Actress Maria Tura (Carole Lombard) is having an affair with Polish pilot Stanislav Sobinski (Robert Stack, top), much to the chagrin of her egotistical actor husband Joseph Tura (Jack Benny, bottom) in "To Be Or Not To Be," Ernst Lubitsch's 1942 dark comedy classic and the last film Lombard would make. It's rated 20th on a list of 30 "best showbiz films" from Jason Fraley, film critic at WTOP radio in Washington, D.C. (https://wtop.com/gallery/entertainment/best-showbiz-movies/).
From Quentin Tarantino's revisionist Tinseltown 1969 valentine "Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood" (2019) at No. 30, to Billy Wilder's sardonic "Sunset Boulevard" (1950) at No. 1, it's a fascinating travelogue of cinematic entertainment. Alas, Carole's breakthrough film, "Twentieth Century" (1934) didn't make the list, but it may have a second chance...since Fraley also compiled a list of "best romantic comedies" (https://wtop.com/gallery/entertainment/best-romantic-comedies/).
The bad news? "Twentieth Century" didn't crack that list, either. The good news? "My Man Godfrey" did, at No. 26.
Fraley's come up with another good list. In the anchor position is 2009's wistful "(500) Days Of Summer"...
...while at the top is Rob Reiner's fresh take on rom-coms, "When Harry Met Sally," featuring that scene... ending with that line... "I'll have what she's having":
Quite a few Golden Age gems are represented, though. Both lists are good to peruse if you want to stream or track a classic online. That looks to be the only way to see a movie for a while, as the rising rate of cases of coronavirus has forced many states to clamp down and reverse the re-openings of recent weeks. While President Trump said today he expects the pandemic is "going to sort of disappear," relatively few agree with him.
It's no wonder people are demanding people wear masks in public, not just to protect themselves, but more importantly others. Among those who do is an actress who has worn them in character, since she plays a nurse -- Beth Hall, who portrays Wendy on my favorite sitcom, "Mom." (Some of you may recall her from the acclaimed 1960s-set drama "Mad Men.")
On a "Mom" ep a few seasons ago, Wendy was working at a hospital when recovery buddy Christy Plunkett (Anna Faris) was admitted after collapsing. To the AA group, Wendy is seen as weak and emotional ("Weeping Wendy"), but on hospital turf her personality shifts 180 degrees:
This new nurse shocks Christy, who later complains "she's mean":
Christy, who needs to pass her GED test so she can attend college, fails her first escape attempt from the hospital but succeeds in the second...and passes her GED.
A few weeks ago, Hall -- also a world-class poker player -- stepped out of character to emphasize the importance of mask-wearing at her Twitter feed:
Please follow her advice, people, not only for your health and that of your community, but you really don't want Beth to revert to "mean Wendy" mode: