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John Cho and more join Netflix’s live-action Cowboy Bebop

John Cho, Mustafa Shakir, Daniella Pineda, and Alex Hassell have all joined the cast of Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop

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John Cho, Mustafa Shakir, Daniella Pineda, and Alex Hassell have all joined the cast of Netflix’s “Cowboy Bebop”, which is a live-action adaptation of the anime. The series will be 10 episodes, and is described as the jazz-inspired, genre-bending story of Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Faye Valentine and Radical Ed, a rag-tag crew of bounty hunters on the run from their pasts as they hunt down the solar system’s most dangerous criminals. They’ll even save the world for the right price.

Per Variety, the character breakdowns for each new castmember are:

Cho will star as Spike Spiegel, described as an impossibly cool bounty hunter with a deadly smile, a wry wit, and style to spare. He travels the solar system with his ex-cop partner, Jet, pursuing the future’s most dangerous bounties with a combination of charm, charisma — and deadly Jeet Kune Do.

Shakir will play Jet Black, one of the few honest cops in the solar system before an ultimate betrayal robbed him of all that he loved, forcing him into a vagabond life of hunting bounties to put food on the table. Jet is an inveterate jazz enthusiast and Captain of the Bebop.

Pineda will play Faye Valentine, described as a bold, brash and unpredictable bounty hunter. Suffering from amnesia after years of being cryogenically frozen, Faye does whatever it takes to survive. Whether she’s lying, stealing, or just being a thorn in Spike and Jet’s side.

Hassell will play Vicious. Described as a man who thoroughly enjoys a good kill, Vicious is the Syndicate’s most notorious hitman. He’s also Spike Spiegel’s ex-partner and arch-enemy.

Radical Ed will also appear in the series, but the casting process for that character is ongoing.

Christopher Yost will write the first episode, as well as executive produce. Shinichiro Watanabe, director of the original anime, will serve as a consultant on the project.

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Comic-Con : Cobra Kai Season 3 reveals; Okinawa and more!

The producers, and cast of the series, appeared at SDCC today

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At this afternoon’s panel for YouTube’s “Cobra Kai”, fan questions – not surprisingly – weighed heavily on whether or not Ali Mills, played by Elisabeth Shue in the original 1984 film, would appear in the show’s upcoming third season.

Shue hasn’t played the role of Daniel LaRusso’s love interest since John G.Avildsen’s original “Karate Kid” but her character has been referenced fairly heavily on the sequel series, which recently concluded its second season on the streamer.

While the show’s producers, along with cast members Ralph Macchio and William Zabka, refused to answer the ‘will she or won’t she?’ question, they did raise the hopes of fans with their cheeky ‘we’ll be non-comittal’ answers, even refusing to answer a question about whether or not they’ll be meeting up with Shue at Comic-Con, where she’s promoting her new series “The Boys”.

A betting man might lay down money on a Shue appearance very soon – –  it’s just possible some i’s need to be dotted and some t’s crossed before an announcement can be made though.

What the producers could confirm for season 3 was the return of Okinawa, the birth place of Pat Morita’s Mr Myiagi.

In 1986’s “The Karate Kid Part II”, Daniel LaRusso tagged along with his mentor to his home.

Daniel will return to the portal between Japan and the tropics, for a little r and r, and to help get himself back on track.

Might that mean a possible reunion between LaRusso with old flame Kumiko, played by Tamlyn Tomita?

Further ahead, there’s also the possibility we might either see – or at least hear of – Julie Pierce, the character played by Hilary Swank in “The Next Karate Kid”.

The show’s producers confirmed that Julie is indeed part of this world and hinted that we might get an update on her in the future.

As far as the producers are concerned, everything but the animated “Karate Kid” series – which they admit makes some questionable choices – is considered canon so the possibilities are rather endless.

For those anxiously awaiting a home video release of the two seasons of “Cobra Kai”, the producers suggested that things are looking good for a DVD and/or Blu-ray release in the future.

We hope to snag some cast over the weekend so we can bring you more “Cobra Kai” juice over the next week.

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Check out Arrow‘s season 8 get-up!

Stephen Amell speaks on the final ten episodes, airing in October

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Ahead of Saturday’s final “Arrow” panel at San Diego Comic-Con (no dice on getting panel passes yet, so we hope we get in for you guys – ed), star Stephen Amell spoke to EW about the final ten episodes of the series as well as previewed his new emerald get-up.

“I’m very emotional and melancholy, but it’s time,” Amell, who features on the cover of the magazine in the new ‘Green Arrow’ garb he wears next season, said.  “I’m 38 years old, and I got this job when I was 30. I’d never had a job for more than a year. The fact that I’ve done this for the better part of a decade, and I’m not going to do it anymore, is a little frightening.”

And here’s a look at Oliver’s look for the final batch of eps, hitting in just under 3 months.

“Arrow” premieres Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 9 p.m. on The CW.

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Gossip Girl is coming back!

The updated version will air on cable

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Eight years after the original website went dark, a new generation of New York private school teens are introduced to the social surveillance of Gossip Girl.

WarnerMedia’s proposed reboot of the popular teen drama will reportedly address just how much social media – and the landscape of New York itself – has changed in the intervening years.

To air on HBO Max, “Gossip Girl” has been commissioned straight-to-series for a 10-episode order. Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage of Fake Empire and Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo of Alloy Entertainment will produce the redo, which like the original Blake Lively-starring series is based on the book series of the same name.

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