johnsu01 (johnsu01) wrote,

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At the Movies

Watched Last Comic Standing tonight. My television viewing choices are limited by the fact that I 1) don't like television 2) don't have cable. But I like stand-up comedy a lot. Glad to see Gary win tonight. Jack was good, I love that he rolls only one-liners, and his timing is unflappable, but Gary's just got a better connection with the crowd---his style doesn't depend on making them feel a bit uncomfortable. During the commercials (and the lamer parts of the show), I caught up on the paper.

From the Boston Globe (July 4 2004):

Robb's "Operation Hollywood: How the Pentagon Shapes and Censors the Movies" (Prometheus) documents the activities of the Pentagon's film liaison office, which is part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs. The liaison office examines and demands changes to movie scripts to ensure that the US military is depicted favorably in the Hollywood productions to which the Department of Defense leases hardware or locations."

Well, that's kind of scary. People actually change their scripts in order to get assistance from the DOD. Some films that changed to get approval: Stripes, Thirteen Days, Heartbreak Ridge, Top Gun. Movies that were denied: Independence Day, Forrest Gump, Courage Under Fire.

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