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(From Irish Independent)
Jack Valenti is in the eye of a storm. The dapper little chairman of the Motion Picture Association Of America has been savaged by a succession of film-makers and movieindustry executives over the past two weeks. The New York Post has called him an"odious old relic" and pleaded with the MPAA to sack him while The Guardian has dismissed him as "a reactionary octogenarian".
The cause of his problems: screeners. Every year, at Oscar time, the movie production houses send DVD and video versions of prospective nominees to the 5,000 votingmembers of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The aim is to ensure that academy members are …