Editors' Picks: Our Favorite Things From the Week of Oct. 1

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 2 months ago

IMDb Editors highlight their favorite things from the week.

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Sonequa Martin-Green in Star Trek: Discovery (2017)

Trending First Officer of the Week

Sonequa Martin-Green is no stranger to IMDb fans. Prior to her role on "Star Trek: Discovery," which continues to be one of the most popular TV series of the fall season among IMDb users, Martin-Green achieved peak fan interest for her work on "The Walking Dead," where she portrayed the fierce and hardened Sasha. In "Star Trek: Discovery," she plays First Officer Michael Burnham, a character with similar resolve and strength. Martin-Green's performance and IMDb users' abiding interest in the series, set a decade before the events of the original "Star Trek," have landed the actress in the Top 10 of IMDb's STARmeter for the first time in her career.

Learn more about the women of the "Stare Trek" universe

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Scarlett Johansson in Lucy (2014)

Unexpected Sequel Announcement of the Week

How do you write a sequel for a character who transcends existence itself? We have no idea, but a sequel for Lucy has been confirmed. There's no word if ScarJo will reprise the role, but it has been revealed that plans for a sequel resulted from the disappointing box office results of Luc Besson's Valerian, in addition to a refocus on EuropaCorp's part on sci-fi and action-thrillers.

See Scarlett Johansson through the years

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Jared Leto

Casting News of the Week

Less than a week after the death of Hugh Hefner, it has been reported that Jared Leto will play the Playboy magazine mogul. The Oscar-winning star of Dallas Buyers Club, who is currently in theaters with Blade Runner 2049, will reteam with Rush Hour filmmaker Brett Ratner. "Jared is an old friend," said Ratner. "When he heard I got the rights to Hef’s story, he told me, 'I want to play him. I want to understand him.' And I really believe Jared can do it. He's one of the great actors of today."

Read the full story | Check out the latest film casting updates

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Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley in Chaos Walking (2019)

Leading Duo of the Week

We've been keeping a close eye on Doug Liman's Chaos Walking, the big-screen adaptation of Patrick Ness' literary trilogy. This week, we were treated to our first glimpse of the movie's leading pair, Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley, as they filmed on location in Montreal, Canada. Both IMDb fan favorites and among Hollywood's brightest stars, Holland and Ridley are enjoying career years in 2017. Holland's Spider-Man: Homecoming is one of the year's biggest hits at the global box office, while Ridley stars in two of the season's most anticipated films: Murder on the Orient Express and, you know, a small Jedi tale you've probably heard something about in the past year. We can't wait to see more from these two talented actors.

View Tom Holland Through the Years | Check out photos of Daisy Ridley on and off the screen

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Samuel L. Jackson in Shaft (2000)

Reboot of the Week

John Shaft is back! This reboot of Shaft (2000) will be scripted by Kenya Barris ("Black-ish") and will star Jessie T. Usher as Shaft’s son. The younger Shaft is a cyber expert with the FBI, and he's assigned to work a case with his estranged father (Samuel L. Jackson). Richard Roundtree will also return as the elder Shaft’s uncle, the original John Shaft from the 1971 movie directed by Gordon Parks. Can you dig it?

Check out the Reboots and Remakes gallery

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Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt in Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

Longed-For Sequel Announcement of the Week

We learned more news about the planned Edge of Tomorrow sequel. Even though the movie wasn't a box-office blockbuster, it has continued to amass a very loyal cult following. Director Doug Liman revealed that the sequel has come to life not because the studio wanted yet another sequel but because the fans have been so passionate.

Watch Doug Liman's trailer commentary for American Made

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Tom Petty

Tribute of the Week

"American Girl," "Breakdown," "Free Fallin,'" "Learning to Fly," and "Refugee." Just a handful of hits by Tom Petty, who passed away aged 66 on Monday and was best known as the lead singer of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. A statement on the musician's Twitter account described his passing as an "untimely death." Petty was also a co-founder of the Traveling Wilburys, recording award-winning albums with Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne, and George Harrison. Reacting to the news, Dylan said: "I thought the world of Tom. He was a great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I'll never forget him."

See more photos of Tom Petty | In Memoriam: Stars We've Lost in 2017

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Cillian Murphy, Paul Anderson, and Joe Cole in Peaky Blinders (2013)

TV Series Trailer of the Week

The first trailer for "Peaky Blinders" Season 4 dropped this week, and unsurprisingly life still doesn't look easy for the Shelby clan. The trailer showcases everything we've come to love about the gritty period drama: Cillian Murphy striding purposefully in slow motion, an ominous and gravelly voiceover, and closeups of Tom Hardy looking serious (while holding a dog). Plus, we got a first look at the newest addition to the series, Adrien Brody as the latest thorn in the Shelby clan's side. Now we just need a premiere date so we can start counting down the days!

Watch the "Peaky Blinders" Season 4 trailer

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Thandie Newton, Rodrigo Santoro, Leonardo Nam, and Ingrid Bolsø Berdal in Westworld (2016)

TV Series Tease of the Week

Season 1 of "Westworld" introduced us to the idea that the Wild West-themed park where most of the series took place was only one of perhaps many on the island/world/moon/space station? This week "Westworld" creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy gave us more to contemplate after hinting that the Roman and medieval-themed worlds (first introduced in the 1973 Westworld) could come into play next season. Even if Nolan and Joy are just teasing us, it gives us much more to speculate on as we wait for "Westworld" to return in 2018.

See more photos of the "Westworld" cast in and out of costume

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Harrison Ford in Blade Runner (1982)

Classic Viewing of the Week

In anticipation of the release of Blade Runner 2049, the Cinerama (one of our favorite theaters in Seattle) screened a one-week special engagement of Blade Runner: The Final Cut 4K Restoration. It was incredible to see the original in this state-of-the-art theater, and we have a new appreciation for how much director Denis Villeneuve has captured this world. We couldn't be more excited for the sequel.

Watch our shot for shot comparison of Blade Runner 2049 v Blade Runner'

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Runaways (2017)

Poster of the Week

Hulu released a hand-illustrated poster for "Runaways," its upcoming Marvel series that reveals itself for the first time this weekend at New York Comic Con. The poster looks as if it were torn directly from the comic books, and it also shows how faithful the live-action cast is to the comics crew. We are so curious as to how the show might play out over multiple seasons because, similar to "The Walking Dead," original creators Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona never shied away from killing off beloved characters.

See our Latest Posters gallery

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Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City 2 (2010)

Feud of the Week

Here's the real "Sex and the City" sequel we want to see: A behind-the-scenes depiction of the ongoing power play between Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall, which resurfaced this week as our dream of seeing a third and final "SATC" movie was deferred forever. SJP said KC's diva demands were to blame, and she got backup from her Stanley, Willie Garson. Cattrall said she's been against a third movie for years and sent a request for her former castmates to "be nicer." We'd love to see this play out on screen, or maybe just a stage with drag queens in the roles. Paging Ryan Murphy!

See our Groundbreaking HBO Series gallery

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Saving Brinton (2017)

Film Preservationist of the Week

Saving Brinton documents the decades-long effort to save the Brinton film collection. Michael Zahs found the movies at an estate sale in 1981, stashed in a box labeled "Brinton crap." The contents of the box turned out to be a treasure trove, including two George Méliès films long thought to be lost entirely: The Triple-Headed Lady (1901) and The Wonderful Rose Tree (1904).

Frank Brinton was an inventor and entrepreneur who, in 1897, transformed an Iowa opera house into a thriving cinema. He and his wife then went on the road with the Brinton Entertainment Company, traveling from Minnesota to Texas showing films from all over the world. When Brinton died in 1919, the films went into storage, where they stayed until that fateful estate sale.

The collection now resides in a special collection at the University of Iowa. The documentary highlights Zahs' efforts to save this collection and the University's restoration of individual films in the collection, including early masterpieces by the Lumière Brothers (Louis and Auguste), Ferdinand Zecca, and Segundo de Chomón.

The entire Brinton Entertainment Company collection is being digitized, with some films available to watch online at The University of Iowa Libraries website.

Check out these 50 top-rated original streaming documentaries as ranked by IMDb ratings

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Nicole Kidman

Intriguing New Film Project of the Week

Nicole Kidman pledged she would work with a female director at least every 18 months, and she is living up to her promise. Kidman will star as an undercover detective in Destroyer, directed by Karyn Kusama. If you're not familiar with the name, Kusama broke into the film scene with Girlfight, which won both the Directing Award and Grand Jury Prize at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. Since then she's directed such films as The Invitation and Æon Flux, as well as a ton of TV. We're excited to see this actor-director pairing for a gritty crime thriller that has been compared to "True Detective."

View Nicole Kidman through the years