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Trailer Watch: Whitney Cummings Investigates Romantic Impulses in “The Female Brain”

“The Female Brain”

“After years of research we discovered the male and female brain is wired very differently,” says Whitney Cummings in a new trailer for “The Female Brain.” The comedian’s directorial debut sees her playing Julia, a neuroscientist who researches the biochemistry of the female brain.

While neuroscience may sound like intimidating subject matter, bear in mind that Julia’s findings are illustrated by three couples in the comedy: “newlyweds Zoe (Cecily Strong) and Greg (Blake Griffin), whose career troubles seep into their relationship; Lisa (Sofia Vergara) and Steven (Deon Cole), who are looking to spice up their stuck-in-a-rut marriage; and Lexi (Lucy Punch), who can’t help trying to change her boyfriend Adam (James Marsden),” “The Female Brain’s” synopsis explains.

It’s worth noting that Julia isn’t just making observations from the sidelines — a new subject in her study (Toby Kebbell) has her analyzing her
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"The Female Brain"

Sneak Peek footage from the new comedy feature "The Female Brain", written and directed by Whitney Cummings, based on the 2006 book by Louann Brizendine, starring Cummings, Sofía Vergara, Toby Kebbell, James Marsden, Lucy Punch, Beanie Feldstein and Cecily Strong, opening February 9, 2018:

"...the new film is based on the book by neuropsychiatrist Louann Brizendine. Her main thesis is that women's behavior is different from that of men due, in large measure, to hormonal differences. 

"She believes the human female brain is affected by the following hormones: estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, (oxytocin), neurotransmitters (dopamine, serotonin).

There are also differences from men in the architecture of the brain (prefrontal cortex, hypothalamus, amygdala) that regulates hormones and neurotransmitters..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Female Brain"...
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Comedy film The Female Brain gets a new trailer

Ahead of its release next month, IFC Films has debuted a new trailer for the upcoming comedy The Female Brain. The film marks the directorial debut for Whitney Cummings, who also stars alongside Cecily Strong, Blake Griffin, Sofia Vergara, Deon Cole, Lucy Punch, James Marsden, and Toby Kebbell; watch it here…

What makes a woman swipe right for Mr. Wrong and left for Mr. Right? This simultaneously entertaining and enlightening comedy is a fresh, witty, and all-too-relatable look at the real-life science behind our (often regrettable) romantic impulses. Writer-director Whitney Cummings (2 Broke Girls) stars as no-nonsense neuroscientist Julia, whose research into the biochemistry of the female brain is illustrated by three couples: newlyweds Zoe (Cecily Strong) and Greg (Blake Griffin), whose career troubles seep into their relationship; Lisa (Sofia Vergara) and Steven (Deon Cole), who are looking to spice up their stuck-in-a-rut marriage; and Lexi (Lucy Punch) who can’t
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Trailer for Comedy 'The Female Brain' Directed by Whitney Cummings

"Knowing your brain makes life so much easier." IFC Films has debuted the first official trailer for an indie comedy film titled The Female Brain, which is the feature directorial debut of popular comedian/actress Whitney Cummings. Cummings also stars in the film as a "no-nonsense neuroscientist", researching the biochemistry of the female brain. The film attempts to explain how and why our brains work when it comes to attraction and relationships, in a quirky, comedic way. The full ensemble cast includes Cecily Strong, Blake Griffin, Sofia Vergara, Deon Cole, Lucy Punch, James Marsden, Toby Kebbell, as well as Beanie Feldstein (from Lady Bird and Neighbors 2). This trailer doesn't have much impressive footage in it, with barely an appearance by Toby Kebbell in one shot. I'm not too sure this will be any good. See below. Here's the first official trailer for Whitney Cummings' The Female Brain, direct from YouTube
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Film News Roundup: Pedro Pascal to Star in Barry Jenkins’ ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

Film News Roundup: Pedro Pascal to Star in Barry Jenkins’ ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’
In today’s film news roundup, Pedro Pascal joins the cast of Barry Jenkins’ drama “If Beale Street Could Talk,” Nicole Kidman’s “The Destroyer” completes its cast, and Iatse chief Matthew Loeb gets an honor.

Castings

Games of Thrones” star Pedro Pascal has joined the cast of Barry Jenkins’ drama “If Beale Street Could Talk,” opposite Stephan James, Colman Domingo, Brian Tyree Henry, and Regina King.

If Beale Street Could Talk” is adapted from the 1974 James Baldwin novel of the same name about a pregnant Harlem woman whose lover is falsely accused of rape. Production companies are Jenkins’ Pastel company, Brad Pitt’s Plan B, and Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, which is also financing the film.

“Beale Street” is the first movie for Jenkins since “Moonlight” won the best picture Academy Award. The film marks the first feature under the production pact between Pastel and Annapurna and is also part of Plan B’s production
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Bradley Whitford, Toby Kebbell and Scoot McNairy cast in Destroyer

Karyn Kusama’s crime thriller Destroyer, starring Nicole Kidman, has just gained several new cast members, with Bradley Whitford (The West Wing), Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and Scoot McNairy (Argo) joining Kidman in the film.

Destroyer sees Kidman as Lapd detective Erin Bell in a moral and existential journey. As a young cop she was placed undercover in a gang and years later when the gang’s leader is freed from prison, she has to go back undercover. The film recently cast Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) and Sebastian Stan (Avengers: Infinity War). It is unknown what roles Whitford, Kebbell and McNairy will play.

Destroyer is based an original screenplay written by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi of Ride Along and will be produced by La La Land’s Fred Berger of Automatik.

Destroyer follows the moral and existential odyssey of Lapd detective Erin Bell who,
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Bradley Whitford, Toby Kebbell Join Nicole Kidman in Crime Thriller Destroyer

The crime thriller Destroyer, starring Nicole Kidman is getting three new cast members. Variety reports that Bradley Whitford, Toby Kebbell, and Scoot McNairy have joined Karyn Kusama’s crime thriller which stars Kidman, Tatiana Maslany, and Sebastian Stan.

Destroyer follows the moral journey of Lapd detective Erin Bell, who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a gang in the California desert with tragic results. When the leader of that gang re-emerges many years later, she must work her way back through the remaining members and into her own history with them to finally reckon with the demons that destroyed her past.

Whitford recently starred in Jordan Peele’s Get Out and just finished filming on Godzilla: King of Monsters for Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros.

Kebbell was most recently seen reprising his role as Koba in War for the Planet of the Apes for Fox and played King Kong
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‘War of the Planet of the Apes’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Amiah Miller, Steve Zahn, Karin Konoval | Written by Matt Reeves, Mark Bomback | Directed by Matt Reeves

Matt Reeves is telling us something: This is what happens when a blockbuster budget is used well. The third part of the Apes reboot, following Rupert Wyatt’s Rise and Reeves’ Dawn, may be the pinnacle of the series so far. In a universe of cinematic universes, War for the Planet of the Apes bucks the trend and feels like a different beast to its predecessors: a true next chapter, with a different mood and a new rhythm, and the balls to bring beloved characters to the end of their arc.

Following the catastrophic events of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, in which civil war broke out between the proud Caesar (Andy Serkis) and the hateful Koba (Tony Kebbell), relations between humans and apes are at an all-time low.
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Bradley Whitford, Toby Kebbell, Scoot McNairy Join Nicole Kidman’s ‘Destroyer’

Bradley Whitford, Toby Kebbell, Scoot McNairy Join Nicole Kidman’s ‘Destroyer’
Bradley Whitford, Toby Kebbell, and Scoot McNairy have joined Karyn Kusama’s crime thriller “Destroyer,” starring Nicole Kidman, Tatiana Maslany, and Sebastian Stan.

The project begins shooting next week in Los Angeles from a script by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi. 30West will fully finance the film, with Fred Berger of Automatik producing alongside Hay and Manfredi.

Destroyer” follows the moral and existential odyssey of Lapd detective Erin Bell, who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a gang in the California desert with tragic results. When the leader of that gang re-emerges many years later, she must work her way back through the remaining members and into her own history with them to finally reckon with the demons that destroyed her past.

Whitford starred in Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” and can next be seen in Steven Spielberg’s feature “The Post,” starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep for Fox. He recently
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Bradley Whitford, Toby Kebbell, Scoot McNairy Board Nicole Kidman Starring Thriller ‘Destroyer’

Bradley Whitford, Toby Kebbell, Scoot McNairy Board Nicole Kidman Starring Thriller ‘Destroyer’
Bradley Whitford, Toby Kebbell, and Scoot McNairy have joined the cast of Karyn Kusama's crime thriller Destroyer, toplined by Nicole Kidman and co-starring previously announced Tatiana Maslany and Sebastian Stan. Shooting is slated to commence next week in Los Angeles. The script is by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi. It follows the moral and existential odyssey of Lapd detective Erin Bell who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a gang in the California desert with…
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Doctor Doom Is Rogue One Actor's Dream Role

If we ever get to see Doctor Doom again on the big screen, we now have a pretty solid candidate to play the part. Ben Mendelsohn, the man behind Orson Krennick in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, has made it clear he would love to play Victor Von Doom, given the chance. We already know he can play a solid bad guy, and Doctor Doom is among the best of Marvel's bad guys. Here's what he had to say about it in a recent interview on the Happy Sad Confused podcast.

"Doctor Doom is the greatest comic character of all time. That's a great role. The thing that's appealing about Victor is the damage and trauma, the loss of the family, the wrong done to him and then the takeover, the revenge, and then the protectiveness of Latveria wrapped in that Cold War vibe. There's something about the combination of that.
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Rogue One’s Ben Mendelsohn Wants To Play Doctor Doom

He’s undoubtedly one of the greatest comic book villains ever, but the adaptations of Doctor Doom we’ve seen on the big screen so far have unfailingly dropped the ball. 2005’s Fantastic Four and its sequel, 2007’s Rise of the Silver Surfer, featured a miscast Julian McMahon as Victor Von Doom while Toby Kebbell’s interpretation in 2015’s Ff reboot was just one of many things that was terrible about that particular movie.

Hopefully, we’ll get a much more faithful and successful version of the sorcerer/scientist king of Latveria in the not too distant future, as it’s been announced that Doom will be featuring in his own standalone outing pretty soon. And while no casting has been revealed just yet, one actor has made clear how much he would love to play the part.

Ben Mendelsohn – perhaps best known for portraying Director Krennic in last year
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U.K. Greenlit: 7 Upcoming Projects Now Have Casting Directors Attached

Greenlit means a project is officially a go, so all you have to do is follow these leads to stay up to date. You never know where you’ll find an opportunity to land an audition! “Banking on Mr. Toad”“Banking on Mr Toad,” the biopic of “The Wind in the Willows” author Kenneth Grahame, has started pre-production. The film is directed by Luis Mandoki, stars Toby Kebbell (“War for The Planet of the Apes,” “Dead Man’s Shoes”) and is being cast by Celestia Fox. “The Secret GardenJack Thorne’s new big screen adaptation of the beloved children’s book “The Secret Garden” has just added their casting director, Karen Lindsay-Stewart. “The Little Drummer Girl”“The Little Drummer Girl,” the BBC’s new John le Carre adaptation starring Florence Pugh, has brought casting director Jina Jay onboard and will shoot early next year. “Luther”The fifth series of “Luther,
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Justice League and the dangers of extensive reshoots

Ryan Lambie Nov 17, 2017

They're pricey, and can prove to be a huge risk. In the wake of Justice League, we look at the rise of extensive reshoots...

Nb: the following contains very mild spoilers for Justice League, but nothing you couldn't glean from the trailers.

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You only have to look at the news that came out of the Warner-dc camp to see how plans for its Justice League team-up movie changed over time. Only two years ago - a relatively brief window, in blockbuster filmmaking terms - the studio announced that Justice League would comprise two parts, one scheduled for release in the autumn of 2017 and the second slated for the summer of 2019.

One year later, director Zack Snyder revealed that the plan had changed
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Whitney Cummings Comedy ‘The Female Brain’ Sells to IFC (Exclusive)

Whitney Cummings Comedy ‘The Female Brain’ Sells to IFC (Exclusive)
IFC Films has nabbed U.S. and Canadian distribution rights to Whitney Cummings’s “The Female Brain.” The ensemble comedy is based on a book of the same name by neuropsychiatrist Louann Brizendine — it’s a bestseller that made the controversial argument that women’s behavior differed from that of men because of hormonal differences.

The Female Brain” is directed by Cummings, who also stars as Dr. Brizendine. The cast includes Toby Kebbell, Beanie Feldstein, Cecily Strong, Sofia Vergara, Deon Cole, Blake Griffin, Lucy Punch, and James Marsden. The project was financed by Black Bicycle Entertainment and produced by Erika Olde and Night and Day Pictures’ Michael Roiff. IFC will release the picture on Feb. 9, 2018. Along with directing and appearing in the movie, Cummings co-wrote it with Neal Brennan.
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The Last Word on ‘A Monster Calls’

I’m not actually sure what angle to take on ‘A Monster Calls‘. I’m not familiar with the award-winning children’s book it’s based on, so I can’t really come at it from that angle, although the animation and special effects, are impressive and seem special at moments. I’m certainly not gonna pan the movie outright, it’s too well-done for that, but I’ve just seen too many movies beforehand. Too many movies, read too many books, seen too many similar projects…, this is the kind of movie that’s either gonna work on you or it’s not, and I’ve just become a little too jaded over the years, or maybe I’ve just outgrown the narrative.

Actually, that’s not true, I’ve never liked this narrative structure. Structurally, the movie that ‘A Monster Calls‘ reminds me of, is Tim Burton‘s
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Lena Headey in talks for Wind in the Willows film Banking on Mr. Toad

According to Variety, Game of Thrones star Lena Headey is in talks to join Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) in Banking on Mr. Toad, a biopic of Wind in the Willows author Kenneth Grahame.

Banking on Mr. Toad will see Kebbel as Grahame and Headey as his wife Elsie, while Brian Blessed (Flash Gordon) is set to portray Grahame’s friend Frederick James Furnivall. The film will follow the lives of Kenneth, Elsie and their young son Alistair, who struggles with various health problems, and the impact that the Wind in the Willows had on their lives. It will be a mixture of live-action and CGI, with the latter bringing some of Grahame’s characters to live.

Luis Mandoki (Message in a Bottle) is attached to direct Banking on Mr. Toad from a script by Timothy Haas, who is also producing. Adrien Brody is listed among the producers,
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Lena Headey in Talks to Join ‘Wind in the Willows’ Movie ‘Banking on Mr. Toad’ (Exclusive)

Lena Headey in Talks to Join ‘Wind in the Willows’ Movie ‘Banking on Mr. Toad’ (Exclusive)
Game of Thrones” star Lena Headey is in talks over a starring role in “Banking on Mr. Toad,” a live-action and CGI movie about the life of “Wind in the Willows” author Kenneth Grahame.

Toby Kebbell (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”) is attached to the film, which has been years in the making and will finally enter into production next spring, shooting at Pinewood. Kebbell will play Grahame and Headey, if she signs on, his wife Elsie. Brian Blessed (“Star Wars Episode I”) is also on board and will play Grahame’s friend and confidante Frederick James Furnivall.

In an earlier incarnation it was financed and set to shoot in Ireland, but the country’s banking crisis scuppered the production. Financing will now come from a new European production fund set up by Timothy Haas, who will produce the movie through his Haas Silver Levene banner.

Banking on Mr. Toad” follows Grahame, Elsie, and their
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Black Mirror Movies Have Been Discussed, But Producers Aren’t Keen

The great thing about Netflix’s sci-fi anthology series Black Mirror is that each episode has the scope and panache of a cinematic production. Though these mini-films are made with a fraction of the budget of a blockbuster movie, the ideas on show are easily worthy of being put up on the silver screen. It’s no surprise, then, that Hollywood has come a-knocking several times.

That’s what producer Annabel Jones revealed while chatting with Collider at this weekend’s New York Comic-Con. However, she seemed to dismiss the idea, explaining that she and her team are happy with what they’re doing at the moment.

“We have [been approached] yes, flatteringly a few times. But in our maybe pretentious heads we sort of feel we’re already making a film, you know? They’re certainly structured like films and they’re all independent, so I don’t really feel the need to do that.
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10 Actors to Watch: Daniel Kaluuya Goes From ‘Get Out’ to ‘Black Panther’

10 Actors to Watch: Daniel Kaluuya Goes From ‘Get Out’ to ‘Black Panther’
Daniel Kaluuya is one of Variety‘s 10 Actors to Watch for 2017. For the full list, click here.

British actor Kaluuya says he knew almost instantly after reading “Get Out” that Jordan Peele’s social commentary masked as a horror film would “shake things up.”

“In the original ending, basically he kills everybody,” Kaluuya says of his lead character, Chris, whose girlfriend (Allison Williams) has ulterior motives when she takes him to meet her family. “I knew then that this is going to be a thing.”

Kaluuya, whose credits also include TV’s “Black Mirror” and “Skins,” says he knew Peele’s work with Keegan-Michael Key in Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele” and that he has a habit of creating works that “really resonate with the public consciousness.” He remembers returning to London after “Get Out” was released and walking down Warren Street while on the phone when a black woman suddenly “looked at me, hugged
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