Posts Tagged ‘NASA’

Pentagon Production Assistance Agreements for Iron Man 1&2

Pentagon Production Assistance Agreements for Iron Man 1&2

The first two Iron Man movies are far more important to cinematic history than their daft scripts, super-arrogant star performer and cartoonish presentation might suggest.  Between them they made over $1.2 billion worldwide and established the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which has since become the biggest film franchise of all time.  ...
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ClandesTime 089 - Conspiracy Theories: The Moon Landings

ClandesTime 089 – Conspiracy Theories: The Moon Landings

I don't believe any of the alternative theories about the moon landings but this week I thought it would be fun to explore some of the arguments around these seminal events.  We begin by looking at some of the arguments people have made in support of the conspiracy theories and ...
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NASA Production Agreement for The Avengers

NASA Production Agreement for The Avengers

NASA's Multimedia Liaison Office was founded in the 1990s but they have recently become more aggressively involved in the entertainment industry.  In particular they have replaced the Pentagon as the most prominent government agency working on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the world's biggest film franchise, working on The Avengers, Captain ...
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Review: Silver Screen Saucers

Review: Silver Screen Saucers

Have you ever wondered about the relationship between UFOs or aliens in movies and the real-life experiences of people who report contact or abduction or witnessing these things?  Have you ever wondered whether the government is using UFO movies to influence people's perceptions of these fringe but popular and captivating ...
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ClandesTime 073 - Conspiracy Mockumentaries

ClandesTime 073 – Conspiracy Mockumentaries

Mockumentary is perhaps the best sub-genre of cinema, and conspiracy-themed mockumentaries even more so.  In this episode we look at four films - The Conspiracy, The Last Broadcast, Trollhunter and Apollo 18 - and examine why conspiracy mockumentaries are so good.  The blend of realistic documentary formats with fantastical and ...
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The DOD and Hollywood - Tom Secker on The Opperman Report

The DOD and Hollywood – Tom Secker on The Opperman Report

Ed Opperman invited me back onto his show to discuss the Pentagon's involvement in Hollywood and the rest of the entertainment industry.  We talked about my FOIA successes of recent months and what they reveal about the scale of the DOD's involvement in the industry.  The aggressive nature of the ...
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The New X-Files: Conspiracy Culture Going Mainstream or Going Batshit?

The New X-Files: Conspiracy Culture Going Mainstream or Going Batshit?

The internet is awash with talk of the new mini-season of The X-Files.  As predicted, conspiracy theorists have been particular susceptible to the charms of the reborn UFO extravanganza, searching for clues and meaning in every line and frame of the show.  Having now watched the opening two episodes (My ...
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The Pentagon, NASA and Comic-Con

The Pentagon, NASA and Comic-Con

Comic-Con has been a useful (and fun) hunting ground for the Pentagon's entertainment liaison offices for several years, but NASA have recently jumped on the bandwagon.  The combination of nerds and sci-fi fanatics has proven too alluring to ignore and so one of the world's biggest scientific institutions has joined ...
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ClandesTime 067 - 2015 in State Sponsored Movies: A Year in Review

ClandesTime 067 – 2015 in State Sponsored Movies: A Year in Review

2015 was an important year in government-assisted entertainment.  Several major franchises - the Marvel Cinematic Universe, James Bond, Terminator, Fast and Furious, Mission: Impossible - released their latest films. All of these enjoyed the involvement of government agents and agencies.  In this episode I review this year's state-sponsored movies (or ...
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NASA Media Liaison/Public Affairs Documents

NASA Media Liaison/Public Affairs Documents

Just like most major government agencies, NASA has been involved in the entertainment industry for decades.  For 2001: A Space Odyssey Stanley Kubrick hired several technical advisors including Frederick Ordway III, NASA astronaut Donald Slayton and the senior administrator of the Apollo project George Mueller. Kubrick with technical advisers for ...
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