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Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for June 12, 2024 | Nickelodeon

Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for June 12, 2024 | Nickelodeon

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Rihanna’s ‘Smurfs Movie’ Reveals First Footage and Demo Track at Annecy 2024

Director Chris Miller teased the pop superstar's work on new original music for the feature that is set for release in early 2025 from Paramount Animation.

The Smurfs Movie title art

Rihanna is proving to be a powerful force for Paramount Animation‘s upcoming feature The Smurfs Movie.

Director Chris Miller led the film’s presentation at the Annecy Animation Festival on Tuesday (June 11), where he was joined on the stage by Paramount and Nickelodeon Animation president Ramsey Naito. The Smurfs Movie is based on the characters and work of artist Peyo and is set to hit theaters Feb. 14, 2025.

Miller (Puss in Boots) debuted work-in-progress footage from the movie’s opening sequence, along with a demo version of original music. The filmmaker went on to describe how Peyo’s art laid the groundwork for the film’s vision.

“The DNA in Peyo’s original drawings guide so many creative choices in the film,” Miller said. “It’s the blueprint for the kind of film I want to make. All of the action lines and thought bubbles from the comics are going in the movie, and the comics have inspired the style of animation to be fun and buoyant, with plenty of squash and stretch.”


Rihanna is voicing Smurfette in The Smurfs Movie, alongside an expansive voice cast that also includes Nick Offerman, Natasha Lyonne, Daniel Levy, Amy Sedaris, Nick Kroll, James Corden, Octavia Spencer, Hannah Waddingham, Sandra Oh, Alex Winter, Billie Lourd, Xolo Maridueña, Kurt Russell and John Goodman.

Miller praised Rihanna’s contributions to the project, with the star writing, producing and singing new original songs that will help inform the spirit of the movie. Additionally, he described the movie’s look as naturalistic and lush.

During Paramount’s presentation at CinemaCon in Las Vegas earlier this year, studio chief Brian Robbins described Rihanna as “the most legendary Smurfette ever.” She was nominated for an Oscar for her song “Lift Me Up” from 2022’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, with that track marking her first new solo music since her 2016 studio album, Anti.

The Smurfs became recognizable pop culture figures with their eponymous 1980s cartoon TV series. Sony released the animated movie The Smurfs in theaters in 2011 with Katy Perry as Smurfette, followed by a 2013 sequel. Smurfs: The Lost Village, a 2017 reboot, featured Demi Lovato voicing Smurfette.

In additional The Smurfs news, IMPS — The Smurfs‘ global license holder — announced at Annecy that it will operate under a new name going forward and begin to revive other original creations from the little blue characters’ famed founder Peyo, aka Pierre Culliford. Characters created by Peyo will be brought to life in new TV shows inspired by the original Johan & Peewit and Benny Breakiron comic books. A fourth season of The Smurfs animated series was also announced, along with plans for Nickelodeon to premiere season three this summer.

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‘Transformers One’ Producers, Director Discuss the Franchise’s First Animated Feature in 40 Years at Annecy

Last year, Paramount Animation presented a work-in-progress version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem at the Annecy Animation Festival, which was met with overwhelming support from the crowd.

Transformers One
Transformers One | Paramount

On night two of this year’s event, the studio returned with a WIP screening of its big 2024 offering, Transformers One, and reactions were equally enthusiastic.

Backstage before the show, Annecy’s artistic director, Marcel Jean, told Variety that he’s wanted Transformers One at the festival since seeing early footage from the film during a West Coast trip last fall.

“In October of last year, I was in Los Angeles, and I had the opportunity to watch footage from the film,” he said. “It was, for me, a very high-level work. I spoke with Josh Cooley, and I said to Ramsey Naito, ‘We need to have the whole film in Annecy, like what we did with Mutant Mayhem last year.’ It was a huge success here in Annecy. We have the best audience for that kind of production.”

Jean, who joined the festival as artistic director 12 years ago, insisted that developing the studio relationship necessary to secure this kind of screening took time and effort but that the results have been well worth it.

“It’s been a long-term process to convince the studio that Annecy is a place to be for them,” he explained. “Thanks to [Paramount and Nickelodeon Animation President] Ramsey Naito, we have a great relationship now with Paramount. I remember one of my first trips to Los Angeles for Annecy. I went to Nickelodeon, and nobody there had ever heard of Annecy.”

Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, a producer on Transformers One and the franchise’s popular live-action films, was one of those people unfamiliar with Annecy until recently. “I never really knew much about [Annecy],” he admitted. “Last year, I heard about it, and I was jealous that I had not been. I’m particularly excited to show our film to a group of people who care so much because I think the reaction will be different.”

Paramount and Nickelodeon animation boss Naito says that Annecy is now “a place where all the majors can come and present their wares like we’re doing today with Transformers One. It’s just an incredible blend of independent and big animation.”

Ahead of the Annecy WIP screening of Transformers One, Variety spoke backstage with Naito, di Bonaventura, the film’s director Josh Cooley (Toy Story 4) and Hasbro Head of Film Zev Foreman about putting together the first animated Transformers feature in four decades, the challenges they faced along the way and the allure of Annecy.

This is the first animated Transformers movie in 40 years. What challenges did you face in getting it made?

Cooley:  There were a lot of different challenges on this film. The fact that it’s animated, I think, is a benefit, though. Being that it’s set on Cybertron, there are no humans, and it’s all about the robots; it just feels natural to animate that as opposed to doing any other version. We went as big and as epic as possible just to match that feeling that people remember from the ’86 film.

Di Bonaventura: What’s so surprising about the ’86 film is how dark it is. Honestly, I don’t understand why people love it so much. For some, maybe it was their first cinematic experience, but it’s really a downer movie. Interestingly, when we showed our trailer for the first time, the fans’ reaction was to compare our movie to that one. But they’re so not comparable because that’s so dark, and this has so much humanity. They’re completely different movies in many ways.

Naito: I think for us at Paramount Animation, what was so great about partnering with Lorenzo and Josh is that this particular story could really only be told through animation. I mean, the world that Josh envisioned for Cybertron is extraordinary. It has so much innovation and beauty alongside a story that has so much heart.

Foreman: An animated Transformers movie was not part of the other piece of our relationship with Paramount and the live-action movies, so it’s something independent that we both had to agree on. But, from the very beginning, we all decided this was something we wanted. We brought Josh onto the project and developed it with Paramount as equal partners, and it’s basically been that way throughout the entire process.

Can you lure audiences who are not fans or familiar with the Transformers?

Cooley: It’s an origin story, so we not only talk about these characters that people know, but of the origin of the species itself. We go back to the beginning. This is what happened. This is how we got to this place. You can go in knowing absolutely nothing and enjoy this film.

Naito: That’s really important because we don’t want people to feel like, “Wow, I need to see seven movies before I go see this.” With this film, you don’t have to understand anything to follow along and enjoy it.

Josh, you previously directed Toy Story 4. How is it to be back again with a movie about a toy franchise?

Cooley: I didn’t approach this one as toys. In Toy Story, they are physically toys, and so everything they do is down on the floor, and they can only go as fast as their body allows them. But in this film, the characters are robots. They are on another planet. They are huge. They can do a lot more than a toy. That’s how I approached it, making sure that we still have those restrictions in play of what these characters actually are, which makes it way more fun when you’re watching it. It doesn’t feel like two people in suits acting it out. It’s like, “No, these are robots that are actually going a bunch of these emotions that you’re feeling and you’re along with.”

And you’ve enlisted some big Hollywood talent to voice these characters and bring them to life.

Cooley: Yeah, we have an incredible cast. I can’t believe how great it was. Everybody was fantastic. I would walk them through the scene, and they’d suggest a lot of stuff. Keegan[-Michael Key], of course, rifted like crazy on things. But Chris Hemsworth is also extremely funny. I was not prepared for how funny he is. A lot of his lines in this film are riffs off of what we had written, but he just brought his charisma and his comedy to it. He totally got it.

Di Bonaventura: That was really important because, from a fan point of view, the original voice of Optimus Prime, Peter Cullen, is revered. To have somebody else voice Optimus Prime was like, “Whoa, we better get this right.” We couldn’t use Peter because the audience needs to feel the character’s youth. That’s why we pursued Chris. I was surprised, too, but not how funny Chris was. I’ve seen him in things where he was funny. But he has a very strong sense of story. That’s not true with every movie star.

Comedy is also a great way to broaden the appeal, right?

Cooley: The comedy in the live-action Transformers is always the balance between the humans and the robots. It’s almost like a fish-out-of-water story. I knew that would be a challenge with this film because we don’t have humans to play off of. It really had to come out of these characters. They had to be strong characters that could do what I call the elevator test, which is you could take two characters and put them in an elevator together and just let the scene play out.

After the success of Mutant Mayhem last year, Paramount is on a real high. How important is it that you follow that up with a film of the same quality and one that resonates with audiences the way that film did?

Naito: Extremely important. I think this film will appeal to the super fans and usher in a new generation of fans that will just ignite their interest in the entire franchise in a really exciting way. The film is beautiful. It’s innovative. The vision that Josh and Lorenzo have brought to the film is just incredible. The movie has so much soul.

And what does this film signify for Hasbro?

Foreman: For Hasbro Entertainment and the new iteration of our company, we are more likely to be more closely involved in the creative than we have been in the past with our brands. We’re in it for the long-term health of these things, the beautiful, emotional, nostalgic attachment that people have to these evergreen properties like Transformers. We want to make sure we protect them in every way possible. In the past, the company has been okay with dropping these pieces of IP off with other people, and I think the approach is different now. I’m hoping with movies like Dungeons & Dragons and this one, people see the quality has a little bit to do with our involvement.

Transformers One is slated for a Sept. 20 release in the U.S.

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The Curse | Q&A with Nathan Fielder, Benny Safdie, Emma Stone & Cast with Spike Jonze | SHOWTIME

The Curse | Q&A with Nathan Fielder, Benny Safdie, Emma Stone & Cast with Spike Jonze | SHOWTIME

The Curse Q&A Moderated by Spike Jonze.

Nathan Fielder, EP/Creator/Writer/Director/Actor
Benny Safdie, EP/Creator/Writer/Editor/Actor
Corbin Bernsen, Actor
Barkhad Abdi, Actor
Nizhonniya Luxi Austin, Actor
**With a special virtual (and definitely LIVE) appearance from EP/Actor Emma Stone
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Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series – Nathan Fielder
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series – Emma Stone
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – Benny Safdie
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series – Corbin Bernsen
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – Barkhad Abdi
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series – Nizhonniya Luxi Austin

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SpongeBob Zodiac: GEMINI ♊️ | SpongeBob #Shorts | SpongeBob SquarePants Official

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Join Nickelodeon for Gemini season as they explore SpongeBob's zodiac! Meet the dynamic duo, Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy, who perfectly embody the lively and versatile nature of Geminis. These legendary heroes are always ready for action, switching effortlessly between fighting crime and enjoying a good laugh. Their quick wit and playful personalities make them the ultimate pair to watch. Dive into their exciting adventures and see why they're the ultimate GEMINIS of Bikini Bottom!

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