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DOD Production Agreement for Godzilla (2014)

DOD Production Agreement for Godzilla (2014)

This production agreement between the Department of Defense and Nautilus Productions LLC is relatively typical, from the handful I have seen, and so provides a useful benchmark for how the DOD-Hollywood relationship works.  It is very similar, for example, to the equivalent agreement for Battleship. The first US attempt at ...
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Philip K Dick FBI file

Philip K Dick FBI file

This file was originally released as a result of the author Philip K Dick requesting his own file.  While these documents have been released and reported on before, only a few pages of it were available online when we did an episode of ClandesTime on Minority Report so I submitted ...
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1964 DOD Instruction on Support for Entertainment

1964 DOD Instruction on Support for Entertainment

In another response to my Fun with FOIA project I today received a copy of the 1964 Pentagon doctrine on providing assistance to the entertainment industry.  This directive precedes the 1988 version published here, and to my knowledge is now the oldest such document available online. DOD Instruction 5410.16 titled ...
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ClandesTime 047 - Cultural Warfare and Free Speech

ClandesTime 047 – Cultural Warfare and Free Speech

Joining me for this discussion is Guillermo Jimenez along with regular guest Pearse Redmond. We talked about three recent examples of the crossover of popular culture and politics – the film The Interview, the attack on Charlie Hedbo magazine in Paris, and American Sniper. We talked about how the popular ...
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Review: Olympus Has Fallen and White House Down

Review: Olympus Has Fallen and White House Down

I recently had the displeasure of watching Olympus Has Fallen, one of a pair of 2013 movies about a terrorist attack on the White House, and a lone hero fighting back like Bruce Willis in Die Hard. Just like when in 1998 the identikit asteroid disaster movies Armageddon and Deep ...
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Forthcoming series: The CIA and Hollywood

Forthcoming series: The CIA and Hollywood

Launching in April of this year The CIA and Hollywood is a new series by Pearse Redmond and Tom Secker.  The first season will have seven episodes where we will mostly focus on modern films, with guest appearances on five of the shows. The full list: Episode 1: The CIA ...
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Gladio B Roundtable with Sibel Edmonds, Pearse Redmond and Tom Secker

Gladio B Roundtable with Sibel Edmonds, Pearse Redmond and Tom Secker

Following on from our discussion on The Lone Gladio Sibel, Pearse and I took a run at some of the wider geopolitical issues around Gladio B. In this highly interesting and provocative conversation we also got into some very interesting philosphical areas, which will no doubt form part of our ...
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ClandesTime 046 - Tron

ClandesTime 046 – Tron

Aaron Franz joined me to talk about the 1982 film Tron, as well as its recent sequel Tron: Legacy.  In this in-depth conversation we talked about comparisons with other films including The Wizard of Oz and the Matrix trilogy, the long standing relationship between Disney, who produced Tron, and the ...
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Canadian Intelligence deny any involvement in entertainment production

Canadian Intelligence deny any involvement in entertainment production

A ClandesTime listener filed a FOIA request with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service for information about their involvement in film and TV production.  In their response they deny having ever been involved in any productions, just like the US Marshals Service.  While this is somewhat doubtful, it is possible as ...
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Review: The Interview

Review: The Interview

The last several weeks have been among the most interesting in recent Hollywood history.  Never before have we see the President, the FBI and George Clooney speaking with one voice, expressing deeply felt concern about a third-rate comedy set in a third-world failed state (note: filmed on location in Canada).  ...
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