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Sean P. Means
Sean is the movie critic and columnist for The Salt Lake Tribune. Follow him on Twitter @moviecricket.

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(This photo provided by NBC shows, from left, James Avery as Philip Banks, Will Smith as William "Will" Smith, and Janet Hubert as Vivian Banks, in episode 7, "Def Poet's Society" from the TV series, "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." Avery, 65, the bulky character actor who laid down the law as the Honorable Philip Banks has died. Avery's publicist, Cynthia Snyder, told The Associated Press) that Avery died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/NBC, Ron Tom)
The Cricket’s Daily 3: Look, up in the sky...

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

• Shia LaBeouf is still apologizing to author Daniel Clowes for plagiarizing the writer’s work in a short film — most recently through skywriting. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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• Actor James Avery — whose long career was highlighted by his years as Uncle Phil, the stern but loving parental figure on "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" — died Dec. 31 at the age of 68. [CNN]

• Pioneering African-American actress Juanita Moore, who received an Oscar nomination for playing a maid whose daughter passed for white in Douglas Sirk’s 1959 melodrama "Imitation of Life," died on Jan. 1. According to her grandson, she was 99. [Entertainment Weekly]

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