The Cricket's Daily 3: Paula Deen cries her defense
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Here's what's being talked about in pop culture:

• Celebrity cook Paula Deen made a tearful appearance on "The Today Show," and defended herself from charges of racism. [Entertainment Weekly]

• Will Smith may have priced himself out of an "Independence Day" sequel, but Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman are coming back for more alien butt-kicking. [Vulture]

• Comedian and Twitter star Jenny Johnson, whose profane tweets have included an epic online fight with Chris Brown, has signed a book deal. [The Hollywood Reporter]