Editors' Picks: Week of Nov. 8, 2019

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 3 days ago

Read the IMDb editors' takes on their favorite stories from the week.

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James Dean in East of Eden (1955)

Digital Casting of the Week

James Dean has been cast in a new movie, Finding Jack, 64 years after his death. Yes, you read that right. The actor will be digitally recreated through a mixture of CG and performance capture, similar to the effect used to create a young Will Smith in Gemini Man. While the performance has reportedly been approved by Dean's family, this raises many new questions about the future of stars in Hollywood as this technology continues to evolve. In 1997 the late Fred Astaire was selling vacuums, in 2016 Peter Cushing was back on the Death Star, and now James Dean is starring in a new war movie. Who will be next?

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Rami Malek and Carly Chaikin in Mr. Robot (2015)

Outstanding Episode of the Week

There were only two lines of dialogue in Sunday’s "405 Method Not Allowed." The remainder of the hour was a mix of unspoken communication that was so organic that I didn’t realize the episode had been dialogue free until long after it ended. This isn't the first time Sam Esmail has played with episode format on "Mr. Robot," with standouts including the single take “eps3.4_runtime-err0r.r00,” to the 15 minute 90s sitcom intro of "eps2.4_m4ster-s1ave.aes." Hopefully it won't be his last.

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Elisabeth Moss in The Invisible Man (2020)

Not-Quite-a-Cinematic-Universe Trailer of the Week

Remember the Dark Universe? You know, Universal's grand plans for a shared cinematic universe that included Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, and others? Well, 2017's The Mummy pretty much killed that plan, but Universal is still moving forward to reboot its franchise characters, starting with The Invisible Man. This week's fresh teaser reminded us how much filmmakers seem to love making Elisabeth Moss suffer, this time as a victim of stalking, abuse, and gaslighting from her now-invisible boyfriend. Despite the fact that the trailer appears to reveal way too much of the film, there is reason to believe we haven't seen it all, as The Invisible Man is a Blumhouse production directed by frequent James Wan collaborator Leigh Whannell (Upgrade, Saw).

Watch the first trailer for The Invisible Man

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Laz Alonso, Karl Urban, and Tomer Capon in The Boys (2019)

Production Wrap of the Week

Fans of "The Boys" have reason to get excited, as Karl Urban revealed this week that Season 2 of the irreverent hit has wrapped production and is targeting a mid-2020 release. One thing we're particularly looking forward to in the upcoming season: Patton Oswalt (in an undisclosed role)! You gotta love Amazon Studios' quick trigger here, green-lighting the second season one week after the first season's premiere, thereby ensuring a prompt continuation to the series.

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Mary-Louise Parker, Justin Kirk, Kevin Nealon, Romany Malco, Andy Milder, and Maulik Pancholy in Weeds (2005)

Rebudding of the Week

"Weeds" is set to grow something new at Starz, joining the short list of revival series that have a compelling reason to return to the air (also see: "The Boondocks"). In the case of the paranoia-inducing Showtime series that Mary Louise Parker starred in for eight increasingly bonkers seasons, we're curious to see how the Botwin clan (or cult, amiright?) reassembles in the era of legal weed. Aside from setting up an underground dispensary with hard to find strains, we're unsure how to reintroduce the fun and danger of the marijuana trade, but we are more than assured that Nancy Botwin will bring the risky business with a mostly empty iced coffee in hand.

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Eddie Redmayne in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)

'Fantastic' Writer of the Week

Following mixed reactions to the J.K. Rowling penned Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the Harry Potter prequel series has found a new writer. Steve Kloves will be returning to the Wizarding World as Rowling's co-writer after having previously scripted seven of the eight Potter films. We're hoping this change up can help bring back the, well, magic. Expecto box office!

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James McAvoy in His Dark Materials (2019)

Surprise Adaptation of the Week

"His Dark Materials" is off to an enchanting start with a mature and faithful take on the source material. In one episode, the series has shown that it is sticking closer to the original books than the film adaptation, The Golden Compass. But the BBC/HBO show has a secret advantage over the movie: Philip Pullman has published two new books in the series since it was last adapted for the screen. While the show is not fulling tackling "The Book of Dust," it was rewarding for longtime fans to see the opening scene of the flood, which was pulled directly from the prequel book, "La Belle Sauvage." We can't wait to see what other surprises are in store. Now, can we please get to the polar bears?

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Jean Smart in Watchmen (2019)

New Podcast of the Week

HBO dropped "The Official Watchmen Podcast" after Sunday's episode, "She Was Killed by Space Junk," and it’s really, really good. "Chernobyl" creator (and Scriptnotes Podcast co-host) Craig Mazin sits down with "Watchmen" showrunner Damon Lindelof and the two have an insightful conversation about the first three episodes of the series from inspiration to execution. Sadly, the series is limited to one every three episodes, so we only have two more in our future. But if you’re a fan of the show, or just a fan of learning how shows are made, make sure to add this one to your feed.

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John Boyega at an event for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

Team Up of the Week

Although we spend our days shipping actor-filmmaker combos, we've never thought to pair John Boyega with writer/director Jeremy Saulnier. Until now. Thanks to Netflix, Finn from Star Wars will over-exert himself physically in the Green Room director's next movie, which reportedly is a "bone-breaking" action story flecked with dark humor. While we hope Saulnier will continue to dedicate himself to being this generation's Sam Peckinpah, we are getting good indications as to how Boyega will diversify his career after The Rise of Skywalker.



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