By Jay A. Fernandez | Indiewire September 10, 2012 at 6:7PM
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson followers, mark November 15 on your calendars. That day, fans of the independent film icons -- stars of “Into the Wild,” “Bel Ami,” “Adventureland,” “The Runaways,” “Cosmopolis” and “Welcome to the Rileys” -- will have the rare opportunity to get a look at the actors in the little-known franchise that jump-started their careers.
Independent film studio Summit Entertainment, now owned by Lionsgate, has announced plans to show the entire “Twilight” saga, in which Stewart plays a young woman torn between Pattinson’s dashing suitor and a shirtless shapeshifter, in a marathon screening of the series’ first four films. The nationwide stunt will lead up to the world premiere of the final chapter in the gritty story, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2,” which opens in local theaters that night at 10pm just before its official release September 16. Oscar-winning "Gods and Monsters" filmmaker Bill Condon directed the new film.
Passionate Stewart audiences that can’t wait to see her in the Jack Kerouac adaptation “On the Road” when it opens December 21, or Pattinson in the forthcoming David Michod drama “The Rover,” will have this unique daylong foray into their lesser-known work to tide them over. Summit promises exclusive content that will play between the films -- plus, a special lanyard!
Hopefully, the Weinstein Co. will take a page from the Summit book and show Quentin Tarantino’s oeuvre the day that “Django Unchained” opens, or Richard Linklater will convince exhibitors to stock “Before Sunrise” and “Before Sunset” the day that his just-completed third film in the franchise, “Before Midnight,” opens.
But if not, there’s always the Simon West retrospective at Film Forum.