Laverne Cox plays Sophia on Netflix's Orange Is The New Black, one of several current shows exploring the lives of transgender characters. Paul Schiraldi/Netflix hide caption

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Brittney Griner puts up a shot against Japan during a 2013 preseason WNBA game in Phoenix. Christian Petersen/Getty Images hide caption

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The 2014 film Noah has stirred up the ire of some conservative Christians, who accuse the filmmakers of using a story about environmental catastrophe to push a message about climate change and conservation. Niko Tavernise/Courtesy of Paramount Pictures hide caption

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Shailene Woodley, pictured at this year's Independent Spirit Awards, stars in the forthcoming Divergent, a big-screen adaptation of the first book in Veronica Roth's dystopian trilogy. Kevin Winter/Getty Images hide caption

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The Stooges (L-R Dave Alexander, Iggy Pop in front, Scott Asheton in back and Ron Asheton) in the studio in 1970, during the making of their second album, Fun House. Ed Caraeff/Getty Images hide caption

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In the movie, Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell) is a recent law school grad living in New York when an old flame — Logan Echolls — calls her back to her home town of Neptune, Calif. Robert Voets/Courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment hide caption

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Foreign subsidies encourage Hollywood studios to move film work abroad —The Hobbit, for example, was shot in New Zealand — but that can make visual effects jobs unstable back in the U.S. AP/Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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One of this season's Oscar-nominated shorts is Mr. Hublot, a French-language animated film about a reclusive man who must learn to adapt to a new housemate — a robot dog. Zeilt Productions hide caption

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Lupita Nyong'o and Chiwetel Ejiofor in the Oscar-nominated 12 Years a Slave. Director Steve McQueen and film editor Joe Walker took a restrained, formal approach to portraying the "casual nightmare" of American slavery. Francois Duhamel/Fox Searchlight Pictures hide caption

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Rayon (Jared Leto) and Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) are fellow AIDS patients smuggling alternative medications into the U.S. in Dallas Buyers Club, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. Anne Marie Fox/Courtesy of Focus Features hide caption

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Malaysian shooting athlete Nur Suryani Taibi was eight months pregnant in 2012 as she prepared for the Summer Olympics in London. Rebecca Blackwell/AP hide caption

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Dean Winchester (left, played by Jensen Ackles) and his brother Sam (Jared Padalecki) battle evil beings on CW's Supernatural. The brothers may be easy on the eyes, but sex appeal alone doesn't explain Supernatural's passionate fan base. Cate Cameron/The CW hide caption

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Amiri Baraka, shown here in 1972, was a renowned poet whose politics strongly shaped his work. Julian C. Wilson/AP hide caption

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Florida Georgia Line was unsigned when it recorded the year's biggest country song, "Cruise." Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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