Game Change

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Modern Family, Homeland Win Big at the Emmys

Plus, wins for 'Veep,' 'Game Change,' 'Two and a Half Men'

(Newser) - And they're off! Host Jimmy Kimmel opened the Emmys with jokes about Honey Boo Boo and politics ("Being a Republican in Hollywood is like being a Chick-fil-A sandwich on the snack table at Glee."), and noted that this is the first year none of the four... More »

Game Change Draws Biggest HBO Audience Since 2004

An average of 2.1M viewers watched premiere

(Newser) - Love it or hate it , you can't argue that Game Change was a good move for HBO: The movie debuted Saturday to an average of 2.1 million viewers, the largest audience for an original-film premiere on the channel in nearly eight years. A total of 3.6... More »

Steve Schmidt: Palin as President 'Frightens Me'

Former McCain strategist calls 'Game Change' 'very accurate'

(Newser) - Steve Schmidt, the former John McCain campaign strategist portrayed by Woody Harrelson in HBO's Game Change, pulled no punches when describing his reaction to the book on MSNBC this morning. "I think it was very accurate. For all of us in the campaign, it really rang true. It... More »

Palin Aide: Accurate Game Change 'Made Me Squirm'

Nicolle Wallace refutes ex-governor's criticism of film

(Newser) - Sarah Palin has called Game Change a "false narrative," but a former top campaign adviser isn't so sure. Nicolle Wallace tells ABC News that the HBO film was "true enough to make me squirm." This "is a movie about the vast gray area where... More »

McCain Blasts Game Change

'I'm not going to watch it,' says Arizona senator

(Newser) - Maybe John McCain also wanted Brad Pitt to play him , but he's certainly no fan of Game Change, deriding the movie based on his 2008 presidential campaign to Fox News Sunday as "based on a book that's completely biased and with unattributed quotes. I'm not going... More »

Game Change Is Divisive

Julianne Moore and Ed Harris get praise, but the movie leaves critics divided

(Newser) - HBO's adaptation of Game Change debuts this weekend, and unlike the book, it's based entirely on Sarah Palin. Critics have gotten a look already, and here's what they're saying:
  • It's a good movie, argues Hank Steuver of the Washington Post , and Julianne Moore is "
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Julianne Moore: Sarah Palin Is 'Very Canny'

Star of HBO movie 'Game Change' feels for former VP candidate

(Newser) - Julianne Moore can sympathize with Sarah Palin after walking in her high heels through an upcoming HBO movie, the New York Post reports. “I do think the situation that she was put in was a completely untenable one,” says Moore, who plays Palin in the film Game Change,... More »

Full Game Change Trailer Debuts

And Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin is still pretty scary: reactions

(Newser) - If you thought Julianne Moore's Sarah Palin was terrifying in the first Game Change teaser , wait until you see her in the full trailer, where she utters lines such as, "We have to win this thing. I so don’t want to go back to Alaska." Watch... More »

Game Change Trailer Stars Terrifying Sarah Palin

HBO debuts first teaser

(Newser) - For all of you who have spent the past nine months wondering how Julianne Moore’s Sarah Palin impersonation will stack up against Tina Fey’s , you finally have your answer. HBO debuted its first teaser trailer for Game Change, the film due in March that's based on the... More »

Why I Dread Game Change

Meghan McCain expects her family to be 'crucified' by liberal bias

(Newser) - Meghan McCain doesn't exactly have high hopes for the HBO adaptation of Game Change, the book about the 2008 campaign. "I expect my family and Sarah Palin to be nothing short of crucified," she writes in the Daily Beast . The book itself is unreliable and has a distinct... More »

Julianne Moore to Play Sarah Palin

Moore playing Wasillan in HBO's Game Change

(Newser) - Maybe Tina Fey was busy. HBO has announced that it has signed Julianne Moore to play Sarah Palin in its upcoming film Game Change, based on the best-selling book that dished behind-the-scenes dirt on the 2008 presidential campaign. No word yet on who'll be playing John McCain, Barack Obama, Hillary... More »

Why Steve Schmidt's Gunning for Sarah Palin

Enemies say he wants to be a pundit; friends say it's personal

(Newser) - Steve Schmidt has taken post-campaign sour grapes to new heights with his public assault on Sarah Palin on 60 Minutes, reports Politico . What drove him to it? That depends on who you ask, Politico reports. One Palin ally theorizes that Schmidt, damaged in political circles after the inept McCain campaign,... More »

Allies Hang Clintons Out to Dry

Game Change strikes without comment from Clinton machine

(Newser) - The vaunted Clinton Machine has been notably silent since the release of Game Change, a damning sign that the sources that so savage Bill and Hillary in the book are indeed former staffers and loyalists. Ben Smith of Politico emailed many of the senior aides referred to in the book,... More »

Rush Limbaugh Steps Into 'Negro' Fray

Says, 'It was negroes that brought Ted Kennedy his booze'

(Newser) - The word negro hasn't seen this much action in years, but Rush Limbaugh last night joined Harry Reid in resuscitating the term—with a little speaking ill of the dead thrown in for good measure. Discussing the 2008 presidential campaign on his radio show last night, Limbaugh jumped into the... More »

Reid Apologizes Again for 'Choice of Words'

Senator sorry for 'Negro' remark

(Newser) - Harry Reid apologized again this afternoon for comments he made about Barack Obama in the early days of the presidential campaign, acknowledging that he "could have used a better choice of words" in evaluating Obama's prospects. "I've apologized to the president. I've apologized to everyone that, within the... More »

Gaffe May Sink Reid in Nevada

Majority leader can't afford to lose any black voters in 2010

(Newser) - Harry Reid’s already shaky reelection prospects just got a whole lot shakier, thanks to his observations on Barack Obama’s skin color. Reid isn’t facing a strong Republican opponent, but he’s been behind in the polls for a while now anyway, notes Nate Silver of More »

Reid Won't Be Ousted Over 'Negro' Remark

GOP critics are conducting a partisan witchhunt, advisers say

(Newser) - Harry Reid won’t heed Republican calls to step down as majority leader following the revelation that he used some decidedly politically incorrect language to talk about Barack Obama. Reid feels he’s shored up support on the left, senior advisers tell Politico , meaning he can depict the attack launched... More »

Game Change Gossipy But Insightful

Heilemann and Halperin drop plenty of 'spicy' bombshells

(Newser) - From Bill Clinton’s rumored affair to Harry Reid’s “negro voice” quote, John Heilemann and Mark Halperin’s Game Change is already making headlines. The book delivers a “spicy smorgasbord of observations, revelations, and allegations,” writes Michiko Kakutani of the New York Times . Some parts of... More »

Sarah Palin Chosen Out of 'Desperation'

Campaign strategist, authors discuss new book Game Change

(Newser) - When Sarah Palin memorably asked Joe Biden, “Can I call you Joe?” during the vice-presidential debate, it was a strategy—but not the strategy everyone assumed. During debate prep, Palin kept referring to Biden as “O’Biden,” campaign strategist Steve Schmidt tells CBS . “When you had... More »

Obama, Biden Clashed in '08

Bill Clinton enraged Kennedy, lost endorsement for Hillary

(Newser) - John McCain and Sarah Palin had their well-publicized differences on the campaign trail, but things were no better over in Camp Obama-Biden, reports Politico in a look at further details emerging from Mark Halperin and John Heilemann's new book. Game Change reports that the prez and his veep were barely... More »

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