Posts Tagged ‘Sony Pictures’

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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Profile: Richard Klein

Profile: Richard Klein

Richard Klein is one of the most important people in the entertainment industry that you have never heard of -  a former State Department employee who now works for McLarty Associates - an elite Washington DC law firm - as their liaison to Hollywood.  Klein has worked with most of ...
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The CIA and Hollywood 15 - SALT

The CIA and Hollywood 15 – SALT

Rounding off this second season we take a look at SALT, the 2010 action thriller starring Angelina Jolie as a CIA officer accused of being a Russian sleeper agent.  We chart the development of the film, from its origins as an attempt to recreate the Bourne franchise, through Amy Pascal ...
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The CIA and Hollywood 14 - Zero Dark Thirty

The CIA and Hollywood 14 – Zero Dark Thirty

Robbie Martin is our final guest for this season as we dissect the 2012 docudrama Zero Dark Thirty. We discussed the difficulty in defining what kind of film this is - somewhere between a spy thriller, a documentary and a dry European art house movie. We get into the well-documented ...
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The DOD's Full Spectrum Dominance of the Entertainment Industry

The DOD’s Full Spectrum Dominance of the Entertainment Industry

The traditional model of the DOD's ELOs says that they simply wait for requests from the entertainment industry for production assistance and then review the script and decide whether or not to help.  This is how the process is described in the DOD instruction 5410.16 on Assistance to Entertainment-Oriented Motion ...
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CIA Inspector General's Report on Engagement with the Entertainment Industry

CIA Inspector General’s Report on Engagement with the Entertainment Industry

In the wake of the scandal over the CIA giving classified information to the makers of Zero Dark Thirty the Agency's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) carried out an audit into their involvement in the entertainment industry.  The report heavily criticises the CIA's entertainment liaison office (ELO) for terrible ...
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Disinfowars 6 - No Easy Day

Disinfowars 6 – No Easy Day

In this episode I do a critical review of No Easy Day, the real-life story written by a former Navy SEAL who was on the Abbottabad raid. I look at the controversy around the book, which is still going on, and ask whether it is all either a smokescreen or ...
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The CIA and The Social Network - The CIA and Hollywood 05

The CIA and The Social Network – The CIA and Hollywood 05

Thomas Sheridan joins us to talk about the 2010 film The Social Network, which tells the story of the origins of facebook.  We discuss the class struggle portrayed in the story, the mechanism by which the film could have been influenced by the CIA, the archetypes in the finely-produced melodrama ...
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The CIA's Nest of Vipers at Sony Pictures

The CIA’s Nest of Vipers at Sony Pictures

Last autumn's hack of Sony Pictures achieved several things - promoting their comedy film The Interview, creating a minor political storm that increased tensions with North Korea, and helping to cement the increasingly solid relationship between the White House, Hollywood and the intelligence services.  Recently, wikileaks published the entire fruits ...
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The Interview and the CIA's propaganda balloons

The Interview and the CIA’s propaganda balloons

Today it has been widely reported that South Korean activists have begun sending as many as 100,000 balloons with copies of The Interview into North Korea.  This story was first reported in December last year, only days before the film was formally released, and the tale has been recycled several ...
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