Guillermo del Toro to Produce THE SECRET GARDEN Adaptation with a Screenplay by Lucy Alibar

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Add another project to Guillermo del Toro’s list of productions.  News has it that del Toro will produce a new adaptation of The Secret Garden, the 1911 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.  Universal won the rights to the story and has set Oscar-nominated screenwriter Lucy Alibar, who co-wrote Beasts of the Southern Wild, to pen the screenplay.  Before you even ask, no, it doesn’t look like del Toro will be directing, though he will work closely with Alibar and will reteam with Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark producer Mark Johnson.  Hit the jump for more details.

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD Returns to Theaters in Select Cities Starting January 18th

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If you missed seeing Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild in theaters before its four Oscar nominations substantially upped its buzz, you’re in luck!  Fox Searchlight has announced that a theatrical re-release will begin this weekend in select cities.  The indie picture is up for an Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress (Quvenzhane Wallis) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Lucy Alibar, Behn Zeitlin).  Hit the jump to see which cities and theaters will be showing Beasts of the Southern Wild starting this weekend.

2013 Oscar Nominations Announced; LINCOLN Leads with 12 Nominations, Kathryn Bigelow and Ben Affleck Snubbed for Best Director

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The nominations for the 85th Academy Awards have been announced, and it’s quite a whirlwind of nominees.  As expected, Lincoln landed the most nominations with 12, followed with Ang Lee’s Life of Pi which nabbed 11.  The big story here, though, is the Best Director category.  Shockingly, only two (two!) of the DGA nominees for Best Director made the Oscar cut: Ang Lee and Steven Spielberg.  The rest of the category was filled out by Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern WildDavid O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook, and Michael Haneke for Amour.  It was almost guaranteed that Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow would be landing nominations for Argo and Zero Dark Thirtyrespectively, but shockingly neither made the cut.  Apparently those films just directed themselves.  Based off today’s nominations, it now looks like it’s (surprisingly) down to Lincoln vs. Silver Linings Playbook for the big win.

Hit the jump to check out the list of nominees, and click here to check them against my predictions (somehow I predicted the Best Picture and Supporting Actor categories perfectly).  The 85th Academy Awards will take place on February 24th.

2013 Oscar Preview: Best Animated Feature, Best Adapted and Original Screenplay, and Technical Category Quick Picks

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We’re continuing on with our weeklong preview of the upcoming 85th Academy Awards, and after running down both acting categories it’s time to take look at some of the other races.  Today we’ll be looking at the Best Animated Feature, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Screenplay categories in depth, and I’ll also make some way-too-early quick picks in the technical categories.  The fun begins after the jump.

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