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  • In the days of Errol Flynn and Judy Garland, a celebrity’s addiction was a nuisance to be contained. A celebrity in treatment, however, was a publicity disaster that studios and record labels worked overtime to keep a secret. Today, that’s no longer the case. A stay in rehab is no longer regarded as a career death knell—rather, it’s viewed as a good sign. Many celebrities who've sought treatment have not only kicked their habits, but have also gotten their careers back in a form that sometimes s

    Many celebrities who've sought treatment have not only kicked their habits, but have also gotten their careers back in a form that sometimes surpasses anything they accomplished in the past.

  • When it comes to effectively marketing a movie, it’s hard to do better than the Academy Award for Best Picture. Driving Miss Daisy sold a respectable number of tickets in general release, but when it won the Oscar for Best Picture of 1989, its box office receipts jumped by almost 30%. However, while it’s true that no Oscar winner for Best Picture has ever lost money, there are some movies that even Hollywood’s most coveted award can’t turn into blockbusters, and others that have won the award an

    Click to see our list of the 15 lowest-grossing Oscar winners of all time, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com.

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    Most people know that tobacco is America's original cash crop, that smoking is stigmatized in modern American society and that tobacco farmers are a dying breed. But did you know that there's a thriving black market for cigarettes? And that 50 million Americans a day light up?

  • By the time major hotels reach a certain age they have often been residences for the famous and once-famous, and they even serve as the location for of history in the making. When hotels and resorts are attractively appointed and they hang around long enough, they often attain a pedigree of filming and television locations, as is the case with the following ten hotels. Some of them have been the site of numerous shoots and others are known just for one distinctive film. Click ahead to see those

    When hotels and resorts are attractively appointed and they hang around long enough, they often attain a pedigree of filming and television locations, as is the case with the following 10 hotels.

  • As Academy Award season approaches, it’s not uncommon to hear talk about the “Oscar Jinx." Click to see the actors and actresses whose careers declined once they won the Academy Award.

  • Toy land is a happier place these days. After logging its first sales gains since 2006, the toy industry is heading into 2011 more optimistic about the year ahead. The upbeat tone was felt at the the largest toy trade show in the Western Hemisphere, which took place at the Javitz Center in New York City. Attendance at the show was up quite a bit both in terms of the people walking the booths and those showing their wares. The coming year will bring a number of toy-friendly movies such as “Cars 2

    After logging its first sales gains since 2006, the toy industry is heading into 2011 more optimistic about the year ahead. Here are some of the coolest gadgets from the 108th annual American International Toy Fair!

  • 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.

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