Editors' Picks: Our Favorite Things From the Week of Oct. 15

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 1 month ago

IMDb Editors highlight their favorite things from the week.

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Bella Thorne in Amityville: The Awakening (2017)

Trending Star of the Week

For the fifth time in her career, Bella Thorne has charted in the Top 10 of IMDb's STARmeter, this week landing in the No. 9 spot. The actress benefited from having two of her movies release to online audiences within days of each other this month. Both of them were horror films: Netflix's The Babysitter and Amityville: The Awakening, which became available on Google Play ahead of its limited rerun in select theaters and a home video release later this month. Thorne's movie fans will have yet another horror movie to enjoy this Halloween with Keep Watching, which pairs the actress with Chandler Riggs. As for the actress' many TV followers? Well, they'll have to wait until 2018 when Thorne returns with the rest of the cast of "Famous in Love" for a second season of Freeform's romantic drama.

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Tara Strong, Scott Menville, Hynden Walch, Greg Cipes, and Khary Payton in Teen Titans (2003)

Teen Titans of the Week

We've learned a little bit more about next year's live-action "Titans," based on the beloved animated series from the 2000s. There were two major announcements: Brad Anderson, who's directed The Machinist among other well-known titles, will helm the first episode, and Ryan Potter will play the role of Beast Boy, a fan favorite from the animated series. He's the last of the Teen Titans that needed to be cast. You may not be familiar with Ryan Potter's face, but you may recognize his voice as that of the main character Hiro from Big Hero 6. We assume that filming can begin soon, and we look forward to more news about the series.

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Alden Ehrenreich at an event for Rogue One (2016)

Movie Title Announcement of the Week

The title for the standalone Han Solo movie was finally revealed this week: Solo: A Star Wars Movie. This title got us thinking ... and inspired us to be proactive and help Disney with naming future sequels. Here are a few of our recommendations: Solo Again: A Star Wars Movie, Solo Together: A Star Wars Movie, and Solo Without You: A Star Wars Movie. We'll let you ponder the possibilities while we wait for our first sneak peek at a teaser for the movie, which is set to hit theaters May 2018.

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Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, and Lupita Nyong'o in Black Panther (2018)

Kickass Movie Trailer of the Week

There is so much goodness to unpack in the first full trailer for Black Panther. And after watching it about 50 times, we’re ready to dig in. So what did we get? Everything! While the teaser trailer briefly touched on the world to come, this full trailer gave us a closer look at multiple Afro-futuristic Wakandan cities, an upgraded version of T’Challa's (Chadwick Boseman) Black Panther suit with hints of the technology it holds, and so many beautiful costumes that we’d be surprised if it weren't nominated for costume design awards come 2018. We finally get to see more of Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) as he announces his discontent, allying with Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis), and going head-to-head with T’Challa in an augmented black-and-gold panther suit of his own. There were so many other cool flashes: Shuri’s (Letitia Wright) sleek tech-lab and flying ship battles; glimpses of the spirit realm; Okoye's (Danai Gurira) kicking ass with her battle staff; and finally a look at Klawe's iconic sonic-emitter gun. We only touched on a handful of the cool things in this trailer. Check it out and see for yourself. Wakanda forever!

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Bella Thorne

Second Look at Bella Thorne of the Week

We'd love to talk with Bella Thorne, her stylist, and whoever turned this naughty newsprint-inspired dress into the actress' latest standout red-carpet look. When it comes to premieres and parties, most of Bella's peers are still stuck in the safe zone. We love that she's taking fashion risks at every turn.

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Jim Carrey and Milos Forman in Man on the Moon (1999)

Documentary Trailer of the Week

Netflix released a trailer this week for its documentary Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond – The Story of Jim Carrey & Andy Kaufman Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton. The film shows, for the first time, behind-the-scenes footage of Jim Carrey as late comedian Andy Kaufman on the set of Milos Forman’s 1999 film Man on the Moon. Carrey used method acting to become Kaufman, both on and off-set, even refusing to be called by his real name throughout the production. The documentary is produced by Her and Being John Malkovich director Spike Jonze and is directed by Chris Smith, whose seminal 1999 documentary American Movie is also worth a look.

The film will be streaming on Netflix starting Friday, Nov. 17. T'ank you veddy much.

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Acrimony (2018)

Poster of the Week

Tyler Perry and Taraji P. Henson have made a movie together, finally, and the first poster for Acrimony is a dry rosé sorbet compared to its OTT official trailer. Marvel in this fashion illustration of Henson's profile. And consider that bloody teardrop as an excellent jumping-off point for your next (or first) tattoo.

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Mario Van Peebles in Superstition (2017)

TV Series (That We Didn't Know We Needed) of the Week

A family with deep dark secrets that battles demons and other-worldly phenomenon from their funeral home in the Deep South? Count us in! Syfy's latest horror TV series, "Superstition" focuses on the Hastings family of La Rochelle, Ga., headed by patriarch Isaac Hastings (Mario Van Peebles), and the family's double duty of keeping the town's dark secrets and providing "afterlife care" for the souls of those who died from supernatural causes. We are hoping this series is as fun as the premise sounds and will be checking it out when the series debuts on Oct. 20.

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Hilary Swank

Movie Mother of the Week

Hilary Swank has signed on to star in the science fiction thriller I Am Mother. The story is based on an original concept developed by Grant Sputore and Michael Lloyd Green. Clara Rugaard plays the first of a new generation of children to be raised by a robot mother programmed to repopulate the earth following the extinction of all humankind. The bond between robot mother and human daughter is disrupted when Swank's character, drenched in blood, inexplicably arrives on the scene. Not much more is known about the movie yet, but we're already intrigued!

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Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind (1939)

Leading Lady of the Week

Michael Zam and Jaffe Cohen, the writers behind "Feud: Bette and Joan," have announced their next project: a biopic about Vivien Leigh. The script will be adapted from Hugo Vickers’ "Vivien Leigh: A Biography" and focus on her life from 1940 to 1960. No Ryan Murphy this time, however. The movie producers are Tim MacReady and Mira Vucevic, and David A. Stern.

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Nick Castle in Halloween (1978)

Birthday of the Week

On Oct. 19, 1957, horror icon and all-around-messed-up-dude Michael Myers was born, helping to launch the prolific and enduring Halloween film franchise. Over the years, we've learned more details about Michael Myers, like his disturbing childhood where he (spoiler alert) did some killing ... to his later years, where he broke out of an institution around Halloween and (spoiler alert, again) did some more killing. Oh, and not to mention all those other tidbits we got served in the subsequent reboots and sequels, like how Michael and Laurie end up resolving some unfinished family business. Here's the best news for you Michael Myers fans: There's yet another Halloween on the horizon, set to arrive in 2018. According to original director John Carpenter, this movie, the 11th in the franchise and starring Jamie Lee Curtis, will be a direct follow-up to the original. Yes, you read that right. So, now's a good a time as any to watch that very first Halloween film and get to know your favorite horror character all over again.

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Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out (2017)

Awards Nomination of the Week

Awards season has officially begun. Although we had a tease last week with the Critics' Choice Documentary Awards nominees, the Gotham Awards are our first look at the films and talent that may be serious contenders in the numerous upcoming ceremonies. Jordan Peele's horror thriller Get Out scored four nominations, including Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Actor for Daniel Kaluuya, while Lady Bird, The Florida Project, and Call Me by Your Name also earned three nods. This looks to be the start of a very eclectic awards season!

See the full list of nominations

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Steve Buscemi

Casting News of the Week

Steve Buscemi has joined the cast of "Miracle Workers," replacing Owen Wilson in the role of God. In this Lorne Michaels-produced comedy series, Daniel Radcliffe plays Craig, a low-level angel responsible for handling all of humanity’s prayers. Buscemi play's Craig’s boss, the Almighty, who has checked out to focus on his favorite hobbies. Some of Buscemi's other characters have been raspy fast-talkers with an inclination toward crime. So, it seems like the Devil may be more up his alley. This should be fun.

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Millie Bobby Brown in Stranger Things (2016)

Rewatch of the Week

With the return of "Stranger Things" just days away, now is your chance to revisit the town of Hawkins and be reminded of why the show became such a hit. For those watching for a second time, it’s great to follow the rise of Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) as the young girl’s powers increase, while the threat of the Upside Down grows ever more dangerous. For those who haven’t seen it, you’re in for a treat! What is certain is that, by the end of Season 1, we are more than ready to find out what happens next. Roll on, Oct. 27.

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Mark Ruffalo and Chris Hemsworth in Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Reviews of the Week

Thor: Ragnarok may not be out in U.S. theaters till Nov. 3, but the reviews are out, and the film has generated widespread praise. The critics are in agreement that this film is funny. Very funny. “It basically throws up its hands at its own ridiculousness and plays it all for laughs - and it gets them,” says The Guardian.

Indiewire’s headline declares: “Marvel’s funniest superhero movie is a dazzling buddy comedy.” Variety says: “Thor battles his sister and Marvel franchise fatigue alike as director Taika Waititi injects a welcome dose of self-parody into the character's standalone series.” What appears clear is that this new addition to the Marvel canon is a breath of fresh air in an increasingly crowded genre.

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