Linda Holmes http://www.kplu.org en Press Tour Day 1: Paper Airplanes, Daniel Radcliffe, And Christmas http://www.kplu.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 18:52:23 +0000 Linda Holmes 17644 at http://www.kplu.org Press Tour Day 1: Paper Airplanes, Daniel Radcliffe, And Christmas Lab Rats, One And All: That Unsettling Facebook Experiment http://www.kplu.org/post/lab-rats-one-and-all-unsettling-facebook-experiment I've always been the shrugging type when it comes to lots of things that Facebook does that make people crazy. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:32:03 +0000 Linda Holmes 17479 at http://www.kplu.org Lab Rats, One And All: That Unsettling Facebook Experiment Christopher Walken Tells Jon Stewart About Tap Dance Cops ... Again http://www.kplu.org/post/christopher-walken-tells-jon-stewart-about-tap-dance-cops-again On Thursday night, Christopher Walken told Jon Stewart that he's from Queens, and where he grew up, it's common for police officers to send their kids to tap school. You'll hear the story at the 5:40 mark.<p>This story sounded awfully familiar, despite how shocked and delighted Jon Stewart seemed. Stewart, in fact, responded like he was hearing it for the very first time, even though ... well. Head to the 2:00 mark.<p>It just goes to show you: you don't have to have new anecdotes every time. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 18:32:12 +0000 Linda Holmes 17146 at http://www.kplu.org The Muscle-Flexing, Mind-Blowing Book Girls Will Inherit The Earth http://www.kplu.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 16:23:51 +0000 Linda Holmes 16981 at http://www.kplu.org The Muscle-Flexing, Mind-Blowing Book Girls Will Inherit The Earth Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Godzilla' And Things That Got Better http://www.kplu.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 16:51:39 +0000 Linda Holmes 16803 at http://www.kplu.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Godzilla' And Things That Got Better 'Batman V Superman': A Legal Thriller (We Hope) http://www.kplu.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 19:01:25 +0000 Linda Holmes 16744 at http://www.kplu.org 'Batman V Superman': A Legal Thriller (We Hope) A Punching Movie That Packs A Punch For People Who Like Punching http://www.kplu.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 19:39:48 +0000 Linda Holmes 16249 at http://www.kplu.org A Punching Movie That Packs A Punch For People Who Like Punching Kristen Wiig, Alice Munro And Negative Space In Fiction http://www.kplu.org/post/kristen-wiig-alice-munro-and-negative-space-fiction <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cyHTzkxCpk</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:26:04 +0000 Linda Holmes 16003 at http://www.kplu.org Kristen Wiig, Alice Munro And Negative Space In Fiction Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Captain America' And The Pitiless March Of Time http://www.kplu.org/post/pop-culture-happy-hour-captain-america-and-pitiless-march-time On this week's show, Matt Thompson sits in as we talk about <em>Captain America: The Winter Soldier</em>. Were we overwhelmed? Underwhelmed? Merely whelmed? How hard can I get myself thinking about the shots out the window of the Triskelion? Fri, 04 Apr 2014 19:22:30 +0000 Linda Holmes 15689 at http://www.kplu.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Captain America' And The Pitiless March Of Time David Letterman's Meticulously Unchoreographed Exit http://www.kplu.org/post/david-lettermans-meticulously-unchoreographed-exit <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9eYkpgeeI8</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLmiVi9HXK4</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUtofZzEnbA</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 17:53:50 +0000 Linda Holmes 15679 at http://www.kplu.org David Letterman's Meticulously Unchoreographed Exit An Interview With A Hypothetical Super-Independent Athlete Baby http://www.kplu.org/post/interview-hypothetical-super-independent-athlete-baby It might have seemed like an unsurprising thing to do when Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy took three entire days off to tend to his newborn child, but if you listen to sports commentary, you know that it was <a href="http://www.newsday.com/sports/media/watchdog-1.812020/wfan-hosts-take-issue-with-daniel-murphy-s-paternity-leave-1.7590160" target="_blank">not without controversy</a>.<p>Mike Francesa said on his WFAN radio show that paternity leave is a ridiculous idea for a professional baseball player, and that he, for one, worked on the very days his kids were born. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 22:08:56 +0000 Linda Holmes 15664 at http://www.kplu.org An Interview With A Hypothetical Super-Independent Athlete Baby Oh, 'Mother': An Awful End To A Long Love Story http://www.kplu.org/post/oh-mother-awful-end-long-love-story <em>[<strong>WARNING:</strong> If you haven't seen the series finale of </em>How I Met Your Mother,<em> don't watch it. Just kidding! Sort of. This piece, at any rate, contains plot details from that finale.]</em><p>When <em>How I Met Your Mother </em>premiered in the fall of 2005, it was sandwiched between <em>The King Of Queens</em> and <em>Two And A Half Men,</em> a lark cooling its heels in the company of two <em>very</em> sitcommy sitcoms. That made it seem even younger than it was and fresher than it was, and made its structural playfulness and experimentation even more welcome. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:22:30 +0000 Linda Holmes 15539 at http://www.kplu.org Oh, 'Mother': An Awful End To A Long Love Story 10 Absolutely True Stories About Writing For Television Without Pity http://www.kplu.org/post/10-absolutely-true-stories-about-writing-television-without-pity [<em>What follows is a personal reflection. Please indulge me.</em>]<p>I felt a little strange when I learned that NBC Universal, which purchased the recap site Television Without Pity in 2007, was closing it on April 4. On the one hand, I quit in 2008, so it's been years since I worked for them. On the other hand, I started writing there in 2001 and did so for about seven years. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:38:31 +0000 Linda Holmes 15516 at http://www.kplu.org 10 Absolutely True Stories About Writing For Television Without Pity Essie Davis: On Playing A Sexually Liberated 'Superhero' Without Apology http://www.kplu.org/post/essie-davis-playing-sexually-liberated-superhero-without-apology In the first-ever episode of the Australian series <em>Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries</em>, the central figure, Phryne Fisher, has to explain to her young, extremely Catholic new maid Dot what exactly is in the round, plastic case that Dot is holding in her hands. "Family planning," she says casually.<p>Phryne (pronounced FRY-nee) is an impeccably bobbed amateur detective in Melbourne during a time when a lady could still reasonably wear a feather boa but could already respectably wear pants. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:10:46 +0000 Linda Holmes 15485 at http://www.kplu.org Essie Davis: On Playing A Sexually Liberated 'Superhero' Without Apology Sex And The Greater 'Good Wife': Archie Panjabi On Keeping That Big Secret http://www.kplu.org/post/sex-and-greater-good-wife-archie-panjabi-keeping-big-secret Archie Panjabi is part of the cast of CBS's <em>The Good Wife</em>, which has spent much of this week hearing an earful about a major plot development on last Sunday's episode. (They discuss her feelings about the reaction, but do <em>not</em> specify what the development was.)<p>But on Saturday's <em>Weekend Edition</em>, she has time to talk to Scott Simon about her own character, Kalinda Sharma, a crafty woman who's not quite like any other on TV. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 14:48:49 +0000 Linda Holmes 15443 at http://www.kplu.org Sex And The Greater 'Good Wife': Archie Panjabi On Keeping That Big Secret