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  • Celebrities are making the rounds again this year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.The tech show has reeled in a star-studded lineup, and the stars are drawing attention.Whether they are endorsing a product or service, revealing their own branded product line or just there to draw crowds to some of the latest innovations, celebrities are everywhere at CES 2012.

    Celebrities are making the rounds again this year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The tech show has reeled in a star-studded lineup, and the stars are drawing attention.

  • When a company pays for its product to be featured in a movie or a television show to increase brand awareness, it’s called product placement. This form of advertising has been around almost as long as movies and television shows themselves, and has long been a secondary source of income for networks and content producers. When factoring in commercial-skipping technology like DVR and on-demand programming, product placement becomes even more attractive for advertisers.However, this type of brand

    Nielsen has compiled the top programs with product placement, and the following is a list ranked by number of product placement occurrences in 2011.

  • Athletes and celebrities depend on their physical prowess and appearance to earn their livelihoods, and some will go to great lengths to secure it. Though it may seem outrageous to many, these stars have shelled out big money for insurance policies on the assets that have been the benchmarks of their success: their bodies themselves.Taking out a policy on a body part, although rare, has been around for decades. During the 1920s, silent-film clown Ben Turpin, who was known for his crossed eyes, t

    Who are some athletes and celebrities who have taken out insurance policies to cover their assets? FInd out!

  • What makes a job an easy one? That depends. Some are easy because they offer minimal contact with the public. Others, because they don’t require an advanced degree. And still others, because the spectacular beachfront location of the office makes it impossible to dwell on the downsides for too long.Unfortunately, one downside that’s next to impossible to overlook is a low salary. If you’re struggling to make rent and subsisting on a diet of Ramen noodles, it doesn’t matter if you have free acces

    Are there really jobs with flexible hours, fantastic locations and copious vacation time that also net a decent paycheck? What follows is a list of jobs with the potential for high pay and low stress.

  • Some people avoid winter, either by living in warmer climes or fleeing when winter looms. Others embrace it and head for the hills to strap on the skis or snowboards. These people need places to unwind after a day of romping in the powder.The editors at  put together a list of some prime ski homes, all of them for sale.The houses typically reflect a love for the outdoors, often featuring walls of windows, fireplaces and rustic beams and stone fireplaces. They’re all great for groups and have ent

    Click on to see these luxurious mansions, ranked from least expensive to most, many of which are ski-in/ski-out.

  • When a couple divorces, it’s rarely as simple as one person packing a suitcase and sleeping on a friend’s couch. Lawyers are hired, assets are divided and child custody is negotiated. A painful process, to be sure, but those enduring it can sometimes escape at work, an oasis of distraction where personal problems can be ignored for eight hours a day.This is not an option when a divorced couple works together. As stressful as this situation likely is, some divorced couples roll up their sleeves,

    Divorced couples sometimes have to see each other at work. Some share ownership of a business but communicate only through lawyers and underlings. Others go on 300-day international stadium tours together.

  • The holiday season generates thoughts and memories relating to families and the home, so it’s no wonder that many holiday-centric movies so prominently feature a home. Some of these beloved homes are figments of set designers’ imaginations. The mundane two-story suburban home of “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” was a set, and even the lovely stone farmhouse from the 1945 romantic comedy “Christmas in Connecticut” was a set. Yet some of the familiar homes featured in beloved holiday movies

    Some of the homes featured in beloved holiday movies are real houses, and these homes are located all over the country. Click to see them all.

  • On Nov. 17, 2011, after six years of marriage, celebrity couple Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher . The pair had made headlines when they first emerged as a couple, and very few of those headlines ran without pointing out the 16-year age difference between the two of them.The age gap between Moore and Kutcher made their union a classic May-December romance, and the list of celebrities who have engaged in such unions is long. Almost as long, however, is the list of such couples who couldn’t keep thei

    Divorce lawyers have full coffers thanks to the dissolution of celebrity unions. What are some notable May-December celebrity divorces?

  • Long before Harry Potter and the Twilight series captivated global audiences, the movie industry has been adapting successful books to movies, translating literary successes into box office blockbusters. Popular books have an already-present fan base associated with them and movies bring these highly popular stories to life. You don’t have to look far to find book-inspired films with major box office success, the titles include names like “Forrest Gump,” “Shrek,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “The Chro

    Distributors have long understood a successful book can translate into big money at the box office. So, what are the highest grossing films based on books?

  • Movies have glamorized many occupations over the years. The films of Humphrey Bogart let viewers live vicariously as street-smart private eyes. James Bond made audience members imagine themselves as debonair, globe-hopping spies with exotic seductresses in every port of call. And Clint Eastwood’s westerns made people visualize themselves as the frontier’s messengers of bloody vengeance.What these films failed to do was accurately convey a picture of their main characters’ day-to-day finances. Wa

    CNBC.com considered how famous movie characters made their living. We found what their salaries would be in real life, then determined if they could really afford to live in that apartment, drive that car, or eat at that restaurant.

  • From its first issue featuring Marilyn Monroe, magazine has sought well-known women to pose on its pages, a strategy that has made it one of the most iconic American magazines in history. Securing some of the world’s most recognizable sex symbols to pose for photo shoots has been a key strategy of allowing it to sell millions of copies — sometimes with the allure of a single model. Many of the most in-demand women are also reluctant to appear in the magazine, however, leading to make big offers

    So, which celebrities have reportedly been offered huge sums to appear in Playboy? Which have turned them down? Click ahead to find out.

  • Horror films have been a part of our psyche and a Hollywood money-spinner for almost a century, starting with “Dracula” and “Frankenstein” — both released in 1931.Whether it’s the thrill, the chill or the ample blood spill that draws audiences to the macabre movie experience, few can deny moviegoers’ morbid fascination with fear. Over the past four decades, we have witnessed the terrifying yet timeless roles of Jigsaw, Jason and Freddy, mixed with a rising trend in psychological thrillers. Whate

    Check out the top 10 highest grossing horror film franchises of all time, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com and WorldwideBoxoffice.com.

  • The average funeral in the U.S. costs about . Educated consumers can comparison shop and find a coffin at Wal-Mart for less than , but typically those grieving for loved ones simply reply on local funeral homes and accept their price points.While the cost associated with the average funeral service is burdensome for most, there are those for whom no average funeral will do. Many actors, musicians and politicians have been sent off in grand fashion, with extravagant final services featuring dizzy

    Who has had some of the most extravagant funerals of all time? Check out our list.

  • The forward march of technology is both unforgiving and unstoppable. As it mercilessly weeds out the old in favor of the new, once beloved products and services become less favored by consumers, while others simply become obsolete.It’s always been this way. The horse and buggy was once the dominant means of travel for Americans, but once the automobile was invented formerly solvent buggy makers found themselves out of a job.This dynamic repeats itself whenever a new invention comes along that si

    What follows is a list of products and services that became so indispensable to consumers that they instantly lost interest in their previous favorites.

  • There's no dancing around the fact that the vast majority of movies based on videogames stink. Absurd plotlines are attached to games that barely had a story to begin with -- and those rare games that do have a strong narrative typically see that jettisoned by filmmakers for a different story line. Being a bad movie isn't necessarily the kiss of death at the box office — need we remind you of Paulie Shore's cinematic career? Sometimes, however, the audience is just too smart to be fooled and the

    There are some familiar franchises on this list of the biggest game-to-movie stinkers, proving that even if a studio options a game with an enormous fan base, it can't assume those players will show up at the box office.

  • The history of financially successful videogame-to-movie conversions is a pretty short one. The list of critically successful conversions is even shorter. That doesn't mean there haven't been a few solid hits that got their start in the console world. Popular franchises tend to come with a built-in audience, and when Hollywood supplements that with a big star, it can be an immensely profitable venture — often spawning one or more sequels. Here are eight examples of gaming franchises that have ma

    The history of financially successful videogame-to-movie conversions is a pretty short one. Here are eight examples of gaming franchises that have managed to succeed on the big screen.

  • As lavish birthday gifts go, it’s hard to top this one: Naomi Campbell received an island vacation home for her 41st birthday from her Russian billionaire boyfriend Vladislav Doronin, according to numerous online  It’s shaped like the Egyptian Eye of Horus on a location known as Cleopatra Island in Turkey’s Gulf of Gökova. Spanish Architect Luis de Garrido, who specializes in sustainable building, designed Eco-House Horus to be completely energy, water, and food self-sufficient. As with his othe

    Naomi Campbell received an island vacation home for her 41st birthday from her Russian billionaire boyfriend Vladislav Doronin. Click to see the photos.

  • September typically marks the beginning of the holiday season for the videogame industry. From this point through late November, publishers will release at least one potential blockbuster per week. Holiday sales make up roughly 40 percent of the overall industry revenue--and the year's biggest hits are born then. But as publishers prepare for the fourth-quarter battle, what better time to see what has been driving sales so far this year? So far things aren't shaping up well. Software sales are d

    Here's a look at the top 10 videogames through the end of August, based on U.S. sales (though when the year's over, expect several to be displaced).

  • People love to read about celebrities who spend huge sums of money on luxury items--even in these hard times. After all, who wouldn’t be amused to learn that Paris Hilton owns a $325,000 doghouse that’s an exact replica of her own mansion?The limits of celebrity conspicuous consumption continue to be pushed. Some of the rich and famous have distinguished themselves through the sheer quantities of cash spent on quirky luxury items—up to $1 million or more. Often, the practicality of these purchas

    Who are some of the celebrities who have spent $1 million or more on decadent extravagances? Click to find out!

  • Blue Heron Farm, which has served as the Obama family vacation home on Martha’s Vineyard, has just been put  with Sotheby's International Realty, carrying a price tag of $23.7 million.Because President Barack Obama and family have rented the compound for one week for the past three years, bringing with them staffers and Secret Service, many call it the “Summer White House.” (Bill and Hillary Clinton were also guests back in 1998.)Blue Heron Farm is situated in Chilmark, which is known to show up

    Blue Heron Farm, which has served as the Obama family vacation home on Martha’s Vineyard, has just been put on the market with a price tag of $23.7 million.

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