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Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes): Casting the young star of 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'

The name you’re going to want to remember is pronounced: Kwah-VAHN-Jah-Nay.

Nine-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis is the adorable little star who melted hearts at Sundance this year with Beasts of the Southern Wild, a dreamlike Dixieland fable about a swampland girl named Hushpuppy who faces down the apocalypse alongside her ailing daddy.

The movie won the festival’s Grand Jury Prize, and introduced its charismatic young actress to the world (and Oscar campaigning).

Here, in an article originally posted last January, is the tale of how she was cast.

For more stories behind this year’s top TV and movie moments, click here for EW.com’s Best of 2012: Behind the Scenes coverage.

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Spirit Awards reaction: Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey, Benh Zeitlin, David O. Russell, more weigh in

The nominations for the 28th Independent Spirit Awards were announced this morning in Hollywood. We checked in with Jack Black (Bernie), David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook),  Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Emayatzy Corinealdi (Middle of Nowhere), and more for their reactions. Check out what the stars had to say below and read our full analysis of what the nominations mean for awards season here.

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'Beasts of the Southern Wild' ensnared in award season trouble

Beasts of the Southern Wild has become trapped in red tape.

The little indie movie that wowed Sundance, and has big potential as an award season contender, has run afoul of Screen Actors Guild bylaws that leave it out of the running for the group’s awards, being presented on Jan. 27.

The dreamlike film, about a little girl named Hushpuppy who is trying to survive a biblical-scale flood alongside her boozy father, did not — and seemingly still will not — cover its actors under a SAG-AFTRA contract, which means the guild won’t consider it for the SAG Awards.

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Box office report: 'The Amazing Spider-Man' scores $140 million in six-day debut

That’s a lot of cash caught in Spidey’s web!

Sony’s $220 million reboot The Amazing Spider-Man debuted atop the box office with $65 million over its first weekend and a big $140 million in its first six days. The 3-D blockbuster played in 4,138 theaters and earned a $15,708 per theater average over the Friday-to-Sunday period. Of that $140 million, $14.3 million came from IMAX screens. Worldwide, the tentpole has already earned $341.2 million after two weekends of international release. READ FULL STORY

'Drought,' 'All is Well' win top awards at L.A. Film Festival

A Portuguese film about two sisters who escape the Angolan civil war and a documentary on Mexican cattle ranchers took home the top jury prizes at the Los Angeles Film Festival Sunday. Portugal’s All is Well from director Pocas Pascoal won best narrative film and director Everardo Gonzalez won the best documentary prize for Drought. Each filmmaker received a $15,000 award.

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'Beasts of the Southern Wild': Hope floats after the deluge -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Just as the summer literally heats up and discerning movie audiences begin to cool on the weekly barrage of pounding action blockbusters, the Sundance smash Beasts of the Southern Wild will roll into theaters on June 27. In the award-winning film, which was also embraced at last month’s Cannes Film Festival, first-time actor Quvenzhané Wallis (pronounced Kwah-VAHN-Jah-Nay) plays a spirited girl named Hushpuppy who joins a band of survivors and tries to rescue her father after a Katrina-like flood wrecks their Delta homes. Watch an exclusive clip below, as Hushpuppy narrates putting the pieces back together after the rains finally stop. READ FULL STORY

Cannes 2012 preview: Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman, and Kristen Stewart bring Hollywood glitz to the French Riviera -- VIDEO

Since its inception in 1947, the Cannes Film Festival has been the ne plus ultra of international cinema, but rarely has the festival featured quite so many American filmmakers and Hollywood movie stars. The 2012 Cannes festival gets underway on Wednesday with the opening film, Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, and over the course of the subsequent 11 days, the festival will premiere films starring (deep breath) Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Kristen Stewart, Zac Efron, Shia LaBeouf, Robert Pattinson, Kirsten Dunst, Tom Hardy, Amy Adams, Viggo Mortensen, and Matthew McConaughey (in two movies!), with filmmakers like Anderson, Lee Daniels, and John Hillcoat screening their films in competition for the first time. Meanwhile, DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted and the HBO TV movie Hemingway & Gellhorn are both premiering out of competition.

EW’s Owen Gleiberman will be detailing all his thoughts on the great and not so great at Cannes, but here’s a quick primer on what’s likely to light up the famed Croisette, in chronological order of their big premieres inside the cavernous Grand Théâtre Lumière.  READ FULL STORY

Sundance hit 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' trailer: A flood of emotions

Beasts of the Southern Wild won the hearts of audiences — as well as the Grand Jury prize — at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. First-time actor Quvenzhané Wallis (pronounced Kwah-VAHN-Jah-Nay) plays a fierce girl named Hushpuppy who tries to save her father and herself from the biblical flood that threatens her Delta home. The fable incorporates imagery that tests the credibility of her circumstance but inflates the poetic wonder of her heroic odyssey. Watch below. READ FULL STORY

Sundance hit 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' gets summertime release date

Photo: Ben Richards

The end of the world has a release date — June 29, 2012.

Yes, the world has ended lots of times before, but this time it’s happening in Beasts of the Southen Wild, the dreamlike Dixieland fable that became the hit of the recent Sundance Film Festival. It stars 8-year-old newcomer Quvenzhané Wallis as a swampland girl named Hushpuppy who faces down the apocalypse alongside her ailing daddy.

The movie won the festival’s Grand Jury Prize, and was picked up for distribution by Fox Searchlight, which just announced the date it will introduce its charismatic young actress to the world.

Here’s an introduction to the scene (and heart) stealing little one from EW’s festival coverage … READ FULL STORY

Sundance 2012: Meet the funny, fearsome cutie-pie from 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'

The name you’re going to want to remember is pronounced: Kwah-VAHN-Jah-Nay.

Eight-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis is the adorable little star melting hearts at Sundance this year with Beasts of the Southern Wild, a dreamlike Dixieland fable about a swampland girl named Hushpuppy who faces down the apocalypse alongside her ailing daddy.

The movie won the festival’s Grand Jury Prize, and has already been picked up for distribution by Fox Searchlight, which will soon introduce its charismatic young actress to the world.

This is what it’s like to meet her now: READ FULL STORY

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