Monday, January 28, 2019

Netflix to Host Open Casting Call for Live-Action 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Series

Ever dreamed about becoming an Avatar, Airbender, Waterbender, Earthbender, or even a villainous Firebender? Well, you may be in luck!

Bryan Konietzko, the co-creator of Nickelodeon's beloved Avatar: The Last Airbender series and franchise, recently revealed in a post on his official Tumblr blog, that Netflix are planning to host a open casting call for the streaming services upcoming live-action remake of Avatar: The Last Airbender! As it's still early on in production - the team have only just moved into Netflix’s offices - Bryan couldn't say when to expect the casting call, but he did say it'll likely be sometime later this year!

Don't worry about missing the chance to audition though, Bryan has promised that the team will publicly share the information for how actors will be able to officially apply when the date(s) are set!

Concept art for Netflix's live-action 'Avatar: The Last Airbender'. Courtesy of John Staub/courtesy of Netflix

In the meantime, Bryan is asking fans to please refrain from tagging, commenting, DMing, etc. your auditions — he doesn't check that stuff and no one else at Netflix does either. He also warns fans that they are not casting via social media, and doesn't want anyone wasting their time and energy, when they can be working on their audition instead. Read Bryan's full message to fans below!:


We greatly appreciate your interest and enthusiasm, but we are not yet at that stage in the production.

There will be an OPEN CASTING CALL, likely sometime later this year. When that happens, we will publicly share the information for how to *officially* apply.

Until then, please refrain from tagging, commenting, DMing, etc. your auditions — I don’t check that stuff and no one else at Netflix does either. We’re not casting via social media and I don’t want anyone wasting their time and energy. Put it towards working on your audition instead. Good luck!

Thanks, Bryan"

Bryan's post also officially disproves those very early Zuko casting rumors.

It’s good to know they’re going to make auditions public and accessible! Remember, they’re committed to “culturally appropriate, non-whitewashed” casting!

In case you didn't hear the news, Netflix are producing a reimagined live-action series based on the award-winning and beloved Nickelodeon animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender, from the original creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, who will serve as showrunners and executive producers! The new series, in partnership with Nickelodeon, will be exclusively available on Netflix and is slated to start production in 2019.

Avatar: The Last Airbender aired for three seasons originally on Nickelodeon, where it began in February 2005 and concluded in July 2008. The series was nominated for—and won—Annie Awards, Genesis Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, and a Peabody Award. Avatar: The Last Airbender follows the adventures of the main protagonist Aang and his friends, who must save the world by defeating Fire Lord Ozai and ending the destructive war with the Fire Nation.

“We’re thrilled for the opportunity to helm this live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender. We can’t wait to realize Aang’s world as cinematically as we always imagined it to be, and with a culturally appropriate, non-whitewashed cast. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to build upon everyone’s great work on the original animated series and go even deeper into the characters, story, action, and world-building. Netflix is wholly dedicated to manifesting our vision for this retelling, and we’re incredibly grateful to be partnering with them.” — Bryan Konietzko & Michael DiMartino

“We are committed to honoring Bryan and Mike’s vision for this retelling and are thrilled to support them on creating a live-action event series, bringing Aang’s epic world of elemental magic to life for global audiences on Netflix,” Melissa Cobb, vice-president of Kids & Family Content.

Added Chris Viscardi, the Senior Vice President (SVP), Animation Production and Development, Nickelodeon at the time the news was announced: “Avatar: The Last Airbender continues to grow and resonate with fans around the world due its combination of relatable characters with all their foibles and a fully realized world of epic, high-stakes stories and adventures. This partnership with Netflix is part of our broader efforts at Nick and Viacom to tap into our enormous library of culturally resonant properties to produce new interpretations, and we can’t wait for people to see Netflix’s live-action version of Avatar.”

Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender emerged from its initial three seasons (61 episodes) as one of the most beloved animated properties in history. In addition to the series' success the property also has been translated into a successful comic book and graphic novel series, which continue to roll out new original stories. The Avatar: The Last Airbender graphic novel series spent 70 cumulative weeks on the New York Times Graphic Novel Bestseller list, hitting number one. The DVD and Blu-rays are also incredibly successful, with the Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Complete Series generating nearly $5MM in retail sales since its 2018 release.

Konietzko and DiMartino also created a follow-up series, The Legend of Korra, that returned to the world of Avatar years after Aang’s death to follow Korra, his successor as Avatar. That series ran between 2012-2014.

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H/T: KorraNews; Additional source: Wikipedia.
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Meet June! | Wonder Park | Trailer | Paramount Pictures

Wonder Park (2019) - "Meet June!" - Paramount Pictures

Meet June (Brianna Denski)! The imaginative visionary behind Wonder Park!

When the park of her dreams needs saving, only June’s imagination can bring it back to life! Experience the wonder of Wonder Park in theatres and RealD 3D in the US on March 15th and in 2D and 3D cinemas in the UK on April 8th!

Look out for Paramount Pictures' and Nickelodeon Movies' pre-game spot for Wonder Park this Super Bowl Sunday!

A tribute to creativity, Wonder Park tells the story of 10-year-old June, a wildly imaginative young girl who builds models of amusements parks with her mother. When June gets older, she starts to lose her sense of wonder and begins to shun her childhood ideas, including the idea of the park, packing away her models away. Nevertheless, her childhood catches up with her!

One day whilst exploring deep in the woods, in a magical moment, she discovers a roller coaster car buried under ivy. It transports her to a fantastical wonder park, like the ones she used to build, populated by animals who were its past employees. But the park is broken down, abandoned and in a state of decay.

June soon rediscovers the wonder of her world, and teams up with a whole host of talking animals to restore the park to its full glory, complete with spinning contraptions and inverting roller coasters, all whilst contending with a invasion of a army of cheeky chimpanzombies looking to stir up all kinds of destructive mischief.

The US version of the movie includes Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Rules Don’t Apply, The Producers) as Dad, Jennifer Garner (Nine Lives, The Tribes of Palos Verdes) as Mom, Kenan Thompson (All That, Kenan & Kel, Good Burger, SNL) as Gus, Ken Jeong (Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, Bob’s Burgers) as Cooper, Mila Kunis (Family Guy, A Bad Moms Christmas) as Greta, John Oliver (The Daily Show, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, live-action Lion King) as Steve, Ken Hudson Campbell, who voiced Boomer the Bear, Sofia Mali as Young June, Brianna Denski (Momsters: When Moms Go Bad) as June, Oev Michael Urbas as Banky, Norbert Leo Butz (Bloodline) as Peanut, Kate McGregor-Stewart as Aunt Albertine, Kevin Chamberlin as Uncle Tony, Kath Soucie (Rugrats, Hey Arnold!) as Bus Counselor Shannon, and Noen Perez as Chatty Kid.

The UK audio track of the movie features mostly the same voice talent, with a few changes: Iconic British voice talent Tom Baker (Doctor Who, Little Britain, Monarch on the Glen) will voice Boomer the Bear and YouTube sensations Joe Sugg and Caspar Lee will voice beavers Gus and Cooper!

The PG-rated film is written by Josh Appelbaum and AndrΓ© Nemec (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows) from a story by Applebaum (Origin), Nemec (Knightfall), and Robert Gordon (Galaxy Quest). Appelbaum, Nemec, and Kendra Haaland serve as producers, with Karen Rosenfelt and Don Hahn executive producing. The movie is being produced by Paramount Animation, Nickelodeon Movies and Ilion Animation Studios. A director has yet to be announced for the movie.

Wonder Park is scheduled to roll into theaters on Friday, March 15, 2019. An animated television series based on the film will also debut on Nickelodeon in 2019.

Funrise, Inc. will serve as the worldwide master toy partner for the franchise.

Look out for Wonder Park merchandise in stores soon!

Follow the movie online:





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Additional source: Deadline.
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Melanie Chartoff and Cree Summer Set to Reprise Their Roles in 'Rugrats' Revival

Ever since Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures announced last year that they were relaunching Nickelodeon's beloved '90s animated series Rugrats with a 26-episode new season from Nickelodeon and a live-action film featuring CGI characters from Paramount Players, fans have been wondering whether the original voice actors would be coming back on board to voice their respective characters. We now have confirmation that at least two actors from the original voice cast will be returning for the new series!

Melanie Chartoff has confirmed that she will be returning to voice Didi Pickles, the mother of Tommy and devoted follower of Dr. Lipschitz, as well as in the reboot, as well as the voice of Didi's mother, Minka!

Additionally, Cree Summer, the voice of Susie Carmichael, has also confirmed that she'll be part of the show's relaunch!

The news follows Cheryl Chase, the voice of Angelica Pickles, Tommy's older cousin, revealing last year soon after the news was announced that Nickelodeon had already reached out to her, and that she's obviously down to reprise her role!

Rugrats focuses on a group of toddlers, Tommy Pickles, Chuckie Finster, twins Phil and Lil DeVille, and Angelica Pickles, and their day-to-day lives that became adventures in their imaginations. The original Rugrats series launched in August of 1991 and instantly became a groundbreaking phenomenon, spawning consumer products, three hit theatrical releases, various video games and cementing its place in pop culture history through its iconic characters, storytelling and unique visual style. Rugrats was in production for nine seasons over the course of 13 years, and also spawned three spin-off series, All Grown Up!, Angelica and Susie's School Daze and Rugrats: Tales from the Crib. The series earned four Daytime Emmy Awards, six Kids' Choice Awards and its own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Through its full run, Rugrats occupied several main voice actors. E.G. Daily provided the voice of Tommy Pickles, except in the unaired pilot where Tami Holbrook provided the voice; Christine Cavanaugh was the original voice of Chuckie Finster, but left the show for personal reasons and was subsequently replaced by Nancy Cartwright (The Simpsons) in 2002. The fraternal twins, Phil and Lil (as well as their mother, Betty) were voiced by Kath Soucie; Dil Pickles and Timmy McNulty were voiced by Tara Strong (Fairly OddParents). Cheryl Chase initially auditioned for the role of Tommy, but was passed up. When the show came to series, she was brought on board to be cast as the voice of Angelica Pickles. Dionne Quan was the voice of Kimi Finster. Susie was primarily voiced by Cree Summer, though in two episodes where she could not be in attendance E.G. Daily filled in. Other regular voice actors included Melanie Chartoff as Didi Pickles, Jack Riley as Stu Pickles, Tress MacNeille as Charlotte Pickles, Michael Bell as Drew Pickles and Chas Finster, and Amanda Bynes as Taffy. David Doyle provided the voice of Grandpa Lou Pickles until his death in 1997, when Joe Alaskey took over until the end of the series. In 2000, Debbie Reynolds joined the cast as Lulu Pickles, Lou's second wife, and remained until the series' end.

For the revival, original creators Arlene Klasky, GΓ‘bor CsupΓ³ and Paul Germain are returning to the TV series as executive producers. Nickelodeon’s Rugrats is currently produced in Burbank, Calif. Additional news of the TV series, airdate and casting--and Reptar sightings--will be announced in the coming months.

The Rugrats movie will be written by David Goodman and is set to be released on November 13th, 2020 by Paramount Players, the division of Paramount Pictures that develops and produces co-branded feature films with Viacom’s leading media networks. Rugrats is the seventh film title announced in connection with this cross-company initiative.

Rugrats joins the recently announced return of Blue’s Clues (as Blue’s Clues & You) as the latest classic original series Nickelodeon is bringing back for today’s generation of kids and families. Nickelodeon produced and aired an all-new Hey Arnold! special in 2017, and has announced the return of two more beloved titles as forthcoming specials: Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling and Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus.

More Nick: Nickelodeon and Paramount to Bring 'Rugrats' Back for the Next Generation of Kids with an All-New TV Series and Feature Film!

Originally published: Sunday, January 27, 2019.

H/T: Huge thanks to Mikey Salinas for the news!; Additional source: Wikipedia.
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Kid Danger’s Identity Revealed to the ENTIRE School! 😲 Henry Danger | Nickelodeon

Kid Danger’s Identity Revealed to the ENTIRE School! 😲 Henry Danger | Nick

Henry (Jace Norman) has kept his identity as Kid Danger a secret all this time, but will it finally be revealed now?! How do you think Henry will get out of this mess? Plus – catch up on classic secret identity reveals – like when Henry was found out by Charlotte (Riele Downs) and Jasper (Sean Ryan Fox). Catch more Henry Danger on Nickelodeon!

What do YOU think will happen next?!

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Top 7 Valentine’s Day Moments! πŸ’ w/ SpongeBob, Henry Danger & More! | Nickelodeon

Top 7 Valentine’s Day Moments! πŸ’ w/ SpongeBob, Henry Danger & More! | Nickelodeon

Nick are spreading the love with these top 7 Valentine’s day Moments! πŸ’ Which act of love was your favorite? Watch more of your favorite shows on Nickelodeon!

This or That ❗
PINK or RED πŸ’•

More Nick: Nickelodeon USA's February 2019 Premiere Highlights!
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PAW Patrol Theme Song Remix in 3 Ways 🐾 Official Music Video | Nick Jr.

PAW Patrol Theme Song Remix in 3 Ways 🐾 Official Music Video | Nick Jr.

If you love the PAW Patrol theme song, they’re really going to bark over remixed versions of it! You can find full episodes of PAW Patrol weekday mornings on Nickelodeon, and everywhere you find Nick Jr.

If you know Marshall, Chase, Rocky, Zuma, Skye, and Rubble, then chances are, you know the PAW Patrol theme song! You are in for a treat—you'll get to hear the theme song remixed in some silly ways! Hear it twice as fast, barked by the PAW Patrol pups, and remixed with clucks! The show opener is also altered to feature Mayor Goodway’s feathered friend—Chickaletta! PAW Patrol is on a roll with these remixed versions of the opening song… so join your kids and sing, cluck, or bark along!

PAW Patrol Theme Song Lyrics

PAW Patrol, PAW Patrol
We’ll be there on the double
Whenever there’s a problem
Round Adventure Bay
Ryder and his team of pups
Will come and save the day
Marshall, Rubble, Chase, Rocky, Zuma, Skye
Yeah, they’re on the way
PAW Patrol, PAW Patrol
Whenever you’re in trouble
PAW Patrol, PAW Patrol
We’ll be there on the double
No jobs too big, no pups too small
PAW Patrol we’re on a roll
So here we go, PAW Patrol whoa-oh-oh-oh
PAW Patrol whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh
PAW Patrol

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Preschoolers can watch full episodes online, play games, and discover silly surprises in the free Nick Jr. App and at Stream Nick Jr. for free in the Nick Jr. App on Roku and Apple TV or download full episodes for offline viewing on iTunes or Google Play.

You can also download premium apps featuring your child's favorite Nick Jr. shows on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon, including Nick Jr. Draw and Play and Nick Jr. Let’s Learn!

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