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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.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2012
The worlds of Baltimore and TV politics met Thursday when HBO's "VEEP" came to City Hall. The series that stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus is filming season two in and around the city. "It was a thrill to visit the VEEP set today," Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said in a statement. "This show, along with others recently filmed in Baltimore, are a boost to our economy and our sense of pride in the city. It will be great seeing our historic chamber on TV. "  
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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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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | March 1, 2012
After a failed attempt last week by her Alaska posse to discredit the HBO docudrama "Game Change," Sarah Palin took another shot at the film Thursday. But again, it was not very effective, and it looks like she is mainly helping create more buzz for the Baltimore-made film that debuts March 10. This film seems to have really gotten under Palin's skin. And with good reason, the portrait it paints of her behavior during the 2008 presidential campaign will probably help guarantee that she will never hold high office outside of Alaska.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | March 1, 2012
After a failed attempt last week by her Alaska posse to discredit the HBO docudrama "Game Change," Sarah Palin took another shot at the film Thursday. But again, it was not very effective, and it looks like she is mainly helping create more buzz for the Baltimore-made film that debuts March 10. This film seems to have really gotten under Palin's skin. And with good reason, the portrait it paints of her behavior during the 2008 presidential campaign will probably help guarantee that she will never hold high office outside of Alaska.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2012
I just walked out of a dark room after spending two hours with the screener for "Game Change," the HBO film about the 2008 Republican presidential campaign of John McCain and Sarah Palin. Based on a best-selling, non-fiction book about the historic race, it was filmed last summer in and around Baltimore. Since this is sure to be only the first of many pieces I will write about this film between now and its March 10 premiere date on HBO, I am not going to wait for the churn of images, sounds, memories and thoughts to settle overnight.
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By The Hollywood Reporter | August 18, 1995
Ed Begley Jr. will play former CBS late-night chief Rod Perth, and Peter Jurasik ("Babylon 5") has been cast to play former CBS Broadcasting president Howard Stringer, in HBO Pictures' dramatization of the late-night talk show wars, "The Late Shift," HBO announced.Treat Williams will play the role of Michael Ovitz, the head of Creative Artists Agency and agent for David Letterman who put the deal together with Mr. Stringer for Mr. Letterman to move to CBS.Two unknowns have been cast for the central roles of Mr. Letterman and Jay Leno: John Michael Higgins and Daniel Roebuck, respectively.
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By Michael Blowen and Michael Blowen,Boston Globe | September 9, 1995
"Truman," like Harry's daughter, Margaret, knows the lyrics -- it just can't sing the song.Based on David McCullough's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography with a script by Tom Rickman, who previously penned "Coal Miner's Daughter," and directed by Frank Pierson, who made "Citizen Cohn," this HBO TV movie is much like its subject -- decent, hard-working and, quite frankly, dull."Truman" (premiering tonight at 8) unfolds like an entry from an encyclopedia.Born in Independence, Mo., Truman was a failed farmer at 33 when he enlisted in the Army in 1917.
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By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF | January 29, 2004
When he was growing up, Dr. Koco Eaton knew his Uncle Vivien as a soft-spoken lab technician who ruled the barbecue at the family's annual Fourth of July picnic in Baltimore. He had no idea that Vivien Thomas and his mentor, Alfred Blalock, performed the first "blue-baby" operation in 1944, saving thousands of lives and cementing Johns Hopkins Hospital's reputation as a premier surgical center. Or that Thomas, a black carpenter with no formal medical-school training, wasn't acknowledged for his crucial role in the milestone event until decades later.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | June 7, 2003
The two best things about Jasper, Texas, a made-for-TV movie about a town trying to cope in the aftermath of a horrid hate crime, are Jon Voight and Louis Gossett Jr. The two Oscar-winning actors don't just carry the film, they pick it up, hold it high over their heads and twirl it a time or two until it almost starts to dazzle. Enjoy the performances, but don't be fooled by the film. In the end, Jasper, Texas, is not a great movie. There's a tension at its core that the film never resolves, and that failure is fatal.
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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.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2012
I just walked out of a dark room after spending two hours with the screener for "Game Change," the HBO film about the 2008 Republican presidential campaign of John McCain and Sarah Palin. Based on a best-selling, non-fiction book about the historic race, it was filmed last summer in and around Baltimore. Since this is sure to be only the first of many pieces I will write about this film between now and its March 10 premiere date on HBO, I am not going to wait for the churn of images, sounds, memories and thoughts to settle overnight.
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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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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | November 11, 2011
Veep is fliming in Charles Village today, we're hearing. My fellow Campfield Elementary alum, the omniscient blogger Downtown Diane, Tweeted that the Julia-Louis ("Day by Day") Dreyfus HBO show "Veep" will be filming on Friday at the Ottobar and at the Wyman Park Restaurant in Charles Village. I haven't confirmed the Ottobar filming, but the man who answered the phone at Wyman Park didn't deny the show was filming there. The New Wyman Park Restaurant is my regular Saturday morning spot -- I included it in my favorite restaurants in this 2010 round-up.
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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.
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By Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2010
Barry Levinson was at his brilliant best directing "You Don't Know Jack," the multifaceted biopic that's up for 15 Emmys on Sunday. But another Baltimore-bred filmmaker catalyzed this portrait of Dr. Jack Kevorkian as a self-destructive idealist and Renaissance man. Steve Lee Jones, the executive producer, grew up in Pikesville and went through several careers in the corporate world before producing movies in Los Angeles. Six years ago, when he read a manuscript depicting Kevorkian as a selfless crusader and visionary, he exclaimed, "You don't know Jack.
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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.
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January 21, 2003
Peter Gwazdauskas, subject of the earlier film Educating Peter as a third-grader with Down syndrome, remained in classes with nondisabled students through high school graduation. Filmmaker Gerardine Wurzburg returned to follow his progress from sixth grade onward in the film Graduating Peter. It airs tonight at 7:30 on HBO. At a glance In Style: Celebrity Weddings (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) - Celebrities sharing nuptial stories include Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey, American Pie's Shannon Elizabeth, NYPD Blue's Sharon Lawrence, Kyle MacLachlan, Tom Arnold and Marc Anthony.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,david.zurawik@baltsun.com | February 20, 2009
HBO might have lost its way when it comes to making weekly series, but it still produces exceptional made-for-TV movies. Taking Chance, an elegiac chronicle of the final journey home for a 19-year-old Marine killed in Iraq, is one of the most eloquent and socially conscious films the premium cable channel has ever presented. Kevin Bacon delivers a lights-out, searing performance as Michael Strobl, a tightly wrapped lieutenant colonel who escorts the remains of Lance Cpl. Chance Phelps from the Dover Port Mortuary in Delaware to the home of the dead Marine's parents in Dubois, Wyo. Meanwhile, producer-writer-director Ross Katz steeps the cross-country journey in such a rich brew of distilled emotion and America iconography that at times the film feels almost too intense to bear - and that is a good thing.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com | November 2, 2008
First it was drugs, crime and corruption, now it's sex. TV and Baltimore sure make for an interesting mix. A year after The Wire stopped filming here, the pilot for another HBO television series, this one based on a book by D.C. sex blogger Jessica Cutler and executive-produced by Sarah Jessica Parker, began shooting in Baltimore yesterday. Parker, who spent several days in Baltimore and Annapolis shooting scenes for her 2006 comedy Failure to Launch, said the pilot will be filmed here largely because of Charm City's proximity to Washington, where the pilot is set. "HBO has a nice history of shooting in Baltimore, for a variety of reasons," she said.
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