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by Jay A. Fernandez
September 10, 2012 6:07 PM
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Why Fans of Indie Icons Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson Should Mark Nov. 15 on Their Calendars

"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1"

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.


  • Amy | September 13, 2012 7:37 PMReply

    I think "indie icons" is the correct term for both of them. They have both mostly been in low-budget, independent films. Also, even if you think the Twilight franchise is the worst thing ever *rolling eyes at the blind hatred and hyperbole,* they are still cinema icons because of those movies. They will always be known as "Edward" and "Bella" primaritly, no matter how many other films they do.

  • Jessica | September 11, 2012 8:12 AMReply

    Actually I think this was well written. Nothing wrong with having a sense of humor Tony.

  • crashed man | September 11, 2012 12:15 AMReply

    Come on fellas, this is obviously sarcasm. Pretty funny!

  • Tony Moreno | September 10, 2012 11:07 PMReply

    Okay, I've been having a hard time reading "indieWire" ever since you guys updated your site and started covering more mainstream movies and television, but this story is just the worst! I hope I am detecting irony in this post, but even still, you are dedicating time and space to one of the worst franchises in cinema history. This may be the final article that turns me away from indieWIRE for good.

  • Kanerwa | September 11, 2012 8:12 AM

    Relax,Tony,the indiewire are doing this to get the hits,don't you get it? And Robert Pattinson is not indie icon,he's an actor in a big progress of making a name for himself apart from Twilight.I'm his big fan ,especially after Cosmopolis.

  • Joel W. | September 10, 2012 8:01 PMReply

    Indie icons? Truly?