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Seems like "Factory Girl" may take a little longer to come out than originally thought. Bob Dylan and his team of lawyers want to stop the movie from seeing the light of day. Dylan says the upcoming Edie Sedgwick film falsely suggests he was responsible for her suicide.

According to Page Six, the lawyers sent a letter to producers of the film, Bob Yari and Holly Wiersma, and screenwriter Aaron Richard Golub, demanding it not be released or screened until they see it. They stated:

"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 . . .

"Until we are given an opportunity to view the film, we hereby demand that all distribution and screenings . . . immediately be ceased."

The Dylan character in the film goes by the name "Danny Quinn" (apparently a composite name of Dylan, Jim Morrison and Mick Jagger) - but originally was Dylan's real name (not to mention he plays harmonica and looks like Dylan - as much as Hayden Christensen can look like Dylan). When Quinn breaks up with Sedgwick in the film, it sends her on downward spiral until she overdoses on barbiturates in 1971, and that is where the controversy comes in. Check out the trailer here.

Lou Reed, who has slammed the film, has yet to come out asking his name be changed in it. Or for that matter, suggest that someone other than Weezer guitarist Brian Bell portray him.

It's also been reported that after Warhol gave Dylan that Elvis painting, above, he used it as a dart board.