Linda Holmes en 'Audience Measurement': How Networks And Critics Are Wrestling With 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 16:34:14 +0000 Linda Holmes 95422 at 'Audience Measurement': How Networks And Critics Are Wrestling With Numbers Lab Rats, One And All: That 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 14:10:16 +0000 Linda Holmes 93756 at Lab Rats, One And All: That Unsettling Facebook Experiment 'Say Anything,' Still Full Of 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 88564 at God, Man And Lots Of Corridors In '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 17:47:20 +0000 Linda Holmes 88404 at God, Man And Lots Of Corridors In 'Transcendence' 'Mad Men' Returns, Full Of 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 88107 at 'Mad Men' Returns, Full Of Footnotes Oscars 2014: Low On Laughs, But A 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 84962 at Oscars 2014: Low On Laughs, But A Great Speech Or Two Nine Best Picture Nominees, Many Funny Faces, And A Couple Of Bonus Features <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 13:15:49 +0000 Linda Holmes 84923 at Nine Best Picture Nominees, Many Funny Faces, And A Couple Of Bonus Features The Beauty Of Spilling Your Sad Teenage Guts I read Pam Ribon's <em>Notes To Boys: And Other Things I Shouldn't Share In Public </em>in a few sittings, but the longest stretch I consumed where one should ideally read this book: in a bubble bath. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 04:14:02 +0000 Linda Holmes 84055 at The Beatles, As 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 83507 at Pete Seeger And The Public Choir Much will be said and has been said <a href="" 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 15:08:50 +0000 Linda Holmes 82714 at Pete Seeger And The Public Choir