News Nuggets: ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ ineligible at the SAG Awards

Beasts of the Southern Wild” ruled ineligible at the SAG Awards: “‘Beasts of the Southern Wild,’ the critically acclaimed indie drama that Fox Searchlight is positioning as a major awards contender, has been ruled ineligible for the Screen Actors Guild Awards because it was not made under the terms of SAG Low Budget Feature Agreement, which mandates the use of professional actors … Director Benh Zeitlin, out of financial necessity (he had a budget of just $1.3 million) and a desire for the greatest possible sense of authenticity (his film revolves around eccentric characters who populate a remote part of America’s Gulf Coast) instead used locals who had never acted before and therefore were not SAG members.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

The nation’s most produced play this season was Tony-nominated “Good People“: “David Lindsay-Abaire’s Tony Award-nominated play ‘Good People’ tops the list of most produced plays nationwide during the 2012-13 season, according to the theater industry’s largest trade group. The Theatre Communications Group revealed on Monday that the Top 10 list also includes Bruce Norris’ ‘Clybourne Park,’ Matthew Lopez’s ‘The Whipping Man,’ the musical ‘Next to Normal’ and Katori Hall’s ‘The Mountaintop‘ … Lindsay-Abaire’s other works — including ‘Rabbit Hole’ — have long been among the top produced works, but ‘Good People’ marks his first time atop the list, which was compiled from 415 member theaters. Seventeen theaters will produce “Good People” this season.” WASHINGTON POST

The Drama League will honor Audra McDonald in February: “The Drama League announced today that five-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald will be the Honoree of The Drama League’s 29th Musical Celebration of Broadway, on February 11, 2013 at the famed Pierre Hotel (2 East 61st Street). ‘Audra McDonald, in my view, is the once-in-a-generation performer of our time,’ states Drama League Executive Director Gabriel Shanks. ‘We are thrilled to have the opportunity to honor her achievements in film, television, recording, and in the theater.'” BROADWAY WORLD

A look at this year’s Grammy contenders for Album of the Year: “Adele‘s ‘21‘ won in 2012, and she competed largely against pop representatives, as efforts from Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and Rihanna were also nominated. Rounding out the field of contenders was rock act the Foo Fighters. It was a major move toward the center after the orchestral indie rock of the Arcade Fire‘s ‘The Suburbs’ won the album of the year Grammy in 2011. While the Grammys of course lean mainstream in the major categories, don’t be surprised if at least one new face, as noted below, sneaks in this year.” LOS ANGELES TIMES

Emmy-winner Danny Strong tapped to write “The Hunger Games” sequels: “Danny Strong is moving from a ‘Game Change‘ to ‘The Hunger Games.’ The screenwriter has been tapped to write both upcoming ‘Mockingjay’ films for Lionsgate. Variety has learned that Strong will be the third scribe to be brought in to the ‘Hunger Games’ franchise family. For ‘The Hunger Games,’ Gary Ross worked hand-in-hand with ‘Hunger Games’ author Suzanne Collins and screenwriter Billy Ray to make sure the film was an honest adaptation of the book. Simon Beaufoy, best known for his work alongside Danny Boyle in ‘Slumdog Millionaire,’ wrote ‘Catching Fire.'” ZAP2IT

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