“Tabloid” subject still mad about “Tabloid”

“Tabloid” subject still mad about “Tabloid” (photo)

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When we presented the trailer for Errol Morris‘ new film “Tabloid”, we mentioned how the film’s subject, Joyce McKinney, has been popping up at screenings to correct the errors and omissions she believes are in the film, which is about her relationship with a man that she was accused of kidnapping and trying to “deprogram” from Mormonism using sex.

As detailed by Peter Labuza on his website, McKinney “snuck into” a recent screening of “Tabloid” at the Museum of Modern Art and presented the audience with a lengthy rebuttal to the film (if you believe one anonymous comment below the piece, her diatribe ran at least fifteen minutes). Amongst her many claims against the film, she accused Morris of trying to keep her from speaking out, misrepresenting her story, and giving her a “phony contract with Showtime to do a television series” (“Tabloid” producer Mark Lipson told Labuza that “Showtime is in fact a partner in the enterprise of ‘Tabloid.'”). The film itself was met with laughter and applause, which, according to Labuza, apparently irked McKinney all the more.

Lots of documentaries, including a couple of Morris’ previous ones, have crafted unflattering portraits of their subjects, and sometimes those subjects have spoke out against them. But I can’t recall any recent film in which a subject (that wasn’t, say, a massive oil conglomerate) was so adamantly opposed to the documentary, and so intensely focused on a campaign against it. It raises all sorts of interesting questions about documentary filmmaking. Does a film belong to its creator, its subject, or its audience? Is a director’s ultimately responsibility to his film or his subject? McKinney’s repeated complaints also have one additional side effect which she may not have intended: they really make me want to see the movie.

And, as a matter of fact, I’m going to see the movie tonight. At this point, I’ll be kind of disappointed if McKinney doesn’t show up. “Tabloid” opens in limited release on July 15.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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