Posts Tagged ‘Hollywood’

Alaska, the Air Force and the Science and Entertainment Exchange

Alaska, the Air Force and the Science and Entertainment Exchange

Newly released reports from the US Air Force Entertainment Liaison Office (ELO) confirm their continuing influence over the political content of the productions they support and refer to a mysterious event called the 'Alaska CLT'.  The role of the Science and Entertainment Exchange - technically a non-governmental body - was ...
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Violent Sadism and a Mink Glove - How the BBFC Censored Thunderball

Violent Sadism and a Mink Glove – How the BBFC Censored Thunderball

The James Bond films, like the books on which they are based, have always pushed the boundaries of acceptable portraits of sex and violence.  Documents from the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) show how for Thunderball they reviewed the script, recommending many changes if the film was to achieve ...
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British Police began vetting film scripts in 1946 - but feared losing 'aura of secrecy and glamour'

British Police began vetting film scripts in 1946 – but feared losing ‘aura of secrecy and glamour’

In post-war Britain the Metropolitan Police were concerned about how they were being portrayed in films so they instituted a policy of vetting film scripts.  However, they were concerned that by seeking a more public profile and engaging with the film industry that they would lose the 'aura of secrecy ...
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Like a Blind Man at an Orgy, I was Going to Have to Feel Things Out

Like a Blind Man at an Orgy, I was Going to Have to Feel Things Out

In 1961 the FBI conducted a brief investigation into Lieutenant Frank Drebin, better known as actor Leslie Nielsen.  A request arrived from the Canadian authorities so the Bureau found the women they mentioned and asked her about Nielsen, who she said she hadn't seen in over a decade.  Another day ...
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Prince's FBI File Release Proves the Bureau Favours Mainstream Media FOIA Requests

Prince’s FBI File Release Proves the Bureau Favours Mainstream Media FOIA Requests

The Bureau recently released some documents on Prince in response to FOIA requests from numerous media outlets, including Spy Culture.  In the last few days Jezebel, Vanity Fair and other major outlets have reported on this, but at the time of writing it appears MuckRock have yet to receive their ...
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Security Gone Bananas for the Filming of Star Trek

Security Gone Bananas for the Filming of Star Trek

Code names, vehicle searches, non-disclosure agreements, escorts for foreign nationals - when the producers of Star Trek: Into Darkness wanted to film at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, they probably weren't expecting this.  Newly-released Dept. of Energy documents show the absurd level of security around the filming and how a ...
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The Movie Producer and the Israeli Nuclear Smuggling Ring

The Movie Producer and the Israeli Nuclear Smuggling Ring

Arnon Milchan is the Hollywood mogul behind films as diverse as JFK, Pretty Woman, Brazil, Fight Club, LA Confidential and Alvin and the Chipmunks.  He was also an Israeli spy involved in smuggling equipment for the development of nuclear weapons.  Milchan has spoken publicly about his role in this scandal, ...
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J Edgar Hoover Didn't Like Federal Dick

J Edgar Hoover Didn’t Like Federal Dick

The FBI's involvement in Hollywood began in the early 1930s - before it was even called the FBI.  In 1933 MGM approached the Bureau about producing a series of short films based on real-life criminal cases.  They were provided access to Bureau files and in exchange agreed to let J ...
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Subscriber Podcast #7 - The Pentagon and Political Correctness

Subscriber Podcast #7 – The Pentagon and Political Correctness

In this month's subscriber-only podcast I look at the notion that Hollywood is a liberal propaganda machine supported by the government.  Looking through the reports of the Pentagon's Entertainment Liaison Offices I find examples where a socially and politically conservative agenda, not a liberal agenda, is encouraged, enhanced and promoted ...
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'Miss Spears was not a public item during Desert Storm' - Marine Corps Movie Script Notes

‘Miss Spears was not a public item during Desert Storm’ – Marine Corps Movie Script Notes

In early 2009 independent film makers Jon Stevens and Frank Jones approached the US Marine Corps entertainment liaison office with a request to review their comedy script Beverly Hills Marine, set during Operation Desert Storm.  In response to a FOIA request the USMC provided me a copy of the notes ...
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