Hooray for another Stephen King bonus ep and yippee for all of us thatDeana Marieof theTwisted Phillypodcast is joining in for the fun, breezy discussion about a book that one of us likes WAY more than the other and the really cool Netflix adaptation!
Margo & Deana talk about their personal feelings about the source material and how it differs from theMike Flanaganscreenplay and direction that is available on Netflix. Plus, trivia about Viagra, the first movie that actor Carel Struycken appeared in and Margo’s confusion over the ending.
In this episode the Margo & Deana discuss:
Mike Flanagan’s long journey to bring “Gerald’s Game” to the screen
Big differences between the novel’s depiction of the “degloving” and how the film handles the graphic scene
The deal with the “Moonlight Man” and what he represents for Jessie.
The excellent performances by the entire cast
Book Vs Movie–which did Margo & Deana prefer?
Carla GuginoandBruce Greenwoodarguing about her predicament.
Plus: Our “Top 5 Most Wanted Stephen King Reboots”
It’s time to recap episode 9 of Stephen King’sThe MistTV series and in this special bonus ep of theBook Vs. MoviepodcastMargo D.andDeanaof theTwisted Philly podcastoffer their weekly recap of the Spike TV production plus, they choose their own “Top 5 Most Wanted Stephen King Reboots.”
The podcast clip is at the bottom of this post but here are the basics of this week’s show:
Bryan/Jonah (Ozekie Morro) Mia (Danica Curcic) and Adrian(Russell Posner) are in the car and Adrian tells the story about how he became a psycho (all kinds of bullies and dad stuff here.)
Running around Brigdon, Maine:
Kevin (Morgan Spector) is not dead and Vic (Erik Knudsen) is redeeming himself by saving him. (I like Vic in this episode!) They decide to go from house to house to gather supplies as they head out to the mall. At one such house they find dead Arrowhead soldiers.
They are chased by a guy with a gun and Vic knocks him out. Well not really, the guy pulls a grenade and blows himself up. Out of the ashes Kevin is confronted with all kinds of weirdness as The Mist comes into the room. All of the people he has killed are showing up and he is eventually confronted with his own image carrying a bat!
Kevin then kills…Kevin #2.
He and Vic head out in an army vehicle to the mall.
Eve (Alyssa Sutherland) is holding Jay (Luke Cosgrove) hostage and he asks why bother if isn’t ultimately going to let him live. They have a back and forth about the rape and she mentions his father being a total creep.
Gus (Isiah Whitlock, Jr.) blames Alex (Gus Birney) for killing Shelly knowing full well he is lying. The mall peeps turn into an angry mob and want to head out to find Alex and kill her.–by hanging. Because she is “evil.” But Gus thinks they should just send her out into The Mist instead (forgetting that she is immune to it.)
The gang from the car are now at the mall with no idea what is happening there. Adrian tells Alex and Eve that Kevin is dead and is putting on a real show about it. Alex really becomes upset about this news and Eve is trying to stay strong. Adrian claims his father killed Kevin.
The mall villagers are taking their tiki torches (so to speak) to look for Alex.
Eve, Alex, Jay and Adrian get locked up together. Adrian looks mighty pissed at how happy she is to see Jay.
Bryan/Jonah and Mia are staying in the camping store and she gives her back story about her awful boyfriend that she left. Mia wants to run away with him after the whole Mist thing gets resolved. However, we need to learn his backstory first.
Bryan/Jonah is looking for supplies and someone recognizes him. His name is Wes (Greg Hovanssian) and they get into a skirmish. Wes ties him up and then salutes him so basically Bryan/Jonah is in charge–we are to assume. But who knows?
Nathalie (Frances Conroy) and Connor the cop (Darren Pettie)are having a fun time heading to the mall whilst underground. There is a couple (Trevor and Ursula) with them and you know they won’t make it. (Easter egg about the rats and Stephen King’sGraveyard Shiftshort stories.)
Trevor breaks his leg and Nathalie is all “bye Felicia!” and says they need to abandon him. Ursula attempts to save her husband’s life and Connor kills her. Then rats show up and eat the couple.
Nathalie and Connor have a weird Mother Nature moment involving caresses and a rat. They head to the mall.
Here we are at episode six of Stephen King’sThe MistTV series and in this special bonus ep of theBook Vs. MoviepodcastMargo D.andDeanaof theTwisted Philly podcastoffer their weekly recap of the Spike TV production plus, we pick our “Top 5 Stephen King Guilty Pleasures.”
This episode is titled “The Devil You Know”and it is equal parts action-packed and terribly confusing.
Here are the basics of this episode:
The Hospital:Kevin (Morgan Spector), Bryan (Ozekie Morro) and Adrian(Russell Posner) are all still at the hospital and Kevin feels the need to leave. (Killing his brother has made him anxious.)
However, he learns from Adrian that Mia (Danica Curcic) stole their car and they are stuck. Adrian confronts a nurse and finds out that people are disappearing from the hospital but that shouldn’t worry at all about that. He also tries to talk to his crush/hookup to say goodbye but gets the cold shoulder.
Kevin discovers Dr.. Bailey is kidnapping people, filling them up with drugs and sending them out into The Mist. He has lost his mind and Kevin is his next victim. He is rescued by Bryan and Adrian.
Bryan meanwhile kills his “twin” and is anxious to leave. Mia comes back for her journey (more on that later) and The Mist is coming into the hospital and the gang is trapped.
Alex (Gus Birney) and her mother Eve (Alyssa Sutherland) decide to go shopping as a distraction. There is a really long scene about a jacket and then Alex says she thinks she should go out into The Mist to find her dad because The Mist does not have any interest in her so she would be safe. Eve says “hello no” so Alex decides to make a snaky visit to the shop “Hiker’s World” to get supplies.
Whilst there she gets locked in a break room and then gasoline is flooding in, then the place goes up in flames. Jay the Rapist (Luke Cosgrove) saves her and then gets mouthy with Eve when she admonishes him. Turns out Lila set the fire in retaliation for her daughter dying in Alex’s care.
Also, Eve creates phony fliers to give hope to everyone at the Mall. Gus (Isiah Whitlock, Jr.) thinks this is nuts.
Natalie (Frances Conroy) and the cop (Connor Heisel)continue their friendship. She makes a strange case for how everyone loves a disaster which made zero sense to Margo D.
Link (Dylan Authors) is the teen boy version of Mrs. Carmody and has turned into a vengeful zealot. He attempts to lock Natalie in the attic. She gets wise to this and instead breaks open a window which allows The Mist to come in and locking the boy in–basically killing him.
Mia is back at the house where she first was looking for money and finds her dead mother upstairs in a bedroom. The mother tells her she loves her and that is she wants to kill herself then to go for it. Mia gets out and heads back to the hospital.
Topics covered :
Stephen King easter eggs
What is the deal with The Mist?
Where is this all going to?
Plus, Margo and Deana each pick their “Top 5 Stephen King Guilty Pleasures!”
It’s episode 5 of theStephen King’sThe MistTV series and in this special bonus ep of theBook Vs. MoviepodcastMargo D.andDeanaof theTwisted Philly podcastoffer their weekly recap of the Spike TV production.
This episode is titled “The Waiting Room” as we now have a new location–the hospital. (Thankfully they ditch the church and mall in this episode!).
It’s one of the gorier chapters so far and had some genuine scares but unfortunately, they still have some pretty lame dialogue.
Here are the basics of this episode:
The Hospital:Kevin (Morgan Spector), Mia (Danica Curcic), Bryan (Ozekie Morro) and Adrian(Russell Posner) arrive at the hospital just in time for Bryan to have emergency surgery for his bullet wound. The hospital has only 2-days worth of power and food left and people are becoming panicked.
Kevin sees his creepy brother Mike (Peter Murnik)who was attacked in The Mist and has some metal stuck in his abdomen. The doctors can’t operate on him so Kevin offers to do it even though his brother is being SUCH A TOOL. They have a contentious relationship due to the ever-sexy Eve (Alyssa Sutherland.)
(More on that later.)
Mia looks for Bryan (who is in room 237) and another gentleman is in his bed. We are reminded that our Bryan has amnesia and assumed who he was based on the ID he had on him. Mia freaks out and leaves the hospital with their truck.
Adrian meets up with the jock from high school who has hassled him in the past and who drops the F word like a maniac. (Not the F bomb which is bleeped throughout the show.) Adrian kisses him, the jock beats the snot out of him and then they make out and have sex. Because, of course.
Mike operates on his brother and The Mist shows up bringing lots of blood and leeches. Kevin reluctantly kills his brother and runs away.
Eve and Kevin have a very fraught relationship. When they move into their house he surprises her by setting up Alex’s bedroom as a little girl’s paradise. Eve tells him she has never felt this happy and yet less like herself. (Mixed messages, Eve?)
She has an awkward encounter with his brother Mike (did THEY have sex in the past?) and later has afternoon sex with Kevin which apparently never happens. This is when we learn she had a reputation in high school and Alex is not Kevin’s daughter. (Wut?)
Topics covered :
The reveal that Alex (Gus Birney) is NOT Kevin’s daughter!
The use of the “F” word both bleeped and not.
Mia’s mood swings!
What is it with sex and this show?
The “Room 237” reference
What is the deal with Bryan Hunt?
Is Adrian up to no good?
What are the rules of The Mist!
Plus, Margo and Deana each pick their “Top 5 Scariest Stephen King Stories!”
Welcome to episode 4 of theStephen King’sThe MistTV series and in this special bonus ep of theBook Vs. MoviepodcastMargo D.andDeanaof theTwisted Philly podcastoffer their weekly recap of the Spike TV production.
Now we are at episode 4 titled “Pequod” which is the name of the whaling ship inHerman Melville’sMoby Dickand it was named for the Pequot tribe that was based in New England.
This episode has a bit of everything– paranoia, mist beasts, foul language, dead kids and a little bit of “end of time/wrath of God”-type stuff. The action takes place in three places: A gas station, the mall and the church and people are at various levels of stressed out and frightened.
In essence for each location the following is happening:
The Gas Station:Kevin (Morgan Spector), Mia (Danica Curcic), Bryan (Ozekie Morro) and Adrian(Russell Posner) can’t seem to get their car moving so they meet up at a gas station. There they find Clay (Teagle F. Bougere) who is armed and knows Kevin because Eve is his son;s teacher. Clay wants to stay and he gives his survivalist care to the gang. (He thinks he will reunite with his son at the station. Poor Clay!)
Eve (Alyssa Sutherland) confesses she is glad Kevin isn’t there because she blames him for Alex’s (Gus Birney) rape. Alex takes a young child to the bookstore to hang out and forget their troubles for a bit. The game show bros think it would be a fine idea to get a harpoon and bring the dead bodies from the parking lot. The mist shows up and causes one death and one bro getting kicked out for good. Also, the mist has no interest in Alex (!)
Father Romanov (Dan Butler) thinks it is the end of times and wants his new parishioners to join him in fighting the mist with faith and prayer. Natalie (Frances Conroy) thinks a spider she caught in a jar is God. Father Romanov thinks that is bunk and squashes it.
Topics covered :
Is the group correct in getting rid of bro Vic(Erik Knudsen)?
Why take a little girl and not a teenager?
Is there something wrong with Eve and Kevin’s relationship?
Why is Natalie breaking down so fast?
Should Clay have joined them in leaving the gas station?
Plus, Margo & Deana pick their top 5 “Stephen King Heroes!”
In this bonus ep of “Book Vs. Movie” Margo D. welcomes guest host Roy of the Moving the Needle Podcast talk about the 1987 classic film “The Running man” based on a Stephen King/Richard Bachman short story.
Follow Roy on Twitter @mtnpod @roymac75
All kinds of trivia and behind the scenes gossip here. Let us know what you think of it!
Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes: Week of July 10th Edition
“Book vs Movie” Podcast News (Field of Dreams & Stand By Me)
“Coach Nicole” Flies Solo on Her New Venture
Plus: Women’s Health Magazine’s “Next Fitness Star” Competition
Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!
Can you believe the summer is halfway over? I have been busier than the proverbial bee these last few months with family obligations, work (day job) and teaching all of my classes that my personal wellness has suffered a bit. I am trying to get back in the saddle diet (healthy eating) and getting more rest at night. The box jumps and sprints will have to wait until I get back to my base level of fitness. Stress can truly be a silent killer and my goal is to learn how to manage it better and not let my health suffer.
Okay—let’s get back to the fun. Today I want to talk about our latest podcast news, a fitness instructor you MUST follow on Twitter and Women’s Health magazine’s newest competition to find the “Next Fitness Star!”
Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes:
Book Vs Movie Podcast News: Margo Porras of Shes Nacho Mama’s Blog co-host the “Book Vs. Movie” podcast (that you can subscribe to via iTunes at this link) recorded our Field of Dreams episode last week and think it’s one of our best episodes yet. (Did you know the Kevin Costner classic was a book first? It was called Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella and boy did they make some changes between them!)
You can listen to the link below and if you have harbored a crush on actor Dwier Brown who played Ray’s dad (swoon!) then you will appreciate how excited I got when he responded to our shout-out on Twitter! (Yippee!) You can follow him on Twitter as well @dwierbrown and he also has a website www.dwierbrown.com.
With our next episode we are going back to the 1950s with Stand By Me from Stephen King (also known as the novella The Body)
We are planning our next few episodes so if there are any books & movies you want us to cover—feel free to comment below!
Coach Nicole at Home: Many moons ago when I started out as a fitness instructor I would constantly scour clips on You Tube to get ideas on how to teach an actual class. My first love was teaching spin and it seems daunting to me to try any other kind of classes. Well Coach Nicole Nichols of Spark People pretty much saved my life! The first clip I ever memorized was her 15-Minute Abs Workout which I repeated basically word for word for my own classes. (Truth!)
Well Coach Nicole is on to her next venture and will soon be hosting workouts on her very own website which goes live on August 1st. In the meantime, be sure to like her Facebook page and follow her on Twitter here. (love you Coach Nicole!
Women’s Health Magazine “Next Fitness Star” And speaking about the next generation of fitness experts—check out these applicants from Women’s Health magazine who are competing to be the next fitness star! They look like a fierce group!
WOMEN’S HEALTH MAGAZINE ANNOUNCES FINALISTS FOR 3rd ANNUAL “NEXT FITNESS STAR” COMPETITION
WINNER TO BE REVEALED ON NBC’s TODAY & WIN A FITNESS DVD CONTRACT
New Webisode Series of Competition to Launch on WomensHealthMag.com, sponsored by EAS Sports Nutrition
July 9, 2015—New York, NY—Women’s Health, the leading national and international women’s health and wellness magazine announces the third annual “Next Fitness Star” national search for the next face in fitness. After receiving thousands of submissions across the country from talented and dynamic personal trainers, Women’s Health has chosen the top five finalists who appear on the flip cover of the July/August issue and compete for their own fitness DVD contract.
The winner will be selected by a combination of a celebrity judging panel including NBC’s Today host Natalie Morales, NBC’s Today fitness and lifestyle correspondent and ACE-certified personal trainer Jenna Wolfe, Extreme Weight Loss’s celebrity trainers Chris and Heidi Powell, Women’s Health Editor-in-Chief Amy Keller Laird and reader / fan votes. The winner will be revealed live, exclusively on Today in August 2015.
With the support of sponsor EAS Sports Nutrition, the 2015 competition allows fans the opportunity to workout along with finalists and vote daily for who they think should win the title of “Next Fitness Star” via www.thenextfitnessstar.com
“Women’s Health offers a tremendous platform to these trainers by providing an opportunity to reach millions of active readers,” says Laura Frerer-Schmidt Vice President and Publisher of Women’s Health. “When it launched, ‘Next Fitness Star’ was the first of its kind in this industry. The competition has proven to have the power to change a person’s career.”
New this year, Women’s Health in conjunction with Hudsun Media, a multi-platform production and creative agency, will also launch the first ever Next Fitness Star webisode-series for the competition. In the bi-weekly show, viewers can see just what it takes to become a star trainer, get to know the finalists and meet the team behind the Next Fitness Star platform.
EAS Sports Nutrition, a brand of sports nutrition products from health care company Abbott, is the joint sponsor for both Women’s Health’s “Next Fitness Star” and Men’s Health’s “Next Top Trainer” programs through a multi-platform advertising commitment across both brands. This partnership invites consumers to participate in the unique contests and leverages EAS’s expertise in performance nutrition. Women’s Health “Next Fitness Star” aligns perfectly with EAS’s core messaging which aims to inspire, motivate and prepare individuals each day to achieve their personal best.
“A partnership with Women’s Health “Next Fitness Star” is a seamless fit for EAS,” EAS GM, Heather Fries said. “Women’s Health is a top choice for women trying to better themselves with fitness and nutrition, and EAS stands for the relentless pursuit of performance. We are the top choice for athletes looking for a high quality sports nutrition product. When athletes incorporate our products throughout their training journey, they recover better and feel prepared to take on whatever their fitness challenge is. EAS has a heritage of being an innovator and leader in the sports nutrition space and our mission is to help athletes improve their health and performance through better nutrition. By partnering with Women’s Health, we feel that we can positively impact the health, performance, and overall experience of their readership.
Jana is a trainer specializing in multiple areas of fitness–certified in boxing, Bodycombat, beginner/intermediate sparring, mixed martial arts cardio, Zumba, Hip Hop Hustle, AquaFit, strength training, dance aerobics, spinning, and a focus on Ariel Yoga. She has her Master’s Degree in Exercise Science and a thriving passion for health and fitness. Dubbed the “Cardio Queen” in Kentucky—Hare also recognizes the power of weight lifting for maximum results. She has launched her own company Dumbbell Bombshell Fitness, an e-commerce and editorial destination site for fitness tips, videos and workout plans.
Dina is a Certified Kettlebell Instructor, Battling Ropes Coach, TRX trainer, Barre instructor and Co-Founder of FitnessSocial Studio, with 12 years experience in the health & fitness industry. At a young age, she was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis and spent years overweight and inactive. Now a mother of four, Dina has successfully lost (& kept off!) over 80 pounds in the last 20 years, working through several medical issues including arthritis, spinal stenosis, and an autoimmune disease. Dina is the creator of the “Lean Out Cleanse & Slim Down Program,” an ambassador for lululemon Athletica, and is currently enrolled with Deepak Chopra at the Chopra Center in the Perfect Health Teacher Training. The workouts she selects for herself and her clients provide fast results; both weight loss and a quick lean out.
Christine Bullock, 33 // Redondo Beach, CA
Practicing what she preaches, Christine Bullock has turned her expertise and passion for fitness, nutrition, and beauty into a dynamic lifestyle business. As an accomplished ballerina who started dancing at age three, Bullock has a lifetime’s worth of knowledge and insight into the importance of a consistent athletic routine and ongoing healthy eating habits. Passionate about helping others attain health and happiness, she has spent over 17 years working with health and beauty industry leaders all over the globe and has counseled and trained thousands of people to improve their health and well-being both inside and out. Bullock has certifications in Pilates, Barre, Yoga and Pre & Post-Natal, and is also certified as a Nutrition and Wellness Counselor.
Nikki Metzger is a Certified Personal Trainer, Nike Master Trainer and Owner of BODI, a high intensity gym in Scottsdale Arizona, which recently won 7 Best Of Our Valley awards, including Best Gym & Best Trainer & Fittest Female. Metzger’s mission is to set a new standard for group fitness. She has created a unique, focused, and competitive environment that forces her clients to test new boundaries. Prior to BODI Nikki was the General Manager and Lead Instructor at Chicago, ENRGi Fitness and was also nominated as one of Chicago’s Hottest Trainers in 2013 by Racked Chicago. Metzger has trained clients of all different fitness levels and has taught a variety of group fitness classes over the years with a focus on strength & conditioning bootcamps, dance fitness and barre.
Rachel Nicks a certified Hatha yoga, barre, TRX and prenatal and postpartum fitness instructor, in addition to being a certified doula. Beginning her training at Exhale receiving the 275 hour core fusion barre certification, Nicks has been working in the wellness industry for the past five years and is currently a lead instructor at BFX Studio in New York City. Nicks was a graduate of The Juilliard School, and from that experience influences her clients to not only move, but to be present in your body and actually enjoy moving. Nicks is also an actor with roles on network shows including Nurse Jackie and Grey’s Anatomy. Between her training and acting, Rachel dedicates her time to giving back to her local community with a strong influence from her mother, a former special education teacher, who taught her to “never judge, accept people for who they are and where they are in their journey and to do my best with a smile and a positive attitude.”
Featuring: The film “Room 237”, My Next Magazine Reviews
Plus—the Ballet Body DVD Giveaway!
(This DVD Rules!)
Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!
Thank you all so much for my birthday wishes from last week—it made me feel very special! My big brother came out spend the day with me and I have been basically eating out every meal since this past Friday so I will be on strict “Paleo” mode this week to get back into fighting shape. Anyhoo—I have a real shirt & sweet Vlog today talking about the cool documentary I saw on my birthday plus my next giveaway which just happen to be a workout DVD from the “Ballet Body” series. (In fact, two giveaways but you need to see the video to know what I am talking about!) So enough of my yapping and let’s get to it, shall we?
Featured on my Vlog this week:
On my birthday I decided to see a movie about a movie–Room 237 which is a documentary about The Shining. You may not know this about me but I am a huge Stephen King fan and love both the film and the novel it is based upon very much. But I had NO idea how much other people thought about this movie or what different things in it symbolize—you have to see it to believe it for yourself! I give it a “thumbs up” and say that you should rent on In Demand right away.
My next reviews (too many magazines are in my life people!) including SELF, Health, Women’s Health, Shape, Men’s Health, Oxygen, Men’s Fitness and on and on and on…
My Ballet Body workout DVD giveaway featuring the amazing Leah Sarago.
Here is more information the “Ballet Body” DVDs:
UPPER BODY WORKOUT, LOWER BODY WORKOUT, and CORE WORKOUT with Leah Sarago
SILVER SPRING, Md – As ballet-inspired workouts continue to gain popularity, Acacia is excited to expand the distribution for one of the most popular workouts, the Ballet Body™ series from Leah Sarago. Exercisers can lose inches while building lean muscles with movements inspired by ballet, dance, Pilates, and yoga. Ballet Body™: Upper Body Workout, Ballet Body™: Lower Body Workout and Ballet Body™: Core Workout will be released on DVD from Acacia on April 2, 2013 ($16.99 each, AcaciaLifestyle.com).Designed by certified strength and conditioning specialist Leah Sarago, these workouts provide a long and lean physique by integrating traditional body-weight resistance exercises with muscle-elongating techniques. Suitable for all fitness levels, these workouts draw on isometrics, the stretch-reflex principle, and eccentric muscle-contraction training for optimal results. Each workout is sold separately as a DVD single, so exercisers can choose which section of their body they want to focus on or purchase all three to get a defined upper body, sculpted lower body, and defined abs.
CORE WORKOUT — Flatten your midsection and develop core strengthwith this dynamic, Pilates-inspired workout. You’ll start with standing balance exercises and movement sequences before progressing into variations on side planks and mat work. Complete the routine with exercises to support the spine and back, along with deep stretches for flexibility. If you want strong abs and a bikini-ready belly, this incredible core workout is for you! Approx. 45 min.
UPPER BODY — Strengthen, sculpt, and define your upper body with this dynamic, results-oriented workout. Start with mat exercises for the arms and core, then grab a pair of light hand weights for some dance-inspired movements. You’ll improve your muscle definition, posture, and strength without getting big or bulky. It’s the ultimate workout for a sculpted, sleek, and graceful upper body. Approx. 46 min.
LOWER BODY — Get the dancer’s legs you’ve always wanted with this calorie-torching barre workout. The muscle-sculpting moves lengthen the thighs, lift the backside, and sculpt the backs of the legs for sleek definition and a slim figure. After the workout, relax into a 13-minute yoga- and dance-centered stretch. Approx. 54 min.
Leah Sarago is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with a BS in Exercise Science and Dance. She has starred in several top-selling fitness DVDs, trained NFL athletes, and travels the country leading workshops and trainings featuring her Ballet Body™ techniques. Leah previously self-distributed the Ballet Body DVDs in 2012.
If you are interested in winning either the “Lower Body” or “Core” DVD (Continental U.S. only please!) you need to do the following:
Post a comment on my Blog below (very important!)
Plus–Tweet out your interest in this giveaway to: @BrooklynFitChik, @AcaciaFitness and @LeahSarago
I will randomly pick one winner for each DVD mentioned in the Vlog next Monday, April 8th at Noon (Eastern) and contact them directly. Good luck!!
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