March 7 - New HBO film dramatizes the 2008 McCain-Palin campaign. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The back story of the McCain-Palin 2008 campaign is coming to light in the new HBO film "Game Change." The movie, which was adapted from the book of the same name, outlines Republican John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign and his choice of Former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin as a running mate. "I characterize the film as an attempt to just get the story right. And there were so many incredibly positive things that happened. It's not a Sarah Palin bio-pic, it's a story about Sarah Palin, John McCain and especially about Steve Schmidt who was the campaign manager who helped pick her, helped convince John McCain to put her on the ticket and then helped handle the situation as it fell out," said director Jay Roach. Actress Julianne Moore plays Sarah Palin in the movie, but said she didn't take the role until she knew the details in the script had been verified. Author Mark Halperin, who co-wrote the book with John Heilemann, said they did their due diligence in order to make sure their book was factual. In order to prepare for the role Moore worked with a vocal coach and also listened to various Palin recordings whenever she had a chance. Actress Sarah Paulson plays Nicolle Wallace in the film. During the campaign Wallace was a senior advisor and can be seen in the film prepping Palin for many of her public appearances. Paulson said in doing the film she learned more about Palin's confidence. The film will debut on U.S. cable network HBO on March 10.