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Cobra Kai is a pretty great show, now Can’t wait for season 4!

So I got around to finishing “Cobra Kai – Season 3” this week. It’s a pretty great show surprisingly. I’m loving all of it so far. While this is a sequel to the Karate Kid series, it’s also a prequel at the same time. I know it’s weird but in a lot of that show it shows how some characters were in the past. I loved how it shows more about Johnny Lawrence’s childhood and teenage years.

While it’s an awesome show, “Season 3” was the best season. I was impressed that Daniel Laruso went back to Okinawa in that season to reminisce the past and revisit the good old days. I just loved how Daniel reunites with Kumiko and the villain Chozen from Karate II, that was awesome and I was also more interested in how the season showed more of John Kreese’s past. It was interesting that they showed us what Kreese’s U.S. Army days were like.

While this show is a reunion of some sorts, all the characters coming back from the original films played by the same actors, will the cast from Karate Kid III and “The Next Karate Kid” return?

There’s a huge debate online on whether or not Thomas Ian Griffith will return as Terry Silver and Sean Kanan will return as Mike Barnes, the villains from “Karate Kid III”. Also Robyn Lively who played Daniel’s love interest, Jessica should return in the future too. Also will Hillary Swank who played the girl in “The Next Karate Kid” make an appearance in “Cobra Kai”??? We’ll have to wait I guess.

While most of the original Cobra Kai reunited, there’s one guy who didn’t appear yet… Chad McQueen who played Dutch in the first “Karate Kid” film. Ya know that one Cobra Kai guy with the white curly hair, yeah, that guy. Instead, they put Dutch in prison for the show. I read somewhere that they tried to ask Chad McQueen to reprise his role as Dutch but he turned it down ’cause he hasn’t been acting for over 30 years? Who knows, maybe they’ll still put him on one day. We’ll have to see but it would be cool. I’m glad Rob Garrison made appearance on the show before he passed, that was awesome.

The show is getting real good and I think Ralph Macchio has gotten way better with his acting too. William Zabka is great too, though… they’re all great but I wanna say something about Martin Kove, though, he’s still killing it as John Kreese after all these years. Kreese has always been my favorite character.

Great show so far and looking forward to more in Season 4!

Kev

Cobra Kai: How is that Ralph Macchio Never Ages???

I’ve finally started getting around to watching “Cobra Kai”, now that it’s on Netflix. I’ve watched Seasons 1 & 2…. gonna catch up with Season 3 later this week.

I must say it’s a very good show. I’m very surprised with it. Really good writing, acting and directing too. Not bad for a show that’s only a half hour long for each episodes which is only 10 episodes for each season. This show is extremely popular and it’s creating a buzz for sure. Ya know, I’ve been wanting to watch it though since it was announced but I wasn’t gonna subscribe to Youtube Red just to watch it… now it’s on Netflix, I thought I would finally start.

One thing I’ve noticed though is that while this is a continuation of the Karate Kid trilogy, I’m blown away about how all the characters are being played by the same people… but most of the cast has aged pretty badly. They all look way different now. Well, William Zabka who plays Johnny kind of looks the same a little bit but he looks way older now. The rest of the cast looks way different except for Ralph Macchio.

Ralph still looks like he’s 20 years old and his speaking voice is still the same too. Some may say plastic surgery, hair dye and bad genes but I don’t think so. Ralph just aged really well… he just knew how to take care of himself over the years. If you take care of yourself, you’ll look great when you get older. Ralph is 59 but he doesn’t look it at all. He still looks and sounds young which is great.

Ralph Macchio is still a great actor, though. He can still play Daniel Laruso really well even after all these years.

Some of you may ask where has Ralph been? Well, he quit acting in major leading roles and just been doing small cameos in films and doing other projects. He stopped doing leading roles in films to start a family and things like that. Now he’s out of acting retirement. I remember he had other great roles than “The Karate Kid”… he was great in “The Outsiders” and “My Cousin Vinny”. Also the movie “Crossroads” in which guitarist Steve Vai had a role in. You didn’t hear much from Ralph after those films.

Well in this new “Cobra Kai” series this is Ralph telling you all that he hasn’t really gone away.

I’m hoping that when this show is all done that Ralph will go back to leading roles in movies again. Maybe he will never say never.

“Cobra Kai” is an amazing show, though and it’s definitely the best show on television right now. The show is addicting and entertaining as hell. Makes me want re-watch the Karate Kid trilogy again.

Kev

Ralph Macchio is confirmed to reprise his role as Daniel Larusso for “Karate Kid” revival, it’s gonna be a TV show and not a big screen movie…

Well this is interesting… look like a Karate Kid sequel is happening after all but only thing is it’s gonna be a TV show; it won’t be a big screen movie. It will be a 10 episode TV series exclusively to be aired on YoutubeRed first but I’m sure other streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and others will get it later in the future.

The show takes place 30 years after the first Karate Kid film where Daniel Larusso had his iconic karate bout against Johnny Lawrence. Well, Ralph Macchio is set to reprise his role as Daniel Larusso for the “Karate Kid” revival simply titled, “Cobra Kai” for now. The story will center around Johnny Lawrence now owning the “Cobra Kai” karate school which was previously owned by John Kreese (who was played by Martin Kove in the first movie). The Larusso and Lawrence feud is back on again so it’s looking like they’re about to get their rematch? Seems so!!!

Read the full story here:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/karate-kid-tv-sequel-starring-ralph-macchio-william-zabka-a-go-at-youtube-red-1014453

Read this article here on why Macchio and Zabka agreed to sign on this project:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/karate-kid-youtube-series-ralph-macchio-william-zabka-offer-details-1026965

I do remember that Hollywood has been trying to get Ralph Macchio on a new Karate Kid movie but he kept refusing. I think they were even trying to get Macchio to star in the remake that starred Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan but Macchio refused.

What do you think? Do you think that Ralph Macchio can still play Larusso after all these years? Yes, I think Ralph still has it. I think he’ll still play the character just fine but keep in mind, though, Macchio is 55 years old now… he’s no kid anymore like he was in the original trilogy.

Some of you may ask why is this show gonna be a comedy? If you think about it, the original trilogy had a mix of comedy, drama and action. So I guess they’re going for the same format for this show? Ya know, in the first Karate Kid movie… that movie had plenty of funny scenes especially all the “wax on, wax off” stuff.

In this “Cobra Kai” TV show, are we gonna see some other familiar faces from the first film? I think it’s a possibility. Maybe we’ll see that guy who screams, “Put him in a bodybag” and laughing his head off. Maybe we’ll see Martin Kove reprise his role as Kreese ’cause that would be fuckin’ awesome! Maybe Elisabeth Shue can return as well.

I’ll watch this show but I’m not gonna subscribe to YoutubeRed. I’ll wait for this show to get on Netflix so hopefully they make it streamable later. I’m a huge Karate Kid fan and glad this is happening.

Ralph is a great actor, though… loved him in other movies such as “The Outsiders”, “My Cousin Vinny” and can’t forget “Crossroads”. I’m sure he’ll do a great job playing Larusso again!

Kev

“The Karate Kid” remake surprisingly didn’t suck, it was actually very good, I thought!

Last night, I watched, “The Karate Kid” remake that stars Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith (Will Smith’s son). When it was first announced, that Will Smith planned on putting together a “Karate Kid” remake that was going to star his son in the leading role, it created a lot of internet controversy. Lot of complaints that the film should not be touched from the original that starred, Ralph Macchio and Pat Morrita. I was one of those people complaining about the remake, admittedly. I thought it was the worst idea ever. When the film came out in theater, the film was surprisingly getting good reviews by critics and movie fans. So I thought to myself, “Maybe the film is not as bad as people thought it was?” I figure I would wait for DVD on it. Now that it’s out on DVD, I picked it up last night at Best Buy and watched it right away last night.

To my surprise, I thought it was a really really good movie. I wasn’t bored and it was thoroughly entertaining. The story is pretty much the same as the original Karate Kid, where a young kid and a single mother moves to a new home, the son gets bullied by other school kids, he learns Karate to defend himself. Except the only difference is, the movie is taken place in China and the leading roles are starred by black people. I thought the Chinese style version of this movie is what made it interesting. Jaden is actually a decent actor, he’s not bad as others made it out to be.

What I was most impressed with the movie was Jackie Chan’s acting. This movie proves that Jackie Chan does have the talent with acting. In most Jackie Chan movies, he’s all about action scenes and doing his own stunts. This movie showed a different side of Jackie Chan, that he is a very talented actor. I think he agreed to do this movie, ’cause he thought it was an opportunity to express his acting talent. To let people know that he’s not just an action guy, he want people to know that he can act. While this movie is not Oscar worthy, I would think Jackie’s performance is Oscar worthy enough for Best Supporting Actor, in my opinion, so hope he’ll get a nomination for this. Jackie plays, Mr. Han, a replacement of the Mr. Miyagi character from the original.

I wish Ralph Macchio, agreed to do a cameo in this movie ’cause he would have been perfect for a small role somewhere in this film. It seems that Will Smith is taking a hiatus from acting himself. Will Smith has been busy launching careers for his children. Jaden Smith as an actor and Willow Smith as a singer. They must love having Will Smith as their father. “Karate Kid” remake was actually really good. I liked it a lot. Still not better than the original. I will always love the original more, of course.

Kev

Report: Will Smith keeping, “The Karate Kid” title…

Will Smith announced that he is not chaning the new “Karate Kid” remake, to the “Kung Fu Kid”, he’s strictly going to keep it as, “The Karate Kid”.

MTV Movies Blog reports:

http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2009/05/06/karate-kid-remake-keeping-title-taking-jaden-smith-to-china/

I’m sure Ralph will be pretty pissed about this. I expect a response from him soon about his thoughts on keeping the title for the remake.

Kev

Report: Ralph Macchio speaks out his thoughts on Jackie Chan being Mr. Miyagi, and they aren’t too positive…

Ralph Macchio speaks out some more on the “Karate Kid” remake that stars Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith. He expresses his opinion on Jackie Chan as the Mr. Miyagi character (originally played by the great Pat Morita).

MTV News reports:

http://images.smarter.com/blogs/Mr.%20Miyagi.jpg

Honestly though, I would rather see a 5th Karate Kid film instead of a remake of the first one. Ralph could play Daniel one more time and Ralph could direct the fifth installment himself since he is now a director. I’m sure Ralph can make a better Karate Kid movie than anyone else.

I hope the Karate Kid remake bombs.

Kev

Report: Ralph Macchio finally speaks out on the “Karate Kid” remake and he seems to not like the idea of it…

MTV News caught up with a full grown Ralph Macchio, the original Karate Kid, and Ralph speaks out on the new “Karate Kid” remake, which stars Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan.

Ralph says that he feels real good that the public is not wanting a “Karate Kid” remake, in other words, he likes how the public is saying the “Karate Kid” movie can’t be copied. So that’s a pretty good sign right there, that Ralphy doesn’t sound too excited about the remake either. Don’t expect him to have a small role in the film now ’cause I don’t see it happening.

It’s good to see a new interview with Ralphy after all these years, he still looks the same even though he’s in his 40’s now and his looks and speaking voice hasn’t changed a bit!!!

Kudos for Ralphy for his honesty about the remake!!!

See the interview here:

http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2009/01/19/exclusive-karate-kid-ralph-macchio-breaks-silence-on-will-smith-remake/

Kev

Confirmed: Jackie Chan in for “The Karate Kid” remake, set to portray Mr. Miyagi…

Martial arts master and action movie star, Jackie Chan, is in final negotiations to star in “The Karate Kid” remake being developed by Columbia Pictures. Chan will be portraying the legendary role of Mr. Miyagi, Daniel Larusso’s trainer. Jaden Smith, who is Will Smith’s real life son will be playing Larusso.

The plot/synopsis to the “Karate Kid” remake will be similar to the original film, where a young boy moves to a new town, goes to a new school, gets bullied by bigger kids in school, the boy decides to learn karate to defend himself. I’m sure Jaden and Jackie will not have the Daniel and Mr. Miyagi names in the film, I’m sure the character names in the remake will be different. The film is being directed by Harald Zwart.

Variety Reports:

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117998484.html?categoryid=13&cs=1

As long as Jackie Chan is going to be in this, I’ll see this in theater. I love Jackie Chan movies.

Hopefully there’ll be a Ralph Macchio cameo in this film as well!

Kev

Confirmed: Jackie Chan in for “The Karate Kid” remake, set to portray Mr. Miyagi…

Martial arts master and action movie star, Jackie Chan, is in final negotiations to star in “The Karate Kid” remake being developed by Columbia Pictures. Chan will be portraying the legendary role of Mr. Miyagi, Daniel Larusso’s trainer. Jaden Smith, who is Will Smith’s real life son will be playing Larusso.

The plot/synopsis to the “Karate Kid” remake will be similar to the original film, where a young boy moves to a new town, goes to a new school, gets bullied by bigger kids in school, the boy decides to learn karate to defend himself. I’m sure Jaden and Jackie will not have the Daniel and Mr. Miyagi names in the film, I’m sure the character names in the remake will be different. The film is being directed by Harald Zwart.

Variety Reports:

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117998484.html?categoryid=13&cs=1

As long as Jackie Chan is going to be in this, I’ll see this in theater. I love Jackie Chan movies.

Hopefully there’ll be a Ralph Macchio cameo in this film as well!

Kev

Confirmed: Jaden Smith (Will Smith’s son) to star in “Karate Kid” remake…

Jaden Smith, who is the real life son of iconic actor Will Smith, is set to star the leading role in “The Karate Kid” remake. Yes, Jaden Smith is confirmed to play the Daniel Laruso character in his version of “The Karate Kid”. Jaden Smith’s character probably won’t have the Daniel Laruso name since Jaden is black, so the writers will probably give the leading character a new name to be more fitting.

The film is being written by Chris Murphy and the remake will have the similar plot from the original version, a film about a young boy who moves to a different town with his mother, gets bullied by older kids just for going after a love interest and he learns to defend himself by learning karate from a martial arts master. Look like this remake will be aimed toward the black community kind of like “The Wiz” being remade from “The Wizard of Oz” as an example.

Variety Reports:

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117995614.html?categoryid=13&cs=1

Will we get a cameo by Ralph Macchio in a different role in the remake? Maybe Macchio will even be Jaden’s trainer in the film? They better give Macchio a role in this film ’cause the film will probably bomb if Macchio isn’t in it. Ralph Macchio is a full grown adult now (he’s in his 40’s now believe it or not, he’s no kid anymore), he doesn’t do acting anymore, but mostly directing films but it’s appropriate if he appears in the remake.

I love the Karate Kid movies. I like all three of them. I don’t like the 4th one with Hillary Swank though.

Kev