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September 10, 1994 | By Carrie Rickey, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
In The Next Karate Kid, time and Noriyuki "Pat" Morita move slowly. Arthritically dispensing zen koans and martial kicks, Morita shuffles through the film the way George Burns goes into cruise control for his stand-up act. "Ambition without knowledge is like boat on dry land," lectures Miyagi (Morita) to his new charge, Julie (Hilary Swank), a delinquent high schooler grudgingly receptive to his wisdom. By the same token, movie without screenplay is like large tree with termites.
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June 17, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
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.
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June 23, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
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.
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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.
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March 26, 2011 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Columnist
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 ?
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June 10, 2010 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
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 isĀ .
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July 25, 1996 | by Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
Everyone who saw it said it was like something from a movie. Tiny teen gymnast Kerri Strug, her ankle aching from a nasty sprain, summoned her courage and sprinted down the runway to attempt a vault. Not much pressure. Only about a billion people watching around the world. The only thing at stake was a championship. For her. For her team. For her country. Strug believed she needed a near-perfect performance to assure her country a gold medal, and she delivered. It's rare the oversold Olympics can squeeze real tears from Americans anymore, but many admit to shedding a few when brave little Kerri hobbled through the award ceremony on her air cast.
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January 25, 1990 | Inquirer staff reviews and synopses, compiled by Christopher Cornell
A sloppy-dog comedy starring Tom Hanks, the further adventures of the Karate Kid and a walk on the zany side with "Weird Al" Yankovic are this week's new video offerings. TURNER & HOOCH (1989) (Touchstone) $89.95. 99 minutes. 1/2 Tom Hanks, Mare Winningham, Craig T. Nelson, Reginald VelJohnson. A movie about a man and his mastiff. Turner (Hanks) is a fastidious police detective who adopts mangy, drooling Hooch because the beast has witnessed its master's murder. Not much of a movie (though frequently funny)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 22, 2010
1. The Karate Kid (2010) . (PG) 2. How to Train Your Dragon 3. Jonah Hex 4. Get Him to the Greek . (R) 5. Robin Hood . (PG-13) 6. Iron Man 2 . (PG-13) 7. Splice . (R) 8. A Nightmare on Elm Street . (R) 9. Leaves of Grass 10. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time . (PG-13) Top DVD titles at U.S. Blockbuster stores for week ended Oct. 17. ( New this week)
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November 1, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cough, cough . . . Injuries . . . For 14 years, Andy Reid opened his Eagles news conferences with a roll call of injuries. He's done the same in his two seasons since with the Chiefs. Reid would sometimes defer to trainer Rick Burkholder, who would give reporters minute details on various injuries. Burkholder, who followed Reid to Kansas City, once described guard Todd Herremans' dislocated cuboid bone injury by bringing out a skeleton model of a foot. Chip Kelly would rather dislocate his cuboid bone than give out information beyond injury reports mandated by the NFL. Like most coaches, he doesn't want to provide opposing teams with any more detail than is required.
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June 23, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2013 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
Hello there Business was slow at the hot dog booth Lesley and her family staffed for Diablo Japanese-American church's 2007 summer festival in Concord, Calif. - so she used the time to socialize with other volunteers she'd known most of her life. At the always-popular tempura booth, a stranger hustled to dip orders of battered shrimp and vegetables into hula-hoop-size woks of hot oil. "He looked like the Karate Kid with a bandanna around his head to keep the sweat out of his eyes," she said.
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October 8, 2012 | BY CHRISTY LEMIRE, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - How old is too old to sob like a little girl at "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial"? Not 40, apparently. The Steven Spielberg film that would become a 1980s pop-culture phenomenon is coming out on Blu-ray for the first time Tuesday - 30 years, four Academy Awards and nearly $800 million after its theatrical release. To commemorate this, theaters across the country recently showed a digitally remastered version of the film for one night only. Being a total geek for "E.T.," I jumped at the chance to see it again in a theater.
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March 26, 2011 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Columnist
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 ?
ENTERTAINMENT
October 22, 2010
1. The Karate Kid (2010) . (PG) 2. How to Train Your Dragon 3. Jonah Hex 4. Get Him to the Greek . (R) 5. Robin Hood . (PG-13) 6. Iron Man 2 . (PG-13) 7. Splice . (R) 8. A Nightmare on Elm Street . (R) 9. Leaves of Grass 10. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time . (PG-13) Top DVD titles at U.S. Blockbuster stores for week ended Oct. 17. ( New this week)
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October 8, 2010 | By Rick Bentley, McClatchy Newspapers
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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