Linda Holmes http://kuow.org en Ken Burns Tackles Lincoln, Education And Money In 'The Address' http://kuow.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 17:54:55 +0000 Linda Holmes 32589 at http://kuow.org Ken Burns Tackles Lincoln, Education And Money In 'The Address' The Bitter Tundra Returns As 'Fargo' Comes To Television http://kuow.org/post/bitter-tundra-returns-fargo-comes-television There are a lot of ways to adapt a film to a TV show, and it's not as common as it was for a while there. For a while, you had strange experiments like TV telling the story of Ferris Bueller, TV telling the story of Baby and Johnny from <em>Dirty Dancing</em>, and TV revisiting <em>9 to 5</em>. Usually, it meant just moving the characters over to a series, having them played by new actors, and following new stories about them. (Melora Hardin as Baby Houseman!) Every now and then, it worked: you might have heard of <em>M*A*S*H</em>. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:03:08 +0000 Linda Holmes 32541 at http://kuow.org The Bitter Tundra Returns As 'Fargo' Comes To Television 'Mad Men' Returns, Full Of Footnotes http://kuow.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 32468 at http://kuow.org 'Mad Men' Returns, Full Of Footnotes Oscars 2014: Low On Laughs, But A Great Speech Or Two http://kuow.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 29721 at http://kuow.org Oscars 2014: Low On Laughs, But A Great Speech Or Two A New Shine On Old Problems: How to Clean The Nastiest Stains http://kuow.org/post/new-shine-old-problems-how-do-you-clean-those-really-nasty-stains It's hard to take not one but two genres that are typically thought of as staples of old-fashioned "media for women" – the advice column and the collection of household hints – and make them feel at all relevant to women now, who may or may not have time for all the fussing that perfect housekeeping ideally entails and may or may not live lives in which it's their responsibility, or their priority.<p>But that's what Jolie Kerr accomplished at The Hairpin with her column, "Ask A Clean Person," which later moved to Jezebel under the title <a href="http://jezebel.com/tag/squalor">"Squalor."</a> N Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:47:32 +0000 Linda Holmes 29317 at http://kuow.org A New Shine On Old Problems: How to Clean The Nastiest Stains Why The 'Man's-Man Game' Is An Insult To Men http://kuow.org/post/why-mans-man-game-insult-men Michael Sam, the SEC defensive player of the year out of Missouri, talked about being gay <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/10/sports/michael-sam-college-football-star-says-he-is-gay-ahead-of-nfl-draft.html?hp&_r=0" target="_blank">in an interview</a> with <em>The New York Times</em> that ran Sunday, although his college coaches and teammates already knew. Sam was expected to be a solid NFL draft pick in May, making this a particularly intriguing time for him to come out. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 18:28:20 +0000 Linda Holmes 28513 at http://kuow.org Why The 'Man's-Man Game' Is An Insult To Men The Beatles, As America First Loved Them http://kuow.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 28480 at http://kuow.org The Golden Globes Share The Wealth, Such As It Is http://kuow.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 26961 at http://kuow.org The Golden Globes Share The Wealth, Such As It Is Miss Universe's National Costume Show Raids International Feather Supply http://kuow.org/post/miss-universes-national-costume-show-raids-international-feather-supply Two years back, we noted that Miss USA's costume at the Miss Universe National Costume Show was a mashup of tradition and vulgarity: <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2011/09/12/140393849/miss-usa-goes-for-subtlety-with-her-national-costume-for-miss-universe" target="_blank">"like crossing the Delaware to go to Hooters."</a><p>This year's costume show was Sunday night, and like the entire Miss Universe bash this year, it was in Russia. The U.S. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 23:15:51 +0000 Linda Holmes 23393 at http://kuow.org Miss Universe's National Costume Show Raids International Feather Supply A Toronto Film Chat, From Two Jake Gyllenhaals To Three Daniel Radcliffes http://kuow.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 20009 at http://kuow.org A Toronto Film Chat, From Two Jake Gyllenhaals To Three Daniel Radcliffes Toronto International Film Festival, Days One And Two http://kuow.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 19911 at http://kuow.org Toronto International Film Festival, Days One And Two 20 Really Great Royal Baby Titles For Classy Parents http://kuow.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 17141 at http://kuow.org 20 Really Great Royal Baby Titles For Classy Parents Hey, Kid: Thoughts For The Young Oddballs We Need So Badly http://kuow.org/post/hey-kid-thoughts-young-oddballs-we-need-so-badly Rian Johnson, who wrote and directed films including <em>Looper </em>and<em> Brick</em>, not to mention directing a few episodes of <em>Breaking Bad</em>, tweeted early this morning: "To me the great hope is one day some little fat girl in Ohio is going to make a summer movie where skyscrapers don't fall over like dominoes."<p>This took me a moment to process as I rubbed my eyes over a cup of coffee, but I eventually understood the plaintive wish at the center of his surprisingly profound statement, and I recognized it: <em>When I am drowning in the familiar, I am comforted by the belief that Fri, 19 Jul 2013 15:00:50 +0000 Linda Holmes 17014 at http://kuow.org Hey, Kid: Thoughts For The Young Oddballs We Need So Badly Why Paula Deen Can't Be A 'Food Network Star' http://kuow.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 15678 at http://kuow.org Why Paula Deen Can't Be A 'Food Network Star' In Slight Defense Of Miss Utah USA, A Little Bit, With Reservations http://kuow.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 15079 at http://kuow.org In Slight Defense Of Miss Utah USA, A Little Bit, With Reservations