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    DGA Award TV Nominees Include Rian Johnson, Lena Dunham, Louis C.K., Philip Kaufman & More

    Perhaps as further evidence that great storytelling is happening just as often on the small screen as it is in the multiplex, this year's DGA nominees for televison feature more than a few names who are seasoned in the feature film world, so let's get right to it.

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    The Campaign—movie review

    'The Campaign' has a lot of genuine laughs. Too bad it doesn’t have enough to carry it over the finish line, a mere 85 minutes after it begins. The biggest mystery to me is how experienced comedy hands, on both sides of the camera, can allow their movie to end with a punchline joke that doesn’t get ...

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    Review: 'The Campaign' Is A Laughless And Cowardly Political Comedy

    There’s always been something insidious about the MPAA ratings system. It has allowed filmmakers to more directly label films as if they were products off the supermarket shelf -- “The Dark Knight Rises” is going to be PG-13, because it’s about a character kids wear on their jammies. “American Pie” ...

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    'The Campaign' Asks: Does Baby-Punching Kill A Political Career? (Review)

    The funniest scene in the political spoof The Campaign  -- and there are plenty -- has nothing to do with politics even though it takes place at a debate. The Democratic candidate played by Will Ferrell is clueless, womanizing Cam Brady, desperate to save his Congressional seat, not to men...

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    'Game Change' & 'The Campaign' Director Jay Roach Stays Political, Will Direct HBO's 'K Blows Top' Starring Paul Giamatti

    Does the idea of Paul Giamatti playing Nikita Khrushchev sound vaguely familiar? Then you might have a very good memory. First announced way back in 2010, this Cold War drama has been brewing over at HBO and now it looks like it's finally building some steam.

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    'Game Change' Director Jay Roach Returning to HBO With Khrushchev Movie 'K Blows Top'

    "Game Change," the Sarah Palin election film that attracted a lot of attention for both its portrayal of its subject and an eerie central performance from star Julianne Moore, worked well for HBO. So well, in fact, that the network will once again work with director Jay Roach, who hel...

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    Warner Bros. Still Want Tom Cruise For 'El Presidente' & Are Eyeing Robert Downey Jr. To Join Him; Jay Roach To Direct

    If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. About two years ago, reports went around that Warner Bros. were hoping to re-team "A Few Good Men" duo Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson for "El Presidente." It was denied a couple days later, with reps saying that Cruise wasn't ...

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    MATT ZOLLER SEITZ: GAME CHANGE, Sarah Palin, and the Limits of Competence

    HBO's "Game Change," about the making and unmaking of vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin during the 2008 presidential election, is basically that scene stretched out to feature length — an agonizing experience. You don't need to know the names of political consultants or remember every detail o...

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    Writer Danny Strong on 'Game Change' and the Difference Between His Sarah Palin and Tina Fey's

    Talking with the writer behind HBO's new film about Sarah Palin's vice presidential campaign.

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    Game Change: Julianne Moore, Sarah Palin and Lamebrain Politics

    Sarah Palin can whine all she wants, but no reasonable person believes that the creators of Game Change went out of their way to make her look shallow and ridiculous – she didn’t need any help with that. But the HBO film will certainly play better to people who see Palin as a blight...

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