Wes Craven was the Steven Spielberg of slasher movies, that grisly sub-genre of horror movies peopled by mask-wearing madmen and serial killers with razor-blade gloves.
Mike Nichols, who died on Nov. 19 at age 83 in New York, might have gone down as one of the great directors in Hollywood history based upon his first two films alone.
TV commercials for 7Up made a powerful impression on us in the 1970s and '80s in large part because of the pitchman: A handsome gentleman clad in an elegant white suit and hat, who spoke in stentorian tones infused with a Caribbean lilt. Lounging in a straw chair, Geoffrey Holder touted the no-caffeine virtues of the "Uncola" as he poured and sipped a glass of the bubbly beverage, and at the end, drove home his point by leaning back his head and laughing with an earthy, authentic robustness. He made the soft drink seem not just cooly refreshing, but cool.
If you want to sell all that stuff you've accumulated over the years, you probably think about having a yard or garage sale. But when celebrities pile up on random odds and ends, where do they turn?
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