Editors' Picks: Our Favorite Things From the Week of Feb. 18

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 5 months ago

IMDb Editors highlight their favorite things from the week.

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Jeremy Irons, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Francis Lawrence, and Jennifer Lawrence at an event for Red Sparrow (2018)

Dressing Down of the Week

Jennifer Lawrence was in London this week promoting her new spy thriller Red Sparrow. As she stepped out for a rooftop photo shoot, some wondered why she had to freeze while her male co-stars were dressed in warm clothes on a cold day in February. In a Facebook post, the actress stated that the comments were a "distraction" from the real issues women face and that the Versace dress was her choice to wear. "This is not only utterly ridiculous, I am extremely offended," she wrote. "I was outside for five minutes. I would have stood in the snow for that dress because I love fashion, and that was my choice. This is sexist. This is ridiculous. This is not feminism." Consider that a J.Law dressing-down.

Watch the trailer for Red Sparrow here and look out for our interviews with the cast ahead of its March 2 release

Shelley Hennig

Trending Star of the Week

Prior to this past week, Shelley Hennig's highest charting on STARmeter was at No. 74 in 2014, not long after the release of Ouija. Since then, she's gone on to TV roles in "Teen Wolf" and "Liberty Crossing." But it's her latest movie role that has launched her into fan-favorite status this past week. In Netflix's When We First Met, starring Adam Devine and Alexandra Daddario, Hennig plays photographer and faithful roommate Carrie Grey. The romantic comedy, among the Top 20 of MOVIEmeter, has driven fan interest in all three of its stars.

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Jessica Chastain

Dream Casting of the Week

When the Losers' Club pledged to come back together to fight Pennywise in 27 years, It fans began dream-casting the adult versions of the clown-fighting crew, with Jessica Chastain as the top pick for Beverly. Both Chastain and director Andy Muschietti were open to the idea and this week started official talks for It: Chapter Two. They are still early in talks, but we're hoping this dream casting will become a reality. And who's next? Maybe the producers should use this fan-made poster for inspiration.

Read the news article | Browse photos from It

Heathers (2018)

Poster of the Week

The first official poster for the "Heathers" TV series dropped this week, and, aside from that unignorable blood-flavored slushie, we love that it takes the bluish hues that "Riverdale" favors into the world of pop surrealism. We're extra-curious to see if the show connects with the modern and vintage generations.

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Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong'o, and Letitia Wright in Black Panther (2018)

Box-Office Blowout of the Week

Watching Black Panther break box-office records has been almost as exciting as the film itself, and the ticket sales show no sign of stopping. Currently, Black Panther holds records for biggest Feb. opening weekend ($202,003,951), highest Monday gross ($40,151,729), highest-grossing movie by a black director (Ryan Coogler), and fifth highest-grossing opening weekend of all time, just to name a few. As the movie heads into its second weekend, we're excited to see what new records will be broken come Monday. Highest-grossing second weekend? Definitely a possibility.

Check out pictures from the Black Panther premiere | See Winston Duke on "The IMDb Show"

Storm Reid, Levi Miller, and Deric McCabe in A Wrinkle in Time (2018)

Teenager of the Week

We choked back some tears and left our fist in the air when we heard about Taylor Richardson, a teenager from Jacksonville, Fla., who crowd-sourced over $20,000 in order to send 1,000 girls to screenings of A Wrinkle in Time. "Representation matters," said the science-loving activist, and this isn't the first time she did such a good deed.

Read more about Taylor's humanitarian efforts


Apology of the Week

Enjoy a long and successful career as a recording star, get invited to sing the national anthem at the NBA All-Star game, then soak in all the accolades, right? Well, not exactly. Fergie found this out the hard way this past weekend when her jazzy rendition-slash-reinvention of "The Star-Spangled Banner" was widely panned by social media and even, if we can interpret their smirks captured on camera, the All-Star basketball players themselves. The uproar over her performance caused the singer to issue a statement the day after. "I've always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem, and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA," she explained. "I'm a risk taker artistically, but clearly this rendition didn’t strike the intended tone. I love this country and honestly tried my best."

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Jay Hernandez in Nashville (2012)

TV Reboot of the Week

Jay Hernandez is set to star in reboot pilot of "Magnum P.I." as the iconic TV sleuth, originated by Tom Selleck. Hernandez will but play Thomas Magnum, a decorated ex-Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator. No word yet if the new Magnum will have the character's signature mustache.

See more TV casting news | See more memorable and aspirational mustaches

Ralph Macchio and William Zabka in Cobra Kai (2018)

'80s Revival of the Week

Nearly 35 years after The Karate Kid had children around the world attempting the inexplicable crane kick, Daniel-san is back in the dojo for YouTube Red series "Cobra Kai." Ralph Macchio returns as Daniel LaRusso while William Zabka is back as nemesis Johnny Lawrence. Despite their not facing off since 1984, interest in the series is high. So, we’ll just have to wait until the series is released to find out if the Karate Kid is still the best around (nothing's gonna ever keep you down).

Click here to watch the teaser and more of the latest trailers

J.K. Simmons in Counterpart (2017)

Overlooked Series of the Week

Five weeks in and the mirror-universe, conspircy series "Counterpart" continues to blow us away. It's rare that a series can consistently stack mystery upon mystery without becoming frustrating, but "Counterpart" does just this. Yes, we have no idea why the dimensions have merged, what each side's intentions are, who is working for whom, and what is even at stake. But even with all of the unknowns, we have yet to feel lost and can't wait to find out more. J.K. Simmons knocks it out of the park in the dual roles of Howard Prime and Howard Silk, two versions of himself, both with distinct personalities, mannerisms, methodologies, and postures. And he does it so well that you completely forget that it's one actor playing two roles. If you are in any way a fan of sci-fi, espionage, conspiracy, or just a solid drama, check out the first five episodes. This is well worth watching.

Watch "Counterpart" executive producer Jordan Horowitz discuss the art of espionage

Jodie Whittaker in Doctor Who (2005)

Logo Reveal of the Week

We were delighted to see the new logo for the new "Doctor Who" starring Jodie Whittaker. We're all one step closer to the first female Doctor since the show began in 1963, and it looks like it's going to be a great ride!

Check out the new logo in action | See other roles Jodie Whittaker has played through the years

The Lodgers (2017)

Scary Movie of the Week

There's nothing we love move than a good, old-fashioned ghost story, and it looks like The Lodgers fits the bill. Set in a crumbling Irish estate, The Lodgers promises to be as atmospheric as it is spooky. In addition to Charlotte Vega and Bill Milner, who star as the haunted siblings, familiar faces include David Bradley and Eugene Simon from "Game of Thrones," and Moe Dunford from "Vikings" (and who also had a small part in "Game of Thrones"). The movie opens Friday, Feb. 23, in U.S. theaters.

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