Editors' Picks: Our Favorite Things From the Week of Oct. 8

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 8 months ago

IMDb Editors highlight their favorite things from the week.

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Ana de Armas

Trending Star of the Week

Although Blade Runner 2049 hasn't proven a box-office juggernaut, the movie has been a source of fascination for IMDb fans, who have made one its stars, Ana de Armas, No. 1 on STARmeter this past week. The actress is no stranger to IMDb users. Earlier this spring, she landed in the Top 10 when the movie's first trailer was released. And in prior years, she's also landed in the Top 10 for War Dogs (2016) and Anabel (2015). Blade Runner 2049 isn't the only movie you'll catch her in this year. She also stars in the recently released Overdrive, alongside another IMDb fan favorite, Scott Eastwood.

Watch the Blade Runner 2049 trailer with director's commentary

Billie Jean King and Emma Stone at an event for Battle of the Sexes (2017)

Favorite Photo of the Week

The BFI London Film Festival was in full swing this week, with star-studded premieres every night. Out of the many photos, one of our favorites is this shot of Emma Stone with tennis icon Billie Jean King, at the Battle of the Sexes premiere.

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Joonas Suotamo in Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

Trailer of the Week

Star Wars fans across the globe finally got what they've long been waiting for this past Monday when Lucasfilm delivered a full trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi during halftime of Monday Night Football. The trailer, which served up some vital glimpses of new critters (like this Porg) and scenes involving characters we love and need to know more about, also left some larger questions unresolved. We can't wait for the movie's December release.

What we learned from the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer

Mark Ruffalo in Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Hulk Tidbit of the Week

While Thor: Ragnarok has superhero fans buzzing, some of us are wondering why we haven’t seen a new standalone movie for the fan favorite, scene-stealing green guy. Well, similar to how Marvel doesn’t currently hold the rights for the X-Men characters, which is owned by Fox, or for the Spider-Man character, which is owned by Sony, Marvel doesn’t own the rights for a standalone Hulk movie. Universal owns the character. So, Bruce Banner and his alter ego aren’t going to get their own movie, no matter how much Mark Ruffalo and the fans want one. However, in a recent interview, Mark revealed that we would be getting a Hulk trilogy, of sorts. Buried within Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers 4 will be a new story arc for the Hulk. How Marvel creative honchos are going to cram that into everything else that’s going on (especially in Infinity War), we have no idea. But we’re eager to find out.

Find out everything we learned at Comic-Con about the upcoming Marvel movies

Castle Rock (2018)

Horror TV Series of the Week

With Stephen King seemingly at the center of the horror entertainment universe these days, it's perhaps not surprising that a new show featuring his fictional town of "Castle Rock" and drawing from his vast collection of stories is in the works. What is surprising is how excited we are about the show after seeing the teaser that dropped at New York Comic Con last weekend. The cast includes horror heavyweights Sissy Spacek (who was magnificent in Carrie) and Bill Skarsgård (who is scaring everyone with his turn as Pennywise), as well as other well-known actors such as Scott Glenn and André Holland. There's no release date yet, but it sounds like Halloween may be coming early next year.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

Poster of the Week

We took a break from replaying The Last Jedi trailer to enjoy this superstylish poster that will be given away at select IMAX screenings at AMC theaters as the movie is released. The sight of Luke observing Rey as she gets some lightsaber practice in on Ahch-To is a bit reminiscent of the kind of mural you'd see spraypainted on a van in the 1970s. We cannot offer a higher compliment than that.

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Kedi (2016)

Award Nomination of the Week

The awards season officially kicked off this week with the announcement of the Critics' Choice Documentary Awards. The standout film was Ceyda Torun's Kedi, a profile of Istanbul as seen through the eyes of the city's stray cats. Kedi earned five nominations, including Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary going to the Cats of Istanbul. It will be interesting to see if this film will be the documentary to beat this season.

See the full list of Critics' Choice Documentary Awards Nominees

Kevin Smith and Angela Robinson

Interview of the Week

We certainly enjoyed getting to hear from Angela Robinson when she talked to Kevin Smith on IMDb LIVE at New York Comic Con this past week. The director revealed some enticing and eye-opening details about the Wonder Woman origin story, which forms the basis of her latest project, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women. Robinson was generous in sharing some serious comic-book knowledge, including a breakdown of the genesis of Wonder Woman's now-iconic clothing and accessories.

Watch our interview with Angela Robinson

Taika Waititi at an event for Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Akira Buzz of the Week

While Taika Waititi is riding high on the excitement around Thor: Ragnarok, there’s a new buzz building: His name has been potentially attached to a new Akira movie. While Taika has not officially signed on for the movie, he has discussed his vision for the movie, noting that instead of trying to do a live-action remake of the popular 1988 anime movie, he would craft his own take on the original graphic novels. Taika also addressed the recent “whitewashing” controversy around anime adaptations like Ghost in the Shell and Death Note, which cast white actors in lead roles instead of Asian actors. Taika confirmed that his preference would be to cast Asian leads and would like to find some untapped talent. We wonder if he already has anyone in mind. While Taika is still not taken the directing role, he’s obviously spent a lot of time thinking about it.

Check out photos of the Thor: Ragnarok premiere

Rami Malek in Mr. Robot (2015)

Series Return of the Week

Our favorite unreliable narrator Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek) returned this week for Season 3 of "Mr. Robot." We did a much needed series rewatch to get back up to speed on the Dark Army, E Corp's sinister machinations, fsociety's breakdown, and Elliot's ever-unraveling mind. We're pretty sure we know what's going on, although, as seen in both seasons so far, what is shown on the screen (or in Elliot's head) is not necessarily what's actually going on. Season 3 drops us back into the rabbit hole, and we can't wait to fall deeper.

See more "Mr. Robot" Season 3 photos

Michelle Pfeiffer in Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

Widow of the Week

Michelle Pfeiffer has returned after a four-year hiatus with a run of 2017 performances that have put her back in the limelight. She received an Emmy nomination for her performance as Ruth Madoff in "The Wizard of Lies" and is getting Oscar buzz for her turn as Woman in mother! Up next is Murder on the Orient Express, where she plays the widow Mrs. Hubbard.

And if that weren't enough, we're already looking forward to 2018, when Pfeiffer returns to the world of superheroes, this time as Janet van Dyne, the original Wasp, in Ant-Man and the Wasp. We can't wait to see what else she has in store for us.

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Amazing Stories (1985)

Series Reboot of the Week

If you were struck with nostalgia upon seeing this photo (or could even identify it), then you'd be excited to know that a reboot of Steven Spielberg's fantastical anthology series "Amazing Stories" is considered as Apple's first original programming series. Speculative anthology series have been coming back into fashion recently with the popular future-looking "Black Mirror" on Netflix and "Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams" on Amazon. And if the new "Amazing Stories" is anything like its predecessor, it will be a perfect fit among the current anthology series lineup.

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Michael Keaton in Beetlejuice (1988)

Back from the Dead (Again!) Sequel of the Week

The ghost with the most is back on track, babe. The long-gestating follow-up to director Tim Burton’s ‘80s masterpiece Beetlejuice has been an on-again-off-again affair since the project was first announced in the early '90s. The sequel caught some serious steam in 2015 when Dark Shadows and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter scribe Seth Grahame-Smith announced that a script had been written and production was set to begin. This week, Warner Bros. announced that Mike Vukadinovich, who wrote this year’s Sundance hit Rememory, has been hired to rewrite the script. Burton and stars Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder are all attached to return, though no word yet on when cameras will roll.

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