Editors' Picks: Our Favorite Things From the Week of Nov. 5

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 7 months ago

IMDb Editors highlight their favorite things from the week.

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Dacre Montgomery

Trending Star of the Week

Two weeks after the release of Season 2, "Stranger Things" is the most popular title on IMDb, besting the likes of Thor: Ragnarok in user interest. In fact, eight "Stranger Things" cast members occupy spots in the Top 10 of this week's STARmeter chart. In the No. 1 spot, for the first time in his career, is Dacre Montgomery, who plays newcomer Billy Hargrove. Prior to "Stranger Things," Montgomery peaked at No. 22 on STARmeter earlier this spring because of interest in his role as Jason the Red Ranger in Power Rangers. So, this Ranger is no stranger to IMDb fans. Next up for Montgomery? A role in The True History of the Kelly Gang, starring fellow IMDb fan favorite Travis Fimmel.

Get to know Dacre Montgomery | "Stranger Things" Season 2 references and easter eggs

Jodie Whittaker in Doctor Who (2005)

First Look of the Week

The Doctor is in! As Jodie Whittaker begins filming "Doctor Who" as the 13th Time Lord and first female in the role, the first official photo representing how she will appear has been released. When the casting was first announced, the actress was seen in a dark hood and long grey coat, but that will not be part of her official outfit. Whittaker, known previously for her role in crime drama "Broadchurch" and opposite John Boyega in Attack the Block, takes over from Peter Capaldi and will make her debut on screen when the Doctor regenerates in this year’s Christmas special.

See more photos of Jodie Whittaker through the years

Ashley Walters in Top Boy (2011)

Revival of the Week

Drake has joined forces with Netflix to revive "Top Boy," the British crime drama that ended in 2013 after two seasons. The third season will pick up as Dushane, played by star of the original series Ashley Walters, returns from exile to his home in London to reclaim his throne in the lucrative local drug market. Netflix, which holds worldwide rights to the first two seasons, will premiere the new episodes in 2019 as a Netflix original.

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Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams in All the Money in the World (2017)

Recasting of the Week

You could hear jaws drop and pop all throughout the movie industry this week when Sony announced that Ridley Scott and the cast and crew of his upcoming crime drama All the Money in the World made the decision to edit out Kevin Spacey from the picture and reshoot his scenes with Christopher Plummer, who assumes the role of J. Paul Getty. It's a gutsy and honorable move on Scott's part, especially because insiders had already been tracking the breakneck speed with which Scott was filming, editing, and completing the film for its Dec. 22 rollout. Bonus points for Scott's announcement that he fully intends to stick to the release date.

See our gallery on roles recast between seasons and sequels

Garth Ennis at an event for Preacher (2016)

Upcoming Superhero TV Show Announcement of the Week

If you're looking for another gritty antihero drama (a la "The Punisher" and "Preacher") to add to your Watchlist, then we’ve got good news for you. Amazon Studios has given the green light to the live-action adaptation of Garth Ennis’ ("Preacher," "Constantine") ultraviolent superhero comic "The Boys," with "Supernatural" showrunner Eric Kripke heading the series. "The Boys" focuses on a group of vigilantes tasked with monitoring and taking down the growing number of fame-corrupted superheroes who exist in the world. As the original comic-book series was dropped from its first publisher because of its extreme content, we are interested to see how much of the source material makes it to the screen. We’re keeping close watch on this one!

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Mary J. Blige

Missed Opportunity for Headline Wordplay of the Week

The news dropped this week that FOX is teaming up with Mary J. Blige to develop "8 Count," a music-fueled drama inspired by the life of famed choreographer Laurieann Gibson. While we are excited to see Blige stepping into a producer role, we were a bit bummed that news outlets didn't seize the opportunity to play off of Blige's hit song and report "More Drama for Mary J. Blige." Oh, well. We had a good chuckle about it, anyway.

Read the full story about "8 Count"

Sea Oak (2017)

Return of the Dead of the Week

Glenn Close stars in "Sea Oak," an Amazon series pilot about an older woman who dies tragically in a home invasion, only to come back from the dead full of rage and venom, determined to reclaim the life she never had. The series is basied on a short story by George Saunders, who also wrote the screenplay. The pilot premieres Nov. 10 on Amazon Prime. As part of Amazon's "pilot season," viewers can vote on one of three new series to determine whether a full season will be developed. This one's definitely on our Watchlist.

Discover more Amazon Original series | Find more horror-themed TV shows | Check out this week's list of popular TV shows to add to your Watchlist

Mass Effect (2007)

Video Game Holiday of the Week

If you're big fans of the "Mass Effect" video game series as we are, then Nov. 7 or N7 Day (the annual celebration of EA's space opera) holds a very special place in your heart. Maybe you celebrated by dusting off your well-worn copy of "Mass Effect 2," donning your red, white, and black N7 gear, or reminiscing about that time Commander Shepard threw that house party on the Citadel and Grunt passed out in the bathroom. Fun times ... . We still can't believe this year marks the 10th anniversary of the "Mass Effect" franchise, and we are eagerly looking forward for at least 10 more.

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James Corden, Caleb McLaughlin, Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp, and Gaten Matarazzo in The Late Late Show with James Corden (2015)

Motown Supergroup of the Week

The stars of "Stranger Things" continue to delight audiences wherever they go. And this week, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarrazo, Caleb McLaughlin, and Noah Schnapp paid a visit to James Corden on "The Late Late Show" to show off their musical chops. The foursome starred in a faux documentary about a Motown-like group called The Upside-Downs before hitting the stage to sing a medley of classics.

Learn more about the "Stranger Things" kids

Sissy Spacek and Shelley Duvall in 3 Women (1977)

Retrospective of the Week

AFI FEST kicked off this week. In addition to its star-studded lineup, the festival is presenting an inaugural retrospective spotlighting the work of legendary filmmaker Robert Altman. We were so inspired looking back at the classic films, we created an extensive gallery of the films selected for the retrospective. Our favorite was this one from 3 Women, starring Sissy Spacek and Shelley Duvall.

Browse more photos from the Robert Altman Retrospective | Visit our AFI FEST section

Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon's Reesiest Moves of the Week

First it was announced that Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston's planned morning-news drama earned a straight-to-series order from Apple. Then, Reese exited the Fox Searchlight project Pale Blue Dot in order to clear the way for production to begin on Season 2 of "Big Little Lies." Let's face it: Out of all the roles she could play at this point in her career, aren't you jonesing for more verbal barbs and unhinged behavior from Madeline Martha Mackenzie?

Read more about the Witherspoon/Aniston series | Get the latest news on "Big Little Lies" Season 2

Cate Blanchett in Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Supervillain of the Week

Thor: Ragnarok is still riding high in MOVIEmeter this week after a bold opening weekend. This is good news for anyone who loves a charismatic female supervillain. Hela, portrayed by Cate Blanchett, is the first female supervillain in the Marvel cinematic universe. Blanchett went back to the comics to get a feel for Hela's motivations, bringing a depth and integrity to the character that's a joy to watch.

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