What's Popping: 'Breaking Dawn Part 1, 'BioShock', 'U.N.C.L.E.', 'Friday 4', 'Hunger Games'

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 Will Dominate Box Office
Despite poor reviews, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 is expected to make somewhere between $148 to $150 million over the weekend. It's already off to a great start, taking in $30.3 million in its midnight showings on Friday.

The Hunger Games Trailer Released
Conan the Barbarian was costly for Lionsgate. That movie was supposed to be the first salvo in the resurrection of the Conan franchise, with the possibility of multiple sequels. However, Conan bombed. Jason Momoa, Lionsgate discovered, is no Arnold Schwarzenegger. Needless to say, Momoa won't be swinging a sword as the Cimmerian again any time soon, or ever. The Hunger Games is Lionsgate's next great hope. It's youth and sequel friendly: everything Conan should have been. Will The Hunger Games be Lionsgate's savior? Check out the trailer and decide for yourself.

BioShock Movie Is Placed On The Back Burner
Video games, as you probably know, cater to that important 18-24 demographic which the movie studios also love to target. When a game came out that is as well-received as BioShock, you can bet a Hollywood producer somewhere is thinking about a movie adaptation. In 2008, the movie right ended up at Universal, with Gore Verbinski attached to direct. Now, with 2011 almost over, the movie is still in the developmental stages, and Irrational Games creative director Ken Levine revealed in an interview that the game maker no longer "have a need to get it made." For the record though, movies based on video games usually have a poor track record so that's probably a good thing.

Steven Soderbergh Drops Out Of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Even with Steven Soderbergh attached to direct The Man From U.N.C.L.E., the movie is unable to find and keep its leading man. First, George Clooney was attached to star, but he had to drop out for some unknown reason. Bradley Cooper was in talks for the lead role but those talks ended before it got anywhere. Soderbergh supposedly sought the services of Channing Tatum next, but Tatum must have said no as well since Soderbergh himself has dropped out of the project. Maybe Soderbergh finally got clued in as to what all those rejections were trying to tell him about the movie.

Another Friday Sequel?
The last Friday movie was released in 2002, but, according to Tiny Lister, Ice Cube and Chris Tucker are getting back together for a fourth sequel. Chris Tucker played Smokey way back in the first movie but wasn't in the subsequent sequels. Lister also said the fourth Friday is "gonna be the big one," whatever that meant. But wait, there's more. Lister also mentioned that Tucker expressed interest in doing a sequel to The Fifth Element. Whether or not that'll happen will probably depend on Bruce Willis since he is, you know, that star of that movie.

Other News and Notes:

Universal is developing a Woody Wookpecker movie.

The Hobbit trailer may arrive sometime in December.

The estate of Michael Jackson is shopping his biopic around.

David Yates will direct the Doctor Who movie.

Se7en screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker will script 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea for David Fincher to direct.

Scarlett Johansson will make directorial debut with Summer Crossing.

Arnold Schwarzenegger got hurt while filming The Last Stand.

Watch Amanda Seyfried search for her missing sister in the Gone trailer.

Asa Butterfield offered title role in Ender's Game.

Ice Age's Scrat has a new short.

Ridley Scott may direct Angelina Jolie in Gertrude Bell.

New banners released for The Avengers.

Pixar's Brave trailer is out on iTunes.

Mirror Mirror trailer shows that the Queen in the Snow White fairy tale can have a sense of humor.

Lionsgate wants Slumdog Millionaire writer Simon Beaufoy for The Hunger Games 2.

Titanic in 3D trailer debut on Facebook.

Steven Spielberg in talks to direct the Moses movie Gods and Kings.

Tim Burton is also in talks to direct Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children.

Kristen Stewart offered the role of Kei in Akira.

Kristen Wiig's next movie is "going to be a Porky's prequel."

New Line developing a movie based on the '80s video game Rampage.

Yvonne Strahovski joins Aaron Eckhart in I, Frankenstein.

David Cronenberg's The Fly sequel rejected by Fox.

Martin Scorsese attached to direct The Snowman, according to a Swedish newspaper.

Dwayne Johnson will star in the big screen adaptation of the comic book Monster Hunter's Survival Guide.

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