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Karate Kid’ sequel series set for YouTube Red in 2018

Published: Saturday, August 05, 2017 @ 5:09 AM

Ralph Macchio will reprise his role as Daniel LaRusso.
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Ralph Macchio will reprise his role as Daniel LaRusso.(Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images)

A sequel series to the 1984 classic film “The Karate KId” will launch next year on YouTube Red, the video site’s subscription service, Variety reported.

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The 10-episode, half-hour series, tentatively called “Cobra Kai,” reunites original “Karate Kid” stars Ralph Macchio and William Zabka. The series is set 30 years after the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament. Zabka, reprising his role as Johnny Lawrence, seeks redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo, Variety reported. That rekindles his rivalry with the now-successful Daniel LaRusso (Macchio), who has been struggling to manage life without Miyagi (Pat Morita). Morita passed away in 2005. 

"The humor comes from two guys, who at 50 years old, still have an ax to grind," Macchio (now 55) said at the Television Critics Association on Friday. Johnny "just can't let go; he's still a teenager at heart."

“The minute I heard about this project, I knew we had to have it. ‘The Karate Kid’ became an instant classic in the 1980s, and still resonates with audiences around the world and on YouTube today,” Susanne Daniels, global head of original content for YouTube, told Variety. 

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DJ Avicii’s family issues second statement: ‘He wanted to find peace’

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 1:44 PM

Avicii Dead at 28

The family of Swedish dance musician Avicii has issued a second statement after his death.

Variety reported that the statement on the artist, who was found dead in Muscatat, Oman, at age 28 April 20, seems to imply that Avicii died by suicide.

“A rep did not immediately reply to Variety’s request for clarification,” Variety reported. “However the statement’s original wording in Swedish makes the implication more overt, one Swedish-speaking source says.”

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The statement is the second issued by the family in three days. The first statement was issued Monday. Avicii’s real name was Tim Bergling.

“Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions,” the statement said. “An over-achieving perfectionist who traveled and worked hard at a pace that led to extreme stress. When he stopped touring, he wanted to find a balance in life to be happy and be able to do what he loved most -- music.

“He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace. Tim was not made for the business machine he found himself in; he was a sensitive guy who loved his fans but shunned the spotlight. Tim, you will forever be loved and sadly missed. The person you were and your music will keep your memory alive. We love you.”

Related: DJ Avicii’s family issues statement on his death, thanks supporters

The Associated Press reported Sunday that two autopsies on Bergling showed nothing suspicious in his death. The report cited Sweden’s public broadcaster STV, which cited information from an anonymous police source in Oman. The musician was best known for his single “Wake Me Up.”

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Cardi B cancels some tour dates due to pregnancy

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 11:49 AM

Getting to Know Cardi B

Cardi B is canceling some tour dates this summer due to her pregnancy.

The rapper, whose major label album “Invasion of Privacy” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chartrevealed her pregnancy on “Saturday Night Live” after reports speculated she was expecting. It is her first child with her fiance, Migos rapper Offset.

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Billboard reported that Cardi is set to perform at the Broccoli City Festival this weekend at RFK Stadium Festival Grounds in Washington. She announced on Instagram Wednesday that it would be her last performance before canceling some shows.

Related: Cardi B reveals pregnancy, shows off baby bump in ‘SNL’ performance

“Broccoli Fest will be my last performance for a little while and everything because, you know, shawty keep growin’,” Cardi said about her baby. “I be looking like I be moving and everything but in reality, a (expletive) barely can breathe!”

The canceled dates include stops in Texas, Florida, Ireland and New York.

Related: Photos: Cardi B performs at Coachella

Cardi performed her own set at both weekends of Coachella and made an appearance during Migos’ weekend two performance. She said she would be back on stage for Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic” tour, which starts in September.

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Cardi B’s ‘Invasion of Privacy’ is No. 1 Billboard 200 album

Published: Monday, April 16, 2018 @ 3:44 AM

Cardi B's debut studio album is No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)
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Cardi B's debut studio album is No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)(Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella/Getty Images for Coachella)

Cardi B has become the fifth female rapper to have a No. 1 record on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

The rapper’s debut studio album, “Invasion of Privacy,” debuted at No. 1 and is the biggest selling album for an R&B or hip-hop album this year. According to Nielsen Music, the release has sold 255,000 equivalent album units.

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Forbes reported that, due to a technicality, the album was eligible to be certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling 500,000 units. Cardi’s debut major label single, “Bodak Yellow,” has been certified 5-times platinum by the RIAA, selling 5 million copies. Ten track units is equal to one album sale, which works out to 500,000 album units.

Cardi B joins the company of Nicki Minaj, Eve, Foxy Brown and Lauryn Hill who have all had a No. 1 Billboard 200 album. 

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Chance the Rapper defends Kanye West, says ‘black people don’t have to be democrats’

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 10:56 AM

What You Need to Know: Kanye West

Chance the Rapper is in hot water for a tweet that seems to defend his fellow rapper and friend Kanye West.

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The Chicago Tribune reported that West started a series of tweets Wednesday that  appeared to criticize former President Barack Obama and support President Donald Trump. West tweeted a photo of himself in a Make America Great Again hat and another of a MAGA hat signed by Trump. He also said that although he loves Trump, he doesn’t agree with everything he does.

The rapper, who in the past supported Democratic President Obama, said that he is not political. 

“I love when people have their own ideas,” he tweeted. “You don’t have to be allowed anymore. Just be. Love who you want to love. That’s free thought. I’m not even political. I’m not a democrat or a republican.” 

Regardless of his political affiliation, Chance appeared to support his friend’s tweets.

“Talked to him two days ago. He’s in a great space and not affected by folk tryna question his mental or physical health,” Chance tweeted, according to The Washington Post. “Black people don’t have to be democrats.”

Chance’s tweet was met with more criticism from fans who had a problem with West, a black rapper, supporting Trump, who has put in place policies that many argue disproportionately affect people of color and the LGBTQ community. Both are groups West has expressed support for in the past. 

Trump, for his part, was appreciative of West’s tweets.

West may clarify his support for Trump and his other tweets in an upcoming interview with radio personality Charlamagne tha God. The date for the interview has not been announced.

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