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Book Vs Movie "Almost Famous" (2000) Kate Hudson & Billy Crudup

Book Vs Movie Podcast

Release Date: 08/10/2021

Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "The Picture of Dorian Gray" (1945)

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This episode focuses on one of writer Oscar Wilde’s biggest commercial and critical successes--The Picture of Dorian Gray. Wilde is one of those intimidating subjects to cover as he is one of the most controversial and celebrated writers & thinkers of the 19th Century. Fans worship his every bon mot and admire his bravery to live his life on his own terms. He died in 1900 at the age of 46 but his legacy looms large to this day. 

Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (1956)

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers, a novel by Jack Finney, and the movie starring Kevin McCarthy. The story of aliens invading earth and creating “pod people” to take over the human race was (probably) an allegory for the House Unamerican Activities that was looking for Communists in the U.S. during the 1930s-1950s.The 1956 movie was directed by Don Siegel (Escape from Alcatraz, Dirty Harry) and produced by Walter Wanger.

Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "The Invisible Man" 2020 (Elisabeth Moss)

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This adaptation of the 1897 H.G. Wells novel has Elisabeth Moss playing a woman (Cecilia Kass) trying to escape an abusive relationship when her seemingly late boyfriend attacks her wearing an invisible suit. Her character is gaslit everywhere she goes including at the police station where they decide she is mentally unstable and causing her own problems.

Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "The Parent Trap" (1961) Hayley Mills Maureen O'Hara

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The Margos talk about the 1961 Disney classic film "The Parent Trap" and the fascinating author Erich Kastner who was banned by Nazis in Germany! The 1988 remake is mentioned but our focus is on the Hayley Mills & Maureen O'Hara film. Between book & movie, which did we like better? Have a listen!

Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "In a Lonely Place" (1950) Humphrey Bogart & Gloria Grahame

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The film noir classic was directed by Nicholas Ray and stars Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame based on the novel by Dorothy B. Hughes. Considered a bit of a flop at the time, it is now considered a classic a love has gone wrong duo and the loneliness of post-WWII LA.

Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "AI: Artificial Intelligence" (2001) Haley Joel Osment & Jude Law

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The Margos talk about "AI: Artificial Intelligence" on the 20th anniversary of its release. Directed by Steven Spielberg and based on a Brian Aldiss short story, the film was originally a project for Stanley Kubrick. Stars Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, and William Hurt.

Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "A Face in the Crowd" (1957) Andy Griffith & Patricia Neal

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The original story, Your Arkansas Traveler, was featured in a collection from Some Faces in the Crowd by Budd Schulberg and published in 1953. The 1957 movie directed by Elia Kazan stars Andy Griffith as Lonesome Rhodes, a thoroughly terrible man in a humble performance that fools millions. No, this is not a documentary!

Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "Dangerous Liaisons" (1988) Glenn Close & John Malkovich

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The Margos get a little sexy and wicked with this 1782 “libertine novel” from Pierre Chodlerlos de Laclos, a French writer and Army General who ten years before the French Revolution published four volumes of “Les Liaisons dangereuses” about a pair of manipulative rivals in the bourgeoisie. Also, we discuss the 85 play and the 1988 film by Stephen Frears with John Malkovich, Glenn Close, & Michelle Pfeiffer

Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "Heartburn" (1986) Nora Ephron, Meryl Streep & Jack Nicholson

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The Margos talk about the fascinating life of writer/director Nora Ephron who was taught to treat everything in life "as copy." In this show, we compare the 1983 novel "Heartburn" and the major changes made to the 1986 Mike Nichols adaptation. Nora was married to Carl Bernstein ("All the Presidents Men" and their son Jacob Bernstein directed the documentary "Everything is Copy." We also talk about Mike Nichols and the Mark Harris bio.

Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "Almost Famous" (2000) Kate Hudson & Billy Crudup

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The Margos discuss the writing and directing career of Cameron Crowe who was a teenager when he started writing for Rolling Stone magazine in the 70s. He based 2000's "Almost Famous" on his days with The Allman Brothers and has some of the best actors in the business in this film. Kate Hudson, Frances McDormand, and Philip Seymour lead an all-star cast. Hudon & McDormand earned Academy Award noms. Cameron Crowe won for best screenplay.

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Book Vs Movie: “Almost Famous”

Based on several articles by Cameron Crowe in Rolling Stone Vs the 2000 film 

In 1973, writer Cameron Crowe was just your ordinary 16-year-old on the road with The Allman Brothers writing a cover story about the band’s troubles and successes while going on the road. The resulting article came out in December 1973 and changed his life becoming a well-respected journalist who covered the biggest bands of the 70s including Led Zeppelin, The Who, and The Eagles all before he was old enough to have a driver’s license. 

Years later, he would spend a year undercover as a high school student at Clairmont High School in San Diego to write Fast Times at Ridgemont High  (it would become his first screenplay as well.) Later films of his include Say Anything, Jerry Maguire, and Singles but the film that most closely resembles his life is Almost Famous

The story of William Miller (played by newcomer Patrick Fugit) a teenager who gets the assignment of his dreams--to write about the new band “Stillwater” for Rolling Stone magazine. Along the way, he befriends “Band-Aids” who are NOT groupies but rather muses for their favorite musicians. Led by 16-year-old Penny Lane (Kate Hudson in an Academy Award-nominated performance) she follows lead guitarist Russell Hammond (Billy Crudup) on the road and teaches William how to live life as if there were no tomorrow. 

The movie is filled with rock-n-roll tropes such as greedy managers, awful promoters (Marc Maron’s “lock the gates!” intro on the WTF podcast comes from this movie,) sex, drugs, and misogyny abound. There is also a great deal of heart and warmth here with Frances McDormand playing William’s tough but loving mother. Zooey Deschanel plays his stewardess sister who is running away to find herself in the early 1970s. 

The film was a big hit for all involved and the budget for the soundtrack (which includes more classic rock classics than can seem bearable) was reportedly $3 million. Crowe won an Academy Award for his screenplay and Hudson became the movie Rom-Com queen for the next 20 years. 

There has been controversy, however, with THE ultimate groupie (no shame in her game!) Pamela Des Barres is NOT consulted even though she wrote the seminal work on fandom I’m With the Band. And by the way, aren’t they a little young to be on the road? 

So, between the original Cameron Crow articles and the movie--which did we prefer? Have a listen and find out! 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The life story of Cameron Crowe
  • What classic rock and touring meant in the 1970s 
  • Almost Famous trivia
  • Which actors did their own singing and played their own instruments 
  • The cast: Patrick Fugit (William Miller,) Billy Crudup (Russell Hammond,) Frances McDormand (Elaine Miller,) Kate Hudson (Penny Lane,) Jason Lee (Jeff Bebe,) Zooey Deschanel (Anita Miller,) Anna Paquin (Polexia Aphrodesia,) Fairuza Balk (Sapphire,) Philip Seymour Hoffman (Lester Bangs,) Terry Chen (Ben Fong Torres,) Jimmy Fallon (Dennis Hope,) Marc Maron (angry promoter) and Peter Frampton as Reg.

Clips used:

  • William finds out he is 11
  • Almost Famous trailer
  • Lester Bangs
  • Ben Fong Torres & Rolling Stone 
  • Lock the gates!
  • New manager
  • Frances McDormand talks with Billy Crudup
  • Music Fever Dog by Stillwater 

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