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Book Vs Movie: "American Gangster" (2007) Denzel Washington

Book Vs Movie Podcast

Release Date: 07/06/2020

Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (2008) Brad Pitt David Fincher

Book Vs Movie Podcast

The Margos compare the F. Scott Fitzgerald short story "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (originally published in 1922) and the David Fincher-directed 2008 adaptation that stars Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Taraji P. Henson & Julia Ormond. SO much love going on here!

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "Being There" (1980) Peter Sellers

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The film Being There and its star Peter Sellers was a big deal in 1980 when the film was released. Based on a novella by Jerzy Kosinski (who won an Academy Award and Golden Globe for the screenplay) the story of “Chance”, a simple gardener who grew up on an estate and never experienced the outside world in an engaging way except for television for his whole life. 

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "Love Story" (1970) Ryan O'Neal & Ali MacGraw

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In 1969, author and screenwriter Erich Segal pitched a film to his literary agent Lois Wallace at the William Morris Agency called ‘Love Story.’ She wisely advised him to write it as a book and then sell the rights to a movie studio. The book was a smash hit and sold millions of copies in time for the December movie release starring Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw. 

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "Father of the Bride" (1950 & 1991)

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The Margos launch their first episode with the Frolic Podcast Network with a discussion about the 1949 novel "Father of the Bride" and compare it to the 1950 & 1991 remakes. Which did we like better? Grab some confetti, throw it in the air and listen!

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "The Man Who Fell to Earth" (1976) Nicolas Roeg & David Bowie

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The Margos talk about the Walter Tevis novel from 1963 which is about an alien from the planet Anthea who arrives on earth and seeks to save his family at home. The 1976 film is a cult classic directed by Nicolas Roeg and features an incredible performance by David Bowie. Which did we like better?

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "The Women" (1939) Joan Crawford & Rosalind Russell

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In 1936, the Clare Booth Luce play The Women debuted on Broadway to rave reviews and packed audiences which featured 45 speaking parts for women, while no man is either seen or heard. (Though all of the husbands are spoken about constantly!)The 1939 film directed by Book Vs Movie alum George Cukor has over 130 speaking parts for women (even the animals were females!) Led by Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, and Paulette Goddard.

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Book Vs Movie: Book Vs Movie: "Cabaret" (1972) Directed by Bob Fosse

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The Margos talk about all things related to the musical "Cabaret" starting with the Christopher Isherwood short stories to the 1951 play and the Bob Fosse 1972 film which won 8 Academy Awards. Plus, we discuss the real person that inspired the character of Sally Bowles and the brilliant women who played her. Life is a cabaret!

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "West Side Story" (1961) "Romeo and Juliet"

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The Margos get their fingers snappin' as they talk about "West Side Story" (not literally, we're just talking--promise!) We match the Shakespeare story with the 1961 film in this episode. So much to discuss here!

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Book Vs Movie: Book Vs Movie: "Cats" (2019) Starring Taylor Swift & Jennifer Hudson

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The Margos get all "Jellicle" in this episode devoted to the poetry of T.S. Eliot and the music of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber with "Cats." We talk about the various stage productions, the 1998 film and the acid trip inducing 2019 movie directed by Tom Hooper. Stars Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Judi Dench, Rebel Wilson & Sir Ian McKellen.

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Book Vs Movie: Book Vs Movie: "My Fair Lady" (1964) Audrey Hepburn & "Pygmalion"

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The Margos are working heavy on our diction to prepare for this ep. We love the original 1964 film musical "My Fair Lady" with Audrey Hepburn & Rex Harrison.

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The Return of Superfly Vs American Gangster 

The 2000 New York magazine article from Mark Jacobson Vs the 2007 Ridley Scott Film

The Margos are heading back to NYC in the gritty 1970s talking about the New York magazine article The Return of Superfly by Mark Jacobson which appeared in their August 14, 2000 issue and was immediately bought as a film property for Imagine Entertainment/Universal Pictures. It took seven years and went through many different hands before Ridley Scott filmed the 2007 movie starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe

The story focuses on a heroin dealer from North Carolina (Frank Lucas/Washington) who came to Harlem in the late 1960s and became a million-dollar dealer/drug kingpin taking over 118th Street & 8th Avenue for years before being caught by an undercover team of “not-on-the-take” Newark police headed up by Richie Roberts (Crowe.) 

When Roberts is not investigating Lucas, he is studying to be a lawyer and dealing with a stressful divorce and child custody issue. 

Lucas inherited the territory from noted Harlem gangster Ellsworth “Bumpy” Johnson after his death and used the Viet Nam War to his advantage to get 100% pure heroin that sold on the streets as “Blue Magic.” Thousands become addicted to it and Lucas is now the drug king of New York City. 

What makes this episode extra special is that we interview Erin Hennicke of the Best Neighbors Podcast (Margo D. co-hosts that show!)  Erin was the person who bought the rights to the article for Universal in 2000 and talks about the long journey to the Ridley Scott film. She also talks about the whole process of getting books and magazine articles to screen and offers advice to potential writers out there. 

This is an extra special episode and hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Between the article and film--which did the Margos like better? 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The story behind the New York article 
  • The journey between different actors and directors attached to the project
  • How crafty Frank Lucas was in transporting the drugs straight from Bangcock, Thailand and the multiples of people he was forced to pay off
  • How a chinchilla coat broke his “cover”
  • The really bad makeup job done on actor Joe Morton!
  • The cast which includes: Denzel Washington (Frank Lucas,) Russell Crowe (Richie Roberts,) Chiwetel Ejiofor (Huey Lucas,) Josh Brolin (Detective Trupo,) Lymari Nadal (Eva,) Ted Levine (Lou Toback,) Ruby Dee (Mama Lucas,) Carla Gugino (Laurie Roberts,) Cuba Gooding Jr (Nicky Barnes,) Clarence Williams III (“Bumpy” Johnson,) Armande Assante (Dominic Cattano,) RZA (Moses Jones,) Common (Turner Lucas,) Joe Morton (Charlie Williams,) and Idris Elba (Tango.) 

Clips Featured:

  • American Gangster trailer
  • Frank & his mother argue
  • Frank takes out Tango
  • Music by Anthony Hamilton Do You Feel Me

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