YouTube Origin

If Cobra Kai didn’t convince you to check out YouTube Premium, how about a new science fiction horror series that feels as if Event Horizon and Lost were genetically spliced together? And that Event Horizon comparison isn’t a throwaway reference, either – the first two episodes of Origin were directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, the filmmaker behind that 1997 B-movie gem and more than a few Resident Evil movies.

Appropriately, the footage from Origin that was screened at San Diego Comic-Con International looked like Anderson at his best – slick, schlocky, and simultaneously straight-faced and silly. And while it’s leaning heavily on the Lost model for basic structure, there are far worse shows from which to steal. Think of Origin as Lost, but instead of a mysterious island, everyone is trapped on a labyrinthine spaceship filled with things that mean them harm.

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Weird City

Jordan Peele shocked the world with his directorial debut Get Out early last year, and he’s been remarkably busy ever since. His list of active projects has grown to an impressive length, and now he’s adding yet another one to the top of the pile: a show called Weird City, which he calls a “twisted-ass science fiction” anthology series. The show is coming to YouTube Premium next year, and you can read more about it below.
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cobra kai season 2

Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) may have the one who swept Daniel LaRusso’s (Ralph Macchio) leg in The Karate Kid, but John Kreese was the one who told him to do it.

The original Cobra Kai sensei played by Martin Kove was the cruel karate master who preached “no mercy” to the bullies in the Karate Kid series, but perhaps mercy is what we’ll feel toward John Kreese when Cobra Kai season 2 is over.

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On Becoming a God in Central Florida

YouTube is determined to forge their own path with original streaming content, and they just got a big boost. The streaming service has given a 10-episode order to On Becoming a God in Central Florida, a dark comedy starring Kirsten Dunst. The series was originally in development at AMC before landing at YouTube. Look for it on YouTube Premium in 2019.

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doug liman impulse interview

2008’s Jumper made money, but there was never a sequel, even though author Steven Gould continued writing novels. Jumper director Doug Liman decided to go back to this world by adapting the third novel, Impulse, for YouTube Premium.

Impulse stars Maddie Hasson as Henrietta, a high school student in a blended family. When the school jock Clay Boone (Tanner Stine) sexually assaults Henry, she teleports out of his car, crushing the car in the process and leaving Clay in a wheelchair. The town believes it was a hit and run, but as Henry continues to teleport, her stepsister Jenna (Sarah Desjardins) and classmate Townes Linderman (Daniel Maslany) try to help her figure out her powers.

Liman spoke with /Film this week about revisiting the world of his 2008 movie and how different he wanted Impulse to be. He also gave an update on his Edge of Tomorrow sequel, Live Die Repeat and Repeat. The first season of Impulse is available on YouTube Premium right now.

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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 »

Robert Downey Jr YouTube

Robert Downey Jr. knows all about artificial intelligence. Okay, fine – he’s spent the last decade playing a character who does. Now the once and future Iron Man will have a chance to learn about A.I. up close and personal, because he’ll be serving as the host of a new YouTube documentary series devoted to that topic. Learn more about the new Robert Downey Jr YouTube show below.
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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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