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  • 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.

  • The Hollywood machine loves a fresh-faced, button-nosed, apple-cheeked, sassy child performer. Once that precocious kid dares to grow up, however, the system is not kind.The unfortunate trend is that for every well-adjusted former child star, there are two troubled Coreys. Behind them is a staggering rogues gallery of has-beens such as Lindsay Lohan, Dustin Diamond, and so on, with each of them doing one or more of the following: falling down drunk, overdosing on drugs, crashing a car, committin

    We assembled a list of child stars that have moved on from acting (for the most part) to achieve success in other fields—a handful still in the entertainment world. See where they are now.

  • In recent years, multiple celebrities have attempted to extend their brand by venturing into the business world. Actor and comedian Will Ferrell found tremendous success with his website, FunnyorDie.com while Rapper Sean Combs (P Diddy) owns multiple businesses including a record label, a clothing line, a movie production company and more. However, despite all the successful celebrity ventures in the world, there are numerous examples of celebrity businesses that have gone bust. A celebrity name

    The following celebrities have learned the hard way that success in the business world doesn’t always come easily.

  • Fashion lovers gathered in Paris this week for the haute couture fall/winter 2011 presentations, which run from Monday, July 4 to Thursday, July 7. The event shows collections from iconic designers like Valentino, Giorgio Armani Prive, Givenchy or Jean-Paul Gaultier and concludes fashion celebrations that traveled to cities such as New York, London and Milan in the first half of the year. For the first time in 15 years, the Christian Dior show did not feature John Galliano, the British designer

    Fashion lovers gathered in Paris this week for the haute couture fall/winter 2011 presentations. Click for highlights.

  • Mention gambling and glitzy images of Las Vegas come to mind. But you'll be surprised to know Americans are not the world's biggest gamblers. In fact, the world’s biggest gambling nations include plenty of unlikely candidates.The rankings are based on data from , a consultancy based in London. They take into account average gaming losses (the amount bet and never recovered) in a year divided by the adult population in over 200 countries. The numbers include money lost on all types of betting inc

    The world’s biggest gambling nations include plenty of unlikely candidates. Read on to find out the countries with the biggest losers and the boldest gamblers.

  • Product placement goes back to the earliest days of film. The first movie ever to win a Best Picture Oscar was a silent 1927 film called Wings, which featured Clara Bow, Gary Cooper and, in one scene, a prominently placed bar of . The practice lives on today, as companies place their products in movies in the hope that filmgoers will buy what they see onscreen. But which cases of product placement in the movies have really worked? Click ahead to see 10 of the most notable product placement succe

    Which cases of product placement in the movies have really worked? Click ahead to see 10 of the most notable product placement success stories.

  • The business world has served as the backdrop for some of the most entertaining movies ever made. The industries var y wildly, and everything from real estate to fashion to organized crime has had its moment on the silver screen. However, whatever the business might be, one thing is likely --- at some point, one of the characters will let us know with a monologue exactly what makes the enterprise tick. Click ahead to see 14 of the most iconic monologues about business in cinema history.

    The business world has served as the backdrop for some of the most entertaining movies ever made. Click to see 14 of the most iconic monologues about business in cinema history.

  • Some movies are clearly shot on island locations, but where exactly are those beaches and palm fronds and mountains and volcanoes and huts? It’s important to know—purely to investigate the culture, ecology, and history of said island, and not because it would make a great place to vacation. Certain movie franchises, like James Bond and Pirates of the Caribbean, are filmed on pretty much every beautiful tropical island. There are far too many to catalog them all here, but we will touch on some. (

    Some movies are clearly shot on island locations, but where exactly are those beaches and palm fronds and mountains and volcanoes and huts?

  • On April 29, 2011, millions of people across the world will watch Prince William wed his long term girlfriend and college sweetheart, Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey in London. William and Catherine (as she will be known officially ) have urged that the ceremony reflects these recessionary times and avoids being overly "lavish , " but with a guest list boasting royalty, oligarchs and celebrities, their nuptials will be celebrated by some of the wealthiest people in the world - for whom being

    So, who is expected to be the richest in attendance at the royal wedding of Prince William to college sweetheart, Kate Middleton? Click to find out.

  • The celebrity mansion / gaudily decorated cast house has become an obligatory character in most reality series, just as reality series have become an obligatory part of TV programming. In fact, for a few years there, VH-1 seemed to be recycling the same company mansion throughout numerous series involving overlapping casts of musicians and ill-behaved young people vying to date them / win money / become presentable members of society. The modern era produces such a glut of reality television pro

    The modern era produces such a glut of reality television programming that the houses they are set in are bound to turn up on the market. Click to see updates on ten of these familiar reality TV houses.

  • April hasn't been a great month at the U.S. box office. Among the new movies were remake s of the 1981 comedy Arthur and Your Highness, a comedy starring Natalie Portman. Both films opened in wide release with lots of publicity, and they both disappointed at the box office. However, the animated feature Hop, which opened in first place the prior weekend, held the top spot again. It just goes to show, family films are solid business. So, what are the highest grossing children’s films of all time?

    So, what are the highest grossing children’s films of all time? Click to find out.

  • Vacations always cost more than you think — even if YOU sign up for one of those “all-inclusive” deals.By now, most of us are accustomed to all the airline fees, from extra legroom and exit-row seating to in-flight entertainment, in-flight meals, extra checked luggage and now, apparently, luggage of any kind.But there are a ton of hidden costs that even the adult Girl Scouts among us, who plan for everything, didn’t see coming.“Every traveler wants to stretch their vacation dollars as far as pos

    Vacations always cost more than you think — even if sign up for one of those “all-inclusive” deals. Here are 10 hidden costs of vacation.

  • Among people who plan to travel in 2011, 83 percent will be traveling with family, and 90 percent of those traveling with family will keep their trips domestic, according to a recent TripAdvisor survey. What follows is the top 10 destinations where these travelers have the best-rated options for entertainment, dining, and accommodation. This ranking was released as inaugural Traveler’s Choice Family list, compiled based on user reviews from TripAdvisor.com. The 10 destinations were determined ba

    Here are the top 10 destinations where these travelers have the best-rated options for entertainment, dining, and accommodation.

  • While the Halo series might be one of the biggest names in the gaming universe, the Master Chief falls a bit short when it comes to his peers. Microsoft's biggest franchise is nowhere to be found in the ranking of the industry's best selling games, as ranked by life-to-date sales. The list, calculated by the NPD Group, uses data that reaches back to 1995 is not inflation adjusted. (It looks at gross sales.) But it still shines some light on the biggest individual titles the industry. CNBC.com lo

    Wondering which video games will define this generation? CNBC.com looks at the 10 best-selling video games. Check out the list!

  • 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.

  • Cigarette in ashtray

    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.

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