It’s time to get creepy! It’s season 1, episode 3 of “What a Creep” starringElizabeth Homes, the former CEO of the totally bullshit-worthy company Theranos. There is so much creepiness to go around here. Including her former COO and boyfriend Sunny Balwani as well as the plethora of older men who had no problem throwing millions at her and never seeing a prototype of the Edison or the MiniLab. (Geniuses!)
This week Margo is the presenter and here are her main sources:
Neil Gaiman’s Classic Novella Vs the Henry Selick Film
What would you do if your mother and father all of a sudden became entirely different (and scary) people? Coraline Jones is a young English girl who moves to an old house that is filled with interesting characters (such as Miss Spink, Miss Forcible and Mr. Bobo,) loving (yet kind of absent) parents and a bricked-up door leading to an adventure which tests the might and ingenuity of our heroine. (Spoiler–we really love this book & movie here!)
Coraline, written by illustrious authorNeil Gaiman,was originally published in 2002 though he had been working on it since the 1980s in honor of his daughters Holly & Maddy. In fact, he originally sent to his editor in 1991 who deemed the theme “too scary” for kids. Thankfully, Gaiman kept working on it and the novel was awarded the Hugo Award for Best Novella in 2003. (Thegraphic novelfeaturing illustrations by P. Craig Russell is a real treat as well!)
DirectorHenry Selick(The Nightmare Before ChristmasandJames & the Giant Peach) helmed the 2009 film which was nominated as Best Animated Feature at the 2010 Academy Awards. A visual feast for the eyes, the movie Coraline takes the tale to a whole other level.
So which did the Margos like better? Book or Movie? Check out the link below to find out!
Also, we are SO lucky to have Penguin Books sponsor this episode! The Margos are thrilled to be asked to talk about authorRansom Riggs‘ newest “Miss Peregrine’sstory”–A Map of Dayswhich you can pre-order now! (It goes on sale October 2, 2018.) This is the fourth novel in the series and lead character Jacob Portman’s life in the United States is the setting for this newest adventure. Be sure to pre-order your copy today!
In this ep the Margos discuss :
The incredible career of Neil Gaiman who is a master of short fiction, novels, comics, graphic novels, radio and movies (Whew! When does this man rest?)
Key changes in the adaptation including setting it in America and the character of “Wybie Lovat.”
The various forms of Coraline including the novel, graphic novel, audiobook read by the author and featuring music byThe Gothic Archies.
The cast of voices includingDakota Fanning,Teri Hatcher,Jennifer Saunders,Dawn French,John Hodgman, andKeith David.
Plus, Neil Gaiman’s current plethora of projects, movie trivia and more!
Neil Gaiman reading fromCoralineplus music from The Gothic Archies
Coraline (Dakota Fanning) meets her Other Mother (Teri Hatcher) and Other Father (John Hodgman)
Today’s playlist was inspired after I heard Matthew Sweet’sGirlfriend on the radio last week and my brain went “ahhhh” from happiness. I decided it would be the perfect warm-up song and created a 50-minute interval ride for indoor cycling that will work for any of your cardio needs. Hope you like it!
Let me know what you think of it and remember—I need song suggestions, always.
From the opening guitar riff right through all of the cool drum fills-this song seriously kicks butt and makes me want to work harder. Love, love, love, deeply love this song.
Pump It: The Black Eyed Peas
For all of you Pulp Fiction fans—the music “bed” here is Dick Dale’sMisirlou which gives it a retro cool kind of sound.
Can’t Hold Us:Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis
I love the consistent beat here and it always gets the class powered up to take it up a notch. (The video is a little strange but I kind of like it anyway.)
A Sky Full of Stars:Coldplay
The music and orchestration here are so lush and wonderful that I had to find out who produced it. Guess what? It’s co-produced by my favorite Swedish DJ Avicii!
Fly: Sugar Ray featuring Super Cat
It is basically impossible to NOT sing along to this tune from Sugar Ray which always reminds me of summer. Plus, I really do just want to fly.
Gold Guns Girls:Metric
Being the American superfan of this band brings a tremendous responsibility on my part where I must include them as often as possible in my playlists. You’re welcome!
Safe and Sound:Capital Cities
I like my bouncy fun dance pop tunes and this one fits the bill nicely.
Where did Lady Gaga go? I mean that seriously because I am happiest when she records pop tunes like this that have an edge. Gaga, please come back when you are done touring with Tony Bennett!
(Also–can someone please find me the original video which included a cameo by Norman Reedus? Thanks!)
Style: Taylor Swift
This is my new favorite song and represents the first time Taylor Swift has been included in one of my playlists. Hello Taylor!
Hella Good No Doubt
I have an image from my friend’s wedding over ten years ago where they played this song at her reception and her grandparents boogied to Hella Good. (So much fun and the bass here is excellent!)
Shut Up and Dance:Walk the Moon
Every time I hear this song it reminds me so much of the kind of songs that would appear on 80s movie soundtracks. That’s meant to be a compliment.
This song is great for climbing or using the incline on the treadmill. Plus it features tons of stars including Corey Feldman whom Margo P. and talk about on our podcast here at this iTunes link.
Unknown Legend:Neil Young
This is my favorite song off of Neil Young’sHarvest Moon album and features background vocals (on the original album) from Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor and Nicolette Larson so it generally just rules.
That’s it for me this time. Now go out there get your workout mojo on!