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  • James Rebhorn Dies at 65

    Recognisable character actor appeared in dozens of movies, and died following long battle with skin cancer.

    James Rebhorn Dies at 65
    Hollywood is mourning one of its most recognized "that guys" as James Rebhorn has died at age 65.

    The veteran character actor, who had an extensive resume of memorable supporting roles in a wide variety of genres from sci-fi blockbusters ("Independence Day") to gritty thrillers ("The Game") to Oscar-winning tearjerkers ("Scent of a Woman"), passed away on Friday surrounded by his family, a rep for Rebhorn confirms to Yahoo Movies.

    In all, he appeared in more than 100 television shows, feature films, and stage productions, staking his claim as one of the industry's go-to "that guy" thespians.

    [Ghostbuster Harold Ramis dies aged 69]

    Rebhorn was born on Sept. 1, 1948, in Philadelphia and moved to Anderson, Indiana, shortly thereafter, where he matriculated from Madison Heights High School.

    Rebhorn... also starred in Independence Day.

    He attended Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, where he appeared in theatrical productions of Aristophanes's "Lysistrata" and Moliere's "Tricks of Scapin." After graduating in 1970, he moved to

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  • Why Shailene Woodley Doesn't Have a Cell Phone

    Actress explains why she's not interested in technology and why she carries around her own glass jar.

    Shailene Woodley isn't your typical Hollywood star, and you definitely won't be seeing her buried in her cell phone anytime soon.

    In a recent interview with the Daily Beast, the "Divergent" star said that she -- GASP! -- doesn't own a cell phone.

    The 23-year–old explained, "I'm not a big technology person. I don't even have a smartphone. I don't even have a cell phone! And if I were to have one, it would be a flip phone."

    Her decision to be mobile-free came after she realized there's "a bigger lack of camaraderie and community than there's ever been."

    [New Divergent poster: Exclusive]

    And since ditching the electronics, Shailene admits the outcome has bettered her communication. "Since I got rid of my phone, [I'm] having to pull over and be like, 'Hey, buddy — do you know how to get here?' I'm talking to people more than I've ever talked to in my life because I no longer have that crutch," she explained.

    "The more you get away from all the technological buzz, the more freedom you have."

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  • Look out, Austin! Godzilla is coming for you.

    The king of all monsters is coming to this year's SXSW festival, and to celebrate, Austin-based design studio Mondo commissioned an exclusive poster for the new big-screen version coming this summer. Designed by Phantom City Creative — who also created a special "Godzilla" poster for 2013 San Diego Comic-Con —it shows the big beastie literally rising out of the smoke of a smoldering city.

    [Related: New 'Godzilla' Finally Revealed: How It Stacks Up to the Original]

    The design of the new "Godzilla" is directly inspired by the classic look of the creature from the 1954 original movie.

    With that in mind, Gareth Edwards, the director of the new version, will be hosting a screening of the classic monster movie at the Ritz Alamo Theater in downtown Austin. The screening of the restored original Japanese version with 40 minutes not seen in the American edit is on Tuesday, Mar. 11 at 9:30pm, and attendees will receive a copy of the limited-edition

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  • Andrew Garfield, Batkid, and the missing Oscars appearance: What really went down

    Actor actually hit Disneyland with pint-size superhero.

    Andrew Garfield, Batkid (FilmMagic/AP Photo)Did Spider-Man diss Batkid?

    A widely disseminated Page Six item laid out the juicy claim: Andrew Garfield "snubbed" Miles Scott, the 5-year-old leukemia patient who became known worldwide as Batkid, at the Oscars after a disagreement with the script, with Garfield ultimately refusing to participate.

    According to the tabloid account, which predictably led to Internet backlash against the "Spider-Man" star, Garfield was scheduled to present at Sunday's show where he was going to make Miles an official superhero (the show's theme was Movie Heroes) during the ceremony.

    [Oscars: Suprise Batkid appearance was pulled from ceremony]

    Both were noticeably absent, and Chris "Captain America" Evans stepped in at the last minute on Sunday to present.

    However, the decision was not personal… and not as dramatic.

    As it turns out, the Oscar producers made the last-minute choice to eliminate the Garfield-Scott portion of the ceremony. The Academy absolved Garfield of any Batkid-dream-crushing guilt on

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  • There is perhaps no living lion of screen acting who inspires as much respect as Gene Hackman, a man of whom it has been said, he never gave a bad performance. For the past decade, however, the screen has had to soldier on without him; it has now been 10 years since the actor made his last film, 2004's "Welcome to Mooseport."

    So what's he been doing since we last saw him? Living in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his wife of 23 years, Betsy, and writing novels. His latest publication is  "Pursuit," a taut thriller about a Missouri cop who sets out on a desperate manhunt after serial killer abducts her daughter.

    We spoke to Hackman, 84, by phone from his New Mexico home about the book, his new life as a writer, and the big question: when will his fans see him again.

    So what made you decide to start writing novels? "Pursuit" is your second solo writing. How did you get into this rat race?
    Actually, I started with a fellow who I knew in Santa Fe, where we live, a friend who actually was a

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