The cast of The Muppets includes (left to right) Floyd Pepper, Fozzie Bear, Lew Zealand, Janice, Swedish Chef, Camilla The Chicken, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Gonzo, Scooter and Beaker. Scott Garfield/Disney 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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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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Baratunde Thurston is an American comedian and the digital director of The Onion. He co-founded the black political blog Jack & Jill Politics. He is also a prolific tweeter. Courtesy of the author 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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Oldman played Sirius Black to Daniel Radcliffe's Harry Potter in the blockbuster franchise. Murray Close/Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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In one episode of Portlandia, Brownstein and Armisen started a grass-roots campaign to prevent the Olympics from ever coming to Portland. IFC hide caption

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Larry David returned for an eighth season of Curb Your Enthusiasm this year. David Bianculli called his show "one of the funniest and [most] daringly different shows ever made for TV." HBO hide caption

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Elmo and Clash, on the Sesame Street set in 2006. Richard Termine/Sesame Workshop hide caption

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Louis C.K., born Louis Szekely, is a writer, actor, producer, director and star of the FX series Louie. FX hide caption

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Christopher Kimball offers several suggestions for making your fries deliciously crispy. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Michio Kaku is an author and the Henry Semat Professor of Theoretical Physics at the City University of New York. His books include Hyperspace, Visions and Beyond Einstein. Andrea Brizzi/Doubleday hide caption

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Kermit the Frog does the backstage-chat thing with Amy Adams and Jason Segel in The Muppets. Scott Garfield/Disney hide caption

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