A respected acquaintance with friends in the banking world says he’s been told that barring an unlikely miracle, three Hollywood-based distributors will go under before the end of 2009. And no, he wasn’t referring to the Weinstein Company. At least two financial specialists have told him this is in the cards. Partly due to huge debt and the near-collapse of the country’s financial institutions in recent days, partly due to much of the industry’s activity over the last two years having been financed by funny money. I could name the three studio-distributors but it might be more intriguing to ask for speculations.