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For Netflix Streamers, the Starz Go Dark on Thursday

Don't be surprised if Netflix subscribers are on cinematic binges right now. Many of the most popular movies available via its streaming service will be going away on Thursday when its deal with Starz expires and roughly 1,000 movies go offline.

Broke Stars: 11 Celebrities Who Went Bankrupt

Gary Busey joined the ranks of the insolvent last week, filing for bankruptcy with debts that far outweigh his assets. But he's by no means unique: There's a whole subset of celebrities practically defined by their inability to live within their enormous means. Check out our gallery of fiscally fallen stars.

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.

They Studied What?! 10 Stars' Surprising Graduate Degrees

Whether you're a famous singer, comedian or movie star, it never hurts to have a backup plan. Little surprise, then, that many entertainers have also pursued graduate degrees. But while some went for the obvious educational path, these 10 performers chose far more surprising options.

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.

Hollywood's Highest-Paid TV Actresses

When it comes to the small screen, TV actresses can make a lot less than their movie peers. But the top in their field are certainly raking in the dough. Tied for first place: a Desperate Housewife and a 30 Rock star.

Seven Celebrities Who Went from Hot Shot to Homeless

On the heels of the New York Post report this week that funk hit maker Sly Stone of Sly and the Family Stone was broke and living in a van, The Price of Fame presents a tragic list of seven other celebrities who ended up homeless, desperate, and on the streets.

Yvonne Strahovski: How to Manage Overnight Success

L.A. has been exceptionally kind to Yvonne Strahovski, the long, blonde spy-babe on NBC's Chuck and the lone pretty face in the new film Killer Elite. But if you don't get the help you need after your big break, Hollywood can kill you with kindness, so Strahovski had to adapt fast.

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.