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Sean P. Means
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Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis) rides the family's raft in a scene from "Beasts of the Southern Wild," by director Benh Zeitlin. (Courtesy Sundance Institute)
The Cricket’s Daily 3: ‘Beasts’ out of luck

Here’s what’s being talked about today in pop culture:

• This year’s top winner at the Sundance Film Festival, "Beasts of the Southern Wild," has been declared ineligible for the end-of-year Screen Actors Guild Awards, because the made-in-Louisiana production used non-professional (and, specifically, non-union) actors. Fox Searchlight, the film’s distributor, says it won’t try to retroactively qualify the film for SAG notice — a process that would mean going back and paying the actors more. [The Wrap]

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• A movie based on Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved "Little House on the Prairie" books (and the also-beloved ‘70s TV show) is in the works. The director will be David Gordon Green, who was an acclaimed indie filmmaker ("George Washington," "All the Real Girls") before turning to stoner comedies ("Pineapple Express," "Your Highness"). [Entertainment Weekly]

• "Family Guy" creator and "Ted" director Seth MacFarlane will be hosting next year’s Oscars. Really. That happened. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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