Editors' Picks: Our Favorite Things From the Week of Nov. 12

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 3 weeks ago

IMDb Editors highlight their favorite things from the week.

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Elijah Wood in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

Exciting New Series Acquisition of the Week

We're heading back to Middle Earth! Amazon announced that it will be bringing a multiseason TV series based on J.R.R. Tolkien's epic "Lord of the Rings" series to its streaming service in the not too distant future. There's a lot more story to be told outside of the tales covered in both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings movie series, and Amazon isn't looking to rehash either, instead focusing on new stories that preceded Lord of the Rings.

With the end of "Game of Thrones" in sight, there will be a big gap in the epic fantasy series TV landscape. Many players are racing to fill it: Recently we learned that Andrzej Sapkowski's "Witcher" adaptation is coming to Netflix, Patrick Rothfuss' "Kingkiller Chronicle" is being developed for Showtime, and Glen Cook's "The Black Company" adaptation is being developed and looking for a network. It's going to be a great time for fantasy fans!

Feeling nostalgic? Check out the Lord of the Rings stars, then and now.

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Tessa Thompson

Trending Tessa of the Week

Since its release earlier this month, the fourth-biggest launch of the year at the box office, Thor: Ragnarok has gone on to become a hit across the globe. On IMDb, the Thor star who has resonated most with fans is Tessa Thompson, whose performance as the drink-loving, take-no-prisoners Valkyrie landed her in the Top 5 of STARmeter for the first time in her career. In fact, since the movie's launch, she's the highest-charting Thor star, which is no small feat considering the cast is rich with IMDb fan favorites. Next up for Thompson? A starring role in Annihilation, alongside Natalie Portman.

Get to know Tessa Thompson

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Jon Bernthal in The Punisher (2017)

"How Do We Cover This?" Moment of the Week

Netflix released Season 1 of Marvel's "The Punisher" on Nov. 17. Although we're excited to see how this will cap off the year for "The Punisher" star Jon Bernthal, who has cornered the market on appearances in things ending in -er (Baby Driver, Shot Caller, Wind River), the violent nature of the storyline has made promotion tricky, at best. We'll see if the strength of the series outlasts concerns about its topicality.

Check out our interview with Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada | Discover more roles Jon Bernthal has played through the years

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Dance to Death (2017)

"I'd Watch That" Moment of the Week

Sometimes, we stumble across trailers and think, "Whoa! What was that?!" The trailer for Dance to Death inspired one of those reactions. As far as we can tell, it's The Hunger Games meets "So You Think You Can Dance" with a dash of Divergent. There's not enough dancing in the trailer to satisfy our curiosity but enough beats to whet our appetites. We can't wait to watch it!

Watch the Dance to Death trailer | Check out this list of young adult movies as ranked by teen IMDb users

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Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Claudia Kim, Zoë Kravitz, Ezra Miller, and Callum Turner in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)

Cast and Title Reveal of the Week

Exactly one year before its release, a first look at the cast of the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them apparated onto our screens. The tease came with an official title: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. The wicked wizard of the title is played by Johnny Depp, seen on far right with a shock of white hair. IMDb recently visited the set, just outside of London. So, we can honestly say, "You ain’t seen nothing yet!"

See more of the latest stills from the past week and beyond

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Julia Roberts and Jacob Tremblay in Wonder (2017)

Interview of the Week

We sat down with Wonder stars Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay, and Owen Wilson and learned just how uncomfortable it is to be stared at by others — something Tremblay's character Auggie must deal with every day in Stephen Chbosky's latest drama.

Find out why it's rude to stare at the Wonder stars

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Angelyne

L.A. Story of the Week

Angelyne has long been one of Hollywood's most enigmatic celebrities. She made a name for herself decades before social media and the reality TV era made it easier for anyone to become famous. With a shadowy past, pink Corvette, and enough funds to take out a series of billboard ads over the years, the mystery woman was unmasked by an entertainment journalist this past summer. But a TV creator is looking to do right by her now-known story. "Mr. Robot" creator Sam Esmail wants to bring Angelyne to the small screen, and we trust a man like him to return to her some of the intrigue that she lost in that aforementioned exposé.

Read more on Angelyne and Esmail's plans

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Ryan Reynolds in Untitled Deadpool Sequel (2018)

Teaser of the Week

The "merc with a mouth" is back, and this time he’s armed with a paintbrush! Deadpool, the R-rated superhero Ryan Reynolds was born to play, imitates late artist Bob Ross in the new tease for the Untitled Deadpool Sequel. After an innuendo-laden homage to "The Joy of Painting," characters are seen in a montage from the movie including Josh Brolin’s Cable, Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), and Blind Al (Leslie Uggams). It easily proved the most-watched trailer of the week on IMDb, signaling that the innovative marketing campaign that helped Deadpool become the highest-grossing R-rated film in history is back in full swing.

Watch the teaser trailer now

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Michelle Dockery in Godless (2017)

No Man's Land of the Week

The reviews are in, and it looks like the Netflix western "Godless" gets a gold star. In the show, outlaw Frank Griffin is hunting down Roy Goode, his partner-turned-enemy. The pursuit leads both men to La Belle, New Mexico, a town populated entirely by women and children, including Michelle Dockery, who is a long, long way from "Downton Abbey." A stylish western with cinematic aspirations and subtle social commentary? We're definitely going to check it out!

Find more binge-worthy titles in IMDb's Guide to Streaming

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Counterpart (2018)

Interesting Trailer of the Week

This week brought a new show to add to our Watchlist. STARZ dropped the first trailer to for the new sci-fi, drama series "Counterpart" with J.K. Simmons, and we're hooked. The premise is summed up in one of the coolest voiceovers in a while: "30 years ago, during the Cold War there was an experiment. Something went wrong, and they opened up a passage. When you go through this door, you come out the other side. You're in another world, identical to ours." With parallel dimensions, doppelgangers, government cover-ups, and hit-squads, the sci-fi series "Fringe" immediately comes to mind, but this looks less "X-Files" and more "The Americans," and that has us intrigued.

Check out the new and very violent "Counterpart" trailer

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Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence

Secret Project of the Week

It's no secret that Jennifer Lawrence is a fan of collaborating with her pals. She and Amy Schumer have been co-writing a comedy where they star as a pair of sisters, and this week we learned that J-Law and Emma Stone also have an idea that they're actively kicking around. Since the Oscar-winning duo also revealed that they have gone up against each other in the past for leading roles (Easy A being one of them), can we pitch that idea as another script for them to work on together?

Read more about Jennifer and Emma's secret

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Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tim Allen, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, and Daryl Mitchell in Galaxy Quest (1999)

Meta-Casting Mashup of the Week

Amazon Studios renewed plans for a long-awaited "Galaxy Quest" series earlier this year when they announced that actor Paul Scheer had been hired to write the show. This week, Sheer revealed that the show will feature not one, but two separate casts. Presumably, one would feature original members of the 1999 Galaxy Quest movie cast ... and the new cast will play those Galaxy Quest characters in a reboot within the original universe. Make sense? "I want to avoid anything that could be viewed as a reboot for reboot's sake," said Scheer. "There are real reasons behind these choices ... maybe too much so."

See more reboots and remakes