Posts Tagged ‘Hollywood’

Subscriber Podcast #13 - Sex, Lies and Hollywood

Subscriber Podcast #13 – Sex, Lies and Hollywood

In this month's subscriber podcast I look at recent spate of allegations - and in some cases more than allegations - against a string of Hollywood bigwigs and media celebrities. I examine the selective media dialogue around these events, and how it poisons everything it touches and is deeply sexist ...
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Have the CIA relaxed their rules about filming Langley?

Have the CIA relaxed their rules about filming Langley?

In last weekend's ClandesTime I discussed how the CIA no longer allow film-makers to shoot footage of the CIA headquarters, leading the producers of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation to re-use old footage of Langley, but it appears they may have relaxed this rule and are now allowing filming, or ...
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ClandesTime 125 - Why Can't You Film at Langley Any More?

ClandesTime 125 – Why Can’t You Film at Langley Any More?

The first movie to film at CIA Headquarters at Langley was Scorpio in the early 1970s. The last major film was Argo in 2012. Sometime in 2014 the CIA stopped letting film-makers shoot footage on the CIA campus. This week I examine this decision by analysing the last two films ...
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ClandesTime 124 - Has Hollywood Run Out of Ideas? (and what the govt. is doing to help)

ClandesTime 124 – Has Hollywood Run Out of Ideas? (and what the govt. is doing to help)

The book of Ecclesiastes tells us, ‘The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.’  Even the idea that there is nothing new is thousands of years old ...
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When MGM invited the CIA director to watch War Games - and he went

When MGM invited the CIA director to watch War Games – and he went

In April 1983 MGM sent a priority cable to CIA headquarters, inviting director Bill Casey to a special screening of their new feature War Games, starring Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy.  The private screening was hosted by the MPAA building in Washington D.C., and even more surprising than the invitation ...
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Spies, Washington and Hollywood - Tom on Gorilla Radio

Spies, Washington and Hollywood – Tom on Gorilla Radio

Chris Cook invited me back on Gorilla Radio to continue our conversation on all things spy-related.  We talked about some of the differences between the British and American intelligence agencies, the role John Le Carré plays in the British spy fiction landscape, the new film American Made and how to ...
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'Do Not Discuss Politics on the Base' - Air Force documents on Hollywood Civic Leader Tour

‘Do Not Discuss Politics on the Base’ – Air Force documents on Hollywood Civic Leader Tour

Just prior to the 2016 Presidential Election the US Air Force took several dozen Hollywood figures on a Civic Leader Tour of military facilities in Alaska, as part of their ongoing attempts to gain friends and influence in Tinseltown.  While the Air Force entertainment liaison office would not tell me ...
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Hollywood and Washington - Tom and Matt on Level Talk

Hollywood and Washington – Tom and Matt on Level Talk

John Harrison of Sputnik radio's Level Talk invited Matt and I on to talk about National Security Cinema and the relationship between Hollywood and Washington.  In this rapid-fire interview we touched on the history of this relationship, its impact on scripts, why writers and producers go along with the government's ...
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CDC documents on Contagion

CDC documents on Contagion

While the 2011 plague thriller Contagion did benefit from military support it is perhaps more important for being the big screen debut of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  This lesser-known government agency recently released nearly 1000 pages of internal documents on their role in supporting the movie, ...
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ClandesTime 121 - Operation Terror

ClandesTime 121 – Operation Terror

This week I am joined by Robbie Martin and Pearse Redmond to review and analyse the low budget conspiracy thriller Operation Terror. We analyse the plot – where a member of the Council on Foreign Relations recruits a CIA officer to prepare and carry out the 9/11 attacks – and ...
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