Early buzz hasn't been too nice to Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited, which opens this week, on the 29th. But does it really matter, at least, if you're a fan? I remember hearing a lot of bad things about The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, but Wes still caught me hook, line, and sinker. This time around, things are up in the air. Beyond some crappy response to the film, fans were dealt a blow when Fox announced that the prequel short, Hotel Chevalier, would not screen in its regular release like it did during festival screenings. However, Apple is coming to the rescue, at least for fans in selected cities, according to indieWIRE.

Lucky fans in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and LA will be able to see the short in all of its 12-minute glory, tomorrow, September 25, at 9 pm. Sweetening the pot even further -- Anderson, Jason Schwartzman, and Natalie Portman will be at the SoHo store in New York, and co-writer Roman Coppola will make an appearance at the Chicago store. Darjeeling is about three American brothers, Schwartzman, Adrien Brody, and Owen Wilson, who head to India on a spiritual quest and then find their journey veering into unexpected territory. Chevalier is a prequel to the story, which stars Jason and Natalie in a Paris hotel room -- the end of their love, and the prologue of the journey.