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The Karate Kid Will 'Wax On' to the Stage in New Broadway-Bound Musical

The Karate Kid Will 'Wax On' to the Stage in New Broadway-Bound Musical
Get ready to see The Karate Kid like you never have before.

The beloved 1984 film franchise will join the long list of popular motion pictures to receive stage adaptations, with plans for a new Broadway-bound musical announced on Wednesday by producers Kumiko Yoshii, the Kinoshita Group, and Michael Wolk.

Robert Mark Kamen — who wrote the original film and its many sequels — will pen the musical’s book, with a score by Drew Gasparini (Smash).

The production will be directed by by renowned Japanese director Amon Miyamoto and choreographed by MTV Vma nominees Keone and Mari Madrid. Tony-winning set designer Derek McLane
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Flashback: Bobby Brown Takes Control With ‘On Our Own’ From ‘Ghostbusters 2’

Flashback: Bobby Brown Takes Control With ‘On Our Own’ From ‘Ghostbusters 2’
Cramming the plot of Ghostbusters 2 into a four-minute pop song is no easy task, but Bobby Brown handled it with tremendous skill on his New Jack Swing masterpiece “On Our Own,” which peaked at Number Two on the Hot 100 30 years ago this week. “Found about Vigo, the master of evil,” he sang, referencing an evil 16th-century spirit trapped inside a painting in the movie. “Try to battle my boys? That’s not legal!”

The movie landed in theaters during one of the busiest summers in the history of Hollywood up to that point.
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Crazy Karate Kid Meets Rocky Crossover Pitch Revealed by Ralph Macchio

Cobra Kai star Ralph Macchio has revealed the craziest pitch he ever heard for a sequel to The Karate Kid, which would have been a Rocky crossover. For many years, Macchio had no interest in ever playing the role of Daniel Larusso again since his final performance in 1989's The Karate Kid Part III. Every time someone would pitch him a sequel, Macchio's reaction was to always say no. Typically, most pitches went to the cliche idea of continuing the story with a child of Larusso becoming the new karate kid. In an interview with Business Insider, however, Macchio shared the story of the wackiest idea he'd gotten, with the idea of revealing Larusso and Rocky Balboa are actually related.

"Everyone would come up with the pitch of 'You have a kid, and you become the Miyagi to your kid.' Everyone thought that was the brilliant continuation. But an
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Will The Karate Kid III’s Terry Silver Appear in YouTube's Cobra Kai Series?

After John Kreese (Martin Kove) made his way into the Cobra Kai series at the end of season one and was confirmed to play a big role throughout season two, it seemed like any character from the The Karate Kid universe could appear in the series!

When Kreese showed up, I’ve wondered if we would see Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith) or any of the other characters from The Karate Kid Part III appear in the series, and during the Cobra Kai panel at WonderCon, the creators and writers were asked about that.

When asked by a fan if Silver or any of the other characters from The Karate Kid Part III would return for the series and join in on the fight, the writers and the producers wouldn’t confirm or deny. They just said that they are “very aware” of all of the characters in the universe
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Cobra Kai Season 2 Video Takes You Behind The Scenes of Mr. Miyagi’s House

The first Season of Cobra Kai is one of my favorite shows of the year. It was surprising great and everyone I know that has seen it has loved it.

Season 2 is now in production and with the way that Season 1 ended with Martin Kove coming back as John Kreese and Daniel Larusso (Ralph Macchio) starting up a Karate dojo at Mr. Miyagi’s house, I couldn’t be more excited to see where the story leads. Especially with Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) building back up the Cobra Kai dojo and finally finding success in his life while trying to help out kids in the process.

Today we have a video to share with you that was recently shared at Nycc and it features Tanner Buchanan (Johnny’s son Robby) and Mary Mouser (Daniel’s daughter Samantha) giving us a tour of the set of Mr. Miyagi’s house. Xolo Maridueña
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John Carter Dies: ‘Lean On Me’, ‘Barbershop’ Film Editor Was 95

John Carter Dies: ‘Lean On Me’, ‘Barbershop’ Film Editor Was 95
John Carter, the pioneering African-American film editor whose credits spanned 1968’s Paper Lion and the original The Heartbreak Kid through Lean On Me, Barbershop and Madea’s Family Reunion, died August 13 at his home in White Plains, New York. He was 95.

Carter’s death was reported by his family in a notice in The New York Times. He was the first African-American editor to join the American Cinema Editors society.

A native of Newark, New Jersey, Carter began his career with Paper Lion, the comedy-drama based on George Plimpton’s New Journalism classic chronicling the author’s first-person account of enduring a grueling Detroit Lions training camp. The film starred Alan Alda as a fictionalized Plimpton.

Prior to Paper Lion, Carter had worked for 12 years at CBS – the family says he was the first African-American film editor employed by network television in New York – finishing his career there as supervising
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Influential African-American Film Editor John Carter Dies at 95

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John Carter, the first African-American to join the American Cinema Editors Society, died Aug. 13 at his home in White Plains, N.Y., according to a listing in the New York Times. He was 95.

His credits included “The Heartbreak Kid,” “Paper Lion,” and “Barbershop” and he received a BAFTA nomination for best film editing in 1971 for “Taking Off.”

Carter was born in Newark, N. J., on Sept. 22, 1922. He served in the U.S. Army as a staff sergeant trained at the New York Institute of Photography and took an apprenticeship with the Signal Corps Pictorial Center.

Carter was hired by CBS in 1956 and became the first African-American editor for network television in New York. He gained experience in CBS’ documentary unit before creating his own production company, John Carter Associates.

Other film credits incluced “Lean on Me,” “The Karate Kid Part III,” “Men of Honor,” “The Formula,” “Mikey and Nicky,” “Friday,” “Madea’s Family Reunion,
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John Carter, Pioneering African-American Film Editor, Dies at 95

John Carter, Pioneering African-American Film Editor, Dies at 95
John Carter, the pioneering African-American film editor who worked on The Heartbreak Kid, Paper Lion and Barbershop and shaped powerful documentaries about Martin Luther King Jr. and Solomon Northup, has died. He was 95.

Carter died Aug. 13 at his home in White Plains, New York, his daughter Carolyn told The Hollywood Reporter.

The first African-American to join the American Cinema Editors society, Carter co-edited the George Plimpton football tale Paper Lion (1968); Lean on Me (1989), starring Morgan Freeman as real-life high school principal Joe Clark; The Karate Kid Part III (1989), one of three features he did with director John G. Avildsen; and Men of ...
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John Kreese Will Have a More Vulnerable and Human Side in Cobra Kai Season 2

When Johnny Lawrence's (William Zabka) old cruel sensei John Kreese (Martin Kove) showed up at the end of Cobra Kai Season 1, I about lost my shit! That was such an awesome, unexpected surprise because I thought he was dead! After he showed up and the final episode of the season ended, I immediately began to think of all of the bad and evil things that he will bring into Johnny's life in Season 2. After all, he was the one who drilled "No Mercy" into his students, but it sounds like that may not be the direction they are going to take the character.

During a recent interview with Syfy Wire, Kove talked about his excitement to get to play the character again and he shared some info on how the character will be handled next season. According to the actor, we will see a more human and vulnerable side of Kreese:

"You know,
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10 Things About The Next Karate Kid You Never Knew

10 Things About The Next Karate Kid You Never Knew
There's no Daniel, no Johnny, and no Ali "with an I." But we do get Mr. Miyagi, newcomer Hilary Swank, aka The Next Karate Kid and... Michael Ironside? Here we'll take a look at 10 things you never knew about The Next Karate Kid.

The Next Karate Kid is canon.

The Next Karate Kid arrived in 1994, roughly five years after its predecessor, which was the longest gap between movies in the franchise. 'Though the late Pat Morita is was the only actor to return from the previous films, the producers of the killer YouTube series Cobra Kai have confirmed that all three sequels to the original Karate Kid are, in fact, canon, even going so far as to say that they believe Julie, aka The Next Karate Kid, likely met Daniel at Mr. Miyagi's funeral.

So, where is Daniel?

Mr. Miyagi directly mentions Daniel only once in The Next Karate Kid.
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10 The Karate Kid Part III Facts You Never Knew

10 The Karate Kid Part III Facts You Never Knew
Sure, it's nowhere near as awesome as the first two, but The Karate Kid Part III isn't without its strengths, even if one critic said its creators must've taken too many kicks to the head and the late Roger Ebert declaring the series had worn out its welcome. We will happily confess that we've still watched it dozens of times. In this video we'll take a look at 10 things you never knew about The Karate Kid Part III.

The flying-people movie we didn't get.

The Karate Kid Part III boasts the same writer, director, and composer as the first two films, as well as fight coordinator Pat E. Johnson, but the finished product is vastly different from what its creators initially intended. Writer Robert Mark Kamen, who went on to make the Transporter and Taken movies, wanted the third installment to be a "Hong Kong flying-people movie." He envisioned it taking place in 16th-century China.
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10 Facts About The Karate Kid Part II You Never Knew

10 Facts About The Karate Kid Part II You Never Knew
This is how you make a sequel! The Karate Kid Part II took the hero and the relationship we loved from the first movie in a new environment, deepening the mythology, with heavy helpings of romance, mystery, and even higher stakes. Today, we're takig a look at 10 things you never knew about The Karate Kid Part II.

The end is the beginning.

The Karate Kid Part II picks up right where the first movie left off, in the aftermath of Daniel Larusso's improbable victory at the All Valley Karate Championship. Mister Miyagi saves Johnny Lawrence and the Cobra Kai students from their sensei, the world's sorest loser. If this intro feels like it was sliced right out of the first movie, that's because it basically was, at least from the script. Kreese getting his comeuppance was originally intended to be the final scene of the first movie.

'Though the shower
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Revisiting ‘The Karate Kid Part III’ & ‘The Next Karate Kid’ (1994)

Welcome to Part Three of our Karate Kid retrospective, looking at all the instalments of the original franchise before the TV series-sequel Cobra Kai hits YouTube Red on May 2nd. This addition: The Karate Kid Part III and The Next Karate Kid.

Boy oh boy, does it get rough now! After the bonafide classic that is the first and the charmingly ridiculous sequel, The Karate Kid franchise takes a turn here with the one-two punch of The Karate Kid Part III and The Next Karate Kid. I’ll unpack both of them here, if only because I may have run out of time before the Cobra Kai release and also because The Next Karate Kid never actually got a theatrical release in the UK, in fact UK audiences didn’t get to see it until it screened on TV in 1999 a whole five years after its release. First things first,
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Karate Kid Returns to Theaters with First 2 Cobra Kai Episodes

Karate Kid Returns to Theaters with First 2 Cobra Kai Episodes
The Karate Kid is returning to theaters for a special one-night-only event. Not only that, but these special screenings will also include the premiere of the first two episodes of the new Karate Kid series, Cobra Kai. So those who have been excited about seeing the return of Daniel Larusso and Johnny Lawrence will want to mark this down on their calendars. The event is scheduled to take place on April 25 and will screen at nearly 700 theaters across the nation.

Fathom Events and YouTube are teaming up for the event, as YouTube Red is set to debut Cobra Kai on May 2. Fathom Events regularly hosts special events such as this and the company is co-owned by AMC Entertainment, Cinemark Holdings and Regal Entertainment Group, several of the largest theater chains in the world. The special Karate Kid screenings will take place at 7 p.m. local time, with tickets for the
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Czech actor Jan Tříska dies, aged 80, after fall from Prague bridge

Actor who emigrated to the Us during Czechoslovakia’s communist era was best known for his appearances in The Karate Kid Part III and Quantum Leap

Actor Jan Tříska, who moved to the Us after being banned by Czechoslovakia’s communist regime, has died after falling from Prague’s iconic Charles Bridge. He was 80.

Prague theatre director Jan Hrušínský confirmed Tříska’s death on Monday. The actor died in Prague’s military hospital overnight due to injuries from the fall on Saturday, the circumstances of which remain unclear.

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Ralph Macchio Will Return As ‘The Karate Kid’ In A New TV Series

Ralph Macchio is returning to one of his biggest roles – Daniel Larusso (aka The Karate Kid) for a new TV series over on YouTube Red.

William Zabka is also coming back as bully Johnny Lawrence for the 10-episode, straight-to-series show, which is called Cobra Kai. The half-hour comedy is set 30 years after The Karate Kid Part III, and follows a down-on-his-luck Johnny (Zabka) reopening the Cobra Kai dojo and reigniting his karate-fueled feud with the now-successful Daniel (Macchio), who is struggling to maintain balance in his life without Mr. Miyagi.

Josh Heald (Hot Tub Time Machine) is writing the screenplay for the new series, alongside Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg (the Harold and Kumar trilogy).

Will Smith’s production company Overbrook Entertainment is also behind the project, which is set up over at Sony Pictures Television.

“Like everyone who grew up in the 1980s, the three of us are enormous fans of The Karate Kid,
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R.I.P. John G. Avildsen (1935 – 2018)

American filmmaker John G. Avildsen has passed away aged 81, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Avildsen was best known for directing the 1976 classic Rocky, which saw him honoured with the Academy Award for Best director. He would receive a second Oscar nomination in 1983 for the Documentary Short Traveling Hopefully.

Having begun his career as an assistant director to the likes of Arthur Penn and Otto Preminger, Avildsen make his directorial debut in 1970 with the critically acclaimed Joe. His other credits included Save the Tiger, The Karate Kid and its sequels The Karate Kid Part II and The Karate Kid Part III, and Rocky V. His latest feature was 1999’s Inferno, released in the UK as Desert Heat.
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John G. Avildsen, 'Rocky,' 'The Karate Kid' Director, Dead at 81

John G. Avildsen, 'Rocky,' 'The Karate Kid' Director, Dead at 81
John G. Avildsen, the Oscar-winning director of Rocky and The Karate Kid, died Friday in Los Angeles following a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 81.

Avildsen’s son Anthony confirmed the filmmaker's death to the Los Angeles Times, adding that Avildsen died at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Avildsen won the Academy Award for Best Picture for his work on 1976's Rocky. Like the titular boxer played by Sylvester Stallone, the film was an underdog itself: Despite a minuscule million-dollar budget, Rocky became the highest-grossing film of 1976, winning three Oscars
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