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Published: 03/4/10

Oscars' New Voting System: Could It Work for Gordon Brown?

By  Delia Lloyd - Politics Daily
Oscars' New Voting System:  Could It Work for Gordon Brown?

For Oscar lovers like me, the usual nail-biting anticipation that accompanies the annual Academy Awards is all the greater this year. Not only are there more films up in the category of Best Picture, but the rules by which that movie is selected have also changed. In a curious case of life imitating art, the British government is also looking at reforming its electoral system along similar lines. In both cases, the big question on everyone's mind is this: Who benefits?...

Published: 01/24/10

Foreign Territory at Sundance: Sebastian Junger's Nerves, an Ex-bin Laden Bodyguard, and a Pakistan-India Dance-Off

By  Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady - Politics Daily
Foreign Territory at Sundance: Sebastian Junger's Nerves, an Ex-bin Laden Bodyguard, and a Pakistan-India Dance-Off

Early this morning, Heidi and I (along with 200 or so other directors) piled into one of five coach buses headed to the famed Sundance Resort for the Directors Brunch. Driving through untouched white powder and exquisite mountain landscapes, we got to know some of our fellow 2010 filmmakers. When first-time director Sebastian Junger ("Restrepo") sweetly asked, "Just wondering, is it always so stressful at these film festivals?" I knew I wasn't just imagining that revealing one's labor of love, sweat and passion is anxiety provoking. Junger is a tough war journalist who has been shot at and...

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