Woody Harrelson: 'Game Change' role grew on him

CREDIT: Sam Jones for Men's Journal

Daybreak Daily’s afternoon chow-down at the pop-culture fry shack finds a game-changer, a rock concert, other things, and the mystery music video.

WOODY SPEAKS: Mr. Harrelson waxes about a certain cable movie, among other things, per Men’s Journal, “On spending time with Steve Schmidt, the political consultant he portrays in Game Change: “I wouldn’t imagine myself wanting to have anything to do with the guy, but I really found myself liking him. He’s a political animal, but I feel like he’s an idealist and not bogged down in all the bull****. Let’s face it. Obama was a phenomenon. They knew they were going to get beat, so choosing Palin was just a Hail Mary pass. It was just a wild idea.”

MEANWHILE: Aforementioned certain movie breaks from the gate in style, per the Hollywood Reporter, “All the controversy over the depiction of former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in HBO’s Game Change may have primed the pump. The premiere of the movie last weekend attracted 2.1 million viewers, the most-watched original film on HBO in nearly eight years.”

LOOKS CAN BE DECEIVING: Jessica Simpson dishes about her, well, weight, per Celebuzz, “The 31-year-old Fashion Star mentor made an appearance on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Monday where she finally put rumors to rest about her big baby bump. “No, it’s not twins,” Simpson said. “I know it looks like it.”

GET THAT OUT OF MY FACE!: Not to mention personal space, per Radar, “Russell Brand has been ruffling feathers in New Orleans after he allegedly snatched an iPhone from a man and then hurled it through a window, and has exclusive details on the ongoing case.”

HUNGRY AUDIENCE: And it gets what it came for, per the Huffington Post, “"The Hunger Games" premiered last night in Los Angeles, and the early reviews are mostly positive. Though full reviews are still scant, we've collected critics' early takes on the film, as well as reactions from critics, fans and celebrity fans who attended the premiere.”

ON THE HORIZON: This one should be a keeper, per Pitchfork, “Rocket Juice & the Moon is one of three albums steered by former Blur frontman Damon Albarn scheduled for release before this summer. . . The core of Rocket Juice-- an album of West African-style funk and psychedelia-- is Albarn, former Fela Kuti drummer Tony Allen, and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea.”

OBIT: Just the facts, per Rolling Stone, “Doobie Brothers drummer Michael Hossack died at his home in Dubois, Wyoming yesterday at the age of 65. He had been battling cancer for some time and succumbed to complications of the disease with his family at his side.”

CHANGE OF HEART: Adam Levine releases a line of scents, and pal Christina Aguilera is quick to needle, per People, “She Tweeted a link back to a March 2011 Tweet of Levine’s, which read, “I also would like to put an official ban on celebrity fragrances. Punishable by death from this point forward.” “Haha @AdamLevine,” Aguilera wrote in reply. “What a difference a year makes …”

CHANGE OF HEART II: She doesn’t want to be, like, tied down, per Us Weekly, “Although Britney Spears was said to have rejected the $10 million she was offered to join the judges panel of the new season of X Factor — having wanted at least a $20 million payout — we've gotten word that negotiations are still going on, as her salary does not seem to be an issue! The pop icon is more concerned about ensuring that she has a one-year "out clause" should she not want to continue after this year.”

ROCK ON: Oh to be at the Garden last night, per the AP, “There were few flashing lights, the backdrop wasn't overloaded with visuals or videos, and the band rarely spoke, if it wasn't in song. The Black Keys are rock stars, and their traditional rock sound electrified Madison Square Garden on Monday night.”

AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video.

--Skip Wood (Follow me on Twitter @DaybreakSkip)