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      Tonight, Saturday, March 10, on HBO,at 9 pm Eastern, is the much talked about new movie "Game Change". Though the trailer makes it seem like Game Change is an issue of Sarah Palin's role in the McCain run for the Presidency. The pure fact of the apropos matter is the Game Change book is denoted by their authors (John Heilemann and Mark Halperin) as the - "Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime"

        It is a star studded movie by HBO, with a cast of profuse great talent. So much so, Ed Harris is playing John McCain (giving too much good looks for the part), Woody Harrelson is playing Steve Schmidt (McCain's senior campaign manager) and Julianne Moore is Sarah Palin. In almost an eerie way, Julianne Moore dam near looks like so much like Sarah Palin and Woody Harrelson said he often could not tell the difference.

      Though HBO has done many great works, there are some times that one has to wonder what side of the fence the premium network rest's upon. Some of you may have seen the previous politico movie entitled "Too Big To Fail". The fact of the matter is Too Big to Fail is a puff piece that failed to address the larger issue that GMAC and Chrysler got huge bailouts and they were owned by Cerberus Capital. That being said, I loved what HBO did with "Recount" and "Gasland"

     With that note, here is the trailer - and we are going to speculate below the squiggy thingy on - whether or not - one should waste time watching HBO's Game Change.

     As far as reviews go, I am encouraged to watch the movie because McCain and Palin are already refusing to watch it. That is 1 qualifier. The next qualifier is the fact that Palin's staff snubbed the book and complained profusely. As seen in the Washington Post atory "Sarah Palin lashes out at media"- it remarked that Palin's associate says;

“Look with your own eyes at what she and her family have endured...” said former Palin spokeswoman Meg Stapleton. “Any lesser man would have hanged himself by now"

      Everyone in the Palin and McCain camps, including staffers, etc - claim that the book is fiction and therefore the movie (which none of them has seen) - must be worse. They are lashing out at former McCain campaign manager Steve Schmidt, because he says the film is "accurate". As denoted in the WaPo article, Schmidt is quoted;

  “The movie was, for me, a powerful rendering of an extremely intense experience that I went through, and I think the movie shows Sarah Palin in all of her complexities – a person of great talent and great strength on the one hand, but also a person who wasn’t prepared for the job she was nominated for,” Schmidt told The Fix. “The movie explains how that happened and why that happened.”
  Here are some more reviews provide by Andrew Kreig and his Justice Integrity Project story "Palin Played Tough 2008 Role". Mr. Kreig also links to several other reviews as follows;

Related News Coverage

CNN

CNN, 'Game Change' actors dish on Palin, portrayals and politics, Sally Holland, March , 12, 2012.  Actress Julianne Moore, who portrays former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in the HBO movie Game Change, said she was surprised to learn how disorganized the McCain-Palin campaign was in 2008. “I really had an assumption that things were more organized than they are,” she told CNN on the red carpet before a screening at the Newseum in Washington.  “I think this campaign was notorious for being a difficult one and one that was pretty disorganized,” she said. Palin and McCain turned down interview requests by movie director Jay Roach, so he said he used the reporting by Halperin and Heilemann along with voice recordings of Palin reading her own books to make the story as authentic as possible.  “(The voice recordings) added a whole other layer of empathy for me,” he said. “It actually added a few details. When she calls her son in Iraq in the middle of the election, it’s very moving.”  


PEOPLE MAGAZINE

People Magazine, Julianne Moore Nails Sarah Palin in Game Change: Review, Tom Gliatto, March 9, 2012. No one doubted that Julianne Moore would nail the physical details playing Sarah Palin in Game Change, about the Alaska governor's astonishing explosion on the political scene in 2008 as John McCain’s running mate. So, yes, she does "the voice," which is flat yet nasal. But that's just the starting point. Moore is an unusual actress: At her best -- and she is here -- she's completely empathetic but also mysteriously remote. Her Palin from moment to moment is absolutely real -- but always open to interpretation. Members of the "lame-stream media," as Palin famously labeled them, will enjoy the  satirical touches that glint like light off her spectacles. (When Palin finally pronounces Ahmadinejad correctly, the campaign staff applauds.)


HUFFINGTON POST

Huffington Post / Gossip Center, Julianne Moore Premieres “Game Change” In Washington DC, (Video) March 9, 2012. Video Enjoying her time in the Nation’s Capital City, Julianne Moore was spotted at the premiere of her new film “Game Change” in Washington DC last night (March 8).  Joined by costar Sarah Paulson and co-authors of the book “Game Change” Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, the Forgotten actress looked magnificent in a green dress with gold heels. Enjoy the pictures of Julianne Moore at the 'Game Change' premiere in Washington, DC.


     As for me - I am going to watch it. Love Ed Harris, Woody Harrelson and adore Julianne Moore. At least I will be able to comment upon it, from a more knowledgeable standpoint/ view.

     However, I am going to leave the review and follow up story to another DK'r and all of us in the comment sections. Meanwhile, I close with the actors reflections


UPDATE

Thanks to commentor AnnetteK from the U.K.
here's a great link and separate insight from someone other than Schmidt

I won't be able to see it in the UK.

Must see in my humble opinion.

Here is a link to a discussion between Geoffrey Dunn (author of a Palin expose) and an Alaskan blogger who holds no love for Palin.

Dunn has seen the film and gives an overview in the discussion.

http://theimmoralminority.blogspot.com/...

Dunn: I mean, Nicolle Wallace described Palin as “cuckoo for Coco Puffs.” We know how she feels. Schmidt is far more careful, but he has clearly stated Palin is “unfit for the presidency.” Some of those other McCain operatives, like Rick Davis, are still closely associated with John McCain. Other’s like Jason Recher are still on Palin’s payroll. And the others are simply afraid to go on the record. I spoke to several people from the McCain campaign who are afraid of Palin. As you know, Palin’s minions are a vicious lot. They have gone after Schmidt. And they will go after Game Change . But I think the film will solidify in the public’s mind how dangerous and irresponsible the Palin selection really was. That’s why the Palin pushback has been so hard. This film will seriously push down Palin’s favorability ratings even further—and they are already astonishingly low
Let's face it, when McCain selected a woman - everyone here and elsewhere went WOW or Uh Oh.... It was a brilliant political strategy. However, there were many, many more intelligent women, accomplished women and who has it all together women - than Sarah Palin. But the pick of Palin has given us great fodder (even now with her Limbaugh support) and is Entertainment.

As for me, I am glad he did not pick someone like Elizabeth Warren....
who knows where we would be now.

UPDATE - AFTER the Movie discussion Diary..

10:08 PM PT: Link to a Post Movie review and comments

Don't agree with them - but it saves me doing another piece..

http://www.dailykos.com/...


Originally posted to laserttheliquidator on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 03:31 AM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    You can make a difference in the world; just by doing something good for someone else today.

    by laserhaas on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 03:31:05 AM PST

  •  The People's magazine link is broken. I tried to (1+ / 0-)
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    Unpublish and see if it was me - turns out it is them.

    I am going to bed now - maybe someone will get it in the morning..

    Banter and critique away.....

    You can make a difference in the world; just by doing something good for someone else today.

    by laserhaas on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 03:32:38 AM PST

  •  To see what (Pay for) movies are best - GO TO (1+ / 0-)
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    www.The-Movie-Times.com

    You will be amazed at the statistics..

    You can make a difference in the world; just by doing something good for someone else today.

    by laserhaas on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 03:37:04 AM PST

  •  This past weekend financial details at The Movie (1+ / 0-)
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    You can make a difference in the world; just by doing something good for someone else today.

    by laserhaas on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 03:38:51 AM PST

  •  Sarah who™ ? (4+ / 0-)
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    h/t to JeffW

    Santorum: Man on Dog; Romney: Dog on Car. Ren and Stimpy: Dog on Cat equalitymaine.org

    by commonmass on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 03:59:17 AM PST

  •  I'm just jealous that (4+ / 0-)

    I won't be able to see it in the UK.

    Must see in my humble opinion.

    Here is a link to a discussion between Geoffrey Dunn (author of a Palin expose) and an Alaskan blogger who holds no love for Palin.

    Dunn has seen the film and gives an overview in the discussion.

    http://theimmoralminority.blogspot.com/...

    Dunn: I mean, Nicolle Wallace described Palin as “cuckoo for Coco Puffs.” We know how she feels. Schmidt is far more careful, but he has clearly stated Palin is “unfit for the presidency.” Some of those other McCain operatives, like Rick Davis, are still closely associated with John McCain. Other’s like Jason Recher are still on Palin’s payroll. And the others are simply afraid to go on the record. I spoke to several people from the McCain campaign who are afraid of Palin. As you know, Palin’s minions are a vicious lot. They have gone after Schmidt. And they will go after Game Change . But I think the film will solidify in the public’s mind how dangerous and irresponsible the Palin selection really was. That’s why the Palin pushback has been so hard. This film will seriously push down Palin’s favorability ratings even further—and they are already astonishingly low.

    "Rage against the machine, vote for Newt, annoy a liberal." Sarah Palin on Fox News 1.28.12. - HaHaHAHaHaHa! me for the next 10 minutes.

    by AnnetteK on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 04:24:58 AM PST

    •  Thanks AnnetteK ..... sorry that you have to (1+ / 0-)
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      AnnetteK

      wait. I don't have it, but there is HBO GO and maybe someone you know will have it.

      Putting your great link and reflection as an "Update" above.

      You can make a difference in the world; just by doing something good for someone else today.

      by laserhaas on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 08:40:53 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  "Waste time"? (2+ / 0-)
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    It is entertainment. If someone will enjoy watching it, that is all that is required.

  •  saw "Too Big to Fail" recently... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...and was mystified.

    Are we really supposed to think of Hank Paulson as a Wall Street hero of our time?  

    Glad I didn't waste my money buying the book.

    •  Too Big to Fail was a BIG "Red Herring" balmerUSA (0+ / 0-)

      and you are correct

      The notion that Paulson (or for that matter - anyone from Goldman Sachs) being a hero - is Absurd!

      Paulson was at head spot of Goldman Sachs in 2001 and Romney (despite erroneous statements that he totally left Bain in 1999) was still Chief Exec of Bain in 2001 --

      Therefore, they are BOTH culpable for the organized crime accomplished in eToys.

      But, more importantly, John Snow, Paulson's predecessor at Goldman Sachs, is at Cerberus Capital Managment.

      Too Big to Fail points out that the Banks got $125 Billion - so where did the other $575 Billion go?

      Chrysler, GMAC and AIG (AIG insured Goldman Sachs and Cerberus Credit Default Obligations).

      And Cerberus Capital owned GMAC and Chrysler.

      No one will dare to write this story. For there are 4 companies you cannot write about and not risk life/ liberty or find yourself facing some sort of wrath of Gods.

      FMR
      Cerberus
      Counsel on Foreign Relations
      Barrick Gold

      By the way - Cerberus's partners are Steve Feinberg and Ezra Merkin who owns Gabriel Fund (a feeder fund to Madoff that has enjoyed very little scrutiny/ mention on the issue).

      Finally;

      Cerberus translates from the Greek - into

      the mythological three-headed dog  
                           that guarded the gates of Hell.

      You can make a difference in the world; just by doing something good for someone else today.

      by laserhaas on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 09:30:38 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  It looks like truth about Palin will get out (2+ / 0-)
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    with the video.  When she was chosen, I started visiting an Alaskan blog called Mudflats and that was extremely enlightening.

    Julianne Moore looks like Sarah and she's an excellent actress.  There is an intelligence and honesty that Julianne has -- and Sarah doesn't -- that comes through, but I'm not sure anyone can be the weasel that Sarah is.  

    Again, I'm just glad some of the truth about Sarah will be getting out there in such a watchable way.  I think it will be an eye-opener for a lot of people who didn't really pay that much attention to her or know that much about her.

    “The only thing that happens in an instant is destruction … everything else requires time.” ~ First Lady, Michelle Obama

    by ParkRanger on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 09:45:55 AM PST

  •  We will all be talking much about it, after the (0+ / 0-)

    movie ParkRanger...

    You can make a difference in the world; just by doing something good for someone else today.

    by laserhaas on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 09:50:58 AM PST

  •  Rachel had an interview last night (1+ / 0-)
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    with the screenwriter (who is also a producer or executive producer?). In preparation for writing the script, he claimed that he ran the book by 25 campaign staffers (McCain's? and/or Palin's?), and 24 out of 25 said it was accurate before he started writing.  Of course, they must have bailed after seeing the final product.

  •  Well, I watched it and heartfully believe that (0+ / 0-)

    it is spot on.....

    You can make a difference in the world; just by doing something good for someone else today.

    by laserhaas on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 08:14:58 PM PST

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