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Hollywood going full-blown propaganda machine

Postby Nordic » Wed Apr 01, 2015 5:14 am

Sometimes I peruse the "trades".

I guess the blockbuster financial success of "American Sniper" means they now can openly fall all over themselves trying to red-white-and-blue each other.

Check this out.


http://deadline.com/2015/03/boston-mara ... 201402219/

CBS Films Sets Boston Marathon Bombing Pic ‘Patriots’ Day'

"Patriots Day"? Really?

“There is nothing more compelling than a real story populated by real heroes,” said CBS Films President Terry Press.

It will have to compete with another Boston bombing movie Fox wants to do:

http://www.thewrap.com/boston-marathon- ... ed-by-fox/

But the CBS one will star convicted racist hate-crime perp Mark Wahlberg. That's a big plus.

Then there's this:

http://deadline.com/2015/03/clint-eastw ... 201402476/

American Sniper’ Helmer Clint Eastwood Finds Jewell Project; Can Fox And Warner Bros Work It Out?
by Mike Fleming Jr

March 31, 2015 7:03pm

EXCLUSIVE: Clint Eastwood is seriously circling the job of directing Fox’s high profile Billy Ray-scripted untitled project about Richard Jewell, the heroic security guard who discovered a suspicious backpack in the Olympics compound during the 1996 games in Atlanta. Jewell, who’ll be played by two-time Oscar nominee Jonah Hill, was vilified as a possible terrorist, and his good work in helping clear bystanders from the area before the bomb exploded turned into a trip to the Twilight Zone. Leonardo DiCaprio is a possible to play the Southern lawyer who helped Jewell navigate that hell.

TERRA TERRA TERRA with (swoon) heroes ....


The there's this. A sort of "Forrest Gump" for today.

http://deadline.com/2015/03/eric-bress- ... 201402336/


Relativity Picks Up Eric Bress’ Spec ‘American Drifter’
by Anthony D'Alessandro
March 31, 2015 3:40pm

Eric Bress, the writer-director of The Butterfly Effect and scribe of Final Destination 2, has sold the spec American Drifter to Relativity Studios. Deal marks the second script Bress has sold in four weeks, the last being American Hostage to Bill Block at Merced Media.

American Drifter centers on a man who loses his father, a guy who has taught him to use his mind to do the impossible. Feeling guilty about his death and watching the love of his life go blind in an accident, the man travels the world through the fall of the Berlin Wall, Desert Storm, the LA riots and 9/11. Ultimately, he is reunited with his love.

And this was all in about five minutes of checking out the trades. Yikes.

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Re: Hollywood going full-blown propaganda machine

Postby coffin_dodger » Wed Apr 01, 2015 8:47 am

You could probably drop the 'going' from the title :)
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Re: Hollywood going full-blown propaganda machine

Postby Nordic » Wed Apr 01, 2015 6:44 pm

Well. Maybe it was my imagination but it used to seem as if they were a little less blatant about it. But now they know there's a huge market for the blatant stuff.
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26 miles of bad road

Postby IanEye » Wed Apr 01, 2015 7:44 pm

Nordic » Wed Apr 01, 2015 5:14 am wrote:Check this out.

CBS Films Sets Boston Marathon Bombing Pic ‘Patriots’ Day'

"Patriots Day"? Really?



The Boston Marathon is an annual marathon hosted by several cities in Greater Boston in eastern Massachusetts, United States. It is always held on Patriots' Day, the third Monday of April. Begun in 1897, inspired by the success of the first modern-day marathon competition in the 1896 Summer Olympics, the Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world's best-known road racing events.
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Re: Hollywood going full-blown propaganda machine

Postby Jerky » Wed Apr 01, 2015 9:50 pm

Personally, I think the Richard Jewell story is one that deserves to be told, and serves as a stern warning about judging a book by its cover to quickly... rushing to conclusions. You know... kind of like you're doing re: a potential movie about him?

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Re: 26 miles of bad road

Postby Nordic » Thu Apr 02, 2015 1:05 am

IanEye » Wed Apr 01, 2015 6:44 pm wrote:
Nordic » Wed Apr 01, 2015 5:14 am wrote:Check this out.

CBS Films Sets Boston Marathon Bombing Pic ‘Patriots’ Day'

"Patriots Day"? Really?



The Boston Marathon is an annual marathon hosted by several cities in Greater Boston in eastern Massachusetts, United States. It is always held on Patriots' Day, the third Monday of April. Begun in 1897, inspired by the success of the first modern-day marathon competition in the 1896 Summer Olympics, the Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world's best-known road racing events.



Ok well thanks for that fact of which I was ignorant. Still. Pretty convenient thing to exploit for a title.

And as far as the Richard Jewell thing, it's terrorism, heroes, etc etc.
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Re: Hollywood going full-blown propaganda machine

Postby MinM » Thu Jan 28, 2016 8:13 pm

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Michael Bay's Benghazi Blockbuster Flop
Friday, January 22, 2016

In this election season, the attack on the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, has become Republican shorthand for Democrat incompetence and government cover-up. Michael Bay's film on Benghazi, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, stokes the Republican anti-Hillary fire. It also helps enshrine a particular narrative. Brooke talks with Peter Maass, senior editor at The Intercept, about how movies depicting important political moments come to shape public understanding of those events.
BROOKE: Despite Congressional investigations that found no deliberate wrongdoing on the part of the US government, the movie-going public may well feel differently. That’s the question, right? How much do movies depicting important political moments - 13 Hours, American Sniper, Zero Dark Thirty, Oliver Stone’s JFK, shape the public’s understanding of those events? Peter Maass, senior editor at The Intercept where he covers media and national security, says the problem stems from the lack of political context. Peter, welcome back to the show.

MAASS: Great to be with you.

BROOKE: So you wrote, would you give the story of Benghazi to the producers of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Someone did. The new result is the film directed by Michael Bay, which makes Rambo, you said, look like War and Peace...

BROOKE: Michael Bay claims that his film is not beholden to either political side of the Benghazi argument, that it is an unbiased account.

MAASS: Well what is it an account of? If it is just an account of these few events that happened in Benghazi dramatic as they were on that evening, I guess that's okay. But the problem is that it leaves out so very much. Like, why were these contractors here, why did this attack happen? What role did the US have in Libya? It is such a very very narrow and one sided account, that it really does a disservice and is untruthful actually.

BROOKE: You see people worshiping Islam on their prayer rugs as their AK 47s stand nearby.

MAASS: Which is really unfortunate. that is what you see and all that you see in terms of Islam and Libya in this movie. But the one thing that kind of went unmentioned in this movie and that was one of its travesties I thought is that this is a movie that was really about private military contractors. These folks were retired soldiers who were now working for private contractors or were independent contractors themselves at the Central Intelligence Agency or at the State Department...

BROOKE: Are you saying that people are more skeptical of news than they are of Hollywood?

MAASS: Shocking, I know. And excuse me while I shuffle off to the casino and become shocked about the gambling going on there too.''

http://www.onthemedia.org/story/michael ... ranscript/

http://www.onthemedia.org/story/michael ... ster-flop/

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Do big Hollywood pictures have the ability to sway our political views? Conventional wisdom among political scientists has long held that popular cinema--films viewed for “entertainment” purposes--only had “minimal effects” on viewers’ political attitudes. But a recent study from the University of Notre Dame upends that view. Brooke talks with Jeremy Castle, one of the study's authors, who explains that because viewers think of movies as entertainment, they’re less on guard, and more susceptible to absorbing political messages.

http://www.onthemedia.org/story/moving- ... -how-film/

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Re: Hollywood going full-blown propaganda machine

Postby MinM » Thu Mar 24, 2016 6:05 pm

@Gizmodo Mar 23

The Deepwater Horizon movie ironically looks like an ad for BP http://gizmo.do/cQguSGP
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Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg are becoming two of Hollywood's go-to guys fro propaganda.

Mark Wahlberg’s Boston Marathon movie will film at MIT
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Re: Hollywood going full-blown propaganda machine

Postby Nordic » Thu Sep 15, 2016 5:53 pm

Someone just posted this on FB. M

Rings a bell? From Jacques Ellul's 1965 study, "The Formation of Men's Attitudes": propaganda inciting irrational actions.

1) It Prevents Dialogue.

“To be effective, propaganda cannot be concerned with detail... Propaganda ceases where simple dialogue begins… it does not tolerate discussion; by its very nature, it excludes contradiction and discussion.”



2) It Focuses on the Mass

“For propaganda to address itself to the individual, in his isolation, apart from the crowd, is impossible. The individual is of no interest to the propagandist; as an isolated unit he presents too much resistance to external action… The most favorable moment to seize a man and influence him is when he is alone in the mass: it is at this point that propaganda can be most effective.”



3) It is “Total”

“Propaganda must be total. The propagandist must utilize all of the technical means at his disposal – the press, radio, TV, movies, posters, meetings, door-to-door canvassing. Modern propaganda must utilize all of these media. There is no propaganda as long as one makes use, in sporadic fashion and at random, of a newspaper article here, a poster or a radio program there, organizes a few meetings and lectures, writes a few slogans on walls; that is not propaganda.”



4) It Takes Over Education

“Education and training are inevitably taken over, as the Napoleonic Empire demonstrated for the first time. No contrast can be tolerated between teaching and propaganda, between the critical spirit formed by higher education and the exclusion of independent thought. One must utilize the education of the young to condition them to what comes later.”



5) It Takes Over Literature and History

“Propaganda will take over literature (present and past) and history, which must be rewritten according to propaganda’s needs.”



6) It Must be Subtle at First

“Direct propaganda, aimed at modifying opinions and attitudes, must be preceded by propaganda that is sociological in character, slow, general, seeking to create a climate, an atmosphere of favorable preliminary attitudes… The ground must be sociologically prepared before one can proceed to direct prompting.”



7) It Must be Nonstop

“[Propaganda] must fill the citizen’s whole day and all his days… Propaganda tends to make the individual live in a separate world; he must not have outside points of reference… successful propaganda will occupy every moment of the individual’s life: through posters and loudspeakers when he is out walking, through radio and newspapers at home, through meetings and movies in the evening. The individual must not be allowed to recover, to collect himself, to remain untouched by propaganda during any relatively long period… It is based on slow, constant impregnation.”



8) It Aims at Irrational Action

“The aim of modern propaganda is no longer to modify ideas, but to provoke action. It is no longer to change adherence to a doctrine, but to make the individual cling irrationally to a process of action. It is no longer to lead to a choice, but to loosen the reflexes. It is no longer to transform an opinion, but to arouse an active and mythical belief.”



"Total" and "nonstop" have been mastered in the present day US.
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Re: Hollywood going full-blown propaganda machine

Postby Wombaticus Rex » Thu Sep 15, 2016 6:30 pm

Synchronicity accelerates: I was informed today that April 16th, in Mass, is "Patriot's Day" -- and they host the marathon on the 16th every year.

Then I come through for my evening rounds and it shows up again. Figures.

So much US entertainment is tax-payer subsidized propaganda aimed at tax-payers.

By our military.
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Re: Hollywood going full-blown propaganda machine

Postby Blue » Thu Sep 15, 2016 7:07 pm

MinM wrote:
@Gizmodo Mar 23

The Deepwater Horizon movie ironically looks like an ad for BP http://gizmo.do/cQguSGP
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Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg are becoming two of Hollywood's go-to guys fro propaganda.

Mark Wahlberg’s Boston Marathon movie will film at MIT


I just saw an ad for that BP slimefest and thought the Onion had moved to TV. I haven't watched TV in a long time and didn't know whether to laugh or cry or smash the set.

That shit ain't gonna fly anywhere in the Southeast especially the Gulf states. BP is still enemy number one.
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Re: Hollywood going full-blown propaganda machine

Postby Nordic » Sat Oct 15, 2016 12:33 am

Not the onion:

http://marvel.com/news/comics/26805/abc ... madaya_mom

ABC News & Marvel Comics Join Forces with Madaya Mom

An all-new digital comic tells the true story of a family's fight for survival inside Syria!

ABC News and Marvel today announced MADAYA MOM, an original digital comic detailing the harrowing true story of one family’s struggle to survive in the besieged Syrian town of Madaya. An extraordinary tale of courage and resilience, the heroic MADAYA MOM shows strength in the midst of tragedy, turning an incredibly difficult situation into an opportunity to give a voice to her people.

In January 2016, ABC News profiled a family trapped inside Madaya, communicating with a mother of five through texts and phone conversations to capture the bleak outlook that she and her family faced every day. ABC News posted daily updates from the mother, detailing her descent into anger and despair as she was reduced to breaking apart their furniture for firewood and boiling leaves for food. Since Madaya has been besieged by forces loyal to the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad, the family has been trapped there for over 14 months and has struggled to stay alive as many starve to death in what is effectively an open-air prison.

Using her own words, ABC News and Marvel created a wholly original digital comic book and produced a graphic documentary to bring the story to life. ABC News has concealed the identity of the family for their own protection.

ABC News and Marvel are proud to bring a limited quantity of print editions of MADAYA MOM to this year’s NYCC. Visit the Marvel Booth (booth #1354) to read the story of one mother's unimaginable true struggle for survival in Madaya, Syria.



1 of 3 Madaya Mom by Dalibor Talajic
ABC News Presents: MADAYA MOM

“[The Mother] agreed to speak with ABC because she wanted her story--and the story of her neighbors--to be known; however, with no visuals coming out of Madaya, our team spent a considerable amount of time imagining the ways we could illustrate her powerful journey,” said ABC News Digital Executive Producer Dan Silver. “With their storied history of innovative and emotional storytelling, we knew that our colleagues at Marvel would bring this story to life in a truly unique and expressive way.”

“This meticulously researched collaboration between ABC and Marvel goes where cameras can't and provides visuals to the true story of Madaya Mom--a story that needs to be seen and told," said Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso.






Unbelievable. Keep in mind Marvel and ABC are Disney, known affectionately in Hollywood as "The Rat". The right-wing fascist Rat.
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Re: Hollywood going full-blown propaganda machine

Postby conniption » Thu Oct 27, 2016 8:15 pm

Lights, camera, propaganda! US government anti-Russia campaign invades Hollywood

Danielle Ryan
Danielle Ryan is an Irish freelance writer, journalist and media analyst. She has lived and traveled extensively in the US, Germany, Russia and Hungary. Her byline has appeared at RT, The Nation, Rethinking Russia, The BRICS Post, New Eastern Outlook, Global Independent Analytics and many others. She also works on copywriting and editing projects. Follow her on Twitter or Facebook or at her website http://www.danielleryan.net.

Published time: 26 Oct, 2016

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For years the influence of the CIA in Hollywood was hidden and unacknowledged. Now it’s more of an open secret; not publicized, but pretty easy to read up on if you care. Just ask the spy agency’s Entertainment Industry Liaison.

Yes, such a thing really exists.

You see, the CIA’s man in Hollywood wants to help actors, authors, directors, producers and screenwriters “gain a better understanding” of the intelligence agency in order to ensure “accurate portrayals” of its activities. It even wants to help fire up the neurons and actually give you some good ideas if you’re coming up short in that department. Indeed, the CIA provides “inspiration for future storylines” and lists them on its website. Of course, it’s all in the interest of creating authentic and balanced portrayals of US intelligence agencies and the US military. And they’re quite busy, too. Between 2006 and 2011, the CIA public relations office had input into at least 22 film and movie projects.

In a column for the Washington Post in 2011, David Sirota noted that the Pentagon too enlists the help of Hollywood for PR purposes when things are going awry and Americans are becoming weary of war. Movies like Top Gun in the 1980s and Zero Dark Thirty more recently were made in consultation with the Pentagon and White House. The result of this “creative input for Pentagon assistance” bargain created an entertainment culture “rigged to produce relatively few anti-war movies and dozens of blockbusters that glorify the military” and which amounts to “government subsidized propaganda,” Sirota wrote.

The CIA has had a hand in creating TV shows like 24, Homeland and Alias. The Americans — an FX show about two Russian spies living undercover in the US — was created by a former CIA agent, and the agency reportedly approves the scripts for each episode.

A piece in the Guardian in 2008 called the CIA’s involvement in Hollywood a “tale of deception and subversion that would seem improbable if it were put on screen”. Of course, it’s unlikely to be put on screen, given that the agency which provides guidance on CIA-related movies (...) is the CIA.

Enlisting Hollywood help with “anti-Russia messaging”

Remember the “inspiration for future storylines” list mentioned earlier? Well, guess what? The liaison’s “current pick” for a possible future movie project is about one Ryszard Kukliński — a Polish colonel and spy for NATO who spent years passing secret Soviet documents to the CIA. I wonder why they’d be interested in that sort of thing right now. It couldn’t be anything to do with deteriorating relations between Russia and the West, could it?

It may sound like conspiracy theory, but the 2014 hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment revealed that the the US State Department has actively sought out the biggest players in Hollywood and tried to enlist their help with what they called “anti-Russia messaging” for the public’s consumption through innocent entertainment. In other words, the government asked Hollywood for help producing propaganda — although I’m sure the State Department would call it something nicer.

Richard Stengel, the US under secretary for public diplomacy, wrote to Sony CEO Mark Lynton explaining that the government needed help countering both ISIS and “Russian narratives” and said this wasn’t something the State Department could do “on its own”. He suggested convening a meeting of media executives to discuss ideas, content, production and “commercial possibilities”. Lynton responded with a list of media executives at other entertainment companies including Disney and Fox. It’s unclear from the emails whether that meeting Stengel requested ever happened, but judging by much of the recent entertainment industry output, one might be forgiven for assuming it did.

Negative depictions of Russia in American and British news and entertainment media are hardly new — but at least as far as I can tell, there’s certainly been an uptick over the past 12-18 months, and it coincides nicely with a major US government-led anti-Russia messaging campaign which has also spilled over into much of Western print and broadcast media. Gratuitous mentions of Russia and Vladimir Putin where they are not necessary are becoming tiresome. For me, the last straw was sitting down to watch Bridget Jones’s Baby last month and being subjected to an entirely unnecessary and irrelevant subplot about the anti-Putin punk band Pussy Riot and their struggle for free speech. It was the last straw because it was just one more in a long line of useless allusions to big bad Russia that seemed to come from nowhere.

For me, the last straw was sitting down to watch Bridget Jones’s Baby last month and being subjected to an entirely unnecessary and irrelevant subplot about the anti-Putin punk band Pussy Riot and their struggle for free speech.


In the Netflix political drama House of Cards, Pussy Riot — the real ones this time — got their own cameo alongside evil Putin (not the real one). But even when there isn’t a major storyline attached to Russia, somehow the country frequently gets thrown in anyway. Russia is still the go-to country when there needs to be a joke about scary or immoral foreigners. There are endless examples.

In NBC’s Scandal, one character suggests Putin might randomly invade Belarus. In CBS’s Madam Secretary, one character spews the line: “I can’t go back to Russia, it’s a pigsty.” In the recently released movie Bad Moms, one of the bad moms, protesting something or other which I can’t recall, shouts “What is this, Russia?” The short-running show Allegiance was entirely about a Russian sleeper cell in the US which was suddenly reactivated and whose members — now fully adapted to blissful life in America — no longer wanted anything to do with Russia. How original.

NBC’s Blacklist has given us multiple Russian baddies and the sitcom 2 Broke Girls has made its fair share of Putin jokes. The third installment of The Purge introduced us to a gang of menacing Russian “murder tourists” who take advantage of the annual 12-hour period during which any crime, including murder, becomes legal. I could go on, but you get the idea: Russians are bad.

Is it all CIA influence? Is it all the result of the State Department’s “anti-Russia messaging” campaign? Not necessarily. While the CIA does have huge influence in Hollywood on specific projects, many of the random negative references to Russia are probably the result of a media information war which naturally spills over into the creative output of writers and directors. Many of them probably shouldn’t be blamed too harshly. They’re fed a diet of anti-Russia messaging through the news media, so it’s no wonder these kinds of lines end up in their movies and TV shows.

Interestingly, in June, the Senate Intelligence Committee included an amendment to Congress’ annual intelligence spending bill which would require the Director of National Intelligence to submit reports detailing the relationship between the CIA and Hollywood. But the Senate committee is no doubt less worried about the propaganda effects and more worried about the CIA divulging sensitive and classified information to movie directors, as was the case, controversially, with Zero Dark Thirty.

Anyway, tip for aspiring filmmakers and TV producers: Leave the Russia jokes out. It’s getting boring.
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Excellent report again by Danielle Ryan. But is not only Hollywood , the music industry and even more then Gaming Industry is heavily used for Pro NATO and Anti Russian propaganda. Check the games Battlefield 4 ,where Russia and China are the enemies , and the game ends with the defeat of them in a mission. Battlefield 3 invasion of IRAN . And you Sniper 3 the killing of Russians. Metal Gear Solid 5 ,the enemy are the soviets invasion of afganistan to fight talibans there as a bad thing. But today invasion of NATO of afganistan to fight Talibans is just "humanitarian and freedom" . lol In Medal of Honor/Call of duty game they had a mission where you can play as a CIA agent and are allowed to kill civilians ,human and children in an Russian airport. If the ones being killed were jews ,it will have been a major outrage by Israel ,US and UK and demanding the game to ban it world wide.. This is just few examples of how Neocons and Jewish elite are poisoning the entertainment industry with their Anti Russian + but also Anti Christian propaganda.
and promoting their distorted vision of the world on all society ,glorifying their wars and where they are presented as the good guys that fight terrorism and evil nations that threatens "Freedom".


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Re: Hollywood going full-blown propaganda machine

Postby guruilla » Sun Oct 30, 2016 1:34 am

"Sometimes Hollywood didn’t just imitate this militarized style of policing; it made active contributions to it. The squads that were a precursor to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Special Weapons and Tactics units trained on Universal Studios sets." -- http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/opinio ... f8b2f9943f
It is a lot easier to fool people than show them how they have been fooled.
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Re: Hollywood going full-blown propaganda machine

Postby Jerky » Sun Oct 30, 2016 2:48 am

Anybody here watch the Lorne Micheals produced comedy series Documentary Now, starring Bill Hader and Fred Armisen?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Documentary_Now!

It's quite good, and the second season two-parter - "Mr Runner Up: My Life as an Oscar Bridesmaid" - is a parody of "The Kid Stays in the Picture" featuring a couple of scenes where a broad caricature based on producer Robert Evans literally begs for cash from the CIA and any South American drug cartels in need of having their money laundered.

It even features a few edgy Holocaust jokes. Make of that what you will.

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