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‘Cobra Kai’ Star Xolo Mariduena Talks Miguel’s New Skills and a New Romance in Season 2 [Interview]

Cobra Kai became an instant hit on YouTube Premium because millions of viewers wanted to see where Johnny Lawrence and Daniel Larusso are today. But while watching 10 episodes of Cobra Kai , fans became equally invested in the new generation of high school students training in Karate, especially Miguel, played by Xolo Mariduena. Johnny really took Miguel under his wing, even more so than his own estranged son Robbie. But training in Cobra Kai make Miguel a little too aggressive  and cost ...
Tags: Featured Stories Sidebar, Features, Interviews, Television, YouTube, Cobra Kai, Xolo Maridueña

‘Sadie’ Director Megan Griffiths Tells Us How to Get People to Care About Your Indie Film

Getting a film made is one of the most challenging experiences anyone can go through. From writing the script, to securing the financing, to picking a crew, to casting the film, to finally shooting and editing it, filmmaking requires a huge diversity of technical and creative skills. But in today’s media-saturated world, it’s arguably just as hard to convince people to care about your small indie film. If you have a tiny movie, how do you get it out there? What strategy do you use? What element...
Tags: Featured Stories Sidebar, Drama, Features, Independent, Interviews, Megan Griffiths, Sadie

The Russo Brothers Talk ‘Avengers: Endgame’, Stan Lee, Lasting Stakes and More [Spoiler-Free Interview]

A few weeks back, I sat down with the Joe and Anthony Russo, the brother filmmaker team behind Captain America: Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and the upcoming conclusion to the Infinity Saga, Avengers: Endgame. Unlike the usual Hollywood junket, we were not shown the movie. And the directing duo would not entertain any questions about plot, so this interview is completely spoiler-free. In my conversation with the Russo Brothers, we discuss Stan Lee‘s final M...
Tags: Featured Stories Sidebar, Comic Book/Superhero, Disney/Pixar, Features, Interviews, Marvel Studios, Sequels, Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame, Joe Russo, Stan-Lee, The Russo Brothers

Road to Endgame: ‘Captain Marvel’ is a Quintessential Marvel Movie – And That’s Not Always a Good Thing

(Welcome to  Road to Endgame , where we revisit the first 22 movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and ask, “How did we get here?” In part one of our two-part look at  Captain Marvel : how the movie tries, and fails, to frame memory and perspective.) Between the two halves of its massive finale — the apocalyptic Avengers: Infinity War and the upcoming Avengers: Endgame — the Marvel Cinematic Universe feels like it’s being stripped for parts. Ant-Man and the Wasp , a smaller, more in...
Tags: Featured Stories Sidebar, Comic Book/Superhero, Features, Marvel Studios, Captain Marvel, Road to Endgame

‘Cloak and Dagger’ Takes a Rare Dip in Quality With “Rabbit Hold”

Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like this week’s Cloak & Dagger episode, “Rabbit Hold,” was missing something. The problem is I that I don’t know what it could be missing, since it hit all of the same beats a usual Cloak & Dagger episode. But somehow, the heart of the episode was lost. It was as if the episode was going through the motions. Maybe this is what a Cloak & Dagger filler episode feels like. “Rabbit Hold” did have a purpose, though—it set up a future plotpoint as well as...
Tags: Featured Stories Sidebar, Comic Book/Superhero, Features, Freeform, Television, TV Reviews, Cloak and Dagger

Ralph Macchio on Paying Off ‘Karate Kid III’ in ‘Cobra Kai’ Season 2 [Interview]

Cobra Kai  revisited Ralph Macchio’s Daniel LaRusso 35 years after his victory at the All Valley Karate Tournament. His student didn’t win this time, but season two promises to see Daniel reopen Miyagi-Do Karate in Mr. Miyagi’s honor, including training his daughter Samantha. Cobra Kai became YouTube Premium’s biggest hit and they ordered the second season within a week, after 20 million views. Now the anticipation for season two is even higher than it was for the return of the beloved fr...
Tags: Featured Stories Sidebar, Features, Interviews, Television, YouTube, Cobra Kai, Ralph Macchio

William Zabka on Giving John Kreese a Second Chance in ‘Cobra Kai’ Season 2 [Interview]

Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) was the villain of The Karate Kid . Sure, he had a bad influence in John Kreese (Martin Kove), but Johnny was the one Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) had to defeat at the All Valley Karate Tournament. Cobra Kai reinvented the movie series with Johnny as the hero, or at least a co-protagonist with a middle-aged Daniel. The final scene of season one showed the return of John Kreese, so fans have spent all year wondering how Johnny is going to deal with hi...
Tags: Featured Stories Sidebar, Features, Television, YouTube, Cobra Kai, William Zabka

‘Game of Thrones’ Delivers One of Its All-Time-Best Episodes With “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms”

In “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms,” Game of Thrones does something unusual. It goes small. And intimate. And never strays from a single castle. The result is one of the most moving (and funniest) episodes of the entire series. /Film’s resident Westeros experts Jacob Hall and Ben Pearson will be examining this season together, discussing the merits, debating the issues, and maybe even harmoniously agreeing on this grand conclusion. Join them below. A Game of Thrones Bottle Episode Jacob: ...
Tags: Featured Stories Sidebar, Action/Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Features, HBO, Television, TV Reviews, Game of Thrones

Martin Kove Explains How John Kreese’s Vietnam Backstory Led to ‘Cobra Kai’ [Interview]

The one returning Karate Kid cast member we didn’t get to interview during the lead-up to season one of Cobra Kai was Martin Kove. That’s because he was a surprise in the very last scene of the season finale. Now that he’s a regular for season two, Kove was available to talk about Cobra Kai and the Karate Kid legacy. The return of John Kreese was just as surprising to Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), who believed that Kreese was dead. Now season two can explore how Johnny can tur...
Tags: Featured Stories Sidebar, Features, Interviews, Television, YouTube, Cobra Kai, Martin Kove

Road to Endgame: ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Breaks From the Marvel Formula, But Does It Matter to the Larger MCU?

(Welcome to  Road to Endgame , where we revisit the first 22 movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and ask, “How did we get here?” In this edition : Ant-Man and the Wasp is an easy, breezy, meaningless entry.) As the Marvel Cinematic Universe increases in bombast, it needs the occasional palette-cleanser. The bloated Avengers: Age of Ultron   was followed by Ant-Man , a heist film in the vein of a studio comedy. Similarly, the gargantuan Avengers: Infinity War   was succeeded by Ant...
Tags: Hope, Movies, Marvel, America, Features, Road, Marvel Studios, Rudd, Captain America, Ava, Wasp, Janet, LANG, Cassie, Ultron, MCU

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Season 2 Ends With an Episode That is Everything ‘Trek’ Should Be

It’s been a long road, Star Trek: Discovery fans, but everything we’ve seen has led us to this point: the finale. “Such Sweet Sorrow: Part 2” has been an episode I’ve been anxiously anticipating all week. I didn’t know what to expect. Like everyone, I had some hopes, some theories, but nothing prepared me for what I saw. At the time of writing this, it’s been hours since I’ve seen the finale, and I’m still shaking in my figurative boots. This is without a doubt the best episode of Disco...
Tags: Television, Movies, Sci-fi, Star-Trek, Features, Spock, Cbs, Michael, Cbs All Access, Control, Borg, Leland, Starfleet, TV Reviews, Featured Stories Sidebar, Star Trek Discovery

‘Shazam!’ Editor Michel Aller on Striking the Balance Between Horror and Comedy

Just like director David F. Sandberg, editor Michel Aller came into Shazam! from the horror genre. But as odd a transition as that may seem, going from editing films like The Nun and Annabelle: Creation to editing this year’s most joyful superhero movie was pretty seamless for Aller. “The approach doesn’t differ that much, it’s mainly the content,” Aller told /Film in a phone interview. “I’m working on a comedy so you’re trying to make the laughs land just like how scares land.” Aller first ...
Tags: Movies, Interviews, Features, David, Warner Brothers, Shazam, Annabelle, Sandberg, Comic Book/Superhero, David F Sandberg, Featured Stories Sidebar, Aller, Sivana, Michel Aller, Shazam Aller

We Saw a Scene From the ‘Child’s Play’ Remake That’s Reminiscent of ‘Terminator 2’

This week, I had the chance to get an early look at a scene from the upcoming Child’s Play remake, which just released a brand new trailer. I also spoke with director Lars Klevberg and producers Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg about why they wanted to modernize a popular horror character, their approach to the new story, and more. Check out our description of the scene and their quotes below, including some brief updates about Grahame-Smith’s rumored Fantastic Four script and the featur...
Tags: Movies, Interviews, Horror, Disney, Features, Fox, Norway, Michael Fassbender, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chucky, James Cameron, MGM, Arnold, Remakes, Andy, Seth Grahame-smith

Universal’s ‘Dark Arts at Hogwarts’ Show is Huge and Impressive – See a Patronus Spell Created With Drones

Universal Studios Hollywood keeps upgrading The Wizarding World of Harry Potter‘s offerings. A couple of years back, they began doing a projection mapping show on Hogwarts Castle that was called the Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle. This year they are taking a turn to the Dark Arts and presenting a new nighttime light show based on the evil side of the Wizarding World. Over the weekend, I got to attend the premiere event for the new show, Dark Arts at Hogwarts. In addition to my thoughts on ...
Tags: London, Movies, Features, Harry-Potter, Theme Parks, John Williams, Warner Brothers, London Symphony Orchestra, Hogwarts, Universal Studios Hollywood, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Hogwarts Castle, William Ross, Aragog, Featured Stories Sidebar, Hogwarts Show Dark Arts

Road to Endgame: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Puts Everything Earth’s Mightiest Heroes Stand For at Stake

(Welcome to  Road to Endgame , where we revisit the first 22 movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and ask, “How did we get here?” In part two of our look at  Avengers: Infinity War : confused action, and a cliffhanger that asks, “Who are the Avengers?” ) [Read part one of our giant look at Avengers: Infinity War here ] The first big action scene in Avengers: Infinity War unfolds when Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbat...
Tags: Movies, Earth, Features, Manhattan, Thor, Road, Thanos, Avengers, Marvel Studios, Vision, Avengers: Infinity War, Paul Bettany, Wakanda, Tom Holland, Ultron, WETA Digital

Pop Culture Imports: 5 Essential Foreign Movies to Watch on the Criterion Channel

(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best foreign movies and TV streaming right now.) The Criterion Channel launched earlier this month to the joy of cinephiles everywhere. Following the demise of FilmStruck, the Criterion Collection teamed up with Janus Films to launch a new streaming service that contains a vast library of more than 1,000 feature films, 350 shorts, and thousands of supplementary features. Impeccably curated and frequently refreshed, The Criterion Channe...
Tags: Japan, Movies, Sweden, France, Germany, Berlin, Features, Paris, Tokyo, South London, Akira Kurosawa, Quentin Tarantino, Roma, Humphrey Bogart, Francois Truffaut, Max Von Sydow

Star Wars Celebration is a Reminder That Fandom is Far Healthier, and Far More Positive, Than the Internet Would Lead You to Believe

If you’re into the famous space opera franchise that is Star Wars, you have probably heard of the Star Wars Celebration fan gathering. Whether you had the time and money to attend is another question. But anyhow, I was at a place in my life where I could fly over to Chicago, Illinois for the 2019 edition. I am overall a loner when it comes to any convention or comic con experience. I like meeting up with fans, some of whom I have met online and podcasted with, and I haven gotten to know my c...
Tags: Amazon, Star-Wars, Usa, Movies, California, Sci-fi, Disney, Features, Carrie Fisher, Lucasfilm, Rian Johnson, Luke Skywalker, Kylo Ren, Leia Organa, Rey, Skywalker

Road to Endgame: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is a Gargantuan Unravelling of Marvel’s Strengths and Flaws

(Welcome to  Road to Endgame , where we revisit the first 22 movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and ask, “How did we get here?” In Part One of our two-part look at  Avengers: Infinity War : how Thanos and the Infinity Stones rewrite our favourite heroes.) Avengers: Infinity War stormed through the 2018 blockbuster landscape, one-upping the industry-wide shift in tone, scale and narrative priorities Marvel had ushered in over a decade. The film combined eight existing franchises to del...
Tags: Movies, America, Features, Pentagon, Thor, Road, Thanos, Avengers, Wanda, Marvel Studios, Avengers: Infinity War, Paul Bettany, Captain America, Marvel Cinematic Universe, U S Department of Defense, Wakanda

The Best Terence Young Movies You’ve Never Seen

(Welcome to The Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, a series that takes a look at slightly more obscure, under-the-radar, or simply under-appreciated movies. This week we focus on a director who made nearly forty films over forty years but is best known for only four of them.) Most filmmakers would be thrilled to have even a single movie resonate with audiences to the point of becoming entrenched in pop culture, but Shanghai-born Englishman Terence Young can claim four such films to his name. Sure t...
Tags: England, Movies, Germany, Russia, Cary Grant, Features, Shanghai, James Bond, Eddie, Richard, Young, Frank Capra, Howard, Johnny, Larry, Granger

‘The Magicians’ Breaks Hearts and Changes the Game in a Shattering Season Finale

Wow. I came into the Season 4 finale of The Magicians ready for some major shit to go down, especially since showrunners John McNamara and Sera Gamble have been hinting that this finale will be particularly intense , and intense it was. WARNING: Major spoilers ahead! I was serious about the spoilers! Go watch the episode before reading! Okay, now that we’re all alone, do you need a hug? I sure need a hug, because Quentin’s dead, you guys. True, death on The Magicians d...
Tags: Post, Television, Movies, Fantasy, Syfy, The Magicians, Features, Adaptation, Zelda, Alice, Josh, Everett, Julia, Margo, Quentin, Eliot

“Hail Satan?” Review: A Blasphemous Ball of a Documentary

Future opposition researchers will have a field day with anyone who writes about Penny Lane’s documentary Hail Satan?. So I might as well lean into it and say –  here goes nothing – I was shocked to learn how much I agreed with the Satanic Temple. Not as a religion, to clarify, but as a political movement. Like probably far too many people, I reflexively scoffed and laughed off the antics of the Satanic Temple when seeing their name mentioned in a headline. But as an organization devoted to hol...
Tags: Florida, Movies, Documentary, Russia, America, Features, Movie Reviews, United States, Satanic Temple, Hail Satan, Temple, Lane, Penny Lane, Rick Scott, Nietzsche, Featured Stories Sidebar

New Blu-ray Releases: ‘Glass’, ‘The Kid Who Would Be King’, ‘Dragged Across Concrete’, ‘Replicas’, ‘The Witch’; Plus: the ‘Escape Room’ in a Box

Physical media will live forever! That’s what I keep telling myself every night as I cry myself to sleep. For now, at least, physical media is sticking around, and that’s where this column comes in – rounding up the Blu-ray releases you might want to check out, while Blu-rays still exist. This week, we have the confusing conclusion to M. Night Shyamalan’s superhero trilogy; a charming Amblin-esque throwback from the director of Attack the Block; Keanu Reeves playing God; a crime-thriller guaran...
Tags: England, Hollywood, Movies, Drama, Horror, Sci-fi, Features, Glass, Sony, James McAvoy, Merlin, Sony Pictures, Jackson, Mel Gibson, Patrick Stewart, Rebecca Ferguson

First Order Founder Rae Sloane is the Antihero Future ‘Star Wars’ Projects Need to Explore

(Welcome to A Different Point of View, a column where we explore the supporting characters of the Star Wars universe and discuss why they deserve more time in the spotlight.) With Star Wars Celebration — Chicago Edition officially over, fans around the world have seen their first look at Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and how Rey’s (Daisy Ridley) story might play out. But while Rey’s narrative is front-and-center in the Disney era of Lucasfilm, there is another with that name that dese...
Tags: Movies, Sci-fi, Disney, Features, Lucasfilm, Anakin Skywalker, Rey, Snoke, New Dawn, Jakku, Palpatine, Imperial, Skywalker, Sloane, Ridley, Rae

‘Star Wars: The Phantom Menace’ Celebrates 20 Years, and Many Fans Have Come Around to Love It

The last big panel at Star Wars Celebration was a 20th anniversary retrospective of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. The maligned prequel that kicked off a new era of Star Wars after a 16-year hiatus from the big screen hasn’t ever been considered a bright spot in the saga’s history. But 20 years later, fans who grew up on Episode I seem to have a special place in their heart for the movie. The crowd at Star Wars Celebration gave The Phantom Menace anniversary panel a warm reception. It probably ...
Tags: Star-Wars, Movies, Sci-fi, Features, Sequels, Liam Neeson, Lucasfilm, Wood, George-Lucas, Peter Serafinowicz, Ilm, Ahmed, Lucas, Naboo, George, Palpatine

Road to Endgame: ‘Black Panther’ is Afrofuturist Fantasy That Reveals the Best and Worst of America

(Welcome to  Road to Endgame , where we revisit the first 22 movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and ask, “How did we get here?” In this edition:  Black Panther , a Marvel film that finally tries to be honest about American politics) Black Panther is a sprawling superhero epic, the likes of which American cinema has never seen — or heard, for that matter, given the prominence of its African accents, treated anywhere from average to heroic; a far cry from the usual villainous or deris...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Marvel, America, Features, Road, Avengers, Ryan Coogler, Marvel Studios, Captain America, Lagos, Black-Panther, Erik, Tribe, Fruitvale Station, Wakanda

‘Apollo 11’ Director on Editing 11,000 Hours of Footage Into a Coherent Movie [Interview]

During the 2019 SXSW Film Festival, I sat down with Apollo 11 director Todd Douglas Miller and space historian Robert Pearlman. This is a film that I fell in love with from the moment that I saw it during the world premiere at the Ray during Sundance.  While I regret that I was unable to see the film on an IMAX screen, Apollo 11 is one of those films that you must experience on the biggest screen you can find.  It’s not often that a documentary crosses over into the editing category dur...
Tags: New York, Movies, Documentary, Interviews, Nasa, Features, Austin, Moon, Upper West Side, National Archives, Apollo, Miller, Ray, Robert, Apollo 11, Todd

‘Cobra Kai’ Stars Martin Kove and William Zabka Share Stories About the Original ‘Karate Kid’ Films

Cobra Kai has given the Karate Kid franchise a new lease on narrative life. After the massively successful first season, fans can’t wait to see season two, and many are rediscovering the original films or discovering them for the first time. Karate Kid stars Martin Kove and William Zabka, who reprise their roles as John Kreese and Johnny Lawrence on Cobra Kai , were at WonderCon to discuss the series. During their interviews, each revealed some new details about the original classi...
Tags: Television, Movies, Youtube, Features, Daniel, Johnny, Ralph, Hans Gruber, Miyagi, Morita, Film to TV, Cobra Kai, Kove, John G Avildsen, Featured Stories Sidebar, Zabka

‘Star Wars: Resistance’ Season 2 Begins Right Where Season 1 Ended (and Everything Else We Learned at Star Wars Celebration)

Fans attending the Star Wars: Resistance panel at Star Wars Celebration were the first to get a sneak peak at the first episode of the second season. Executive producers Justin Ridge, Athena Portillo, and Brandon Auman were joined by cast members Christopher Sean, Suzie McGrath, Scott Lawrence, Myrna Velasco, Donald Faison, and Bobby Moynihan. The early portion of the panel was devoted to the roots of the series, the look, and the timeline. During the panel, cast members shared some thoughts on...
Tags: Television, Movies, Abc, Sci-fi, Features, Lucasfilm, Collins, Leia, Poe, Tam, Justin, PTI, Padawan, Bobby Moynihan, Athena, Velasco

Is This Spaceship the Key to Unlocking the Biggest Secret of ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’?

The teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is edited very precisely, referencing the original Phantom Menace teaser trailer and Return of the Jedi, but also showing us the heroes we love back together for one final adventure. When I was creating my breakdown of the trailer, one part seemed out of place to me. It’s a shot of a small spaceship flying toward a rocky and snow-covered planet drenched in fog under cover of night. We don’t know where this is or who is operating the spacec...
Tags: Movies, Sci-fi, Features, Sequels, Lucasfilm, George Lucas, Rian Johnson, Leia, Colin Trevorrow, Rey, Snoke, Luke, Kathleen Kennedy, Abrams, J J Abrams, Jakku

Road to Endgame: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ is a Superhero Comedy About the Horrors of Colonialism

(Welcome to  Road to Endgame , where we revisit the first 22 movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and ask, “How did we get here?” In this edition:  Thor: Ragnarok  reinvents the God of Thunder through a Maori  lens.) Thor’s first solo film, Thor , narrowly missed a coherent character arc. His second, Thor: The Dark World ,  didn’t give him one at all. For a number of years, the God of Thunder was, at once, one of the most popular Avengers, and one of the least narratively interestin...
Tags: Movies, Australia, Matt Damon, Earth, Features, New Zealand, Uma Thurman, Chris Hemsworth, Thor, Road, Asgard, Marvel Studios, Jack Kirby, Anthony Hopkins, Hulk, Hopkins

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