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 Longest movie-watching marathon-world record set by Suresh Joachim and Claudia Wavra
  NEW YORK, US -- Suresh Joachim, of Toronto, and Claudia Wavra, of Petersburg, Germany, spent 123 hours seeing 57 films in a plexi-glass house in Times Square-setting the world record for the Longest movie-watching marathon.
   Photo: Mississauga's Suresh Joachim (left) and Claudia Wavra celebrate yesterday after winning the Netflix Movie Watching World Championship event.
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   The two broke the World Record for most consecutive hours spent watching movies after watching 57 films in 123 hours and 10 minutes./ Netflix photo

  "I have enjoyed watching so many wonderful American movies in the last five days," said Joachim, 39. "I currently hold 33 World Records and am happy to be achieving more of my goals by adding (this win) to my accomplishments."

  With the win, the pair took home a share of the $10,000 grand prize along with a lifetime subscription to the online movie rental company Netflix.

 The record-breaking attempt was billed as the Netflix Popcorn Bowl.

     The contest started with a screening of the summer blockbuster Iron Man and concluded with Thelma & Louise.

   In total, Joachim watched 57 movies including The American President, The Bourne Identity, Chariots of Fire, Kill Bill Vol. 2, The English Patient and Caddyshack.

   The event began with eight challengers but narrowed to the final two after three days.

  The rules were simple: competitors were given 10 minutes between each film to refresh themselves. Eating, drinking, standing and stretching were allowed as long as the contestant's eyes remained on the screen.

   Medical professionals monitored the contestants throughout the event to determine if they were really watching or were just staring blankly at the screen.

   A few celebrities stopped by to cheer on the competitors, including exercise guru Richard Simmons on day two to lead the contestants in calisthenics.

  "Setting the new world record at the Netflix Popcorn Bowl event has beenan unforgettable experience," said the 31-year-old Wavra of Petersberg,Germany. "This is the fourth time I am breaking this record, but doing it inNew York City is especially important to me because I've always wanted to dosomething great here."

    Academy Award-winning actor Susan Sarandon dropped off the final film and even provided some words of encouragement to the last two movie watchers.

   Previous world record:    
  Most movies watched -world record set by Ashish Sharma

Related world records:
Most movie watched-world record set by Claudia Wavra

Longest non-stop Elvis impersonation-world record set by Suresh Joachim

Longest Ironing Marathon - world record set by Ben Walton

  Wednesday, October 8, 2008

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