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Spy Culture - 2020-05-04 - Original post - cached version

Ted Cruz has always been a rich dumbass but his latest legislative venture breaks his own record of cretinous behaviour. ...

Spy Culture - 2020-04-25 - Original post - cached version

Over more than a century the US government’s entertainment liaison offices have supported over 1000 movies, along with thousands of...

Spy Culture - 2020-02-20 - Original post - cached version

In 1988, several years prior to the highly successful JAG TV show, DOD representatives met with writers and producers to...

Spy Culture - 2019-12-11 - Original post - cached version

Sexual assault in the U.S. military is on the rise. Internal documents reveal the Pentagon’s entertainment liaison offices have spent...

Spy Culture - 2019-11-24 - Original post - cached version

Just like many federal agencies the Los Angeles Police Department have a dedicated entertainment liaison office for dealing with Hollywood....

Spy Culture - 2019-11-22 - Original post - cached version

Yesterday, NPR’s podcast Marketplace released a new episode titled How Chinese censorship changed “Top Gun” (and the rest of Hollywood)....

Spy Culture - 2019-10-20 - Original post - cached version

Over the last few weeks a storm has been brewing about the Chinese government’s censorship of American movies, as well...

Spy Culture - 2019-10-14 - Original post - cached version

Today’s entertainment news features an absolute gem of political hypocrisy: Vietnam’s one party ‘Communist’ state has banned the animated kids’...

Spy Culture - 2019-08-20 - Original post - cached version

Sometimes the US military’s rewriting of scripts is very specific – take out this joke about the US losing in...

Spy Culture - 2019-08-10 - Original post - cached version

Co-founder of the Village People and co-writer of ‘YMCA’, ‘Macho Man’ and ‘In the Navy’ Henri Belolo died last saturday...

Spy Culture - 2019-07-25 - Original post - cached version

A story doing the rounds in the last few days claims that the producers of Top Gun: Maverick changed the...

Spy Culture - 2019-07-23 - Original post - cached version

For over a decade the CBS action drama NCIS has enjoyed a very close working relationship with the US military,...

Spy Culture - 2019-07-19 - Original post - cached version

Tom Cruise dropped into San Diego Comic-Con this week to premiere the trailer for Top Gun: Maverick, which is nothing...

Spy Culture - 2019-07-16 - Original post - cached version

Michael Bay is well known for working closely with government agencies when making his films, mostly the Pentagon but also...

Spy Culture - 2019-06-26 - Original post - cached version

The US Army’s regulations on Public Affairs activities are over 100 pages of rules and restrictions governing how the Army...

Spy Culture - 2019-06-12 - Original post - cached version

Despite its enormous popularity there are many problems with Breaking Bad – the utterly racist depiction of Mexicans, the glorifying...

Spy Culture - 2019-06-09 - Original post - cached version

Fields of Fire is one of the greatest movies that was never made. A brutal but sympathetic portrait of the...

Spy Culture - 2019-06-07 - Original post - cached version

When James Webb approached the Pentagon to ask for assistance making his Vietnam war drama Fields of Fire he had...

Spy Culture - 2019-06-03 - Original post - cached version

When the producers of Clear and Present Danger approached the Pentagon to ask for military support they probably weren’t expecting...

Spy Culture - 2019-05-21 - Original post - cached version

1988’s The Presidio wanted to film at the real Presidio in San Francisco, an Army installation.  As per usual this...

Spy Culture - 2019-05-14 - Original post - cached version

In a guest article for Spy Culture my good friend and co-author of National Security Cinema Matt Alford reviews Ben...

Spy Culture - 2019-05-13 - Original post - cached version

On this month’s subscriber-only podcast I review one of my favourite films of all time – Starship Troopers. I discuss...

Spy Culture - 2019-05-08 - Original post - cached version

Chris and Danny invited me back onto their podcast to discuss the 1994 comedy-drama Forrest Gump.  We talked about the...

Spy Culture - 2019-04-21 - Original post - cached version

While it is now considered a Cold War classic Ice Station Zebra was a flop when it was first released....

Spy Culture - 2019-02-10 - Original post - cached version

In this month’s subscriber-only podcast I explore several DOD-supported films and the files on them from the Lawrence Suid archive. ...

Spy Culture - 2019-01-20 - Original post - cached version

I recently found out that Strub retired from his job as the DOD’s Hollywood liaison last July, though this wasn’t...

Spy Culture - 2019-01-16 - Original post - cached version

The National Geographic drama series The Long Road Home tells a version of the story of the battle for Sadr...

Spy Culture - 2019-01-09 - Original post - cached version

The Pentagon’s censorship of movie scripts is fairly well established – I have documented numerous instances on this site.  But...

Spy Culture - 2018-12-16 - Original post - cached version
China is without doubt a major player in Hollywood. Both private investment and state regulations and censorship have played a significant role in the American movie business in recent years. This week I examine the Chinese influence on Hollywood, both in terms of the shape of the industry and...
Spy Culture - 2018-12-13 - Original post - cached version
In 1994 the Chinese government first allowed Hollywood films to be distributed within the country.  Since then the US and China have been in a near-constant state of negotiations over import quotas, profit sharing and market access.  In 2007 the US brought a case before the World Trade...
Spy Culture - 2018-12-11 - Original post - cached version
While some senior military officials have spoken openly about the possibility of a war between the US and China, the entertainment liaison offices appear to be working to ensure that doesn't happen. Perhaps surprisingly, they have refused to support films, TV shows and video games where China is...
Spy Culture - 2018-12-09 - Original post - cached version
Nazis make the perfect Hollywood villains – instantly recognisable, obviously deplorable and easy to recreate. So why were there no anti-Nazi films until 1939, on the eve of World War 2? This week I explore the history of Nazis in Hollywood in the 1930s, how the German government influenced...
Spy Culture - 2018-11-18 - Original post - cached version
In this month's susbcriber-only podcast I talk about my new screenplay project - a political satire of Hollywood. I talk about my history with acting and writing, and discuss some of my creative process, how I developed two simple ideas and combined them to form the basis for my screenplay. I also...
Spy Culture - 2018-09-30 - Original post - cached version
Streaming content on-demand has changed the way people think about their relationship with entertainment, and drastically changed people’s viewing habits and behaviour. So in this episode we take a look at Netflix (and other on-demand platforms), the merits and demerits of the streaming model, and...

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