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This 2004 photo shows writer Richard Matheson. Matheson, the prolific sci-fi and fantasy writer whose "I Am Legend" was transformed into a film three times, died Sunday, June 23, 2013. He was 87. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Beatrice de Gea)
The Cricket's Daily 3: A legend in science fiction

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]

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• 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]

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