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Hot airs

The novel Gone with the Wind turns 75 this month.

Have you read it?  Tragically, I have not.

My knowledge of the trials and tribulations of Scarlett O’Hara and Tara and Rhett Butler and Melody and Ashley and the whole hee haw gang was not gleaned from Margaret Mitchell’s classic novel.

I know there are purists among you who are shaking your heads right now.  I meant to read it — I really did — and goodness knows I’ve had plenty of time.

It’s not like I enjoyed the movie version of this Civil War tale instead.  I’ve seen snippets of the 1939 film, but I’ve never made it through the entire thing in one sitting.  It’s just so long…and the acting so stylized.

There now, I’ve offended a whole new group.

No, my affection for this Southern classic lies in the TV version — the parody that appeared on The Carol Burnett Show entitled “Went with the Wind.”

Critics agree it is one of the greatest comedy skits of all time.  Enjoy!

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Coupling

Chemistry.  Some couples got it.  Some don’t.

We were all reminded of this fact during Sunday’s Oscar broadcast — for three plus painful hours.   Co-hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco were oil and water on stage; no casting director is going to be beating down their doors any time soon to pair them up in a movie.

But what about the truly great film couples?

I pondered this very important question as I vegged out in front of the TV last night, re-watching City of Angels. (I was tired, okay?  Plus, that movie was made back in the days when Nicolas Cage was a good actor.)

Here’s my list of great film couples (in no particular order):

  • Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling, The Notebook
  • Vivenne Leigh and Clark Gable, Gone with the Wind
  • Matthew MacFadyen and Keira Knightley, Pride & Prejudice
  • Colin Firth, Renee Zellweger (and Hugh Grant), Bridget Jones’ Diary
  • Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, Casablanca
  • Patrick Swazye and Jennifer Grey, Dirty Dancing
  • Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, Brokeback Mountain
  • Robert Redford and Barbra Streisand, The Way We Were
  • Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan, When Harry Met Sally
  • Ryan O’Neal and Ali McGraw, Love Story

It’s not an exhaustive list.  In fact, I’m sure I’ve missed one of your favorites.

What couple would you add to the list?

Remember — you can’t win if you don’t play.