Editors' Picks: Our Favorites From the Week of Oct. 7

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 6 days ago

IMDb editors sound off on their favorite stuff from the past seven days of pop culture.

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Ruby Rose in The Flash (2014)

Super Reveal of the Week

Move over boys, there's a new bat in town. The CW has given us the first glimpse of Ruby Rose as Batwoman, and we couldn't be more excited. It's meant to promote the upcoming crossover episodes of "The Flash," "Arrow," and "Supergirl," not to mention the superhero's own TV series, and, uh, it worked. The costume was designed by four-time Oscar winner Colleen Atwood, who has worked extensively in the Arrowverse, and it has us counting the days until December, when the "Elseworlds" crossover airs over three consecutive nights.

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Pet Sematary (2019)

Stephen King Tease of the Week

As the chilling first trailer for Pet Sematary puts it, "Sometimes dead is better." The Stephen King novel previously provided the basis for a pretty creepy adaptation in 1989, but this new version, starring Jason Clarke and John Lithgow, looks absolutely terrifying. True to the source material, the film centers on a young family who relocate to Maine and discover a mysterious burial ground near their new home. If you can't guess what happens next, just get ready to be scared when the movie is released on April 5, 2019.

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Robin Givens and K.J. Apa in Riverdale (2016)

Returning TV Show of the Week

"Riverdale" Season 2 ended on a cliffhanger, leaving us with so many questions going into Season 3. Will Archie end up in jail? Will Veronica continue her war with her dad? Will Bughead stay together? Most importantly — why is Archie wearing a bow-tie to court? OK, maybe that's not the most important question Season 3 will answer. All that to say, we can't wait for another season filled with drama, mystery, and lots of Pop's milkshakes.

Watch the "Riverdale" creator talk about finding the show a home

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Lakeith Stanfield in Sorry to Bother You (2018)

Digital Release of the Week

If you missed Sorry to Bother You when it was in theaters, don't feel bad; its run was limited, to say the least. But this week, the Lakeith Stanfield/Tessa Thompson head-trip was released digitally, so there's no excuse for skipping it. Written and directed by rapper Boots Riley, this tale of telemarketing takes a turn you definitely won't see coming, transforming into one of the year's most surreal — and scathing — bits of social commentary. Recommended for anyone who's ever had a crappy job, or really wants to stick it to The Man. The two usually aren't mutually exclusive, BTW.

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David Harbour in Hellboy (2019)

Wedding Officiant of the Week

Want to get hitched by Hellboy? Spencer Perry did, so he tweeted David Harbour — who's set to play Big Red in the 2019 Hellboy reboot — asking what it would take for the actor to officiate his wedding ... in full Hellboy regalia. The answer? 666,000 retweets, though Harbour said he'd knock off a half a million if Hellboy creator Mike Mignola agreed to read a poem at the ceremony. Right now, the retweet total is around 35k, so Perry has a long way to go (the wedding's in March), but if he gets there, it'll be the second ceremony Harbour has presided over; in 2018, he responded to another fan request and married a couple as Chief Hopper from "Stranger Things."

Watch David Harbour say "Yes!" to fan weddings

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Jane Fonda in Barbarella (1968)

Anniversary of the Week

Fifty years ago this week, the swinging sci-fi spectacular Barbarella opened in theaters, rankling conservative groups and turning Jane Fonda into a generational sex symbol. Directed by Fonda's then-husband Roger Vadim, Barbarella's surreal swirl of sex and psychedelia definitely appealed to certain demographics, and the film was a cult hit ... but its lasting legacy, both as a stylistic touchstone and a turning point in Fonda's defiant career, helped shape the mainstream, too. Without it, who knows what Duran Duran would've been called?

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Beyoncé in Obsessed (2009)

Missed Connection of the Week

No shade directed at Lady Gaga, who is rightfully earning Oscar buzz for her work in A Star Is Born, but we can't help but wonder what Beyoncé would've done with the role — because it was almost hers. She was just one of many singers considered to star opposite Bradley Cooper ... or Leonardo DiCaprio, who was supposed to play the part. Oh, and at one point, Clint Eastwood was attached to direct. Boy, this one could've been way different.

Who else was almost cast in 'A Star Is Born'?

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Henry Cavill, Adam Levy, Jodhi May, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Mimi Ndiweni, Therica Wilson-Read, Millie Brady, Freya Allan, and Anya Chalotra in The Witcher (2019)

Fantasy Casting News of the Week

We’re one step closer, "Witcher" fans! A month ago we learned that Henry Cavill would be leading the cast of Netflix's upcoming fantasy series, and this week the casting floodgates have opened. The pivotal and much-debated role of Ciri, Princess of Cintra will be played by newcomer Freya Allan ("Into the Badlands") and Anya Chalotra ("Wanderlust") will take on the role of sorceress Yennefer of Vengerberg. Additional cast includes Jodhi May ("Game of Thrones") as Queen Calanthe, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson ("Fortitude") as the knight Eist, Millie Brady ("The Last Kingdom") as the outcast Princess Renfri, and Mimi Ndiweni and Therica Wilson-Read as novice sorcerers Fringilla and Sabrina. Keep the casting news coming Netflix!

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Ghostface Killah, Masta Killa, Method Man, Raekwon, RZA, Ol' Dirty Bastard, The GZA, U-God, and Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-News of the Week

Twenty-five years after the single "Protect Ya Neck" made them kings of the underground, immortal rap-music collective Wu-Tang Clan continues to stamp their bootprints into popular culture. Recently, they skewered both the art world and the fraternity of tech CEOs with the single-copy release of their album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, which we're convinced contained an elixir designed to take down "PharmaBro" Martin Shkreli. Now comes "Wu-Tang: An American Saga," a 10-episode dramatic series headed to Hulu with Wu overlord RZA at the top of producer pyramid and most of the surviving members consulting. We trust they won't flinch from depicting how they emerged from the height of the crack epidemic into a global institution.

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Will Vinton

Animation News of the Week

In sadder news this week, pioneering stop-motion animator Will Vinton passed away, leaving behind a legacy that inspired generations of fans, artists, and animators. Will Vinton Studios came to fame with a hit "California Raisins" commercial in the early 1980s, as well as the short-lived Eddie Murphy prime-time animated series "The PJs" in the late 1990s. Veterans of Vinton's studios went on to form Laika in 2005, the studio responsible for Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, and Kubo and the Two Strings. In a space where digital is the norm, descendants of Vinton's work continue to push the boundaries of what's possible using old-school animation methods.

Take a look at the dazzling stop-motion animation of 'Kubo'



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