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Interview: ‘Cobra Kai’ star Ralph Macchio: ‘I said ‘yes’ at the right time’

Interview: ‘Cobra Kai’ star Ralph Macchio: ‘I said ‘yes’ at the right time’

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April 24 (UPI) -- Ralph Macchio says countless people over the past 35 years pitched him ways to revive The Karate Kid, but it wasn't until recently that a team of super-fan writer-producers presented him with a clear vision of how to move the franchise forward.The result is the critically acclaimed YouTube Premium dramedy Cobra Kai, which kicks off its second season Wednesday. The 10-episode, half-hour show features Macchio and William Zabka reprising their roles of Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence from the 1984 movie. Instead of competing high-school karate students, the characters, now in their 50s, are rival martial arts senseis to diverse groups of teens. Echoing the movie, the show sees one man teaching the importance of balance and the other imparting the message of "no mercy." ...
Sylvester Stallone, Ralph Macchio mourn death of director John Avildsen

Sylvester Stallone, Ralph Macchio mourn death of director John Avildsen

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June 17 (UPI) -- Actors Sylvester Stallone and Ralph Macchio paid tribute to the late director John Avildsen, who directed their most famous movies -- Rocky and The Karate Kid, respectively.Avildsen's son Anthony told The Los Angeles Times Friday the filmmaker died of pancreatic cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He was 81."The great director John G. Avildsen Who won the Oscar for directing Rocky! R. I. P. I'm sure you will soon be directing Hits in Heaven- Thank you , Sly," Stallone wrote in an Instagram post captioning a photo of him and Avildsen on the set of 1976's Rocky."RIP to my friend and KK director John G Avildsen. He brought inspirational stories to us all and had a guiding hand in changing my life," Macchio tweeted, along with a collage of photos of them together, including...