“Cobra Kai” is upgrading its dojo: The “Karate Kid” sequel series is moving from YouTube to Netflix.Apparently, fear does not exist on that streaming service.Seasons 1 and 2 will become available on Netflix “this year,” with Season 3 “to follow,” according to Netflix. A person with knowledge of the move told TheWrap that the release plan for the new season is “in the works.”While there is currently no Season 3 premiere date, production on the new episodes has been completed, the person told us. It is entirely conceivable that the third season does not get released until 2021, a second person told TheWrap.Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.Also Read: 'Cobra Kai' Stars Talk About That Insane Season 2 Finale Scene: 'It Was Like an 11-Minute Riot'“Cobra Kai” takes place 30 years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament, where a now-successful Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) struggles to maintain balance in his life without the guidance of Mr. Miyagi, and must face his previous adversary, down-and-out Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), who seeks redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo.The series also stars Martin Kove, Xolo Maridueña, Tanner Buchanan, Mary Mouser and Jacob Bertrand, among others.“Cobra Kai” is written and executive produced by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg via their production company, Counterbalance Entertainment. James Lassiter and Caleeb Pinkett executive produce for Overbrook Entertainment, which produces the show in association with Sony Pictures Television.Susan Ekins is also an executive producer. Macchio and Zabka are co-executive producers.Also Read: Just How Much Karate Do the Stars of 'Cobra Kai' Actually Know?Heald, Hurwitz and Schlossberg said the following in a joint statement: “Making ‘Cobra Kai’ has been a dream come true for us since day one. We are thankful for the tireless dedication of Jeff Frost, Chris Parnell, Jason Clodfelter, Karen Tatevosian, and all our partners at Sony for finding us a new home where we can not only continue the series, but also explore opportunities to further expand ‘The Karate Kid’ universe. We are beyond excited to join our new partners at Netflix and look forward to the show reaching the massive global audience who loves this franchise as much as we do.”“The appeal of ‘The Karate Kid’ saga is timeless, and ‘Cobra Kai’ picks up right where it left off without missing a beat,” Brian Wright, vice president of original series at Netflix, said. “The rivalry between Daniel and Johnny is one for the ages, and the show has a ton of heart and is a lot of fun. We can’t wait to introduce a new generation of fans to Cobra Kai and are thrilled to be its new home around the world.”“We are so proud of ‘Cobra Kai’ and are overwhelmed by the massive fan response to the series,” Jeff Frost, president of Sony Pictures Television, said. “Josh, Jon, Hayden, Ralph, William and the entire cast have done such a brilliant job with this sensational series and the huge audience reaction and sentiment for it is a testament to that. We are very thankful to our partners at Netflix and couldn’t be more elated that they have become the new home for this epic saga.”Read original story ‘Cobra Kai’ Moves From YouTube to Netflix At TheWrap
YouTube has renewed “Karate Kid” sequel series “Cobra Kai” for a third season. The web and streaming platform has also handed a Season 3 renewal to Kevin Hart’s “What the Fit.”Both “Cobra Kai” and “What the Fit” will premiere their new seasons in 2020.YouTube is now offering two options for its upcoming original series like “Cobra Kai” and “What the Fit”:ad-free SVOD viewing and ad-supported free viewing.Also Read: 'Cobra Kai' Stars Talk About That Insane Season 2 Finale Scene: 'It Was Like an 11-Minute Riot'From Aug. 29 to Sept. 11, 2019, YouTube plans to make Season 1 of “Cobra Kai” available to all users globally for free — you’ll just have to watch commercials. Season 2 gets the same treatment starting on Sept. 11, though those episodes will post weekly instead of all at once.YouTube will share additional free ad-supported premiere dates for existing “Impulse” and “Liza on Demand” episodes at a later date.As previously announced, scripted shows “Impulse” and “Liza on Demand” are currently in production and will return next year. A spokesman for YouTube told TheWrap that fellow series “Wayne,” “Weird City” and “Step Up” are still in contention for renewal.Also Read: Ralph Macchio on the One Way 'Cobra Kai' May Never Call Back to 'Karate Kid'Below are YouTube’s descriptions for all four of the returning series.“Cobra Kai” (Season 3, Premiering Next Year) On the heels of a record-setting premiere of season two, YouTube has ordered a third season of the critically-acclaimed, fan-favorite series, “Cobra Kai” starring Ralph Macchio and William Zabka. The scripted series is written and executive produced by Josh Heald (Hot Tub Time Machine), and Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg (Harold & Kumar, Blockers). Together, the trio conceived the new Karate Kid storyline that picks up decades after the original film. Heald, Hurwitz and Schlossberg will continue to showrun the series and direct the bulk of the episodes. Will Smith, James Lassiter and Caleeb Pinkett executive produce for Overbrook Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television Studios. Susan Ekins, Macchio and Zabka are also Executive Producers.Also Read: Just How Much Karate Do the Stars of 'Cobra Kai' Actually Know?“Kevin Hart: What The Fit” (Season 3, Premiering Next Year) In the unscripted comedy “Kevin Hart: What The Fit,” Hart merges ridiculous workouts with hilarious special guest celebrity appearances. Past episodes have featured sumo wrestling with Conan O’Brien, a farm workout with Jennifer Garner and karate with Rebel Wilson. The first two seasons of What the Fit have driven over 275 million total views across all the episodes and related content to date. The series runs on Kevin’s LOL Network on YouTube. Executive Produced by Hart, Matt Kunitz, David Shumsky, Rebecca Shumsky Quinn, Mark Harris and Jeff Clanagan in association with Lionsgate.“Impulse” (Season 2, Premiering Fall 2019) Following more than 31 million views of the pilot, “Impulse” will return with new episodes this year. Maddie Hasson stars as Henrietta “Henry” Cole, a rebellious 16-year-old girl who has always felt different from her peers and longs to escape from her seemingly quaint small town. During a traumatic event, Henry discovers she has the extraordinary ability to teleport, and her newfound power confirms Henry’s conviction that she really was different from everybody else — but it now makes her the focus of those who want to control her. The series is produced by UCP (Universal Content Productions), Hypnotic, and showrunner Lauren LeFranc.Watch the “Impulse” Season 2 teaser below.“Liza on Demand” (Season 2, Premiering Fall 2019) Following more than 22 million views of the pilot, “Liza On Demand” will return with new episodes later this year. The ten-episode, half-hour series follows the chaotic misadventures of Liza (Liza Koshy) and her roommates Oliver (Travis Coles) and Harlow (Kimiko Glenn) as Liza takes on various tasks and odd jobs while trying to get ahead in the gig economy. Featuring a young diverse cast, season one took satirical stabs at topics like gender bias and romantic tropes. Season two promises even more laughs and misadventures as Liza takes on a brand new set of challenges.The series is produced by Above Average, a digital-first entertainment company founded in 2012 by Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video. Liza Koshy, Deborah Kaplan (Can’t Hardly Wait) and Harry Elfont (Can’t Hardly Wait, Josie & The Pussycats and Mary + Jane) and Courtney Carter will serve as executive producers on the series, with Sam Childs serving as producer.Read original story ‘Cobra Kai’ Renewed for Season 3 by YouTube At TheWrap
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John G. Avildsen, who won an Oscar for directing the original Rocky (1976), starring Sylvester Stallone, and also directed all three of the original Karate Kid films, has died in Los Angeles. Avildsen also won the DGA Award for directing Rocky, which also won Oscars for best picture and film editing and was nominated in multiple other categories. In 2006 Variety interviewed Avildsen, who said that a film with a boxing story didn’t excite him at first, but he was “moved by the urban character study of Sylvester Stallone’s script.” He held out on directing part two in lieu of another project — a decision that Avildsen said was “one of my greatest mistakes.” He returned to the franchise to direct 1990’s Rocky V.
Why are girls always attracted to jerks? It’s become a standard trope in the movies, but it’s one that any “nice guy” will agree rings true. Boyfriends (or jealous ex-boyfriends) of the film’s love interest are sure to be some combination of three characteristics: wealthy, snobby, unfaithful. While he may not bequite as bad as most, there’s another of the model coming off the assembly line in the new Daniel Radcliffe-Zoe Kazan romantic comedy,What If, this time played by Rafe Spall.
Thirty years ago, the world fell in love with an upbeat empowerment ballad called “You’re the Best Around.” Like most ’80s movie anthems, “Best” is a song you can’t listen to without immediately thinking of the film or scene it accompanied – in this case, the teen martial arts classic The Karate Kid and its climactic tournament montage. Here are 15 ’80s songs that transport us back to some of our favorite ’80s movie moments. “the one with Mr. T and Hulk Hogan” —Sylvester Stallone commissioned Survivor to write and record “Eye of the Tiger” after failing to get the rights to Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust.” Training rooms haven’t been the same since.