Editors' Picks: Week of April 19, 2019by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 6 months ago
Check out what IMDb's editors found most noteworthy in the entertainment world in the week ending April 19.
Star Wars News of the Week
The Force was strong this week with news from the Star Wars Celebration fan event in Chicago. Not only did we learn that Episode IX will be titled Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, but we also were gifted with a spine-tingling teaser trailer. And that was just the tip of the Hoth-berg. We got our first look at Disney+ series "The Mandalorian," the return of "The Clone Wars," video game "Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order," and some interstellar cosplay. There may be eight more months before Episode IX is released, but we've got a good feeling about this.
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TV Ratings of the Week
After 18 excruciating months, "Game of Thrones" returned and delivered long-awaited reunions, breathtaking dragon rides, and a terrifying kid in the middle of a mysterious symbol. Unsurprisingly, the premiere broke records for HBO, grabbing 17.4 million viewers. But enjoy it while it lasts. There are only five more episodes before the series comes to an end, and the question remains as to whether that ratings record will be topped again as fans find out who finally takes the Iron Throne.
Watch our "Game of Thrones" videos and find out who the cast believe should get their own spinoff series
Casting News of the Week
Good news for fans of "Star Trek: The Next Generation": CBS announced new cast members this week to join Patrick Stewart in the upcoming CBS All Access series centered on Jean-Luc Picard. Details are sparse, except that the show will pick up later in Picard's life after the collapse of the Romulan empire and will be tonally different than "Star Trek: Discovery." Series regulars added this week include Harry Treadway ("Penny Dreadfu") and Alison Pill ("The Newsroom"), who join the previously announced Santiago Cabrera ("Big Little Lies") and Michelle Hurd (" Blindspot").
Check out Captain Picard and more in our gallery of "Star Trek" captains through the years
'Endgame' Spoiler Warning of the Week
As extreme spoiler-phobes, we were dismayed to learn that a five-minute leak of pivotal moments from Avengers: Endgame was already circulating the internet. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo posted a letter to Twitter asking fans not to spoil the experience for others, but we know better than to trust the internet. To mitigate the potential spoiler exposure, we are reducing our Reddit and Twitter browsing considerably, being way more cautious in our Google searches, staying out of comment threads, and now look at the internet as one giant jump scare waiting to happen. We’re so close to the finish line, people. Stay vigilant!
Want to know how many nicknames Tony Stark has given people? Check out our video to find out!
Renaissance Woman of the Week
Phoebe Waller-Bridge has been on a tear recently, with "Killing Eve" in its second season, a run on Broadway, and recent news that she will be doing script rewrites for the upcoming James Bond film. On top of that, the trailer for Season 2 of "Fleabag" was just released! We are absolutely thrilled to see Waller-Bridge back in front of the camera as Fleabag, not to mention her equally delightful (and Oscar-winning) co-star, Olivia Colman (The Favourite). If you have yet to check out Season 1, it's an easy six-episode binge and will give you a taste of the biting wit and comedic pathos that is Waller-Bridge's specialty. Watch the trailer for "Fleabag" Season 2
Binge Trial of the Week
Even at a mere 15 minutes per episode, "Special" does not go down easy. But it's impossible to stop thinking about Ryan O'Connell's chatty Netflix series, which is based on his memoir about growing up as a gay man with cerebral palsy, after watching the show's promising, maddening first season. O'Connell's obstacles and adventures seem to exist in the same universe as "Shrill" because both programs challenge you to get into the mindset of Difficult Leading Characters and the rad people who support them unconditionally. Extra-special attention should be paid to Jessica Hecht, who plays Ryan's mother and, similar to Fran (Lolly Adefope) from "Shrill," deserves serious Emmy attention.
Watch the trailer for "Special"
Wine Club of the Week
Some of our favorite comedians are coming together for a new Netflix comedy about one our favorite things: wine. Amy Poehler is directing Wine Country, a new Netflix movie about a group of friends partying in Napa for a 50th birthday. Not only is Poehler directing, but she's also starring alongside some of our favorite "SNL" ladies, including Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, and Tina Fey. Given the all-star cast and the amount of alcohol being consumed by the characters in the trailer, we can only imagine the type of hilarity that will ensue.
Watch the trailer for Wine Country
Insane Trailer of the Week
Leave it to the Fast & Furious franchise to remind us that cinema is about spectacle. The series has never been about subtlety (cars vs. boats, cars vs. helicopters, submarines vs. cars), but the new trailer for Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is ridiculous. Watching Idris Elba as a self-proclaimed "Black Superman" seems to indicate we're drifting into comic book territory, and we may be just one installment away from time travel, zombies, or just launching cars into space. But it's pointless to be cynical about a popcorn movie featuring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, whose broad appeal and charisma can carry most movies. Enjoy the spectacle.
Watch the insanity of Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
"Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" News of the Week
We don't have a date yet for the Season 3 premiere of Prime Video's "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," but we do have some casting news to hold us over! "This Is Us" star Sterling K. Brown announced this week that he'd be joining the award-winning comedy. Details of his role are unknown, but we are excited to see Brown flex his comedy muscles after making us cry every week on his NBC drama.
Find out what to watch on TV this week
Intense Trailer of the Week
This week we got a glimpse of Skin, A24's intense neo-Nazi reform thriller. Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot, Fantastic Four) stars as a skinhead trying to escape a white supremacy group with his partner, played by Danielle Macdonald (Bird Box). The film earned strong praise for director Guy Nattiv at the Toronto International Film Festival, and there was plenty of buzz surrounding Bell's performance and physical transformation (he donned a prosthetic nose and false teeth in addition to his facial tattoos). But we're thrilled to see Macdonald on screen again after her breakout performance in Netflix's Dumplin'.
Watch the trailer for Skin