March 9, 2012
* GAME CHANGE. 9 p.m. tomorrow, HBO. * THE UNDEFEATED. 8 p.m. Sunday, ReelzChannel. Bottom line: The striving-for-balance "Game Change" is probably most interesting when its subject briefly appears to have lost hers, but Julianne Moore's portrayal of Sarah Palin at her charismatic best also offers some genuine goose-bump moments, the kind that might even cross party lines. Too bad those same moments are often overwhelmed by the cheerleading in the relentlessly pro-Palin documentary "The Undefeated.
March 8, 2012 |
TV Review Game Change 9 p.m. Saturday on HBO. In the political docudrama Game Change , Sarah Palin is dealing with the whirlwind of being named John McCain's running mate in 2008 with unearthly assurance. Until, that is, she sees Tina Fey spoofing her on Saturday Night Live . Seeing herself held up as an object of ridicule on national TV plunges the Game Change Palin into a bitter spiral of withdrawal and anger. Thanks a lot, Tina! The real-life Palin, now a commentator for Fox News, has already expressed her ire with this HBO film.
February 24, 2012 |
Sarah Palin 's admirers are lashing out against HBO's Game Change , a political drama about the 2008 presidential campaign, saying it is a biased and malicious smear of the former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate. The film, which stars Julianne Moore as Palin, is an adaptation of the book by journos Mark Halperin and John Heilemann , which already has drawn fire from Palin's camp. Trailers for the film show Palin, who ran for veep on John McCain 's ticket, as a whiner who complains about her advisers and mumbles that she misses her kids.
November 25, 2015 |
Director Jay Roach is the man behind two wildly popular comedy franchises, "Austin Powers" and "Meet the Parents," but over the past few years he's turned his lens on more serious issues with a political backdrop. In HBO's "Recount," he looked at the 2000 presidential election and the decisions in Florida that led to the election of George W. Bush. In "Game Change," also for HBO, it was the choice of Sarah Palin as John McCain's 2008 running mate. Now, in "Trumbo," opening today in theaters, he tells the story of famed screenwriter Dalton Trumbo ("Roman Holiday," "Spartacus")
January 17, 2016
The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth. Game Change writers Mark Halperin and John Heilemann cover the 2016 presidential race in this weekly show. 8 p.m. Sunday on Showtime. War and Peace. Leo Tolstoy's great novel done by Lifetime, you say? It's not as bad as it sounds. Paul Dano ( Love and Mercy ) leads a cast that boils down the Russian saga to its most exciting bits (think romance, death) without the bothersome moralizing. 9 p.m. Monday on Lifetime. Baskets . Zach Galifianakis could have kept doing middling movie comedies ( The Campaign , anyone?
January 17, 2016
* BILLIONS. 10 p.m. Sunday, Showtime. Damian Lewis plays a hedge-fund billionaire and Paul Giamatti the U.S. attorney who has him in his sights in a high-testosterone cat-and-mouse game where the two switch places regularly. * ANGIE TRIBECA. 9 p.m. Sunday, TBS. Produced by Steve Carell and his wife, Nancy Carell, this manic cop-show spoof stars Rashida Jones ("Parks and Recreation") as an L.A. police detective. The 10-episode first season will be run (and rerun) in a 25-hour, commercial-free marathon before 10 more episodes begin rolling out Jan. 25, once a week at 9:30 Mondays.
March 9, 2012 |
When authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann published Game Change in 2010, they proved that, despite an unprecedented level of coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign, there was much of the story remaining to be told. At the time, Halperin told me this was because "people aren't going to cooperate at the level we had during the campaign, when too much was at stake. " Instead, he said, "the key was to talk to sources immediately after the nomination fight and immediately when the election was over.
July 17, 2016 |
Judy Woodruff said she hasn't done the math, but by my count, the coanchor of PBS's NewsHour is about to cover her 20th and 21st national political conventions. She still sounds excited, maybe even as excited as James Villalobos and Arlene Santana . They are gearing up for their first, after being chosen in a national talent search by Latino-focused Fuse TV to "Crash the Parties" as millennial correspondents at the Republican and Democratic conventions. There hasn't been a contested convention for a major party since Gerald Ford beat back a challenge from Ronald Reagan in 1976 , but these made-for-TV events still have the potential to make news - and maybe more so this year, with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton getting ready to claim the nominations of their not exactly united parties.
September 24, 2012 |
EVEN IF ABC's "Modern Family" hadn't walked off with its third Emmy in a row for outstanding comedy Sunday night, ABC's Emmycast would have made sure we knew that the show existed. In fact, a tiny bit less promotion for the already wildly popular comedy, which also picked up an Emmy for directing and for actors Julie Bowen and Eric Stonestreet, might've opened up a few seconds here and there for some other deserving winners to finish their acceptance speeches. Including, say, "Homeland" creators Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, whose show about a long-missing Marine who returns home with a secret agenda - and of the bipolar CIA agent who's the only one who suspects him - took home the Emmy for outstanding drama, with statuettes also going to its two stars, Damian Lewis and Claire Danes.