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.”