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  • For parents in search of excursions that provide a little more mental stimulation than the beach, the choices abound. It’s just a matter of picking from the wealth of options. To narrow it down, we’ve picked suggestions for eight types of kids, from budding chef to history buff, to drama queen, to animal lover. Here, assembled with input from Eileen Ogintz, creator of the travel resource and the writers at are plenty of ideas for educational family fun.

    For parents in search of excursions that provide a little more mental stimulation than the beach, the choices abound. It’s just a matter of picking from the wealth of options.

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    Valentine's Day is about money as much as love. Take our quiz to find out what you know about both.

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    How much do you know about the big game and the business of football?

  • Since 1932, the Quigley Publishing Company has polled movie theater owners to find out which actors and actresses they consider the biggest box office draws. Movie executives read the trades every day, and agents negotiate the deals, but theater owners actually see customers plunking down their hard-earned money on movie tickets night after night. Their experience makes them uniquely qualified to say which performers are likely to actually draw customers. Which Hollywood names get people to brav

    Which Hollywood names get people to brave the snow and buy a ticket? Click ahead to see exhibitors’ choices for the top money-making stars of 2010.

  • At the time of Michael Jackson’s death, his career was in decline. The last album released during his lifetime was 2001’s Invincible, which was regarded as a commercial failure. However, his 2009 death made him a commercially viable entity all over again, and on December 14, 2010, his posthumous album Michael was released, and sold 224,910 copies in its first week. The King of Pop is not the first musician to have vastly improved album sales after leaving us. In fact, sometimes an album released

    Sometimes an album released after an artist’s death is the biggest seller of his career. Click to see which musicians drummed up major sales with posthumous albums.

  • In television, the cancelled show is a common thing. Audience tastes are notoriously hard to predict, so every network is bound to produce its share of losers as well as winners.However, some shows fall so short of the mark that the network terminates them before all of the existing episodes have aired. Some are pulled due to low ratings, and some because they’ve created more controversy than anyone bargained for. But what they all have in common is a network whose higher-ups decided they were b

    Once a fan base is cultivated and name recognition is established, the sequels and prequels provide a consistent source of revenue that can be milked for years.

  • So many automobiles roll through the backgrounds of movies and on TV shows, only to meet a humble end of getting compacted into a cube at a junkyard. But other cars are the movies and the TV shows in which they appear, or else they make such a memorable impression that they carry on the movie’s legacy as they are sold or displayed in museums. Most slides of the following famous cars were provided by Bob Hartwig, the director of rental operations at in North Hollywood, CA, which creates and suppl

    Many automobiles roll through the backgrounds of movies and on TV shows, but only a select few carry on the movie’s legacy as they are sold or displayed in museums. Check out our list!

  • In its heyday, the action movie sold two hours of rollicking summertime fun to audiences at the nation’s multiplexes. The massively successful genre evolved over the course of the 1980s and made superstars out of its leading men, people like Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, all of whose hyper-violent contributions to cinema were lapped up by an eager public. But times change and so do public tastes, and the action movie eventually lost its status as the summer event fi

    What follows is a list of the 15 action movie stars who fell from box office dominance to the lowest rung on the ladder. Here are 15 action movie stars who got their financial butts kicked.

  • The holiday season is upon us, and with it are the blockbuster movies that everyone will be lining up to see after they finish their Black Friday shopping. One of the most eagerly awaited is the seventh film in the highly profitable Harry Potter franchise, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1. If the performance of the last six films is any indication, it should dominate the box office and further boost the franchise’s reputation as one of the highest grossing of all time. A popular movi

    Once a fan base is cultivated and name recognition is established, the sequels and prequels provide a consistent source of revenue that can be milked for years.

  • Playboy and Christie’s are coming together in Chicago on December 8 to auction off more than 125 works from the corporate collection of Playboy Enterprises. Although this auction - aptly titled Year of the Rabbit--features some iconic pieces, the collection’s curator describes it as the “tip of the iceberg,” with over 5,000 pieces owned by Playboy. In an interview with the Associated Press, Hefner said that "Playboy helped to change the very direction of commercial art — breaking down the wall b

    Playboy and Christie’sare coming together in Chicago on December 8 to auction off more than 125 works from the corporate collection of Playboy Enterprises. Click for highlights.

  • Not every movie or TV show is shot on a sound stage; some of those exteriors and interiors are real. At any given time, the real estate market has properties that, when given a closer look, are recognizable as more than just private homes (or in some cases private homes designed by famous architects). The following houses and mansions are all recently sold or still on the market… and on TV and movie screens across America.

    The following houses and mansions are all recently sold or still on the market…and on TV and movie screens across America.

  • Many people believe that the life of a famous musician is all champagne, Learjets, and a steady flow of royalty payments to pay for it all. This is certainly true for some, but there are also those who have reached the upper echelons of megastardom, only to lose it all in the blink of an eye. Some managed their money badly. Some lost everything to the managers and promoters who were supposed to be looking after their affairs. And some spent all their money on lavish mansions, expensive cars and

    Some managed their money badly. And some spent all their money on lavish mansions, expensive cars and various addictions.

  • A good horror movie offers a thrilling experience that no other genre provides. However, many people find the violence, tension and dread too much to handle, so horror remains a bit of a cult genre. What defines a horror film? There’s more to it than just a spooky atmosphere and a machete-wielding psychopath in a hockey mask. Horror is a broad genre, and it can be almost anything, as long as it provokes a feeling of fear, dread or tension in the viewer. That leaves a lot of room to blend with ot

    See the 15 movies that found large mainstream audiences and became the highest grossing horror movies of all time, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com.

  • For the past 39 years, has surveyed research directors and chief investment officers at major U.S. money management firms to get their take on the best equity analysts in each sector. Although many top analysts manage to hold onto their #1 spot each year, 2010 has 12 analysts claiming top honors in their sector for the first time. They have staked out their top spots by making good calls ahead of the curve, responding to clients in short order and making a name for themselves on Wall Street. Alt

    Although many top analysts manage to hold onto their #1 spot each year, 2010 has 12 analysts claiming top honors in their sector.

  • For the past 39 years, has surveyed research directors and chief investment officers at major U.S. money management firms to get their take on the best equity analysts in each sector. According to Institutional Investor, a spot on the All American Research Team (AART) can have a significant impact on an analyst’s compensation, with members of the AART earning 2.4 times more in total compensation than analysts who were not ranked. But what is more impressive than being ranked is appearing on the

    So, which top analysts have year after year withstood the test of time and are among the most successful on the street? Click to find out!

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