What does Hollywood get out of this 'deal with the devil'? Access to billions of dollars worth of military kit, from helicopters to aircraft carriers, enabling filmmakers to make bigger and more spectacular battle scenes, which in turn generate more box office revenue. Providing they accept the Pentagon's advice, even toe the party line and show the US military in a positive light. So is it a case of art imitating life, or a sinister force using art to influence life and death - and the public perception of both? Empire will examine Hollywood, the Pentagon, and war.