Today has been a good day for politics as Donald Trump announced that he’d stick with what he knows — business and insipid TV — rather than leap feet-first into the political arena. It isn’t quite as good a day for entertainment that leapfrogs off of politics, but here’s one fairly entertaining thing: a new image from the HBO film Game Change.

There has already been one photo of Julianne Moore released in her stage guise as Sarah Palin, and now here’s a shot of Ed Harris making a pretty convincing impersonation of John McCain. We’ll have to wait for a trailer to see if either portrayal goes deeper than superficial artifice, but I like how Ed Harris looks in this pic. It’s creepy, yeah, but I like it. (Ignore the criticism implied by the photshop header above; I just couldn’t resist.) See a larger version after the break. Read More »

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The Tom Hanks company Playtone is putting together Game Change, in which Julianne Moore will play Sarah Palin under the direction of Jay Roach (Austin Powers). The film follows the 2008 Presidential election, and Ed Harris plays John McCain. Now Ron Livingston has been cast as Mark Wallace, senior advisor to the McCain-Palin ticket. In other words, he gets to play the guy who coached Sarah Palin for her debates, and so his scenes with Julianne Moore could be gold. And, no, this movie is not a comedy. At least, I don’t think it is. [Deadline]

Next up is casting for an action/revenge film called Recoil. These two casting announcements couldn’t be more different, but how great would it be to combine them into one film? Anyway, more Recoil news after the break. Read More »

Ed Harris has joined HBO’s Game Change, to play the John McCain to Julianne Moore’s Sarah Palin. The film is an adaptation of the bestselling nonfiction book Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime by political journalists John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, about the 2008 presidential race. Game Change reunites director Jay Roach and screenwriter Danny Strong, who previously won Emmys for their work on HBO’s Recount.

I liked the casting of Moore as Palin, and Harris as McCain seems like a good fit too. Not only is Harris an excellent actor, he actually does kind of look like the movie-star version of McCain, don’t you think? This project is sounding better and better as more names get attached. Casting for other major roles, including that of eventual victor (SPOILER ALERT) Barack Obama, have yet to be announced. [EW]

After the jump, How I Met Your Mother star and budding director Josh Radnor picks up a love interest for his new project.

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Julianne Moore acted opposite Tina Fey last season on 30 Rock; now she’ll be stepping into the comedienne’s best-known role: Sarah Palin. Julianne Moore will play the former Alaska governor in Game Change, the Jay Roach-directed adaptation of John Heilemann and Mark Halperin‘s book about John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. Read More »

What do Austin Powers, the Fockers and Barack Obama have in common? As of this weekend, they’re all characters directed by Jay Roach. HBO Films has confirmed that Roach would be directing Game Change, about the 2008 presidential race. The script will be adapted by screenwriter Danny Strong (a.k.a. Jonathan from Buffy the Vampire Slayer) from John Heilemann and Mark Halperin’s 2010 book of the same title.

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