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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 "Logan's Run" (1976) Michael York, Jenny Agutter & Farrah Fawcett

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The Margos go back to Sci-Fi with Logan's Run. The original story from William F. Nolan & George Clayton Johnson came out in 1967 and the film starring Michael York, Jenny Agutter & Farrah Fawcett was released in the summer of 1976. The CBS TV series aired for one season in 1977. Which version did we like best? Have a listen to find out!

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "Legally Blonde" (2001) Reese Witherspoon

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Screenwriters Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith spent two weeks at Stanford Law School in 2000 to get a flavor of what campus life is like. Reese Witherspoon spent hundreds of dollars on a bar tab for a group of sorority girls to pick up their lingo and a movie was created. 

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "The War of the Worlds" (2005) H.G. Wells, Tom Cruise, & Steven Spielberg

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In this episode, we focus more on 2005’s The War of the Worlds directed by Spielberg which stars Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, and Tim Robbins and is set in New Jersey and New England. Two other members of the cast were in the 1953 adaptation--Ann Robinson and Gene Barry. 

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "The Fast and the Furious" (2001) Vin Diesel & Paul Walker

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Book Vs Movie: “The Fast and the Furious” The 1998 Kenneth Li article from Vibe Vs the 2001 Film  Since the Pandemic started in Mach 2020, we gave committed to bringing a weekly show and that means we often use shorter literary sources as the basis for the episode. Novellas, songs, plays, and yes--magazine articles which is happening in this show.   In 1998, Daily News writer was writing tech and feature stories when he heard about a racing circuit happening late at night in New York City. Instead of muscle cars of yore, these new riders used brands like Mitsubishi and...

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "Fantastic Mr. Fox" (2009) Wes Anderson & George Clooney

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One of the most covered authors on Book Vs Movie is also one of the most controversial and we discuss why in this episode dedicated to Roald Dahl and his 1970 children’s novel Fantastic Mr. Fox. In 2009, director Wes Anderson directed a stop-motion animation version of the tale with George Clooney, Meryl Streep, and Bill Murray among the big-name cast providing the voices.

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Book Vs. Movie: Book Vs. Movie: "Argo" (2012) Ben Affleck & Bryan Cranston

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The Margos talk about the 2012 multiple award-winning film "Argo" and the true story originally published in Wired magazine in 2007. Writer Joshuah Bearman wrote about the CIA's work to release six American hostages in Iran in 1980 which included creating a fake Sci-Fi film crew. Ben Affleck stars and directs (very well!)

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "The Little Prince" (2015) Jeff Bridges & Paul Rudd

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The Margos discuss the classic novel "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupery and the 2015 animated film directed by Mark Osbourne and how amazing they both are! (Spoiler!) #FrolicNetwork #ladyPodSquad #JeffBridges #PaulRudd #Animation #CesarAward

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "To Sir, With Love" (1967) Sidney Poitier

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The Margos talk about the 1967 Sidney Poitier film "To Sir, With Love" and the 1959 novel by E.R. Braithwaite. Plus, we discuss 60s London, the power of Poitier, and the amazing LULU in her first film. Come for the 60s nostalgia. Stay for the hot takes!

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "Whip It" (2009) Drew Barrymore & Elliot Page

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The Margos get their roller derby on with this look at the 2007 novel "Derby Girl" by Shauna Cross and the fun 2009 movie starring and directed by Drew Barrymore. Also features Elliot Page, Kristen Wiig, Eve, Marcia Gay Harden, Daniel Stern, and Jimmy Fallon.

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1951) Marlon Brando

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The Margos are screaming "Stella!" and talking about Tennessee Williams, Elia Kazan, Marlon Brando, Jessica Tandy, Vivian Leigh, Karl Malden, Post WW2 America, and more in this episode devoted to all things 'A Streetcar Named Desire" (Yes, we know it is based on a play. We talk about both here!)

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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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