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

Masterpiece Mary Tyler Moore See It Skip It comic werewolf CBS 72 Emmy Awards franchise TCA Tarantino talk show Tubi Avengers Sundance TV Rom-Com joker twilight Comic-Con@Home 2021 Christmas Horror YouTube FXX LGBT sequel Syfy Pacific Islander singing competition 2021 popular GLAAD The Walking Dead Spectrum Originals Quiz marvel cinematic universe south america a nightmare on elm street dragons E3 Superheroes TIFF Nominations X-Men zombie Schedule IFC Films sag awards Sneak Peek tv talk reboot 20th Century Fox Super Bowl Marvel Television YouTube Red game of thrones scene in color Acorn TV DC Comics Best and Worst Marvel Mary poppins facebook TCA 2017 monster movies BET Awards pirates of the caribbean romance nfl black children's TV San Diego Comic-Con adenture Turner HBO Countdown Hear Us Out trailers Amazon Studios name the review movie Hallmark Christmas movies Creative Arts Emmys MCU CBS All Access sports screen actors guild Valentine's Day A&E FOX Election Pixar 24 frames TNT Warner Bros. Shudder Mystery Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt superman international fresh elevated horror Interview LGBTQ Country archives animated Cannes Song of Ice and Fire cars strong female leads directors know your critic child's play Martial Arts 2018 rotten Disney romantic comedy Starz ratings deadpool Paramount Plus Holidays Disney streaming service Captain marvel BBC Rock spinoff hollywood Disney+ Disney Plus Arrowverse blockbuster NBA 93rd Oscars jamie lee curtis renewed TV shows worst Legendary Discovery Channel streaming Animation IFC Paramount all-time mockumentary Rocky TCA Winter 2020 GoT Bravo VOD docudrama USA wonder woman suspense Awards Tour legend CW Seed target Amazon Prime Black Mirror BBC One VICE canceled Pirates ABC asian-american travel Stephen King video justice league Food Network Disney Channel TCM Apple Marathons ABC Signature king kong DirecTV APB toy story true crime Star Wars vampires Peacock psycho Vudu cops Fox Searchlight Comic Book spain stop motion Character Guide green book reviews Lionsgate witnail Elton John olympics golden globes award winner Set visit YouTube Premium Binge Guide Extras TV renewals comiccon laika stoner The Walt Disney Company scary movies game show cinemax ghosts Star Trek AMC Endgame Image Comics comedies 2016 dramedy Hulu italian natural history SDCC robots Spike anime festivals foreign Dark Horse Comics medical drama concert high school Infographic Anna Paquin Emmy Nominations crime drama telelvision Sci-Fi politics teaser Disney Plus TruTV Film 2019 Brie Larson comics Sony Pictures Apple TV+ sequels Reality 21st Century Fox films crime Logo 2017 hist golden globe awards TV movies cooking adaptation ViacomCBS saw movies Mudbound zero dark thirty BET obituary adventure docuseries documentaries Film Festival Mindy Kaling ID TV One rotten movies we love latino anthology cancelled TV shows Tokyo Olympics Fall TV quibi transformers 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Heroines news Columbia Pictures HBO Max Polls and Games aapi Ghostbusters Shondaland Trivia Apple TV Plus Ovation free movies fast and furious RT21 1990s disaster Baby Yoda Certified Fresh Grammys ABC Family Funimation YA Biopics Spring TV crossover Exclusive Video PBS Video Games technology richard e. Grant Oscars doctor who 4/20 Epix Musicals Cosplay Marvel Studios based on movie Turner Classic Movies revenge critics thriller series Lucasfilm DC streaming service miniseries 71st Emmy Awards prank Drama harry potter History crime thriller MTV FX on Hulu period drama classics Crunchyroll slashers Red Carpet TBS emmy awards scorecard nbcuniversal Emmys The Purge The Academy Lifetime Music TLC DGA theme song TV Land Tumblr RT History NBC Reality Competition kong Adult Swim Showtime Teen dceu biography venice christmas movies Classic Film cartoon best new zealand parents The Arrangement documentary spider-man universal monsters Winners political drama australia serial killer PlayStation french Action Chilling Adventures of Sabrina streaming movies BAFTA Trailer DC Universe police drama zombies mutant cats Crackle boxing Netflix Christmas movies casting First Reviews indiana jones ESPN CMT Musical Academy Awards Ellie Kemper chucky TCA Awards First Look Podcast Winter TV remakes kaiju Britbox social media kids supernatural psychological thriller hidden camera video on demand razzies stand-up comedy unscripted satire Thanksgiving comic books dogs Lifetime Christmas movies nature hispanic Holiday boxoffice Opinion Premiere Dates canceled TV shows cancelled cancelled television Cartoon Network dc Kids & Family 2015 Calendar worst movies discovery American Society of Cinematographers halloween live action Women's History Month lord of the rings GIFs Comics on TV Tomatazos finale Rocketman Writers Guild of America Comedy Central Hallmark National Geographic Awards The CW die hard 99% President diversity HBO Go New York Comic Con PaleyFest blockbusters Western space godzilla Walt Disney Pictures new york aliens El Rey japan Pop TV james bond E! FX Sundance Now SXSW jurassic park women new star wars movies Trophy Talk OWN CNN versus MSNBC Summer mission: impossible 2020 Watching Series TV superhero blaxploitation Wes Anderson book adaptation Fox News basketball halloween tv Television Critics Association screenings WGN Television Academy cancelled TV series football Netflix WarnerMedia 007 book The Witch SundanceTV festival spanish Family spanish language Nickelodeon Pet Sematary Mary Poppins Returns Fantasy independent ITV Broadway Box Office what to watch Superheroe Sundance rom-coms cults Travel Channel Alien Amazon VH1 toronto composers binge OneApp Pop 90s Chernobyl USA Network A24 science fiction television Year in Review historical drama japanese indie Pride Month Amazon Prime Video Photos sitcom Nat Geo BBC America dark Toys Black History Month criterion spy thriller heist movie rt archives Esquire batman Freeform breaking bad NYCC Universal war Comedy Paramount Network 45