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Documentary-makers join forces to expose the evil of global poverty

Directors of films in the forthcoming BBC series Why Poverty? explain how they tackled the subject and what it taught them

Are Us billionaires destroying the American Dream? Can large-scale agricultural development have a positive effect in Africa? Are Bono and Bob Geldof actually doing any good? And can the history of human poverty over 10,000 years be told in less than 60 minutes? These and many other questions are being posed in a new series of documentaries and short films entitled Why Poverty? launching on Monday night on BBC1. The series, which will be screened in 180 countries including India, Zimbabwe and Brazil, aims to kick-start a global debate in the hope of addressing a broader question: why, in the 21st century, do a billion people live in poverty?

"I think it's an important time to be having this conversation for two reasons," says Nick Fraser, editor of BBC Storyville and co-founder of Steps International,
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Documentary-makers join forces to expose the evil of global poverty

Directors of films in the forthcoming BBC series Why Poverty? explain how they tackled the subject and what it taught them

Are Us billionaires destroying the American Dream? Can large-scale agricultural development have a positive effect in Africa? Are Bono and Bob Geldof actually doing any good? And can the history of human poverty over 10,000 years be told in less than 60 minutes? These and many other questions are being posed in a new series of documentaries and short films entitled Why Poverty? launching on Monday night on BBC1. The series, which will be screened in 180 countries including India, Zimbabwe and Brazil, aims to kick-start a global debate in the hope of addressing a broader question: why, in the 21st century, do a billion people live in poverty?

"I think it's an important time to be having this conversation for two reasons," says Nick Fraser, editor of BBC Storyville and co-founder of Steps International,
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Nelson to Host Sundance Awards; Festival Juries Announced

Actor Tim Blake Nelson will host the awards ceremony at the Sundance Film Festival, which also announced Tuesday the members of the five juries that will determine the winners. The festival runs from Jan. 20-30; the awards will be handed out the evening of Jan. 29. (The Short Film Awards will be named earlier at a ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at Park City’s Jupiter Bowl.)

The complete list of jurors follows, with bios provided by the festival.

U.S. Documentary Jury

Jeffrey Blitz

Jeffrey’s film career started in 2002 with the Oscar-nominated, Emmy-winning documentary “Spellbound.” His fiction feature debut, “Rocket Science,” became his first to play the festival (Sundance, 2007; Dramatic Directing Award). He has also directed the documentary “Lucky,” (Sundance, 2010) and multiple episodes of NBC’s “The Office.” In 2009, he won the Emmy for comedy directing.

Matt Groening

Matt Groening created the longest-running comedy in television history, “The Simpsons.” As a cartoonist,
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'Dancing With The Stars' Cast Tweets For Votes

'Hope I Gave U reasons 2 Vote 4Me,' 'Jersey Shore' star the Situation writes.

By Jocelyn Vena

Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and Karina Smirnoff on "Dancing With the Stars"

Photo: ABC

It's almost elimination time on "Dancing With the Stars," and while it remains to be seen who will join David Hasselhoff and Michael Bolton as this season's castoffs, the show's remaining contestants are taking to Twitter to rally their fans to get out there and vote, vote, vote.

"Jersey Shore" star Mike Sorrentino is reaching out to the Situation Nation. "Goodnight,Have The Greatest Fans!The Situation Nation! Hope I Gave U reasons 2 Vote 4Me!" the Situation tweeted. "Tryin 2 Work Hard, Practice N show Another Side 2 The Sitch, Wont Let U down!"

Audrina Patridge's dance partner, Tony Dovolani, gave the former "Hills" star a shout-out: "What a great night ! My wife is here @Audrinapatridge danced great
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BBC Proms | Adult Swim: Robot Chicken | Orchestra United | Sherlock and more | Watch this at the weekend

BBC Proms | Adult Swim: Robot Chicken | Orchestra United | Sherlock and more

Saturday 24 July

BBC Proms 2010

7pm, BBC2

It's Proms time again, and this year things are getting a little bit heavy. Byron's supernatural poem Manfred is the inspiration for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic's concert of Schumann and Tchaikovsky pieces, with the tale of a nobleman tortured by guilt over the death of his beloved Astarte finding musical equivalent in pieces that made Manfred far more famous then the original poem. Vasily Petrenko conducts, while Simon Trpceski performs Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto Number 2.

John Bishop's Britain

9.50pm, BBC1

People say the funniest things.

Well, that's the hope of Liverpool comedian John Bishop as he explores the kinds of topics that people talk about down the pub via a mix of interview snippets, stand-up and sketches. To judge by a taster DVD, which largely features members of the great British public discussing relationships,
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Sundance Institute Documentary Edit and Story Lab Fellows Headed to U.S., China, Israel-Palestinian Territories and the Philippines

The Sundance Institute have announced the Fellows for 2010 Documentary Edit and Story Lab - some of these projects will find themselves on the public television, some may tour the film festival circuit starting with a debut at Sundance, and in the rare case, might turn out to be an acclaimed such as Tia Lessin and Carl Deal's Trouble the Water. This year's batch comes from the U.S., China, Israel/Palestinian Territories and the Philippines. - The Sundance Institute have announced the Fellows for 2010 Documentary Edit and Story Lab - some of these projects will find themselves on the public television, some may tour the film festival circuit starting with a debut at Sundance, and in the rare case, might turn out to be an acclaimed such as Tia Lessin and Carl Deal's Trouble the Water. This year's batch comes from the U.S., China, Israel/Palestinian Territories and the Philippines.
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Sundance Institute Documentary Edit and Story Lab Fellows Headed to U.S., China, Israel-Palestinian Territories and the Philippines

The Sundance Institute have announced the Fellows for 2010 Documentary Edit and Story Lab - some of these projects will find themselves on the public television, some may tour the film festival circuit starting with a debut at Sundance, and in the rare case, might turn out to be an acclaimed such as Tia Lessin and Carl Deal's Trouble the Water. This year's batch comes from the U.S., China, Israel/Palestinian Territories and the Philippines. Here is the press release:. Lab Fellows in alphabetical order are: Ra'anan Alexandrowicz (Directing Fellow), Michael Collins (Directing Fellow), Heather Courtney (Directing Fellow - see pic above), Ramona Diaz (Directing Fellow), Ron Goldman (Editing Fellow), Kyle Henry (Editing Fellow), Stephen Maing (Directing Fellow), Leah Marino (Editing Fellow), Eric Daniel Metzgar (Editing Fellow), Jonathan Oppenheim (Editing Fellow), Trina Rodriquez (Editing Fellow), Marty Syjuco (Directing Fellow). These Fellows will be joined by six Creative Advisors, including Directors and Editors,
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Got To Dance: Karen Small underwhelms the judges!

One of the funniest moments on tonight’s Got To Dance show, was when 40 year old Karen Small auditioned for the judges.

Karen told the cameras:

“Dancing is my life and my aim is to win this! I’ve been dancing since I could walk, I have had lots of gigs all over the country.”

She then explained her claims to fame saying:

“I’ve danced with Right Said Fred and I even did the initial choreography for Atomic Kitten. Please vote for me girls!”

So Karen took to the stage and looked like my old mum trying to body pop. Of course she was furious when the judges all gave her red stars and demanded to know what she had done wrong.

Ashley Banjo tried to let her down gently by explaining that many of the other acts had been of a very high standard. But that wasn’t good enough for Karen.
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I’m A Celebrity 2009 – Day 13 Liveblogged!

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After a literally vomit-inducing task last night (you never looked better, Kim), we’re back for some more culinary adventures courtesy of those psychotic producers of I’m A Celebrity.

And it looks like the post-Jordan peace has finally broken. Who’s in the middle of this catfight? Sabrina and Woodburn, naturally. Not taking sides, but I’m pretty sure whatever it was, it was Kim’s fault. Here we go…

Actually, it looks like the root cause is that the three potential evictees are nervous about getting booted tonight. The tension’s bubbling over after the phone lines got re-opened for Jimmy, Sam and Sabrina.

Jimmy, by the way, is the favourite to go tonight. Dull snooker players finish last and all that. I’m joking of course, but some of the foliage in the camp has shown more charisma than Mr White.

Jimmy volunteers for the next bushtucker trial.
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X Factor: Rachel Adedeji begs ‘please vote for me’

X Factor’s Rachel Adedeji begged X Factor viewers to vote for her this Saturday night.

Rachel has been in the bottom two acts for two weeks running and in an online video diary for ITV she said:

“I was in the bottom two on Sunday again. Yeah, it wasn’t nice, guys. Please vote for me. What? Why? It really hurts my heart, you know!”

She continued: “You know what? I have come out of the bottom two feeling good. I see the show as a matinee performance now. I get to perform twice in a week, which is brilliant. I see this as a challenge that I will overcome. If you guys don’t want to vote for me, that’s fine.

“Because I will just go into the bottom two and fight for what I’m here for. I’m here because I want to win. You
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Rachel pleads for 'X Factor' vote

X Factor's Rachel Adedeji has posted a video diary pleading for the show's fans to vote for her. The singer claimed that she should would carry on fighting to stay in the competition, but admitted that it felt horrible to keep being placed in the bottom two. Adedeji has been forced to sing two Survival Songs already in the live shows. Speaking to the official X Factor website, she said: "I was in the bottom two on Sunday again. Yeah, it wasn't nice, guys. Please vote for me. What? Why? It really hurts my heart, you know!" She continued: "You know what? I have come out of the bottom two feeling good. I see the show as a matinee performance now. I get to perform (more)
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Please Vote for Me

Please Vote for Me
Palm Springs International Film Festival

Steps International

PALM SPRINGS -- Two men and a woman vie for office, indulging in low blows and spin, character assassination and gestures of goodwill, all the while gauging their standing with voters. The setting is not the Democratic presidential campaign trail but a third-grade class at Evergreen Primary School in Wuhan, China.

Please Vote for Me, which is on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' documentary feature shortlist and recently screened at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, packs its fleet hour with keen observations.

Chronicling a public school's first open elections -- at stake is the position of class monitor -- filmmaker Weijun Chen has crafted a witty, engaging macro-lens view of Human Nature, China's one-child policy and the democratic electoral process as the ultimate exercise in marketing.

The three candidates are chosen by their teachers, who might want to think about becoming casting directors. The ham in the bunch is Cheng Cheng, pudgy, charismatic and a born wheeler-dealer. Low-key Luo Lei, the incumbent, is known for his tough stance as a disciplinarian, no doubt learned from his police officer parents. Shy and sensitive, Xuxiao Fei enters the fray reluctantly, but she soon gets into the spirit of things, that being dirty tricks. With two campaign assistants each at their disposal, the candidates collect negative info on their opponents while their teacher strikes a somewhat laissez-faire approach to the proceedings.

Keeping the political machines running are the parents. Cheng Cheng stands in his underpants as his TV producer mother coaches him in the art of sound bites; Luo Lei's folks convince him of the importance of buying votes; and Xuxiao Fei's mother advises her to go for the jugular in the debates. Not only is the film a transparent look at electoral politics at their most basic, but it also provides a fascinating glimpse of a nation of only children. Without sibling dramas to play out, these 8-year-olds have in many ways adopted a practical, adult view of life.

Still, they're just kids. When smear tactics get the better of one contender, much of the class dissolves in sympathetic tears. Perhaps they've seen too deeply into adulthood. At the film's end, two defeated students stand before the class, sobbing, and you can only shudder as their teacher tells them, "I hope this experience will be useful in the future."

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