Cobra Kai season 2 cast

The ruthless and stoic John Kreese was one of the main villains in 1984’s The Karate Kid, and 35 years later, actor Martin Kove will be reprising that role once again on the YouTube Red series Cobra Kai. A new report says Kove has officially joined the Cobra Kai season 2 cast as a series regular. Read more about his character below. Read More »

Weeks after YouTube Red saw its biggest hit of its short history with Cobra Kai, the streaming service is rebranding. Google has had YouTube Red rebranded as YouTube Premium — a loftier name that fits its slightly higher price tag. This is part of a shift around YouTube and Google’s overall media strategy, which has thus far been a bit of an incoherent mess.

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Audiences may not exactly be jumping for a spin-off to the poorly received 2008 sci-fi film Jumper. And they may be even less excited to learn that the series will land on YouTube Red, the streaming subscription service that is still struggling to break in. But after the critical success of YouTube Red’s Cobra Kai, and Jumper and Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman throwing his weight behind this spin-off, Impulse may actually be worth a watch.

The first Impulse trailer shows us the new, moodier take on the franchise based on the novels by Steven Gould. And despite its spin-off label, the series looks wholly original.

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cobra kai free episodes

Ready to be transported back to the world of The Karate Kid, but not willing to fork over the cash for a YouTube Red subscription? You’re in luck: the first two Cobra Kai episodes are available to watch now for free on YouTube. It’s a clever marketing ruse by YouTube to get new subscribers, but the Cobra Kai free episodes may actually convince you to buy into a whole new streaming service. Because critics are raving about the long-awaited sequel to the classic ’80s sports film.

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Karate Kid footage

By now, you probably know the premise of YouTube Red’s upcoming series Cobra Kai. It’s a continuation of the story that began in the 1984 movie The Karate Kid, but flipping the script to make Johnny Lawrence – the wonderfully douchey villain played by William Zabka – into the sympathetic protagonist and turning the film’s crane-kicking hero Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) into a big jerk.

The show picks up three decades after the fateful events of the Under-18 All-Valley Karate Tournament that provided the setting for the rousing climax of the ’84 film, and in a new video, the series creators reveal some never-before-seen Karate Kid footage that they’ll use to recontextualize that famous martial arts match for the new show. Read More »

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Cobra Kai early buzz

Cobra Kai is bringing the story of the Karate Kid into the 21st century, and the early buzz has begun to trickle online. Early Cobra Kai reviews are, as of now, overwhelmingly positive. It looks like the YouTube Red show might end up being a must-see.

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Cobra Kai marketing

Daniel LaRusso may have been an underdog in 1984’s The Karate Kid, but three decades later, the character has become a car dealer content with rehashing his glory days. How’s that for a character shift?

Cobra Kai, the upcoming YouTube Red series that serves as a continuation of the Karate Kid franchise, is set to premiere soon, and following the release of a full trailer last week, the Cobra Kai marketing blitz continues. YouTube has unveiled a fictional TV commercial for the “LaRusso Auto Group,” as well as a “vandalized” billboard in the L.A. area promoting the show.
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James Cameron camera

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • James Cameron preps laser projection for Avatar 2.
  • Disney’s Frozen 2 will impact our perception of the original.
  • The Lego Movie character gets an animated spin-off show.
  • Chris Pine wonders what’s up with Star Trek 4.
  • And more!

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YouTube Red

Ads are probably the most annoying part of the YouTube experience, but how much would you be willing to sacrifice to avoid them? Would you pay $9.99 a month? What if that $9.99 a month also got you exclusive original content?

YouTube is really hoping you’ll say yes. The video streaming website has just announced YouTube Red, a Netflix-style paid subscription service. Unsurprisingly, not everyone is thrilled about it. Get all the details on YouTube Red after the jump.  Read More »