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Dylan concerned about Sedgwick film. Ono shaken down by driver. Plus: The Golden Globe nominations are in!

By Scott Lamb
December 14, 2006 7:30PM (UTC)
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Morning Briefing:
Dylan doesn't dig flick: The movie doesn't come out until Dec. 27, but Bob Dylan's lawyers are trying to stop screenings of "Factory Girl" until they've had time to review the film to make sure it isn't defamatory to their client. The movie, starring Sienna Miller, chronicles Andy Warhol mainstay Edie Sedgwick's slide into drug abuse before her 1971 suicide. Along the way Sedgwick befriends one Danny Quinn, apparently an unsympathetic character, who the producers of the flick say is a composite of Dylan, Jim Morrison and Mick Jagger. But Dylan's lawyers, who are concerned the movie portrays their client in a bad light, threaten that the filmmakers "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." (Page Six)

Bad driver: Koral Karsan, who until yesterday was Yoko Ono's driver of six years, was arrested on Wednesday on extortion charges -- he allegedly tried to milk Ono for $2 million by threatening to share "embarrassing photos of her" he'd collected over the years. In a charming addition, Karsan also reportedly floated his idea to kill her, her son Sean and then himself in a conversation that was taped by investigators after Ono tipped them off that Karsan was trying to squeeze her for cash. (Associated Press)


Golden Globe nominations: The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced its picks for the Golden Globes early Thursday morning, and the Brad Pitt/Cate Blanchett film "Babel" leads this year's nominees -- the movie nailed down seven nominations, including best dramatic film and best-acting awards for Pitt and Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi. "Bobby," "The Departed," "Little Children" and "The Queen" are also up for best dramatic picture. "Borat" earned two nominations, for best comedy film and best comedy actor for Sacha Baron Cohen. Other multiple nominees: Helen Mirren for her roles in "The Queen" and the TV miniseries "Elizabeth I," and Leonardo DiCaprio for his work in "The Departed" and "Blood Diamond." For the full list of nominees, go here. (Associated Press, HFPA)

Nicole Richie has reportedly been telling friends she was taking Vicodin, the prescription painkiller she was on when Los Angeles police arrested her for DUI on Monday, to combat her severe menstrual cramps. (Us Online) ... Former model/current reality TV mainstay Janice Dickinson was injured in a traffic accident in Los Angeles on Wednesday -- another driver forced her car into a collision with a divider on the freeway -- but she's reportedly fine after being treated for a concussion. (E Online) ... R&B singer Ciara's "Ciara: The Evolution" takes the top spot in this week's Billboard albums chart -- it sold 338,000 nationwide in its first week out. (Billboard) ... People online has a short photo gallery of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's incredibly photogenic family trip to Cambodia. (People) ... Actor Peter Boyle, perhaps best known for his role as Frank Barone in "Everybody Loves Raymond," died Wednesday at 71 in New York. (BBC News)

Money Quote:
Camille Paglia on why some people feel close to Jennifer Aniston: "I think a lot of white, middle-class American young women identify with Jennifer Aniston's public humiliation, her romantic martyrdom. She has been abandoned by the highly attractive, boyish young man (who now is not so young) who is checkless, looks angelic but is in fact a traitor." (Us Online)


Turn On:
Thursday night, "The Office" (NBC, 8 p.m. EST) has its office party in back-to-back episodes and the "The OC" (Fox, 9 p.m. EST) offers up its annual Chrismukkah episode.

On the Talk Shows:
Larry King (CNN, 9 p.m. EST): Royal insiders talk about the new Princess Diana report
Charlie Rose (PBS, check local listings): Madeleine Albright
David Letterman (CBS, 11:30 p.m. EST): Will Smith, Evanescence
Jay Leno (NBC, 11:35 p.m. EST): Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts, the Goo Goo Dolls
Conan O'Brien (NBC, 12:35 a.m. EST): Howard Stern, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Jim Gaffigan
Craig Ferguson (CBS, 12:35 a.m. EST): Jewel, Pat Croce
Jimmy Kimmel (ABC, 12:05 a.m. EST): Ryan Seacrest, Beck
Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EST): Rajiv Chandrasekaran
Stephen Colbert (Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EST): Daniel Pinchbeck

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