From ‘The Cheat’ to ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ a Brief History of Asian-Americans in Film (Photos)

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“Crazy Rich Asians” premieres Wednesday, and the film has been oft-lauded for being the first major studio film to feature a mainly Asian-American cast in 25 years, the last one being “The Joy Luck Club.” However, the history of…

YouTube Music Relaunches as Paid Service to Rival Spotify, Apple Music

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Google is launching an updated version of YouTube Music next Tuesday, with the world’s biggest video site looking to grab a bigger share of the streaming music pie. At the same time, the company is rebranding YouTube Red — its paid service that provides ad-free viewing, access to original content, and includes a YouTube Music subscription — as YouTube Premium.

Yes, that means it’ll cost customers more money to watch shows like “Cobra Kai,” YouTube’s “Karate Kid” reboot, and also stream music.

The new YouTube Music Premium, costing users $9.99 a month, will remove ads from music videos — but not regular clips on YouTube. Users can download music for offline listening, scroll playlists and enjoy YouTube’s curated homepage based on their history and location. (If you’re at the airport, Google will recommend relaxing songs, for example.) The update will launch with a new app and desktop layout next week.

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“The days of jumping back and forth between multiple music apps and YouTube are over,” said YouTube in a statement. “YouTube Music is a new music streaming service made for music: official songs, albums, thousands of playlists and artist radio plus YouTube’s tremendous catalog of remixes, live performances, covers and music videos that you can’t find anywhere else — all simply organized and personalized.”

Google’s plan is for YouTube Music Premium to replace its current go-to music service, Google Play Music. The tech behemoth is up against its rival, Apple Music, which has 50 million paid subscribers, and Spotify, which has 75 million paid subs.

YouTube Premium, the revamped spot for ad-free viewing and original content, will cost $11.99 a month.

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Is YouTube giving you more “Cobra Kai” series? Yes, sensei!

The streaming service announced Thursday it has ordered a second season of the “Karate Kid” revival series starring Ralph Macchio and William Zabka, just one week after it dropped on YouTube  May 4. Both Zabka and Macchio will return for the next installment, with the 10-episode, half-hour season beginning production this fall. It’s slated for a release on YouTube Red in 2019.

Since its debut, the first episode of the Sony Pictures Television and Overbrook Entertainment show has generated more than 20 million views.

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“This series had all of the right elements from the very beginning — compelling characters, a storied rivalry, and the talented original stars,” said Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content, YouTube. “The way viewers have embraced the new twist on this beloved franchise has been nothing short of amazing, and we’re thrilled to partner with Sony TV, Overbrook and the extraordinary creative team led by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg to create a second season.”

“Cobra Kai” picks up the story of the two rivals 30 years after the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament. Johnny Lawrence (Zabka) reopens the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo, which reignites his old feud with Daniel LaRusso (Macchio). Series regulars returning for Season 2 include Xolo Mariduena as Miguel Diaz, Tanner Buchanan as Robby Keene, Mary Mouser as Samantha LaRusso and Courtney Henggeler as Amanda LaRusso.

The series is written and executive produced by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg. James Lassiter and Caleeb Pinkett will executive produce the second season again for Overbrook Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television Studios.

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YouTube Drops Never-Before-Seen ‘Karate Kid’ Footage Ahead of ‘Cobra Kai’ Premiere (Video)

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The upcoming YouTube Red series “Cobra Kai” will feature previously unseen footage from the original “Karate Kid” movie, according to a new teaser released on Tuesday.

Set 30 years after the events of the 1984 movie, the streaming series takes on the perspective of the movie’s antagonist, Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), whose life has taken a rocky turn as he seeks redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo.

In the clip (above), “Cobra Kai” executive producers Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg talk about shooting the series from that point-of-view.

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In order to make viewers more sympathetic to the character, producers went back to the footage recorded for the movie’s climactic fight scene and cut together a version focusing on Zabka’s character, including a brutal close-up of the crane kick that ended the fight.

“Nobody had ever seen [that shot],” Schlossberg said. “The cool thing about that shot is that it changes the perspective of the scene … with that close-up, now you’re feeling the pain of that kick. And it suddenly twists it from triumph to defeat.”

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Yes, Ralph Macchio Agrees His ‘Karate Kid’ Crane Kick Was Pretty Much Illegal

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Should Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) have been disqualified from the All-Valley Under-18 Karate Championship of 1984 for that crane kick to the face of Johnny Lawrence (Billy Zabka)? Fans of the ’80s classic “The Karate Kid” have been debating that ending for more than 30 years.

So, ahead of the premiere of YouTube Red’s revival series “Cobra Kai,” TheWrap asked Macchio to say once and for all whether he thinks the competition-winning move taught by none other than Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) was illegal.

And yes, Macchio said, “No hits to the face was clearly something when the referee made the list of things what not to do.”

But, he added with a laugh, “If that didn’t happen, I don’t know if we’d be talking about that movie 34 years later.”

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The actor, now 56, applauded the filmmakers for doing “what was right” to solidify the sports drama’s legacy in pop culture history.

“My theory on all of it — and I’ve seen the little documentary footage of the ‘Justice for Johnny’ and the concept that Daniel was the real bully and came to town and sucker-punched him and stole his girlfriend — I’m not so sure that case would hold water,” Macchio said. “It seems a little shady in some parts. But I love the fact that we made this movie in 1983, it came out in ’84, and in 2018 people are still debating it. I think that makes it topical, relevant, a piece of Americana. ‘Wax on, wax off’ is probably in the dictionary by now. It’s sort of wonderful to have all of that and people still battle that out.”

Setting aside the crane kick debate itself, the new question is, will Daniel and Johnny address the controversy themselves when the revival series “Cobra Kai” drops on YouTube Red on May 2?

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“There’s a reference in the first episodes… there’s a scene where [Johnny] says, ‘That illegal kick?’ And I say, ‘What about that elbow to my knee?’ Which was equally illegal!” Macchio emphasised. “You’re not allowed to grab someone’s leg and jam your elbow into their wounded knee.”

See the crane kick in the clip above and if you want the most over-thought breakdown about the move ever, here it is.

All 10 episodes of “Cobra Kai” premiere May 2 on YouTube Red.

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“I just don’t know why you’d ever want to bring back Cobra Kai,” asks Ralph Macchio, the Karate Kid himself, in this first-look teaser for the YouTube Red original series Cobra Kai. He sorta answers his own question later in the trailer: “Johnny, you and I, this, we aren’t done.”
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‘Karate Kid’ Stars Ralph Macchio, Willam Zabka Reunite in ‘Cobra Kai’ Sequel Series Teaser (Video)

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Are you ready for this “Cobra Kai” teaser? Yes, sensei!

On Thursday, Entertainment Weekly revealed the first teaser for the “Karate Kid” sequel series and it looks like Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) have not spent the last three decades resolving their issues.

Apparently Johny’s life hasn’t been going so well since since they faced off at the All Valley Karate Tournament in the first movie, or met again in “Karate Kid Part II.” Whereas Daniel is the picture of stability as a car dealer and family man. So Johnny, who was a proud member of the titular dojo, thinks this will solve his problems.

“I just don’t know why you’d ever want to bring back Cobra Kai,” Daniel tells his high school enemy while they stare at each other across the renovated dojo.

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Since Johnny is telling his new pupils “We are not trained to be merciful here. Mercy is for the weak,” it seems he has a different outlook on life than Daniel.

The series will center around Miguel Diaz (Xolo Maridueña), who Johnny looks to mentor after he’s tortured by bullies, Johnny’s son Robby Keene (Tanner Buchanan), who doesn’t want to be anything like his old man.

Ed Asner will guest star as Johnny’s stepfather, Sid Weinberg. Courtney Henggeler will play Daniel’s wife and business partner, Amanda, and Mary Mouser takes on the role of their daughter, Samantha.

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Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg penned the script for “Cobra Kai,” and will executive produce with Susan Ekins, Will Smith, James Lassiter and Caleeb Pinkett.

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YouTube Red Boss Declines to Share Subscriber Count

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YouTube’s global head of original content, Susanne Daniels, took the TCA stage Friday morning to share clips and other teasers from the upcoming slate of the streaming service’s subscription product, YouTube Red — which includes a “Karate Kid” reboot. One thing she did not share: YouTube Red’s number of subscribers.

In response to a question directly asking for that, Daniels pointed to Netflix’s refusal to share its member count at a similar “early stage,” but said YouTube Red is “on track” to achieve its goal.

YouTube Red launched in late 2015, and costs $10 a month for its slate of original series and movies. It also comes with YouTube’s internet TV service, YouTube TV. Daniels acknowledged that YouTube Red currently serves a very young audience, but said she wanted to broaden its customer base.

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“While we will continue to work with YouTube stars, we want to expand the slate,” she said. “Expand it to 18-49 and to the non-heavy user as well.”

Daniels also said some of YouTube Red’s originals could find a second life on traditional television.

“There will be a second window available on linear TV for those markets that are interested in it,” Daniels said. “That can happen domestically and internationally.”

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The YouTube Red programming chief said that about half of YouTube’s audience watches on mobile, not terribly surprising for the younger-skewing platform, but smart TVs have helped boost its viewing in more traditional settings.

“Living room usage among YouTube as an app and YouTube on smart TVs is growing.”

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Iconic The Karate Kid film franchise is getting small screen treatment with Cobra Kai, a 10-episode half-hour series set for YouTube Red in 2018.
The series, from Sony Pictures Television Studios and Overbrook Entertainment, reteams Ralph Macchio and William Zabka in their star-making roles from the feature franchise.
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