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Joe Hagan's cover story in the Jan. 22 edition of New York Magazine details why the 2012 election will be the "most negative in the history of American politics." New York Magazine hide caption

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Glass on Glass: Philip Glass (left) and Ira Glass are second cousins. Pavel Antonov/St. Ann's Warehouse hide caption

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This Glock was used at a police department and then sold at an auction. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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"Making a movie is a great distraction from the real agonies of the world," filmmaker Woody Allen told Fresh Air in 2009. Brian Hamill/MGM/PBS hide caption

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Albert Nobbs (Glenn Close) and Helen (Mia Wasikowska) go on a series of awkward dates in Albert Nobbs, a film based on a 1918 George Moore story. Patrick Redmond/Roadside Attractions hide caption

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Luck, the new HBO drama created by David Milch, is about the inside world of horse racing. Gusmano Cesaretti /HBO hide caption

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When Kiefer Sutherland ended his series of very long, very intense days as Jack Bauer on the Fox series 24, few people, including Sutherland himself, expected him to be starring in another TV series right away. Fox hide caption

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An illustration shows heretics being tortured and nailed to wooden posts during the first Inquisition. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Uncomfortably Numb: For Brandon (Michael Fassbender), the endless pursuit of sex doesn't involve any particular pleasure — only a driving obsession. Fox Searchlight Pictures hide caption

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Johnny Otis (center), shown playing with his band The Johnny Otis Revue. Charlie Gillett Collection/Redferns Via Getty Images hide caption

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Brad Pitt, left, plays Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A's, in the movie Moneyball. His assistant Peter Brand is played by Jonah Hill. Melinda Sue Gordon/Sony Pictures hide caption

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Bare-Knuckle Politics: The battle-hardened Roman general Coriolanus (Ralph Fiennes) runs for office at the urging of his mother (Vanessa Redgrave) — but it turns out he's no booster of majority rule. Larry D. Horricks/The Weinstein Co. hide caption

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