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January 29, 2009

Colbert on 'Wire'

Is daredevil Frenchman Philippe Petit about to become the go-to talk show guest all over American TV?

We can only hope so, judging from his appearance this week on "The Colbert Report," where he shared some of his "Rain Man" tendencies and talked about being compelled to tightrope walk between the Twin Towers in 1974.

The documentary about his infamous art-stunt, "Man on Wire," looks to be in front of the pack of Oscar nominees. (Read a Gold Rush Q&A here with its director, James Marsh.)

For Petit's visit, Colbert busted out a few phrases en Francais, declared he knew why the diminutive acrobat did what he did (for the chicks!) and pulled off some green-screen tricks of his own. Watch and learn.


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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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