‘Peanuts’ Trailer

While I can’t speak for anyone else, Charles Schulz‘s “Peanuts” have always had a comforting quality to me.  They weren’t cartoons that I enjoyed on a regular basis, but the holidays, particularly Thanksgiving, were made for them.

They also had this oddly melancholy character about them that was interesting and unlike anything else.  I have particularly fond remembrances of “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” in which we witness Linus waiting in a pumpkin patch for the Great Pumpkin, behavior that was oddly delusional for a children’s cartoon character and “Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown” where we witness Snoopy’s prowess riding a motorcycle, Easy Rider style.

Then there’s Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown, always a classic (though I always hoped that, at least once, either Charlie Brown kicked the football, or her).

The animation of the new feature seems to be in 3D, but barely, which is a good thing since it better takes into account the essentially 2D nature of the characters.

The Third Presidential Debate In Just Under Three Minutes

I have so far seen all the Presidential, as well as the Vice-Presidential, Debates aired, and I don’t intend to miss the penultimate one.  What I have noticed is that if you want consistency of streaming, I would stay away from YouTube, ABC, and NBC.

That’s not to say that their performance has not improved from one debate to another, but at this point I want as consistent an experience as possible.

Which is why I am going with C-Span this time around.

Here’s One More Thing…

It goes without saying that if you’re into Apple at all, this Wednesday will be of interest to you.  The rumor mill has it that Apple is not only going to introduce a refreshed iPod touch, but a new iPhone and more interestingly (at least for me) a new iPad that’s supposedly designed to compete with the smaller Android-based tablets.

Thanks to MacDailyNews for the heads up.

Take the images above with a grain of salt, though all them share too many features in common to, in my opinion, not to be based upon at least some truth.

Samsung Challenges Apple’s Intellectual Property Theft Allegations

You might have heard about the brouhaha between Samsung Electronics and Apple Inc. over Samsung’s (supposedly) stealing Apple’s intellectual property.  No matter where you come down in the debate, I have always been of the opinion that the more information you have, the better off you are.

You have probably heard a lot about Apple’s charges, but relatively little from the accused.

Here’s Samsung’s take.

48 Frames Per Second

Forty-eight frames per second, a measurement that’s meaningless to most of us–including me.  I don’t quite understand how it’s supposedly such a game changer–yet to men like Peter Jackson, Douglas Trumball or James Cameron, it represents the future of movies.  Currently, films are shown at 24 fps, and increasing the frame rate will supposedly create a truer, more vivid image.

Though that is not what everyone thinks because when Jackson showed an excerpt of his film, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” at CinemaCon in Las Vegas not every one was impressed by the visuals brought about by the increased frame rate.

The decription of the footage shown reminded me when I was watching my mother’s HD flatscreen TV.  The image presented were so sharp, so clear that it made just about everything that came on look like a play (in an odd note, it even made the FX in “Tron: Legacy” a bit more obvious and green-screeny).

I can’t speak for other people, but if that’s the way film in 48 fps looks, I am not sure that I would be willing to play premium prices to see it.

You can find more information about frame rates here.

The Lion Roars

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According to cnet, Apple has sold 1 million copies of Lion (Mac OS X 10.7).  What’s most amazing about that number is not only that it was released last Wednesday, but for the first time Apple has issued a OS (operating system) that was downloadable via the App Store ( an application that has been built-in to Mac OS X since Snow Leopard).

A hard copy will be made available from Apple on a flash drive for $69, though a bootable disk can be easily made.

Apple Devours Hulu?

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I don’t know about this rumor, but it’s too fascinating to let go.  According to Deadline, Apple is considering purchasing Hulu for $2 billion.  What’s most interesting is that the deal would include two years of exclusive programming from NBCUniversal (now owned by Comcast), Fox (NewsCorp) and Disney (who happens to have a board member named Steve Jobs).

This could be a way to somehow funnel content into iTunes as well, which would be a way to not only increase users, but to sell more iPads, MacBook Airs, and iPhones by providing greater content under very favorable terms to Apple.

Then there’s the potential threat to Netflix…

Conan Vs. Final Cut Pro X

When I have posted video from Conan O’ Brien, it usually had something to do with him skewering movies (such as his “Thor” parodies), though I was surprised to learn that he’s aimed his sights at Apple.

And speaking of Final Cut Pro X, here’s video of someone actually using the program.

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Final Cut Pro X Is Here!

Today Apple released Final Cut Pro X, their flagship video editing application. It’s available via the Apple App Store for $299.

The prior version, Final Cut Studio, is in high demand by movie studios for film editing, though it remains to be seen if Final Cut Pro X is adopted as enthusiastically.

At first, seeing the early screenshots, I was not too impressed because it reminded me too much of iMovie 09, which until recently I have been having a somewhat difficult time with.

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‘FullMetal Alchemist’

Lately I have been expanding my anime repertoire.  A few days ago I watched some episodes of “Samurai Champloo,” which has to be the best synthesis of anime/hip-hop attitude/Japanese history that I have yet seen, assuming that there is other anime in done a similar vein, which I doubt (though “Cowboy Bebop” came close in terms of visual style and general sophisication).

Though “FullMetal Alchemist”  is a bit of an anomaly in that it is perhaps one of the most (sporadically) violent anime that I have seen, and when I write “violent” I mean in a thematic sense primarily, though there is violent imagery.

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