Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Bob Dylan probably won't take date to 'Factory Girl'

Gossip about Bob Dylan threatening to sue the makers of "Factory Girl" has been circulating for a few weeks.

Apparently Dylan is extremely upset about the Edie Sedgwick biopic, which apparently suggests Dylan's relationship with her was a factor in her death by overdose. (I used "apparently" twice, so please don't sue me.)

The New York Post's Page Six (a.k.a. Celebrity Gossip Central) recently stoked the controversy fire (again). Click here to read a story quoting Sedgwick's brother, Jonathan. During a taped testimony held by the movie's distributor, the Weinstein Company, he reportedly (don't sue me) says: "She told me she was totally in love with him . . . she also explained . . . she lost a child which she claims was Bob Dylan's child."

Later in the article, Mr. Sedgwick is quoted again: "Her biggest joy was with Bob Dylan, and her saddest time was with Bob Dylan, losing the child. And Edie was changed by that experience, very much so."

On Dec. 14, the Post started tracking this story in detail. Dylan's lawyers are worried the film defames him. They reportedly (don't sue me) sent a letter to the filmmakers stating, "You appear to be laboring under the misunderstanding that merely changing the name of a character or making him a purported fictional composite will immunize you from suit. That is not so. Even though Mr. Dylan's name is not used, the portrayal remains both defamatory and a violation of Mr. Dylan's right of publicity." Click here for the full story.

Dylan isn't a character in the biopic, mind you. But Hayden Christensen plays the fictional Billy Quinn, who is based on Dylan (and, supposedly, Jim Morrison and Mick Jagger. ... Oh, crap! Really, don't sue me). If you don't believe me (my savings consist of 85 cents in my car's cupholder, so pretty please ... ), watch the trailer on the official website.

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