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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | December 22, 2011
Remember the Baltimore sightings of Ed Harris, Julianne Moore and Woody Harrelson last summer? Well, here's the trailer for the HBO film they were shooting here, "Game Change," a docudrama about the 2008 presidential election that focuses on the GOP ticket of John McCain and Sarah Palin. How do you think Palin's depicted in this film based on the trailer? I wonder, though, about the timing with Palin all but having dropped out of national consciousness after toying with a run and pulling back 10,000 times this year.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2011
"VEEP," the HBO political satire starring Julia-Louis-Dreyfus, started production Monday on location in the Baltimore area, Gov. Martin O'Malley and the cable channel said. The Maryland Film Office estimates that the first season of the series will result in 2,000 jobs for crew members and actors and $25 million in economic impact for the state. The estimate is based on HBO doing five weeks of prep and eight weeks of filming here on the seven episodes yet to be made for season one. The producers will also be purchasing and renting goods or services from hundreds of Maryland businesses, according to the film office.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2011
Mark Halperin, editor-at-large of Time magazine and  senior political analyst for MSNBC, said on live TV Thursday morning that he thought President Barack Obama had been acting like a "dick. " Hours later, MSNBC suspended him, saying, "Mark Halperin’s comments this morning were completely inappropriate and unacceptable. We apologize to the President, The White House and all of our viewers. We strive for a high level of discourse and comments like these have no place on our air. Therefore, Mark will be suspended indefinitely from his role as an analyst.
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 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.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Laura Vozzella, The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2011
The last time Victoria Dinatale had an acting gig was in 1978, when she played a tree in a North Carroll High School production of a play whose name she can't even recall. But she still remembers the thrill of the spotlight, which is what drew her and hundreds of others to a casting call for extras in "Game Change," an HBO movie about the 2008 presidential race that started filming in Baltimore late last month. Aspiring extras filed into a theater at Stevenson University for hours Saturday, bringing with them headshots that in some cases had to have been taken decades before, on the best hair days of their lives.
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.
NEWS
By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2011
We've arrived, I think. The Baltimore area has long been used by Washington politicians seeking outside-the-Beltway backdrops and beating well-worn paths to the GM plant in White Marsh or Jimmy's in Fells Point. But now, Baltimore itself has been cast in something of a role reversal — playing Washington. That's right: Baltimore has become Washington's body double. Just as Julia Louis-Dreyfus wrapped up filming the HBO pilot and political satire "Veep" in these parts, another HBO crew is headed here to film "Game Change," based on the wonderfully dishy book of the same name about the 2008 presidential campaign.
NEWS
By Douglas MacKinnon | March 29, 2010
W ith President Barack Obama's victory in the passage of "Obamacare," I've heard a number of Republicans say, "The Democrats have won the battle but lost the war." Really? Prior to that, as Mr. Obama lost his footing on the utopian pedestal he was idealistically elevated upon, I heard other Republicans say, "He's a one-term president like Jimmy Carter." These have indeed been tough days and weeks for the Obama White House. That said, myopic comments like those can only be music to the ears of battle-tested Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod.
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