What a Creep: Cullen Davis (Texas-Sized Creep!)

What a Creep: Cullen Davis
Season 12, Episode 4

Texas-Sized, True Crime Creepiness

In the 1970s, Cullen Davis was one of the richest men ever charged for murder. He was so wealthy that he was able to outspend the entire State of Texas in his defense. Cullen was said to be the inspiration for JR Ewing of 80s hit TV show Dallas. He also (allegedly) was a cruel, mean, and violent man behind the doors of their mansion.

His acrimonious divorce from Priscilla Davis made all the papers, and on the night of August 2, 1976, he was charged with murdering her 12-year-old daughter, her new boyfriend (Stan Farr,) and injured two others. He was tried several times for different crimes and always seemed to buy his way out of trouble.

In this episode, we will explain why he is a Creep, try to bring some awareness to the true victims, and show how it was easy to buy justice back then.

Trigger Warnings: Murder, Sexual Assault, Domestic Abuse, and Animal Abuse.

Sources:

New York Times

Dallas Magazine 1977

Texas Monthly 2013

Texas Monthly 1979

Texas Monthly 1977

Texas Tragedy by Greg Brown

American Justice by A&E Season 16 Episode 8

Texas Justice (1995) Heather Locklear, Peter Strauss, and Dennis Franz

CBS News 48 Hours: Season 30, Episode 19 “Murder in the Mansion” 

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13% Gayer – Episode #350

Best Neighbors Podcast Ep 350

“13% Gayer”

 

Hi ya, Neighbors! Here in Brooklyn, Trop Storm Henri is drenching us so what’s better than staying in & watching some Bravo? This week, we talk about our usual RHOP; RHONY (Wow, Ramona, Wow) and RHOBH (Erika’s BS). We also talk about the White Lotus finale (spoilers); Netflix’s The Chair; Hulu’s 9 Perfect Strangers, along with some podcast/social media recs. Enjoy!

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What a Creep: James Toback “Creepy Movie Director”

What a Creep: James Toback
Season 12, Episode 3

Creepy Director

James Toback is the writer and director of such movies as “The Pick-Up Artist,” “Black and White,” and “Two Girls and a Guy.” He was nominated for an Oscar for writing the screenplay for Warren Beatty’s “Bugsy.”

He’s also a super creep who has been accused of sexually assaulting more than 300 women over a 40-year period. 

Sources for this episode

Trigger warnings: Sexual assault 

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

Book Vs Movie: “Heartburn” 

The “Nora Ephron is a Queen” Episode  

Norah Ephron was one of the most celebrated writers of the 20th Century from her work as an essayist for Esquire to her best-selling novels and screenplays for classic films. She has been honored with Academy Awards, Writer’s Guild Awards, and BAFTAs. She was a food writer and movie director. Known for being tough and uncompromising (who fired a child actor after his day on the set of Sleepless in Seattle!) Yet she was a total romantic who enjoyed a happy marriage with fellow writer Nicholas Pileggi. 

Her first novel, Heartburn, came out in 1983 and was based on her tumultuous marriage to reporter Carl Bernstein (we talked him in our All the President’s Men episode) which ended when he had an affair during her second pregnancy. The “power couple” split and the divorce took years to happen. Mainly because Berstein was concerned about how he would be played in the movie directed by Mike Nichols

Ephron wrote the screenplay for the 1986 film and due to her divorce decree, she had to make sure the character filling for Bernstein (called “Mark Feldman” as a maybe-nod to Mark Felt. The real “Deep Throat” source for Watergate) had to be portrayed as not a jerk. Nichols and Jack Nicholson (who played the Mark Feldman part) were a part of the divorce negotiations. 

Meryl Streep gives an amazing performance as “Rachel Samstat” who loves her husband even though he is having an affair while she is in her second trimester. It’s frustrating to hear her character lose her voice in this translation–but we will talk ALL about that in this episode plus the awful reviews some male critics gave the film. 

Mostly we talk about the wonderful Norah Ephron and why she is one of the wisest, funniest, and most romantic writers of her generation.

So, between the novel and the movie–which did we prefer? (Honestly, it is not going to even be close but have a listen anyway!) 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

Clips used:

  • Rachel has a hallucination
  • Heartburn trailer
  • Rachel confronts Mark about his cheating 
  • Rachel hits Mark in the face with a pie
  • Music: Coming Around Again by Carly Simon

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I Don’t Know Her (Kathy Hilton Edition) – Episode #349

Best Neighbors Podcast Ep 349

I Don’t Know Her (Kathy Hilton Edition)

 

Ugh, Neighbors! How hard did you cringe watching Ramona on RHONY? She’s the WORST, right? It’s the 2nd worst thing to happen to the Jewish people. & on RHOBH, stuff is getting real w/ Erika’s situation. & over on RHOP, the gals are going to…Williamsburg. Thank God for Grace & Frankie’s surprise drop of 4 eps! Also, there’s Cocaine Cowboys: Miami; Ladyboss; White Lotus & The Prince & the Bourdain doc. 

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What a Creep: Eric Clapton (Classic Rock Creep)

What a Creep: Eric Clapton

Season 12, Episode 2

Old-Fashioned Rock Creep

Eric Patrick Clapton is a musician of such renown; he is the only person inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame three times. He has won several Grammys and was given the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. Some of the bands he has been with include The Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith, Delaney & Bonnie, and Derek and the Dominoes.

He has played at London’s Royal Albert Hall over 200 times, the most of any artist. His life has been marked by addiction issues and tragedies, making him one of the most dependable guests for charity concerts over the last 40+ years. He created the Crossroads Centre in Antigua to help people with addiction issues and holds charity concerts of his own to raise money and help people lead sober lives.

IN his mid-70s now, Clapton is a family man to four daughters and one grandson who seems to have calmed down after years of self-abuse and abusive behavior towards the women in his life.

He also made some super racist remarks and aligned himself with one of the biggest assholes in British politics.

Recently, he decided that following the protocols of COVID prevention was not to his liking. He teamed up with famous curmudgeon Van Morrison to first record a dopey song fighting the lockdowns and wearing masks to stop the spread of the disease. He also decided to tour America this fall and refuse to play anywhere that requires the audience to have proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test calling because that is discrimination.

This episode will focus on his terrible, chauvinistic, & abusive behavior towards women for decades. His racist outburst and the “Rock Against Racism’ cultural movement happened because of it. His many health woes over the last 40 years may be why he reacted to the COVID vaccine and the misinformation campaign he promotes now.

Trigger warning: Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Racism, and Misogyny

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

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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All We Want for Christmas is NOPE! Episode #348

Best Neighbors Podcast Ep 348

“All We Want for Christmas is NOPE!”

Hey Neighbors, so much to discuss this week! We get to our usual RHOP/RHOBH/RHONY recaps, complete with Housewives News. We also talk the Amazon doc, VAL, abt Val Kilmer; HBO Max’s White Lotus (who dies??!!); Apple’s Ted Lasso & Physical; a Sopranos rewatch & so much more! Stay cool, everyone!  

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What a Creep: Joe Francis “Girls Gone Wild”

What a Creep: Joe Francis

Season 12, Episode 1

Founder of “Girls Gone Wild” & Mega Creep

Joe Francis was the founder and creator of Girls Gone Wild, which made him a millionaire 10 times over. He has also been convicted of tax evasion, bribery, false imprisonment, assault; and has pleaded no contest to child abuse and prostitution.

Sources for this episode:

Trigger warning: Domestic violence and sexual assault

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Book Vs Movie “Dog Day Afternoon” (1976) Al Pacino

Book Vs Movie: “Dog Day Afternoon”

The Classic Hollywood 1974 film Vs “The Boys in the Bank” from 1972 article from Life Magazine

On August 22, 1972, John Wojtowicz and two accomplices entered a bank In Brooklyn at 450 Avenue P (in Gravesend) and started a robbery. One left early, (20-year-old Bobby Westeberg) while Wojtowicz and 18-year-old Sal Naturale proceeded to steal almost $200,000 in cash and traveler’s checks before being surrounded by the police. What happened for the next 14 hours was a standoff and media circus for the ages. 

Turns out Wojtowicz said he needed the money for a “sex change” operation (as it was known at the time)  for his partner Ernest Aron. The police brought Aron to the scene straight from the hospital where they had attempted suicide the week before. Another of Wojtowicz lover was brought out and he kissed him on the mouth in front of the news camera which hundreds of locals who made up the crowd. He also threw money into the air and ordered pizza for the bank hostages held inside. 

Eventually, the robbers and many of the bank hostages were taken to JFK airport where Naturale was shot in the chest and killed immediately. Wojtowicz was arrested and eventually spent a few years in jail for his crimes. He married again while in prison and had a tough time holding down a job because of his past. In the end, he was reduced to trying to make some money by posing in front of the bank for autographs. He died of cancer in 2006 at the age of 60. 

Aron eventually had gender reassignment surgery and died from the complications of AIDS in 1987. She took the name, Elizabeth Eden. 

Writers P.F. Kluge and Thomas Moore wrote about the crime and hostage situation on September 22, 1972, for Life magazine and the title of the article was “The Boys in the Bank” that was bought by Warner Brothers pictures and developed into the film Dog Day Afternoon

The 1975 film directed by Sidney Lumet and screenplay by Frank Pierson changes a few of the major details. The lead crook is “Sonny Wortzik” played by Al Pacino and his main cohort is Sal Naturile played by 40-year-old acting legend John Cazale. Filmed in Winsdor Terrace, Brooklyn (near Margo D’s home!) the movie would become a huge moneymaker and nominated for all of the major categories at the Academy Awards in 1976 (and losing most to One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest which was the movie to beat that season.) 

The film is a modern classic and entered in 2009 to the Library of Congress and in the National Film Registry. 

In 2014, The Dog a documentary by filmmakers Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren told the “real” story by following the real John Wojtowicz who painted himself as an early gay rights icon and misunderstood human.  

So, between the original novel and the movie–which did we prefer? Have a listen and find out! 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The backstory behind the 1972 robbery & the aftermath 
  • The biggest differences between the real story and the 1975 film 
  • Rumors as to who was really behind the bank robbery
  • What happened to the main figures 
  • The cast: Al Pacino (Sonny Wotzik,) John Cazale (Sal Naturile,) Charles Durning (Sergeant Eugene Moretti,) Penelope Allen (Sylvia,) Susan Peretz (Angie,) James Broderick (FBI agent,) Lance Henricksen (FBI agent,) Carol Kane (The Squirrel,) and Chris Sarandon as Leon Shermer.

Clips used:

  • The bank robbery
  • Dog Day Afternoon trailer
  • Sonny negotiates with Moretti
  • “Leon” comes to the site
  • Final phone call for Sonny and his wife
  • “Wyoming?” 
  • Music Amoreena by Elton John

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