Robert Pattinson on Twilight Fans, Seattle Film Festival Winners: Biz Break
Also in Monday morning's round up of news, Wendy Mitchell is named Screen International's top editor, winners named at Indian film awards, the Telluride Film Festival selects its "Guest Director" and Safety Not Guaranteed as well as Dark Horse lead new specialty box office titles over the weekend.
Any Day Now, The Invader and Five Star Existence Among Top Seattle Fest Winners
Nicolas Provost's The Invader won the prize for Best New Director, while Finnish filmmaker Sonja Lindén's Five Star Existence took home Best Documentary at the 38th Seattle International Film Festival over the weekend. Travis Fine's Any Day Now won Best Film in the Audience category, while Kirby Dick's The Invisible War won Best Documentary. And audiences picked Beasts of the Southern Wild filmmaker Benh Zeitlin For Best Director. Alan Cumming won Best Actor for Any Day Now and Jamie Chung Best Actress for Eden.
Wendy Mitchell Selected as Editor of Screen International
Mitchell has worked at Screen since 2005 and replaces Mike Goodridge in the top editorial job at the London-based publication. She has ben a journalist for 16 years and previous posts include staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Managing Editor at indieWIRE, Asst. Editor at Rolling Stone Press and News Editor at CMJ New Music Report. Goodridge left Screen recently to take up his new post as CEO of Protagonist Pictures.
Geoff Dyer Named 'Guest Director' for 39th Telluride Film Festival
The award-winning writer is set to select a series of films to present at the 39th Telluride Film Festival running over Labor Day Weekend, August 31 – September 3, 2012. The Guest Director program is sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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Safety Not Guaranteed Lands Solid and Dark Horse Rides: Specialty Box Office
FilmDistrict scored on the specialty side this weekend with a solid $11K-plus average with Safety Not Guaranteed. The movie grossed $100K across 9 locations. Todd Solondz's latest, Dark Horse, came in with $15K in one location, Deadline reports.
Zindagi Tops Indian Awards
Director Zoya Akhtar's Zindagi na Milegi Dobara won nine awards at the Indian Film Academy Awards, including Best Film, Director and Screenplay. The awards, held in a different city each year, were held in Singapore, Variety reports.
Robert Pattinson: "Twilight will like Cosmopolis"
"Some of them will just want you to play vampires, but most people don't want you to repeat yourself," the actor told the BBC. "I think a lot of them will really connect to it. Over the years, people kind of get an idea of what you're trying to do."