Smart-ass N.Y. Times writer Mickey Rapkin talks to Factory Girl director George Hickenlooper, who was still shooting new scenes for the 12.29 Weinstein Co. release “as of late last week.” Favorite Rapkin line: “The character Billy Quinn…walks and quacks like Bob Dylan, no matter what he’s called.”

Despite news media reports that Hickenlooper had been taken off the project (not true) and that Dylan was upset with how he is portrayed (true), the only opinion that matters now belongs to the executive producer, Harvey Weinstein. He has decided to release Factory Girl” in Los Angeles on Friday, in time, barely, for the Oscars. “He wants a nomination for Sienna,” Hickenlooper said Wednesday.