RTIndie: Suit-Seeking Bob Dylan Isn't the Only One Against "Factory Girl"

by | December 19, 2006 | Comments

Much has been made lately of singer-songwriter Bob Dylan‘s demands to screen the Weinstein Co.’s upcoming Oscar hopeful, but it’s only the latest in a growing trend of troubling rumors surrounding the Edie Sedgwick biopic.

"Factory Girl" has been buzzed about as Sienna Miller‘s big break, the role that could send the British actress from "Layer Cake" eye-candy to breakout star. Distributor Weinstein Co. even pushed the flick towards a last-minute December 29 release to qualify for awards season; months ago, Hollywood Elsewhere‘s Jeffrey Wells rough cut rave hailed it as a contender (and suggested there’s Oscar potential in both Miller’s star turn and co-star Guy Pearce‘s portrayal of Andy Warhol).


Miller as Sedgwick in "Factory Girl"

The film, directed by documentarian George Hickenlooper ("Hearts of Darkness," "Mayor of the Sunset Strip"), chronicles the up-down trajectory of Warhol celebutante Sedgwick, the pixie-headed model-actress who was briefly a member of the Factory in the 1960s, dated Bob Dylan, and died of a drug overdose in 1971. Miller herself is a dead-on doppelganger for Sedgwick and stars alongside Pearce, Hayden Christensen, Ileana Douglas, Mary-Kate Olsen, Jimmy Fallon, Mena Suvari, and various members of Weezer.

It’s Christensen’s character, "Billy Quinn," that has drawn the ire of Dylan and his lawyers; though the name is different, the character bears enough resemblance to the folk legend and implies that their break-up inadvertently led to Sedgwick’s demise. From the LA Times: "[The character] has Dylan’s mannerisms and sports a checked scarf like the one Dylan sports on the cover of his classic "Blonde on Blonde" album — on which, legend has it, Sedgwick inspired two songs, "Just Like a Woman" and "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat."


Sedgwick (Miller) with Andy Warhol (Pearce)

Consequently, Dylan is demanding the film’s release and all early screenings be cancelled until he can view it and give his approval — or else producers Bob Yari and Holly Wiersma will be sued for defamation. (Coincidentally, Yari is the guy who was embroiled in a lawsuit around this time last year over snubbed producing credits for "Crash" and is currently in a public sparring match with Warner Bros. over what he considers a flawed Oscar campaign for his upcoming film, "The Painted Veil.")

Add that to recent rumors of Weinstein-mandated re-shoots and "Girl" champions might have cause to worry about the flick (and it’s stars’) chances come February. And then there’s the message board shouting match over at Cinematical about the Hickenlooper film, a failed competing Edie Sedgwick project, and a quite entertaining, if hard to follow, ensuing war of words from supporters of both camps (scroll down to the comments, it’s worth it!).

Elsewhere in Indie News

Sharon Stone To Play Jimmy Fallon’s MILF in Indie Pic


Stone in last year’s "Broken Flowers"

Jimmy Fallon and Sharon Stone are teaming up for the indie drama "Eliot Rockett." The film, which will begin shooting in February, tells the story of a workaholic/commitment-phobe man returning to his hometown due to a family illness; a reunion with his mother (Stone) rekindles his feelings of dysfunction. "Eliot Rockett" marks the directorial debut of co-screenwriter Patrick Sisam.

Lionsgate to Show Crowe’s "Tenderness"


Crowe earning his Golden Globe in "A Beautiful Mind"

The Russell Crowe-starrer "Tenderness" has been picked up by Lionsgate. The indie drama, which also features the talents of Laura Dern, Jon Foster, and Sophie Traub, tells the story of a cop on the trail of a serial killer, who’s become a bit too friendly with a local girl. The film is currently in post-production, and will likely hit theaters in late 2007.

Judge Unleashes "Alpha Dog"


"Alpha Dog": Coming to theaters before going to trial

It’s finally a go for teen crime flick "Alpha Dog," the Nick Cassavetes-helmed biopic based on the life of a young drug lord known as Jesse James Hollywood that premiered at Sundance nearly a year ago. Thanks to a federal judge’s ruling, Universal can release the film as planned this January; Hollywood’s defense attorney still maintains that releasing the flick will infringe upon his client’s right to a fair trial (to take place next year) and will continue to seek legal restraints.

The pic, starring Emile Hirsch, Justin Timberlake, Sharon Stone, Bruce Willis, and a lot more young Hollywood thesps, details the kidnapping and murder of a young man allegedly orchestrated by Hollywood, who consequently became the youngest person on the FBI’s most wanted list. The wealthy, fast-living criminal fled to Brazil, where he was apprehended in 2005.

Tomatometers for Last Week’s Limited Releases


Sarah Polley in Isabel Coixet’s "The Secret Life of Words"

Also playing this week in limited release: "The Secret Life of Words," starring Tim Robbins and Sarah Polley in a tale of high drama on an oil rig, is at 76 percent with 25 reviews; "Automatons," a zero-budget dystopian sci-fi flick, is at 67 percent with 6 reviews; "Breaking and Entering," a story of the tangled webs weaved after a burglary starring Jude Law and Juliette Binoche, is at 50 percent with 36 reviews; "The Good German," Steven Soderbergh‘s "Casablanca"-esque drama set in post-WWII Berlin starring George Clooney and Cate Blanchett, is at 33 percent with 70 reviews; and "Home of the Brave," about the trials of vets returning home from Iraq starring Samuel L. Jackson, Jessica Biel, and 50 Cent, is at 21 percent with 33 reviews.

Top Performing Limiteds



Penelope and Pedro, still going strong…

In the indie box office battle last week, Pedro Almodovar‘s "Volver" again claims the top spot, taking in a per screen average of $6,965 of 45 screens in its seventh week of release for a total of just under $2.9 million. The runner-up was the debut drama "The Secret Life of Words" starring Tim Robbins and Sarah Polley; it took in $5,309 in one theater. The suburban drama "Little Children" starring Kate Winslet came in third, claiming $3,695 on 21 screens in its 11th week of release (for a total of just over $2 million). The theatrical adaptation of "The History Boys" finished fourth, taking in $2,889 on 76 screens in its fourth week of release for a total of $795,000. Finally, the Bollywood drama/adventure, "Kabul Express," made $2,852 on 50 screens in its first week of release, for a total of $142,000.

Tag Cloud

Action binge Ovation adaptation Tomatazos talk show robots award winner CMT The Witch Christmas south america USA based on movie children's TV discovery spy thriller Star Wars Oscars Nickelodeon Tumblr Photos CBS All Access Paramount Network X-Men MSNBC spider-man Thanksgiving Mystery Spring TV hist true crime Acorn TV New York Comic Con First Look casting Brie Larson Pop Arrowverse elevated horror Comedy Family zero dark thirty golden globes American Society of Cinematographers adventure Musicals Podcast Hulu Apple Marvel thriller YouTube Red television animated NBC Ghostbusters cooking E! kids The CW Freeform serial killer Writers Guild of America LGBTQ witnail YA Comics on TV crossover 21st Century Fox zombies Binge Guide Sci-Fi Election Peacock cats E3 series VH1 TLC LGBT Lucasfilm 2017 DC streaming service ABC Family FOX DirecTV TV biography Adult Swim OWN ITV cinemax DC Comics diversity theme song El Rey crime thriller Music Esquire See It Skip It HBO Max Horror HBO Premiere Dates DGA BBC Nat Geo FX dramedy Bravo USA Network medical drama 24 frames doctor who movies Awards RT History Country Certified Fresh Emmy Nominations Masterpiece Universal Opinion CW Seed dragons First Reviews Rocketman cults finale Cosplay psychological thriller Film Festival RT21 tv talk Holidays comic space anime Stephen King Television Academy jamie lee curtis Kids & Family game show Infographic hispanic aliens TCM Amazon Prime Chilling Adventures of Sabrina IFC Films Showtime nature Netflix 2016 Rom-Com Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Paramount Ellie Kemper Sundance Now Calendar transformers Crackle Captain marvel spinoff Trailer political drama historical drama CNN PaleyFest mockumentary GLAAD Animation Set visit Rocky Cartoon Network TNT anthology Heroines toy story war vampires Biopics Reality Competition FXX A&E Syfy Food Network Grammys Shondaland politics Trivia Awards Tour TCA BBC America YouTube Premium green book WGN SXSW supernatural what to watch ratings composers Black Mirror Shudder Comedy Central unscripted Mary Poppins Returns AMC APB Video Games natural history social media Mudbound mutant Britbox Lionsgate comiccon latino stand-up comedy psycho TIFF Lifetime romance Mindy Kaling BET IFC streaming Character Guide Mary Tyler Moore President TruTV Dark Horse Comics Schedule Extras Superheroes MTV Comic Book harry potter boxoffice Cannes justice league 71st Emmy Awards 2019 ABC Chernobyl Sundance The Arrangement Emmys Logo Winter TV dc ESPN Star Trek SDCC sports Amazon 45 period drama VICE facebook Disney Channel Polls and Games Mary poppins ghosts Film Reality GIFs Walt Disney Pictures quibi crime History Sneak Peek Starz Tarantino Box Office police drama Elton John Fox News Western teaser Quiz Super Bowl book Countdown 2018 richard e. Grant Winners Year in Review Vudu Spike spain Marathons cops San Diego Comic-Con 2015 Watching Series video Superheroe Disney docudrama Sony Pictures spanish language Creative Arts Emmys Martial Arts strong female leads Pixar Anna Paquin Teen WarnerMedia NYCC travel Warner Bros. crime drama GoT Summer DC Universe SundanceTV Musical Pet Sematary TBS Spectrum Originals foreign Fall TV Rock game of thrones Disney streaming service Fantasy TCA 2017 CBS Trophy Talk zombie sequel Women's History Month Toys Amazon Prime Video Best and Worst National Geographic revenge Columbia Pictures Epix blaxploitation Valentine's Day MCU Nominations Drama cars 007 science fiction dceu PBS Interview sitcom Pride Month Pirates 20th Century Fox TV Land miniseries Red Carpet singing competition Song of Ice and Fire festivals disaster technology