HOL­LY­WOOD’S WASHINGTON

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

The stars soon in­vade the na­tion’s cap­i­tal, com­plete with a red car­pet, lights, maybe some ac­tion. HBO’S bal­ly­hooed “Game Change,” a dra­matic ren­di­tion of the 2008 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, pre­mieres Thurs­day evening at the glit­ter­ing New­seum, right there on Penn­syl­va­nia Av­enue, blocks from the White House it­self. The film will air on the cable net­work Satur­day.

The big ar­rivals in­clude Ju­lianne Moore, who por­trays a care­fully crafted Sarah Palin, updo and all. Ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Tom Hanks will be there, along with Sarah Paul­son, who plays Sen. John Mccain’s cam­paign aide Ni­colle Wal­lace. Time mag­a­zine scribe Mark Halperin and John Heile­mann of New York mag­a­zine — who ac­tu­ally wrote the book — will ap­pear, along with di­rec­tor Jay Roach, screen­writer Danny Strong and pro­ducer Gary Goet­z­man.

The cre­ators in­sist their film is “bal­anced,” and have voiced an­noy­ance with con­ser­va­tives and Repub­li­cans who have judged the film with­out viewing it, they say. Yeah well. That de­mo­graphic likely will seek some coun­ter­bal­ance Sun­day, when “The Un­de­feated,” a doc­u­men­tary about the for­mer Alaska gov­er­nor by con­ser­va­tive film­maker Stephen K. Ban­non, makes its TV pre­miere on the Reelzchan­nel, an in­de­pen­dent cable net­work.

“HBO clearly has it in for Gov. Palin. It does noth­ing to rein in Bill Ma­her­who con­sis­tently, and vi­ciously, at­tacks her. And given there were much bet­ter sto­ry­lines in the book — in­clud­ing how the Demo­cratic pri­mary fight was go­ing to pro­duce ei­ther the first woman or first African-amer­i­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee from a ma­jor party in his­tory — the ob­ses­sion with Gov. Palin be­trays a very dark, dis­gust­ing side of Hol­ly­wood,” Keith Ap­pell, a Wash­ing­ton­based PR ex­ec­u­tive who has pro­moted the doc­u­men­tary film, tells In­side the Belt­way. Staff Gen. Ge­orge W. Casey Jr. and wife Sheila, plus world-renowned tenor An­thony Kearns, an orig­i­nal found­ing mem­ber of the Ir­ish Tenors who sang at Mr. Mcdon­nell’s in­au­gu­ra­tion in 2010.

“It’s an honor team­ing up with Gov. Mcdon­nell again to help the mil­i­tary. Thanksusa does great work, and I’m pleased we could get to­gether to raise aware­ness and funds for this cause,” Mr. Kearns tells In­side the Belt­way. “Mu­sic, our ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the men and women in uni­form, and our love of Ire­land brings peo­ple to­gether — in­clud­ing the gov­er­nors from both sides of the Po­tomac. We might even get a song out of Gov O’mal­ley. I look for­ward to that.”

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