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HBO's Game Change Starts Filming with Moore as Palin, Harris as McCain: Cast Pictures, Palin Tweets

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood April 27, 2011 at 4:32AM

Julianne Moore stars as Sarah Palin in HBO's Game Change, while Ed Harris plays running-mate John McCain, Melissa Farman (Temple Grandin) plays Bristol Palin, Larry Sullivan plays Palin's deputy chief of staff Chris Edwards and Jamey Sheridan plays McCain's speechwriter/campaign advisor Mark Salter (complete photo mash-up below, actors in said order on the right).
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Julianne Moore stars as Sarah Palin in HBO's Game Change, while Ed Harris plays running-mate John McCain, Melissa Farman (Temple Grandin) plays Bristol Palin, Larry Sullivan plays Palin's deputy chief of staff Chris Edwards and Jamey Sheridan plays McCain's speechwriter/campaign advisor Mark Salter (complete photo mash-up below, actors in said order on the right).

Shooting on the film begins today, with Jay Roach (Dinner for Schmucks, Meet the Parents, Austin Powers) directing a screenplay from actor-writer Danny Strong (adapted from Mark Halperin's book). Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are executive producers [THR, THR].

Reviews of Halperin's book also below. And in case you're wondering what Sarah Palin's response was to the White House releasing Obama birth certificate this morning, here you go:

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@SarahPalinUSA: Media: admit it, Trump forced the issue. Now, don't let the WH distract you w/the birth crt from what Bernanke says today. Stay focused, eh?

Among the reviews for Halperin's book:

“The authors of Game Change succeed in creating a plausible account of the emotional tumult of the 2008 campaign as it might have been—perhaps even was—experienced by the candidates, their spouses, and their staffs.” (Hendrik Hertzberg, The New Yorker)

“An amazing piece of work...One of the best books on politics of any kind I’ve read. For entertainment value, I put it up there with Catch 22...An absolutely gripping read...they can write.” (Clive Crook, The Financial Times)

“Riveting...Its pages brim with scandalous tidbits...This is a must-read for anyone interested in the cutthroat backroom hows and whys of a presidential campaign...And it doesn’t hurt that Game Change reads more bodice-ripper than Beltway.” (Tina Jordan, Entertainment Weekly)

[Select Images courtesy of Getty, WireImage]

This article is related to: Directors, Genres, Headliners, In Production, TV, Biopics, Books, Julianne Moore, HBO


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.