Posts Tagged ‘Hollywood’

National Security Cinema - Tom and Matt on Media Roots

National Security Cinema – Tom and Matt on Media Roots

Robbie Martin invited Matt and I onto Media Roots to talk about our new book National Security Cinema.  We discussed a lot of the core material - the scripts changes and political censorship enforced by the Pentagon and CIA - we spent much of this discussion looking at the industry ...
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National Security Cinema - Tom Secker on Geopolitics and Empire

National Security Cinema – Tom Secker on Geopolitics and Empire

Hrvoje Moric invited me onto his podcast Geopolitics and Empire to talk about our new book National Security Cinema.  We get into the difficulties of researching this topic, how Matt and I managed to break through the veil of secrecy to make public this information about government manipulation of Hollywood, ...
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The ‘Civilianization’ of Movie Scripts

The ‘Civilianization’ of Movie Scripts

While Hollywood is generally supportive of the government - and of the military in particular - the Pentagon faces a problem.  In order to stand out from the crowd and make their screenplays a bit different to the usual schlock, screenwriters like to include subversive elements and aspects, even in ...
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The US Army and Using Fat People for Entertainment

The US Army and Using Fat People for Entertainment

The latest reports from the US Army's entertainment liaison office brings us almost up to date on their activities, which includes support to everything from the film Jackie to History Channel documentaries and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.  One continued theme is the military support not just for cookery programmes but ...
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The US Army's Very Friendly Relationship with Warner Bros.

The US Army’s Very Friendly Relationship with Warner Bros.

Newly-released reports from the US Army's entertainment liaison office show that they maintain a close and friendly relationship with Warner Bros., enabling them to get involved at early stages of major films and wield considerable influence over their content.  While Warner have a reputation for making some of the darker, ...
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National Security Cinema - New Book Reveals Government Censorship/Propaganda in Hollywood

National Security Cinema – New Book Reveals Government Censorship/Propaganda in Hollywood

National Security Cinema is a new book that uses over 4,000 pages of documents to reveal government censorship and propaganda in Hollywood.  From the Pentagon's rewriting of James Bond to the CIA's manipulation of Meet the Parents this is the biggest and best book ever written about military-intelligence propaganda in ...
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National Security Cinema - Tom Secker and Matt Alford on PPR

National Security Cinema – Tom Secker and Matt Alford on PPR

Good friend Pearse Redmond invited Matt and I on his radio show to talk about our new book National Security Cinema: The Shocking New Evidence of Government Control in Hollywood.  We discussed the new evidence that provoked us into writing this book, looked at some of the case studies including ...
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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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