“Book Vs Movie” American Gangster

 

Book Vs Movie

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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Don’t F*ck with my Seafood Tower! Episode #191

The Best Neighbors Podcast Ep 191

“Don’t F*ck with My Seafood Tower!”

 

Happy July, Neighbors! Hope you all had a safe & relaxing 4th!  We not only celebrate our independence, but the fact that RHONY is back! & They’re wasted! We also discuss Unsolved Mysteries & the David Foster doc on Netflix; Hamilton on Disney +; this week’s Dirty John & an oldie but a goodie on Youtube for General Hospital fans.  So much to discuss!

 

 

 

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What a Creep: Bryan Singer Update & More Creeps in the News

What a Creep

Update & Replay

Bryan Singer

Bryan Singer’s movies have earned more than $3 billion at the box office, putting him in the top tier of Hollywood directors. His films include four X-MEN movies, THE USUAL SUSPECTS, APT PUPIL, and SUPERMAN RETURNS. He directed most of BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, but he got fired three weeks before filming was completed, and his name was removed from the credits. He’s also is a serious creep, who has been accused of multiple sexual assaults over the past 20 years, and Hollywood only recently started acknowledging it.

We have some updated Creepy news here along with the original episode which ran in January 2020. 

The Atlantic

Deadline

Vox

Bryan Singer’s Instagram

NotableBiographies.com

DuncanRoy.com

Wikipedia

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Best Neighbors Film Club-Bonus Episode! The Times Of Harvey Milk

The Best Neighbors Podcast (Bonus Ep 1)

“BNP Film Club: The Times of Harvey Milk”

Welcome to our first Film Club bonus ep, Neighbors! We talk about the seminal 1984 documentary THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK. Erin & Margo discuss Harvey & his career, and the San Francisco of the 1970s, as well as the aftermath of the deaths of George Moscone & Milk. If you’re watching for the first time or rewatching it, so much to discuss. Happy Pride, Neighbors! 

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Book Vs Movie: “Urban Cowboy”

 

Book Vs Movie

Urban Cowboy

The 1978 Esquire article from Aaron Latham Vs the 1980 John Travolta Film

 

The Margos are ready to rock out in cowboy boots after reading the Aaron Latham Esquire magazine article “The Ballad of the Urban Cowboy: America’s Search for True Grit” from 1978. He also wrote the “Perfect” article from Rolling Stone which became another John Travolta film. (Travolta is our movie lead here.)

In 1977 Lathan married CBS News anchor Lesley Stahl and they have one daughter together, Taylor. Check out this article from People magazine which features quite a bit of shade being thrown at Latham’s former friend and Washington Post co-worker Sally Quinn!) 

Back to the article—it follows the story of Dew & Betty who are married, in their late teens and spend most of their free time at Gilley’s bar in Houston. They fight quite a bit and the women at Gilley’s use the mechanical bull to establish their dominance over sensitive/abusive men who are not sure where they fit in the world. 

The movie stars John Travolta and Debra Winger (known as Bud and Sissy here) and features amazing music and some pretty ridiculous dialog. (God bless the 80s!) Seriously, this film started a whole wave of country/pop music fans as well as the rise of mechanical bulls in bars around the country. It’s a paper-thin plot somehow stretched to over two hours. 

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

In this ep the Margos discuss:

Clips Featured:

  • Urban Cowboy Trailer
  • Forget it–let’s get married!
  • Bud & Wes fight
  • Sissy rides the bull
  • Music by Johnny Lee “Lookin for Love”

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Today You Are a Woman – Episode #190

The Best Neighbors Podcast Ep 190

“Today, You Are a Woman”

 

Come on in, Neighbors-we’ve got the AC going and tons of great recs to share. This week, since we don’t have any Housewives, we make do with the latest Dirty John; a couple of Netflix doc recs, including Athlete A and There are No Fakes; Also the return of Search Party, season 3; the wisdom of Nell Carter, and a bunch of great podcasts to check out. Pass the iced tea & settle in! 

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What a Creep: Woody Allen (Season 5, Episode 7)

What a Creep

Season 5, Episode 7

Woody Allen

Woody Allen is one of Hollywood’s most celebrated writers and directors. He’s made more than 50 movies. He’s been nominated for the Academy Awards 53 times, and he won 12 times. 

People liked him so much that they pretended not to notice that Woody Allen is a dirty old man with an obsession for young girls. And they all but ignored the charges of child molestation that his daughter, Dylan, made until recently.

Sources for this episode include:

Vox

Chicago Tribune

New York Times

Hollywood Reporter

Dylan Farrow’s piece in The New York Times

Woody Allen’s response in The New York Times

Dylan Farrow’s piece in The Los Angeles Times

New York Magazine interview with Soon-Yi Previn

People Magazine

The Daily Beast

Huffington Post

Vanity Fair

Biography

Wikipedia

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Book Vs Movie “Like Water for Chocolate” (2020)

 

Book Vs Movie

Like Water for Chocolate

 

The Margos are ready to talk about “magical realism” in Laura Esquivel’s 1989 novel (that later became the 1992 movie of the same name) Like Water for Chocolate. This may sound familiar to long time fans but we originally recorded this topic five years ago and the quality of that show–left much to be desired. 

This is a story filled with interesting characters and set in Mexico in the early 1900s. We meet Tita, a 15-year-old girl who was basically born into family servitude by being the youngest daughter. Being the youngest daughter in her family means she is expected to never marry and support her overpowering widowed mother Elena. 

Esquivel’s husband, director Alfonso Arau, filmed the movie in Mexico with a small, independent film budget. It went on to make over $20 million, one of the most successful foreign-language films of the 90s. 

Between the novel and film–which did the Margos like better? 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

Clips Featured:

  • A clip from the audiobook narrated by Kate Reading
  • Like Water for Chocolate trailer
  • “Quail in Rose Petal Sauce”

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Housecleaning for Creeps- Episode # 189

The Best Neighbors Podcast Ep 189

“Housecleaning for Creeps”

Hi ya, Neighbors! This week, we’re talking all manner of creeps getting canned, starting at Bravo (They listened to us!); No Housewives this week, so we put 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days to bed (Night, Wig!); Couple of great docs to view–Netflix’s Queen & Adam Lambert; Disclosure, and HBO’s Bully, Coward, Victim. Also, we have the first pick for our new Best Neighbors Film Club! Thx for stopping by! 

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What a Creep: Mario Batali (Season 5, Episode 6)

What a Creep 

Season 5, Episode 6

Mario Batali

 

Mario Batali is one of the most celebrated chefs of the 21st Century. During his career, he has hosted multiple television shows, authored several bestselling cookbooks, opened Michelin-rated restaurants, was friends with celebrities, was named as GQ Man of the Year in 1999, and won the James Beard Award.

He even made an appearance on The Simpsons “Treehouse of Horrors!”

Batali is also known as a world-class woman-abusing Creep who has been accused of multiple accounts of sexual assault and harassment. Here is his story. 

Sources for this episode include:

Eater.com (Irene Plagianos)

NY Eater.com Dec 11, 2017 (Irene Plagianos)

Grub Street  (Chris Crowley)

Time magazine (Jamie Duchmare)

Creep Sheet

Esquire 2010

Los Angeles Times (Samantha Masunaga, Jonathan Gold, Amy Scattergood)

CNBC.com (Amelia Lucas)

D-Listed  (Alison)

New York Times May 2018 (Kim Severson)

Hollywood Reporter (Abid Raman)

Scary Mommy (Julie Scagell)

The Cut (Lisa Ryan)

New York Times 2017 (Julia Moskin & Kim Severson)

Mario Batali Wikipedia

“Mashed” video

“60 Minutes” Mario Batali full episode

Bill Buford Heat: An Amateur’s Adventure’s as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta Maker and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany

HuffPost (Joe Satran)

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