Ok, this is good -- really, really good. There's an article in Sunday's New York Times by Roni Sarig that's a Bryan Barber profile combined with a look at the development of Idlewild (for those of you new on the Cinematical scene, Idlewild is the Outkast movie that I talk about all the time, and Barber is its director), and the end result is very encouraging. Get this: Sarig actually compares Barber to Michel Gondry and Spike Jonze, suggesting that he's following in their footsteps as he "translate[s] the eccentricity of [his] ... videos into iconoclastic features." Can I get an amen?

The history of Idlewild, as detailed in the article, is fascinating -- it was originally envisioned as one of an HBO series of six "low-budget urban movies" with budgets of about $1 million each, but as the project (first titled Speakerbox) grew, it eventually swallowed up the entire series, and grew too big for the TV screen. After years in development and production (and then on the shelf while Outkast finished the music), and despite the fact that Barber and producer Charles Roven apparently "did not see eye to eye on probably 98 percent of the picture," the director insists that the final product reflects his original awesome, weird-ass vision.

We'll all get to see for ourselves in just a matter of months now: Idlewild hits screens (supposedly 2500 of them, but I'll believe that when I see it) at the end of August.