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    Gerard Butler To Become 'Hunter Killer'; Sam Worthington Being Eyed To Co-Star

    Summit Relativity Media has been very aggressive with "Hunter Killer," earmarking the picture for a December 2012 release date for months as Phillip Noyce decided whether he was the right man for the director's chair. Though he left the project in August, Relativity continued to show faith in the adaptation of George Wallace's best-seller "Firing Point," bringing on Antoine Fuqua to direct. And with a winter start date being eyed, it looks like they have their leading men.

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    NYFF: Santiago Mitre's "The Student"

    Since May, massive demonstrations led by both university and high school students demanding greater educational equality and a complete deprivatization of higher education have swept across Chile. Largely unreported in this part of the world, these protests have comprised marches, a two-day general strike, and occupations of high schools and universities. While gaining widespread national support, these demonstrations have also resulted in the death of at least one student, shot by a police sergeant firing into a crowd. The protests hint at a particular unified culture of student unrest rather unlike that in the United States, where the archetypal college student, long defined by Revenge of the Nerds and Animal House, spends more time binge drinking and contracting mono than engaging in politics. Glimmers of such a political movement can perhaps be seen in the involvement of students in Occupy Wall Street. Some may question what college kids, who enjoy the luxury of educational freedom and a lot of spare time on their hands, have to complain about, but, as the movement in Chile shows, student politics are related to politics at large.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Film Independent's November LACMA Film Series Lineup Adds Clooney, Fassbender

    Elvis Mitchell is booking movies with speakers for his weekly Film Independent at LACMA showings. He's basically doing the same thing any number of subscription film series are doing, he's just inviting the public to buy tickets to see many films that will be available at commercial cinemas or on Netflix followed by Q and As with the likes of George Clooney and Michael Fassbender. I have booked The Descendants for Sneak Previews, for example.

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    Watch: Trailer For Brit Drama 'Junkhearts' With Eddie Marsan & 'Attack The Block' Star John Boyega

    While "Attack The Block" didn't quite light up the box office this summer, the alien invasion flick firmly established itself as a new cult classic of the genre, and the film's star, John Boyega, emerged as a new talent to keep an eye on. Certainly, Spike Lee sat up and took notice, casting him in the lead of the HBO series he's producing. But before that, Boyega will have a small role in the upcoming British drama "Junkhearts" alongside Eddie Marsan, Tom Sturridge and Romola Garai, and it looks pretty promising.

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    The Champ

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    Films of Note Screening at DOC NYC Next Month

    Documentary festival DOC NYC returns for its second year to Greenwich Village November 2-10. The festival will showcase 107 events, including screenings of 52 feature-length films and 40 shorts as well as 15 doc-related panel discussions.

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    And Now For Singing Chickens: New Trailer For 'The Muppets' Is A Total Blast

    If there was a way we could Benjamin Button ourselves back to being eight years old before watching the forthcoming "The Muppets," we would, but as it stands, it looks like our adult selves are still gonna have a helluva time with the movie when it hits next month.

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    Watch: Reese Witherspoon Makes Tom Hardy & Chris Pine Act Like Idiots In 'This Means War' Trailer

    If yesterday, the "Act Of Valor" trailer, though jingoistic, at least displayed that the Navy SEALs do some actual work in protecting their country, it appears their brethren over at the C.I.A. have a lot more time on their hands.

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    BET's 'Black Girls Rock! 2011' Announces Performers and Presenters

    Actresses Tichina Arnold and Sharon Leal will join previously announced co-hosts, Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King, as presenters for the second annual televised Black Girls Rock! 2011 special.

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    LISA ROSMAN: Andrew Haigh's splendid WEEKEND re-imagines romance

    By Lisa RosmanPress Play Contributor

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