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Geek News on the Radio for October 4th, 2018

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Birds Of Prey Movie Casts Rosie Perez As Gotham Detective Renee Montoya

Birds of Prey adds Rosie Perez to its roster as another DC female hero. Margot Robbie is set to lead the movie as her first appearance as Harley Quinn since stealing the show in Suicide Squad. Not only is she starring in Birds of Preybut she’s also producing the female-led ensemble film, and she’s making sure there’s plenty female talent around her. Indie director Cathy Yan will helm the production, which just named Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jurnee Smollett-Bell as the first two co-stars. Winstead is Huntress, while Bell is set to play Black Canary.

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‘Star Wars’: Jon Favreau’s TV Series Details Revealed

Jon Favreau has unveiled details on his upcoming live-action Star Wars TV series. The show will air on Disney’s streaming service, which is expected to launch in 2019. Favreau will write and executive produce the scripted show. Favreau, who lent his voice to Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series and acted in Solo: A Star Wars Story, revealed the new series’ name and tipped to the plot via his Instagram account. “After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order,” Favreau shared in his post. “We follow the trevails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.”

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A Study Says About Half Of ‘The Last Jedi’ Haters Online Were Actually Russian Trolls

Did Star Wars: The Last Jedi destroy the franchise and permanently rupture the fandom as its critics (melodramatically) have accused it of doing? According to a new academic paper by researcher Morten Bay, the answer is clearly no. The paper, titled “Weaponizing the Haters: The Last Jedi and the Strategic Politicization of Pop Culture Through Social Media Manipulation,” examines the online response to 2017’s Last Jedi, a movie that has come to be considered controversial amongst the larger fanbase of the franchise. Bay suggests that reputation may not be earned, and instead “finds evidence of deliberate, organized political influence measures disguised as fan arguments,” as he writes in the paper’s abstract. He continues, “The likely objective of these measures is increasing media coverage of the fandom conflict, thereby adding to and further propagating a narrative of widespread discord and dysfunction in American society. Persuading voters of this narrative remains a strategic goal for the U.S. alt-right movement, as well as the Russian Federation.”

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