Previewing, live-blogging debut of ‘Game Change’ movie tonight

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6:13 p.m. – The cast of Game Change defends HBO flick’s depiction of Palin.

5:12 p.m. – The LA Times picks the five craziest scenes from the movie.

5:06 p.m. – Sarah Palin says she won’t be watching tonight.

4:27 p.m. – Director Jay Roach says John McCain’s staff acted out Palin’s tantrums for him.

4:11 p.m. – @BorowitzReport: #GameChange Fact: To play Sarah Palin, Julianne Moore needed hours of makeup and a lobotomy.

11:12 a.m. – John Heilman’s convo with director Jay Roach about adapting his and @markhalperin’s book #GameChange for @HBO.

10:56 a.m. – Words have been flying between supporters of Sarah Palin, who charge the Game Change filmmakers with a smear job, and the producers, who insist they’re committed to accuracy.

8:23 a.m. – Andrew Sullivan: I suspect the real truth about how this deranged, comic, vicious ignoramus nearly became a heartbeat away from the presidency will only be absorbed in the future, when we are not so close to the embarrassment.

8:20 a.m. – Alex Pareene says Game Change:

The film subscribes to the simplest theory of Sarah Palin: That she is childlike, vain and incredibly ignorant but also an essentially decent person and wonderful mother. The moments that come closest to “unfair” — Sarah Palin doesn’t know that the head of Great Britain’s government is the prime minister, not the queen — are basically plausible. This isn’t Andrew Sullivan’s conniving, dangerous pathological liar. It’s an overwhelmed working mother whose most unhinged moments are explained by a crash diet.

3/8 – @MarkBarabak of the LA Times: “Sarah Palin wants folks to ignore HBO movie. Romney camp wants folks to ignore 1st-place finishers rest of March. Who’ll be more successful?”

3/2 – Julianne Moore, on Jay Leno, on how she adopted Palin’s accent for “Game Change”: “I listened to her book on tape, her book ‘Going Rogue.’ I went on YouTube, listened to all of her appearances, media appearances, all of her speeches, the debates, the convention speeches. And I put it all on my iPod, wiped [everything else] off, except for ‘Ice, Ice Baby,’ which is the song that my daughter ice skated to. So my 14-year-old son was really embarrassed by that, because there’s nothing worse than a mom who has nothing but Sarah Palin and ‘Ice, Ice Baby’ on their iPod. … I had it on constantly. It was really kind of a total immersion.”

03/01/12 – Sarah Palin put out a web video to fight back against her portrayal in the upcoming movie based on Game Change.  Palin hasn’t seen the film but Washingtonian thinks it’s sympathetic: “In the capable hands of Julianne Moore, Palin becomes more than the caricature often painted of her; she is given flesh and bone dimension. Whether it’s flattering is not the issue, really, but it is sympathetic in the context of an altogether engaging political film about a landmark race for the White House.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.