Editors' Picks: Week of July 12, 2019

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 1 week ago

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Yifei Liu in Mulan (2020)

Trailer of the Week

This week, we were finally given our first look at the live-action adaptation of Mulan ... and what a first look! The live-action remake of the 1998 animated feature looks like a dazzling combination of classic Chinese lore and breathtaking action. The trailer generated 175.1M online views in its first 24 hours, beating all of Disney's previous live-action adaptations with the exception of The Lion King, which hit 224M when it debuted last November. The Mulan teaser now ranks as the seventh biggest trailer launch of all time. We can't wait for its release on March 27, 2020.

Watch the teaser trailer

Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer in Stranger Things (2016)

TV Podcast of the Week

So you’ve binge-watched "Stranger Things" and can't get Hawkins out of your head? Well there’s a podcast for that! Netflix's spoilerific series companion, "Behind The Scenes: Stranger Things 3” kicked off on July 11 with host Dan Taberski ("Missing Richard Simmons"), and will dive deep into how Season 3 went from script to screen with interviews from the creators, cast, and crew. We’ve already subscribed!

Check out our burning "Stranger Things" questions

Beyoncé at an event for The Lion King (2019)

Album Announcement of the Week

In classic Beyoncé fashion, Queen Bey dropped the news of her upcoming album, "The Lion King: The Gift" and its first single, "Spirit" as she walked the red carpet during The Lion King world premiere. The upcoming album will feature global recording artists and be produced and curated by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. How long will we have to wait? The album drops on July 19.

Watch our shot-for-shot trailer comparison for The Lion King

Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer in Friends (1994)

Sad Streaming News of the Week

Guys, the moment we've all been fearing is finally coming: "Friends" is leaving Netflix. WarnerMedia announced this week that their Netflix/Hulu/Prime Video/Disney+ competitor will be named HBO Max, and revealed that our favorite show to rewatch a million times will be airing exclusively on the service when it launches in 2020. As much as we love the show, we also love our wallets, so we're still TBD on if we'll pay for yet another streaming service. In the meantime, we'll be watching the series on Netflix while we still can.

See which A-listers were almost cast as our favorite group of friends

Halle Bailey at an event for The Lion King (2019)

Disney Casting News of the Week

Disney announced last week that Halle Bailey from the R&B duo Chloe x Halle will be playing Ariel in the live action remake of The Little Mermaid. Halle joins a cast rumored to include Melissa McCarthy as Ursula and Awkwafina as Scuttle, the seagull. Add to that new songs by "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, and we’ll be holding our breath for the release date. We can’t wait to go back under the sea and celebrate this landmark musical!

Samuel L. Jackson at an event for Captain Marvel (2019)

Horror Casting News of the Week

Chris Rock has made some very interesting film choices over the years, but the most surprising of all came when we learned that he was developing the latest installment of the Saw franchise. This week brought news that Samuel L. Jackson would be joining the project, along with Max Minghella ("The Handmaid's Tale") and Marisol Nichols ("Riverdale"). Rock is playing a detective, while Jackson has been cast as his father. Returning to the franchise is director Darren Lynn Bousman, who notably gave the series its nastier edge in three of the sequels. A request from the editors at IMDb: A little humor, please!

The Lord of the Rings

"The Lord of the Rings" Update of the Week

Finally some big news about the upcoming "The Lord of the Rings" series! J.A. Bayona has been tapped to direct and executive produce the series for Amazon Studios. Bayona's most visible work was helming the certified blockbuster Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. But many of us know his work from his devastating debut, The Orphanage, the 2007 horror thriller produced by Guillermo del Toro.

Patrick Stewart in Star Trek: Picard (2019)

24th Century Poster of the Week

Jean-Luc Picard is back, and he brought a dog! While we trekkies have been eager for any scrap of news about "Star Trek: Picard," we weren’t expecting this. The internet was instantly enamored with Picard’s new canine companion. We all can’t wait to see the adventures of this good boy at the end of the 24th century. Until then, we'll pass the time rewatching all seven seasons of Patrick Stewart’s legendary turn as the captain of the Enterprise in “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”

Rip Torn in Happy Tears (2009)

Real-Life Farewell of the Week

When we were young, we felt so cool when we realized that Rip Torn's first and last names were synonyms, but as we grew older, watching him work in films such as Payday and Cross Creek — as well as his work on the stage — we felt blessed to bare witness to a tempestuous performer who often felt like a Tennessee Williams character come to life. Rest in peace, Rip.

Watch Rip in The Man Who Fell to Earth for free on IMDb TV

Angelica Ross in Pose (2018)

Fictional Farewell of the Week

We needed more than a moment to collect ourselves after this week's episode of "Pose," in which we said goodbye to the acerbic and unforgettable Candy Ferocity. With a chilling connection to the real events happening in Texas, where murders and attacks on black transgender women have shaken LGBTQ communities, "Never Knew Love Like This Before" might just be the most resonant episode of any 2019 TV series to date. Angelica Ross, who portrayed Candy, will next be seen in "King Ester," a web series about a transgender woman struggling to find her path in New Orleans right before Hurricane Katrina hits.

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