Sony Executive Teases the Possible Expansive Future of the COBRA KAI Franchise

The series Cobra Kai has been a phenomenon of a hit ever since it meekly debuted on YouTube. The Karate Kid spinoff hit hard, with most fans agreeing it was a better series than anyone had bargained for, and was so shockingly great compared to the spinoffs and sequel series in other franchises that we had been given previously. The Sony-produced show has held strong for five seasons and is about to wrap up its story with a sixth and final season at Netflix. The show’s creators have always talked about the fact that the series could lead into any number of spinoffs, but we haven’t heard any finality about that yet.

Now President of Sony Pictures Television Studios Katherine Pope has sat down with Deadline to talk about the future of the series, and she teased:

They have some ideas in terms of expanding Cobra Kai and coming at the Karate Kid legacy in different ways. But yes, the movie is a good example too. It’s all of these. I think we’ve all learned these worlds can exist together and they can feel cohesive and they can feel additive, especially for the fans, and feel like big, big worlds that exist on lots of different levels, they don’t necessarily all exist in the same plane.

Audiences are so savvy now and accepting multiple levels of the IP so the Cobra Kai universe lives on, that’s for sure.

The Karate Kid movie she’s referring to was announced last year, and its plot is still completely under wraps. We don’t know how or if it’s connected to the Cobra Kai universe, but it feels like it would be silly not to. There’s such a fanbase for that show, it would be cool to see it transferred to the big screen. But whatever they do, I trust the creators, Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg to do right by the fans. They made this series as a love letter, and as huge fans themselves, so they will only move forward doing justice to this franchise, and I am excited to see what they come up with.

Cobra Kai Season 6 hits Netflix soon. Watch the announcement below:

Resident Evil: Death Island Announced With Teaser Trailer

The Resident Evil 4 remake and PlayStation VR2 port of Resident Evil Village aren’t the only pieces of Resident Evil media slated for this year. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment just announced Resident Evil: Death Island, a new CG film releasing sometime in summer 2023.

This trailer from IGN has Leon Kennedy on a mission to rescue Dr. Antonio Taylor, while Chris Redfield, another popular Resident Evil protagonist, is investigating an outbreak in San Francisco. This leads them to Alcatraz Island, which explains the film’s title. The teaser also ends with a shot of Jill Valentine.

Assassin Classroom: Graduation director Eiichirō Hasumi is directing, while Psycho-Pass writer Makoto Fukami is penning the script. Death Island is also a sequel to Resident Evil: Vendetta, the widely panned 2017 film.

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BREAKING BAD-Inspired PopCorner’s Super Bowl Ad Reunites Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul return to play their characters Walter White and Jesse Pinkman in a Breaking Bad-inspired Super Bowl commercial for PopCorners. The ad is titled “Breaking Good” and it was written and directed by Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan. It also sees the return of Raymond Cruz as Tuco Salamanca.

Cranston talked about the ad in an interview with EW, saying:

“The people at PopCorners may have heard interviews about how much we enjoy working together, and I’m not sure how they conceived the idea. But once we heard the creative behind it and what they wanted to do, to really reestablish the authenticity of the characters, the wardrobe, the RV and all that, we were intrigued. It’s funny, after almost seven years of doing [Breaking Bad], we didn’t have a lot of opportunities to just have fun, because of the intensity of the show. This was different because we had three days of just smiling and laughing and just enjoying each other’s company and putting on these costumes that meant so much to us — as did the show itself.

“I realized when Aaron and I were looking at the creative and being pitched that we’re having fun with the characters, we’re not making fun of the characters, and that was important to us, to be able to stay in character. The characters don’t break and goof around. They are who they are.”

Cranston continued to talk about the fun experience of shooting the commercial, saying:

“We were just smiling the entire time and looking at each other’s clothes again, and the sensibility and how Raymond Cruz as Tuco talked, how Jesse talked. Even how Walt talked. We all had our own distinctive ways of communicating. It was just so much fun. That’s one of the biggest reasons we did it. One, PopCorners was going to stay true to the milieu of Breaking Bad, which was really important to us. And the second thing is: We’re just going to have a lot of fun. Like I said, we didn’t have a lot of opportunities just to be laughing and smiling through production on Breaking Bad because of the content.”

You can definitely tell that they all had a blast making this! Cranston went on to say:

“April 3rd of this year, so just two months away, was the last day of shooting Breaking Bad [10 years ago]. And when we all stood as a group out there in the middle of the desert, everyone’s speaking of what it meant to us. We thought that was going to be the last time we ever did those characters. And then we had another opportunity in the El Camino movie, and then it was like, ‘Oh! So it might not be the last.’ So we’ve stopped saying, ‘This is the last time we’re ever going to do this.’ Who knows? It could be. I’m not sure, but… you know, we’ll just leave it to the fates.”

Check out the PopCorners Super Bowl ad below and let us know what you think!

M. Night Shyamalan Reflects on Cameos, His First Movie No One Saw

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During a recent appearance on The Graham Norton Show, director M. Night Shyamalan spoke about his frequent cameos and his first indie movie.

When asked about his various cameos, Shyamalan mentioned that both his parents were doctors and that it was “a sad moment” when he told his parents he wanted to make films instead of following in their footsteps. He then said joked that he at least “got to play a doctor” for his cameo in his 1999 thriller film The Sixth Sense.

The director then discussed his very first film, Praying with Anger, stating that “no one saw it except my family,” and that after watching it, his dad told him to “put white people in your movies.”

You can watch M. Night Shyamalan’s appearance on The Graham Norton Show below:

Shyamalan’s latest film, Knock at the Cabin, is now playing in theaters. It is based on Paul Tremblay’s 2018 novel and was written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The film stars Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3), Jonathan Groff (Hamilton, Mindhunter), Ben Aldridge (PennyworthFleabag), Nikki Amuka-Bird (Old), newcomer Kristen Cui, Abby Quinn (Little Women), and Rupert Grint (Servant).

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AMC Theaters Will Start Charging More For Better Seats; Elijah Wood Criticizes Them For Penalizing People with Lower Income

AMC Theaters has announced a controversial new pricing plan that will charge people more money for better seats in the theater. This is seriously one of the dumbest brain-fart ideas that they could have come up with.

This Friday, they are rolling out Sightline at AMC, which is a ticket pricing initiative based on seat location within the auditorium. Moviegoers will be given the option to pay more of less for admission depending on where they choose to sit in the theater. Front row seats will be available at a lower price, while seats in the middle of the theater will be available at a higher price.

This is a great way to drive people away from going to the cinema. It’s also a great way to penalize lower-income individuals, which is exactly what Elijah Wood is criticizing them for. In a recent post on Twitter, Wood slammed them saying:

“The movie theater is and always has been a sacred democratic space for all and this new initiative by @AMCTheatres would essentially penalize people for lower income and reward for higher income.”

He’s not the only one pissed at AMC Theaters. In another post shared by John Rocha, he said”

“Look, this is some classist shit from @AMCTheatres. IMAX, 4DX, 3D, Screen X charging more makes sense since you’re getting the film in a new way. BUT this is not the way. Poor people, you sit in the poor section and you rich folks please move the velvet ropes around the…”

I 100% agree with what these individuals are saying. There are going to be three different seat-pricing options. The first is Standard Sightline, described as the “seats that are the most common in auditoriums and are available for the traditional cost of a ticket.” Then there’s Value Sightline, referred to as “seats in the front row of the auditorium, as well as select ADA seats in each auditorium, and are available at a lower price than standard sightline seats.” (Value Sightline pricing is only available to AMC Stubs members, including the free tier membership.) The third option is Preferred Sightline, which are the “seats in the middle of the auditorium and are priced at a premium to standard sightline seats.” AMC Stubs A-List members will be able to reserve seats in the Preferred Sightline Section at no additional cost.

Eliot Hamlisch, executive VP and CMO at AMC Theatres said in a statement: “Sightline at AMC more closely aligns AMC’s seat pricing approach to that of many other entertainment venues, offering experienced-based pricing and another way for moviegoers to find value at the movies. While every seat at AMC delivers an amazing moviegoing experience, we know there are some moviegoers who prioritize their specific seat and others who prioritize value moviegoing. Sightline at AMC accommodates both sentiments to help ensure that our guests have more control over their experience, so that every trip to an AMC is a great one.”

The new initiative kicks off on Friday at select AMC locations in New York, Chicago and Kansas City and will be expanded to all domestic AMC locations by the end of the year.

What do you think about AMC’s new cinema seating pricing plan? I hope they rethink what they’re doing, and they might if people stop showing up to their theaters. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out. I wonder what their spokeswoman, Nicole Kidman, would say about this.

Rick and Morty: Justin Roiland & Dan Harmon Weren’t Speaking for ‘Multiple Seasons’

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Following his felony domestic abuse charges coming to light last month, numerous networks and studios have cut ties with Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland. According to a new report, there has been tension behind-the-scenes between Roiland and fellow co-creator Dan Harmon for quite some time.

A feature published by THR delved into the history of Roiland’s involvement with Rick and Morty over the years, from the beginning to last month’s major fallout. Numerous sources told the outlet that the two co-creators reportedly hadn’t been on speaking terms for “multiple seasons,” despite the duo enjoying a far more positive working relationship at the beginning of the show’s run in 2013.

The article says that a mediator was even brought in at one point to try to repair the relationship between the two, but they were not successful. Roiland’s presence in the writing room had also been quickly diminishing since the show’s third season in 2017.

It was recently announced that Rick and Morty will go on with co-creator Dan Harmon as the sole creator, while Roiland’s voice roles will be recast. The series received a 70-episode order from Adult Swim back in 2018, which means that as of Season 6’s finale, more than half of the ordered episodes have still not been made and released.

Rick and Morty is a half-hour adult animated series that follows a sociopathic genius scientist, Rick, who drags his inherently timid grandson Morty on insanely dangerous adventures across the multiverse. It has become one of Adult Swim’s biggest franchises since its debut in 2013, spanning six seasons as of early 2023.

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Nintendo Direct Announced, Will Cover First Half of 2023

Nintendo announced its first Direct since September 2022. This latest Nintendo Direct will stream on February 8 at 2 p.m. PT.

As stated by the announcement tweet, this show will be around 40 minutes and “mostly” cover games releasing in the first half of 2023.

Nintendo was not more specific, but its possible that this will contain more information about The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. This Breath of the Wild sequel is slated for May 12, which falls into that time frame. Nintendo has still be quite mum on the title, only showing brief trailers with very little gameplay.

Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe and Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon are two of Nintendo’s other games that are also scheduled for the first half of 2023. There are also multiple Switch ports like Hogwarts Legacy, DNF Duel, Life is Strange 2, Theatrhythm Final Bar Line, Remnant: From the Ashes, MLB: The Show 23, and Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection, just to name a few, that are coming out in that window.

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First Look at Christina Ricci in the Sci-Fi Cyberpunk Film THE DRESDEN SUN

This is our first look at Christina Ricci in the upcoming sci-fi cyberpunk action thriller The Dresden Sun. She is joined in the film by Mena Suvari, Linus Roache, Steven Ogg and Samantha Win.

The movie centers on a heist that “goes south when Crilenger (Ogg), a brilliant, principled mercenary with a traumatic past, works with an insider to steal a valued asset from Peredor Corporation called ‘the sphere’. The C & Earth corporation, vying for global dominance, seeks to find a solution to an otherworldly technology via a scientist’s project. Meanwhile, a financial analyst, who despises his job at the powerful investment firm Mutual One, finds himself caught between deadly corporate rivals, financial fraud, and technological espionage, and is ultimately forced to run from a psychopathic military contractor.”

Ricci has been trending recently with her roles in popular shows such as Wednesday and Yellowjackets. This next film looks like it could be a cool project for her! I’ll be looking forward to watching it!

The Dresden Sun was written and directed by Michael Ryan, the film is produced by Tyler Lockamy and Michael Ryan at Archetype Pictures.

The film is currently in post-production. VMI will be introducing the project to buyers at the upcoming EFM. Jessica Bennett, COO Productions and Acquisitions for VMI, said in a statement: “The Dresden Sun is a whole other world of sci-fi with stylized and sleek action elements with an overall unique concept. We at VMI are very excited to bring this one to market, the stellar cast and level of filmmaking will bring the wow factor.”

Ryan added: “The Dresden Sun is an allegorical story that deals with ideas and concepts ranging from corporatocracy, interdimensional reality, grief, arrested development, and apostasy. We at Archetype Pictures appreciate working with VMI and their passionate team and are looking forward to their abilities to help deliver the film to the world.”

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Interview: Mabel Cadena on Playing Namora

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ComingSoon Editor-in-Chief Tyler Treese spoke to Black Panther: Wakanda Forever star Mabel Cadena about playing Namora and joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is now streaming on Disney+ and available to own on 4K, Blu-ray, DVD, and digitally.

“In the film, Queen Ramonda, Shuri, M’Baku, Okoye, and the Dora Milaje fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death,” reads the film’s synopsis. “As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia and Everett Ross and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda.”

Tyler Treese: Talokan has such an interesting backstory — particularly with the Spanish colonization — and it’s based on an Aztec paradise. While it’s fictional, there are so many details and actual parts of actual Meso-American culture. So what stood out most about getting to embrace that history in this movie?

Mabel Cadena: Oh, I’m very proud about my role in this movie, you know? [It] was amazing … for the first time in a movie like this. We can change the story. We can take little details about Mayan culture and make a new Talokanil culture. To me, as a Mexican, as a Latin-American woman, it’s beautiful to see a world like this in a movie like Black Panther.

Similar to Wakanda, there’s so many stories that could be told in Talokan. What kind of potential do you see, maybe in a spin-off television series or even a movie, down the line?

Well, I can see a lot of potential, but I don’t know what will happen in the future. I don’t know if my scenes in this movie fit with the future. I don’t know if we can have some more in the future. I hope, because I really want to continue playing Namora. I really want to explore more details and more things because I think we need more time to continue this story … to tell our story, you know? Because this is just the introduction for all these characters. But I think if I have the opportunity to see a new story, we can explore more details. And I think that’s beautiful.

Namora is related to Namor and is second in command. What did you like most about their relationship in the movie?

I think Namora is the right hand to Namor, and Namora the most important warrior to Namor. Then there’s Attuma, but I think Namora is more like a daughter while Namor is like a father to her. So to speak to our relation — because as a Mexican, we both try to represent the strength of our people, our culture, our relations — because Mexicans are very warm the Talokanil are very warm. So this is not about Mexican people, this is about Latin-American people in a new world like Talokan, but it was very important to us to represent the people around the world with dignity.

You’ve done so much great work in Mexican television and movies. What was most rewarding about transitioning to Hollywood and joining the MCU in your first English role?

I’m very proud about my career in Mexico because my whole life, I’ve had the discipline to make this career. I never expected to have an opportunity in this world, in this Hollywood world. But right now, to me, it’s just an opportunity to learn about myself, because maybe I gave up some dreams before, but now I am very hungry. I have a lot of expectations about my career out of Mexico — not just there. So I really have the capacity and the tools to represent, with dignity, a lot of women around the world. So I hope I can have another opportunity in the U.S.A. to represent other characters, other stories. I’m very excited about that.

Maybe at the beginning of Black Panther, my skills were not very strong. But right now I’m working on that very, very hard, to have a new opportunity in this platform, because it’s amazing. It’s a new world. It is a new industry. I feel hope for the future generations from around the world — not just in Latin-American, it’s around the world. This means a lot for a lot of people and means a lot for me.

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Berlin Teaser Trailer Sets Release Date for Money Heist Spin-off

Netflix has revealed a brand new Berlin teaser trailer for the upcoming Money Heist spin-off starring Pedro Alonso as he reprises his fan-favorite role as the titular cunning thief. The prequel is scheduled to make its debut in December 2023.

The 52-second video features Berlin planning his next heist, as he builds a diorama of the bank he plans to take over. It also teases the introduction of a mysterious woman, who might potentially play a key part in his plans.

Check out the Berlin teaser trailer below:

Joining Alonso in the prequel are Tristán Ulloa (Fariña) as Berlin’s confidant Damián, Michelle Jenner as electronics specialist Keila, Begoña Vargas (Welcome to Eden) as Cameron, Julio Peña Fernández (Through My Window) as Roi, and Joel Sánchez as Bruce.

Berlin is an eight-episode heist drama that hails from Money Heist creators Esther Martínez Lobato and Álex Pina. The series is written by Lobato, Pina, David Olivia, and David Berrocal, who is also set to become a director along with Geoffrey Cowper. Production is currently underway in Paris.

Pedro Alonso’s Berlin was introduced during the first installment of Money Heist. The character originally died during the first season’s finale. However, thanks to fan reception, Alonso was able to reprise the role in the final seasons, where he appeared in flashback scenes.

Money Heist was created by Álex Pina. The main series starred Álvaro Morte, Úrsula Corberó, Itziar Ituño, Pedro Alonso, Alba Flores, Miguel Herrán, Jaime Lorente, Esther Acebo, Darko Perić, and Paco Tous.

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