Editors' Picks: Our Favorite Things From the Week of Feb. 11by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 16 Feb 2018
IMDb Editors highlight their favorite things from the week.
Trilogy-Killing Commentary of the Week
Our fictional series, "Feud: Sarah and Kim," reached its zenith this week when Kim Cattrall opened her library and read Sarah Jessica Parker. Her remarks about SJP's trying to maintain her nice-girl image in a response to the passing of Cattrall's brother, Christopher, were a fangs-out delight to read and — while perhaps not the best use of Instagram — a social-media highlight of the week. Similar to Quincy Jones, Cattrall is clearly at a point in her life where she gives zero effs. And to be honest, the best idea for Sex and the City 3 would be a Samantha Jones spin-off.
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Trending Star of the Week
While Martha Higareda has been a popular actress in her native Mexico since the early 2000s, she's only recently captured the attention of IMDb fans worldwide, thanks to her role as Kristin Ortega in Netflix's tech noir "Altered Carbon." In fact, prior to this past week, the highest the actress had ever charted on STARmeter was No. 353 back in 2010, when she starred in Te presento a Laura and Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball. "Altered Carbon" has become a bona fide hit with IMDb fans, who have made the show the most popular title (including movies) on the site and have catapulted four of its cast members to the Top 10 of STARmeter.
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Super Flashback of the Week
Can you guess the identity of this future superhero? While exploring the origin stories of superhero stars including Gal Gadot, Robert Downey Jr., and Jennifer Lawrence, we unearthed this picture of Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds. It is from a 1990 Nickelodeon series titled "Fifteen" (known in its native Canada as "Hillside"), in which the future star played Billy Simpson for 13 episodes. You’ve come a long way, Mr. Reynolds.
Find out how more superhero stars looked before they were famous
Advance Screening of the Week
Include my name on the list of people who have been physiologically altered for life by Annihilation. No spoilers, but let's just say that it is another smart science movie that will divide audiences and reinforce the fact that Natalie Portman is a sci-fi queen. There's a scene involving an animal encounter that has never filled me with a greater sense of dread and sorrow while also reinforcing one of the movie's overall themes. We have some interviews coming up with writer-director Alex Garland and the cast!
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Box-Office Breakout of the Week
There's been lots of speculation about how Black Panther will fare during its opening weekend, especially with the community efforts and GoFundMe campaigns that are being organized across the country. After watching (and loving) a preview of the film, our editors are tracking the projections like the stock market. Can the film break Presidents' Day weekend records? Can it also turn in the biggest opening weekend of all time? No matter how many records it may or may not break, it's clear this will not be your average Marvel movie.
Read Box Office Mojo's Weekend Box Office Projections
Trailer of the Week
Body issues are not typically something to laugh at, but Amy Schumer's upcoming I Feel Pretty has a humorous take on the subject. Schumer stars as an insecure woman who suffers from low self-esteem. When she bangs her head after falling off her bike in spin class, she suddnely sees herself as "undeniably pretty." Hilarity ensues as she transforms her life while those around wonder how she can possibly be so confident. The trailer has already caused some controversy over its depiction of body positivity. But could the film be a odd anthem for self-acceptance? We won't have to wait long to see. The release date of has been moved up from June 29 to April 27.
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"So, You're Saying There's a Chance" of the Week
Jerry Seinfeld gave "Seinfeld" fans some hope this week that there could be a revival of the enormously popular '90s sitcom. "It's possible," the comedian said, in response to a question from Ellen DeGeneres on her daytime show about the chances for a series return. Understandably, the audience erupted in cheers. Seinfeld quipped, "Oh, they like the idea."
Yes, we do, Jerry.
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That Creepy Feeling of the Week
Somewhere between The Descent, The Blair Witch Project, and The Wicker Man is The Ritual, a quiet gem of a psychological horror movie. A group of college friends reunite after the tragic death of one of their own for a camping trip in the Norse woods. When an injury forces them to take a shortcut, the men are confronted by horrors that expose not only the cracks in their friendships but also their deep-seated fears in a story that director David Bruckner has described as "masculinity in crisis."
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Movie Milestone of the Week
Groundhog Day celebrated its 25th anniversary this week and had us waxing nostalgic for the Bill Murray comedy. Groundhog Day was the 13th highest grossing movie of 1993, with Jurassic Park taking the top spot that year. If you're wondering how long it took Phil to wake up on Feb. 3, actor Stephen Tobolowsky recently told Variety, "Harold Ramis told me that the film actually takes place over 10,000 years, based on the Buddhist principle that it takes 10,000 years for the human soul to be perfect.” Tobolowsky continued, "And Harold Ramis was a Buddhist."
Check out our Groundhog Day edition of "Dates in Movie & TV History
Tribute of the Week
We were saddened to hear that film score composer Jóhann Jóhannsson passed away on Feb. 9 at age 48. The Icelandic composer had been writing music for film since 2000 but had come to prominence in recent years with extraordinary scores for The Theory of Everything (2014), Sicario (2015), and Arrival (2016), all of which generated major awards attention. His music ranged from soaring and beautiful to terrifying and other-worldly. With recent work including Mandy, The Mercy, and Mary Magdalene, Jóhannsson was just getting started. A great loss.
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Casting Announcement of the Week
Mary J. Blige will be joining the cast of upcoming Netflix superhero series "The Umbrella Academy," which tells the story of a dysfunctional group of superheroes who have to work together to solve the muder of their father. Blige will take on the role of Cha-Cha, a sadistic, sociopathic time traveling hit woman, and we can't wait to see her in the part.
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Diva Team-Up of the Week
Word on the street is that Sharon Stone and Bette Midler will be teaming up with Charles Busch in a film version of the popular odd-couple Broadway comedy The Tale of The Allergist’s Wife. A Broadway stalwart, Busch is adapting the script from the play, which he also wrote, and is signed on to direct the film. The combined talents of Busch, Midler, and Stone promise to be a force to be reckoned with. This one's definitely going on our Watchlist!
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Miniseries of the Week
In this gripping six-part miniseries from Paramount Networks and the Dowdle brothers (Devil, No Escape), notorious cult leader David Koresh (Taylor Kitsch, in a career-best performance) and FBI hostage negotiator Gary Noesner (Michael Shannon) square off in this epic retelling of the deadly 1993 standoff in Waco, Texas. The show does an amazing job humanizing both sides of the conflict and giving context to the tragic loss of life that occurred. Andrea Riseborough, Melissa Benoist, and John Leguizamo also star.
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