News Shorts: December 20th 2011

New stills from The Avengers, and set photos from Spielberg’s Lincoln including a first look at Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character.

Posters for Rise of the Guardians, Cosmopolis, Mirror Mirror, Wrath of the Titans, 21 Jump Street, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Gone, Beneath the Darkness, W.E. & an Effie-themed The Hunger Games character poster.

“Gerard Butler was hospitalized on Sunday in North California after filming a scene for his role as a surfer in “Of Men and Mavericks”. Butler was dragged underwater and over rocks by a set of huge waves. The 42-year-old actor was in a bit of a shock but otherwise OK…” (full details)

“Gilberto Sanchez, who uploaded a pirated workprint copy of Fox’s superhero movie “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” two months before the film’s release, was sentenced to one year in federal prison Monday…” (full details)

“Back in November he was told his scene had been cut before filming. Now, Bruce Campbell has confirmed that not only is he going to be cameoing in Sam Raimi’s “Oz: The Great and Powerful” after all, he has in fact already shot it. The single page scene was shot in a day and involved him confronting James Franco’s Oz…” (full details)

“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol The IMAX Experience, earned approximately $14 million at the box office in IMAX┬« theatres worldwide during its opening weekend. Domestically, the film generated $10.5 million on 300 IMAX screens, for an IMAX per-screen average of $35,000. Internationally, it generated $3.4 million on 89 IMAX screens, for an IMAX per-screen average of $38,200…” (full details)

“”Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and “Drive” have received six nominations each at The London Critics’ Circle awards. The pair lead ahead of “A Separation” and “We Need To Talk About Kevin” with five each, “Shame” and “The Artist” with four each, and “The Guard” and “Submarine” with three each…” (full details)

“Hollywood’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says 265 feature films are in contention for the 2011 Best Picture Oscar. Between five and 10 films will make the shortlist for Best Picture…” (full details)

“Kelsey Grammer will take over hosting duties for the 64th annual DGA Awards. Carl Reiner has been an institution at the DGA, hosting the show 23 times over the years…” (full details)

“A Twitter surge originating from a false press release led to many wondering if rocker Jon Bon Jovi died. Turns out the man isn’t in hell but somewhere much darker – New Jersey…” (full details)