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The Cricket's Daily 3: A legend in science fiction

Published July 10, 2013 10:12 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Here's what's being talked about in pop culture:

• The great science-fiction author Richard Matheson has died at the age of 87. Matheson wrote the classic post-apocalyptic novel "I Am Legend," which has been adapted by Hollywood at least three times (starring Vincent Price, Charlton Heston and Will Smith). He also penned 16 episodes of "The Twilight Zone" - including two memorable ones starring William Shatner – and one episode of the original "Star Trek" (in which Shatner's Capt. Kirk got split in two). [Entertainment Weekly]

• Yes, there will be a sequel to "Independence Day," but Will Smith won't be in it because he's too expensive, says director Roland Emmerich. [New York Daily News]

• Plans are afoot for a movie based on the "Encyclopedia Brown" kids' mystery books. [The Hollywood Reporter]