In Birdman, Ed Norton (right) plays a talented but pretentious actor in a Broadway play being directed by an actor he disrespects (Michael Keaton, left) for having starred in a series of Birdman superhero films. Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures hide caption

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Feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian, seen here filming her Tropes vs. Women web series, recently canceled a talk at Utah State University after the school received threats of a mass shooting at the event. Jonathan McIntosh hide caption

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Neil Patrick Harris has hosted the Tony Awards four times. Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images hide caption

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Before creating The Mindy Project, Mindy Kaling wrote and appeared in NBC's The Office. Isabella Vosmikova/FOX hide caption

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Joanna Coles, editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, at her desk in August. Alex Geana/Splash News/Corbis hide caption

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Cameron Esposito has appeared on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, IFC's Maron and E!'s Chelsea Lately. Mandee Johnson/Right On! PR hide caption

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Caitlin Doughty is the founder of The Order of the Good Death, a group of funeral industry professionals, academics and artists who focus on the rituals families perform with their dead. Mara Zehler/Courtesy of W.W. Norton & Co. Inc. hide caption

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Michelle Howard is the first woman to achieve the rank of four-star admiral in the Navy. James Clark/NPR hide caption

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In the early days, Walter Isaacson says, computers were "big ol' things with vacuum tubes" that took up entire rooms. For example, the electric analog computer named ANACOM (shown here in 1950 at Caltech) weighed 6,000 pounds and filled 13 cabinets. AP hide caption

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Author H.P. Lovecraft, famous for his works of horror writing, was also known for his highly racist opinions. AP Photo/Brown University Library hide caption

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Lena Dunham's new collection of personal essays about her relationships, friendships and obsessive-compulsive disorder has received rave reviews. Autumn de Wilde/Courtesy of Random House hide caption

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