Screen Junkies » game change http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Sat, 13 Dec 2014 01:22:56 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Palin Producing Biopic About Herself, Release Date To Unexpectedly Fall Near ’12 Primaries http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/palin-producing-biopic-about-herself-release-date-to-unexpectedly-fall-near-12-primaries/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/palin-producing-biopic-about-herself-release-date-to-unexpectedly-fall-near-12-primaries/#comments Wed, 25 May 2011 21:45:51 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=213640 Sarah Palin thought the best way to create an objective cinematic look at her politics and person was to create one herself.

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Ensuring that the HBO Films’ Game Change doesn’t paint her in a negative light, Sarah Palin and her deft cinematic hand of genius are hard at work producing a rival biopic that presumably won’t be as critical of her political career (though it would be kind of funny if she ripped herself apart in her own film).

The project, inexplicably titled Undefeated, aside from being produced by the subject, will be directed by conservative filmmaker Stephen K. Bannon, and will be released in key states before the primaries in 2012. You know, if people didn’t know Palin better, they might jump to the conclusion that this film has self-serving purposes.

Undefeated will be released in both an unrated format and as a PG-13 film, so that all her tween fans will be able to see the film. The unrated format will feature some obscene and graphic anti-Palin sentiments. It’s weird that her feature will focus on the vulgar nature of her critics. Cause, you know, that could have gone either way.

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Ed Harris Looks Constipated In New ‘Game Change’ Pic http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ed-harris-looks-constipated-in-new-game-change-pic/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ed-harris-looks-constipated-in-new-game-change-pic/#comments Tue, 17 May 2011 02:04:38 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=212397 Here's a peak at Harris as John McCain, wincing in front of his supporters, looking like a maverick. Fact: mavericks dress in ties and have up-tight posture.

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The older you get, the tougher it is to take a shit. That’s probably the jumping off point for Ed Harris‘ portrayal of Senator John McCain in Game Change, HBO’s film about the 2008 election.

Screen Junkies already posted a picture of Julianne Moore after going through the HockeyMomulator 9000 to become Sarah Palin. Now get a peak at McCain below, wincing in front of his supporters, looking like a maverick. Fact: mavericks dress in ties and have up-tight posture. That’s what makes a man a maverick, friends. Also, let’s give a hand to hair and make-up. They did some good hair and make-upping here.

Game Change is directed by Jay Roach. Ron Livingston and Woody Harrelson also star. (EW)

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Julianne Moore Looks Folksy In First ‘Game Change’ Pic http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/julianne-moore-looks-folksy-in-first-game-change-pic/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/julianne-moore-looks-folksy-in-first-game-change-pic/#comments Wed, 27 Apr 2011 17:21:01 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=209202 It's Halloween 2008 all over again.

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It’s Halloween 2008 all over again and Julianne Moore is getting in on the fun.

Here we see Moore going rogue as former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin for the HBO film, Game Change. In the film, Moore’s Palin is joined by Ed Harris as John McCain, Woody Harrelson as Steve Schmidt, Melissa Farman as Bristol, and Ron Livingston as senior adviser Mark Wallace. Production begins today with director Jay Roach, but this first photo should be enough to keep Tracy Morgan going until there is a trailer.

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Woody Harrelson Is Going To Own Republicans http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/woody-harrelson-is-going-to-own-republicans/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/woody-harrelson-is-going-to-own-republicans/#comments Fri, 25 Mar 2011 19:03:26 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=203700 Woody Harrelson has joined the cast of Jay Roach's Game Change. Oddly enough, he won't be playing his patented crazy redneck character.

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Acclaimed surfboard wrestler Woody Harrelson has joined the cast of Jay Roach‘s Game Change. He’ll join the previously cast Ed Harris and Julianne Moore in the HBO Film about the McCain-Palin 2008 Presidential campaign.

Though he so totally would have made our prediction list if we knew his character existed, Harrelson will play McCain’s senior adviser, Steve Schmidt. Producers should note that if there are any roles available for a guy who dresses like Ted Nugent and yells a lot, he’s really good at those too. (Deadline)

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‘Game Change’ Casting Predictions http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/game-change-casting-predictions/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/game-change-casting-predictions/#comments Thu, 24 Mar 2011 22:46:22 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=203500 Rather than wait for HBO to announce the rest of the ensemble for its upcoming political drama, I thought I'd try my hand at guessing the cast. So, without further ado, here are my Game Change casting predictions.

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Political junkies are anxiously awaiting HBO’s upcoming film, Game Change. Based on the bestselling book, the film will chronicle the 2008 presidential election between then Senator Barack Obama and Senator John McCain. Thus far, only two major casting announcements have been made: Ed Harris as McCain and Julianne Moore as former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Rather than wait for the network to announce the rest of the ensemble, I thought I’d try my hand at guessing the cast. So, without further ado, here are my Game Change casting predictions.

Cast – Sen. John McCain as played by Ed Harris

Ed Harris as John McCain? Sure, why not. Harris definitely has the chops for the role, and with a little makeup, I’m sure he’ll look the part, as well.

Cast – Gov. Sarah Palin as played by Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore is a great actress, but I have a hard time seeing her as Palin. I’m sure she’ll do a great job, but when it comes to Palin impersonations, I only have eyes for Tina Fey.

Prediction – Sen. Barack Obama as played by Will Smith

Yeah, yeah, yeah; I wasn’t crazy about picking Smith. But damn it, he’s got the ears. And while an HBO film would surely be a pay cut for him, Smith has previously expressed interest in playing Obama. Even so, hopefully the network can find a lesser known actor capable of nailing the part.

Prediction – Sen. Joe Biden as played by Christopher Plummer

Granted, Plummer is too old to be playing Joe Biden. But with a little movie magic, he can pull it off. Besides, look at their foreheads! They’re practically twins!

Prediction – Michelle Obama as played by Regina King

When it came time to cast Michelle Obama, I wanted to go with Michael Dorn, the guy who played Worf on “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” But my editor said, “quit being an idiot,” so I went with the much more attractive (although, much less bad ass) Regina King.

Prediction – Cindy McCain as played by Michelle Pfeiffer

Cindy McCain is an aged blonde hottie. Michelle Pfeiffer is an aged blonde hottie. Do the math.

Prediction – Sen. Hillary Clinton as played by Sigourney Weaver

Sigourney Weaver is a bit too tall to play Hillary Clinton. But she’s got those crazy eyes, and that’s what’s really going to sell the part. A nice, fat pair of cankles won’t hurt, either.

Prediction – Gov. Mike Huckabee as played by Kevin Spacey

Aside from the fact that the two look alike, I’m sure Hollywood would get a perverse satisfaction from casting a guy who goes “walking his dog” through strange parks in the middle of the night as a “family values” candidate.

Prediction – Sen. John Edwards as played by Jerry O’Connell

I can’t believe I never noticed how much Jerry O’Connell looks like former Senator John Edwards. And as his character in Piranha 3D showed us, he’s perfectly capable of playing a sleaze-bag piece of shit, which makes him perfect for this part.

Prediction – Elizabeth Edwards as played by Cherry Jones

In the book, Elizabeth Edwards isn’t exactly portrayed in the kindest light. But due to her husbands philandering and her recent death, I doubt the producers will want to speak ill of the dead. That said, Cherry Jones is a very likable actress, and would make a great choice no matter how the character is portrayed.

Prediction – Meghan McCain as played by Elisha Cuthbert

I’m not going to lie; I think Meghan McCain is kind of hot. Sure, she’s a little thick, but it’s not like I’m Daniel Craig. That said, casting the ridiculously hot Elisha Cuthbert in her role is a stretch. But it’s a stretch I wouldn’t mind watching for two hours.

Prediction – Rep. Ron Paul as played by Ian Mckellen

I always wondered why Ro Paul was so interested in precious metals. Obviously, it’s because he’s friggen Magneto!

Prediction – Rep. Fred Thompson as played by Fred Thompson

This one was a no brainer. After all, why reinvent the wheel.

Prediction – Gov. Bill Richardson as played by Joe Mantegna

Then Governor Bill Richardson actually made it farther along in the primary than Joe Biden. He might have ended up with a cabinet position, if allegations of corruption in his home state of New Mexico wouldn’t have sank his chances. Speaking of corruption, how about we cast the guy who plays Fat Tony on”The Simpsons.”

Prediction – Sen. Chris Dodd as played by Peter Gallagher

No one probably remembers that former Senator Chris Dodd ran a long shot campaign in the Democratic primary. He was crushed, so why should they? That being said, he’s briefly in the book, and Peter Gallagher is his spitting image. And the fact that Dodd was recently hired my the MPAA might make him an attractive target for the filmmakers.

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Ed Harris In The Role He Was Born To Play: John McCain http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ed-harris-in-the-role-he-was-born-to-play-john-mccain/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ed-harris-in-the-role-he-was-born-to-play-john-mccain/#comments Thu, 24 Mar 2011 00:28:52 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=203334 An exciting actor for an exciting rol...*snooze*

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Ed Harris playing John McCain. Makes sense. They have physical similarities, but beyond that, Ed Harris can play “quiet rage” quite well. Just look at A History of Violence. It could just as easily have been A History of Violence: The John McCain story. Dude is salty as hell.

Harris’s McCain is joining Julianne Moore‘s Sarah Palin in the political jambaroo known as Game Change. Game Change tells the story of McCain’s political campaign and how everything changed once he brought on a lady that could see Russia from her house. The film is directed by Jay Roach, who flexed his political-retelling muscle with Recount, the story of the 2000 election fiasco.

Congrats to Ed Harris for taking on a role that actually requires him to look balder. Big ups, Eddie. (The Wrap)

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