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Release Date: 06/25/2021

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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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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.

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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 Book Vs Movie "Dog Day Afternoon" (1976) Al Pacino

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The Margos talk about the true crime story of John Wojtowicz (called Sonny Wortzik and played in "Dog Day Afternoon" by Al Pacino) who robbed a bank with two others on August 22, 1972, in #Brooklyn. He claimed to commit a crime as an act of love for his wife. The story gets more unusual and it's all true! Director Sidney Lumet's masterpiece!

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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: “Argo”

The 2007 Wired Article Vs the 2012 Movie Adaptation 

 

The Margos are on an adventure for this episode that is based on a true story--Argo. The 2007 Wired magazine article (“The Great Escape: How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to RescueAmericans From Tehran”) by writer Joshua Bearman is thrilling as it talks about what is known as the “Canadian Caper” in 1979. After the siege of the U.S. Embassy in Iran, several American embassy personnel hid in a Canadian diplomat’s home. 

The “caper” part is when CIA officer Tony Mendez (who wrote his own account in the book “The Master of Disguise” as Antonio J. Mendez) created a fake film crew for a movie called “Argo” and with the help of Canadian passports and some clever improvising, rescued those people on January 27, 1980. 

Part of the project's success was creating a phony Hollywood company “Studio Six Productions” and makeup artists John Chambers and Robert Sidell helped create the faux publicity campaign with ads in the Hollywood Reporter and Variety magazines. Chambers was later awarded the CIA “Intelligence Medal of Merit” for his help in the rescue. 

 

The Ben Affleck-directed uses many of the true elements of the film and adds a few select Hollywood flourishes (like casting himself as the lead) and a kickass rock soundtrack to make a thrilling ride of a film. 

Soon after its release, several articles were talking about some of the most glaring omissions in the story, including the role of the Canadian embassy in the rescue. The film was nominated for several prestigious awards including Best Picture for the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes. 

The cast is stellar with Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Kyle Chandler, and an uncredited Philip Baker Hall as CIA Director Stansfield Turner.

So, between the Wired article and the movie--which did we prefer? Have a listen and find out! 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The backstory of the Iran Hostage situation and the Canadian Caper
  • Major differences between the actual events and the Hollywood version of what happened
  • What President Jimmy Carter thinks about the movie 
  • The cast: Ben Affleck (Tony Mendez,) Bryan Cranston (Jack O’ Donnell,) Alan Arkin (Lester Siegel,) John Goodman (John Chambers,) Tate Donovan (Robert Anders,) Clea DuVall (Cora Amber-Lijek,) Rory Cochrane (Lee Schatz,) Victor Garber (Ken Taylor,) Kyle Chandler (Hamilton Jordan,) and Richard Kind as Max Klein. 

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  • Argo wins Best Picture (with Michelle Obama & Jack Nicholson
  • Argo trailer
  • Alan Arkin deals with “Max Klein” 
  • John Chambers answers the production office phone
  • Ending chase scene
  • Argo score by Alexandre Desplat

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