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October 17, 2008

Letterman the inquisitor


Fascinating and telling that it continues to be entertainment figures, not news reporters, asking the probing questions in the run-up to this presidential election. That Campbell Brown learned her lesson, and it's not been lost on the coffee klatch at "The View."

John McCain's mea culpa to David Letterman last night did not disappoint on a number of levels. Letterman didn't skimp on the issues -- William Ayers vs. Gordon Liddy, Sarah Palin's readiness, and the importance of keeping one's scheduled appointments.

"Can you stay?" was the first thing he said to McCain.

The show, by the way, was Letterman's highest rated in three years, with 6.5 million people watching.

Also in political bits, McCain's campaign has confirmed what Lorne Michaels has been teasing about for days.

Palin will pop by the rejuvenated, on-a-ratings-roll "Saturday Night Live" this weekend. Host is Josh Brolin, who plays a mean and potentially award-nominated W. in "W." No word if she'll bring her flute or if she'll be going toe to toe (pump to pump, if you will) with Emmy gatherer and Palin not-so-evil twin Tina Fey.


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  • So "The Dark Knight" didn't make it into the final five after all, never mind that critical and popular support. Let's just call the comic-inspired mega-hit "The Biggest Snubee."

    Here are the best picture contenders in a race that, two weeks away from the Oscars, seems to be a foregone conclusion ("Slumdog") unless there's a come-from-behind possibility ("The Reader" anyone?)

    "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett; the politically timely "Milk;" rags-to-riches fairy tale, "Slumdog Millionaire," Holocaust best-seller-based drama "The Reader," and Watergate-era biopic "Frost/Nixon."

    Could "Button" and "Slumdog" split the vote, allowing another film to take the prize? Doesn't seem likely. After having clung to "Button" for months as what we thought would be the Academy voters' top vhoice, our money's now on "Slumdog." Momentum can't be ignored.

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