EmptyAFI SETS TRIBUTES
AFI Fest 2008, which runs Oct. 30-Nov. 9., will include tributes to director Danny Boyle and actress Tilda Swinton. Boyle's tribute will precede a screening of his new fim "Slumdog Millionaire," while the Swinton fete will consist of an hourlong film clip retrospective followed by a Q&A with the actress. Both events will take place at the ArcLight in Hollywood. For a complete lineup, go to THR.com/film.
Suresh Joachim of Toronto and Claudia Wavra of Germany claim to have broken the world record for continuous movie watching after seeing 57 films in 123 hours in a plastic-glass house in New York's Times Square. A Guinness World Records spokesman said it appears the nondynamic duo have broken the record but said it will take two weeks to officially verify. The attempt began Oct. 2 when eight challengers started watching "Iron Man." After 72 hours, only two remained. They watched "Thelma and Louise" until the end on 3:10 p.m. Tuesday.
MTV, Frixenet, HBO, Nike, NIN and Unilever were among the brands that received multiple awards at the inaugural One Show Entertainment Awards, recognizing creative achievements by brands in the entertainment realm, held Tuesday night at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills.
'JERUSALEMA' EYES OSCAR
Ralph Ziman's "Jerusalema" has been submitted as South Africa's entry in the Academy Awards' foreign-language film category. The film, repped by ICM stateside while Moviehouse Entertainment handles foreign sales, looks at crime and corruption in South Africa.
ROME TICKETs Burning
Ticket sales for the Rome International Film Festival opened this week with a boom. Sales opened Tuesday, and by the end of the day, about 10,000 had been sold, 3,000 more than on the first day in 2007. The world premiere of Catherine Hardwicke's "Twilight" was in particular demand; tickets were gone in a few hours, prompting organizers to add a screening of the film on the festival's last day. The festival is set for Oct. 22-31.