What's Popping: 'Hugo', 'Starship Troopers', 'Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,' 'Doctor Who', 'All You Need Is Kill'

Hugo, Tree of Life, Beginners, The Artist Contending for Best Picture
It's December and that means the awards season is on. Critic groups from around the country will dole out kudos for the best of 2011. In fact, a few groups have already weighed in. The folks over at the IFP chose Beginners and The Tree of Life as 2011's Best Picture, while the folks over at the NYFCC chose The Artist as theirs. The National Board of Review chimed in a couple days later with Hugo as pick.

In the coming days and weeks, we'll hear more from other groups. As of right now, the front runner for Best Picture at the Oscars next February is Martin Scorsese's Hugo since the others mentioned above, as good as they are, won't have a chance with the Academy voters.

Have Starship Will Travel
We're currently in a period of comic book movies and remakes. Any comic book or graphic novel that is remotely popular is being developed into a movie, and pretty much any old movie that appeal to youths, someone, somewhere is probably trying to "update" it. With that said, a remake of Paul Verhoeven's Starship Troopers over at Sony Pictures shouldn't come as a surprise. Or maybe it should since the 1997 movie didn't make much, if any, money for the studio. The script is currently being worked on by Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz.

The Girl With The 8 Mins Preview
There's a promotion going on that will net you 35 minutes of free music from The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. You know what else is available? An 8 minutes preview of the movie. Usually, when studios release looong trailers like that, it indicates the movies may have a problem connecting with potential audiences. We'll see if that's true here when the movie opens on Dec. 21.

Who Is Right?
Is there a Doctor Who movie in the works? Director David Yates says yes, but the showrunner for the Doctor Who TV series says no. Seems like what we have here is a failure to communicate. So who's right?

Tom Cruise Killing It
Tom Cruise adds another sci-fi movie to his to-do list. Having already signed on for Horizons, a movie in which he plays a soldier fighting in a war against an alien race, Cruise agrees to star in All You Need Is Kill, another movie where he will play a soldier fighting in a war against an alien race. While Horizons is more like a drama with action and sci-fi elements, AYNIK is the opposite, being described as Groundhog Day crossed with Starship Troopers.

Other News & Notes:

The natives of Mars are revealed in the new trailer for John Carter.

The Hobbit trailer will debut in front of The Adventures of Tintin.

Jane Goldman tapped to write the screenplay for Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children.

Paramount hires David Leslie to adapt the graphic novel Last Man Standing.

First pic from Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.

IMAX locations where the six minutes Dark Knight Rises prologue can be seen.

Ebert Presents At The Movies will go on hiatus at the end of December while exploring funding options.

New trailer for Liam Neeson's The Grey.

Todd Berger to Pen Where's Waldo for MGM.

Hailee Steinfeld in talks for Ender's Game.

Plot details revealed for Steven Soderbergh's The Bitter Pill.

Michael Fassbender may be Darren Aronofsky's Noah.

Pic of Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's drama about the 16th President of the US circulates.

An extended trailer for the Gareth Evans' actioner The Raid is online.

Alice Eve added to cast of Star Trek 2.

Sony will distribute the Evil Dead remake.

Tennis star Novak Djokovic added to the cast of The Expendables 2.

Concept art for The Lizard appears online for The Amazing Spider-Man.

David Ayer is chosen to write the Scarface remake for Universal Pictures.

Production on The Wolverine may be delayed again.

Riddick sequel finds funding, production starts back up.

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