Editors' Picks: Our Favorite Things From the Week of Jan. 14

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 4 months ago

IMDb Editors highlight their favorite things from the week.

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Ryan Gosling at an event for The Believer (2001)

Flashback of the Week

As the indie film community descends on the Sundance Film Festival, we were reminded of the stars that headed to Park City, Utah, early in their careers. Before Ryan Reynolds was Deadpool and Ryan Gosling became the king of La La Land, they were in Park City going largely unrecognized. There are no new Ryans here this year (that we know of), but there'll be plenty of stars coming through the IMDb Studio talking to host Kevin Smith from Jan. 19 to 22. Make sure to check it out in our Guide to Sundance.

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Jessica Barden and Alex Lawther in The End of the F***ing World (2017)

Trending Show of the Week

Since launching internationally to Netflix streaming audiences earlier this month, "The End of the F***ing World" has gathered significant critical and popular momentum. The British dark comedy series, which actually premiered this fall in the U.K. on broadcast, is a riotous adaptation of the Charles S. Forman comic book of the same name. The show's rebellious storylines and sharp teenage characters have struck a nerve, especially on IMDb, where fans have made the series the third-most-popular title on the site. Naturally, the show's two leading actors find themselves at the top of this week's STARmeter: Alex Lawther, who plays 17-year-old James, charts at No. 4 while Jessica Barden, the talented actress who stars as Alyssa, finds herself at the No. 1 spot for the first time in her career.

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Tim Robbins and Holly Hunter in Here and Now (2018)

TV Trailer of the Week

As huge fans of "True Blood" and "Six Feet Under," we were excited to see the new trailer for Alan Ball's highly anticipated HBO series "Here and Now." Tim Robbins and Holly Hunter star in this contemporary comedic drama about a multi-racial family composed of three adopted children from Somalia, Vietnam, and Colombia, and one biological child dealing with the struggles of modern America. When one of the children begins to see things that others cannot, the family is tested. Are they just crazy or could there be a supernatural element happening? As we know with Alan Ball, anything is possible. We won't have to wait too long to find out: The series premieres on HBO on Feb. 11.

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Party of Five (1994)

TV Reboot News of the Week

Freeform has a given pilot order for a reboot of "Party of Five" from the original creators, Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman. The original award-winning series followed five siblings who were orphaned after their parents died in a car accident. But the new version will have a timely twist. The reboot will follow five Buendias siblings who struggle to survive after their parents are unexpectedly deported to Mexico. Filmmaker Rodrigo Garcia has signed on to direct. We will be curious to see if there will be any crossover with the Salingers.

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Sarah Chalke and Alicia Goranson in Roseanne (1988)

Beckys of the Week

In advance of the show's anticipated return to the airwaves, "Roseanne" has provided increasingly more substantial peeks into what's to come from the Conner clan circa 2018. This past week, fans got to pore over some new stills from upcoming episodes. Among them is this tantalizing encounter between Alicia Goranson and Sarah Chalke, both of whom played Becky during the show's initial run. Goranson will return to play Becky while producers have found a new role for Chalke: She'll play a married woman who hires Becky as her surrogate — which is one heck of a way to keep both actresses in vital roles while acknowledging and honoring the show's past.

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Antony Starr

Superhero Show Announcement of the Week

Amazon Studios doubles down on superhero series with "The Boys." Tapping Seth Rogen, who's also working in "Future Man" for Hulu, Amazon is looking to build on the success of "The Tick," which was recently renewed. "The Boys," which will star the likes of Antony Starr, Dominique McElligott, and Chace Crawford, strikes an antihero theme: The story follows a group of vigilantes who take it upon themselves to keep superheroes in check and promise to be something different.

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American Crime Story (2016)

True-Crime TV Premiere of the Week

"American Crime Story" creator Ryan Murphy unveiled the second installment of his anthology series this week, this time focusing on the murder of Gianni Versace by serial killer Andrew Cunanan. The show traces the cross-country manhunt to find Cunanan and features strong performances from Darren Criss as Cunanan, Penélope Cruz as Donatella Versace, and Edgar Ramirez as Gianni. Also keep an eye out for pop-music superstar Ricky Martin in a career crossover role as Versace's partner Antonio D'Amico.

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Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow at an event for Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997)

Businesswoman Special of the Week

We love living in a TV world where both Romy and Michelle are becoming a thing again, albeit on separate shows. But still ... no longer subjected to Harvey Weinstein's alleged blacklist, Mira Sorvino has been cast in Season 3 of "StartUp," the crime-thriller series that airs on Crackle. The Oscar winner will co-star as an NSA agent who wants an unconventional relationship with the ArakNet crew. Sorvino will also star in "Condor," a TV take on the Sydney Pollack movie that will air this summer. Meanwhile, Lisa Kudrow brings some pink-sweatsuit comfort and joy to Season 4 of "Grace and Frankie," but more on that later. We just hope the actresses go out for the businesswoman special and celebrate together.

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J.J. Abrams

Exciting New Drama Series Announcement of the Week

J.J. Abrams is creating a new series! Although he's been consistently producing shows (like "Westworld" and "Castle Rock"), he hasn't served as writer/creator since "Fringe." This new untitled series looks to be sticking to Abrams' sci-fi roots as the story revolves around a world’s battle against a monstrous, oppressive force. As huge "Alias," "Lost," and "Fringe" fans, we look forward to his return.

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Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in Grace and Frankie (2015)

Season Premiere of the Week

Over three seasons, "Grace and Frankie" has become one of our favorite TV shows for its gentle — but by no means demure — look at a uniquely blended family. The Hanson and Bernstein clans welcome a new member in Season 4, though the main focus is on the increasingly intimate friendship and business partnership between Grace (Jane Fonda) and Frankie (Lily Tomlin). Lisa Kudrow appears early in the season as a potential wrinkle-causer. But you, like us, will probably root for her character to return next season. And we haven't seen a TV comedy since "AbFab" that liberally douses each episode with booze and pharmaceuticals — another reason the show is one of our faves.

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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014)

Documentary TV Series Renewal of the Week

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will be continuing his exploration of space and time in the long-awaited second season of "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey." We're not too surprised as the 2014 season was internationally the most-watched series ever on National Geographic Channels. We'll have to wait until 2019 for our minds to be expanded, but that will give us time for a well-deserved rewatch. Season 2 will air on FOX and the National Geographic Channel.

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Joaquin Phoenix and Jonah Hill in Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018)

Movie Trailer of the Week

This week, we got our first look at Joaquin Phoenix in Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot. It's yet another shape-shifting role from Phoenix. The true story centers on John Callahan, who was paralyzed after a car accident and turned to drawing as a form of therapy. The movie, from Gus Van Sant, premieres at Sundance Film Festival and is already generating strong buzz with a supporting cast that includes Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, and Jack Black. We can’t wait to see it.

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Andrea Riseborough in Black Mirror (2011)

Our New Favorite Actress of the Week

Even if you don't know her name, you might recognize her after her performance in an episode of "Black Mirror" captured fans' attention. And you'll likely see more of British actress Andrea Riseborough. She's not only already appeared in notable films such as Birdman, Oblivion, and Battle of the Sexes. She's also appearing in the upcoming series "Waco" and four films that will be showing at Sundance 2018: the first movie she's produced, Nancy, the Nicolas Cage feature Mandy, The Death of Stalin, and Burden.

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Kathryn Newton, Clark Backo, and Yadira Guevara-Prip in Wayward Sisters (2018)

Backdoor Pilot of the Week

As fans of the long-running series "Supernatural," we were delighted by the backdoor pilot for "Wayward Sisters." When Dean and Sam don't return from a hunting trip, Sheriff Jody Mills, her surrogate daughters Claire and Alex, Sheriff Donna Hanscum, and friends Patience and Kaia band together to save our favorite demon hunters.

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