Cobra Kai season 2 cast

The one returning Karate Kid cast member we didn’t get to interview during the lead-up to season one of Cobra Kai was Martin Kove. That’s because he was a surprise in the very last scene of the season finale. Now that he’s a regular for season two, Kove was available to talk about Cobra Kai and the Karate Kid legacy.

The return of John Kreese was just as surprising to Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), who believed that Kreese was dead. Now season two can explore how Johnny can turn Cobra Kai around when the worst influence of all returns to exert his chokehold over the dojo.

Kove spoke with /Film by phone before the season premiere of Cobra Kai. All 10 episodes of Cobra Kai season two premiere on YouTube Premium on Wednesday, April 24.

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Cobra Kai season 2 trailer

Cobra Kai has given the Karate Kid franchise a new lease on narrative life. After the massively successful first season, fans can’t wait to see season two, and many are rediscovering the original films or discovering them for the first time.

Karate Kid stars Martin Kove and William Zabka, who reprise their roles as John Kreese and Johnny Lawrence on Cobra Kai, were at WonderCon to discuss the series. During their interviews, each revealed some new details about the original classic film. We’ll have complete interviews with Kove, Zabka and the rest of the cast and creators of Cobra Kai later this month, but here’s what Kove and Zabka said about the original film.

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NOS4A2 teaser

AMC is bringing a new vampire to television this summer. NOS4A2 is based on the book by Joe Hill, and showrunner Jami O’Brien adapted it for television. Zachary Quinto stars as Charlie Manx, a 135-year-old vampire who feeds off the energy of children. His make-up to transform into an ancient vampire is impressive, but NOS4A2’s biggest effects are seamless.

O’Brien and Hill spoke with reporters at WonderCon in Anaheim last week. Here’s what we learned.

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Yuen Woo-Ping has been the go-to name in martial arts choreography ever since he helped launch Jackie Chan with his first to comedies, Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow and Drunken Master. So much so that when Hollywood started incorporating elaborate martial arts, they hired Yuen to choreograph The Matrix, Kill Bill and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

Yuen is back with another Hong Kong martial arts movie this week. Master Z: Ip Man Legacy follows Max Zhang’s character from Ip Man 3 in a brand do martial arts adventure. Other great fighters are coming at him from all sides, including Michelle Yeoh, Dave Bautista and Tony Jaa.

Yuen Woo-Ping answered some questions from /Film via a translator, and revealed he was almost involved in James Wan’s Aquaman film. Master Z: Ip Man Legacy is in theaters today

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shazam early buzz

Shazam! turns the very idea of a DC movie on its head. It’s not just that the film is about a teenager who becomes a superhero, it’s that they play with Batman toys, throw shade on Aquaman, and have Easter eggs for some of the oldest superhero comics.

Billy Batson (Asher Angel) goes to live in a foster home, where his roommate Freddy Freeman (Jack Dylan Grazer) is obsessed with known superheroes like Batman, Superman and The Flash. When Billy gets the powers of an ancient wizard (Djimon Hounsou), he can become Shazam (Zachary Levi).

David F. Sandberg directed Shazam! and spoke with /Film by phone out of the film’s press junket in New York. Shazam! is in theaters today.

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pet sematary sxsw review

Between his career as a producer and his time as a Warner Brothers executive, Lorenzo Di Bonaventura has been responsible for many films that movie lovers can describe as formative. And now it’s dawned on him too, especially as he reads 20th anniversary articles about The Matrix this week. “It’s been interesting to read 20th anniversary of Matrix [articles] because it makes me all of a sudden go, ‘Jesus,that was a long time ago, wasn’t it?’” Di Bonaventura told /Film. “Wow, time has passed very fast. Obviously I’m super proud of that movie so it’s nice to read about it again.”

This week, di Bonaventura’s adaptation of Pet Sematary opens in theaters after premiering at SXSW to rave reviews, including our own and Stephen King’s. Even before SXSW, the trailer revealed a big change in this adaptation. Instead of Louis (Jason Clarke) and Rachel Creed’s (Amy Seimetz) youngest child Gage dying, it’s Ellie (Jete Lawrence). Since neighbor Jud (John Lithgow) helped Louis resurrect Ellie’s cat Church in the Micmac burial ground behind the “Pet Sematary,” Louis still goes down a dark path.

Di Bonaventura spoke with /Film by phone this week about the adaption of Pet Sematary, from directors Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch and writers Matt Greenberg and Jeff Buhler. With many franchises under his banner, di Bonaventura also answered questions about McClane, Snake Eyes and sequels to Transformers and The Meg, before finally revisiting The Matrix. Pet Sematary opens Friday, April 5.

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I Like Scary Movies

The aptly-named I Like Scary Movies exhibition is fun not only for people who like horror movies, but for people who like any movies. Sure, it may take a certain type of stomach to watch horror, and if you’re likely to hide your eyes from the screen, there’s certainly no escaping this totally enveloping experience. But these are movies we’ve all lived with, whether we’ve seen them 100 times or couldn’t make it through a first viewing.

There’s something for everyone. Freddy Krueger is well-known beyond A Nightmare on Elm Street, as is the Overlook hotel and its haunted accoutrements from The Shining. Beetlejuice is a widely-seen horror comedy and The Lost Boys was braved by many teen fans of the two Coreys. It: Chapter One is probably the only portion of the exhibit that might require intimate knowledge of the film…or perhaps it could prep you to watch it.

/Film attended a preview of I Like Scary Movies this week before it opened to the public. We walked through it in 30 minutes when it was empty on a Wednesday morning, but there are so many photo opportunities that you should probably allow at least 90 minutes to visit on a busy day. Here’s what you’ll see.

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Once Archer made its fifth season a Miami Vice spoof, every season has reinvented the show in a different genre. There was the film noir Archer: Dreamland, the ‘30s serial Archer: Danger Island and more. The upcoming tenth season will be a sci-fi spoof set in deep space and full of aliens.

FXX brought the voice cast and executive producers of Archer to WonderCon to preview the new season. /Film spoke with EPs Matt Thompson and Casey Willis in a press room roundtable to find out more about the new season, coming sometime in 2019.

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She-Ra and the Princesses of Power creator Noelle Stevenson and the voice cast of the animated series were on a WonderCon panel for the upcoming second season. Speaking with reporters in a pressroom roundtable, Stevenson discussed some of the changes coming to She-Ra.

Stevenson’s re-imagining of the Masters of the Universe spinoff was met with love from new fans and grown-ups who grew up with She-Ra (and some who, ahem, saw He-Man and She-Ra: The Secret of the Sword in theaters), so why change a thing? It’s only been one season. If it ain’t broke, why fix it? Well, both real-world factors and narrative factors necessitated some evolution.

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Years after Fox cancelled Arrested Development, creator Mitch Hurwitz and the cast kept talking about the possibility of resurrecting the show. Reporters would ask them in every interview and they would happily keep hope alive for the Bluth family to return. Finally, in 2014, Netflix streamed season four of Arrested Development and it was a big enough hit to order a fifth season, although it would take another five years to produce it. The second half of that season premiered weeks ago to little fanfare. Has everyone just moved on now?

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