Cobra Kai Teaser Trailer

At the end of last summer, we learned YouTube Red had picked up a new series called Cobra Kai that would see Ralph Macchio and William Zabka reprising their famous roles as Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence from The Karate Kid. Now we finally have our first look at the show.

Cobra Kai takes place in present day, where the former karate championship opponents are now adults struggling to find balance in their lives. In the first Cobra Kai teaser trailer, Johnny (Zabka) reopens the Cobra Kai dojo in a last ditch effort to make something of himself. This inevitably leads to a confrontation with Daniel (Macchio) and the return of the old rivalry between them. Read More »

Bodied Distributor

Joseph Kahn‘s Bodied made the festival rounds in 2017, but it didn’t secure a distributor or find theatrical release that year. That’s the one and only reason this satirical, take-no-prisoners comedy set in the world of competitive battle rap didn’t land in my top 10 of the year. Seriously. It’s that good. And it deserves to be seen with a big audience.

Now, on the eve of the Sundance Film Festival, Bodied has found an unlikely distributor: YouTube, who is bringing the film to Sundance ahead of release date later this year. That means Bodied is a 2018 movie, which makes it one of the best movies of 2018.

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Robert Kyncl, YouTube’s Chief Business Officer, took questions from the Television Critics Association on Saturday. Many of those questions were about Logan Paul, the YouTube creator who posted a video featuring him discovering and laughing at a dead body in Japan. YouTube removed Paul from its Google Preferred advertising platform, removed him from the series Foursome, and suspended his future development deal, but had not entirely severed ties.

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Karate Kid YouTube Series

YouTube Global Head of Original Content Susanne Daniels was on an executive panel for the Television Critics Association, an /Film got the chance to ask her about the upcoming YouTube Red original series Cobra Kai, based on the 1980s classic The Karate Kid.

In Cobra Kai, Ralph Macchio and William Zabka reprise their rival roles as Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence from the original movie. Though the series comes from Harold and Kumar franchise creators Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, and Hot Tub Time Machine writer Josh Heald, Daniels said Cobra Kai is not a straight comedy.

Find out more about the Karate Kid YouTube series below. Read More »