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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
 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 ] Thanks to some early publicity stills , we've already known for months that Harris and Moore were capable of looking the parts they'd been cast in, »
- Angie Han
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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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
HBO has released their first teaser trailer for Game Change, a telepic about John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign. It is a well-structured 52 seconds. First, Ed Harris looks just like McCain when you stick a hairpiece on him. A speech by Woody Harrelson (playing McCain's advisor Steve Schmidt) builds nicely to the big reveal of Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin. Plenty have tried on a Palin impression in the last couple years. Is it any surprise that Moore's, in just one sentence, sounds good enough to sustain a feature-length character arc? Ron Livingston, Sarah Paulson, Peter MacNicol, Justin Gaston, Larry Sullivan, Jamey Sheridan, and Melissa Farman also star. Game Change was directed by Jay Roach and written by Danny Strong, who previously collaborated on the HBO movie Recount, which centered on the 2000 election. Game Change will premiere in March 2012. Watch the trailer after the break. Below is the synopsis for Game Change »
- Brendan Bettinger
Does Julianne Moore bear an uncanny resemblance to Sarah Palin in the upcoming movie "Game Change"? You betcha! The teaser for the upcoming HBO film about the 2008 presidential election, and "Big Lebowski" actress Moore gives Tina Fey a run for her money in her portrayal of former Gop vice presidential candidate Palin. The film, which was written by Danny Strong (who also penned HBO's political film "Recount"), also stars Ed Harris as Palin's running mate John McCain and Woody Harrelson »
- Tim Kenneally
HBO has unveiled the trailer for its upcoming "Game Change" film, starring Ed Harris as presidential candidate John McCain and Julianne Moore as former Alaska governor Sarah Palin. Check it out below. The movie focuses on the 2008 presidential election and follows John McCain's campaign from his selection of Palin as his running mate to their ultimate defeat in the general election. The goal is to chronicle Palin's burst into the national scene as a surprise vice presidential candidate. Jay Roach (Meet the Parents) directed "Game Change" from a script by Danny Strong, who penned Roach's "Recount," which examined the aftermath of the 2000 presidential election with a focus on the Florida recount. The new movie is set to be released in March of 2012. Trailer: If you cannot see the player, click here. »
The makers of "Recount," which dramatized the turbulent (and seemingly unresolvable) presidential election of 2000, are at it again. With "Game Change," writer Danny Strong and director Jay Roach are focused on the Republican frontrunners of the 2008 election cycle, namely Senator John McCain and his running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin. And, by golly, did they cast to type. Ed Harris (with some added hair) is a dead ringer for McCain, while Moore doesn't quite look as much like Palin as, say, Tina Fey, but should have no problem delivering the dramatic chops. Palin's nasally vocal quirks are fairly easy to »
- Dave Lewis
As America heads to the polls next year to decide if Barack Obama deserves another shot, or if the looney Mitt Romney or Rick Perry or Newt Gingrich should lead the country, it's unlikely the race will ever match the showdown in 2008. Obama's meteroic rise was only one part of the story of his election that also saw Sarah Palin controversially enter the national stage. Well get ready because that story is now headed to the movies in "Game Change," which now has a very promising trailer. Directed by Jay Roach (who is also helming the much more comic "political" movie "Southern Rivals" with Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis also coming next year), has reunited with his "Recount" writer Danny Strong for “Game Change,” which is based on the best-seller by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, and will track the 2008 election on both sides. This movie has pulled together a »
Even though HBO Films delivers their flicks on cable, most of their productions are much better than some of the stuff that hits the big screen. That's why we like covering projects set up at the cable network from time-to-time and that brings us to this first teaser trailer via THR for Game Change, a film chronicling the campaign run to the White House by Senator John McCain, played by Ed Harris, and Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin, played by Julianne Moore. This likely won't be the most objective film coming from Jay Roach, the same director behind HBO's Recount, but it does look like it's going to be pretty damn good. Here's the first teaser trailer for Jay Roach's Game Change from HBO Films, via THR: Game Change is based on the book of the same name by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin which was adapted by Danny Strong »
- Ethan Anderton
Hot on the heels of two Golden Globe nominations, HBO has picked up "Enlightened" for a second season. The ratings-challenged dramedy was a surprising inclusion in the Globes' Best Comedy/Musical Series category while Laura Dern picked up an expected bid for Best Comedy/Musical Actress. Dern -- who won Globes for telefilms "Recount" (2008, supporting) and "Afterburn" (1992, lead) and reaped Emmy nods for both -- could well prevail again this year. She does, however, face a challenge from Zooey Deschanel ("New Girl"). Both actresses compete for new series as did the last two champs: Laura Linney ("The Big C") and Toni Collette ("United States of Tara"). The news from HBO was not all good as Thomas Jane's second consecutive Globe bid for Best Comedy Actor could not save "Hung" from getting the chop after three seasons. Critics and audiences alike failed to embrace this show about a hig »
John Lithgow is a damn fine actor and one whose praises were sung on this very site in an article yesterday. Which makes it pleasing that we get to report news of his casting in an upcoming film. The film in question is Dog Fight (formerly Southern Rivals), which is a political comedy starring Will Ferrell.
Lithgow will join the supporting cast that includes the likes of Zach Galifianakis and Brian Cox, and the film is to be directed by Jay Roach. Whilst Jay Roach is primarily known for broad comedies such as Austin Powers, Meet the Parents and Dinner for Schmucks, he was also the director of political TV movie Recount and the upcoming Game Change.
In Dog Fight, Ferrell and Galifianakis will play two inept politicians battling for a seat in the North Carolina district election. »
Laura Dern is one of the most respected and versatile film actresses in America. Her roles have included portrayals of "the every woman" to "the woman on the very edge." In her new character, Dern portrays an every woman named Amy who, very publicly, swerves all the way off the edge. “
Enlightened,” the tragically and comically misnamed series on HBO, is the story of Amy’s long and bumpy road toward self-realization and spiritual awareness –- and her determination to drag everyone up with her.
I first became aware of the series by seeing what is becoming an iconic poster for Enlightened that juxtaposes Dern’s face -- mascara streaked and contorted with rage -- with the show’s title promising the ultimate spiritual goal. The tension inherent between pain and salvation struck me as deeply funny, tragic and true, which are good ways to describe the series that Dern »
- Paul Brandeis Raushenbush
Exclusive: NBC has bought a half-hour comedy from actress-comedian Andrea Savage and director-producer Jay Roach. Savage will write and star in the multi-camera project, which is being produced by Universal Television, with Roach and Jennifer Perini executive producing through their Everyman Pictures. The untitled comedy centers on a woman who prides herself on her humor and edge and refuses to become typical after becoming a parent for the first time. The project is semi-autobiographical as Savage too had her first child 2 years ago. Her first gig coming back was a co-starring role in Jay Roach’s 2010 feature comedy Dinner For Schmucks, where the two first worked together. Groundlings Theatre alumna Savage, repped by UTA and Mosaic, also co-starred in the movie Step Brothers. On TV, she starred and wrote for the Comedy Central series Dog Bites Man and HBO’s Funny Or Die Presents and was most recently seen guest »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Horrible Bosses was a plenty solid way for Jason Sudeikis to prove himself as a comedy talent in the world of film (we’ll let Hall Pass slide), but this is still a big leap for a guy who’s mostly been making his name with SNL. As THR says, the actor will star with Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis in Dog Fight, a political comedy from Jay Roach. They’ll also be joined by Sarah Baker and Katherine Lanasa
Eastbound & Down writers Shawn Harwell and Chris Henchy are behind the screenplay, which follows “rival politicians in a small congressional district in South Carolina.” I feel think safe in simply putting down the three actors as the politicians, though I could be entirely wrong — but all signs point to that being the case. In addition to acting, Galifianakis is producing with the director through Everyman Pictures, and Ferrell will do »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
Jason Sudeikis has joined Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis in Jay Roach's political comedy Dog Fight. The movie, formerly titled Southern Rivals, is about rival politicians (Ferrell and Galifianakis) in a small congressional district in South Carolina (hence the original title). THR doesn't say what role Sudeikis will play but hopefully it won't be the smarmy lothario he played three times this year (Hall Pass, Horrible Bosses, and A Good Old Fashioned Orgy). The film also stars Sarah Baker (In Gayle We Trust) and Katherine Lanasa (Valentine's Day). Filming is set to begin in mid-November in New Orleans for an August 2012 release. While it's encouraging that Shawn Harwell (Eastbound & Down) and frequent Ferrell collaborator Chris Henchy (The Other Guys) wrote the script, I'm wary of Roach. He botched the dark comedy in Dinner for Schmucks, but maybe he'll fare better at politics since he directed the election dramas Recount and the upcoming Game Change. »
- Matt Goldberg
20 Political Movie Quotes'The Candidate' (1972)
Bill McKay (Robert Redford): [after winning the election] "What do we do now?"
School is back in session and the summer movie season has wrapped, which means the pop-culture focus temporarily shifts to television until the annual slate of Oscar contenders and holiday blockbusters hit theaters.
This fall, though, you'll notice the new television season has a host of big movie stars transitioning to primetime, either for the first time, like Luke Wilson, or in a splashy return, like Ashton Kutcher.
While the majority of film actors are headlining high-profile series, a couple of them are lining up for key supporting roles in ensemble casts. Take a look at these 15 familiar faces and find out where you can catch them on the small screen this year.
There's no other actress who can combine beautiful and quirky with adorable and dorky (adorkable) like Deschanel can. The "500 Days of Summer" actress joins her sister Emily (of "Bones" fame) on »
- Sandie Angulo Chen
There aren't a ton of details about the plot as of yet, other than the fact that he and Galifianakis will be, well, Southern rivals in a political race. Ferrell's wild man antics and experience playing our former Prez make him a likely candidate for the Republican candidate, whereas Galifianakis's deadpan delivery could peg him as an overly serious Democrat.
Or, really, who knows with him?
Anyone is fair game when it comes to these funnymen. (Ferrell is still occasionally channeling Bush Jr.; he made an appearance on FunnyorDie this past May to comment on Osama bin Laden's death.)
The news »
- Jenni Miller
 Not too long ago, it seemed like every new movie in the works was some spin on the doomed paranormal romance a la Twilight. Now, Hollywood's new obsession seems to be wedding-themed comedies. Thanks to the recent successes of Bridesmaids and The Hangover Part II, Hollywood is apparently intent on producing any wedding-based comedy it can get its hands on. The latest project in this vein is Who Invited Her?, based on a pitch by Sascha Rothchild about a woman who tags along on a bachelor party getaway. Reese Witherspoon is attached to star, as well as produce through her company Type A Films. Gary Foster and Russ Krasnoff are also signed on to produce. Rothchild will be writing the script, which is said to be -- of course -- "in the spirit of Bridesmaids." [The Hollywood Reporter  and Variety ] After the jump, Bob Balaban joins Wes Anderson's latest. Hot on the »
- Angie Han
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