Chris Cornell’s daughter sings tribute to her father
Chris Cornell’s 12-year-old daughter, Toni Cornell, sang a tribute to her late father and family friend Chester Bennington on “Good Morning America” Friday. The young performer sang Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” along with the band OneRepublic. Toni Cornell’s father, frontman for Soundgarden, was found dead of apparent suicide in May at the MGM Grand Detroit after the rock band’s concert at the Fox Theatre. Last month, Bennington, the singer for Linkin Park, also took his own life. The Cornell and Bennington families were close, and Bennington sang the same song at Cornell’s funeral. “It’s an honor to perform this for my dad and Chester and to sing for them,” Toni said in a statement.
‘Karate Kid’ characters set to return in TV series
Ralph Macchio and William Zabka will reprise their roles as Daniel LaRusso and bully Johnny Lawrence in a 10-episode follow-up to the 1984 film “The Karate Kid” titled “Cobra Kai.” Subscription service YouTube Red will debut the series in 2018. It’s set 30 years after the battle at the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament, according to the Hollywood Reporter. While Daniel and Johnny are still poised as rivals, the half-hour episodes are presented as comedies. It’s penned by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Jayden Schlossberg. “Like everyone who grew up in the 1980s, the three of us are enormous fans of The Karate Kid,” said the three writers in a joint statement. “‘Cobra Kai’ will be a true continuation of the original films — packed with comedy, heart and thrilling fight scenes.”
Live-action remake of ‘Aladdin’ finds its Jafar
Relatively new actor Marwan Kenzari has been cast as the villain Jafar in the upcoming Disney live-action remake of “Aladdin.” He joins Will Smith as the genie and newcomer Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott (“Power Rangers”) as Aladdin and Princess Jasmine. Former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Nasim Pedrad has also been cast in a comedic supporting role as a friend of Jasmine. The Guy Ritchie-directed film has no release date yet.
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