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Knockoffs to Knockouts: Jason Statham's Wild Journey

Jason Statham made his fortune as a top movie action hero several head-butts ago: His pictures have made well over $1 billion. But the British actor keenly remembers when being a well-paid tough guy meant selling jewelry and perfume out of a briefcase on the street.

E-Book Soundtracks: The Next Revolution in Reading?

New startup Booktracks is creating soundtracks for e-books with technology that tracks your reading speed and syncs the sound perfectly to the text. The company promises it will revolutionize reading, and authors like Salman Rushdie and Jay McInerney are giving it a try. But do books really need a Hollywood makeover?

'Nerd Do Well' Simon Pegg Puts the Funny in Money

British comedy star Simon Pegg makes serious money today, but he wasn't raised to riches. Peggs tells The Price of Fame what he learned about spending as a lad, and what it was like to have little savings and a big "Star Wars" obsession.

Cars 2 Could Lap the Field in the Movie Toy Race

Cars 2 doesn't open until June 24, but its toy line is already revving up the summer movie-toy season. Sales of Cars 2 merchandise will surpass Disney's entire Toy Story franchise within 12 months, predicted Jim Silver, editor in chief of TimetoPlaymag.com.

The Frugal Auteur: How Roger Corman Makes Cheap Great

What's the cheapest thing B-movie maestro Roger Corman ever did in the movie biz? Find out in our interview with the penny-pinching master of the low-budget film, who's in Cannes to promote a documentary about himself, "Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel."

Rookie Director's Guide to Budgeting: Cut!

Film director Spencer Susser's personal finance philosophy is one you might have heard before: Stop caring so much about the money, and perhaps the money will come. If it doesn't, at least you're doing what you want to do. It worked for him: Susser got his first movie, the low-budget "Hesher," made in the middle of the recession.

Frugal Consumer: Three Home Theater Films for Teens

Today's pinched budgets mean many American families can%u2019t shell out as much as they once did to send teenagers to the movies. But there's a more affordable way to keep young people entertained: Soup up your home theater and screen some teen-friendly classics.

Strike! Eleven of the Best Union Movies Ever

Regardless of your political leanings, the struggle for fair wages and collective bargaining is fraught with drama, and Hollywood's union movies have inspired some amazing performances. With the public workers standoff in the news now, here are a few of Tinseltown's best offerings.

Is Charlie Sheen Insurable? His Career May Depend on It

Whether Sheen can resurrect his faltering career may depend on something as mundane as an insurance physical. Hollywood producers won't shoot a frame of film nor a second of video without insurance policies on their cast members in case they can't do their jobs.

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.

The (Unlikely) Economics of Your Book Becoming a Movie

Previously for DailyFinance, Catherine Ryan Hyde described how novelists (theoretically) profit from their books. Here, the author of Pay It Forward, which was adapted to film, explains what happens to authors when their books become movies. Hint: Money doesn't have a starring role.

Icahn Supports Lions Gate's Bid to Buy MGM

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn threw his support behind Lions Gate Entertainment's proposal to acquire debt-laden Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, according to a filing with the SEC Tuesday. Icahn is Lions Gate's largest shareholder and also holds a significant amount of MGM's debt.

Indian Conglomerate in Talks to Buy MGM

Indian conglomerate Sahara India Pariwar is in talks to buy U.S. movie studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc in a deal worth more than $2 billion, The Wall Street Journal reported. MGM owes creditors about $4 billion, mostly to hedge funds that purchases the studio%u2019s bank obligations at a discount. The creditors are preparing to take over the studio in a streamlined bankruptcy. They plan to turn management over to Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, co-heads of Spyglass Entertainment.

Icahn Raises Hostile Bid for Lions Gate to $7.50 a Share

Lions Gate Entertainment shares jumped some 12.5% to around $7.30 Tuesday after billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn raised his hostile bid for the studio to $7.50 per share in cash, up from the previous offer of $6.50 a share. Lions Gate's board said it will review the offer.

Summer Cinema Ticket Sales Fall to Lowest Since 1997

Ticket sales at cinemas this summer fell to the lowest since 1997 as prices rose. Box office ticket sales from the first weekend of May through the Labor Day holiday are expected to slip 2.6% to 552 million, Bloomberg News reported.

Google Eyeing Pay-Per-View Movies on YouTube?

Google is talking to Hollywood studios about a pay-per-view video service based on YouTube, according to a new report. The move comes as Google girds for battle with Apple, and telecom and media companies jostle for control over the next generation of high-speed content delivery.

'Expendables' Tops Weekend Box Office Ahead of 'Eat Pray Love'

"The Expendables", an ensemble action movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone - who also directed - topped the box office at the weekend, ahead of "Eat Pray Love", with Julia Roberts. "The Expendables," a movie from Millennium Films and Lions Gate (LGF), pulled in an estimated $35 million in ticket sales, The New York Times reported. "Eat Pray Love" managed $23.7 million, while "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" managed $10.5 million.

Netflix Clinches Deal to Stream Hollywood Movies Sooner

Netflix clinched a deal to stream movies online from three Hollywood studios just three months after they appear on pay television. The deal with pay-TV company Epix will let Netflix stream movies from studios Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer much sooner than it does currently, The New York Times reported. The deal is likely to cost Netflix a total of almost $1 billion in licensing fees.

The Company Men: Will Anyone Sympathize WIth Laid-Off Executives?

The Weinstein Company's soon-to-be-released drama The Company Men is the story of three corporate executives who are downsized as victims of the beaten-down economy. It has a top-flight cast and director, but is America ready to show cinematic sympathy to the villains of the Great Recession?

Joel Silver Sues Goldman Sachs for $30 Million

Hollywood producer Joel Silver, whose credits include the Die Hard and Lethal Weapon movies, is suing Goldman Sachs for failure to pay $30 million owed to him from a series of financial arrangements.

New James Bond Film Delayed 'Indefinitely'

The latest victim in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's financial melodrama is James Bond: The 23rd Bond film, which was tentatively scheduled for release in 2011 or 2012, has been "indefinitely" postponed as a result of MGM's precarious financial position.