Editors' Picks: Our Favorite Things From the Week of April 16

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 6 days ago

IMDb Editors highlight their favorite things from the week.

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Star Wars: Battlefront II (2017)

Video Game Trailer of the Week

Do not underestimate the power of the "Star Wars: Battlefront II" trailer. From the point of view of regular "Battlefront" button-bashers, the thing we miss most is a full campaign. The sequel addresses this, putting you in the boots of Empire soldier Iden Versio, in a story that spans 30 years following the events of Return of the Jedi. The Nov. 17 release can’t come soon enough.

Watch the trailer, and your journey towards the Dark Side will be complete

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Emily Ratajkowski and Freida Pinto

Oversized Chair of the Week/Photo of the Week

Our photo of the week finds Coachella revelers Freida Pinto and Emily Ratajkowski nestled in a contemporary version of Chairy from "Pee-Wee's Playhouse."

See our Photos We Love gallery

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Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, and Dave Bautista in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Awesome Mix of the Week

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director James Gunn finally revealed the movie's much anticipated "Awesome Mix Vol. 2," which includes the musical stylings of Fleetwood Mac, Parliament, Cat Stevens, and David Hasselhoff, among others.

Read more about the playlist | Browse our Summer Movie Guide

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Lena Dunham in Girls (2012)

Finale of the Week

After six seasons, “Girls” drew to a close with a confidence and maturity mirrored by leading lady Hannah Horvath (Lena Dunham). In earlier seasons, these characters could be a frustrating watch, as they complained about their privileged lives in a way that was hard to find sympathetic or likeable. But Hannah and her “sisters” became ever-more enjoyable to spend time with, and this final season was funny, thoughtful, confident, and moving in equal measure. Dunham, who created the HBO drama, writing 41 episodes and directing 19, is to be applauded, and we can’t wait to see what she does next.

Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner break down the series finale

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Jackie Hoffman in Feud (2017)

Walkout of the Week

A decent person can only take so much careless cruelty, especially from the likes of screen legend and off-the-screen terror Joan Crawford. In the season's penultimate episode of "Feud," Crawford's housemaid and right-hand woman, Mamacita, played masterfully by Jackie Hoffman, finally does what fans have been wanting her to do all season: put her boss, Crawford (Jessica Lange), in her place and remove herself from an abusive situation, free from flying flower pots, of course. All to say, we don't want this season to end.

View a gallery of Joan Crawford and Bette Davis

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Riz Ahmed

Busy Schedule of the Week

Riz Ahmed was in our spotlight all week long. Fresh off playing Coachella as Riz MC of the Swet Shop Boys, he engaged in an intense rap battle with James Corden on "The Late Late Show" and nabbed a role in Jacque Audiard's indie feature The Sisters Brothers, starring Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly, and Jake Gyllenhaal. To top it all off, he landed the cover of Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential figures in the world.

Get more film casting updates

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Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny in The X-Files (1993)

Truth of the Week

The truth is out there, and we're about to get 10 more episodes to find it! "The X-Files" is coming back during the 2017-2018 TV season.

Read the full story here

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Julia Roberts

Cover Woman of the Week

Kudos to Julia Roberts for being named People magazine's World's Most Beautiful Woman. It's a record fifth time she's earned the honor, and it comes 26 years after she first graced the cover of the magazine's Most Beautiful issue.

Read more about Julia Roberts

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Adam Driver in Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

Favorite Force Awakens Facelift

The return of Adam Driver's ill-tempered First Order commander Kylo Ren was teased last week during the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but there was something different about him. At the end of The Force Awakens, Ren suffered a gnarly lightsaber strike across his entire face, thanks to Rey (Daisy Ridley). But in The Last Jedi teaser, Ren is shown with only a subtle scar running through his right eyebrow.

Fans on Twitter took notice. When director Rian Johnson was asked about the change, he replied, "It was my decision to slightly adjust it ... It honestly looked goofy running straight up the bridge of his nose.”

What You Missed at Star Wars Celebration | View photos of Star Wars Celebration

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Hedy Lamarr in Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017)

Festival Film Discovery of the Week

There are so many great films premiering at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, which kicked off this week, but we are especially excited to see Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story. Known as the "most beautiful woman in films," this classic actress was also apparently the secret inventor of secure Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS communications. Color us intrigued!

Browse the Tribeca mini-guide

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Steven Boyer in Trial & Error (2017)

Binge Watch of the Week

Raise your hand if you loved the first season of "Trial & Error" on NBC! In the spirit of "The Office" and "Parks and Recreation," this mockumentary style comedy does not fail to deliver. It stars John Lithgow, delivering his signature comedic style performance, as well as Nicholas D'Agosto and Jayma Mays. Even though the mockumentary comedy isn't new, "Trial & Error" delivers something completely unique. If you missed it, you can catch the whole series on Amazon.

Catch up on this season's renewals and cancellations

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Michael Shannon at an event for The 74th Golden Globe Awards (2017)

Awesome Adaptation Announcement of the Week

We're super excited that HBO is developing the Ray Bradbury dystopian classic Fahrenheit 451. Johnny Storm and Zod, aka Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon are heading up the timely remake about a world where books are outlawed and firefighters set fires instead of extinguishing them. We'll be following this one!

Read more about Fahrenheit 451

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Doug Jones in Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)

Movie Reunion and Announcement of the Week

No we're not getting another Hellboy, but we are getting yet another Doug Jones-Guillermo del Toro team-up in del Toro's upcoming Cold War fantasy The Shape of Water. The film is described as an "other-wordly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963." Doug Jones plays an aquatic-man who falls for Sally Hawkins, a worker in the high-security government lab where he is kept. Mark your calendars: The Shape Of Water premieres Dec. 8.

Read more about The Shape Of Water

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Dylan Minnette in 13 Reasons Why (2017)

Obsession of the Week

After a weekend binge-fest, we still can't stop thinking about "13 Reasons Why" and that powerful ending. There's talk of a potential Season 2, we can't imagine another season without Hannah, despite how many questions we have. For now, we'll settle for a repeat viewing.

Browse photos of "13 Reasons Why"