Posts Tagged ‘Hollywood’

Pentagon Production Assistance Agreements for Transformers

Published November 30th 2016

Despite only producing 4 films so far the Transformers series is already one of the top 10 movie series of all time. In a paradox that encapsulates much of Hollywood, it appears that the worse the Transformers films get the better they do at the box office. These production assistance agreements shed some light on how, just like the early films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the first three Transformers films benefited from large scale support from the Pentagon.

ClandesTime 093 – The Pentagon and the Cinematic Universe

Published November 27th 2016

In less than 10 years Marvel has created the biggest money-making film franchise of all time with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, this probably wouldn’t have been possible without the help of the Pentagon. In this episode we examine the rise of the MCU, the Pentagon’s involvement, and the fallout of their disagreements when making The Avengers. We round off looking at the creative implications of the cinematic universe becoming the new model for Hollywood.

Did the Dept. of Energy invent the ‘Making Of’ video?

Published October 26th 2016

The Department of Energy has a minor but interesting role in the history of Hollywood, providing shooting locations for Tron (1982) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. I am still awaiting documents on Star Trek but the DoE have provided me with another of their records on Tron – a kind of in house making of video.

National Guard emails on Brüno

Published October 25th 2016

2009’s Brüno is probably the most shallow of Sacha Baron Cohen’s movies, based almost solely around the comedy of irritation and embarrassment. However, the story of its production is quite fascinating and a great example of how to get the state to accidentally or unwittingly sponsor your movie. Emails from the US National Guard show how the production company duped the military into thinking they were making a straight documentary, when in reality they were making a mockumentary about a gay Austrian fashionista.

UN Make Wonder Woman an Ambassador

Published October 24th 2016

This isn’t just getting out of hand – it’s out of hand. You did not read this incorrectly, the United Nations have made Wonder Woman an honorary ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls. Presumably that’s because the UN thinks that actually empowering women and girls is best associated with quasi-feminist fantasies in comic books. Is this just a DC Studios marketing campaign? This is a bit of a rant.

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