Jackie Weaver (right, with Sullivan Stapleton) plays the matriarch of a Melbourne-based crime family who has an inappropriate relationship with her sons. John Tsiavis/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Singer and teen idol David Cassidy captivated the hearts and minds of many teenage girls, writer Allison Pearson included. AP hide caption

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"It is mad to stay, like it is mad to become a monk," says Brother Christian (Lambert Wilson) in Xavier Beauvois' Of Gods and Men. Marie-Julie Maille/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Melissa Leo, an Oscar nominee for 2008's Frozen River, won a new York Film Critics Circle award for her role in the boxing drama The Fighter. JoJo Whilden/2010 Fighter, LLC. hide caption

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Natalie Portman plays Nina, a ballerina dancing the roles of both the White Swan and the Black Swan, in Darren Aronofsky's psychological horror film Black Swan. Niko Tavernise via Fox Searchlight hide caption

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In The King's Speech, Colin Firth plays King George VI, who was adored by his subjects for refusing to leave London during World War II bombing raids. He also suffered from a terrible stammer and hated speaking in public. Laurie Sparham via The Weinstein Co. hide caption

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Aaron Tveit and James Franco star as Peter Orlovsky and Allen Ginsberg JoJo Whilden/Oscilloscope Laboratories hide caption

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In this file photo, Egyptians celebrate the news of the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Feb. 11 in Tahrir Square. Tara Todras-Whitehill/AP hide caption

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Biz Stone is the co-founder of Twitter. He tweets under the name @biz. Dustin Diaz/Twitter hide caption

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George Shearing, the ebullient jazz pianist who wrote the standard "Lullaby of Birdland," died Monday in Manhattan of congestive heart failure. He was 91. Associated Press hide caption

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Even basic sensory maps in the brain can be remapped in a matter of months, says neurologist V.S. Ramachandran. Mads Abildgaard/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Joel (left) and Ethan Coen flank star Jeff Bridges on the set of True Grit. Wilson Webb/Paramount hide caption

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Ed Helms plays Tim Lippe, a naive insurance salesman in Miguel Arteta's comedy Cedar Rapids. ID PR hide caption

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