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Chris Evans exits Captain America role

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Chris Evans is hanging up Cap’s shield.

The “Captain America” and “Avengers” has officially announced his retirement from the MCU, tweeting that he has officially wrapped on his final film in the superhero saga.

Though Evans didn’t have a stout role in this year’s “Avengers : Infinity War” it’s believed he – and ‘Cap’ – has a much bigger part to play in next year’s sequel, the culmination of the Thanos vs. The Avengers bout.

The 37-year-old actor played the role of super-strong Steve Rogers in “Captain America: The First Avenger” (2011), “The Avengers” (2012), ”Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (2014), ”Avengers: Age of Ultron” (2015), ”Captain America: Civil War” (2016), and ”Avengers: Infinity War” (2018). He has also made cameo appearances as the Captain America in some of the other MCU films, including “Spider-Man : Homecoming”.

While it’s not known how Evan’s incarnation of the character will go out, it’s likely another ‘Avenger’ will inherit the Captain America tag – with the strongest contenders being Bucky Barnes, aka the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), and Sam Wilson, aka the Falcon (Anthony Mackie).

Meantime, Deadline reports that Evans has joined the cast of the new Daniel Craig mystery “Knives Out” for director Rian Johnson.

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What to do this summer : Universal Studios

Escape dinos! Fall under Potter’s spell! Go for a tram ride!

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Put an Australian in LA and it’s a little embarrassing, the “G’Day Mates” you get from staff makes us feel a little bit bogan but hey.. it’s a small price to pay to be in the heart of film and television! While Queensland offers Hollywood on the Gold Coast, California offers the actual Hollywood, and if you don’t visit in the midst of summer – it’s safe to say you’re missing out!

With that said, Moviehole have hit the main attractions in LA to bring to you the best of the best to spend your summer doing! First up, let’s look at…

Universal Studios

From rollercoasters, to shows, to a world famous studio tour, there’s literally something for everyone at Universal Studios. Whether you’re a film buff or a thrill ride lover, you cannot miss the attractions that the theme park has to offer.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a great start – stroll through the cobblestoned streets of Hogsmeade and pick up a glass of Butterbeer, before visiting Ollivander’s to pick up the perfect wand. You can choose a furry friend to have as a pet at The Owl Post, and stock up on the sugary stuff at Honeydukes. Be sure to climb aboard Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and fly the skies alongside Harry and co, while facing all sorts of mystical creatures. The Flight of the Hippogriff is a fun ride for rollercoaster fanatics, speeding along through the pumpkin patch.

If you’re looking for more fun experiences, the newest to open at Universal is Jurassic World – The Ride. A thrill ride to remember, Jurassic World is your chance to live with the dinosaurs – even for just a short period of time. Come face-to-face with the famous Blue the Velociraptor and a Triceratops at the Raptor Encounter, and let the littlies run wild at Dino-Play. Don’t leave without visiting the cafe and rocking some new dino-apparel from Jurassic Outfitters.

On the topic of thrill rides, Universal Studios has a number of fun rides that really are fun for all ages. The Mummy Ride: for those looking for a fast-paced rollercoaster, or The Simpsons Ride: for those who want something fun but perhaps a little bit easier on the heart (or if you don’t want to change your pants). You’ll also get to explore the little town of Springfield while in the area, so check out the Duff beer guys,

If you like a milder experience, don’t miss the shows that Universal has. Check out the animal show and be impressed and the trained cuties – including cats, seriously?! Who can train a cat!? WaterWorld gives you a glimpse at the impressive behind-the-scenes stunts that create movies: explosive effects and impressive stunts, all on water!

Of course for the film-buffs among us – that’s why we’re here, right? – you cannot miss the World Famous Studio Tour. If you’re lucky you might get to see an actual film set – “The Good Place” was filming as we made our way through the backlot – but regardless you’ll see New York City, Mexico and a Subway station, all without leaving the backlot. King Kong will come at you in 3D, and you’ll also get a glimpse at some “Fast and Furious” action, not to mention the part where Jaws comes out of the water: those who have seen “Mallrats” will get the reference. Along with the great commentary, you’ll get some entertainment from Jimmy Fallon on the screens in the tour bus.

This is only a drop in the ocean of what you can see at Universal Studios – so do not miss out on going this summer, while the sun is out and the weather is just perfect!

Universal Studios is open daily from 9am-10pm over the summer. Moviehole attended as a guest of Universal Studios.

 

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Reboot-Palooza : Willow, Dawson’s Creek, Warm Bodies next?

Ron Howard says “serious discussions” are underway to bring the ’80s fantasy to TV

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Remakes, reboots, revivals and returns are the new school socks – the turn-over rate is high.

Today, news on a “Willow” reboot series (this is the thing Ron Howard’s been hinting at for a while now) for Disney Plus, a possible revival of “Dawson’s Creek” (I’ll believe it when I see it) and a television adaptation of a saccharine spooker from a couple of years ago.

 

George Lucas had long wanted to turn ’80s fantasy film “Willow”, which Howard directed and the former Lucasfilm CEO produced, into a series. He won’t have anything to do with it, but his initial proposition looks to have come off.

According to the former Ritchie Cunningham, Disney’s streaming division is looking at bringing Warwick Davis’s pint-sized adventurer to TV.

Howard tells MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast that they’re in “serious discussions” to make it happen.

“Warwick is so cool and so good and he’s such a good actor that I really hope we get the chance to see the mature Willow in action,” the “Solo” director said.

The 1988 film, which also starred Val Kilmer, Jean Marsh, Billy Barty, Joanne Whalley and Kevin Pollak, starred “Return of the Jedi” actor Davis as a dwarf who reluctantly agrees to protect a special infant named Elora Danan from an evil queen. Kilmer played the mercenary swordsman that assists in the mission.

 

Warwick Davis in “Willow”

 

Most folks involved in the original take have never expressed too much enthusiasm for a “Dawson’s Creek” reboot, but according to the couple who played the title character’s parents on the hit show – the original cast, and creator Kevin Williamson, might have had a change of mind.

The revelation comes via John Wesley Shipp and Mary-Margaret Humes who recently went off about not being invited to feature in Entertainment Weekly’s March 2018 reunion cover.

“I did take it a little more personally [than John] because there was all this talk about a possible reunion,” Humes told Us Weekly. “Because I’d been doing all of this on Instagram, which I — just a couple months before, I felt like I was helping to make a reunion happen. Not a photo shoot, but actually bring the show back by revisiting what it was like.”

“She’s the one that keeps in touch with the kids, I keep in touch with the kids through her. It’s kind of like a stereotypical marriage,” Shipp added. “You have to realize that that was the role that [she] fulfilled in the company and on the set. She was the glue that kept everybody going out together. She had the boat, making sure that everyone was taken care of, doing the footage. Giving the parties when people had birthdays.”

The actress now believes her efforts have led to something positive though – ‘reboot’ talk.

“I’m glad I spoke out, because Katie [Holmes] called me, James [Van Der Beek] called me, Kerr [Smith] called me, Kevin [Williamson] texted me, Julie Plec texted me,” she told the publication. “It reunited us, and now there is actual talk about, secret talk, like, ‘Maybe we should do this.’ So, fingers crossed. I don’t know anything more than anybody else, but there has been a group text going around saying, ‘Maybe it’s time.’”

James Van Der Beek in “Dawson’s Creek”

 

Out plugging his wonderful frickin’ rom-com “Long Shot”, director Jonathan Levine has confirmed plans for a small-screen take on his sweet zombie comedy from a couple of years ago, “Warm Bodies”.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, Levine has signed a first-look deal with Lionsgate that encompasses film and TV. As part of the dead, he’ll be producing “Warm Bodies: The TV show”.

Former Lionsgate exec Gillian Bohrer is launching Levin’s new prod co Megamix with the filmmaker, and said in statement that, “Jonathan and I have a shared passion for movies that defy conventional wisdom about what defines a ‘commercial movie.’ I loved the diverse slate of projects I was able to shepherd at Lionsgate, and we’re delighted to bring Megamix to a company that believes in taking risks.”

Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer starred in the 2013 movie.

Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer in “Warm Bodies”

 

 

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Caffeinated Clint’s Ten Favourite Films of 2018

And also his least favourite films of the year!

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I don’t know that it was a great year for movies – in fact, most of the films I’d been anticipating bit me like a leech on the testicle – but that doesn’t mean there still wasn’t some tasty meat in between the pellets. For every “Jurassic World : Fallen Kingdom” there was a “Blackkklansman”, and for every [Insert Amy Schumer Movie Title] Here there was “Boy Erased”. Studios stuck to the recent norm of putting style over substance when it came to their tentpoles, leaving so many of the hotly anticipated and unyieldingly-promoted fare from the likes of chafing disappointments, but those major independent labels and artistic auteurs more than made up for any bugs in the system, smearing MacAfee virus removal all over the marquee with their distinct, diverse and surprisingly unique offerings.

The year’s biggest surprise  – if only because it was a project that had been simmering away for the better part of fifteen years, losing director after director, leads after leads – was undoubtedly “A Star is Born”, which not only introduced audiences to ‘up and coming’ actress Lady Gaga, whose name will now be firmly cemented in cinema as much as it’s been in music, but also tyro director Bradley Cooper, who took on a discarded Eastwood project and put his own unique and powerful spin on it. Sure, it’s a story we’d seen time and time again (in fact, this is the fourth version of “A Star is Born”), but it was the chemistry of the leads, those dynamite performances, and the emotion carved into the libretto that kept critics and audiences hooked.

Like Cooper, freshman director Joel Edgerton also hit it out of the park this year with his turn behind the camera – “Boy Erased”. What a film that was. Just sublime. Powerful stuff.

On the no-surprise front, the always-dependable “Mission : Impossible” franchise continued to impress – is it the only series that actually improves as it goes on!? – just as much as its headline act, Tom Cruise, does with the most entertaining, most skilled blockbuster of the year “Fallout”. Featuring a killer turn from Henry Cavill as its hulking villain, eye-popping stunts and action sequences, and endless reminders why Tom Cruise is still the most bankable box-office star of our times, sixth time was the charm for the now 22-year-old movie franchise.

If one genre had the monopoly on the ‘best of’ list this year it was the family category, with everything from Paramount’s “Bumblebee”, Pixar’s “The Incredibles 2” and “Ralph Breaks the Internet”, and Sony Animation’s “Spider-Man : Into the Spider-Verse” all topping most live-action fare when it comes to sheer storytelling, allure and uniqueness. Seems the computer maketh some awesome filmeth!

Also very solid, the superhero movie fare of 2018 – sure, there were the fun, enjoyable time-passers like “Deadpool 2” and “Aquaman” but at the top end of the scale were some truly magnificent pieces, like the ground-breaking and exceedingly breathtaking “Black Panther” from Marvel.

Bearing in mind I’m still to catch up with quite a few movies that have made most Top Ten lists (including “If Beale Street Could Talk”, “Green Book”, “Suspiria” and “First Reformed”) here are my top ten favourite movies of 2018 :

 

A Star is Born

Mission : Impossible  – Fallout

Boy Erased

Blackkklansman

A Quiet Place

Black Panther

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Avengers : Infinity War

Game Night

The Incredibles 2

 

Runners-Up : Annihilation, Bumblebee, Spider-Man : Into the Spider-Verse, Ant-Man & The Wasp

 

And, for me, these were the least enjoyable films of the year…

 

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Super Troopers 2

Holmes & Watson

I Feel Pretty

Truth or Dare

Oceans 8

Skyscraper

Gotti

The Predator

Jurassic World : Fallen Kingdom

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