Sometimes a trade headline catches my eye and I can do nothing but stare at it for a few moments in disbelief. This is one of those times. Peter Biskind, the rabble-rousing chronicler of Hollywood, spilled a lot of secrets about the 1990s American indie film scene in Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance and the Rise of Independent Film. (‘Chronicler’ is being generous, according to some who claim that Biskind fabricates or selectively reports facts and events.)

Now the book is, improbably, becoming the basis for a film called Down and Dirty, for which Vincent D’onofrio has been tapped to star as Miramax co-founder Harvey Weinstein. What I’d give to hear any phone call between the mogul and actor discussing this project. Read More »