Posts Tagged ‘studios’

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Terry Gilliam’s documentary about shooting 12 Monkeys.

 

Interview

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This is a great making-of documentary, and so I’m promoting it to the Featured section, so it sticks around a little longer.

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Extended interview.

 

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Geena Davis has a foundation that studies media bias and roles for females in Hollywood. Very informative talk.

 

A recurring theme around here, I found this must-read study of government war propaganda in Hollywood:

Lights, Camera… Covert Action: The Deep Politics of Hollywood, By Matthew Alford (Jan 2009)

“The major exception here is the Department of Defense, which has an ‘open’ but barely publicized relationship with Tinsel Town, whereby, in exchange for advice, men and invaluable equipment, such as aircraft carriers and helicopters, the Pentagon routinely demands flattering script alterations. Examples of this policy include changing the true identity of a heroic military character in Black Hawk Down (2001) due to his real-life status as a child rapist; the removal of a joke about “losing Vietnam” from the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), and cutting images of Marines taking gold teeth from dead Japanese soldiers in Windtalkers (2002). Instances such as these are innumerable, and the Pentagon has granted its coveted “full cooperation” to a long list of contemporary pictures including Top Gun (1986), True Lies (1994), Executive Decision (1996), Air Force One (1997), The Sum of All Fears (2002), Transformers (2007), Iron Man (2008), as well as TV series such as JAG (1995-2005).”

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The CIA is also active in feeding misinformation and insider access to Hollywood.  Witness the recent Zero Dark Thirty fiasco.

“…Now, more than ever, we need the CIA.”

“…Kelbaugh’s discussion of the 2003 thriller The Recruit, starring Al Pacino. The review noted that, according to Kelbaugh, a CIA agent was on set for the duration of the shoot under the guise of a consultant, but that his real job was to misdirect the filmmakers: “We didn’t want Hollywood getting too close to the truth,” the journalist quoted Kelbaugh as saying.”

“…On October 17 [2001], in response to 9/11, the White House announced the formation of its “Arts and Entertainment Task Force,”and by November, Valenti had assumed leadership of Hollywood’s new role in the ‘War on Terror’. As a direct result of meetings, Congress sought advice from Hollywood insiders on how to shape an effective wartime message to America and to the world.”

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Propaganda in the Cinema

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These geniuses are the same ones demanding that even dumber cretins in congress fuck up the Internet for everybody … TorrentFreak: Movie Studios Ask Google To Censor Their Own Films, Facebook and Wikipedia

  • On behalf of Lionsgate a DMCA notice was sent to Google, asking the search engine to remove links to infringing copies of the movie “Cabin in the Woods”. The notice in question only lists two dozen URLs, but still manages to include perfectly legal copies of the film on Amazon, iTunes, Blockbuster and Xfinity.

  • 20th Century Fox sent in a DMCA notice to protect the movie “Prometheus”. However, as collateral damage it also took down a link to a legal copy on Verizon on demand, the collection of the Prometheus Watch Company, and a Huffington Post article.

  • And what about a DMCA takedown request for the Wikipedia entry of “Family Guy” that is supposedly infringing?

  • Perhaps even more crazy is another request sent on behalf of 20th Century Fox for “How I Met Your Mother”. The DMCA notice lists a CBS URL as the official source of the copyrighted material, but the same URL later appears in the list of infringing links.

UPDATE

The plot thickens? The legal firm sending the notices may itself be a fraud.

Update: Yesitis.org now points to a parked page. Yet another sign that these notices may be fraudulent, and not authorized by the copyright holders at all. If that’s indeed the case it remains unclear what the purpose of these notices is. It would show how easily these DMCA notices can be abused.

But, I’m not going to let the studios slide so easily if this front is a hoax — the Yes Men in action??? It is called “Yes it is” after all…

I give you:

Copyright Mathematicians:
The $8 billion iPod

For you film people (loooong)

Posted: September 9, 2012 in -
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Panel with:

SHANE BLACK – Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout
TERRY ROSSIO – Shrek, Pirates of the Caribbean
MARK FERGUS – Iron Man, Children of Men, Cowboys & Aliens
DAVID HAYTER – X-Men, The Scorpion King, Watchmen
BILL LUNDY — Panel Moderator

Busted: BitTorrent Pirates at Sony, Universal and Fox

With increasing lobbying efforts from the entertainment industry against BitTorrent sites and users, we wondered whether these companies hold themselves to the same standards they demand of others. After some initial skimming we’ve discovered BitTorrent pirates at nearly every major entertainment industry company in the US, including Sony Pictures Entertainment, Fox Entertainment and NBC Universal. Busted.

Read the whole piece. And get mad. Really mad. Don’t take it anymore.