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Ralph Macchio on the One Way ‘Cobra Kai’ May Never Call Back to ‘Karate Kid’

YouTube’s “Cobra Kai” is full of flashbacks and callbacks to “The Karate Kid.” There is one perfect piece of audio nostalgia that hasn’t been implemented into the sequel series yet — and star/executive producer Ralph Macchio tells TheWrap it may never be.

“‘The Best Around’ is the one piece that the three writers always toy with, and it’s the one place they feel — to this point, now, who knows seasons down the line — to this point, it has been parodied and used so much that it would take you actually out of the show,” Macchio told us of the All-Valley Karate Tournament anthem. “Like, it is the line in the sand of when the nostalgia or the Easter eggs or the callbacks could go too far and hurt the fabric of the show.”

It won’t hurt to remember the classic Joe Esposito ditty during the classic ’80s-movie montage below.
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10 Things About The Karate Kid You Never Knew

10 Things About The Karate Kid You Never Knew
Wax on. Wax off. Sweep the Leg, Johnny! Get him a body bag! It's one of the most quotable films from the 1980s and that's really saying something. The Karate Kid launched a franchise, with its positive message about empowerment and friendship. Here we'll take a look at 10 things you never knew about The Karate Kid.

The Comic Book Karate Kid

DC Comics actually owned the name "Karate Kid," thanks to their little known hero of the same name, who was part of the Legion of Superheroes. The comic book giant was kind enough to lend the studio their permission to use the title. At the end of the credits, there's a special thank you to DC Comics for letting them use it.

Casting Daniel-san

Ralph Macchio was already 22 when he was cast as The Karate Kid, a blue-collar boy from the East Coast suddenly navigating the social circles of a Southern California high school.
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Luxuriate in Four New Clips from ‘Call Me by Your Name’ and Soundtrack Details

It’s been a long journey for Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name since its rapturous response at Sundance Film Festival nearly nine months ago. There’s now only one month left until the theatrical release of the year’s finest romance, but first, the gorgeous soundtrack will arrive, and now we have the full tracklist. Set for an early November release, it features two new tracks from Sufjan Stevens (and one reworked one), as well as cuts from The Psychedelic Furs, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and more. We also have four clips from the film, one of which has already enjoyed full memeification.

Before for that, however, there’s a few new details on Guadagnino’s upcoming projects. He recently opened up about a potential sequel to his Armie Hammer- and Timothée Chalamet-led film, and his main trio said they’d be interested. “If I paired the
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Watch Kevin James, James Corden Play Bad Sports Dads in Goofy Sketch

Watch Kevin James, James Corden Play Bad Sports Dads in Goofy Sketch
Kevin James and James Corden played two overzealous and embarrassing sports dads on a silly sketch that also featured Adam Sandler on The Late Late Show Wednesday.

The bit began with Corden and James innocuously rooting for their respective kids, Charlie and Oliver, on the bleachers, though their cheering quickly snowballed into an egregious pissing contest. Big signs and banners gave way to cheerleading chants and then increasingly outrageous musical displays. James grabbed a karaoke machine and belted Joe Esposito's Karate Kid anthem "You're the Best," Corden countered with
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NXpress #25: Hall of Fame Episode 1: Ranking the best Super Mario platformers

This week we end our Super Mario marathon beginning with a quick discussion of Super Mario World 3D World for the WiiU before choosing what we each think is the best Super Mario platformer in our main event. Ending the show is our first ever Hall of Fame segment. Patrick, Tim, Ricky and Aaron each chose three games to put into the video games Hall of Fame. All this and more!

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Episode Playlist:

00:00: 80’s Nintendo News clip

00:30: Intro

01:00: Nintendosage: Super Mario 3D World review

18:00: 80’s Nintendo News Clip

19:00: Captain Toad theme song

22:00: The Main Event: Ranking the best Super Mario platformers

42:00: 80’s Nintendo new clip

43:00: Joe Esposito – “You’re the Best”

45:00: Post Game Content: Discussing the Star Fox
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The bonkers brilliance of Regular Show

Season one of Cartoon Network's insanely creative Regular Show has finally reached the UK on DVD. Here's why it's worth tracking down...

“Ah, yeah. I love Adventure Time too. Do you watch Regular Show?”

I’ve been asked variations of this question about 50 times. I’ve taken the UK first season DVD release as my prompt to finally check out Regular Show, and it turns out that all those annoying people going on about it all this time were right. I’m one of them now. Do you like Adventure Time? Cool, yeah, me too. Do you watch Regular Show? You should check it out. It’s really good. Here’s what’s so good about it.

Regular Show is about Mordecai, a blue jay, and Rigby, a raccoon. They’re a couple of twenty-something slackers who are more interested in playing video-games than doing their jobs at the park where they’re employed.
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The Essential Laura Branigan: Ranking Her Top 20 Songs

It’s been a decade since we lost Laura Branigan (she died in her sleep of a cerebral aneurysm), but her music will live forever, and those 80′s hits still hold up fabulously decades later.

Today would have been her 57th birthday, so let’s pay tribute to one of the most passionate vocalists in pop music history. These 20 songs represent her greatest hits, should-have-been hits, and unforgettable album cuts. It’s the Essential Laura Branigan.

20. Dim All The Lights

Year: 1995

Album: The Best Of Branigan

Chart Peak: N/A

For her last music video (and last work with Atlantic Records), Laura recorded this cover of the Donna Summer classic for her Greatest Hits collection. And yes, that’s Miss Understood and Hedda Lettuce in the video.

19. The Sweet Hello The Sad Goodbye

Year: 1993

Album: Over My Heart

Chart Peak: N/A

Per Gessle (Roxette) wrote this beautiful ballad in
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10 Fun Facts about The Karate Kid that You May Not Know

This month marks 30 years since Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita's The Karate Kid was released in theaters. I love this movie, and it's hard to believe that it has really been 3 decades since I went to the movies with my parents to see it. This is another one of those classic 80s films that I have never gotten tired of watching over the years. I still revisit it every now and then just for the fun of it, and I enjoy it every time. 

In honor of the films 30th birthday, I've put together a list of ten interesting facts about the movie that you might not know. Your trivia knowledge of this film is about to be enhanced.

The yellow classic automobile that Daniel polishes in the famous "wax-on/wax-off" training scene, then later offered by Mr. Miyagi as Daniel's birthday gift, was actually given to Ralph Macchio by the producer,
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Nat Wolff Set to Star in Stephen King's The Stand

For those of you who regularly read my posts, in the magical words of one Joe Esposito, You are the best around; no one is ever going to keep you down! Also, you know that I am a huge Stephen King fan. The man is a true wordsmith and should be praised from on high. However, the problem is that his writing induces such imagery that bringing his stories to the big screen has been a challenge for many film makers. Yet, they try.

There have been many names attached to direct the film adaptation of The Stand. Names like Affleck and Yates. The discussion ended when King himself picked Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars, Stuck in Love). In fact, King has such faith in Boone’s directing ability that he has also given him permission to adapt another King novel, Lisey’s Story.

THR had an opportunity to speak with Boone,
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'Brooklyn Nine-Nine': Adam Sandler heckles Andy Samberg and Joe Theismann breaks his other leg

Man, like we needed more football last night. But, dear "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" you get major points for Terry Crews touchdown dancing to "The Karate Kid's" "You're the Best Around" (seriously, someone Google Joe Esposito and find out what he's up to) playing in the background during the episode opener.

Cleaning House

The precinct is in need of some shaping up, and Terry and Captain Holt (Andre Braugher) are going to make some changes to get things moving more productively. 

They're so cute when they're optimistic.

Nothing they do actually creates any positive change. They make Diaz mad, thus blocking people from using the bathroom, give Gina a mirror to keep her busy with her own reflection, and reshuffle the location of the toaster and some of the desks in the department. The entire group confronts Holt and Terry to knock it off. Fairly pointless storyline, but we did get
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Elvis Presley's iconic blue suede shoes up for grabs

Elvis Presley's iconic blue suede shoes up for grabs
Washington, December 2: Elvis Presley's iconic blue suede shoes are set to go under the hammer in Los Angeles.

The famous brogues, that were ordered for the star after the release of his hit 1956 single Blue Suede Shoes, was worn by him for four years before gifting them to his pal Joe Esposito, Contactmusic reported.

The shoes, which were purchased by museum owner Chris Davidson in 1994, were displayed at Elvis-a-Rama institution in Las Vegas.

The shoes are expected to fetch around 80,000 dollars when they go for auction at the Julien's Auctions sale. (Ani)
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How I Met Your Mother Review: Accept the Comfort

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With just two days until the wedding, Ted found himself in an awkward position, as he tried to explain to Barney why he was seen holding Robin's hand back at the carousel. Despite the tense air surrounding the two long time friends, "The Broken Code" delivered the best How I Met Your Mother episode of the season. 

Barney and Ted shared a good cry over the broken bottle of scotch, yet behind those tears lay Barney's bubbled resentment. If it wasn't clear how Barney was feeling after the first time he asked Ted to redo the table cards, it should have been pretty obvious after the second and third requests. Barney's "hey buddy" was reminiscent of Bill Lumbergh's "Hey Peter what's happening" from Office Space. The parallel was furthered when Barney asked Ted to give up his room for the folding cot in the basement. A move which brought to
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What Bills Can Congress Pass?

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Congress knocked down a farm bill for the first time in 40 years last week, with Republicans arguing it cost too much, and Democrats saying it cut too much from food stamps. So is there anything that Congress will actually offer bipartisan support anymore? asked John Oliver on last night's Daily Show . Yep. "When it comes to passing borderline meaningless legislation," Congress is "the best around," said Oliver. So in a short but amusing montage set to Joe Esposito's "You're the Best" from the original Karate Kid , he paid tribute to those bills—which include public access to Rattlesnake Mountain,...
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The Ten Best – 80s Movie Tunes

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One thing that marked the movies of the 1980′s more than anything else was the amazing soundtracks. The 80′s saw an explosion in licensed music in movies, and led to many bands finding success in the Us, where previously they’d been struggling. In honour of the great movie soundtracks of the decade, here’s my rundown of the ten best Under Rated Movie Songs of the 80′s:

10. Joe Esposito – You’re the Best Around from The Karate Kid:

9. Kenny Loggins – I’m Free (Heaven Helps The Man) from Footloose:

8. Tim Feehan – Where’s the Fire from The Wraith:

7. Stephanie MillsBit by Bit from Fletch:

6. Alisha – Do You Dream About Me from Mannequin:

5. John Farnham – Break the Ice from Rad:

4. Chas Jankel – Number One from Real Genius:

3. Max Carl – The Circle from Weird Science:

2. Amy McDonald – Shooting For the Moon from Teen
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9 Glorious Moments Where Sports Mimicked the Movies

As we all know, there are film fans everywhere, even (especially?) in the world of sports. That works out well, since athletes are granted a public forum with which to showcase their movie fandom that maybe, say, systems analysts or accountants are not. (Sorry, systems analysts and accountants.)

But while athletes (or coaches) paying homage to their favorite films is nothing that's necessarily new, those instances have come in varying degrees of devotion. Here, we have nine memorable cases of sports mimicking movies, either in front of the camera or on the field.

1. Falcons Tight End Tony Gonzalez Pulls an 'Anchorman'

The NBC Sunday Night Football intros are a double-edged sword: they're great in that they get you pumped for the game to a unique degree, but also silly in that they allow the players to do basically whatever the hell they want (see also: Randy Moss claiming to have
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10 signs that the movie you’re watching is from the 80s

Struggling to work out what decade the film you’re watching is from? If it fulfils the criteria on this list, then it’s probably from the 80s…

Sometimes you’ll get home, turn on the television, and start watching a film halfway through. But even if you don’t know the title, director, or any of the actors involved, there are several very easy ways to tell at a glance whether the movie in question is from the 80s or not. So with this in mind, here’s our handy list of ten tell-tale signs...

Plasma effects

If you wanted to make your audience believe that your movie’s protagonist was travelling back in time, encountering something supernatural or being reduced in size by a miniaturisation ray, there was one special effect to cover any eventuality. Perhaps mimicking those strange plasma globe things that became a popular novelty in the 80s,
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How many crotch-shots can Justin Timberlake squeeze into one viral video?

How many crotch-shots can Justin Timberlake squeeze into one viral video?
For a mulit-talented entertainer and bourgeoning Internet entrepreneur, Justin Timberlake still has an unusual amount of time to film aspiring viral videos. Recently, he railed against Facebook’s relationship status fascism while promoting his upcoming movie, Friends With Benefits. And now, he’s skewering his own athletic ability to promote the inaugural Capital One Cup, which goes to the best college sports programs at next’s week’s Espy Awards. Take a look.

Timberlake is truly an Ironman. Clearly, I’m not referring to his endurance on the basketball court, or on the track, or in the pool. But the
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Music in the movies: Bill Conti

In this week’s Music in the movies, Glen salutes the fine work of Bill Conti, whose work has graced the Rocky and Karate Kid franchises...

Bill Conti’s compositions seemed to dominate the Rocky and The Karate Kid movies, which I watched frequently when I was younger. Conti is a composer that I have long admired, and I’ve been keen to write about him since I started this column. So below is my take on the two franchises that he is most renowned for, as well as a couple of his other excellent scores.

The Rocky series

Conti’s theme for Rocky will no doubt be the one he’s remembered for. A theme so iconic that it is as integral to the series as the presence of Stallone himself. If you were to buy just one score from the series, the one that accompanies the original would be the best purchase,
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Changes of Heart: Reexamining Art You Used to Hate (or Love)

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In an interview with The New Yorker that ran in October 2001, a month after she died, renowned film critic Pauline Kael said: "I still don't look at movies twice. It's funny, I just feel I got it the first time. With music it's different. People respond so differently to the whole issue of seeing a movie many times. I'm astonished when I talk to really good critics, who know their stuff and will see a film eight or ten or twelve times. I don't see how they can do it without hating the movie. I would." That kind of brash commitment is typical of Kael, but though she was a fantastic critic, the sentiment's a remarkably myopic one. Many times, it's possible to see a film and know that you "got it the first time," but any critic can only ever bring their current experience, knowledge, and understanding to the
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A Celebration Of The Rousing 80′s Montage

Whilst doing a spot of channel surfing the other day, I found myself lured into the 80’s classic Teen Wolf, and I had forgotten just how much I love the so-cheesy-it’s good basketball montage at the end. It struck me that, even now, there’s something so satisfying about seeing a character that we’re really rooting for overcoming some kind of adversity, or solving a problem, set to the soundtrack of a dodgy power ballad/synth track.

So, without further ado, here are five of my favourite montages of the 80’s. Prepare to be roused!

1- Teen Wolf

To fill you in, if you’re not aware, Michael J. Fox’s character, Scott, has up until now been ‘Wolfing Out’ which ironically means that not only does he become cool and all the popular kids like him, it also makes him an ace basketball player in the process
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