Editors' Picks: Our Favorite Things From the Week of May 6

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 8 months ago

IMDb Editors highlight their favorite things from the week.

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Evangeline Lilly

Trending Flying Insect of the Week

To be clear, we mean Evangeline Lilly, who is set to star with Paul Rudd in Ant-Man and the Wasp. With IMDb fans and much of the moviegoing public still reeling and awash with the superhero feels from Avengers: Infinity War, all eyes now turn to the next MCU chapter, where the public is hopeful to get more pieces to the Phase Three puzzle that will ultimately get resolved in 2019's Untitled Avengers Movie. This week, the perennial fan favorite who plays Hope van Dyne (The Wasp) lands at No. 13 on IMDb's STARmeter.

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Keanu Reeves, Tony Steedman, and Alex Winter in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)

Totally Excellent Sequel News of the Week

Nearly 30 years after their first excellent adventure, Bill and Ted are getting the band back together. Bill & Ted Face the Music is the long-anticipated follow-up to Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989) and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991, and will see Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter reprise their iconic roles as the time-traveling metalheads. After being told they would write a song that saves the world, life hasn’t turned out how the two members of Wyld Stallyns expected. Weighed down by middle age and the responsibilities of family, they encounter a visitor from the future who lets them know they need to write a song that will save not just the world but the whole universe. We just wish we could travel forward in time to see the movie, which is in pre-production right now. Station!

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Vladimir 'Furdo' Furdik in Game of Thrones (2011)

Spirit of the Week

In case you haven't heard, Scotch is coming. It's coming in the form of a "Game of Thrones"-themed whiskey from Johnnie Walker called (what else?) White Walker. The limited release is expected to arrive in the fall of 2018. Given the success of the Blade Runner 2049 edition of the classic spirit, you may want to stock up well in advance of the of the Season 8 premiere in 2019.

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Anne V. Coates

Tribute of the Week

Anne V. Coates, the editor behind one of the most famous cuts in movie history, died on May 8, 2018, at the age of 92. On Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Coates and director David Lean crafted the famous "match" cut in which a shot of Peter O'Toole as T.E. Lawrence blowing out a match transitions to the desert sun rising from the horizon. Coates, who won an Academy Award for her work on that movie, went on to have an extraordinary career and secured further Oscar nominations for editing Becket (1964), The Elephant Man (1980), In the Line of Fire (1993), and Out of Sight (1998), receiving an honorary Academy Award in 2017. Not one for retirement, Coates co-edited Fifty Shades of Grey (2015). Farewell to an inspirational trailblazer and extraordinary talent.

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Kyle Chandler in Friday Night Lights (2006)

Reimagining of the Week

As far as book-to-screen adaptations go, if you're Buzz Bissinger, you'd have to be very pleased. His influential sports nonfiction classic "Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream" made the leap to movie theaters in 2004 and to TV audiences in 2006. Both projects were successes among critics and viewers alike. Now comes word that Universal is in talks with director David Gordon Green to reimagine Bissinger's account of a football-obsessed Odessa, Texas, for the big screen. The movie won't be a sequel but will tackle the impact of high-school football on a small community. If it's anything like the other adaptations, we can't wait.

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Wanuri Kahiu, Samantha Mugatsia, and Sheila Munyiva at an event for Rafiki (2018)

Movie Premiere of the Week

The Kenyan film Rafiki, after being banned by the Kenyan governnent, opened in Cannes this week, garnering positive reviews and a nomination for the Queer Palme. Set in Nairobi, Rafiki tells the story of two young women from rival families who, against all odds, fall in love. As one reviewer noted, Rafiki reminds us that, despite the success of LGBT-themed movies like Love, Simon, we still live in a world where "LGBT narratives in the mainstream are not to be taken for granted."

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Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan in Outlander (2014)

Series Renewal of the Week: Part 1

With the cliffhanger ending of Season 3, we were pretty much guaranteed that "Outlander" would return for a fourth season, but STARZ went two steps farther this week by announcing that the time-jumping romance series would be getting fifth and sixth seasons, 12 episodes each, that would dive deep into Claire and Jamie's adventures in America. Sadly, we still have a long wait before we revisit the Frasers, as Season 4 is currently the middle of production with a premiere date in the far off month of November. Perhaps it's time for a rewatch.

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Sandra Oh in Killing Eve (2018)

Binge-Watch of the Week

It's been a spectacular week for TV as we play catch-up on the new BBC America series "Killing Eve" about a MI-5 security operative's hunt for an elusive female assassin. We're being intentionally vague about the details of this one because the series has so many twists, shocks, and edge-of-your-seat moments that to talk about them would ruin the roller-coaster ride. Sandra Oh is incredible as the quirky, driven, yet vulnerable agent Eve Polastri, and Jodie Comer manages to be sympathetic and absolutely terrifying as the enigmatic assassin Villanelle. The series is already five episodes into an eight-episode first season, but thankfully, it has been renewed for a second. So, more intrigue and suspense to come. Get watching!

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Us (2019)

Movie Announcement of the Week

For those of us who were getting antsy for scoop on Jordan Peele's follow-up to Get Out, this week delivered some goods. The Oscar-winner is casting his next project, Us, a "new nightmare" that looks to star Elisabeth Moss, Lupita N'yongo, and Winston Duke. Little is know about the plot at the moment aside from the fact that it will revolve around two couples: one white, one black. Universal released this teaser poster and set a release date of March 15, 2019. So, brace for more news as the production date draws near.

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Rick and Morty (2013)

Series Renewal of the Week: Part 2

While last year's Szechuan-sauce riots made it a bit challenging to be a "Rick and Morty" fan, the show delivered its best season yet before heading into an unknown future. Well, now anyone with Interdimensional Cable can anticipate 70 (!) more episodes ... though exactly when the next season will air remains unknown. But that's something we've come to expect from this particular multiverse.

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