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Tabloid

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Oscar-winning director Errol Morris presents his most provocative and sexiest film yet. In the late 1970s, Miss Wyoming Joyce McKinney became a tabloid staple when she kidnapped her former beau, a Mormon missionary named Kirk Anderson, and tied him to a bed to deprogram his religious beliefs by having nonstop sex with him. Morris (The Fog of War, The Thin Blue Line) follows the salacious adventures of this beauty queen with an IQ of 168 whose single-minded devotion to the man of her dreams led her across the globe, into jail and onto the front page. Funny, strange and disturbing , TABLOID is a vivid portrait of obsession, delusion and scandal sheet notoriety.

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  • Actors: Kent Gavin
  • Directors: Errol Morris
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Restricted
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: November 1, 2011
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005HP2J7A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,564 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tabloid" on IMDb

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The tale of the Mormon missionary abducted at gunpoint in Surrey and press ganged into sexual enslavement by a former Miss Wyoming that had followed him here.The dominant Miss,who was Joyce McKinney,found herself at the centre of a tabloid storm. Kirk Anderson was the victim supposedly brainwashed by his Mormonism to recant the 3 days of love and sex he had in a Devon cottage,to stay within his church.Morris shows us the feeding frenzy of 3 tabloids, The Daily Express,The Mirror and The Sun,depicting the `war of pictures' that ensued.Miss McKinney,she remains unmarried to this day,tells her side of this extraordinary yarn.Morris utilizes tabloid-style or tongue-in-cheek photographic and cinematic inserts and McKinney's in-studio interview to dominate the film's running time. Morris makes the effects of the frenzy plain.:"you learn when you're famous who your friends are",she says,what few friends she had betrayed her.She comes across as an eccentric,incurable romantic,with undying love for Anderson.She is rendered at the end with some dignity,crying over the death of her dog Boogie,and the elation of having it genetically cloned by a Korean geneticist,a victim of our own crazy notions of love,loyalty and idealism.She has since filed a suit against the film's creator,claiming to have been once again,misrepresented. Anderson,wisely, refused to be interviewed.
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Documentarian Errol Morris turns his camera to a peculiar would-be love story in "Tabloid", an enormously entertaining film due in large part to its subject and star: Joyce McKinney. McKinney was a former Miss Wyoming and dominatrix-for-hire with an especially romantic, and obsessive, view of love. When she was 19, she went looking for that "special guy" with whom to spend the rest of her earthly days. She found him in Kirk Anderson, a devout Mormon whose lifestyle she did not embrace. But she says Kirk loved her and proposed marriage. Then he took off to England on a religious mission. Joyce followed and, with the help of friend Keith May, kidnapped Kirk at gunpoint, whisked him to a cottage in Devon, tied him to the bed and had sex with him for several days.

McKinney believed she was liberating Kirk from Mormon brainwashing. She says that Kirk did not leave when he easily could have, and they made plans to marry...until Kirk saw his kidnapping in a newspaper and had to come up with a story to save himself from excommunication. Kirk said he was genuinely kidnapped and raped by McKinney. The British tabloids had a field day. Kirk became the "Manacled Mormon", and Joyce was presented as a hopeless romantic or, alternatively, as a manipulative vixen, depending upon which paper you read. The authors of the competing tabloid visions, Peter Tory of The Daily Express, who publicized Joyce's point of view, and Kent Gavin of The Daily Mirror, who dug into her past, are interviewed for the film.

Joyce McKinney tells her own story. She may not possess the mischievous charm that so many men found irresistible 34 years ago, but she is still nutty in a sort of endearing, occasionally frightful way. She never wanted for ingenuity, and she tells a good tale.
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Joyce McKinney, the primary subject of Errol Morris' jovial 2010 documentary "Tabloid," is living proof fact is indeed stranger than fiction. Part sex kitten, eccentric nut, obsessive stalker and medieval romantic, she's a woman you most certainly would not trust with your checkbook. And yet she's as sexy as Britt Eckland. McKinney sits down with Morris for a series of fascinating interviews. Her personality in her twilight years, as bright and captivating as it was in youth, is proof her infamous escapades of the 1970s were fueled by an unusually fast-talking charisma.

The focus of an hilariously lurid 1977 scandal (Joyce McKinney and the Case of the Manacled Mormon), McKinney traveled from the U.S. to England to kidnap Kirk Anderson, a Utah-bred Mormon missionary with whom she had fallen in love. Armed with a fake hand gun, she forces Anderson into a car and drives him to a cozy British cottage where she promptly ties him to the bed for a three-day love fest. As she says in modern interviews, this was the man of her romantic dreams imprisoned by a repressive Mormon ideology. She was saving him from the cult clutches of inhibition. Plus, she was hoping to become pregnant and marry the strapping man. By the time he returned to aghast Mormon protectors, he had changed his story to kidnapping and rape so as to avoid excommunication. How much of this is literally true matters little. The bottom line is she tied this virginal man to a bed, burned his clothes in the fireplace and insisted on him experiencing a forced honeymoon of his lusty dreams.

McKinney was promptly arrested and imprisoned in England and the tabloids had a field day of "He Said She Said.
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There are some extremely stupid people who shop at Amazon, and it looks like every one of them has reviewed this movie.

Joyce McKinney is not a nut, she is not crazy, and she did absolutely nothing wrong in trying to liberate the man she loved from a dehumanizing cult that had (and still has) him in its clutches. Her mistake was in thinking he was worth saving, but love often isn't rational.

She is a very colorful person, but that's good, not bad. The world needs more colorful people and a LOT fewer mindless clones (they're the ones who think she's crazy).

The life she led in LA before the incident in England had absolutely nothing to do with that incident, and she had done nothing illegal in LA either. But the slimy British gutter press smelled blood, and they went tearing into her for all the blood they could spill.

They're disgusting. That they are STILL gloating over their assassination of her character 35 years later - one of the slimiest even having the gall to call HER a vampire, while smiling the creepiest vampire smile I ever saw - is testament to their total depravity.

I greatly admire McKinney for having survived what they did to her with most of her charm and sense of humor intact. She's a survivor, and she hasn't faded away among the millions of Stepford Wives like a good little girl. She's still her colorful, charming, open, vulnerable and feisty self after all she's been through, and I greatly admire her for it. SHE gets four stars.

I would give Errol Morris one star for showing the British press scum as the gutless, amoral, grinning creeps they are - but he gladly plants himself with them in the "Joyce is barking mad" camp (it sells tickets and wins awards), so he gets nothing from me but the contempt he and all those "press" sharks deserve.
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