Linda Holmes http://publicradiotulsa.org en Once More Into The Jaws Of The TV Dinosaur Known As Upfrontasaurus http://publicradiotulsa.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 13:26:45 +0000 Linda Holmes 59172 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Once More Into The Jaws Of The TV Dinosaur Known As Upfrontasaurus 'Say Anything,' Still Full Of Guileless Affection http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/say-anything-still-full-guileless-affection Transcript <p>WADE GOODWYN, HOST: <p>Twenty-five years ago, Lloyd Dobler raised a boombox over his head and changed the world of movie boyfriends forever.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "IN YOUR EYES")<p>PETER GABRIEL: (Singing) All my instincts, they return...<p>GOODWYN: Linda Holmes, of our pop culture blog "Monkey See," was a teenager when she first saw the film "Say Anything..." She says all these years later, she has a new appreciation of it.<p>LINDA HOLMES, BYLINE: Lloyd Dobler is played by John Cusack. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:12:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 58110 at http://publicradiotulsa.org 'Mad Men' Returns, Full Of Footnotes http://publicradiotulsa.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 57760 at http://publicradiotulsa.org 'Mad Men' Returns, Full Of Footnotes Oscars 2014: Low On Laughs, But A Great Speech Or Two http://publicradiotulsa.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 55340 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Oscars 2014: Low On Laughs, But A Great Speech Or Two The Beatles, As America First Loved Them http://publicradiotulsa.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 54181 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Pete Seeger And The Public Choir http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/pete-seeger-and-public-choir Much will be said and has been said <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/01/28/267520700/pete-seeger-dies-folk-music-icon-and-activist-was-94" target="_blank">about Pete Seeger</a>, who died Monday at 94, as an activist and musician. Blacklisted, tireless, stubborn, and funny, he wrote a lot of songs that seem to have simply always existed: "Where Have All The Flowers Gone?", "If I Had A Hammer," "Turn, Turn, Turn."<p>But he was something else, too: He was a person who believed deeply that people should sing, in groups, with harmony, in public — and not just in church. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 53500 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Pete Seeger And The Public Choir You Can Now Send Someone You Temporarily Like A 'Bachelor' Bouquet http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/you-can-now-send-someone-you-temporarily-bachelor-bouquet It's Friday, so let's take a moment to consider the greatest press release of the week. (And by "greatest," I mean "most ridiculous." As always.)<p>Today, I learned that ProFlowers is now officially offering a bouquet of roses called "The Bachelor Bouquet." It's ... it's a bouquet inspired by <em>The Bachelor</em>. There are roses (obviously), and there are a few rhinestones spread throughout, which will remind you of the large number of broken engagements that this show has inspired. Sat, 18 Jan 2014 01:58:24 +0000 Linda Holmes 53002 at http://publicradiotulsa.org You Can Now Send Someone You Temporarily Like A 'Bachelor' Bouquet The Golden Globes Share The Wealth, Such As It Is http://publicradiotulsa.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 52699 at http://publicradiotulsa.org The Golden Globes Share The Wealth, Such As It Is 'Saturday Night Live' Takes A Very Important First Step http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/saturday-night-live-takes-very-important-first-step <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jI_SFm-txRI</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 21:15:53 +0000 Linda Holmes 52462 at http://publicradiotulsa.org 'Saturday Night Live' Takes A Very Important First Step What Monkeys Eat: A Few Thoughts About Pop Culture Writing http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/what-monkeys-eat-few-thoughts-about-pop-culture-writing When I was first explaining what I wanted this blog to be like in 2008, I shared with some folks at NPR a theory I have had for some time about writing about popular culture. It goes like this: If you think monkeys are fascinating and you want to understand and be of value to them, it's not enough to be an expert on what monkeys <em>should ideally</em> eat. You have to understand what monkeys <em>actually</em> eat.<p>And the same is true of culture. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 20:37:54 +0000 Linda Holmes 51988 at http://publicradiotulsa.org What Monkeys Eat: A Few Thoughts About Pop Culture Writing