Posts Tagged ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

ClandesTime 094 – How Many Films has the Pentagon Supported?

The Department of Defense is the government agency with the largest and most influential operations in Hollywood. But to how many films have they provided production assistance? How many movies have they supported? In this episode we explore the answer to this question, why it is so difficult to answer ...
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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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Review: The CIA in Hollywood

Tricia Jenkins' The CIA in Hollywood was one of the books that inspired me to start this site, and the recently published second edition expands considerably on the original.  Because the CIA is resistant to FOIA requests and other forms of inquiry, Jenkins amassed a wide range of open source ...
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Operation Snowden? – Tom Secker on TMR

Julian from The Mind Renewed invited me onto his show to discuss my view of the Edward Snowden phenomenon.  Via TMR: Remember what the world used to be like - before 2013 - when all our electronic communications were being scooped up by intelligence agencies and stored in massive data ...
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CIA Inspector General’s Report on Engagement with the Entertainment Industry

Jump to documents 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 ...
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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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Al Pacino as Leon Panetta?

On May 3rd 2011, the day after the raid that supposedly killed Osama Bin Laden, CIA director Leon Panetta suggested that Al Pacino should play him in movie versions of the story.  He made the remark during a pre-planned tour of CIA headquarters by 25 new members of congress.  This ...
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The Edward Snowden Movie

From my new site Humanarchy.net: This is an open source intelligence broadcast. Transcript: It was recently announced that the story of former CIA and NSA contractor Edward Snowden is to be made into a Hollywood movie. The real life story, or at least the version told by Glenn Greenwald in ...
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Snowden on the Big Screen - Demanufacturing Consent

Snowden on the Big Screen – Demanufacturing Consent

Guillermo Jimenez of Demanufacturing Consent on BFP and Traces of Reality and I talked about the forthcoming Hollywood adaptation of the story of Edward Snowden.  We looked at Sony's previous 'true life' productions Zero Dark Thirty, Captain Phillips and The Social Network, and how each tells a misleading story that either ...
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CIA memo on rewriting Zero Dark Thirty script

We already knew that the CIA's Office of Public Affairs was integrally involved in the production of Zero Dark Thirty, the Boal and Bigelow retelling of the 'Bin Laden raid'.  A newly released memo details that during several conference calls with screenwriter Mark Boal in October-December 2011 he 'verbally shared' ...
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