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Jennifer Lawrence plays Ree Dolly, an Ozarks teenager who sets out in search of her drug-dealing father. Sebastian Mlynarski hide caption

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Economist Richard McGowan calls gambling the "painless tax" -- because consumers don't realize how much money they're giving to the state when they play. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Ryan Gosling received an Academy Award nomination for his role in Half Nelson. He has been nominated for two Golden Globes, one for his performance in this year's Blue Valentine and one for 2007's Lars and the Real Girl. Alberto E. Rodriguez /Getty Images Entertainment hide caption

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The Year Of No: Geoff Nunberg declares "no" to be the 2010 word of the year. (In case you're curious, NPR wrote 1,640 articles featuring the word "no" in the past year.) Stephanie d'Otreppe/NPR hide caption

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Tegan and Sara celebrate Christmas in 1985. The sisters are featured on a new holiday album, Gift Wrapped II: Snowed In. Courtesy of Tegan and Sara hide caption

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A radiologist examines a mammogram for signs of breast cancer in Los Angeles in May, 2010. Damian Dovarganes/AP Photo hide caption

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Dancers today, like these students taking a beginner's class, practice the same basic positions first introduced centuries ago. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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A flautist from Konzerthausorchester Berlin performs during Musikfest Berlin 2010's tribute to Pierre Boulez. Kai Bienert hide caption

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James Moody was named an NEA Jazz Master in 1998. Here, Moody attends the 2006 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters induction. Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images hide caption

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A Contender: The fading junior heavyweight Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) takes a lot of hits -- and takes them hard -- in David O. Russell's The Fighter. JoJo Whilden hide caption

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A protester holds a sign in the seating area of the Senate Armed Service Committee's hearing on the "don't ask, don't tell" policy on Dec. 2. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Director Tanya Hamilton started making short films as an undergraduate at Cooper Union. Night Catches Us, her first feature film, debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. Magnolia Pictures hide caption

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Lena Dunham plays Aura and Alex Karpovsky plays Jed, a YouTube star who treats Dunham poorly, in her film Tiny Furniture. Joe Anderson via IFC Films hide caption

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Walter Mosley has written more than three dozen books, including 11 historical mysteries featuring detective Easy Rawlins. David Burnett via Riverhead Books hide caption

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