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The Hot List: The Best, the Brightest and the Baddest of 2011

The hottest in music and technology, actresses and Ultimate Fighters

October 27, 2011 12:00 PM ET
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The following were featured in the 2011 edition of Rolling Stone's Hot Issue, rounding up the best, the brightest and the baddest of the year.

Beavis and Butt-Head Return With 'Jersey Shore' In Their Cross Hairs
"There was a conscious decision to have nobody grow or learn much," creator Mike Judge says

'Parks and Recreation' Star Aubrey Plaza Has a Black Belt in Deadpan Humor
"I'm pretty sarcastic, so people who don't know me may think I'm a bitch"

How Inventor Ben Gulak Went From Science-Fair Nerd to the Playboy Mansion
"My work has become this fun part of my life," says the inventor of a Segway that's actually cool

Prep-Auteur Whit Stillman Returns With a College Comedy
The director talks Damsels in Distress

Michael Fassbender Discusses His Starring Roles
"That's the biggest compliment, when someone calls me a chameleon"

Down-to-Earth Actress Jessica Chastain is Hollywood's Most Wanted Newcomer
"I'm not going to be the girl with the private yoga instructor at my house"

'2 Broke Girls' Star Kat Dennings Wants to 'Bring the Sitcom Back'
"The show is not just a ha-ha machine"

How Jason Segel Went From Apatow Bro to Master of Muppets
"I just really appreciate puppetry as an artform"

Makerbot's Thing-O-Matic Printers Turn Ideas Into Reality
"You can make a bobble head in it with your own head," head of marketing Keith Ozar says

UFC Champ Jon 'Bones' Jones Might Be the Michael Jordan of Anything-Goes Combat
"I don't want to sound cocky, but I do hold myself in high regard"

Odd Future's Frank Ocean Readies Solo Takeover
In our Hot Issue, the hip-hop's collective in-house smoothie describes his debut album as Kanye-ambitious

Craig Thompson's Epic New Graphic Novel 'Habibi'
In our Hot Issue, the artist and writer discusses how he drew on Islamic, Jewish and Christian tradition for his book

Skrillex Isn't Surprised By Dubstep Takeoff
"It just brings so many different types of people together"

Perpetually Awesome 'SNL' Standout, Bill Hader
"If there's a laugh someplace, you go for it"

Villas, Private Jets and Paris Hilton: Rolling in Ibiza with David Guetta
"I'm happy to be the biggest DJ in the world"

Surfer Dane Reynolds Hates Competition - But Blows it Out of the Water
"I don't put too much importance on winning contests, which I think can make surfing boring"

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