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Cobra Kai Season 2 greenlit!

YouTube Red want more LaRusso and Lawrence

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YouTube announced that it has ordered a second season of the wildly-popular and critically-acclaimed hit series “Cobra Kai” from Sony Pictures Television and Overbrook Entertainment. Since its debut on May 2, the first episode of “Cobra Kai” has generated over 20 million views. Series stars Ralph Macchio and William Zabka are set to return for a second season. The 10-episode, half-hour series will begin production this fall and debut on YouTube Red in 2019.

In “Cobra Kai” Ralph Macchio and William Zabka revisit their star-making roles from the iconic film franchise, The Karate Kid. The epic adversaries return to the dojo, thirty years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament. A down-and-out Johnny Lawrence (Zabka) seeks redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo, reigniting his rivalry with a now successful Daniel LaRusso (Macchio), who has been struggling to maintain balance in his life without the guidance of his mentor, Mr. Miyagi. The cast of series regulars, all returning for a second season, include Xolo Mariduena as “Miguel Diaz” Tanner Buchanan as “Robby Keene,” Mary Mouser as”Samantha LaRusso” and Courtney Henggeler as “Amanda LaRusso.”

“Cobra Kai” is written and executive produced by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg. Heald is the writer behind the cult classic Hot Tub Time Machine franchise, while Hurwitz & Schlossberg created the successful Harold & Kumar film series, and wrote and directed the global hit ”American Reunion”. Most recently, Hurwitz & Schlossberg produced the critically-lauded film ”Blockers” for Universal Pictures. Together, Heald, Hurwitz, and Schlossberg conceived of this new ”Karate Kid” storyline that picks-up decades after the original film ends. The showrunning trio directed much of season one and will do the same in season two. James Lassiter and Caleeb Pinkett will again executive produce for Overbrook Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television Studios.

“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.”

“We are so elated with the performance of Cobra Kai and our incredible partnerships with Josh, Jon, Hayden and Overbrook and of course, You Tube Red. This has been a remarkable experience and the audience reaction only further validates what we already knew – that this team and series is exceptional and incredibly special,’ said Jeff Frost, President Sony Pictures Television.

“Continuing the Karate Kid saga with YouTube Red has been a dream come true,” said Heald, Hurwitz, and Schlossberg. “We are grateful to all our creative partners for giving us the freedom to revisit and expand the LaRusso/Lawrence rivalry. And we are truly exhilarated by the tidal wave of support from fans of this story, both old and new.”

With over $619 million at the worldwide box office, ”The Karate Kid” franchise has entertained millions of fans for over 3 generations. For years, YouTube fans from around the world have also kept the legend of the films alive through uploads of clips, tributes and related content, amassing over 1 billion views to date.

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Junkie XL scoring new Terminator

The film reunites the artist with “Deadpool” director Tim Miller

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Junkie XL, the famed movie musicsmith who provided the audio backdrop for such films as “Alita : Battle Angel” and “Mad Max : Fury Road”, will compose “Terminator : Dark Fate”.

The film reunites the artist aka Tom Holkenborg with his ‘Deadpool’ director Tim Miller, as well as “Alita” producer James Cameron.

“It’s great to be working on another project with Tim,” Holkenborg said in a statement to THR. “The original Terminators were such iconic movies, and having James back as a producer with Tim directing is an amazing dream team. It’s going to be a fantastic movie to be part of.”

The Miller-directed “Terminator” reboot, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton, releases November 1.

Official First Look at the Women of the New TERMINATOR (from left to right) Natalia Reyes as “Dani Ramos,” Mackenzie Davis as “Grace,” Linda Hamilton as “Sarah Connor”

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Avengers‘ Idris Elba set for another comic book movie

Actor recently signed to play Deadshot in James Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad”

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“Thor” and “Avengers” alum Idris Elba is in final negotiations to star in “Mouse Guard”, Fox’s adaptation of the Boom! Studios comic.

Wes Ball (“The Maze Runner”) will direct the film, also featuring Andy Serkis and Thomas Brodie-Sangster, which has been described as “Game of Thrones with mice”.

Shot in motion capture with WETA providing visual effects, “Mouse Guard” is a set in a medieval world and tells of an order of mice who are the sworn protectors of their realm. Enemies range from predators such as foxes and eagles to other rodents.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Elba will play Celanawe, an Obi-Wan Kenobi-like figure who was once a legendary champion and now thought long gone.

Serkis is the villain of the piece, the Guard’s blacksmith known as Midnight who turns against it. Brodie-Sangster is Lieam, one of the Guard’s newest and youngest members who will be called upon to prove his bravery.

Matt Reeves, director of the upcoming ‘Batman’ reboot, is producing the film.

In addition to his roles in the Marvel cinematic universe, Elba recently signed to play Deadshot in James Gunn’s reboot of DC title “Suicide Squad”.

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Efron, Seyfried starring in Scooby Doo! movie

The “Mamma Mia!” and “Baywatch” actors join “Scoob”

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Amanda Seyfried (“Twin Peaks”) and Zac Efron (“The Greatest Showman”) will lend their lungs to Warner Bros Animation Group’s “Scooby-Doo” feature film “Scoob”.

The pic, opening in 2020 and directed by Tony Cervone, sees the Mystery Inc. team up with other characters in the Hanna-Barbera universe to save the world from the evil Dick Dastardly.

Efron will play Fred, while Seyfried is Daphne.

The other cast includes Will Forte, who will play Shaggy, Gina Rodriguez is Velma, Tracy Morgan is Captain Caveman, and Frank Welker will reprise the voice of Scooby. Matthew Lillard, who has voiced Shaggy for umpteen years, wasn’t too pleased to hear he’d been left out.

Chris Columbus, of “Home Alone” and “Night at the Musueum” fame, is one of the film’s producers.

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