Apparently, this tradition of each sequel going bigger than the last isn’t just a Hollywood thing. It seems the folks behind that Avatar-defeating Chinese softcore film 3D Sex and Zen are determined to get even wilder this time around, and they’ve figured out just the way to do it. After the jump:

- 3D Sex and Zen’s sequel ups the ante by going 4D
- Some photos and quotes from Star Trek 2
- The Da Vinci Code sequel The Lost Symbol finds a writer
- Men in Black 3 will get a new trailer next week, has new photos now

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Sarah Palin has become such a ubiquitous cultural figure at this point, it’s hard to believe it was just four years ago that John McCain pulled the then-relatively unknown pol into the spotlight by announcing her as his running mate for his 2008 presidential campaign. But as the 2012 race slowly heats up, now seems as good a time as any to think back to what happened the last time we as a nation chose a leader.

Directed by Emmy winner Jay Roach (Recount), HBO Films’ Game Change follows McCain (played by Ed Harris), Palin (Julianne Moore), and their unsuccessful bid for the White House. Whereas the first trailer focused more on McCain and his decision to name Palin as his potential VP, the new one centers around Palin and what happens to her after she agrees to board the campaign. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Though the actual presidential elections are still eleven months away, if you’ve been paying even casual attention to the news you’ll know the Republican fight for the nomination is already speeding along. What better time, then, to look back and remember the high drama of the last time we all went through this as a nation?

HBO has just released the first trailer for Jay Roach‘s Game Change, based on John Heilemann and Mark Halperin‘s bestselling chronicle of the 2008 presidential elections. Though the book covers both the Republican and Democrat sides of the race, Roach’s film narrows its focus to John McCain (Ed Harris), Sarah Palin (Julianne Moore), and their bid for office. Woody Harrelson, Sarah Paulson, and Ron Livingston also star. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Julianne Moore acted opposite Tina Fey last season on 30 Rock; now she’ll be stepping into the comedienne’s best-known role: Sarah Palin. Julianne Moore will play the former Alaska governor in Game Change, the Jay Roach-directed adaptation of John Heilemann and Mark Halperin‘s book about John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. Read More »

What do Austin Powers, the Fockers and Barack Obama have in common? As of this weekend, they’re all characters directed by Jay Roach. HBO Films has confirmed that Roach would be directing Game Change, about the 2008 presidential race. The script will be adapted by screenwriter Danny Strong (a.k.a. Jonathan from Buffy the Vampire Slayer) from John Heilemann and Mark Halperin’s 2010 book of the same title.

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Sugar Ray Robinson Biopic in the Works

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To this day, Sugar Ray Robinson is still frequently cited as the greatest boxer of all time, but does his life warrant the big screen treatment? Producer Rachael Horovitz (State and Main, About Schmidt) seems to think so, as she and Recount screenwriter Danny Strong have optioned his biography Sweet Thunder: The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson for just that purpose.

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Now he’s had his webby tights ripped off, what might be next for Tobey Maguire? The answer, according to Steven Zeitchik’s synidcated article (see it at AZCentral, for example) might hinge on what kind of career Maguire is looking to mold. There’s a big-budget franchise-friendly path, and there’s a lower road of more ‘dramatic’ work, and in mapping these out, the article mentions a few possible pictures on both sides. My picks to follow after the break.

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Recount Teaser Trailer

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Each year a poll of 150 development executives and high-level assistants is compiled called the Black List. The resulting list contains a ranking of the hot screenplays making the rounds in Hollywood, which will not be released in theaters during that calendar year. The top three entries of the 2005 list where Things We Lost in the Fire, Juno, and Lars and the Real Girl. So it’s definitely a great list to be on.

The top film on the 2007 Black list was Recount, a behind-the-scenes look at the 2000 presidential election and the scandal that resulted. Written by 33-year old actor turned screenwriter Danny Strong, and directed by Jay Roach (Meet The Parents, Austin Powers), the completed film will premiere on Sunday May 25th at 9:00pm on HBO, and we have the teaser trailer. Kevin Spacey stars as Ron Klain, former Vice President Al Gore’s Chief of Staff, John Hurt as Warren Christopher, who supervised the contested Florida recount, Laura Dern as Katherine Harris, former Secretary of State for the State of Florida, Tom Wilkinson as James Baker and Denis Leary as Michael Whouley.

Spoiler warning: Bush wins the Presidency. Ouch.

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Discuss: What do you think about the Recount teaser trailer?

via: Hollywood Elsewhere

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