Editors' Picks: Our Favorite Things From the Week of Nov. 26by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 2 weeks ago
IMDb Editors highlight their favorite things from the week.
Crossover Character of the Week
It was finally revealed on "Talking Dead" that "The Walking Dead" fan favorite Morgan Jones, played by the amazing Lennie James, will be the crossover character who will join the cast of "Fear the Walking Dead." Until now, "Fear the Walking Dead" has been in a different timeline. So, obsessive "Walking Dead" fans have been trying to figure out how this will work. Will this be a flashback before his wife died? How will Morgan get from Georgia to the West Coast then back to Atlanta for his migration to find Rick. Our working theory is that Morgan will commandeer that mysterious helicopter, and "FTWD" will make a time jump. We can't wait to find out!
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Trending Star of the Week
Up until two weeks ago, the highest that Amber Rose Revah had ever charted on IMDb's STARmeter was No. 1,506 earlier this summer. But all that changed two weeks ago, when her popularity spiked to No. 107, and then this week ... when she leapt to the very top. What's the explanation for her meteoric rise to No. 1? Netflix's "The Punisher," which debuted Nov. 17 and has continued to drive strong interest among IMDb fans. On the series, Revah plays Dinah Madani, an Iranian-American Homeland Security agent whose world collides with Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) and Billy Russo (Ben Barnes). It's worth noting that this character did not exist in the comic books, which may help to explain why IMDb users were so eager to learn more about the British actress.
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"Here's Johnny" of the Week
Fans of "Roseanne" were excited to learn this week that Johnny Galecki would officially be returning for the reboot in the role that first brought him TV fame. Confirming the news on Twitter, series creator and star Roseanne Barr wrote: "We have got our Johnny Galecki back on ‘Roseanne' this episode - what a joy to work with such a deeply empathetic actor. Very moving 4 all of us. #JOY." This news should come as no surprise to "Roseanne" diehards, as it was widely reported earlier this fall that Galecki had been in talks to return. But, yes, #JOY. The fact that his character, David, and Darlene (Sara Gilbert) will be reunited once again on screen is surely a relief to those hoping this newest chapter of the Conner clan can recapture the magic of the previous ones. "Roseanne" will air sometime in 2018 on ABC.
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Awesome Trailer of the Week
The first trailer for Avengers: Infinity War has dropped, and we've been losing our collective minds over this one. Kevin Feige has stated that Avengers 4 will deliver a conclusion to everything the MCU has been building to thus far. And the Infinity War trailer feels like the beginning of the end. There's far too much to take in after one viewing. But after 10, we were able to whittle down a few OMG moments that had us wanting more: Spider-Man (Tom Holland) in his upgraded Avengers suit, angry-bearded Captain America (Chris Evans) stepping out from the shadows, Bucky Barnes' (Sebastian Stan) being out of stasis, Vision (Paul Bettany) in human form, glimpses of Thanos' Black Order in action, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) wielding the Tesseract (again), Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) standing in New York's Sanctum Sanctorum, and an appearance of the Hulkbuster and the Guardians. We don't think we could have taken much more. We'll be dissecting the trailer until the next one: 2018 could not come faster!
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Renewal of the Week
"We need to talk more subjects." These were the words used to announce a second season of "Mindhunter" on the Netflix show's official Twitter account. The series explores the early days of criminal psychology and profiling and was a critical hit when it debuted in October, in addition to being a trending title on IMDb. David Fincher directed four episodes of Season 1, and both Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany been have praised for their portrayal of FBI agents who tackle cases by interviewing imprisoned serial killers. Let's get back on the case.
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Casting of the Week
After a global casting search that reportedly included nearly 1,000 candidates, Chinese actress Liu Yifei has won the lead role in the live-action adaptation of Mulan. Disney is planning a 2019 release of the period movie, in which a young woman disguises herself as a warrior in order to save her father. The actress, who has previously starred in blockbuster Chinese films such as Ip Man 3, grew up partly in New York. The original 1998 film, which grossed $304 million worldwide, featured the voices of Ming-Na Wen and Eddie Murphy. However, the musical elements of the animation are not expected to be carried over into the live-action version.
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Reboot of the Week
Cleopatra Jones is back! Warner Bros is reviving the movie about a government agent whose cover is her job as a supermodel who travels the world. In the original, she went up against Shelley Winters, who played a drug kingpin named Mommy, in an effort to destroy the poppy plants fueling the drug epidemic in her city. Misha Green, whose credits include "Sons of Anarchy" and "Underground," is on board as writer and producer. No release date has been announced, but we'll be waiting!
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Epic TV Series Crossover of the Week
The CW's Arrowverse aired its first crossover back in Season 3 of "Arrow," introducing Barry Allen and kicking off "The Flash." Since then, characters have traveled back and forth between the cities, worlds, and alternate universes that make up "The Flash," "Arrow," "Legends of Tomorrow," and "Supergirl." This year's four-show crossover, "Crisis on Earth-X," was the most ambitious and entertaining to date, surpassing 2016's "Invasion!" in character count, humor, battles, and story scope. For the first time, it didn't feel like the characters were hopping between show to show. But instead, producers created a four-part, series-agnostic, megamovie that brought key characters together from the start, then pitted them against a truly formidable enemy, alternate Earth and Nazi versions of themselves. We won't get into spoiler territory, but there were many moments of true surprise as "Crisis on Earth-X" resurrected fan favorites and characters long missed. Even if you don't watch every show in the Arrowverse, these four episodes are not to be missed.
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Documentary of the Week
In an unprecedented move, the 2018 Sundance Film Festival revealed its full features lineup this week, including films in competition, premieres, and documentaries. As we were perusing the many films, we were fascinated by the documentary Three Identical Strangers, which follows the story of three 19-year-old men who found each other by chance in the 1980s in New York. Their reunion catapulted them into the spotlight. But as they looked into their history, they discovered a dark and disturbing secret that cast a shadow over their lives.
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Fabulous Farewell of the Week
Yes, it was sad to hear of Jim Nabors' passing, but the TV icon left us with a flood of good childhood memories and a photo archive to treasure. Just take a moment to celebrate this shot of him, Flip Wilson, and Barbara McNair from Wilson's variety show.
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Alternative Movie Pick of the Week
It Follows fans should know that Maika Monroe has a new movie entering the release stream this weekend: The Tribes of Palos Verdes. Monroe stars as a surfing-obsessed teenager whose family dynamic begins to fray when her father falls in love with another woman. The movie has a "Big Little Lies" look to it: all washed-out blues and greens and panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. And we've read that Monroe and Jennifer Garner lead a cast of strong performances. Plus, Alicia Silverstone, who has been popping up in indies of late, plays the other woman!
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Investigative Journalist of the Week
Christina Ricci and Judith Light have been tapped to star in a movie based on the life of Nellie Bly, a 19th century investigative journalist who, among other notable stories, wrote an exposé about the care of the mentally ill after faking a mental illness of her own in order to be committed to an asylum. Her articles were the basis for her book "Ten Days in a Mad House" (1887), which is the source of the story in the movie. Ricci will play Nellie herself, while Light will star as Matron Grady, the head nurse who tortured her patients into submission.
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