Pixar's next big thing will be Brave, due out next summer. Pixar's trailers can be real teases, and not necessarily indicative of what the film will be. (The Incredibles' first teaser, for instance, had me set up for a very different kind of movie ... although I have to stress I was blown away by what came out.)
It's been more than two decades since David Suchet started playing Hercule Poirot for British television. In hindsight, the first series seem hokey and contrived; I have been liking the more recent ones, which have a darker tone. As well, Suchet has grown into the role of the retired Belgian detective. I recall reading an article in which he acknowledged that Poirot would be a career-spanning role, since Agatha Christie had written so many short stories.
The new series has started on PBS's Mystery!, which is just what I'm looking forward to for late summer evenings. The newest episode, Hallowe'en Party, is up this Sunday night. Here's a peek.
I didn't much like Captain America when I was a kid (nothing personal, there was just such an overwhelming choice of alternatives at the comic book rack), but I do want to check out the forthcoming movie. A new trailer is out now to build the buzz.
You'll surely recognize the image above. Maybe not the specific creative, but you will know that Santa has been appearing in Coca-Cola commercials for decades. (Why, there's even the erroneous thought that Coke even invented the modern conception of what Santa looks like.)
A brand-new spot from Pepsi goes right for the fizz.
A snippy, funny scene from the relaunched, reinvented Sherlock Holmes on the BBC. Apart from being a modern-day detective, this Sherlock doesn't mince words in correcting the grammatical errors of others.
When you go to a Disney park, you're going to find a lot of food. (Some of it's quite, quite good, too, but that's another story.) Disney presents its own sweets, and takes advantage of its pantheon of animated stars to appeal to your tastebuds. Here are some of the packages I saw.
When Conan O'Brien signed off from NBC last year, after a very public and I would imagine quite humiliating ordeal brought on when the network sided with Jay Leno, I was struck by how well O'Brien stuck to the high road in his remarks. (Particularly since, as anyone would have suspected, O'Brien was seething with emotion.)
The video below takes the audio of what O'Brien said, and animates it with what's called kinetic typography. It's fascinating all over again.
This is yours truly last night in Halifax, at the Radio and Television News Directors Association (soon to become to the Radio Television Digital News Association) national awards ceremony.
I was delighted to represent the CBC Newfoundland and Labrador newsroom, particularly our online team, for receiving the national award for use of new media. We won for our coverage of Hurricane Igor last fall, an effort that tapped the talents pretty much all of our editorial staff, incorporated social media into real-time reporting, and involved not a few challenges in the earliest days of the story. I share the award in particular with writer-editor Mark Quinn; Kathryn King, who put together one stunning photo gallery after another while pulling together terrific material from our audience; and our developer Peter Gosse, who provided us with tools within minutes of us asking for them. We also had wonderful help from our colleagues in Toronto, non-stop and complete filings from reporters in the field, and the support of the desk here in St. John's. (As I said during my acceptance remarks, no one ever thanks the desk - a tough job where the people don't get credit, and the work is often quite demanding.)
I also have to acknowledge our audience. Igor was the day when many people in our newsroom and far beyond "got" Twitter and its potential. We were not only able to push information to the audience - updates, survival information, notes from our reporters - but were able to pull in countless elements from our community, from tips and updates to photos and videos, and distribute much of it to an audience that had an insatiable appetite for the latest news. We embedded our Twitter feed in our main online reports, providing a real-time component that was compelling.
Our thanks to the RTNDA judges for recognizing the work. It was very gratifying.
I must also note that my great friend and colleague Chris O'Neill-Yates also was recognized with a national award for investigative journalism, for her tenaciously pursued and well reported feature called Kids in Care, which examined how children are removed from their parents' homes and put in emergency placements for reasons that seemed surprising, and in a system that has very questionable accountability.
Seen those kids with the enormous headphones? They may only be playing an iPod, but the headphones are studio-quality, I'm sure, and often as big as their heads; last week, I saw one young fellow with an elongated cord that - no lie - dropped to the floor and back, with room to spar.
I spotted this shirt at one of the shops in Disneyland. It made me chuckle ... and reminded me that while Mickey Mouse is more than 80 years old, Disney is always, always trying to keep him au courant.
Dot Dot Dot is Morse code for the letter 'S,' the full message Guglielmo Marconi claimed to have received atop Signal Hill in St. John's in 1901. It ushered in the age of telecommunications. My maternal grandfather worked as a telegraph operator for Canadian Marconi on Signal Hill for many years.
As well, I have a habit of overusing the ellipsis when I write ... as frequent readers might notice.