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If the future of magazines is uncertain, at least Maxim executive editor Dan Bova has the movies. "Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead," cowritten by Bova, wouldn't seem to have mass appeal, but in a deft torturing of the numbers, a spokesman for the film pointed out that "over the weekend the film made $10,700 on one screen [at Village East Cinema], giving it the highest per screen average in NYC (highest in the nation was 'Iron Man' with $12,400)." The New York Times was enthusiastic about the movie: "Within the context of its genre — the satirical sexploitation zombie chicken gross-out musical extravaganza — it is just about as perfect as a film predicated on the joys of projectile vomiting and explosive diarrhea can be," and New York magazine made it a critic's pick. "Poultrygeist" will soon screen in Philadelphia and Los Angeles, said Bova, who was briefly editor in chief of now-defunct brother magazine Stuff. Has Alpha Media head Kent Brownridge seen the film? "I may have sent him a screener but I'm not sure if he's gotten around to watching it yet," said Bova diplomatically.— Irin Carmon
Time Inc. is still trimming head count at some of its titles, this time Fortune. Managing editor Andy Serwer sent a memo to staffers Monday morning asking for volunteers among its senior writers, writers and writer/reporters to take severance packages. Sources close to the magazine said that up to 15 people could be eliminated, but a specific number was not confirmed by the magazine's spokeswoman. Employees have until May 27 to decide whether to take a buyout. Time Inc. is also said to be trimming staff at the Fortune Group's business library, which could eliminate up to five jobs.— S.D.S.