Linda Holmes en Pop Culture Happy Hour: Buddy Movies And First Impressions This week, the recent opening of <em>22 Jump Street</em> — among many others — gets us talking about the buddy film. Not just the buddy-cop movie, but the buddy-frat movie, the depressingly rare female-buddy movie, and whatever else they come up with to create what Glen calls "the background noise of American popular culture." We talk about whether the straight-man/comic dynamic is going away, the long history of buddies, and the "bromance" idea with which not all of us are entirely comfortable.<p>Then we move on to a second topic about first impressions. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:30:38 +0000 Linda Holmes 64906 at The Work Of The Devil <strong>[<em>This piece about the first season of the TV show </em>Fargo <em>will discuss events that took place on the first season of the TV show </em>Fargo<em>.</em>]</strong><p>The biggest difference between the movie <em>Fargo </em>and the TV show <em>Fargo</em> (which ended its first season Tuesday night) is the devil. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:18:39 +0000 Linda Holmes 64827 at Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Edge Of Tomorrow' And Noble Flops If you're looking for a movie to see this weekend, may we recommend a movie you may not have seen last weekend?<p>After a brief breakdown of the Tony Awards (which underwhelmed us a bit — see what you think of <a href="" target="_blank">the <em>Music Man</em> bit</a>), the panel — including guest Chris Klimek — gets on to the business of giving a pretty hearty thumbs-up to the Tom Cruise action thriller <em>Edge Of Tomorrow</em>, co-starring a very fine Emily Blunt and a bunch of aliens. And time travel and/or eternal life! Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:05:34 +0000 Linda Holmes 64761 at Good News, Glamour-Likers: More 'Miss Fisher' To Come Let us begin this Friday with some unabashed joy: the Australian show <em>Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries</em>, adored by many a fan of glamorous lady detectives, smoldering fellows, sexual freedom and fantastic outfits, will return for a third series, according to <a href="" target="_blank">the show's Facebook page</a>.<p>As star Essie Davis <a href="" target="_blank">told me</a> earlier this year, Phryne Fisher is a superhero, very d Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:05:08 +0000 Linda Holmes 64760 at Pop Culture Happy Hour: Seeing Books Everywhere And Moments Of Grief This week's show brings back our friend Petra Mayer of NPR Books. Like me, Petra is fresh off a trip to Book Expo America (a/k/a BEA, FYI), where we both heard about a whole lot of new books. We'll mention some of the titles (though in many cases we haven't actually received the books yet), and we'll try to give you a sense of how this enormous trade show followed by a fan event actually works. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:27:02 +0000 Linda Holmes 64521 at The Muscle-Flexing, Mind-Blowing Book Girls Will Inherit The 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="">a robust diversity debate</a> that bloomed on social media around the hashtag #WeNeedDiverseBooks. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 19:21:33 +0000 Linda Holmes 63881 at Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Godzilla' And Things That Got Better First of all: <a href="" 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. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 22:19:21 +0000 Linda Holmes 62709 at Be Wary And Bury The Very Scary 'I Wanna Marry Harry' Gather round, children, and I will tell you of a dark time. A cruel time.<p>It was a time when reality dating shows were even worse than they are now.<p>Little remains of what was once a rich tapestry of such programming, if by "rich" you mean "smelly" and by "tapestry" you mean "garbage heap." Back in the day, <em>Joe Millionaire</em> featured a poor guy posing as a rich guy. <em>Married By America </em>resulted in nobody getting married. Monica Lewinsky hosted a show called <em>Mr. Personality</em> where the guys wore masks. Sun, 15 Jun 2014 22:37:05 +0000 Linda Holmes 62603 at Entirely Real Photos: Queen Elizabeth Delightfully Takes In A Horse Show The wonderful thing about this picture is that in it, Queen Elizabeth — who is at the Royal Windsor Horse Show — looks like any other grandma.<p>I remember <a href="" target="_blank">watching her</a> rattle by in her ... carriage? coach? ... and thinking about how unreal it was. Even without any particular appreciation for ceremony, royalty in general, or this particular royal family, the Queen is such a <em>figure</em> to a lot of people. Sun, 15 Jun 2014 19:56:54 +0000 Linda Holmes 62525 at Pop Culture Happy Hour: Fairy Tales And A Fall TV Quiz We could not be happier to bring back our friend Barrie Hardymon, who's out in California but still made time to come and chat with us. In recognition that we are soon to see the live-action <em>Maleficent </em>coming from Disney, we chat about fairy tales. "These are stories we tell our kids to get them to abandon us," Glen says. "We're giving them the psychic armor, the psychic tools, to say goodbye." We talk about old fairy tales, Disney-fied versions, and Glen's recognition that Germany hasn't had an easy time of it with their own versions. Sun, 15 Jun 2014 19:56:11 +0000 Linda Holmes 62524 at