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‘Tabloid’ Premieres in NYC; Everybody Wants to Be Joyce McKinney

The IFC Center on July 11, 2011

Tabloid premiered at the IFC Center in New York a few nights ago, and everybody is freaking out over it.

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.”

Spike Jonze Is One Of My Favorite People

Spike Jonze

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.

Still Going Strong!

Hooray for new love!

Michelle Williams and Spike Jonze were spotted being all lovey-dovey at Hollywood’s first green club, Ecco Ultra Lounge. I’d never heard of the place, so I checked out their website, and apparently they serve “organic lucid absinthe” which you’re told to “enjoy with caution.” ZOMG. To be 21 and living in LA again. I would enjoy, but not with caution. Hey, it’s organic! I’m helping!


Good to see things going well for Michelle.

Michelle Williams and Spike Jonze???

That’s what Daily Mail is reporting.

Seven months after the death of Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams has apparently found love again in the arms of director Spike Jonze.

The two were spotted sucking face outside Jonze’s apartment in Manhattan. According to a source: “Michelle kissed Spike with a closed mouth on the corner of his lips. There was definitely a bit of caressing going on. She was clutching his arm. The body language was very romantic.”

Good for Michelle! If this is true, I’m happy to see that she’s moving forward with her life.