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March 16, 2012
The movie "Game Change" was designed to depict the narrative from the left about Sarah Palin as being true. The movie was about the narrative. The progressive/liberal left must be terrified of a Sarah Palin resurrection, as they are re-crucifying her with this movie. The truth cannot be stopped and cannot be silenced. For that reason, Sarah Palin will emerge like a stainless steel alloy from the forge of politics. As the American people realize the lies behind the various narratives from the Obama administration, elected and appointed progressive/liberal government officials and delivered by a complicit mainstream media, both the political left and the media will lose credibility, support and relevance.
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By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2014
As McDonogh's girls lacrosse winning streak ballooned toward a record-tying 103 games, the top programs along the East Coast wanted a crack at ending the Eagles' run. Coach Chris Robinson gave as many of them a shot as possible. For the third straight year, the Eagles opened their season at Vero Beach, Fla., beating three nationally-ranked teams - including Vero Beach, which was ranked second behind the Eagles in one national preseason poll. Then, the Eagles came home to go after their sixth straight title in what is widely considered the toughest conference in the country, the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2012
HBO's "Game Change," the docudrama about the John McCain and Sarah Palin presidential campaign in 2008, was a big ratings winner for HBO in its Saturday premiere drawing 2.1 million viewers. That was the largest debut audience for an HBO movie since Something the Lord Made" in 2004, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Read that here . That film about a pioneering medical worker at Johns Hopkins was also filmed in Maryland, by the way. It drew an audience of 2.6 million.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2014
Actor Woody Harrelson, known for his characters in the TV show "Cheers" and movies such as "No Country for Old Men" and "The Hunger Games," has a new role: landlord of Fells Point's Inn at the Black Olive. The celebrity joined John "Jack" Dwyer, chairman of the family of Capital Funding companies in Baltimore, in a 50-50 venture to purchase the property for $4.5 million in January after being connected by Dimitris Spiliadis, whose family opened the 12-room hotel in 2011 and lost it to foreclosure last summer.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2012
UPDATES WITH MORE BALTIMORE NOMINEES: HBO's Baltimore productions "VEEP"  and "Game Change" got some solid Emmy notice with the comedy earning a best actress nomination for Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the made-for-TV movie about the 2008 presidential election picking up best actor and actress nominations for Julianne Moore and Woody Harrelson. Overall, "VEEP" received three nominations including one for best comedy, while "Game Change"  earned additional nominations for Ed Harris as best supporting actor in a movie or miniseries and as best movie or miniseries.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and Baltimore Sun reporter | May 27, 2011
Maryland is no stranger to movies and TV, but with the filming of the HBO political drama "Game Change" here, our small state has taken on its toughest role ever -- Alaska. Yet production designer Michael Corenblith and set decorator Tiffany Zappulla weren't intimidated. Challenged to film a scene at the Alaska State Fair for the docudrama about the 2008 presidential election, they headed to Six Flags America near Bowie. They found a rollercoaster that looks just like the one up north and tracked down a 9-foot stuffed grizzly from an antiques store in Easton to evoke the vibe of a real Alaskan midway.
NEWS
By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | April 27, 2011
"Game Change," HBO's made-for-TV movie about the 2008 presidential election, started production in Baltimore on Wednesday with a flurry of casting news and the release of the first image of star Julianne Moore as former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Based on the best-selling nonfiction account of the election, HBO's film focuses on the campaign of Republican candidate Sen. John McCain from the time of his controversial pick of Palin as his running mate to the ticket's loss in the general election to Barack Obama.
FEATURES
By Dave Rosenthal | March 7, 2012
Sarah Palin isn't getting many headlines these days amid the slugfest for the Republican presidential nomination, as Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum fight for the delegates. But the release of the HBO movie "Game Change," based on the book by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann , is sure to raise her profile again. The movie, starring Julianne Moore as Palin, recounts the failed McCain/Palin campaign in 2008. It airs Saturday at 9. There has been some controversy over the genesis of the script, according to Huffington Post's Michael Calderone.
NEWS
By Andy Barth | June 13, 2011
After a long time wandering in the wilderness, with no movie or TV production under way in Maryland, local actors, technicians, caterers, drivers, set builders and hospitality professionals are back to work with the production in Baltimore of the HBO movie "Game Change. " Here is one novice day player's account of his brief experience on the set. Most of us have learned we need to know our limitations, so it never occurred to me to think of being in the movies. But when HBO set out to tape "Game Change" and put out a call for someone to play the part of a reporter, I thought I heard my name.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2012
Whatever happens Sunday night in Los Angeles, Baltimore is already a winner when it comes to this year's Emmy Awards. Last Saturday at the creative arts Emmys, which are awarded in off-camera categories, Baltimore casting director Pat Moran was honored for her work on HBO's “Game Change.” The film, which tells the story of the 2008 presidential campaign of John McCain and Sarah Palin, was made here in 2011 and brought top-flight TV production back...
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2013
When the Maryland workers building the sets for "House of Cards" started sawing and hammering the offices and homes of characters like Francis and Claire Underwood 20 months ago in Harford County, most of them were thinking only of earning a steady paycheck, not being part of TV history. After all, one of them said to me, how were people going to even see it if it wasn't going to be on TV? And if it was so good, she added, why wasn't it going to be AMC or HBO? Happily, the audience had no trouble finding "House of Cards" when it debuted a year later with 13 episodes online all at once Feb. 1 on Netflix.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2013
Pat Moran may very well have the coolest office in Baltimore. Not that anyone should be surprised by that. Moran, who first gained fame (or should that be notoriety?) as one of John Waters' Dreamlanders, is an Emmy-winning casting director who has worked on nearly every film and TV project to hit Baltimore in the past quarter-century. She's also an unabashed pack rat, whose happily eclectic tastes are reflected in the Canton office of Pat Moran & Associates, on the fourth floor of a rehabbed warehouse building.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 28, 2013
HBO's Liberace film "Behind the Candelabra" was the highest rated premiere of a movie in the last nine years on the premium cable channel. And that's covering some very impressive ground, like "Game Change" and "You Don't Know Jack," to name a couple of made-for-TV movies on HBO in recent years. The first showing of the film at 9 p.m. Sunday drew 2.4 million viewers, according to Deadline. The last time any film did better was in May of 2004, when "Something the Lord Made," which was filmed in Baltimore, premiered to 2.6 million.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2013
I saw it with my own eyes -- Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley standing centerstage Tuesday in the Oval Office. Only it wasn't the one in Washington. It did, though, make for a light but fascinating kind of political-pop-culture-meta moment. O'Malley was in Harford County to visit the set of "House of Cards," the $100 million Netflix political thriller starring Kevin Spacey. The reason for the visit as the cast and crew settles in to film Season 2 was to highlight the success of a state film incentives program backed by O'Malley that has brought such award-winning productions as HBO's "Game Change" and "VEEP" as well as "House of Cards" to Maryland.
SPORTS
Kevin Cowherd | January 6, 2013
Paul Kruger tried not to get swept up in the emotional tidal wave that washed over M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday. But this was no easy feat. In the tunnel right before the pre-game introductions, with the defense buzzing and Ray Lewis delivering his usual fire-and-brimstone incantations, the charged atmosphere felt like the end of the world. "It was just purely electric," Kruger, the Ravens' big pass rusher, said. "You had the crowd going crazy. You had more media than ever.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Chris Kaltenbach and Baltimore Sun reporter | December 13, 2012
Overall, the Golden Globe nominations proved kind to made-in-Baltimore productions. HBO's political drama "Game Change" -- the story of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's 2008 vice-presidential run -- earned the most TV nominations with five: best TV movie or mini-series; best actress in a TV movie or mini-series (Julianne Moore); best actor in a TV movie or mini-series (Woody Harrelson); best supporting actress in a TV movie, series or mini-series (Sarah Paulson); and best supporting actor in a TV movie, series or mini-series (Ed Harris)
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 13, 2012
HBO has set premiere dates for its two big-ticket political projects filmed in Maryland last year. "Game Change," the made-for-TV movie starring Ed Harris as John McCain and Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin, will premiere March 10, according to Stuart Levine in the Hollywood trade publication Variety . "VEEP," the half-hour political satire that finished filming its first season in December in the Baltimore area, will debut April 22....
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2012
Last week, I wrote about HBO's "Game Change" right after screening the two-hour film about the 2008 presidential campaign of John McCain and Sarah Palin. You can read it here . I described the film as "so political in so many good ways," and predicted it would be one of the most important cultural movies of the year if it generated the the kind of discussion and debate about Palin, the campaign, media, politics and history that I thought would. The film does not premiere until March 10, but that debate has already started in earnest, especially with those on the right attacking the film without having seen it -- often in the most ideological and uninformed ways.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2012
Actors seem to love HBO's filmed-in-Baltimore "Game Change. " But the likewise filmed-in-Baltimore HBO series "Veep?" Not so much. Nominations for this year's Screen Actors Guild awards were announced this morning, and they proved a mixed bag for Baltimore-based production and talent. "Game Change," HBO's take on the candidate-selection process that saw Sarah Palin receive the GOP vice-presidential nod in 2008, earned nominations for all three of its leads - Julianne Moore for female actor in a television movie or miniseries, and Woody Harrelson and Ed Harris for lead actor in a television movie or mini-series.
SPORTS
By Edward Lee | December 10, 2012
Deactivated for the previous five contests, Richard Crawford picked an opportune time to make a lasting impression for the Washington Redskins. The rookie cornerback's 64-yard punt return set up rookie kicker Kai Forbath's 34-yard field goal that propelled Washington to a 31-28 win over the Ravens at FedEx Field Sunday. The outcome was significant as it kept the Redskins one game behind the New York Giants in the NFC East and one game behind the Seattle Seahawks and the Chicago Bears for the last wildcard berth.
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