A new issue of UK Asian cinema mag Firecracker is up online highlights include a look at how Asian films faired at Cannes, an interview with Stephen Chow, and a look at Paul Spurrier‘s Thai-language horror film "Phii."
Anne Thompson at the Hollywood Reporter looks at IFC Films’ new IFC Center (IFC bought the old Waverly Theatre in Greenwich Village and is reopening it as an art house cinema), Mark Cuban’s 2929 simultaneous DVD/theatrical release plans, and HBO’s joining up with New Line to form Picturehouse. The point these things are all exciting and scary, and no one’s quite certain which direction indie film distribution is taking.
Also at Hollywood Reporter, Warner Brothers once again puts the smack-down on Brad Neely’s "Wizard People, Dear Reader" after a Brooklyn screening this past Tuesday. Neely provides his own voiceover to "Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone," and it’s apparently hilarious, but Warner keeps pulling prints from places they think might pull a "Wizard People," so we’ll probably never see it.