and now it's official: Eddie Murphy will host the Oscars in 2012, the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences announced today.

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4:31pm

Fri September 2, 2011
Monkey See

Hugh Laurie Sings The Blues

Hugh Laurie, seen here playing Dr. Gregory House on House, has a new project.
Ray Mickshaw Fox

Fans of Hugh Laurie on House -- a show for which he's been nominated for six Emmys — know that grumpy Dr. House doesn't get at all of Laurie's talents. He was previously best known for comedy, particularly what he did with Stephen Fry on shows like Jeeves And Wooster. But on House, while he does plenty of dark comedy, he also plays heavy drama.

And now he's released an album of New Orleans and Delta blues. (He knows its' a little counterintuitive. But that's okay.)

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11:22am

Tue August 30, 2011
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Your Friends Are Not Your Audience: A Disturbing Internet Lesson In Perspective

iStockphoto.com

It's a piece of necessary wisdom that will be shared with countless college students this fall by nervous parents: Tell a story at a party, and it's heard by a handful of people, whose reactions you perhaps have some ability to predict. Tell it on the internet, and it will be heard by the people you know and the people you don't — and the latter outnumber the former by several orders of magnitude. Don't put your picture on Facebook flashing the camera or looking drunk or kissing someone you might later regret kissing.

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10:27am

Mon August 29, 2011
Monkey See

Why Did I Watch Fourteen Hours Of The Weather Channel? I'm Not Sure.

Originally published on Mon August 29, 2011 11:49 am

In this handout image provided by The Weather Channel, Jim Cantore reports on Hurricane Irene from Battery Park on Sunday.
Getty Images

If you follow me on Twitter, you already know that I spent all day Saturday watching The Weather Channel. It started very early in the morning when I woke up nervous and headed out to the living room. The hurricane hadn't even made landfall yet, but they already had a guy on the beach who had been assigned to watch over a wooden pier to see if it would collapse. "I appreciate The Weather Channel's nonstop coverage of America's Pier," I said to practically nobody, since practically nobody was awake.

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10:53am

Thu August 25, 2011
Monkey See

Steve Jobs And The Cultural Apple

Apple CEO Steve Jobs delivers the keynote address at the Apple World Wide Developers Conference in June 2011. Jobs announced on August 24 that he would step down immediately as CEO of Apple.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

When Steve Jobs stepped down from his position as CEO of Apple yesterday, he handed the reins immediately to chief operating officer Tim Cook, who has had such a significant hand in day-to-day operations that many expect that Apple won't immediately suffer much in the way of effects on either its ability to turn out beloved products or its business position.

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11:05am

Fri August 19, 2011
Monkey See

A New 'West Memphis Three' Hearing Could Give A Documentary A New Ending

This morning in Jonesboro, Ark., Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, known as the "West Memphis Three," will reportedly appear at a surprise hearing where many outlets are reporting that they — or at least Echols and Baldwin, with some reports saying all three — will be released after spending 18 years in prison for the 1993 murders of three young boys. Echols had been sentenced to death.

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11:16am

Thu August 18, 2011
Monkey See

The Fine Art Of Walking Out

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 1:54 pm

Television image via CNN

Last night, Christine O'Donnell, who was a much-discussed Senate candidate in Delaware last year and author of a new book, walked out on her interview with CNN's Piers Morgan after he asked her to talk about gay marriage, which she said was rude, because she was there to discuss — in her words — one of "the issues that I choose to talk about in the book." Ultimately, their disagreement came down to her assertion that as a host, it's rude to ask her things other than the things she wants to be asked about.

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2:30pm

Fri July 22, 2011
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Living Multiple Outcomes: Brit Marling Is A Hyphenate On 'Another Earth'

Newly minted indie film darling Brit Marling is the star and co-writer of Another Earth, entering limited release this weekend.
Fox Searchlight

The new film Another Earth stars Brit Marling as a woman who watches a duplicate planet hover beside ours as she struggles to escape from her own devastating past. But Marling doesn't only star in (and, some say, steal) the film — she also co-wrote and co-produced it with director Mike Cahill.

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9:43am

Tue June 21, 2011
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'The Swell Season': How Documentaries Can Tell Stories We Don't Want To Hear

Marketa Irglova and Glen Hansard in The Swell Season, which opened the Silverdocs festival Monday night.
Silverdocs

Consider the discontented viewer.

We live in this hypothetical person's golden age, when the complaints he used to share with patient friends can now be shared with the entire online world, and they may even make their way to the eyeballs of the creators of the entertainment he's so angry about. Unsatisfying season finale? Terrible third act of a movie? Too much lens flare? Tweet, tweet, tweet!

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10:26am

Mon June 20, 2011
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Stephen Sondheim's 'Company': Can Theater-To-Film Take Off?

Neil Patrick Harris stands among the cast of Company, which played in select movie theaters this weekend.
Dario Cantatore Getty Images

This was the weekend that the production of Stephen Sondheim's Company filmed during a brief run with the New York Philharmonic in April enjoyed a limited run in movie theaters across the country. (If you missed it, there are rumblings of a one-shot encore date in July, but they're not yet listed on the official site, so stay tuned.)

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11:33am

Tue June 14, 2011
Monkey See

'Super 8': Those Who Remember History Are The Best At Repeating It

Elle Fanning is the sole girl in a crowd of boys in J.J. Abrams' Super 8.
Paramount Pictures

How you see J.J. Abrams' Super 8 largely depends on how you react to its relationship with movies that already exist.

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11:05am

Mon June 13, 2011
Monkey See

Attention, Geography Fiends! Tonight Is The Bee For You

Contestants participate in the National Geographic Bee on May 25, 2011.
Rebecca Hale National Geographic

Okay, the National Geographic Bee isn't being shown live; it ended in late May. But you can watch some of the competition beginning tonight at 6:30 PM on Nat Geo Wild, a cable channel that you actually might get, even if you think you don't. It is the home of shows like Crimes Against Nature and Python Hunters and the awesomely named Rebel Monkeys, but tonight, it gives itself over for 30 minutes to academics. The competition will run all this week.

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7:39am

Mon June 13, 2011
Monkey See

'The Book Of Mormon' And 'War Horse' Clean Up At The Tony Awards

If Sunday night's Tony Awards are any indication, Broadway loves its Mormons, its Larry Kramer plays, and its really big horse puppets.

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5:18pm

Wed June 8, 2011
Monkey See

Summer Television: A Time Of 'Men,' Werewolves And Aliens

Andre Braugher, LisaGay Hamilton, Ray Romano and Scott Bakula star on TNT's Men Of A Certain Age.
Danny Feld TNT

Feel like you're drowning in a flood of so-called "reality" television, Canadian series imports and new cable shows?

It's not you, it's TV; specifically, the oddball land of summer television.

As the big networks try to avoid looking like they've gone fishin' for summer and cable amps up its schedule, there's a new universe of programming for small screen fans to sort though. And there's a few standout series worth seeing — and avoiding — in the weeks to come.

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9:54am

Wed June 8, 2011
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Morning Shots: Jon Stewart Bleeds And Laurence Fishburne Leaves

On last night's The Daily Show, Jon Stewart got a little too enthusiastic with a segment satirizing Rep. Anthony Weiner's ugly press conference from Monday afternoon. Stewart wound up accidentally slicing his wrist open and needing to be bandaged.

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7:27am

Tue June 7, 2011
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Anthony Weiner Takes Full Responsibility ... Whatever That Means

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) admitted yesterday to sending a lewd Twitter photo of himself to a woman and then lying about it.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

What does it mean to "take responsibility"?

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2:49pm

Mon June 6, 2011
Monkey See

Katie Couric Gets A Daytime Talk Show

Network evening news may not have worked out, but Katie Couric is wasting no time making other plans.

Her replacement on the CBS Evening News, Scott Pelley, starts tonight, but today, she announced that she's starting a syndicated daytime talk show to be produced by ABC, beginning in the fall of 2012.

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2:08pm

Mon June 6, 2011
Monkey See

Seeing Teenagers As We Wish They Were: The Debate Over YA Fiction

iStockphoto.com

Over the weekend, The Wall Street Journal ran a piece claiming that fiction at least nominally aimed at readers under 18 — young adult or "YA" fiction, that is — is entirely too dark.

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10:43am

Mon June 6, 2011
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Might A Shake-Up In Olympics Coverage Fix A Badly Broken System?

The Olympic flag will fly again in 2014 and 2016, but where U.S. viewers will find the games on television is up for bids this week.
Dean Mouhtaropoulos Getty Images

Bidding on TV broadcast rights for the 2014 and 2016 Olympics will take place Tuesday in Lausanne, Switzerland, and there seems to be a decent chance that NBC — working without longtime NBC sports chief Dick Ebersol, who recently resigned after failing to reach terms with the leadership that came in when Comcast took over — won't be the winner, for the first time since CBS carried the Winter Games in 1998.

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9:35am

Mon June 6, 2011
Monkey See

Morning Shots: Smurf Controversies, Tax Subsidies, And Projectionists

After a hiatus caused by traveling, royalty, and other inconveniences, the morning roundup returns.

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12:28pm

Wed June 1, 2011
Monkey See

The Grand Rapids Lip Dub: A Giant Street Party Set To Music

A screencap from the Grand Rapids Lip Dub.
Youtube screen capture

If you were online over the Memorial Day weekend, you may well have seen The Grand Rapids Lip Dub.

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10:38am

Wed June 1, 2011
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'Spoiled': Fizzy, Funny Young Adult Fiction From The Fug Girls

Poppy

The very funny web site Go Fug Yourself, which tackles red-carpet fashion adventures and has entire categories for things like formal shorts and feathers, used to have a sidebar that included some of the more negative comments its writers, Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan*, had received. One in particular used to make me laugh every single time I read it.

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9:18am

Wed June 1, 2011
Monkey See

Good Morning: Please Enjoy This Parrot Impersonating A Cat

Tuesday night marked the return of America's Got Talent, one of summer's most erratic sources of actual entertainment.

There were singers, there was a magician, and there was a guy who tried to do some kind of a stunt thing with a horse while Cee-Lo Green's "[Forget] You" played, but he fell off a lot until they made him stop.

But what was good was this parrot right here. I don't know if America's actually got talent or not, but I nominate this parrot to represent us in the next International Talent-Having Olympics.

Well done, parrot.

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