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HBO's McCain-Palin Movie 'Game Change' Premieres Saturday Night

Jeff Fusco/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The semi-controversial HBO political movie Game Change that documents John McCain's unsuccessful presidential campaign in 2008 -- particularly his choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, premieres Saturday night at 9:00 p.m. ET.

A number of Palin confidantes have claimed that the movie is inaccurate.  Still, Game Change star Julianne Moore says she strived to make her portrayal of Palin true to life.

She says, "It's a daunting task to play somebody who is not only a living figure, but a hugely well-known one.  So for me the most important thing is accuracy."

To that end, Moore says she hired a vocal coach to help her with the role because Palin "has an incredibly idiosyncratic way of speaking."

At Thursday's premiere of the movie in Washington, D.C., Moore addressed the pro-Palin critics who've commented on the project. 

She said, "With every movie of book or whatever, people are always going to have an opinion.  Obviously people are entitled to whatever opinion they're gonna hold, but I do think that they should see the movie first."

Ed Harris plays McCain in Game Change.  He says he has a greater appreciation for the Arizona senator after doing research for the movie.

"I spent a lot of time reading some of the books that he'd written.  He's a man of tremendous sense of honor and duty," Harris said.

Game Change, based on the book of the same name by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, also stars Woody Harrelson, Ron Livingston and Peter MacNicol.

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HBO Movie Trailer Puts Sarah Palin in a Bad Light

Jeff Fusco/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- HBO's critics on the Right were apparently right about the network's upcoming movie Game Change, about Sen. John McCain's run for the presidency in 2008. While the network claimed the movie would be even-handed politically, the trailer for the film shows Sarah Palin doesn't come off too well; critics decried it from the get-go as a hit piece on the former Alaska governor who became the target of a merciless media and political barrage after McCain chose her as his running mate.

Starring Ed Harris and Julianne Moore -- who in the past has been critical of Palin -- the movie, which premieres on March 10, depicts how McCain's team picked the former Alaska governor and then subsequently, had second thoughts about it when Palin seemed to fold under pressure. The book of the same name on which the movie is based is about the entire 2008 election, but the filmmakers -- who also produced the Left-leaning HBO movie Recount -- chose to focus on the Palin/McCain part of the book.

Included in the trailer is Palin claiming that Russia can be seen from Alaska as Woody Harrelson, who plays McCain adviser Steven Schmidt, quips, "Oh my God, what have we done?"

At one point, Moore as Palin tells the adviser, "I'm single-handedly carrying this campaign. I'm going to do what I want." Moore also remarks in whisper, "I have to win this thing.  I so don't want to go back to Alaska."

There's been no comment yet from Palin about the trailer for Game Change., though

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