Released: August 22, 2011
Lincoln, Neb. - The Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center will host a movie talk panel this Sunday, August 28 at 2:30 pm immediately following the 1:00 pm screening of "Tabloid." Admission to the Movie Talk is free and open to the public. Admission for "Tabloid" is at regular Ross prices. The Movie Talk series is sponsored by the Friends of the Ross.
Thirty years before the antics of Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears were regular gossip fodder, Miss Wyoming Joyce McKinney made her mark as a tabloid staple ne plus ultra. Morris follows the salacious adventures of this beauty queen with an IQ of 168 whose single-minded devotion to the man of her dreams leads her across the globe, into jail, and onto the front page. Joyce's labyrinthine crusade for love takes her through a surreal world of kidnapping, manacled Mormons, risqué photography, magic underwear, and celestial sex - until her dream is finally realized in a cloning laboratory in Seoul, South Korea. By turns funny, strange, and disturbing, "Tabloid" is a vivid portrayal of a phenomenally driven woman whose romantic obsessions and delusions catapult her over the edge into scandal sheet notoriety and an unimaginable life. - IFC Films
The movie talk panel will include James McArthur, Gil Savery, and L. Kent Wolgamott.
James McArthur is a retired attorney residing here in Lincoln after having practiced law since graduating from UNL College of Law in 1966. Mr. McArthur practiced with his father, John McArthur, until his father's retirement in 1982. In 1958 his father was appointed to represent Caril Ann Fugate, which was probably the first major criminal case to have been covered by national television networks and by the international press. The case generated a great deal of tabloid coverage, first by the popular detective and crime magazines of the day, then by the tabloid press such as The National Inquirer. Then starting about 1990 tabloid television started doing stories both as individual segments then as specials such as ABC's "Crimes of Passion." Mr. McArthur still occasionally receives requests for interviews over 60 years after the incident.
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist for the Lincoln Journal (1941-1985). Gil does not do public appearances anymore so has submitted a written piece about the "Night Journal" that will be read at the film talk in order to contribute a little something from someone who was actually there.
L. Kent Wolgamott:
Kent has been writing about entertainment in Lincoln for 20 years with, first, the Lincoln Journal and, for the last decade, the Journal Star. In that time, he's reviewed more than 3,000 movies, a couple thousand records and seen hundreds of concerts and club shows.