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Geek News on the Radio for June 8th, 2020

Tenet’s Kenneth Branagh Doesn’t Quite Know if He’s the Movie’s Villain or Not:

Christopher Nolan’s patented twisty take on genre is tackling spies and time travel next with Tenet, a movie so elaborately and circuitously twisty that it’s caused stars like Robert Pattinson to short-circuit when asked simple things like what the film is about. “What the f*** do I say? I have no idea,” Pattinson explained in the same interview that he declared that there’s “no time traveling” in the film. A week later, the latest trailer for the film revealed that time “inversion” allows its key players to “communicate with the future.” That’s including protagonist John David Washington (BlacKkKlansman) and Kenneth Branagh’s opposing force — the latter of which seems to have come up with (or at least mastered) the concept. But Branagh isn’t even sure he’s the movie’s villain … and it doesn’t seem like it’s just in a “no villain sees themselves as evil” kind of way.

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Trump’s Space Force Already Lost Its First Battle:

When Donald Trump has discussed the newest branch of the U.S. armed services, he struck a bellicose tone. “Space is a war-fighting domain just like the land, air and sea,” the president told an audience of Marines in March 2018. Two years later, after Congress appropriated money for his vision for a Space Force, and Trump held an Oval Office ceremony to unveil the official flag of the unit, he added that it was high time the country moved to protect strategic American space infrastructure. “As you know, China, Russia, perhaps others, started off a lot sooner than us,” Trump said.

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Jon Favreau Offers ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 2 Update:

The coronavirus pandemic shut down film and TV productions around the world, but The Mandalorian remains on track to debut season two in October on Disney+. “We were lucky enough to have finished photography before the lock down,” executive producer Jon Favreau said during a virtual panel for the ATX Television Festival moderated by Vanity Fair’s Anthony Breznican. “Thanks to how technology-forward Lucasfilm and ILM are, we have been able to do all of our visual effects and editing and postproduction remotely through systems that had been set up by those companies for us.” The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal as a mysterious bounty hunter inhabiting the Star Wars galaxy, with supporting castmembers including Gina Carano, Giancarlo Esposito and Carl Weathers. Over the past few months, details have leaked out about season two of the series, including the addition of actors Rosario Dawson, Timothy Olyphant, Temuera Morrison and Michael Biehn to the roster. Filmmakers taking on directing duties include series creator Favreau and executive producer Dave Filoni as well as Ant-Man’s Peyton Reed and Sin City’s Robert Rodriguez.

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‘Kill Them All’ Graphic Novel Adaptation Lands in the Hands of ‘Star Wars’ Second Unit Director Victoria Mahoney:

Filmmaker Victoria Mahoney made history as the second unity director on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, becoming the first person of color to take on such a key role in the sci-fi saga. Now she’s stepping up to helm an entire production with Paramount Pictures. Mahoney is in talks to direct Kill Them All, an adaptation of the graphic novel of the same name by Kyle Starks, described as a love letter to the action movies of the 1990s. The Hollywood Reporter has the news on Victoria Mahoney directing the Kill Them All movie. Mahoney actually began her career as an actress with bit parts in Seinfeld and Legally Blonde. She changed course in 2011 when she directed an indie called Yelling at the Sky, a semi-autobiographical movie about a 17-year old girl left to fend for herself in a dangerous neighborhood. Since then, she’s directed episodes of shows like Power, Grey’s Anatomy, and Patty Jenkins’ miniseries I Am the Night, and she also worked on Amazon’s upcoming series Dawn with Ava DuVernay and HBO’s Lovecraft Country for Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams. But her highest profile gig was on Star Wars, and being a second unit director on a production of that size certainly proves that she can handle a blockbuster of her own.

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