News Shorts: February 20th 2012

A photo of Thor and Agent Coulson in The Avengers, several shots from Mirror Mirror, an IMAX banner for The Hunger Games, and character promo art for the second season of Game of Thrones.

“A demographic breakdown of the members of AMPAS, the nearly 6,000 voters who decide the Academy Awards, show that 98% are aged over 40 (54% over 60), 94% are white, 77% Male, and 64% haven’t either won or been nominated for an award…” (full details)

“”The Descendants” has won the Writer’s Guild award for Best Adapted Feature Screenplay while “Midnight in Paris” won for Best Original Feature Screenplay. “Breaking Bad,” “Homeland” and “Modern Family” scored many of the TV awards …” (full details)

“”The Descendants” was named Best Edited Feature (Dramatic), “The Artist” was named Best Edited Feature (Comedy or Musical), and “Rango” was named Best Edited Feature (Animated) at this year’s ACE Eddie Awards. “Breaking Bad,” “Homeland”, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Cinema Verite” took the major television awards…” (full details)

“Leigh Whannell and Angus Sampson’s paranormal investigator characters Specs and Tucker in last year’s “Insidious” are coming back for the upcoming sequel…” (full details)

“MK2 is producing John Turturro’s $10 million new drama “Fading Gigolo”. Turturro has co-written and will direct and star in the story of a down-on-his luck old pimp who persuades Turturro’s character to become a gigolo. Shooting begins in April in New York…” (full details)

“Judi Dench has been diagnosed with macular degeneration, an eye condition which can cause blindness. In fact Dench says she’s already lost part of her eyesight and can’t read scripts anymore but she refuses to retire…” (full details)

“IFC Films has taken North American rights to Sundance entry “Predisposed”, a bittersweet story of piano prodigy (Jessie Eisenberg) and his mother (Melissa Leo) who struggles with drug addiction…” (full details)

“Filmmaker Andrew Stanton has slammed reports that the budget for “John Carter” escalated out of control – “I want to go completely on record that I literally was on budget and on time the entire shoot. Disney is so completely psyched that I stayed on budget and on time that they let me have a longer reshoot”…” (full details)

“25-year-old Robert Pattinson says if Lionsgate proceeds with a sixth “Twilight” , he thinks he’d “probably be too old. I’m already too old. But yeah, it’d be kind of interesting”…” (full details)

“Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has pre-bought all media rights to the Sebastian Silva’s untitled Chile-set thriller starring Michael Cera, Juno Temple, Emily Browning and Catalina Sandino Moreno…” (full details)

“Actor/country music singer Dwight Yoakam has dropped out of Disney’s “Lone Ranger” due to a scheduling conflict…” (full details)

“A representative for Stephen Colbert says Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” will return Monday after a sudden break due to the ailing health of the star’s 91-year-old mother…” (full details)