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 »

The Karate Kid TV Series

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 »

John G. Alvidsen Dead

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 »

Germain’s 15 Favorite Sports Movies

The Karate Kid

Sports and movies are incredibly similar. Each are complex with intricate characters, comprised of long, detailed storylines. They can make you laugh, cry, and scream. On occasion either can build to a transcendent moment that you’ll never forget.

Those similarities are why the sports movie is such an enduring sub-genre in cinema. A sports movie can be anything: a dirty comedy, an inspirational drama, a documentary, a kick-ass action movie, a kids movie, it can even be a sci-fi or horror movie. Sports are such a universal language, they can be translated at will and never lose their power.

This week, another film enters the sports movie conversation: McFarland, USA, the true story of a cross country running team from a very poor town in central California. It’s a solid, entertaining sports movie that gets by because it adheres to the beats of the genre while adding a little something extra and different.

Because there’s a new sports movie out this week, I decided to take the occasion to rank my favorite sports movies of all time. Now, these are not the best sports movies of all time. Just my favorites. And there are major omissions, because we all have those. But to me, these are the 15 sports movies I can watch again and again. Read More »

Our 25 Favorite Gifts in Movie History

Christmas Story BB Gun

Whether you’re giving or receiving, there are few things better than a gift. It feels great to get one, it feels wonderful to give one, it’s just a nice thing. Gifts in movies are kind of the same. They represent a bond between characters that can be layered with meaning. The person getting the gift can be either appreciative or disappointed, the person giving it either sincere or malicious. There’s just so many ways you can go with it.

Being as it’s the holiday season, we decided to pick out our favorite gifts in movie history. Not necessarily the best ever, just our favorites. That means not all of these are “good” gifts. Some, in fact, are awful. But it’s the act of giving them, whether in the context of an overall film or series, that makes them awesome and memorable. So, below, we count down our 25 favorite gifts in movie history. Read More »

Scott C Karate Kid

Los Angeles, the hunt is on for free, original paintings like the one above by the one and only Scott Campbell. In fact, exactly like the one above. But you’re going to have to be quick, smart and pop culture savvy.

Starting right now, and repeating each day until the Friday opening of his latest exhibit at Gallery 1988, Campbell is hiding an original painting from a famous film at the location where the scene was shot. Figure out the location, head there, find it and it’s yours. Then, see hundreds more paintings July 11 at the Revenge of the Great Showdowns exhibition at Gallery 1988 West.

Below, read Campbell’s clues about the second painting (seen above) and see a small selection of pieces that’ll be in this week’s show.

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The Karate Kid sequel director hired

When The Karate Kid was released in theaters in May 2010, the box office surpassed all expectations (grossing $176 million domestic and about $182 internationally). Columbia Pictures was quick to announce that the company would begin development on a sequel. Kung Fu Panda screenwriters Cyrus Voris and Ethan Reif were tapped to pen the follow-up, but development of the Karate Kid sequel has not been as quick. In 2012, Zak Penn, the writer of X-Men: The Last Stand and The Incredible Hulk, was brought on to rewrite the sequel screenplay. Two years later and Sony has hired Breck Eisner to be the Karate Kid sequel director.

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