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Nichelle Nichols made history for her role as communications officer Lt. Uhura on Star Trek. CBS via Getty Images hide caption

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Nichelle Nichols, Lt. Uhura on 'Star Trek,' dies at 89

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Boyd Holbrook (left) as Ty Shaw and B.J. Novak as Ben Manalowitz are pictured in a still from the movie Vengeance, which marks Novak's directorial debut. Patti Perret/Focus Features hide caption

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B.J. Novak learned a lot about himself — and Texas — while working on 'Vengeance'

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Ashton Kutcher and B.J. Novak in a scene from the film Vengeance. Focus Features hide caption

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James Caan was so persuasive as "Sonny" Corleone in The Godfather, that he got turned down when he tried to join a country club because its members thought that he, like his character, was a "made man." CBS Photo Archive/CBS via Getty Images hide caption

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Like a mob hit – the passing of a generation of movie gangsters

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Blaster used in the first 'Star Wars' film could break memorabilia auction record

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Ryan Gosling in The Gray Man. Netflix hide caption

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In 1998, animated insects skittered onto movie screens in A Bug's Life and Antz. AJ Pics/Alamy hide caption

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Seeing double: Near-identical films that came out at the same time

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What makes a death scene 'immortal?' A writer explains his favorite fictional deaths

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Bob Rafelson, 'Five Easy Pieces' director, has died at age 89

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Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Brandon Perea in Jordan Peele's latest film, NOPE. Universal Pictures hide caption

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American film director, writer and producer Bob Rafelson, pictured in this 1981 photo, died at his home in Aspen, Colo., on Saturday. He was 89. AP hide caption

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Bob Rafelson, 'Five Easy Pieces' director and 'The Monkees' co-creator, has died

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