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Anthony Shadid covered the Middle East for nearly two decades for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and The Associated Press. Courtesy of The New York Times hide caption

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Actress Michelle Williams was recently nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in Blue Valentine. In Meek's Cutoff, she plays a bold settler named Emily Tetherow. Matt Sayles/AP Photo hide caption

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Linda Cardellini plays a vet who returns from overseas with no way to make sense of where she was and what it meant in director Liza Johnson's new drama Return. Dada Films hide caption

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Republican congressional candidate and Maine Senate President Kevin Raye speaks during the Kennebec County Super Caucus in Augusta, Maine, on Feb. 4. Joel Page/AP hide caption

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Sondheim, shown here in 1974, won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for Sunday in the Park with George. He has also received eight Tony Awards, eight Grammy awards and a Kennedy Center Honor. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Nathan Englander grew up in an Orthodox Jewish family. He now splits his time between New York and Madison, Wis. Juliana Sohn hide caption

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J. Edgar Hoover was the first director of the FBI. He introduced fingerprinting and forensic techniques to the crime-fighting agency, and pushed for stronger federal laws to punish criminals who strayed across state lines. He also kept secret files on more than 20,000 Americans he deemed "subversive." Anonymous/Library of Congress hide caption

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Viola Davis earned her first Oscar nomination with a small but memorable role in Doubt; she also has won a pair of Tony Awards for her work on Broadway. Chris Pizzello/AP hide caption

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Bret McKenzie (left) wrote five of the songs in The Muppets, including the Oscar-nominated "Man or Muppet" and the opening number, "Life's a Happy Song." Andrew Macpherson/Disney hide caption

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Meryl Streep stars as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady. The Weinstein Company hide caption

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Ameena Matthews, a violence interrupter with the Chicago organization CeaseFire, mediates disputes to prevent gang violence from escalating. Aaron Wickenden/Kartemquin Films hide caption

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Mixed martial arts fighter Gina Carano stars as Mallory Kane, a highly trained covert operative, in a twisty, tautly wrought thriller. Claudette Barius/Relativity Media hide caption

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One year ago, Wael Ghonim spoke with reporters in Cairo's Tahrir Square, as protests there continued. Khaled Desouki /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Writers for Sid Caesar include Mel Brooks (front, lower right corner) and Neil Simon (back row, upper left corner). Courtesy of Michael Hirsh hide caption

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