Editors' Picks: Our Favorite Things From the Week of March 11

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 8 months ago

IMDb Editors highlight their favorite things from the week.

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Laura Dern at an event for Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017)

"Pew-Pew" of the Week

This past week, advance Blu-ray releases of Star Wars: The Last Jedi were made available to select press, who poured over the director's commentary from Rian Johnson. Among the best nuggets shared by Johnson is one that confirms a Laura Dern story that made the late-night rounds late last year — that during scenes where Dern's Vice Admiral Holdo had to shoot a gun, she kept saying, "Pew-pew!" Johnson explains in his director's commentary: "You can see Laura Dern say, 'Pew,' when she fires the gun, which she could never not do every time she shot it." All this, just in case you needed more reasons to love Laura Dern.

Watch our SXSW interview with Rian Johnson

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Kristen Stewart

Casting of the Week

We were intrigued by the news that Kristen Stewart will star in Against All Enemies, the independent political thriller directed by Benedict Andrews. Stewart will portray legendary actress Jean Seberg, best known for her iconic role in Jean-Luc Godard's French New Wave classic Breathless. The film centers on attempts by the FBI to discredit the actress in retaliation for her support of the Black Panther party. Jack O’Connell stars as an FBI agent assigned to surveil the actress, and Anthony Mackie will play a civil rights activist.

See more casting news

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Jude Law and Jonathan Saint-James in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)

Fantastic Trailer of the Week

The first trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald dropped this past week, and it looks exciting and darker than Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The trailer hit all the beats: We got our first look at young Dumbledore (Jude Law) in action, a glimpse of Newt's old Hogwarts companion Leta Lestrange (Zoë Kravitz), as well as the reassurance that fan favorites would be returning. This time, the foe truly looks formidable, as the return of Grindelwald, the second most dangerous Dark Wizard of all time, threatens both the Wizarding and Muggle Worlds. We can't wait to see how the past begins to set the stage for the events of Harry Potter.

Watch the first trailer

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This Is Us (2016)

Season Finale of the Week

Unsurprisingly, the season finale of "This Is Us" left us emotionally exhausted. When we weren't crying over the fact that dad Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) wouldn't be able to walk Kate (Chrissy Metz) down the aisle or laughing at Pearson brother wedding-planning shenanigans, we were crying over the moving wedding speeches, an impossible father-daughter dance, and Randall's (Sterling K. Brown) stoic-yet-gutted sad face. The finale even peppered in glimpses of the near and far-flung future, which left us with a slew of questions about new relationships to come, the possibilities of others falling apart, and maybe even more heart-wrenching tragedies ahead. But in the wait until Season 3, we're just going to think happy thoughts and focus on "Ka-toby" forever.

See what's on "This Is Us" Star Chris Sullivan's Watchlist

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Alexis Bledel in The Handmaid's Tale (2017)

Unperson of the Week

Hulu has been successful in keeping the events of the second season of "The Handmaid's Tale" under wraps, though this glimpse of Emily/Ofglen (Alexis Bledel) gives us an indication of the hellish life that awaits anyone who is sent to the Colonies in the streaming network's Emmy-winning series. Wondering what Emily, our favorite "Gender Traitor," has in store for Season 2 is the character arc we're the most interested in because her fate has already proven to be so different from what transpires in the novel. Plus we love every aspect of the second coming of Bledel.

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Lennie James and Maggie Grace in Fear the Walking Dead (2015)

Revealing Photos of the Week

There have been a lot of questions about Morgan's crossover from "The Walking Dead" to "Fear the Walking Dead," and we finally have some clues with the latest release of still photos from Season 4. Exhibit A: Morgan is carrying his wooden staff. Exhibit B: Morgan appears to be in Texas. We think it's pretty clear that "FTWD" is taking a time-jump up to the present day of "The Walking Dead." And Morgan will be heading out on his own after All Out War is over. We were also introduced to Garrett Dillahunt, Jenna Elfman, and Maggie Grace's new characters. This photo with James and Grace is giving us a Mad Max: Fury Road vibe. So, we are officially curious to see where the action takes us in the next season.

See more photos of the upcoming season

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Frances McDormand at an event for The Oscars (2018)

Trending Star of the Week

It should come as no surprise that nearly all of the names that appear in this past week's top 10 of STARmeter were celebrities connected to Oscar-nominated movies. And it shouldn't shock you to see Frances McDormand at the top of the heap, charting at No. 1 for the first time in her career. Her Oscar-winning performance as the morally complicated Mildred in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri struck a nerve with both critics and the general public. And McDormand herself has been a movement leader among her fellow actors all awards season long.

Look back at IMDb's coverage of the Oscars

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Sharon Stone in All I Wish (2017)

Rom-Com of the Week

We've always had a soft spot for Sharon Stone. Hot off her success in Mosaic comes the release of All I Wish (original title: A Little Something for Your Birthday), a romantic comedy also starring Tony Goldwyn, Ellen Burstyn, and Famke Janssen. It was Stone's interview in Vanity Fair that really caught our attention. In it, she shared that she was originally approached to play the mother of the 25-year-old protagonist. While she loved the story, she felt it didn't resonate with a younger character. So, she pitched herself as the daughter dealing with, among other things, her aging mother (played by Burstyn). By upending the expectations of who's the central character in a romantic comedy, she's also chipping away at the rules for "women of a certain age" in Hollywood. All I Wish opens in U.S. theaters on March 30.

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Krysten Ritter in Jessica Jones (2015)

Action Hero of the Week

We've been binge-watching "Jessica Jones" since it premiered on Netflix on March 8, and we enjoyed it so much we're already waiting for Season 3. Krysten Ritter is back, breathing life into the troubled heroine, as are Rachael Taylor (Trish), Eka Darville (Malcolm), and Carrie-Anne Moss. Joining this season is Janet McTeer, who blew us away playing opposite Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs. To say anything else would require a spoiler alert. If you're looking for something to binge-watch this weekend, "Jessica Jones" may be exactly what you're looking for.

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