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Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis will play competing South Carolina politicians in the comedy “Southern Rivals,” which begins filming this fall. Mr. Ferrell told movie industry reporters in April that the movie will be out in time for the 2012 election season and will “have comments on the circumstances now in modern-day politics.”

Kathryn Bigelow is directing the drama about the bin Laden operation. In 2008, she won industry awards, including an Oscar, for directing “The Hurt Locker,” a movie about U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan charged with handling unexploded bombs. Ms. Bigelow’s movie is scheduled to open in October 2012.

In August, a White House spokesman dismissed as “ridiculous” suggestions that Ms. Bigelow is getting an extraordinary amount of aid from the White House in the making of the movie. Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican and chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, had urged an investigation into reports that the administration granted Ms. Bigelow “high-level access” for a movie about the killing of bin Laden.

Hollywood has tried to influence politics before, most notably with the 2004 movie “The Day After Tomorrow,” which was based on the perceived threat of climate change and hit theaters the May before President Bush’s election challenge by Sen. John F. Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat. The movie was a financial hit.

“That may be the best example” of a political movie, Mr. Fratto said. It got a lot of attention from political advocates, he said, and “a lot of acclaim, wide distribution … [but] it certainly didn’t swing the attitude of the public in favor of climate change legislation.”

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Nick Searcy of ‘Justified’ supports Cain’s 2012 bid

Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain has welcomed Nick Searcy, star of FX’s “Justified,” onto the Cain Train.

The 52-year-old actor, who has appeared in major motion pictures such as “The Last Song” and “The Ugly Truth,” made a video for Mr. Cain that features the actor on the set of a Western flick. Making use of his Southern accent and dressed as a cowboy, Mr. Searcy proceeds to speak to the camera about Mr. Cain’s qualifications.

“I’ve played a lot of tough guys in movies over the years, but you know what? Looking cool and saying lines that somebody else wrote for me doesn’t make me a real tough guy any more than looking cool and reading lines off the teleprompter that somebody else wrote makes a community organizer a real leader,” Mr. Searcy says.

The North Carolinian goes on to emphasize the realness of Mr. Cain, a former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza.

“But Herman Cain is a real leader. He’s accomplished real things in the real world. … Created real businesses that provided real jobs for real people. In 2012, let’s get real for a change, people. Take a real look at Herman Cain. I think you’ll like what you see. Kind of like when you watch one of my films,” Mr. Searcy says.

Mr. Searcy also says the time has come to address real issues.

“This upcoming election is too crucial for us to get distracted by silly things like line readings and empty phrases like hope and change,” he says.

“I stand with Herman Cain because Herman Cain stands with us,” Mr. Searcy says as Western music plays in the background.

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