This Week In Hollywood

— THE BUSS STOPS HERE In a twist that suggests life truly imitates art, an early version of Primary Colors, director Mike Nichols’ movie of Joe Klein’s thinly disguised account of Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign, depicted an affair between the candidate’s wife (Emma Thompson) and a young black male aide (Adrian Lester). One scene — which had Thompson and Lester sharing a kiss behind closed doors, though not in the Oval Office — was cut after the film’s first preview in October, not in response to headlines trumpeting Clinton’s alleged dalliance with Monica Lewinsky. Nichols and Universal decided to drop it for ”creative reasons,” says a production source. ”It just didn’t work in the movie.”

— JUST DON’T DO IT Controversy fits Michael Moore like an old pair of sneakers. The Roger & Me director, who invades theaters in April with The Big One — a new documentary from Miramax in which he chides Nike CEO Phil Knight for hiring Indonesian child laborers to make sneakers — claims that Nike communications exec Lee Weinstein invited him to breakfast and asked, ”What would we have to do to remove a couple of scenes from the movie?” ”I didn’t know what he meant,” Moore continues. ”Is he offering me money? Or, like, free shoes for life? I just stopped him and said, ‘There’s nothing you can do to remove those scenes.’ ” Vada Manager, a Nike spokesperson, confirms that Moore and Weinstein met but says the story ”is just untrue. It was actually Moore himself who offered to change the ending if Nike built a shoe factory in Flint.” Coincidentally, Miramax and Nike discussed a cross promotion for the studio’s upcoming family drama The Mighty; last fall, Moore says, the negotiations crumbled. ”It is believed by some people at Miramax,” he says, ”that [it’s] retaliation for their distributing The Big One.” Nike denies it; both Miramax and Manager say no Mighty deal was ever fully in place. ”We did not pull any promotion,” Manager says. ”It just didn’t happen.”

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