Book Vs Movie “In Cold Blood”

 

Book Vs Movie

In Cold Blood”

Truman Capote’s “Non-Fiction Novel” Vs the Richard Brooks Movie

 

The Margos tackle true crime in this episode that features Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood which was a sensation when it was first published in 1966 and started a new genre called the “non-fiction novel.” Capote first read about the Clutter family murders in early December 1959 in a small section of the New York Times. Based on that one clip, he decided to go to Holcomb, Kansas (along with lifelong friend Harper “Nell” Lee as his assistant) on behalf of The New Yorker to get the story about how a small town handles a horrific crime.

It never occurred to Capote that though he himself comes from a small town (Monroeville, AL) his years of celebrity as a New York City writer and novelist would enchant even the most grounded folks in Holcomb. With Lee’s help, Truman spent years getting to know the residents of Holcomb along with dozens of members of the police and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation to get close to the killers Perry Edward Smith and Richard Eugene “Dick” Hickock.

Capote became a millionaire after its publication but his friendship with Lee faltered and he was said to be haunted by the executions of Smith and Hickock for the rest of his life. In Cold Blood is now the second best-selling true crime book of all time behind Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi.

The story of the creation of the book was the premise of two movies in 2005–Capote starring Philip Seymour Hoffman (who won the Academy Award for Best Actor) and Infamous with Toby Jones.

In this ep the Margos discuss :

  • The incredible life and sad decline of Truman Capote
  • The true story of the Clutters and how disappointed their friends and family were by Truman’s limited view of them
  • How Truman Capote created a sexier image of Smith and Hickock by using photos from celebrated photographer Richard Avedon
  • The way In Cold Blood introduced true crime to the masses
  • Movie trivia and the incredible use of “real” people and locations to give it a “cinema verite” look and feel
  • The casting of Robert Blake (Perry Smith,) Scott Wilson (Dick Hickock,) John Forsythe (Al Dewey) and Brenda Currin (Nancy Clutter.)
  • The truly awful remake from 1996 starring Anthony Edwards (Dick Hickock) and Eric Roberts (Perry Smith.)
  • The excellent mini-series that features interviews.] with the descendants of Herb & Bonnie Clutter–Cold Blooded.
  • The episode about the murders from the ID TV A Crime to Remember

Clips Featured:

  • In Cold Blood  trailer
  • Truman Capote describing why he took on the Clutter murder as his first non-fiction novel (From the mini-series Cold Blooded)
  • Dick Hickcock talks his way into writing a bad check
  • Perry Smith talks about his abusive childhood
  • Truman Capote talks about how to write about difficult topics (from the 1966 Maysles Brothers documentary “A Visit with Truman Capote

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Tequila Jen – Episode #119

Welcome, Neighbors! We’ve got lots to talk about this week. RHONJ is giving us life, especially Jennifer’s tequila-fueled antics & we’re here for it all! We also talk Below Deck reunion, Love After Lock-up; Russian Doll on Netflix; Erin finally saw ABDUCTED IN PLAIN SIGHT and agrees with Margo, BONKERS! Lots of fun social media & podcast recs for your eyes & ears. Enjoy, everybody!

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Book Vs Movie Stephen King’s “The Stand” (1994)

Book Vs. Movie Podcast

Stephen King Bonus Ep

“The Stand”

The 1994 Movie Cast & Our Picks for the Cast of the Upcoming TV series

 

It’s another special “Stephen King Bonus Ep” and Margo D. and Deana Marie of the Twisted Philly are back and wanting to discuss quite possibly the biggest piece of Stephen King news that we have heard in ages. For many years there have been rumors of adapting King’s 1978 novel The Stand to either a TV series or as a film trilogy.

So far we have had one adaptation–Mick Garris’ 1994 mini-series which ran on ABC-TV and is either beloved or reviled by hardcore fans.

None other than Ben Affleck himself wanted to create a movie trilogy but the project never took off and remained in turnaround.

So CBS All Access decided to say “hold my beer!” and create their own 2020 limited TV series which has King fans buzzing.

The story is about an apocalyptic flu virus (“Captain Trips”)  that is spread across the U.S. and wipes out 99% of the population is one of King’s most revered works. The people who survive the flu break up into two camps:

  • The “good people” (including Stu Redmond, Frannie Goldsmith, and Mother Abigail Freemantle) head off to Boulder,  CO.
  • The “evil people” (including Trashcan Man and Lloyd Henreid) make Las Vegas their home

In 1990 King released an unabridged version of the novel with an additional 400+ pages. There are scenes including a character called “The Kid” and Stu meeting Jim Morrison–but the1994 mini-series is mostly based on the abridged version.

Will CBS All Access include anything from the 1990 version?

In this ep, Margo D. & Deana are all about casting. We go in depth on how we feel the 1994 casting of our favorite characters and then each pick our personal choice for the new show. CBS casting people–please let us know if you are listening!

You can listen to this episode using the link below.

 

In this special Stephen King bonus episode Margo & Deana discuss:

  • A quick story behind The Stand and why SK fans revere it so much.
  • Our personal history with both the novel and the 1994 TV mini-series
  • Our favorite (and least favorite) casting choices for the mini-series
  • Our top casting picks for the new TV series
  • Just how close to the book will the shows be compared to the 1994 mini-series?

Clips used:

The Stand 1994 trailer

Don’t Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult

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Polar Vortexting – Episode # 118

Hey there, Neighbors! Hope you’re keeping warm this week. We’ve got a butt-ton of great material to keep ya busy, never fear! We talk about our usual suspects, Below Deck, RHONJ, and Love After Lockup, as well as the new true-crime limited series, I AM THE NIGHT; we also break down the twitter battle between Julie Klausner & John Kaisich, and offer up 2 movie recs and a podcast episode. Warmer days are coming! 

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Book Vs Movie Podcast “Forrest Gump”

 

Book Vs Movie

Forrest Gump”

Yes, it was a book first and WOW are their differences between the two!

The Margos know that life is more and better than a box of chocolates and one of our favorite books to movie adaptations, Forrest Gump, deserves the full Book Vs Movie treatment. Did you not know that it was a book? Well, get ready to hear the story about author Winston Groom’s background and his real feelings about the 1994 film. (Spoiler–he is NOT a fan!)

So just how different is the book from the movie? Well, the book Forrest is a 6’6″ and 240-pounds–large enough to draw attention everywhere he goes just in his appearance below. During his lifetime he is a high school football phenom, joins a folk music band with his on and off sweetheart Jenny (more on her in a bit!), joins the army and serves in Viet Nam, is a ping pong champion in China and then works for NASA.

Want more? How about the fact he winds up in the stranded in a jungle for years, has an orangutan for a companion, dabbles in chess, becomes a professional wrestler called “The Dunce,” is a stuntman who runs into a naked Raquel Welch, and eventually he winds up running a shrimp business in honor of his deceased friend Bubba.

The book is a heck of a ride, let’s just say.

And most of the characters you know from the film are featured in the book but are very different in attitude and behavior. For example, Forrest lifelong love Jenny is much more level-headed in the novel and “Momma” is not nearly as sweet as Sally Field portrays her in the movie.

There are so many more changes and tons of movie trivia to impart here, so be sure to click on the link at the bottomed to listen to what we think and decide which we like more.

This episode is once again sponsored by Penguin Random House!

New York Times bestselling author Brendan Reichs has created an incredible YA action “Fie Lake” trilogy–first with Nemesis which was described as “Orphan Black meets Lord of the Flies” and became an instant hit in 2017. Here we are introduced to the world of Fire Lake and a vast conspiracy involving 64 students and an enormous asteroid threatening all life on earth.

Genesis is the followup to Nemesis and continues with the students struggling to live in a world where morals have no meaning and brute force passes for leadership. It is now available in paperback!

This March will be the launch of the final book in the series–Chrysalis and it is an action-packed conclusion to an amazing series.

In this ep the Margos discuss :

  • The life and writing career of author Winston Groom and the plot to his follow up novel Gump & Co.
  • How the cast was chosen including Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump,) Sally Field (Mrs. Gump,) Gary Sinise (Lt. Dan Taylor,) Mykelti Williamson (Bubba,) Robin Wright (Jenny,) and Hayley Joel Osment (Forrest Gump Jr.)
  • The fact that there is a “Margo” in this movie! (Margo Moorer plays the maid, Louise)
  • The many changes between book & movie
  • The use of music and popular songs to help move the plot along. (A little too on the nose? Maybe?)
  • A plethora of trivia and behind-the-scenes gossip about the much-lauded film

Clips Featured:

  • Forrest Gump  trailer
  • Young Forrest  (Michael Conner Humphries) and Jenny (Hanna Hall)
  • Young Forrest teaches “Elvis” (Kurt Russel’s voice!) how to dance.
  • Bubba dies in Forrest’s arms
  • Mama Gump dies
  • Outro Music:  On the Road Again by Willie Nelson

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Here’s to Free-ness! Episode #117

Come in from the cold, Neighbors, get cozy & listen to us break down a culture-filled week. Our queues runneth over! We check in w/ our usual suspects, RHONJ, Love After Lockup, Below Deck, as well as talking Andy Cohen’s baby shower (Where was LVP?) Erin saw the Cher Show and Bitch Sesh Live;Margo talks the new Michael Jackson doc, sprinkled with a ton of great podcast/social media recs. Enjoy the free-ness! 

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Book Vs Movie “Jurassic Park” (Replay) Plus. Our Top 5 Spielberg Properties

Book Vs Movie

Jurassic Park

The 1990 nonfiction by the legendary author, director, and producer Michael Crichton

Vs the 1993 Steven Spielberg Blockbuster Film

Plus, The Margos pick their “Top 5 Steven Spielberg Properties”

Bring on the special, practical effects (with little CGI, please) because the Margos redo one of their more polarizing takes on a project created by two world-class geniuses–Michael Crichton and his good friend Steven Spielberg. Amazingly, Crichton came up with the original concept in the early 1980s and it took several drafts to create the novel that would be known as Jurassic Park.

At the time (1990) it was a publishing sensation, and Steven Spielberg was smart enough to grab the rights at $2 million. The film, which came out in June 1993, was a mega hit right from the start and it remains a cable TV staple to this day.

So between the book and movie–which did the Margos like better? Guys–it ain’t even close here. Check out the link below to hear our take on both.

Also, in this replay ep, the Margos the Margos pick their “Top 5 Steven Spielberg Productions” with the kicker being–they have not been covered on our show yet. 

In this ep the Margos discuss :

  • The fascinating life story of Michael Crichton
  • The friendship between him and director Steven Spielberg
  • The annoying kids featured in the book (Ugh–the dialog is brutal!)
  • The cast of the movie including Laura Dern, Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum and Sir Richard Attenborough.
  • The box office records the movie broke
  • Plus, tons of trivia and tidbits

Clips Featured:

  • News clip from KTVU-TV (San Francisco) the day the movie opened
  • Jurassic Park  trailer
  • The first sight of the dinosaurs
  • “Lexi” (Ariana Richards) and “Tim” (Joseph Mozello) meet the T-Rex  
  • “The blood-sucking lawyer (Martin Ferrero) approves”
  • The kids in the kitchen with the Raptors (the importance of sound design in this film)
  • Outro Music “Jurassic Park Theme” John Williams

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Book Vs Movie “The Shawshank Redemption”

 

Book Vs Movie

The Shawshank Redemption”

The Margos finally take on this classic Stephen King/Frank Darabont movie (you’re welcome!)

 

If there is one thing we can say about Book Vs Movie fans–they LOVE the Stephen King eps and cannot get enough of them. In particular, we have been getting requests for The Shawshank Redemption since we launched the show and finally had the time to get it together.

The story of the bromance between Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) and Red Redding (Morgan Freeman) is considered one of the best movies of all time and has continually been on syndicated TV since its debut on the TNT network in June 1997.  (Seriously, this movie is always playing on some channel somewhere!)

Unjustly convicted for the murder of his wife and her lover Andy spends decades of his life fighting to clear his name while learning to adapt to life as a prisoner. It’s a story about friendship, survival, revenge, deception, agony, and redemption.

Originally published as a novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption in 1982’s Different Seasons the differences between the original story and the movie are plentiful. So which did the Margos like better? Book or Movie? Check out the link below to find out!

 

This episode is sponsored by Penguin Random House! Song of the Dead is Sarah Glenn Marshall’s followup to her YA hit Reign of the Fallen and will be available on Tuesday, January 29th on Kindle, hardback and on Audible. The story is the continuation of our hero Odessa who is determined to leave the borders of Karthia to mend her broken heart.

She is joined on her journey with Meredy and they find a land where the Dead rule at night and dragons roam the streets. Just as they are being enchanted at the new world (and each other) growing political issues bring them back to Odessa where specters from their past haunt their tenuous relationship.

As a member of the LGBT community, author Marshall is especially proud of creating an inclusive fantasy world in which race, gender, and sexuality are non-issues.

 

In this ep the Margos discuss :

  • The 1982 novella from Different Seasons and how it differs from the movie
  • How director Frank Darabont originally paid one dollar (!) to adapt King’s short story The Woman in the Room in 1983 and how after he wrote the screenplay for Nightmare On Elm Street 3–it gave him the confidence to take on this story.
  • The incredible cast including Robbins, Freeman, Bob Gunton (Warden Norton,) William Sadler (Heywood,) Clancy Brown (Captain Hadley) Gil Bellows (Tommy,) and James Whitmore as Brooks Hatlen.
  • The history behind the casting and setting of the movie
  • A plethora of trivia and behind-the-scenes gossip about the much-lauded film
  • Why King never cashed his $1000 check for the rights to the film!

Clips Featured:

  • The Shawshank Redemption  trailer
  • Andy meets Red for the first time
  • The “rooftop scene” between Andy and Captain Hadley
  • Brooks finds out he is leaving Shawshank
  • The “opera scene”
  • Outro Music:  Duettino–Sull’aria “Le Nozze di Figaro” By Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin

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Don’t Tell Us What to Do! Episode #116

Hi ya, Neighbors, let’s get right to it. This week, we discuss our usual trash fires, Real Housewives, 90 Day, Love After Lockup, as well as the dueling Fyre Festival docs (on Netflix & Hulu) & we don’t hold back. We also touch on the Lifetime Nellie Bly movie (& the wonderful cheese-fest they have upcoming!) and give the smack-down to a few arrogant jerks. But we end on a high note, promise! 

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Pulling a Runner and Building a Brand – Episode #115

Hey there, Neighbors! We’ve put our eyes and ears on lots of interesting things that we want to share with you guys. We have our usual dose of 90 Day Fiancee, RHONJ, and Love After Lockup, but Margo recs a couple of new shows (Instant Hotel) on Netflix & WE TV; and both neighbors talk MTV’s Lindsay Lohan’s Beach House; & Janeanne Garafolo on the Bust live podcast. So much to talk about! 

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