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Julianne Moore to play Sarah Palin -- but can she compete with Tina Fey?

Julianne Moore will play Sarah Palin in HBO film

"The Kids Are All Right" star Julianne Moore is set to play Sarah Palin in the upcoming HBO film "Game Change" -- so step aside, Tina Fey and Kathy Griffin.

The adaptation of the bestselling John Heilemann and Mark Halperin book chronicles Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential bid with the polarizing then-governor of Alaska as his running mate on the Republican ticket, leading up to their loss in the general election.

Moore will make for an interesting Palin, who, of course, took the world by storm with her winks, Naughty Monkey heels and "you betcha" attitude. But can her Sarah compete with the gal from Fey's spot-on "Saturday Night Live" spoofs? (To relive the Fey-day of Palin, watch the video below.)

It's an interesting twist, casting an Oscar-nominated actress to play a politico who until recently was making a name for herself as a reality TV star. It's almost flattering that news that she'll be played by the classy redhead (Moore) broke soon after another ginger (Griffin) took jabs at Palin's limelight-lurching family.

Never one to hold her tongue, Griffin recently took a swipe at Bristol Palin's weight -- earning her a thwack from Mama Grizzly -- and is, ironically, set to play a Sarah Palin-like conservative in an upcoming episode of "Glee." Post-thwack, Griffin held firm, saying no, she wouldn't leave Willow Palin alone either.

Whodathunkit?

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Julianne Moore feels the buzz at 'The Kids Are All Right' premiere

After its buzzworthy Sundance run in January, Lisa Cholodenko's "The Kids Are All Right" was spotted as an early awards contender by many critics.

Kids-Are-All-Right-pictures Such hype is exciting for Julianne Moore, who plays one half of the lesbian couple in the film (Annette Bening plays her partner) whose two teenage kids (Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson) decide to track down their sperm-donor dad (Mark Ruffalo).

On Thursday, Moore gathered in downtown L.A. with the cast (minus Bening, who bowed out for personal reasons) for the film's premiere, which was the kickoff event at this year's 10-day L.A. Film Festival. On the red carpet, she said she is heartened by the positive feedback the film has received thus far.

"You certainly feel the interest, and that’s what you want," she told us on the red carpet. "You make movies hoping that people are going to enjoy them and go to see them. And this one, certainly, they’re saying, 'Oh, I want to see it, I want to see it, I want to see it.' So, yeah, that makes us very glad."

She added that a festival held in the City of Angels was the perfect place to launch the L.A.-centric film, which was shot largely here.

"It’s always great to be here. It’s a movie about a family that lives in L.A., so I think this is a very appropriate venue for us," she smiled.

See more video of Ruffalo, Wasikowska and Hutcherson on 24 Frames.

-- Amy Kaufman

Twitter.com/AmyKinLA

Photo: Julianne Moore on the red carpet at "The Kids Are All Right" premiere. Credit: Dan Steinberg / Associated Press.  


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