Cobra Kai Trailer

It looks like YouTube is going to keep teasing The Karate Kid sequel series Cobra Kai little by little until they announce the release date. Ralph Macchio returns as Daniel LaRusso, the title character from the 1984 movie, while William Zabka reprises his role as bully Jonny Lawrence. But the tables may be a little turned this time.

Jonny decides to repoen the Cobra Kai dojo that once gave his life purpose, something he’s struggled to find in his older years as a septic tank cleaner who has a somewhat depressing existence. However, that decision doesn’t sit too well with Daniel LaRusso for some reason. A new Cobra Kai trailer shows us this new dynamic. Read More »

Cobra Kai Trailer

Looking to finally make a splash in the original programming game, YouTube Red has a new series called Cobra Kai that picks up where The Karate Kid left off. Or at least it picks up about 30 years later with a grown-up Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) trying to turn his life around by reopening the Cobra Kai dojo, the same place he learned karate when he was a teenager.

The first Cobra Kai teaser trailer was all about establishing the premise and teasing the reunion of Johnny Lawrence with The Karate Kid himself, Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio). But this one strictly focuses on Lawrence and the return of the Cobra Kai dojo. There’s not a ton of new footage, but it does provide a somewhat better introduction to the teen that Lawrence takes under his wing. Read More »

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 »

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 »

Alphabitz Art Show

Two of our favorite pop culture artists working today are undoubtedly Tom Whalen and Dave Perillo. We’ve featured their work when they’ve had shows together, and we’ve even featured them when they tackle two different animated shows for adults. Now they’re back for another team show, this time delivering the ABCs of pop culture in a new show called Alphabitz.

Alphabitz does exactly what you would expect it to by having Tom Whalen and Dave Perillo create pop culture pieces inspired by the alphabet. For example, there’s P for Predator, V for Voltron, B for BB-8 and much more. But beyond having these familiar characters from pop culture representing a letter, what they’re doing is also indicative of the letter chosen, which makes for some goofy scenarios, like Freddy Krueger filing his nails in France, or Dracula driving Miss Daisy in a Dodge.

Check out pieces from the Alphabitz art show below, including some debut images given exclusively to /Film. Read More »

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Hollywood’s stroll down the memory lane that is the 1980s continues with the announcement of a legacy-quel series revival of The Karate Kid, and the original stars of the 1984 sports classic are coming with it.

Ralph Macchio and William Zabka, who played the rivals Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence at the center of the All Valley Karate Tournament, will both be back to star in a new half-hour comedy series called Cobra Kai that will be exclusively available on the YouTube Red subscription service. Find out more about The Karate Kid TV series below. Read More »

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After delivering two of the most iconic sports movies of all time, the Best Picture winning Rocky and the 1980s classic The Karate Kid, director John G. Avildsen has passed away at age 81. We remember the filmmaker’s career and contributions to cinema below. Read More »

The Goldbergs Karate Kid Episode

The ABC sitcom The Goldbergs is deeply entrenched in the nostalgia of the 1980s. Currently in its fourth season, the series has paid tribute and featured plenty of homage to favorites like The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Dirty Dancing, The Goonies, Say Anything, A Christmas Story and more. So it should come as no surprise that another iconic 1980s movie will get the same treatment (confounding the show’s true timeline even more) in an episode coming in 2017.

The Goldbergs will deliver their annual homage episode to the 1984 sports drama The Karate Kid. But which of the Goldberg children will take on the mantle of the student? Find out after the jump. Read More »

John Cena Karate Kid Sketch

Wrestling superstar and John Cena continued his crossover from WWE fame to mainstream acting by hosting Saturday Night Live for the first time. We’ll have a recap of the full episode later today, but one particular sketch deserved to be singled out, even if it wasn’t the funniest of the night.

The final fight of The Karate Kid is one of the most famous endings to any sports drama ever. However, that final fight might have gone a little differently if Daniel LaRusso was facing John Cena as the high school bully and Cobra Kai dojo fighter Johnny Lawrence.

Watch the John Cena Karate Kid sketch from SNL after the jump. Read More »

The Karate Kid bully

In the fourth season of How I Met Your Mother, it’s revealed that all-around ladies man and bro Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris) has a completely different view of the 80s classic The Karate Kid than most people. In Barney’s eyes, the good guy is teenage Cobra Kai student Johnny Lawrence, played by William Zabka, and he’s defeated by the “scrawny loser from New Jersey who barely even knows karate.”

While this is an amusing bit that shows you how skewed Barney’s perspective is on a variety of things, a new video attempts to illustrate that The Karate Kid bully may really be Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio), as he is reponsible for instigating a lot of the conflict and tensions that exists between the two characters in the movie. Read More »