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5 Stocks to Watch This Week

With news coming from Disney, Tesla and more, there will be plenty of to move the market this week. Let's go over some of the items likely to get the attention of Wall Street.

The 10 Most Valuable Actors of All Time

In Hollywood, there are actors, there are movie stars, and then there are the special few who can "open" a film -- superstars who can make a hit based on their names alone. And these are the 10 most valuable actors of all time.

5 Things to Watch on Wall Street This Week

Here are some of the items that will shape the week ahead on Wall Street: Costco talks about its quarter past, and its dividend to come; Dollar General is raking them in; homebuilders report; zombies give a late boost to video games, and Hobbits give a late boost to movie theaters.

Stocks to Watch Friday: 'Hunger Games' Stifles Lions Gate's Roar

"The Hunger Games" may have been a springtime smash at the box office, but it wasn't enough to get Lions Gate Films' profits roaring. The film distributor posted a surprising quarterly loss on Thursday night, after marketing costs ate up the period's potential profitability.

7 Movies That Will Save Hollywood This Summer

Summer may be when studios put out their biggest movies, but after a horrendous 2011 at the box office, Hollywood is going all out starting in the spring: This rapid-fire slate of potential blockbusters should turn heads this season.

What to Watch This Week: The Games Are Afoot

Let's go over some items that will help shape the week ahead for Wall Street: The Hunger Games will give theaters a much needed boost; FuelBand may do the same for Nike; video game sellers hunger for hits; and Tiffany and Oracle will give us clues about the recovery.

'John Carter' of Where? Disney's Bad PR Mars Film Launch

For weeks, movie industry watchers have been commenting about the inadequacy of Disney's marketing campaign for John Carter, and ticket sales lived down to expectations. But the movie's not the Ishtar-level awfulness it's being made out to be.

Short of Green: DreamWorks Animation Misses 'Shrek'

It's not as if DreamWorks Animation had an awful year at the box office. Kung Fu Panda 2 and Puss in Boots combined for a healthy $1.2 billion in worldwide ticket sales. But that's down from 2011's $1.6 billion take when Shrek Forever After was in theaters.

DVDs Are Dying: Can Anything Rescue Hollywood?

DVDs -- and even their more modern Blu-ray siblings -- are gradually fading to black, as VHS and LaserDisc did before them. Movie studios have seen this coming for some time. Problem is, it's part of a bigger trend they may not be able to overcome.

4 Ways Hollywood Can Save the Local Multiplex

Hollywood has a problem. For the first time in more than two decades, the film industry is posting back-to-back years of falling box office receipts. Before the drama becomes a horror show, here are a few things that could beef up ticket sales.

Why Movie Watchers Are Abandoning the Multiplex

Noticed that your local movie theater is a little quieter than usual lately? Don't go thinking that moviegoers have just gotten more considerate. The reason phones aren't ringing, babies aren't wailing, and know-it-alls aren't giving away plot twists before they happen is simple: People just aren't there.

The Price of Serious 'Harry Potter' Fandom: $401.08

When it comes to providing bewitchment for the buck, Harry Potter has notched some mesmerizing numbers. Fans who bought all the hardcover books, the DVDs, and attended the movies in first run, paid an average total of $401.08 -- not counting the $20 to $30 they'll pay for the DVD or Blu-Ray of "Deathly Hallows: Part 2."

This Year's Oscar Nominees Are Hits With the Public, Too

Usually, the Oscars highlight the chasm between Hollywood's elite and average Americans. But, says one movie critic: "This is one of the rare years when critics and paying audiences backed the nominees." Also notable in 2011 is a youth movement in the nominees -- and the show's hosts.

Latest Twilight Earns $30 Million on First Night

The latest movie in the Twilight franchise -- The Twilight Saga: Eclipse -- netted $30 million in tickets for midnight showings on its opening night, beating the previous installment's $26.3 million

'Toy Story 3' Rockets to No. 1 in Its Opening Weekend

Toy Story 3, made by Pixar, the digital animation company Steve Jobs co-founded and later sold to Walt Disney, is off to a blazing start at the box office, pulling in $41 million in its first day on Friday and a likely $100 million-plus for the weekend.