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  • 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.

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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!

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