Linda Holmes http://tpr.org en 'Audience Measurement': How Networks And Critics Are Wrestling With Numbers http://tpr.org/post/audience-measurement-how-networks-and-critics-are-wrestling-numbers If the Television Critics Association press tour of 2014, wrapping up Tuesday and Wednesday with presentations from PBS, has had a catchphrase, it's "audience measurement."<p>Critics heard an extended presentation from Nielsen on the very first day of tour about the company's plans to begin measuring viewership on mobile devices and, more generally, about its scramble to keep up – catch up, really – with the way television works now. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:28:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 35481 at http://tpr.org 'Audience Measurement': How Networks And Critics Are Wrestling With Numbers Lab Rats, One And All: That Unsettling Facebook Experiment http://tpr.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 13:49:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 34255 at http://tpr.org Lab Rats, One And All: That Unsettling Facebook Experiment The Spoiler-Free 'Game Of Thrones' Twitter Translator http://tpr.org/post/spoiler-free-game-thrones-twitter-translator Despite watching a great deal of television — highbrow, lowbrow, middlebrow — I don't watch <em>Game of Thrones</em>. I have never been a fantasy fan, I can't tolerate extensive world-building without nodding off, I don't gravitate toward stories about epic wars, and I'm not particularly drawn by either nudity or innard-splattering. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:35:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 33470 at http://tpr.org The Spoiler-Free 'Game Of Thrones' Twitter Translator The Muscle-Flexing, Mind-Blowing Book Girls Will Inherit The Earth http://tpr.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 18:49:15 +0000 Linda Holmes 32927 at http://tpr.org The Muscle-Flexing, Mind-Blowing Book Girls Will Inherit The Earth 'The Other Woman': When Terrible Movies Happen To Funny Actresses http://tpr.org/post/other-woman-when-terrible-movies-happen-funny-actresses There is a moment in <em>The Other Woman </em>in which Leslie Mann and Cameron Diaz, playing a wife and her husband's former mistress — now friends — fall into a hedge together. When they're spotted, there's a little bit of physical business that's legitimately funny. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:52:11 +0000 Linda Holmes 30604 at http://tpr.org 'The Other Woman': When Terrible Movies Happen To Funny Actresses 'Say Anything,' Still Full Of Guileless Affection http://tpr.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 30322 at http://tpr.org God, Man And Lots Of Corridors In 'Transcendence' http://tpr.org/post/god-man-and-lots-corridors-transcendence <em>Transcendence</em> is a science fiction story, but it's very much about faith. Early on, a member of a "neo-Luddite" group confronts Will Caster (Johnny Depp) about his work. Caster is promising a future in which a massive artificial intelligence will contain more knowledge than the world has ever collectively possessed, and the man – played by Lukas Haas, whom many of us first saw as a tiny Amish child in <em>Witness</em>, where he was also counseled about the dangers of modernity and technology – accuses him of trying to create a god. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:36:27 +0000 Linda Holmes 30229 at http://tpr.org God, Man And Lots Of Corridors In 'Transcendence' Ken Burns Tackles Lincoln, Education And Money In 'The Address' http://tpr.org/post/ken-burns-tackles-lincoln-education-and-money-address The Ken Burns documentary <em>The Address</em>, premiering on most PBS stations Tuesday night, opens at the Greenwood School in Vermont, where students are being introduced to a longstanding tradition: studying the Gettysburg Address until they can recite it from memory in front of a large audience of students, staff and parents. If they succeed, they receive a special commemorative coin that is only given for this achievement. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:04:17 +0000 Linda Holmes 30110 at http://tpr.org Ken Burns Tackles Lincoln, Education And Money In 'The Address' 'Mad Men' Returns, Full Of Footnotes http://tpr.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 29987 at http://tpr.org 'Mad Men' Returns, Full Of Footnotes Captain America On The Potomac http://tpr.org/post/captain-america-potomac A genre film – one about superheroes, for instance – holds certain variables constant and allows others to change. The visual style can move, the dialogue style can move, and the force to be battled can move: what fans of <em>Buffy The Vampire Slayer </em>call the "Big Bad."<p>But in any Captain America movie, what does not move is the nature of Captain America. Thus, whenever you see Cap and you see what a director and screenwriter are having him do and say, you see that director and screenwriter's vision, not necessarily of America as a reality, but of "Americanism" as a theoretical ideal. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:25:35 +0000 Linda Holmes 29280 at http://tpr.org Captain America On The Potomac