Miramax Books has purchased a satirical novel (Twins of Tribeca) about a dysfunctional studio “clearly based” on Miramax and its founders. According to Harvey Weinstein, Miramax co-founder:
Miramax books like ‘Spike, Mike, Slackers & Dykes’ and Miramax movies like ‘Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back’ and ‘Full Frontal’ are examples of the fact that we can take criticism and laugh at ourselves…. Contrary to popular belief, we do have a sense of humor about ourselves.
While the Weinstein brothers have read excerpts of the novel, neither has read the entire manuscript. According to John Horn:
They might want to keep it that way.
Almost everything in “The Twins of Tribeca” about the Waxman brothers is unflattering, including (but certainly not limited to) descriptions of their physical appearance: “Phil was huge, his mass straining the seams of his custom-made tuxedo. He had a tremendous head with a fleshy face that held a pair of tiny and acutely observant eyes. It was a face that could easily make small children cry. Tony was a slender 6 feet tall with pleasant enough features completely ruined by his hair. Light brown and frizzy, it gave the distinct impression that something might be living in it.”
In addition to the Weinsteins, the book includes “a host of easily identifiable doppelgangers,” including Steven Seagal, Billy Bob Thornton, Gwyneth Paltrow, Woody Allen, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, John Ritter, Larry Flynt, Woody Harrelson, Charlize Theron, David Schwimmer and Anna Wintour. (Via Moorish Girl.)