Louis C.K. remembers getting "really big laughs" during his third try at stand-up. "I was so excited that I had a little foot in the door," C.K. says. He's pictured above in his FX series Louie. KC Bailey/FX hide caption

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Toni Morrison's novels include Beloved, The Bluest Eye and Song of Solomon. She won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1993. Timothy Greenfield Sanders hide caption

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Mark Ronson is a music producer, DJ and guitarist who's recorded with Adele, Paul McCartney, Ghostface Killah, Lily Allen and Duran Duran, among others. Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images hide caption

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In While We're Young, Adam Driver plays a young filmmaker who befriends an older couple played by Naomi Watts (left) and Ben Stiller. Nicole Rivelli /Courtesy of A24 hide caption

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The new show from England, Cucumber, stars Vincent Franklin (left) as Henry and Cyril Nri as Lance. It premieres on Logo TV on April 13. Ben Blackall/Courtesy of Logo TV hide caption

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Timothy Olyphant plays Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens on FX's Justified, which is based on a novella by Elmore Leonard. The show's creator, Graham Yost, says the only "tussle" the writers had with Leonard happened during the pilot, over which hat Raylan should wear. Prashant Gupta/FX hide caption

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Daniel Genis, son of Soviet emigre Alexander Genis, served 10 years in prison for armed robbery. He was released last year, and his essays about life in prison have been widely published. Courtesy of Petra Szabo hide caption

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Tomato paste gives the Potato Vindaloo its "backbone," "structure" and "depth," says America's Test Kitchen's Jack Bishop. "'You probably wouldn't identify it in the finished dish, but leave it out and you would notice the difference." Joe Keller/Courtesy of America's Test Kitchen hide caption

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David also co-created the NBC series Seinfeld. That show's character George Costanza is loosely based on David. Thos Robinson/Getty Images for The New Yorker hide caption

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Larry Wilmore debuts Comedy Central's The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore on Jan. 19. Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Comedy Central hide caption

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Richard Price is also the author of, among others, Clockers, Freedomland and The Wanderers. Lorraine Adams/Courtesy of Henry Holt & Co. hide caption

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Lynsey Addario is a photojournalist who has worked in war zones for well over a decade. Kursat Bayhan/Courtesy of Penguin Press hide caption

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Jonathan Banks (left) plays Mike Ehrmantraut, a former cop and a hit man, on the new AMC series Better Call Saul. He often carries out illegal instructions from Saul Goodman (right, played by Bob Odenkirk). Ben Leuner/Courtesy of AMC hide caption

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Research into how the human brain develops helps explain why teens have trouble controlling impulses. Leigh Wells/Ikon Images/Corbis hide caption

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Al Michaels will announce the Super Bowl game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots on Feb. 1. Doug Pensinger/Getty Images hide caption

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