In the buildup to HBO’s premiere of “Game Change,” one of the more intriguing events is bound to be a morning panel at the MPAA on March 9 featuring the movie’s director, Jay Roach, and writer, Danny Strong; Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, the authors of the book; and Steve Schmidt, the senior adviser to the McCain campaign who is played in the movie by Woody Harrelson. Politico’s Mike Allen moderates.
As I wrote earlier, the movie is unlikely to get Sarah Palin’s endorsement, and John McCain repeated over the weekend that “it’ll be a cold day in Gila Bend, Arizona” before he sees it. But it will be hard for them to ignore: HBO is hosting a premiere in New York on March 7 and another screening in D.C. on March 8.
Although Julianne Moore has been saying in interviews that she is sympathetic to the way that Sarah Palin was thrust into the limelight in 2008, her supporters are criticizing the movie and former aides even held a conference call last week to blast the movie, even though none have seen it. Perhaps the most damaging thing revealed in the movie, because it wasn’t in the book, is when McCain aides realize that Palin thinks Queen Elizabeth really shapes British foreign policy.
Clarification: An earlier version of this post suggested that some Palin aides had seen “Game Change.” But on a conference call last week to counter “Game Change,” none of her current and former aides said they had seen the movie.