Steve Carell shines in thriller ‘The Patient’, journey back to Middle Earth with ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’

The It List is Yahoo’s weekly look at the best in pop culture, including movies, music, TV, streaming, games, books, podcasts and more. Here are our picks for Aug. 29-Sept. 4, including the best deals we could find for each. (Yahoo Entertainment may receive a share of purchases made through links on this page.)

WATCH IT: Steve Carell gives a riveting performance The patient

Early reviews of the FX limited series are praising the former boss The office for giving the best dramatic performance of his career in this psychological thriller. In it, he plays Alan Strauss, a therapist grieving the death of his wife when he meets Sam Fortner, played by Domhnall Gleeson (Ex MachinaGeneral Hux recently Star Wars films and Ron Weasley’s brother Bill in both his parts Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows). Fortner’s very different character here is a serial killer who wants help to fight his urges and holds Strauss hostage to get what he wants. Carell tells his co-star in the chilling trailer, “Successful therapy requires a safe environment with nothing like fear hanging over every session,” as we see scenes like someone bound with tape thrown against a glass door and a body dumped in a bin of waste. Imagine its dark atmosphere Americans, produced by some of the same people. —Raechal Shewfelt

The patient premiere Tuesday, August 30 at Hulu.

WATCH IT: Return to Middle-earth with Prime Video’s billion-dollar series, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

To paraphrase Justin Timberlake, a million dollar TV series is not cool. You know what’s cool? ONE billion dollar television series. That’s the eye-watering fare behind Prime Video’s new blockbuster fantasy series, which hopes to jump-start the idle Lord of the Rings franchise and give the company a major win in the streaming wars. Transporting viewers back to JRR Tolkien’s Middle Earth centuries before Frodo and the rest of the Fellowship set off for Mount Doom, The Rings of Power depicts the forging of the magical ring titles, the unraveling of the once strong bonds between Elves and humanity, and the blossoming of Sauron’s dark plans to conquer the realm. Although set in the distant past, the series thankfully reflects the diversity of our present, featuring the most gender-balanced cast. Lord of the Rings production still. And the first two episodes make it clear that you’ll see every penny of that billion-dollar budget on screen. — Ethan Alter

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power premiere Friday, September 2 at Prime Video.

LOOK AT IT: McEnroe chronicles the life story of the high-decibel tennis star

You can’t say that John McEnroe hasn’t lived his life out loud. The volatile tennis pro — whose on-court shouting matches have their own Hall of Fame — talks about his life and career in a new Showtime documentary McEnroe. Now 63, McEnroe reflects on a childhood marked by a desire to connect with his father, and his days trading with rivals like Björn Borg and Jimmy Connors. This exclusive clip from the film deals with the aftermath of 1981 Wimbledon and the US Open, when McEnroe’s dominant defeat by Borg forced the Swedish champion into retirement. “John broke his spirit,” observes tennis legend Billie Jean King. — EA

McEnroe premieres Friday, September 2 on Showtime.

SEE IT: See more wall hiking Spider-Man: No Way Home, The More Fun Stuff Version

Spider-Man: No Way Home hit theaters last December under a web of secrecy about whether original Spider-Dudes Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield would join Tom Holland in the Marvel Cinematic Universe trilogy. Now that the secret is out, we can all relax and have fun together The most entertaining version of There is no way home, which includes 11 minutes of footage not seen in the original release. And you better believe that those 11 minutes will have a lot more bonding and fighting between the three Spideys, as this is the stuff that brought fans back to the multiplexes time and time again. — EA

Spider-Man: No Way Home, The More Fun Stuff Version premiere Friday, September 2 in cinemas.

LISTEN TO IT: Yungblud lets it bleed on cathartic third LP

Britain’s great rock hope announced his self-titled third studio album by getting a tattoo during a global live stream, so you know this is going to go deep. He said he “thought and felt this record so deeply,” going into “a part of me that I didn’t know existed. I studied it, bathed in emotion, tried to solve the equation and arrive at an answer (at least for now) from love to pain, adoration to abandonment, laughter to betrayal.” The ambitious LP finds the 24-year-old singer-songwriter, whose real name is Dominic Harrison, collaborating with up-and-coming indie glam/powerpop artist Brasko, punk-pop star Willow and his mentor/Cure’s idol Robert Smith. He says of Willow’s collaboration, second single ‘Memories’: “I want people to sing this song and it’s cathartic.” So upload it! — Lindsey Parker

Yungblud of Yungblud is available Friday September 2nd to download/stream .

LOOK AT IT: Keep this between us examines inappropriate relationships between teachers and students in US high schools

Cheryl Nichols, who was in a relationship with her high school teacher starting when she was just 16, looks back on it in Freeform’s four-part documentary. Not only that, but, in back-to-back episodes that aired over two nights, Nichols and director Amy Berg, who directed the Evan Rachel Wood documentaries Phoenix Rising, examine how young female students across the country are experiencing similar scenarios. Nichols decided to make the emotional journey following the multiple sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein in 2017. “I started to think about what happened to me in a way that I hadn’t before,” Nichols told the Dallas Observer this month. “It always felt like a scandal, something I was a part of, rather than something they actually did to me. This subtle shift in perspective seemed monumental to me and I wanted to investigate it further. I also thought that if I felt this way, surely other women and girls did.” — RS

Keep this between us premieres Monday, August 29 at 9pm on Freeform.

WATCH IT: Follow his continuing adventures Stargirlnow in its third season on the CW

The future of DC’s TV slate on The CW may look shaky, but at least we’ve got another hidden gem season Stargirl. Returning on August 31st for a third year, the winning combination of Golden Age Justice Society nostalgia with Amblin’s ’80s teenage adventures once again seems to be in full force. Having discovered that her predecessor, Starman (Joel McHale), is alive and well, Stargirl (Brec Bassinger) must now prove why she must keep the all-powerful cosmic staff that is the source of her powers. Meanwhile, new threats enter the idyllic town of Blue Valley, requiring the attention of the High School Justice. — EA

Stargirl Season 3 premieres Wednesday, August 31 at 8 p.m. on The CW.

LOOK AT IT: warrior gets another triumphant Blu-ray upgrade with a 4K Ultra HD version

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There’s been a better weepy movie released this millennium since Gavin O’Connor’s 2011 MMA drama warrior? The film follows a pair of estranged brothers (Tom Hardy’s tough ex-Marine and Joel Edgerton’s MMA fighter turned high school physics teacher, both stellar) on a collision course to fight each other on the world stage. warrior, simply put, is an emotional knockout. The Steelbook release comes with a doc build, gag, deleted scene, audio commentary, and more. — Kevin Polowy

warrior out in 4K Ultra HD Tuesday, August 30. Buy it exclusively from Better buy.

LISTEN TO IT: Megadeth soldiers on

After founding Megadeth bassist David Ellefson was fired in May 2021 amid allegations of sexual harassment, Dave Mustaine and company retooled and recorded bass for their then-in-progress 16th studio album by Steve Di Giorgio of Testament. The result is The sick, the dying… and the dead!, the longtime metal band’s first album in six years and also the first with drummer Dirk Verbeuren. The record, two years in the making, includes a Dead Kennedys cover and original collaborations with Sammy Hagar and Body Count’s Ice-T, but perhaps the tracks “Soldier On!” and “We’ll Be Back” best sum up the group’s mindset moving forward from the scandal. — LP

The sick, the dying… and the dead! by Megadeth it is available Friday September 2nd to download/stream .

READ IT: Bernard Hiller fires up artists and non-artists alike The Revolutionary Guide to Acting

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You don’t have to be an actor to get some supreme inspiration The Revolutionary Guide to Acting, Bernard Hiller’s latest book. One of the world’s most respected acting teachers, Hiller has an uncanny knack for motivation. he wants you to enjoy life and own it to the fullest — and his insightful words of wisdom are likely to fire you on your way. Of course, if you’re an actor, you’ll probably draw on most of them Revolutionary Driver, especially when Hiller dives deep into techniques, listening tips and such. But this is a book for dreamers of all stripes. It might even make you quit your day job to finally chase that dream of becoming an actor. — KP

The Revolutionary Guide to Acting released Tuesday, August 30 at Amazon.

— Video produced by Kyle Moss and edited by Jason Fitzpatrick

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