Posts Tagged ‘Politics’

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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Subscriber Podcast #11 - Contagion and the CDC's PR Coup

Subscriber Podcast #11 – Contagion and the CDC’s PR Coup

The 2011 pandemic thriller Contagion was a massive PR boost for the CDC.  In this month's subscriber-only podcast I examine the film and nearly 1000 pages of documents from the CDC about their involvement in helping to make the film, what they thought of it, and the promotional events they ...
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9/11 and the Legacy of Al Qaeda - Tom on Porkins Policy Radio

9/11 and the Legacy of Al Qaeda – Tom on Porkins Policy Radio

Despite being a bit drunk and tired, I joined Pearse for the first hour of his radio show this week to discuss 9/11, the emotional impact of the anniversary and the legacy of Al Qaeda.  We touched on my Alternative History of Al Qaeda series as well as asking if ...
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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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Is American Made CIA Propaganda?

Is American Made CIA Propaganda?

The new Tom Cruise film American Made bears all the hallmarks of being CIA-Hollywood propaganda.  This mini-documentary explores Cruise and director Doug Liman's connections with the CIA and how the marketing for the film suggests it'll be nothing more than a remake of Blow, but with Barry Seal's name in ...
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ClandesTime 120 - The Pentagon's Hostile Takeover of Hollywood

ClandesTime 120 – The Pentagon’s Hostile Takeover of Hollywood

In recent years the Pentagon have not only expanded their operations in the entertainment industry, they have aggressively and pro-actively tried to expand their influence on Hollywood. This week we take a look at how they are trying to cosy up to studio moguls, make friends and influence people, and ...
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ClandesTime 119 - The Cinema of the Inside Job

ClandesTime 119 – The Cinema of the Inside Job

The 1996 action thriller The Long Kiss Goodnight was only a modest commercial and critical success, but is a cult classic in the 9/11 ‘truth movement’ because it appears to predict the attacks. This week we analyse the film, its apparent predictive qualities, its commentary on the 1993 WTC bombing ...
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Kong: Skull Island - Tom on Uncle the Podcast

Kong: Skull Island – Tom on Uncle the Podcast

In our latest film review Aaron, Uncle and I dissect the blockbuster Kong: Skull Island (in typically anarchic fashion).  We talk about different kinds of monster movies, the film's anti-war message and what to expect from the MonsterVerse going forward.  We also touch on the Vietnamese government support for Kong, ...
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The Influence of Military/Security Agencies on Hollywood - Tom on Unauthorized Disclosure

The Influence of Military/Security Agencies on Hollywood – Tom on Unauthorized Disclosure

Kevin Gosztola interviewed me for Unauthorized Disclosure about National Security Cinema.  This was a different kind of interview, as many of Kevin's questions and comments were about why it matters that the CIA, Pentagon and other agencies are influencing Hollywood scripts. Via ShadowProof: On this week’s “Unauthorized Disclosure” podcast, host ...
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