Movies Opening Sept. 21
The House with a Clock in Its Walls is a magical, spine-tingling film about the adventures of a 10-year-old boy who goes to live with his uncle (Jack Black, 49) in a creaky old house with a mysterious tick-tocking heart. Not long after he arrives, the boy accidentally awakens the dead and learns a lot about the secret world of witches and warlocks. Cate Blanchett co-stars and Eli Roth, 46, directs.
The Sisters Brothers is a dark comedic western. The title refers to two gunslinger brothers, last name “Sisters,” who are hired by a rich man to kill a Mr. Warm, a chemist who the rich man thinks stole from him. The brothers are played by John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix, 43. The rich guy also hires Morris, a private detective (Jake Gyllenhaal, 37) to find Warm and get him to the Sisters brothers. However, Warm may have a way to find gold easily and that possibility makes Morris think about chucking his assignment and, instead, going into business with Warm. This film got rave reviews early this month when it premiered at the Venice Film Festival.
TV Season Begins
The Good Cop is a 10-episode comedy/drama Netflix series that premieres on Friday, Sept. 21. Based on an Israeli TV series, the American version (which may have a second season if viewers like it) was created by Andy Breckman (creator of Monk, his biggest hit), 63. Tony Danza plays a disgraced former NYPD officer who never followed the rules. Josh Groban (who has Jewish ancestry but isn’t Jewish) plays Danza’s straight-arrow son, a NYPD detective. The two become unofficial partners and solve crimes.
Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, 34, co-star in Maniac, a Netflix limited series that also premieres Sept. 21. They play people with differing mental problems independently drawn to participate in a mysterious pharmaceutical trial. They hope the drug used in the trial will cure their problems almost instantly. Appearing in recurring roles are Julia Garner (Ozark), 24, and Jemima Kirke (Girls), 33.
Single Parents premieres on ABC on Sept. 26 (9:30 p.m.). It’s a comedy about Will Cooper (Taram Killiam), a single father of a young daughter. His friends urge him to get back in the dating game. Brad Garrett (Robert Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond), 58, has a regular role as Douglas, a wealthy widower with two young twin daughters. He urges Cooper to “hire a babysitter” and get out there.
Late last month, Roseanne co-star John Goodman spilled the beans to the Sunday Times (UK) that the Roseanne character, played by Roseanne Barr, 65, will be written out of the series via her character’s death. As you recall, ABC fired Barr in May following what most viewed as racist tweets. Goodman also told the Times: “I know for a fact that she’s not racist.” Barr quickly thanked Goodman for his support.
Retitled The Connors, the latest iteration of Roseanne will premiere Oct. 16. Meanwhile, as you might have already read, Roseanne did a podcast with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, 51, on Sept. 1. A few highlights: She intends to be in Israel when The Connors premieres and will stay there for a few months and study with her favorite teachers; she is not going to “curse or bless” the “reboot” but will be “neutral” about it; and she’s sorry about what she tweeted, but she’s also sorry she publicly apologized.