Do you remember how much I love Spike Jonze? Because it’s a lot. And with his latest project, this adorable little short titled Mourir Auprès de Toi, which translates to “To Die By Your Side,” he’s doing nothing but exacerbating that love.
And you should freak out, too, because this movie is maybe the Next Big Thing. You have to watch the trailer for Tabloid, below; you just have to. The video might not be safe for your workplace, not because of any single explicit thing, but because it hints at titillating, tantalizing, awesome subject matter. And then there’s its adorable whackjob star, Joyce McKinney.
Tabloid, the new documentary by Errol Morris, tells the incredible “true” story about Joyce McKinney, a wild-eyed beauty pageant queen who, in the 1970s, allegedly abducted a Mormon missionary, shackled him to a bed, and deflowered him for three long, sordid days. (And then again, it isn’t about that at all—it’s about the ensuing media frenzy, and about how we’ll never really know what happened.)
The premiere attracted kind of a weird crowd, including artists, hip young filmmakers, Spike Jonze, some actresses from Gossip Girl, and an unrecognizable Horatio Sanz. And according to Page Six, celebrities—especially the crazy blonde ones—seem to really identify with Joyce McKinney’s scandals.
At the premiere, Courtney Love told other audience members she had also been a recent victim of tabloid shenanigans. And, Page Six adds, Kirsten Dunst was overheard saying she wants to play Joyce McKinney in the inevitable bio-pic.
McKinney is reportedly basking in the audience’s response: “I gauge peoples’ reactions when I go to the screenings. …I still watch people’s faces as they come out, and I look at them and I think, ‘Well, are they being nice to me ’cause I’m a star? Or do they really know that I’m innocent, that I never raped a 300-pound Mormon?’ Am I still battling to clear my name? Yes, I feel I am.”
He was one of the screenwriters and the director of Where The Wild Things Are, director of Being John Malkovich and Adaptation, and a producer and sometimes cast member for all of the Jackass movies (including the third one that comes out in October and is also in 3-D). I unapologetically love all of those things, so there’s a load of points for Spike Jonze already.
Then I heard that he was producing a documentary called The Lazarus Effect about the issues in Africa with AIDS and the cost and availability of treatment. I know a documentary won’t solve the problem, but it will help raise awareness, and awareness is something that is sorely lacking. The president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, defends his practice of unsafe sex with his five wives, several girlfriends, and an alleged rape victim by saying he showers after sex, so there’s no way he could be spreading any diseases. In the U.S., many people think that living with HIV is similar to living with diabetes, and it’s nothing to worry about. Ignorance is a big part of the problem, so hopefully Spike Jonze and his crew can help a little in educating people.
Sorry that wasn’t particularly funny or snarky. Here’s a video of a lovely commercial Spike Jonze did for Ikea to make up for it.