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Who is the hooded figure in the new Mandalorian trailer?



In the new trailer for The Mandalorian season 2, we see a mysterious hooded figure just as Mando and the Armorer are discussing the Jedi. Who is she?

Today, Disney+ dropped the trailer for the second season of The Mandalorian, the first-ever live-action Star Wars series, and it was pretty spectacular:

I mean, the didgeridoos on the soundtrack alone guarantee that I will watch this.

There are lots of great scenes in there, from the Razor Crest flying alongside X-Wings to Baby Yoda encasing himself in his little floating pram while Mando Daddy Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) takes care of some bad guys.

But the trailer also raises questions. For instance, the first season ended with Mando deciding to travel the galaxy with Baby Yoda looking for his people, whom we have never met in the history of Star Wars. But according to the conversation between Mando and the Armorer (Emily Swallow), it sounds like Mando is actually going to deliver the Child to the Jedi, or what’s left of him.

“The songs of eons past tell of battles between Mandalore The Great, and an order of sorcerers called Jedi that fought with such powers,” the Armorer says. “You expect me to search the galaxy and deliver this creature to a race of enemy sorcerers?” Mando fires back. “This is the way,” the Armorer says, and there’s no arguing with that.

It’s interesting to hear the Jedi thought of as “enemy sorcerers,” but it’s true that the Mandalorians did fight against the Jedi in times of old, so they perhaps don’t have the best relationship. Also interesting to note is that at the time The Mandalorian is set, after Return of the Jedi but before The Force Awakens, there aren’t many Jedi left in the galaxy, so Mando’s search will be tricky indeed.

But do we see one in the trailer? Right as Mando and the Armorer are having their conversation, we see a hooded figure appear in the midst of a crowded city, and as people walk in front of her, she suddenly vanishes.

It definitely seems like a Jedi thing to do. They’re also fond of their hoods and cloaks.

And we have heard that a very beloved Jedi character will show up in The Mandalorian season 2: Ahsoka Tano, a character from Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels (both series overseen by The Mandalorian showrunner Dave Filoni, FYI) who trained under none other than Anakin Skywalker. (Technically she never finished her training, but we’ll let that slide.) The longtime rumor is that Ahsoka will be playing on The Mandalorian by Rosario Dawson, but thus far Disney hasn’t confirmed anything.

Until now? Is this figure Ahsoka? Well, probably not, because Ahsoka has orange skin, white facial markings, and a very distinctive blue-and-white striped headpiece that turns into points above her head and flows down in front of her shoulders like braids:

However, fans think the figure could be as associate of Ahsoka’s, and another character from Star Wars Rebels: the Mandalorian fighter Sabine Wren, who’s also been rumored to be on the show for awhile.

Sabine Wren is a Mandalorian warrior who helped free her home planet of Mandalore from the grip of the Empire during the Mandalorian Civil War, during the events of the original trilogy. At the end of Star Wars Rebels, she and Ahsoka took off together to find their friend Ezra Bridger, who had vanished into the far reaches of space. Might they cross paths with Mando and Baby Yoda during their search?

If they do, the episode could serve as a backdoor pilot for an Ahsoka Tano show, which has also been heavily rumored. (Really, the number of upcoming Star Wars shows both confirmed and rumored is sort of out of control.) But bringing Ahsoka and Sabine into The Mandalorian wouldn’t just be about building out a new Star Wars TV universe; these two could help Mando on his quest. If he’s looking for the Jedi, Ahsoka might know where to find some. As for Sabine, she’s wielded the Darksaber, an ancient Mandalorian weapon now possessed by the vile Moff Gideon, who surely did not come by it honestly. Mando could use all the info he can get about that weapon before he has to face Moff Gideon in battle.

Or we’re reading too much into this and the hooded figure is just a random mysterious person. Whoever the character is, she may be played by professional wrestler Sasha Banks, who’s rumored (I know, that word has come up a lot in this post) to be appearing in season 2. We’ll find out more when The Mandalorian season 2 premieres on Disney+ on October 30!

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Will Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat Sequel Arrive Before the Election?




Next month could be pretty significant for Sacha Baron Cohen. On October 16, Netflix will release The Trial of Chicago 7, Aaron Sorkin’s long-gestating film about the 1969 legal proceeding. It stars as Abbie Hoffman in a performance that’s already garnered Cohen strong reviews and received nascent Oscar buzz. But that film might not even be Cohen’s biggest contribution to the discourse over the next four weeks. That’s because the comedian also appears to have his own October surprise in store: a sequel to Borat that was filmed in secret. It allegedly interrogates the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic as well as President Donald Trump’s relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, and could be released before Election Day.

That, at least, is what separate reports from film websites Collider and The Film Stage revealed earlier this month, as both sites reported on apparent test screenings of the project. But Cohen has been leaving his own trail of breadcrumbs for weeks. In June, a disguised Cohen crashed a far-right rally in Washington State and performed a savage parody song critical of Dr. Anthony Fauci, Bill Gates, and other “mask-wearers” who have preached scientific fact during the coronavirus pandemic.

In July, former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani called the police on Cohen, again wearing a disguise, after he surprised Giuliani in a spoof interview. “This guy comes running in, wearing a crazy, what I would say was a pink transgender outfit,” Giuliani told the New York Post. “It was a pink bikini, with lace, underneath a translucent mesh top, it looked absurd. He had the beard, bare legs, and wasn’t what I would call distractingly attractive.”

After he called the police, Giuliani alleged, Cohen ran off. “I only later realized it must have been Sacha Baron Cohen. I thought about all the people he previously fooled and I felt good about myself because he didn’t get me,” Giuliani said. At the time, a representative for Cohen did not comment on the Giuliani interview; Vanity Fair has reached out to Cohen’s reps about Borat 2 and has not yet heard back.

In August, a video emerged of Cohen, dressed as Borat, driving through the streets of Los Angeles.

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Everything Coming In The Japan World Update




With the new Japan world update, players have access to a redesigned portion of MSF’s world map to fly over and six new airports to land at in Japan.

Microsoft Flight Simulator has become one of the hottest games of the summer after releasing just a few weeks ago.  The updated graphics and new areas of the world to explore have pulled in players from all over the globe. With the new Japan World update, players have access to a redesigned portion of the world map to fly over and six new airports to land at. There’s new landing challenges in and around six Japanese cities that have been updated using high-resolution 3D photogrammetry. The free update will go live on September 29.

Microsoft Flight Simulator isn’t a simple game. It simulates flight using real-world data along with precise globe-mapping, alongside realistic, stunning graphics. It’s beautiful to look down from the window of a plane and see recognizable landmarks or realistic representation of land forms in whatever area the player chooses to fly over. There’s also lots of real-world weather data that’s used to make Microsoft Flight Simulator as realistic as possible.

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The Japan update, or Microsoft Flight Simulator’s World Update 1, as the devs call it, focuses on six cities in The Land of the Rising Sun: Yokohama, Tokyo, Takamatsu, Tokushima, Sendai, and Utsunomiya. There’s also six airports that received major attention during the update: Hachijo-jima island Airport, Kerama Airport, Kushiro Airport, Nagasaki Airport, Shimojishima Airport, and Suwanosejima Airport.

What MSF’s Update Changed

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The designs for the new airports come along with landing challenges in and around the Airports. There’s no assisted landing features in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, and so it will take a few practice lands before players should head over to Japan to try and land in Hachijo-jima Airport, which is located on a volcanic island.

There’s updates to specific buildings in Japan. Cultural landmarks like Himeji Castle and the Kobe Port Tower strongly define the country’s architectural personality, while natural features of the land like Mt. Fuji and Matsushima Bay stick out of the landscape in the most pleasant way. The game offers an experience much better than browsing Google for images, because the landmarks and architecture are able to be viewed from any angle. The experience is visually rich at varying altitudes, which creates an authentic flight experience. Just switch on Auto-Pilot and enjoy the view.

The release of updates for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 will alternate between World Updates and Simulation Updates. Developers Asobo Studios will continue to make these updates free, but will also mix DLC content into the game as time goes along. Since this update focuses on the world of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, the next update players should expect to see is expected to focus on the simulation aspect of the game, and could include new planes. As for the Japan World Update, there’s six new cities and six new airports to keep players busy.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator can be played on Xbox One and PC.

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Jeff Daniels’ ‘Instant Credibility’ Makes James Comey a Hero in ‘The Comey Rule’




“I was about to throw up on my shoes,” Comey said of the experience of watching Jeff Daniels and Brendan Gleeson reenacting his one-on-one dinner scene with POTUS.

Fired by President Donald Trump in May 2017, former FBI Director James Comey’s first reaction to writer-director Billy Ray and producer Shane Salerno adapting his 2018 memoir was “Hell no,” he said in a recent live Washington Post Zoom interview. “I didn’t want to be part of such a thing. They talked me into it.”

Ray wrote “The Comey Rule” as a story about how heartbreaking it can be to be a public servant. It was because of that take that Comey finally agreed, after months of resisting, to give him the rights to adapt his “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership.” The resulting two-part limited series launched Sunday on Showtime.

On a certain level, Comey’s hesitation was understandable. “Start with the fact that the guy to play him was in ‘Dumb and Dumber,’” said Emmy-winner Jeff Daniels (“The Newsroom”), who, in fact, brings his trademark decency and gravitas to the role. (He’s also 6’3″ to Comey’s 6’8″.)

But Ray wanted Daniels because “he brings instant credibility,” Ray said in a phone interview. “You know the guy’s telling you the truth. With someone as polarizing as Comey, that’s an important hire. Jeff is someone America already trusted.”

Equally important, Comey is quiet and contained; he’s got a poker face. “I needed to have an actor so confident that he wouldn’t be thrown by the fact Trump is the bells and whistles fireworks part in this show,” Ray said, “an actor who can trust his own stillness and quietude and know a lot of power in that.”

“The movie shows you what he’s thinking,” said Daniels, who listened to Comey read his own audiobook. “You put the thought in your head and show what he was thinking. I had so much, I could hear his voice in my head. We tried to show you him thinking about what to do, moment to moment. His decisions were so often between a rock and a hard place.”

According to Comey, his literary agents had to force him to include the most incendiary material in the book: his one-on-one meetings with Trump, who is played with powerful menace by Brendan Gleeson. “I didn’t want to write a book,” said Comey, who scribbled notes after each Trump meeting. “I wanted to leave the Trump stuff out…I wanted to share a message about institutional values, about these people and the values they represent in American life. I’m sensitive to criticism. I don’t like the narrative that I’m a showboat…the idea of a screen production of my book made me cringe.”

It turned out that Ray “had a lot to say about the Trump presidency,” he told me. “It was making me slightly crazy, the way he was talking about the Deep State, which is just a bunch of public servants who cared about their country and the apolitical intentions of its most important institutions. I was looking for a way to express this idea.”

Salerno told Comey that this was the way he could get his message to more young people than would ever read his bestseller. When Comey talked it over with his wife Patricia (played in the series by Jennifer Ehle), they decided to cooperate, after all, without conditions.

Comey chose the Oscar-nominated Ray (for the adapted screenplay for “Captain Phillips”) for the adaptation “because I knew he would tell the truth. I’m a human being. I have strengths and weaknesses. I didn’t care how I was portrayed. I wanted the institution shown in an honest way. There’s a whole lot flying around about the FBI; I knew Billy had a passion for truth. That’s what sold me.”

And Ray returns the compliment. During all the research and phone, email and in-person interviews that he did with dozens of players including Comey, he told me, he “has never said a word in public that has been proven false, ever, not even questionable. You can’t say that about Trump or [Michael] Flynn. He tells the truth. You may disagree with this interpretation of things, but that guy doesn’t lie, manipulate or spin.”

Billy Ray, Jeff Daniels and James Comey at a live video interview for “The Comey Rule.”

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To diffuse some of the criticism about Comey, Ray has U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (Scoot McNairy) lay out the showboating claim right at the top of the show. “I know people are conflicted about James Comey,” he told me. “Who better to preach that than Rod Rosenstein, because he’s the Salieri to Comey’s Mozart. He’s the guy who would like to be a leader but doesn’t have it. He’s the one who asks James Comey, ‘Please come talk to my team about leadership.’”

One criticism of “The Comey Rule” is that it glorifies Comey as a Washington do-gooder. “I never thought of it that way,” said Ray, who transitioned from movies to television with this series. “I never thought about how to make Comey into a hero. I thought, ‘Let’s put the world in Jim Comey’s shoes for five minutes, create a story, and go inside the rooms and the decisions he made that so profoundly affected the electorate.’

“We tell the truth and present the facts,” he said. “This is what Jim Comey was facing. Here were the facts, pressures, constraints, and political realities. ‘What would you have done?’ It’s not my way of saying he did the right thing or the wrong thing. It’s the thought process that went into those decisions, and the staff around him [most of whom have since left the FBI], challenging and/or amplifying those decisions. It was a noble process, the intentions of the process were pure.”

In fact, “The Comey Rule” refers to the ex-FBI chief’s Achilles heel. After all, he’s the executive who insisted on investigating Hillary Clinton’s emails on the eve of the presidential election that swung into Trump’s favor. As Ray was talking to people at the DOJ, one of them told him that they came up with that term, he said, “for when you have such a fierce belief in your own perspective that it supersedes the norms of the DOJ.”

After his research, Ray took a 144-page treatment to the networks, selling the project to CBS because it could go to either streamer CBS All-Access or premium cabler Showtime. The drama easily broke into two parts. Night One ends with the election of Trump, and Night Two starts with his taking office. “At the end of Night One we made the case there’s a shark in the water,” said Ray, “and as we go to break, our hero is in the water, ‘Now what’s going to happen?’ I thought a lot about ‘Jaws’ as we were making this: the decision to hold off on seeing the shark for as long as humanly possible, so that when you do, it really pops. You don’t see the shark until your hero does.”

Having directed two features (“Shattered Glass” and “Secret in Their Eyes”), Ray was eager to take the reins on the $40-million four-hour limited series after another director dropped out. In some ways it felt the same, he said. “I shot ‘Shattered Glass’ on a 28-day schedule and this was two movies on a 51-day schedule. We were moving faster,” he said.

How to handle the first dramatic interpretation of Trump caused some anxiety — it would be so easy to overplay him. “We’re not doing a cartoon version of Trump,” Ray said. “I feel if we portray him accurately, he is by definition cartoonish, so we made the decision to play him straight to the extent we could. His hair couldn’t be a joke even though the hair is as ridiculous as Trump, and his suits fit better. We did not do a ridiculous voice or mannerisms.”

And Trump makes a strong villain. Gleeson, who initially resisted accepting the role, does not dismiss him as stupid. “You’d never call a mob boss an idiot,” Ray said. “Brendan is a brilliant actor with incredible physicality. Most important, he’s fearless. He was worried [how it would be received.] That’s why he’s sitting in Dublin right now not doing press. He knows how much blowback there’s going to be. He’s hiding under a rock 8,000 miles from here.”

Comey got the shakes when he sat in a director’s chair on the set during the filming of his one-on-one dinner scene with Trump. “I was about to throw up on my shoes,” he said, “sitting in the dark as they recreated what I lived in a way I found very disturbing. I found it really difficult to relive…it hit me like a wave.”

He recalled how his mind raced as he asked himself, “‘How do I protect the FBI? What do I say?’ I was trying to maintain distance. ‘How do I do that now?’ Watching that scene, Jeff doesn’t say anything, but you can see the turmoil by looking at his eyes and the way he’s holding his jaw.”

“You’ve ruined my day,” he told Daniels. “You brought back the struggle, the awkwardness.”

“That’s my job in a nutshell,” Daniels said, “without saying a lot, to show you all that. If the guy I’m playing saw it, touchdown! I’m there.”

Jeff Daniels and Brendan Gleeson play James Comey and Donald Trump in “The Comey Rule.”

It was the plan to air late “The Comey Rule” in May or June, but some higher-ups at Showtime parent Viacom decided to air the series after the election. Ray objected, saying that the cast delivered spectacular performances, notably Daniels. After his letter of apology to his cast was leaked to The New York Times, Showtime redated the series. “We wanted the world to see the biggest number you can get,” Ray said, “to air it before the election was white hot, a lot of eyeballs. After it’s an historical artifact you don’t get as many.”

Comey remains surprised that 53 Republicans, members of U.S. Senate, “took the oath to support the Constitution and twisted it,” he said, referring to the vote on the second count of impeachment towards Trump, that of Obstruction of Congress. “They told themselves a story, that ‘the American people need me, and if I stand up, I might lose a primary, or deprive the American people of my services.’ We have to remember what goes on so that it isn’t repeated.”

In case anyone was wondering, Comey is endorsing Joe Biden. “A new Attorney General will work to restore commitment to values,” he said.

“The rule of law is on the ballot as well,” Daniels said. “If we don’t have that we are no longer the America we keep telling everybody that we are.”

“The Comey Rule” airs its second episode Monday, September 28 at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime. The limited series will then be available to stream in full on Showtime.

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