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2011: the year in review

31 December 2011 2:55 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Police stood by as Britain rioted, popular protests changed the face of the Middle East, European governments fell apart – and so did Fleet Street's reputation. 2011 has been an extraordinary year

It wasn't the sight of a double-decker bus ablaze on Tottenham High Road that stunned Britain as it awoke one morning in August. It wasn't even the historic building smouldering in ruins, or the trail of burnt-out police cars. What chilled the country turning on the news that summer Sunday was footage of a young woman calmly trying on trainers before looting them while police stood by helplessly and watched.

As night fell, violence spread across the capital as mobs of masked youths hurled missiles at riot police and ransacked shops, making off with trolley-loads of TVs, clothes, jewellery, groceries, even nappies. In growing disbelief, the country watched looting break out in broad daylight; shop owners across London frantically boarded up and fled, »

- Decca Aitkenhead, Stuart Heritage, Barney Ronay, Jess Cartner-Morley, Alexis Petridis, Sam Wollaston, Jonathan Jones, Alok Jha, Marina O'Loughlin

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‘Game Change’ Trailer Teases Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin

30 December 2011 3:12 AM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

When HBO wanted to create an adaptation of the best-selling book “Game Change,” about the 2008 presidential race between John McCain and Barack Obama, they picked up the phone and called Jay Roach – the director behind Austin Powers and The Fockers who also delivered them the television movie Recount. Now, Roach has covered, semi-fictionally, politics in 2000 and in 2008. Slog through the dialogue between Woody Harrelson as Steve Schmidt (the Republican strategist) and Ed Harris as McCain, and you’ll be rewarded briefly with who will inevitably be the real star of the show, Julianne Moore slingin’ a down home twang as Sarah Palin. The question is this: with so much going on socially and economically, are we really interested in going back in time to examine a reality television star? And how will film fan Meghan McCain feel about seeing herself portrayed on screen? And what do you think?! »

- Cole Abaius

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'Two and a Half Men' star Holland Taylor rips Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann

28 December 2011 12:22 PM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

When Charlie Sheen was booted from "Two and a Half Men," fans of the show probably thought there wouldn't be any more rabble rousing from the cast. But Holland Taylor, who plays Evelyn Harper on the CBS series, did quite a number recently while talking about Republican leaders Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann.

Taylor, who is playing the late Texas Governor Ann Richards in a one-woman play, was asked by Politico what Richards might have said of Palin and Bachmann. This is when it got ugly really quick.

"I think she would laugh her a** off," Taylor tells the political website. "I see Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin and think it is the end of the world if they can actually be taken seriously as presidential candidates. But Ann would just think it was funny. I think she would be pretty sure they wouldn't get elected so they would just be good amusement value. »


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"Portlandia" goes live before its Season 2 premiere

28 December 2011 8:58 AM, PST | | See recent news »

I may live in Portland, Oregon now, but when I first saw Portlandia, I was a Chicagoan — and I loved the show. In fact, I've been a fan of Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen's collaborative comedy since they were called ThunderAnt with a website and some videos, including the feminist bookstore sketch they recreated for their hit IFC series.

In ThunderAnt videos, the plot wasn't Portland-specific, but neither is Portlandia, really, which is why the show has been so successful. The characters Carrie and Fred play are everywhere, and they are people you don't see highlighted as often on television, even on Fred's other gig at Saturday Night Live. Portlandia is the place where the feminist bookstore workers can co-exist with bearded bicycle messengers and overzealous organic farm-to-table eaters and a mayor who prefers sitting on an exercise ball to an office chair. That's Portland, yes, but it's also »

- Trish Bendix

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Game Change (2011) TV Movie Teaser Trailer: Ed Harris, Julianne Moore

23 December 2011 9:48 AM, PST | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

Game Change Teaser Trailer. Jay Roach‘s Game Change (2011) TV Movie Teaser Trailer stars Ed Harris, Julianne MooreWoody Harrelson, Sarah Paulson, and Ron LivingstonGame Change‘s plot synopsis: “based on John Heilemann and Mark Halperin‘s bestselling chronicle of the 2008 presidential elections. Though the book covers both the Republican and Democrat sides of the race, Roach’s film narrows its focus to John McCain (Ed Harris), Sarah Palin (Julianne Moore), and their bid for office.”

I always thought Pailn’s nomination was a publicity, strategic decision. It seems I was correct.

Game Change also stars Peter MacNicol, Jamey Sheridan, Tiffany Thornton, Alex Hyde-White, Spencer Garrett, Bruce Altman, Larry Sullivan, Brian Howe, John Rothman, and Rain Pryor.

Watch the Game Change TV movie teaser trailer below and leave your thoughts on it in the comments section. For more Game Change photos, videos, and information, visit our Game Change Page. »

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Morning Meme: Pixar Is "Frozen," While "30 Rock" Roars Back, and George Michael Is Headed Home

23 December 2011 5:33 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

In what may be my new favorite thing, Venture Brothers has released their annual Christmas carol, which you can listen/download here. The song of the year is "Baby It's Cold Outside" as sung by the Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend, and it's just as twisted and Nsfw as you would imagine.

In Michigan, Republican Gov. Rick Snyder signed HB4770, which prohibits public employers from providing partner benefits to unmarried partners, effectively excluding gay partners from health care. Happy Holidays!

Betty White is set to host Monday Night Football for the Christmas edition this week. It seems only fair since a couple of years ago being tackled in a Snickers commercial took her career from steady to red hot.

Steve Jobs will be awarded a posthumous Grammy for "significant contributions to music." This amuses me since just a few years ago the industry was screaming that he was destroying the entire music industry. »

- lostinmiami

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The Beagle Has Landed: Ed Schultz Introduces The World To Rex The ‘Republican-Hating’ Dog

22 December 2011 7:41 PM, PST | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

In what was probably the eighth or ninth iteration of the point-and-laugh-at-Fox White House Christmas card story, MSNBC host Ed Schultz managed to top them all, with an assist from a temporary co-host named Rex. Schultz set up the story by introducing the adorable animal shelter beagle, a stand-in for First Dog Bo Obama, whose presence on the White House card, and on a presidential shopping trip, prompted ridiculous criticism from the likes of Sarah Palin and Sen. John McCain. »

- Tommy Christopher

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Rachel Maddow Ridicules Sarah Palin’s Outrage Over White House Christmas Card

22 December 2011 1:38 PM, PST | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

It seems like, every day, there's some bit of conservative ridiculousness that emerges to be lampooned by a long procession of cable news shows. Wednesday's version was the idiotic Fox Radio feature on the White House Christmas card, and as such, I watched about seven versions of point-and-laugh at the Sarah Palin-aided bit of silliness. My favorite take, as is often the case, was Rachel Maddow's low-key, slow burn take on the former Alaska Governor's latest defense of Christmas from nothing. »

- Tommy Christopher

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Can Julianne Moore Outdo Tina Fey As Sarah Palin?

22 December 2011 12:30 PM, PST | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

HBO Films Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin in “Game Change

When it comes to depicting boring discussions in conference rooms, HBO has it down to a science. The network adds suspenseful music, crystal-clear cinematography and tense dialogue and suddenly films like “Recount” and “Too Big to Fail” are thrilling narratives of what basically amounts to people sitting around talking.

Game Change,” the coming movie based on John Heilemann and Mark Halperin’s book detailing the 2008 election, is no exception. The »

- Julie Steinberg

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Sarah Palin Chides Obama Holiday Card as 'Odd'

22 December 2011 11:43 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

'Tis the season to be jolly? Sarah Palin is not impressed with this year's official White House holiday greeting card, which opts for a more secular approach to the season. Photos: The Movies and Stars Dems vs. GOPers Love (and Love to Hate) Pictured on the card, designed by L.A. artist Mark Matuszak, is the Obama family dog, Bo, seated in front of a blazing fireplace. Though a Christmas tree is nowhere to be seen, the room does contain a seasonal garland, a poinsettia and several wrapped gifts. The inside of the card reads: "From our family to yours,

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- Sophie A. Schillaci

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‘Game Change’ Trailer – Julianne Moore’s Sarah Palin Impersonation Gives Tina Fey’s a Run for Its Money

22 December 2011 11:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] Though the actual presidential elections are still eleven months away, if you've been paying even casual attention to the news you'll know the Republican fight for the nomination is already speeding along. What better time, then, to look back and remember the high drama of the last time we all went through this as a nation? HBO has just released the first trailer for Jay Roach's Game Change, based on John Heilemann and Mark Halperin's bestselling chronicle of the 2008 presidential elections. Though the book covers both the Republican and Democrat sides of the race, Roach's film narrows its focus to John McCain (Ed Harris), Sarah Palin (Julianne Moore), and their bid for office. Woody Harrelson, Sarah Paulson, and Ron Livingston also star. Watch the trailer after the jump. [via First Showing [2]] Thanks to some early publicity stills [3], we've already known for months that Harris and Moore were capable of looking the parts they'd been cast in, »

- Angie Han

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Trailer! Julianne Moore Plays Sarah Palin in 'Game Change'

22 December 2011 10:31 AM, PST | Extra | See recent Extra news »

Julianne Moore stars as former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin in HBO's "Game Change."

The political movie follows John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign, from his selection of Palin as his running mate, to their defeat in the general election.

"Game Change" will be released next year in March, don'cha know? »

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Robert Pattinson, Sarah Palin and “Prometheus” in new Trailer Park

22 December 2011 10:27 AM, PST | | See recent news » Three trailers have reached the Web as people attempt to scurry away from their laptops and enjoy the holidays with friends and family. But they are worth watching, so take a moment and enjoy the cinematic teases.

First, Ridley Scott has dropped our first look at “Prometheus,” a sci-fi adventure with a stellar cast (Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace) that most thought would be a prequel to his seminal “Alien” (and many still believe will be connected somehow). Either way, Scott’s return to science-fiction heralds attention no matter what he’s attempting, and so “Prometheus” is high on our radar heading into 2012. Here’s the first trailer:

Next up is “Bel Ami,” Robert Pattinson’s steamy period romance that finds the “Twilight” heartthrob sleeping his way through Europe in search of wealth and power. Now that sounds like a tough task for the young actor, don’t you think? »

- Sean O'Connell

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Watch: Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin in 'Game Change,' Robert Pattinson Sleeps His Way Through Paris in 'Bel Ami' & Gwar Reviews 'War Horse'

22 December 2011 9:55 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Based on the tell-all book from New York Magazine's John Heilemann and Time’s Mark Halperin, HBO's Game Change now has a trailer. The story will focus on former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's entry into John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign. The biggest reason to pay attention is to see Julianne Moore looking and sounding eerily like the once Republican vice-president candidate. Ed Harris makes a great McCain, and Woody Harrelson stars as his adviser Steve Schmidt. Palin has said that she will not be running for president in the upcoming election, but has also made mention that it wasn't too late for her to join the race (sounds confusing, as always). Check out the trailer below, and let us know what you think.   &nbsp...

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Vote Now! Julianne Moore vs. Tina Fey—Who Does Sarah Palin Best?

22 December 2011 9:08 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

It's the battle of the Sarah Palin impersonations! In one corner, ladies and gents, we have Julianne Moore star of the new HBO film Game Change, about the former Alaska governor's ascendance to Republican vice presidential candidate, whose trailer just premiered on the Web. In the other corner, there's 30 Rock's Tina Fey, whose satirical Saturday Night Live takedown of Palin, some political analysts say, may have even swung the 2008 election in President Obama's favor. So which one does the best Sarah? Better yet, who can see Russia from their house? Game Change, costarring Ed Harris as Republican presidential nominee John McCain and Woody Harrelson as McCain adviser Steve »

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Kardashians Plan Lawsuit Over Slave Labor Claim; Kris Humphries Booed in Nets Debut; Jwoww's New Bikinis Use Glue

22 December 2011 7:38 AM, PST | | See recent ReelzChannel news »

ReelzChannel Celebrity Rundown

California Congressman Dana Rohrabacher ripped the Kardashians claiming "They don't give a damn about the American people" after allegations made by Star magazine said their clothing line is manufactured in child slave labor sweat shops in China. The Kardashians say there is no truth to the story and are preparing to sue Star for the "libelous" claims.


In related news, Kris Humphries made his New Jersey Nets debut Wednesday night against the Knicks in Madison Square Garden and was mercilessly booed when he took the floor (video). When he was on the bench the crowd chanted "We want Humphries" so they could boo and heckle him some more.


Matt Damon has slammed Barack Obama, telling Elle he would prefer a "one-term president with some balls" to what he believes the prez has been since his election. For his part, Obama took First Dog Bo shopping at PetSmart »

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HBO’s Game Change Trailer Starring Ed Harris and Julianne Moore

22 December 2011 6:54 AM, PST | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

Do you want to see Ed Harris play John McCain and Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin? Of course you do! Check out the very first trailer for Game Change, the latest political HBO film directed by Jay Roach. Roach is best known for his work on the Austin Powers and Meet the Parents movies but he also directed the acclaimed HBO film Recount about the 2000 U.S. presidential election and the controversial recounts in Florida. Game Change is based on the book of the same name written by journalists John Heilemann and Mark Halperin and it explores the 2008 presidential election from the point of view of the Republican Party. Woody Harrelson, Ron Livingston, and Sarah Paulson also co-star. Game Change will air on HBO in March 2012; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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First teaser for HBO's Game Change with Harris/Moore as McCain/Palin

22 December 2011 6:16 AM, PST | | See recent JoBlo news »

It may be a TV channel, but HBO movies are not of the Lifetime variety. They've made incredible films in recent years, most notably Recount with Kevin Spacey and You Don't Know Jack with Al Pacino. Their next is Game Change which focuses on the McCain campaign decision to pick Sarah Palin as his running mate in the 2008 presidential election. Ed Harris and Julianne Moore fill the top two roles with Woody Harrelson as a campaign adviser. The first teaser is below and wow, I'm impressed with »

- Paul Tassi

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Julianne Moore Performs as Sarah Palin in Game Change Trailer

22 December 2011 5:45 AM, PST | | See recent news »

We knew she had perfected Sarah Palin's look. Now, in the first Game Change trailer, we see that Julianne Moore sounds just like the Alaskan politician, too. Moore, 51, has just one line in the trailer - in which she accepts the Republican nomination for vice president in 2008 - but she delivers it in the classic Palin voice, one previously imitated to perfection by Tina Fey. The movie, coming to HBO in March, also stars Ed Harris as John McCain and Woody Harrelson as his campaign manager. - Tim Nudd Related: Julianne Moore & Uma Thurman Party Together in N.Y. »

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Julianne Moore is Sarah Palin in Game Change trailer

22 December 2011 4:43 AM, PST | TotalFilm | See recent TotalFilm news »

A new teaser trailer has been released for HBO Films’ upcoming political drama Game Change, and Julianne Moore makes for a frighteningly convincing Sarah Palin. The film, adapted from the bestselling book of the same name by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, will follow the story of the 2008 election campaign, focusing on the introduction of Sarah Palin to the McCain ticket as a potential “game changer”. Take a look at the new trailer below… What we can say for sure is that Julianne Moore has got Palin’s...

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- George Wales

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