The Note: The Clash

Already screening: Oliver Stone's "W": "What may surprise some people is that, given all the buildup, 'W' is not an all together unflattering portrait of the 43rd president," per Variety's Ted Johnson. "It's blistering in the decision to go to war in Iraq, yet sympathetic in that Bush himself did not have nefarious intentions. Moreover, we do see Bush visiting injured soldiers, and showing at least some concern for civilian casualties in the Iraq invasion."

Scalping for a fundraiser? "Barack Obama's blockbuster fund-raising concert with Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen in Manhattan next week is a huge hit -- among online hawkers and brokers," Michael Saul writes in the New York Daily News. "Tickets for the Oct. 16 concert, 'Change Rocks' at the Hammerstein Ballroom, are being sold on Web sites at prices ranging from $500 to a whopping $25,000."

And starring . . . Sarah Palin as Tina Fey as Sarah Palin? "As the comedian's impressions of the GOP vice presidential candidate draw laughs from Republicans and Democrats alike, a top honcho from the John McCain campaign tells me there's a debate going on about how to respond," Bill Zwecker reports in the Chicago Sun-Times. "I'm hearing some sort of Palin tweak of Fey's American Express commercials is in the works. While next weekend's 'Saturday Night Live' will be a rerun, it is possible Palin could appear Thursday on the first of NBC's 'Weekend Update' specials in prime time."

The Kicker:

"I was just trying to keep Tina Fey in business, just giving her more information." -- Sarah Palin, explaining some of her media interviews.

"Some of your signs just make me wanna cry." -- Sarah Palin, without further explanation, in Clearwater, Fla.

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