Linda Holmes http://kvpr.org en 'Mad Men' Returns, Full Of Footnotes http://kvpr.org/post/mad-men-returns-full-footnotes Imagine a scene in which a man is sitting on a park bench reading a book. A woman comes up and sits beside him. He looks up at her. She hands him a letter. "It's over," she says.<p>If you were to see this scene in a film, completely out of context, you might look for a variety of clues to figure out what's going on. Some are straightforward: How are the people behaving? What's her tone of voice? What do their faces look like? How close are they sitting? If you've spent some time thinking about filmmaking, you might consider other things: How are they framed? What's the angle of the shot? Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:34:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 31143 at http://kvpr.org 'Mad Men' Returns, Full Of Footnotes Sex And The Greater 'Good Wife': Archie Panjabi On Keeping That Big Secret http://kvpr.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 16:50:39 +0000 Linda Holmes 30437 at http://kvpr.org Sex And The Greater 'Good Wife': Archie Panjabi On Keeping That Big Secret Oscars 2014: Low On Laughs, But A Great Speech Or Two http://kvpr.org/post/oscars-2014-low-laughs-great-speech-or-two The big winner was <em>12 Years a Slave</em>, but there was quite a bit of love to go around at Sunday night's Oscars. What there wasn't, as usual, was a lot of riveting television.<p>Sure, there was John Travolta squinting at the teleprompter and introducing Idina Menzel (to sing the Oscar-winning Best Original Song "Let It Go," from <em>Frozen</em>) as — no kidding — "Adele Dazeem." And there was a fun dance number featuring Pharrell Williams and his own Oscar-nominated "Happy," which he wore a formal black version of his Grammys hat to perform.<p>But on the whole? It was a little flat. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 06:36:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 29162 at http://kvpr.org Oscars 2014: Low On Laughs, But A Great Speech Or Two The Beatles, As America First Loved Them http://kvpr.org/post/beatles-america-first-loved-them It's been 50 years since The Beatles first appeared on Ed Sullivan, to an audience of screaming, hair-pulling, ecstatic (in the classic sense) teenage girls. Cutes in suits, you might call them, like (and, of course, nothing like) countless other bands of the time that wore skinny ties and shared microphones and said "oh" and "yeah" and "baby."<p>Later, they'd get weird; experimental, rebellious, more transparently and transcendentally <em>high</em> than maybe any band ever, at least to hear the music tell it. They became legends, they became celebrities and movie stars. Sun, 09 Feb 2014 16:52:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 28270 at http://kvpr.org The Golden Globes Share The Wealth, Such As It Is http://kvpr.org/post/golden-globes-share-wealth-such-it Let us say this first: The Golden Globes are Hollywood culture at its most purely self-perpetuating. Given out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a small group of journalists so gleefully obscure that there is usually a joke about how gleefully obscure they are, the Globes lack the gravitas of the Oscars, which is really saying something, given the fact that the Oscars lack the gravitas of the Tonys and the Tonys lack the gravitas of a halfway decent episode of <em>Law & Order: SVU</em>.<p>That's why having Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host works out so well. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 15:14:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 27084 at http://kvpr.org The Golden Globes Share The Wealth, Such As It Is A Toronto Film Chat, From Two Jake Gyllenhaals To Three Daniel Radcliffes http://kvpr.org/post/toronto-film-chat-two-jake-gyllenhaals-three-daniel-radcliffes Bob Mondello and I took a break from our time at the Toronto International Film Festival today for a chat withAll Things Consideredand host Audie Cornish. Mon, 09 Sep 2013 20:31:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 21298 at http://kvpr.org A Toronto Film Chat, From Two Jake Gyllenhaals To Three Daniel Radcliffes Toronto International Film Festival, Days One And Two http://kvpr.org/post/toronto-international-film-festival-days-one-and-two Two days into the Toronto International Film Festival, I'm 10 films in. We'll talk more about all of these later, but it seemed only fair to share some basic impressions, since I'm certainly logging the seat time to earn them. So here are the 10 I've seen so far.<p><em>Closed Curtain </em>(directed by Jafar Panahi and Kambozia Partovi; screenplay by Panahi): Iranian director Panahi is still under house arrest and banned from filmmaking for producing "propaganda" — just as he was when he released the 2011 documentary <em>This Is Not A Film</em>, which chronicled his life under arrest. Sat, 07 Sep 2013 12:09:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 21214 at http://kvpr.org Toronto International Film Festival, Days One And Two Rob Lowe On Playing JFK Without Sounding Like You're On 'The Simpsons' http://kvpr.org/post/rob-lowe-playing-jfk-without-sounding-youre-simpsons The National Geographic Channel is a little all over the place when it comes to their programming. There's some nature material, there's some fairly sensational reality stuff <em>(Doomsday Preppers</em>, for instance), and there are historical documentaries and, sometimes, historical scripted films. Thu, 25 Jul 2013 19:07:12 +0000 Linda Holmes 18942 at http://kvpr.org Rob Lowe On Playing JFK Without Sounding Like You're On 'The Simpsons' 20 Really Great Royal Baby Titles For Classy Parents http://kvpr.org/post/20-really-great-royal-baby-titles-classy-parents Look, it's possible that I don't completely understand how British titles work. But it's 100 percent true that Prince William is also called Baron Carrickfergus. (You may Google that. I'll wait.)<p>Now that we have verified that Prince William, who is also Duke of Cambridge and Earl of Strathearn, was made Baron Carrickfergus <em>as a gift</em>, we understand that naming a royal person is a little different from naming a regular person. Mon, 22 Jul 2013 12:20:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 18737 at http://kvpr.org 20 Really Great Royal Baby Titles For Classy Parents Why Paula Deen Can't Be A 'Food Network Star' http://kvpr.org/post/why-paula-deen-cant-be-food-network-star It's not the least bit surprising that Paula Deen lost her gig on The Food Network — and you don't have to believe she's a terrible person to know it. All you have to do is watch <em>Food Network Star</em>, the competition show that seeks a new network personality and sometimes finds one.<p>That's where they got Aarti Sequeira, who now hosts the Indian food show <em>Aarti Party</em>. It's where they got Aaron McCargo, Jr., who hosts <em>Big Daddy's House</em>. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 14:59:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 17438 at http://kvpr.org Why Paula Deen Can't Be A 'Food Network Star' In Slight Defense Of Miss Utah USA, A Little Bit, With Reservations http://kvpr.org/post/slight-defense-miss-utah-usa-little-bit-reservations <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tx7TE7fCkrk</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 15:36:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 16907 at http://kvpr.org In Slight Defense Of Miss Utah USA, A Little Bit, With Reservations When Your Data Is Currency, What Does Your Privacy Cost? http://kvpr.org/post/when-your-data-your-currency-what-does-your-privacy-cost There was considerable mouth-dropping from publications such as <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/07/opinion/president-obamas-dragnet.html?_r=0"><em>The New York Times</em></a> at initial reports this week that NSA programs are gathering both telephone records and information gleaned from large tech companies like Google and Microsoft. Sun, 09 Jun 2013 11:03:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 16483 at http://kvpr.org When Your Data Is Currency, What Does Your Privacy Cost? Comikaze: Not Just The Other Comic Convention http://kvpr.org/post/comikaze-not-just-other-comic-convention You may be familiar with the San Diego Comic-Con, a constantly expanding convention for fans that started as a niche event for comic-book nerds and is now a sprawling pop-culture event.<p>You may not be familiar with Comikaze. The brainchild of Regina Carpinelli, a fan who was unhappy with the cost, ticket scarcity, and changing focus of Comic-Con, Comikaze is a smaller festival that costs $30 for the weekend, rather than Comic-Con's $150 four-day passes. Tue, 28 May 2013 21:15:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 15856 at http://kvpr.org Comikaze: Not Just The Other Comic Convention Why Angelina Jolie's Op-Ed Matters http://kvpr.org/post/why-angelina-jolies-op-ed-matters Pop culture does not mean celebrity culture; I have perhaps said this more often than anyone you're going to meet. Who dates, who gets a divorce, who has a tantrum, who has surreptitious photos snapped of him by mangy, grim opportunists — these things are not culture of any kind, popular or otherwise, unless there is something else at stake. They are curiosities, and given that we are curious creatures, their pull is not surprising, nor is it new, nor was it invented by the internet, or television, or Americans. Tue, 14 May 2013 16:28:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 15107 at http://kvpr.org Why Angelina Jolie's Op-Ed Matters Loving 'Gatsby' Too Much And Not Enough http://kvpr.org/post/loving-gatsby-too-much-and-not-enough [<em>I really hope it goes without saying that this piece about the film adaptation of a decades-old novel gives away the plot of a decades-old novel. But: Be aware.</em>]<p>The sheer zazz that Baz Luhrmann introduces into <em>The Great Gatsby </em>is so imposing in quantity that it's surprising that it can get out of the way enough not to be the biggest problem in the movie. Fri, 10 May 2013 16:49:11 +0000 Linda Holmes 14934 at http://kvpr.org Loving 'Gatsby' Too Much And Not Enough Boston's Art Museums Offer Free Admission To Provide A 'Place Of Respite' http://kvpr.org/post/bostons-art-museums-offer-free-admission-provide-place-respite <em>UPDATE, 4:08 p.m.: In addition to the institutions mentioned below, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum <a href="https://twitter.com/gardnermuseum/status/324243859926315008" target="_blank">has announced</a> that admission will be free on Wednesday, April 17. </em><p>At least two art museums in Boston, the Museum Of Fine Arts and the Institute of Contemporary Art, have announced that admission on Tuesday will be free as a service to a city still dealing with the trauma of the explosions Monday at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Tue, 16 Apr 2013 17:29:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 13688 at http://kvpr.org Boston's Art Museums Offer Free Admission To Provide A 'Place Of Respite' Big Hair, Big Shoulders And Big Money: Linda Evans On '80s Excess http://kvpr.org/post/big-hair-big-shoulders-and-big-money-linda-evans-80s-excess You may find a hint to the era in which you were born (as well as your taste in entertainment) in Linda Wertheimer's clarification that on the '80s nighttime soap <em>Dynasty</em>, actress Linda Evans played Krystle Carrington — Krystle with a K, that is. Mon, 15 Apr 2013 06:16:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 13595 at http://kvpr.org Big Hair, Big Shoulders And Big Money: Linda Evans On '80s Excess Thank G-O-O-D-N-E-S-S: The National Spelling Bee Adds Meaning http://kvpr.org/post/thank-g-o-o-d-n-e-s-s-national-spelling-bee-adds-meaning As Eyder Peralta <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/04/09/176723940/new-rule-spelling-bee-will-now-include-definitions-test" target="_blank">reported</a> last night, the National Spelling Bee has made a big change to its rules.<p>For the first time, the written (or computerized) test students use to qualify for the semifinals and championship finals will include vocabulary questions requiring them to know the meanings of words, not just the spelling. Wed, 10 Apr 2013 14:51:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 13382 at http://kvpr.org Thank G-O-O-D-N-E-S-S: The National Spelling Bee Adds Meaning Death And Dyeing: Five Thoughts About The Return Of 'Mad Men' http://kvpr.org/post/death-and-dyeing-five-thoughts-about-return-mad-men <strong>1. The symbolism was a bit heavy-handed.</strong> It's frustrating that <em>Mad Men </em>creator Matthew Weiner doesn't trust viewers of the show enough to allow symbolism to live in an episode as suggestion and not insistence. The <em>Mad Men </em>audience is small and self-selecting; it is made up of people who choose to watch a show that requires attention and rewards patience. Mon, 08 Apr 2013 17:39:50 +0000 Linda Holmes 13266 at http://kvpr.org Death And Dyeing: Five Thoughts About The Return Of 'Mad Men' Putting Late Night In Perspective: Under The Massive Boot Of Judge Judy http://kvpr.org/post/putting-late-night-perspective-under-massive-boot-judge-judy While we go on about the Johnnys, Jimmys, Daves, Jays, Conans, and additional Jimmys of the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/04/03/176139405/its-set-jimmy-fallon-to-replace-jay-leno-on-tonight-show-in-spring-2014" target="_blank">late-night wars</a>, where was Joe? Thu, 04 Apr 2013 16:52:50 +0000 Linda Holmes 13117 at http://kvpr.org Putting Late Night In Perspective: Under The Massive Boot Of Judge Judy