June 23, 2014 |
JUST AS Mr. Miyagi teaches Daniel-san the art of trimming the bonsai - careful and deliberate, shaping it to its perfect form - so have gone the lives of the actors who played those iconic characters on the big screen 30 years ago. Ralph Macchio, a/k/a "The Karate Kid," and co-star Martin Kove were among the celebrities who appeared at Wizard World's Philadelphia Comic Con, which has taken over the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Day two of festivities featured a top-drawer collection of well-known comics, artists, writers and celebrities.
June 17, 2014 |
AT A Q&A SESSION recently for the movie "The Karate Kid," a pregnant woman stood up, looked at star Ralph Macchio and said, "This could have been yours," referring to her swelling baby bump while her disgruntled husband stood by her side. That's not even the weirdest thing that's happened to Macchio during one of these fan-engagement sessions. Sometimes he has to reassure fans that members of the rival Cobra Kai dojo in "The Karate Kid" were not the "jackasses" portrayed on screen.
July 18, 2013 |
Julia Burke didn't wear her leg braces to class, so her teacher told her to hit the floor for a few punishment push-ups. "Are you kidding me?" said Burke, 17, a student at Bishop McDevitt High School in Wyncote. Teacher Kenn Perry offered no jokes from his wheelchair, and Burke, who has cerebral palsy, gave him four. In the self-defense class that Perry teaches with fellow black belt Christopher Genell, tough talk comes with high expectations. Students get no easy outs because they have disabilities.
July 3, 2013
Actor Jim Kelly, 67, who played a glib American martial artist in Enter the Dragon , with Bruce Lee, died of cancer Saturday at his home in San Diego, his ex-wife Marilyn Dishman said. Sporting an Afro hairstyle and sideburns, Mr. Kelly made a splash with his one-liners and fight scenes in the 1973 martial-arts classic. His later films included Three the Hard Way, Black Belt Jones , and Black Samurai. During a 2010 interview with Salon.com, Mr. Kelly said he started studying martial arts in 1964 in Kentucky and later moved to California where he earned a black belt in karate.
September 11, 2012 |
Joseph Henry Lewis, 68, of Wayne, a karate grand master and kickboxing champion who developed a martial-arts training system, died Friday, Aug. 31, of a brain tumor at Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Mr. Lewis, a 10th-degree black belt, was U.S. karate champion from 1966 to 1969. In 1971, he retired as undefeated U.S. heavyweight kickboxing champion. He was featured in both the Ring, a boxing magazine, and Sports Illustrated. In 1975, Mr. Lewis was inducted into the Black Belt Magazine Hall of Fame.
March 31, 2011
A story Wednesday about a New Jersey Board of Public Utilities vote that aided three power-plant developers with construction plans in North Jersey misidentified Len Daws, deputy mayor of West Deptford Township. A story Saturday about the sentencing of retired Philadelphia Police Officer Tyrone Wiggins for sexually assaulting a former karate student who was a minor gave an incorrect date for when the victim filed charges. She filed the complaint in 2006, before she became a city police officer.
March 26, 2011 |
Ralph Macchio, Lord of the Dance. Bet you didn't see that one coming. I always get a little disoriented when a kid from TV's misty past (Macchio was on Eight Is Enough ) pops up as an adult. Scott Baio, Rick Schroder, Butch Patrick, Sarah Jessica Parker, David Cassidy, Mindy Cohn - they all give me a slight case of the whirlies when I see the ravages of time etched on their faces. (I've built up an immunity to Neil Patrick Harris.) But who would have thought Macchio would foxtrot to the top of the leaderboard on the season debut of Dancing With the Stars ?
October 8, 2010 |
Two remakes top the list of new DVD releases hitting stores Tuesday. The Karate Kid , Grade B-minus: A 12-year-old (Jaden Smith) needs help adjusting to life in China. Director Harald Zwart's remake of the 1984 cult favorite is a plodding two hours, 20 minutes long. That's not a running time, but a crawl. The film redeems itself with the final tournament. The Rocky -style story of an unknown fighter beating the superconfident champion will get moviegoers cheering.
October 8, 2010
THE "MADE In China" label on this summer's "Karate Kid" is what made it such a surprising and interesting remake. Producer Will Smith took son/star Jaden inside China for this new version, featuring Jaden as a Detroit transplant who confronts local bullies by learning kung fu from a local master (Jackie Chan). The cast is engaging and the story efficient, but what struck me was the access the filmmakers had to out-of-the-way places, the picture they were able to present of life in contemporary China - a privilege that not many contemporary Chinese filmmakers seem to have.
June 11, 2010 |
There are different ways to make it as a child actor, but none, apparently, as effective as having Will Smith as your dad. His adorable son Jaden headlines the remake of "Karate Kid," the '80s B-movie classic that's been given an eye-popping upgrade on its way to serving as a star vehicle for little Jaden, who had three months of training from kung-fu master Wu Gang in advance of the epic four-month shoot. In place of Pat Morita is Hong Kong superstar Jackie Chan, and in place of forgettable SoCal locations is . . . China.